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Sam studied English at Cambridge before gaining a scholarship to RADA
Over fifty years Sam Dastor's career has spanned theatre, film, television and radio. Soon after finishing 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 Kendall and Cell Mates with Stephen Fry and Rik Mayall. For the RSC he has appeared in Timon of Athens and Tales from Ovid and on a world tour of The Servant to Two Masters. His one man show of Shakespeare's sonnets has also toured worldwide.
On television he has been seen in Spooks, Yes Prime Minister, Yes Minister, I, Claudius, Julius Caesar, Comedy of Errors, The Borgias, Space 1999, Blake's 7, Mountbatten -The Last Viceroy and Fortunes of War with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson. In 2002 he played St Paul in a documentary drama for BBC/Discovery Channel. His films include Made, 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 BBC World Service including playing with Sir John Gielgud in Forty Years On and Ariel to his Prospero. Sam has recorded many audio books for which he has won awards, including the prestigious Audiofile Award.
In addition to acting, Sam has also been an influential presence behind the scenes. For instance, for ten years he was the sole actor member of the distinguished panel of Judges-including John Mortimer (Chairman), Thelma Holt and Sue Summers-for The Thames Television Young Theatre Writers Award, a bursary to encourage young theatre writers. Recipients included well-known future writers such as lan Bleasdale and Sue Townsend.