Who is Xavier Samuel?
Xavier Samuel was born in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia, on 10 December 1983 – his zodiac sign is Sagittarius, and he holds Australian nationality. He’s an actor with close to 40 credits to his name, perhaps known best for his portrayal of Reginald DeCourcy, one of the lead characters in the 2016 romantic comedy drama “Love & Friendship”. It was written and directed by Whit Stillman, also starred Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, and follows Lady Susan Vermon who’s decisive in finding her daughter Frederica a husband; the movie won seven of the 60 awards for which it was nominated.
Early life and education
Xavier was raised in Adelaide, South Australia alongside his younger brother Benedict and older sister Bridget, by their parents Clifford Samuel and Maree, both of whom were teachers. His brother is today an actor, film writer and producer, while his sister’s a stage manager.
Xavier was studying at Rostrevor College when he became interested in acting, and because of it transferred to Christian Bothers College (high school), at which he appeared in numerous plays, with one of his most notable performances having been in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
Upon matriculating in 2002, Xavier enrolled at Flinders University’s Drama Centre, and the following year saw him make his debut TV series appearance, with his portrayal of Jason in the episode “Jokers to the Right” of the romantic drama “McLeod’s Daughters”.
He then didn’t appear in any movies or TV series until after he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006.
Roles in movies
Xavier made his debut film appearance with his portrayal of Theo in the popular 2006 drama “2:37”, written and directed by Murali K. Thalluri, and which starred Teresa Palmer, Frank Sweet and Sam Harris. It follows a day in the lives of six students, whose fellow student committed suicide at 2:37; the movie won one of the six awards for which it was nominated.
A couple of Xavier’s following roles were in the 2006 drama “Angela’s Decision”, the 2007 drama “September”, and the 2008 romantic sports drama “Newcastle”. He gained recognition in 2009, with his portrayal of the lead character Brent, in the critically acclaimed horror crime drama “The Loved Ones”, written and directed by Sean Byrne, and which also starred Robin McLeavy and John Brumpton. It follows Lola who has invited Brent to her prom, and is now planning revenge because he’s declined; the film won two of the 11 awards for which it was nominated. In 2010, Xavier appeared in the award-winning action adventure drama “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”, as well as in its 2012 sequel, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”.
Some of his following notable performances were in the 2013 romantic drama “Adore”, the 2013 biographical sports drama “Drift”, and the 2014 drama “Healing”. In 2014, we saw Xavier play Lieutenant Parker in the critically acclaimed war action drama “Fury”, written and directed by David Ayer, and which starred Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman. It follows a tank commander and his crew during World War II, and the movie won five of the 29 awards for which it was nominated.
His three most recent movie roles have been in the 2016 comedy drama “Mr. Church”, the 2017 thriller “Bad Blood”, and the 2018 historical romantic drama “Riot”; Xavier’s currently shooting for three upcoming movies – the biographical musical drama “Untitled Elvis Presley Project”, the biographical romantic drama “Blonde”, and the drama “The Tuna Goddess”.
Xavier Samuel ("Saga Zmierzch: Zaćmienie") oraz Sharni Vinson
Roles in TV series
Xavier has appeared in only three TV series, including the one mentioned above. In 2017, he was cast to star as Simon Heywood in all the six episodes of the mystery crime mini-series “Seven Types of Ambiguity”, which also starred Alex Dimitriades and Andres Demetriades, and follows a chain of events which has been triggered by the taking of a child; the mini-series won seven of the 14 awards for which it was nominated.
His only other TV series role has been his portrayal of Kit Parker in the mystery crime drama “Tell Me Your Secrets”, created by Harriet Warner, and which stars Lily Rabe, Amy Brenneman and Hamish Linklater. It follows the lives of three people, Emma, John and Mary; the series has been airing since 2021, and has won one of the two awards for which it has been nominated.
Xavier performed the songs “Urban Migration” and “The Look (Enzo Version)” in the 2013 movie “Plush”.
He has been featured in various short documentary videos, such as the 2011 “The Making of ‘Road Train’”, the 2016 “Behind the Scenes of Love & Friendship”, and the 2018 “Bad Blood: Behind the Scenes”.
Xavier has made a guest appearance in a number of talk-shows, such as “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, “Alan Carr: Chatty Man”, and “Made in Hollywood”.
Awards and nominations
Xavier won a 2011 MTV Movie Award for Best Fight for “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (shared with Robert Pattison and Bryce Dallas Howard), and a 2015 Louisiana International Film Festival Award for Best Actor, for his performance in “Frankenstein”.
He also won two The Equity Awards in 2018 and 2019, for his and his colleagues’ performance in the movies “Seven Types of Ambiguity” and “Riot”, respectively.
He has also been nominated for four other awards, including another MTV Movie Award, a Scream Award, and a Teen Choice Award.
Love life and girlfriend
Xavier’s quite open when it comes to his love life, and there are five women whom he has dated, that the public knows about.
In 2010 and 2011 he was in a relationship with the German model Shermine Shahrivar, then in 2012 Xavier dated the Australian actress and model Phoebe Tonkin, who appeared alongside him in the movie “Bait 3D”.
Between 2012 and 2015, he was in a relationship with the Australian actress and singer Emily Jane Browning, his longest relationship to date. The two met while shooting together for the movie “Plush”, and there were also rumors circulating the internet claiming that they were planning to marry, but that didn’t happen.
From 2016 to 2018, Xavier was in a relationship with the Australian model Jessica Gomes, and since 2018, he has been in a relationship with the Scottish actress, film writer and producer Marianna Bronislawa Barbara Palka.
As of September 2021, Xavier’s in a relationship, hasn’t married, and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Xavier’s physically highly active, and has multiple training sessions at the gym each week, mostly because it’s important for his acting career to stay in shape.
He loves to travel, and his acting career has taken him to a couple of cities around Australia, to various European countries, as well as to California and New York in the USA; his dream travel destination is Iceland.
Xavier’s a lover of animals, and his favorites are horses; he has learned horseback riding because it’s needed for his acting career.
Xavier has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Johnny Depp, Eddie Redmayne and Scarlett Johansson, and a couple of his favorite movies are “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, the franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Lost in Translation”.
Age, height and net worth
Xavier’s age is 37. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) and he weighs around 160lbs (72kgs).
As of September 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $1.5 million.