Today we look at the career of Australian actor Sam Reid. I’ve been slogging my way through Tennison, and he’s literally the only redeeming aspect of the show right now. So, I figured “Hey, why not?” He’s a great actor who has been woefully under-utilized thus far, and I would love to see him get a chance to really break out and show his chops, and prove he’s not just a pretty face.
I love Trystan’s summary of this film: “Dumb but pretty”. Sam Reid plays the very pretty Earl of Essex in this Oxfordian strokefest.
Hatfields & McCoys (2012)
Sam Reid plays one of the McCoys in this retelling of the legendary feud.
Marple: Greenshaw’s Folly (2013)
An adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Marple novel.
The Railway Man (2013)
Part of the film takes place during World War II in a Japanese POW camp. Sam Reid plays the WWII version of Stellan Skarsgård, who leads the film in the present day.
The heartthrob of the film. Looks good in a pony tail and cravat.
Set in Belfast in 1971, Sam Reid plays an inexperienced Second Lieutenant stationed in Belfast during The Troubles. Shit goes predictably sideways.
Sam Reid is in this. No, this is not Sam Reid. I can’t find ANY photos of Sam Reid in this movie online, so you just have to deal.
Astronauts’ Wives Club (2015)
Sam Reid plays John Glenn, the good guy astronaut in every adaptation of this era ever. He actually looks a lot like a young Glenn, so I give him that.
Despite the Falling Snow (2016)
Whee! Espionage Cold War movie! Boring! But really good mid-century clothes, so… Between that and Sam Reid, it’s worth watching.
Yeah, ok. He’s pretty, it’s a horror flick. I’m not really going to go out of my way to see it.
Prime Suspect: Tennison (2017)
I will admit I’ve been slowly working my way though this series. I loved Prime Suspet back in the day, but Jane Tennison’s origin story, set in the early 1970s, is fairly tedious.
Waiting for the Barbarians (2019)
This movie has Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson, and Mark Rylance in it, in addition to Sam Reid. Talk about chock full of talent.
The Drover’s Wife (2021)
Pretty sure this is him. I dunno. I have a pretty bad case of face blindness, so it could just as well be Brad Pitt for all I know.
Interview with the Vampire (2022)
Ok, this is a shot from Belle, but there’s no promo photos of this show yet. All I can say is that Sam Reid will be playing Lestat in the AMC series coming next year.