Samuel
Barnett

30s-40s, Yorkshire, Northern, Neutral, British American
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Samuel has worked extensively across screen, stage, radio, audio and video games. He is best known for playing the title role in Netflix/BBCAmerica’s ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’.  He will soon be seen in HBO Max’s animated sitcom ‘The Prince’, due for release in 2021 and also in a major role in the BBC’s new crime drama ‘Four Lives’, alongside Stephen Marchant and Sheridan Smith.

He also starred as Renfield in Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’ (available on Now TV).  Other notable credits include roles in the BBC comedy ‘Twenty Twelve’, Sky's Urban Myths - Les Dawson’s Parisienne Adventure’ and 2015 feature film ‘The Lady in the Van’. 

He has a string of award nominations for his work on stage, most notably a Tony Award nomination for his stage performance in ‘The History Boys', playing the role of 'Posner' which he also reprised in the screen version. This performance also earned him nominations for an Olivier award and a BIFA, as well as winning a Drama Desk Award and two WhatsOnStage awards (for Best Supporting Actor and Best Newcomer).  His role as Viola in Twelfth Night on Broadway in 2013-2014 earned him a second Tony Award nomination for Best Actor. 

He has voiced a number of video games including ‘Cyberpunk 2077’, ‘Amnesia: Rebirth’ and ‘Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition’. 

Sam's native accent is light Yorkshire which he can strengthen or neutralise on request. He is best known as having a neutral/RP accent from his role as Dirk Gently. He is well practiced in standard American & has used it for 'John Adams’ (HBO), ‘Alexander Hamilton’ (PBS) and ‘Jupiter Ascending’ (the Wachowskis for Warner Bros).

Age Range

30s-40s

Credits

Four Lives (TV, release date t.b.c. - hopefully 2021/22) – 'Ryan Edwards', BBC
Urban Myths - Les Dawson's Parisienne Adventure (TV, 2020) – 'Brian', Sky Arts
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (TV, 2016-2017) – 'Dirk Gently', BBC America/Netflix
Penny Dreadful (TV, 2014-2016) – 'Renfield', Showtime/Sky Atlantic, Season 3
The Lady in the Van (Film, 2015) – 'Donald', BBC Films/Tristar Pictures
Not Safe for Work (TV, 2015) – 'Nathaniel Pierce', Clerkenwell Films/Channel 4
Twelfth Night (Broadway, 2014) (Theatre, 2013-2014) – 'Viola, Belasco Theatre Broadway, directed by Tim Carroll
Twelfth Night (Shakespeare's Globe & the Apollo Theatre, 2012-2013) (Theatre, 2012-2013) – 'Sebastian', Shakespeare's Globe & Apollo Theatre, West End
Twenty Twelve (TV, 2012) – 'Daniel Stroud', BBC, Series 2
The History Boys (film) (Film, 2006) – 'Posner', BBC Films
The History Boys (play) (Theatre, 2004-2006) – 'Posner', Royal National Theatre, International Tour and Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway

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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
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History Boys: Bewitched (singing)