Samuel Barnett stars in "Dirk Gently" on BBC America in the title role.

Samuel Barnett is a Tony and Olivier Award nominated English actor who has performed on stage, film, television and radio. He trained at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), graduating in 2001. He was awarded a Genesis Foundation Scholarship on taking up his place at the Academy and received support for all three years of his training. 

After leaving LAMDA, Barnett created the role of Posner in the National Theatre's acclaimed production of "The History Boys," directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner, reprising this role in the film and on Broadway. More recently he appeared alongside Mark Rylance in "Twelfth Night" and "Richard III," both in London's West End and on Broadway.

Samuel's work on television includes HBO's miniseries "John Adams"; Channel 4's "Not Safe for Work"; BBC's "Desperate Romantics," "Beautiful People" and "Strange"; and the BAFTA Award-winning comedy "Twenty Twelve." Other credits include "Endeavour," "Vicious," "Shakespeare in Italy," "Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps," "Marple," "Crooked House," "Wildred Owen," "Alexander Hamilton," "The Royal," "Doctors," "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries," "Coupling."

Film credits include "The Lady in the Van," "Jupiter Ascending," "Love Tomorrow," "Bright Star," "Mrs. Henderson Presents" and "Lullaby."

Onstage, Barnett has performed in London's West End in "Dealer's Choice." For the National Theatre, he was seen in "The Beaux' Stratagem," "Women Beware Women" and "His Dark Materials." Other theatrical credits include "The Way of the World," "66 Books," "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," "The Man," "The Whisky Taster," "When You Cure Me," "The Marriage of Figaro," "The Accrington Pals," "Notes From New York" and "Frankenstein."

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Age: 37 years old
Birthday: April 25, 1980
Birthplace: Whitby, North Yorkshire, England, UK

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