Being the son of renowned British actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales may have given Samuel West a hand up in this field, but his resume shows he’s put in the work over the years. He’s been in Merchant-Ivory and Jane Austen productions, Shakespeare and murder-mysteries, but somehow he really has the look for roles set in the 1930s. That’s where he’s currently starring in the remake of All Creatures Great and Small, though during the pandemic, he’s been reading poetry on social media.
Albert Victor in “The Invisible Queen,” Edward the King aka Edward the Seventh (1975)
He’s the blond boy with his back to the camera — Timothy West played his father here.
Count Konradin von Lohenburgin in Reunion (1989)
Set in the 1930s and World War II, he plays a young German aristocrat whose childhood friend is a young Jewish man who returns to town after Hitler’s rise to power.
Leonard Bast in Howards End (1992)
The ill-fated clerk upon whom the story turns. His walk through the countryside is one of the most beautiful moments ever filmed, IMO.
Mr. Elliot in Persuasion (1995)
Ciarán Hinds romantic rival for Amanda Root’s affections. Yeah, this bad boy won’t win, but he’s still pretty cute.
Gerald Brenan in Carrington (1995)
In this biopic of English painter Dora Carrington & various Bloomsbury affairs during the ’20s, West plays English writer Gerald Brenan.
St. John Rivers in Jane Eyre (1996)
In this Zeffirelli film of the novel, West is Jane’s distant cousin, a preacher with missionary zeal.
Squadron-Leader Archie Bunting in Over Here (1996)
A comedic TV movie set during World War II.
Edward in Stiff Upper Lips (1997)
This is supposed to be a parody of Merchant-Ivory movies & Masterpiece Theater, set around the 1900s, & it’s now on my to-watch list!
Prince Albert Victor Edward in The Ripper (1997)
I could swear this movie was a big deal when it came out — with its silly idea that Prince Albert was Jack the Ripper — but I can’t find any decent screencaps of it now.
Major Lord Edrington in Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War (1999)
Everybody loves a man in a uniform, & that goes double for a Horatio Hornblower flick!
Nevil Maskelyne in Longitude (2000)
The interwoven story about the Longitude prize in the 18th century & an early 20th-century naval officer. West is in the 18th-century section. Photo by Shutterstock.
Anthony Blunt in Cambridge Spies (2003)
TV miniseries about the 1930s spy scandal.
Dr. Victor Frankenstein in Van Helsing (2004)
I actively dislike this movie. Not his fault.
Lt. Col. James Wintringham in “The French Drop,” Foyle’s War (2004)
In one episode of this World War II-period TV series
He plays an aristocrat who takes up with Pre-Raphaelite muse/model Annie Miller.
Phil Figgis in Albert Schweitzer (2009)
Set in the 1950s about the Christian missionary & physician.
Dr. Constantine in Murder on the Orient Express (2010)
The TV movie version of the Agatha Christie murder-mystery, with David Suchet as Poirot.
Thomas Erskine in Garrow’s Law (2010)
In one episode of the 18th-c. court procedural TV series.
King George VI in Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
During the visit of King George & Queen Elizabeth (played by Olivia Coleman) to FDR in 1939.
Frank Edwards in Mr. Selfridge (2013-2016)
A newspaper editor who makes connections with and for Harry Selfridge.
Rear Admiral John Godfrey in Fleming (2014)
Part of the World War II backstory of Ian Fleming, who wrote the James Bond novels.
In one episode of this miniseries set during World War I.
A successful politician engaged to Miss Emma Wintertowne.
West plays a surgeon who is a pioneer of “galvanism,” the 18th-c. term for creating electricity through chemical action.
Benedict Haughton in Suffragette (2015)
One of the bad guys working against Mrs. Pankhurst and the suffragists.
Bishop of Winchester in “Henry VI Part 1,” The Hollow Crown (2016)
Ambitious & feuding with the Duke of Gloucester.
Sir Anthony Eden in Darkest Hour (2017)
The Foreign Secretary who opposed Churchill in the run-up to World War II.
Anthony Blunt in “Olding,” The Crown (2019)
Reprising his same role from Cambridge Spies, but in the 1960s, when Anthony Blunt was an art historian for Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Coleman).
The quirky & irritable veterinary surgeon!
What’s your favorite frock flick featuring Samuel West?