Sometimes you just know-- Michelle Styles makes the case for Rufus Sewell as hero inspiration
Anyone who saw the recent BBC adaptation of Zen (I believe it will becoming to PBS Masterpiece in the Summer/autumn) had to be impressed with the sheer magnetism of Rufus Sewell.
Rufus Sewell is one of those actors who when you see him, you go -- oh yes, I'd forgotten about him.Isn't he good? At 40-something, he has been around for awhile and his looks have matured like fine wine. From the curls and dimples of The Knight's Tale and Dangerous Beauty to the lean planes of Zen.
His looks have been described as mischievous and he brings a certain playfulness sexiness to his roles. He appears to have a keen sense of humour but there is also a sudden intensity as befits a Scorpio. he does not appear to take himself too seriously but there are certain things that are non negotiable. Amiable and charming, but also wants his own way.
His private life is complicated. He has been married twice and is currently separated. He has one child. His father was an Australian animator who died young. He went to drama school in the late 80s and has said that the one thing he brings to his roles is the ability to change. He is very much a working actor and has taken roles in both live theatre, movies and television. He has also played a wide range of roles from villains to heroes and those more intriguing characters who are neither one nor the other.
But he does Venetians really well, and if you are looking for a playful alpha, Rufus Sewell might provide inspiration.
Michelle Styles writes historical romance for Harlequin Historical. Her new UK and US release is The Prefect Concubine in February 2011. You can read more about Michelle Styles's book on her website at www.michellestyles.co.uk