His performance in the film Howards End was nominated for a BAFTA award. Other films include Van Helsing, Notting Hill, Franco Zeffirelli’s Jane Eyre and three for director Roger Michell: Notting Hill, Persuasion and Hyde Park on Hudson.
Sam enjoys working with musicians, and as a reciter has appeared with all the major British orchestras. In 2002 he performed Walton’s Henry V at the Last Night of the Proms. Last autumn he toured the UK with a jazz quintet performing Britten and Auden. He also narrates lots of documentaries and audiobooks.
On radio he’s been in more than fifty plays, including works by Pinter, Coward, Frayn, Stoppard, Simon Gray and Laura Wade, with whom he has a daughter.
Sam has directed ten plays and two operas and was from 2005 to 2007 the artistic director of Sheffield Theatres. He is an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, a trustee of the Belarus Free Theatre and Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts.
In his spare time he grows chillies and goes birdwatching.