Xavier Samuel

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Xavier Samuel
Xavier Samuel in Sydney, Australia in 2012
Born (1983-12-10) 10 December 1983 (age 38)
Hamilton, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present

Xavier Samuel (born 10 December 1983) is an Australian actor. He has appeared in leading roles in the feature films September,[1][2][3] Further We Search,[4] Newcastle,[5] The Loved Ones[6] and A Few Best Men, and played Riley Biers in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Early life and education

Samuel was born in Hamilton, Victoria, the son of Maree and Clifford Samuel.[7] He grew up in Adelaide, South Australia and graduated from Rostrevor College in 2001. He has a younger brother, Benedict, a writer, producer and actor,[8] as well as an older sister, Bridget, a stage manager.

Despite completing his senior secondary years at Rostrevor College, Samuel undertook final year drama at Christian Brothers College under the tutelage of Amanda Portus, where he played the part of Tom Snout (the wall) in Rostrevor College's production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as well as playing "Belvile" in CBC's production of Aphra Behn's The Rover (The Banished Cavaliers).

Samuel later attended Flinders University Drama Centre in 2005, where he studied under renowned acting teacher Professor Julie Holledge. He played Hamlet in the graduate production.[citation needed]

Acting debut and international breakthrough

Samuel made his debut on the Australian TV show McLeod's Daughters in 2003. He starred in the Australian horror movie Road Train as Marcus, and also acted in the Australian movie Drowning with Elephant Princess star Miles Szanto, directed by Craig Boreham.[9] In 2009, he was cast as Brent in the Australian horror/thriller movie The Loved Ones in the lead role opposite Robin McLeavy. Although it received several award nominations, the film was a financial failure.

In early 2010, Samuel was cast as Riley Biers in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The film gave Samuel his first blockbuster film worldwide. Samuel received his first award nomination and win at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. In an interview with GQ Australia [2] in November 2010, Samuel described the process of his shock Twilight casting. "I sent off the audition tape from Sydney, which landed in a big pile on someone's desk. So then to actually hear something back was kind of unusual. I guess I was a bit of a gamble, but it's bizarre and wonderful."[10]

Samuel appeared in the 2011 film Anonymous. He plays a lead role in A Few Best Men (2011/2012). He was cast in 3D feature Bait, released in September 2012 and short film Sanctuary, which was also released in 2012. In 2013 he played Ian in Adore/Two Mothers alongside Robin Wright and Naomi Watts.

Personal life

Samuel follows Australian rules football and is a supporter of the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League.[11]



Year Play Role Notes
2006 Two Weeks with the Queen Colin Windmill Performing Arts
Osama the Hero Unknown The Old Fitzroy Theatre
2007 Mercury Fur Unknown Griffin Theatre


Year Film Title Role Notes
2006 2:37 Theo Feature film
Angela's Decision Will Turner Feature film
2007 September Ed Anderson Feature film
2008 Newcastle Fergus Feature film
2009 Drowning Dan Short film
The Loved Ones Brent Feature film
Further We Search Age Feature film
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Riley Biers Feature film
Won – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Robert Pattinson and Bryce Dallas Howard)
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Male Breakout
Nominated – Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Movie Star
Nominated – Scream Awards for Best Breakthrough Performance Male
Road Train (a.k.a. Road Kill) Marcus Feature film
2011 Anonymous Henry Wriothesley Feature film
A Few Best Men David Feature film
2012 Bait 3D Josh Feature film
Drift Jimmy Kelly Feature film
2013 Adore Ian Feature film
Plush Enzo Feature film
2014 Healing Paul Feature film
Fury Lt. Parker Feature film
2015 Frankenstein Pre-production
Henry Joseph Church Owen Post-production
Love and Friendship Reginald DeCourcy Post-production

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards Favorite movie actor The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Nominated
2010 Scream Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Male The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Nominated
2011 MTV Movie Awards "Best Fight" The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (with Robert Pattinson and Bryce Dallas Howard) Won
"Best Breakout Star" The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout: Male The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Nominated


  1. Schembri, Jim (29 November 2007). "September (Film reviews)". The Age. Retrieved 21 August 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Maddox, Gary (27 November 2006). "Tender tale takes shape in the dust". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 August 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Edwards, Russell (14 September 2007). "September (Australia)". Variety. Retrieved 1 June 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Further We Search, subcultureentertainment.com; accessed 15 June 2015.
  5. Dunn, Emily; Josephine Tovey (14 April 2008). "Baby face surfs into Big Apple". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 August 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Xavier Samuel". xaviernews.com. Retrieved 18 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Profile, au.lifestyle.yahoo.com; accessed 15 June 2015.
  8. "Benedict hammers home talent in Summer Bay". Herald Sun. Australia: The Herald and Weekly Times. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Twilight Convention Dallas, TX | Creation Entertainment
  10. [1], GQ Australia – Twilight's Xavier Samuel.
  11. Bowden, Kate (23 December 2011). "Xavier Samuel is a Tony Modra fan", Adelaide Now. Retrieved 22 March 2013.

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