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Sam Crane


Desperate Romantics

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Desperate Romantics

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2009 June - Desperate Romantics [cached]

(l-r) Samuel Barnett as John Millais, Aidan Turner as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Rafe Spall as William Holman Hunt, Sam Crane as Fred Walters

Starring as the maverick group of English artists, their associates and muses are: Aidan Turner (Being Human, The Clinic), Rafe Spall (A Room With A View, Hot Fuzz), Tom Hollander (John Adams, Pride And Prejudice), Samuel Barnett (Beautiful People, The History Boys), Zoe Tapper (Survivors, Demons), Amy Manson (Torchwood), Sam Crane (Church Going) and Jennie Jacques (The Bill).
Rafe Spall stars as William 'Maniac' Holman Hunt, a founding member of the Brotherhood; Tom Hollander plays the influential art critic and patron John Ruskin; Aidan Turner is Dante Gabriel Rossetti, notorious for seducing his models; Samuel Barnett plays John Everett Millais, whose relationship with Ruskin's wife, Effie, played by Zoe Tapper, created fevered public speculation; Amy Manson plays Rossetti's true love Lizzie Siddal, the model for Millais' most highly regarded painting, Ophelia; Sam Crane plays Fred Walters, the group's loyal friend and diarist; and Jennie Jacques plays Annie Miller, the prostitute whose relationship with Hunt has dramatic repercussions.
(l-r) Samuel Barnett as John Millais, Sam Crane as Fred Walters, Aidan Turner as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Rafe Spall as William Holman Hunt
Desperate Romantics - Sam Crane plays Fred Walters
Sam Crane as Fred Walters
A fictional character, Fred Walters is played by Sam Crane, a young actor whose experience already encompasses stage roles at the National Theatre (Some Trace Of Her, DNA), The Royal Court (Kebab) and Shakespeare's Globe (Othello).
Fresh from filming an energetic bar brawl with Aidan Turner (who plays Dante Gabriel Rossetti), Sam explains the origins of his character Fred: "He's a composite of several historical characters.
Sam admits that, despite undertaking some background research, the scripts, which initially drew him to the project, were his main source: "I did research into all the different people and I read some of William Rossetti's diaries.
Sam explains: "Fred is a moral person and he gets really frustrated by the group's occasional fecklessness, ambition and particularly Rossetti's depravity.
Sam confesses that, in reality, he isn't an ardent fan of Pre-Raphaelite art, but he has other reasons for admiring the group and for thinking their story has something for a modern audience: "I think some of the work is good, Millais is a talented painter, but he does get a bit chocolate boxy sometimes.
Sam explains how, in Desperate Romantics, his character's business acumen changed the way the delicate relationship between art and commerce worked.
It seems Fred may not relish being a punch bag but Sam certainly enjoys tussling with this complex character.
Desperate Romantics - Sam Crane plays Fred Walters (2)

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Called Yankees first by sportswriters Mark Roth of the NY Globe and Sam Crane of the NY Journal,


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Sam Crane (LAMDA) appears in Sunset at the Villa Thalia, a new play set in 1967 Greece, also at the National from 25 May - 4 August.

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In 1911, when Honus Wagner was at the height of his career playing the same position as Wright, the New York Journal's Sam Crane called Wright "the best shortstop ever."

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