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Sam Dastor

Over 40 years, Sam Dastor’s career has spanned theatre, film, television and radio.

He studied English at Cambridge University alongside Yes, Prime Minister’s writer Jonathan Lynn, before winning a scholarship to RADA. Soon after finishing his training, he joined the National Theatre, then under the direction of Sir Laurence Olivier. He made his London West End debut in The Tempest, playing Ariel to Paul Scofield’s... Read more >>

Sam Dastor

Sam Dastor Overview

Over 40 years, Sam Dastor’s career has spanned theatre, film, television and radio.

He studied English at Cambridge University alongside Yes, Prime Minister’s writer Jonathan Lynn, before winning a scholarship to RADA. Soon after finishing his training, he joined the National Theatre, then under the direction of Sir Laurence Olivier. He made his London West End debut in The Tempest, playing Ariel to Paul Scofield’s Prospero in what became the longest run of any Shakespeare play in London’s West End in the 20th century.

His other London appearances include: the world premiere of three of Simon Gray’s plays, Melon with Sir Alan Bates, Hidden Laughter with Felicity Kendal, and Cell Mates with Stephen Fry and Rik Mayall. For the Royal Shakespeare Company, he has appeared in Timon of Athens and Tales From Ovid and on a world tour of The Servant of Two Masters, which included a month at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC.

On television, he has been seen in I, Claudius, Julius Caesar, The Comedy of Errors, The Borgias, Space 1999, Blake’s 7, Yes Minister, Mountbatten, The Last Viceroy and Fortunes of War with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson. In 2002, he played St Paul in a documentary drama about the Saint’s life for the BBC and the Discovery Channel. His most recent TV appearance was in the BBC series Spooks.

His films included: Such a Long Journey, Jinnah and, most recently, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.

On radio, he has made innumerable broadcasts for Radio 3, Radio 4 and the BBC World Service including playing with Sir John Gielgud in Forty Years On and Ariel to his Prospero.

Sam has also recorded many audiobooks, some of which have won Audiofile Awards in the USA.

His one-man show of Shakespeare’s Sonnets has been seen at several universities in the USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Poland and Spain, as well as Westminster Abbey and the Rose Theatre in London and Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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