Samuel Edward-Cook


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Simon Beresford

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Magwitch (Short) Dir: Samuel Supple
Passenger Dir: Ed Rigg
HMT Productions


Glory Dazed East Riding Theatre
Oliver! Dir: Mark Babych
Hull Truck Theatre
Queen Margaret Dir: Elizabeth Freestone
Manchester Royal Exchange
Persuasion Dir: Jeff James
Manchester Royal Exchange
Antigone Dir: Ivo van Hove
Barbican & International Tour
Pitcairn Dir: Max Stafford Clark
Chichester Festival Theatre & UK Tour
Titus Andronicus Dir: Lucy Bailey
The Globe Theatre
Our Big Land Dir: Amy Hodge
UK Tour
King Lear Dir: Lucy Bailey
Theatre Royal Bath
Glory Dazed Dir: Elle White
Soho Theatre, Edinburgh, Adelaide Festival
Boys Dir: Robert Icke
Hightide, Headlong, Soho Theatre


The Gallow's Pole Dir: Shane Meadows
Element Pictures / BBC1
Full Moon (Pilot) Dir: Sean Grey
Channel 4
Silent Witness  BBC
Pure Dir: Aneil Karia
Channel 4, Drama Republic
Casualty Dir: Judith Dine
Emmerdale Dir: Sean Heaney
Innocent Dir: Richard Clark
Brief Encounters Dir: George Robertson
Beowulf Dir: Colin Teague
Peaky Blinders Dir: Tom Harper / Otto Bathurst
Tiger Aspect, BBC
Land Girls Dir: Various
Doctors Dir: Sarah Punshon

Theatre whilst training

The Crucible Dir: Toby Frow
Henry IV Dir: Leo Wringer


Accents:    Good ear for accent, Northern (Native), Birmingham, North and South Wales, Scottish, Dublin, Northern Ireland, General American, Australian.
Music:       Competent Piano Player and Highly Skilled Baritone.
Dance:     Competent at Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Ballroom & Period Dance.
Sports:       Cricket, Football, Rugby, Golf, Tennis & Badminton.
General: Stage Combat BADC Gold Stage Combat Award.











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“Samuel Edward-Cook is wonderful as Haimon, bringing a clarity and power to his lines that is missing elsewhere – especially when he begs Kreon to relent: “You’ve seen trees bend in a storm/ that’s how they save their branches.” Moments such as these show Carson at her best too.” - Kate Kellaway (The Guardian)

“The confrontations between Kreon and his son Haimon (Samuel Edward-Cook), then with the seer Tiresias (Finbar Lynch) are particularly scintillating, not least when father and son clash bald-headedly over the fate of one’s niece, the other’s fiancée.” - Demetrios Matheou (The Arts Desk)

“For me, though, the performance which stood slightly ahead of the rest came from Samuel Edward-Cook as Haimon, son to Kreon and affianced to Antigone. Because of his situation, his allegiances, Haimon must see both sides of the central debate and he tries very hard to reconcile the parties. He fails, and the consequences are devastating for all. The passion that Edward-Cook weaves into his performance is remarkable; from his little-boy hugs with his father to his desperate kiss with Antigone, he displays an extraordinary range of emotions, motivations and foibles. The speech to his father about compromise is the highlight of the evening.” - Stephen Collins (

“Samuel Edward-Cook is terrifying as a wild and drunken sailor.” - Charles Spencer (The Daily Telegraph)

“Striking performances include…Samuel Edward-Cook as testosterone-driven Quintal.” - Clare Brennan (The Guardian)

“But no one is more compelling than Samuel Edward-Cook as the thuggish Quintal, a particularly grizzled Cornishman whose pet sayings include the memorable “no sea too rough, no muff too tough”. - Henry Hitchings (The Evening Standard)

“Samuel Edward-Cook brings real power to the role of her son Roman. He carefully plays out the character’s internal struggle with an eloquence that avoids him becoming labelled as a thug.”- Tom Finch (The Public Reviewer)


“Ray is a psychopath. If nothing else, this gives Samuel Edward-Cook the chance to turn in a fearsome acting performance that may not be matched on the Fringe this year.” - Philip Fisher (British Theatre Guide)

“Samuel Edward-Cook as the vulnerable and violent Ray delivers an astonishing performance. He threatens abuse with convincing menace, whilst each intake of breath sounds like a gasp of anguish. It is a truly remarkable performance and Edward-Cook acts as the central driving force of this four-hander. Whilst the other members of the company deliver moving and believable performances, it is Edward-Cook who keeps the piece galloping forwards and is responsible for the knockout moments of drama and tragedy.” - Lizzie Kirkwood (Public Review)

“Edward-Cook charms us, terrifies, provokes loathing and sympathy. Often, quite brilliantly, within a single minute.” - Rosheen Iqbal (Time Out)

“Edmund is glimpsed having violent sex with a rent boy in a telephone box, though he clearly swings both ways as this disconcerting shaven-headed psycho, mesmerisingly played by Samuel Edward-Cook, wins what pass for the hearts of both Goneril and Regan.” - Charles Spencer (The Daily Telegraph)

“Samuel Edward-Cook has one of the most brilliant turns as the play’s bad boy Edmund.”  - Patrick Marmion (Daily Mail)

“Samuel Edward-Cook delivers a captivating interpretation of the vindictive Edmund. It is hard not to be empathetic towards the illegitimate son of the Earl of Gloucester as he rises maliciously to a position of power which surpasses his birth.” - Jackson Lawrence (Public Reviews)


Trained: RADA

Height: 6'0"
Eye Colour: Blue
Hair Colour: Fair / Light Brown
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