SAMUEL WEST (William Elliot) is best known for playing the ill-fated Leonard Bast in Merchant Ivory's "Howards End." He is soon to be seen in Christopher Hampton's "Carrington," with his "Howards End" costar Emma Thompson, and also appeared in "Reunion," with Jason Robards.
While at Oxford University, West performed in seventeen productions within three years, taking several playes to be Edinburgh festival, including Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" and David Mamet's "American Buffalo." After completing his studies at Oxford, West went on to perform in London's Fringe with "Les Parents Terribles," and in the West End in Mamet's "A Life in the Theater," and "Hidden Laughter." He has since worked extensively in the theatre including "The Sea" and "Arcadia" at the Royal National Theatre.
West's television credits include "Edward VII," "Nanny," King Caspian in "Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader," " Stanley and the Women," "Inspector Alleyn," "The Maitlands" and "As Time Goes By." He recently starred as Lieutenant Charles Thoroughgood in Charles Wood's BBC film "A Breed of Heroes."