Sam Riley is a British actor, model, and singer. Sam Riley is famous for his performance in the 2007 biographical film Control.

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Early Life and Education

Sam Riley was born on 8 January 1980. His full name is Samuel Peter W. Riley. Presently, he is 42 years old and his birth sign is Capricorn. He is originally from Menston, Bradford, West Yorkshire, USA. Sam is the son of Amanda, a nursery school teacher, and Andrew Riley, a textile agent.

This personality was educated at Malsis School, Cross Hills, and at Uppingham School. Moreover, he has three siblings, a sister named Annabel Riley, and two brothers namely Jack Riley, and George Riley.

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Caption: Sam Riley while singing. Source: Instagram


Sam’s breakthrough performance came when he played the role of Ian Curtis in the film Control. And, the film received high critical acclaim due in good part to his performance.

It won him a selection of awards including the British Independent Film Award for “Most Promising Newcomer” and a BAFTA “Rising Star” nomination. And, also a Mark Kermode nod for Best Actor 2007.

Prior to his portrayal of Ian Curtis, this actor played Mark E.Smith in the film ’24 Hour Party People.’ In September 2007, he was cast in Gerald McMorrow’s British science fiction film Franklyn.

Sam starred as the lead role in 13, an English language remake of the French thriller 13 Tzameti that has yet to have an American and European release. Moreover, he played the role of Pinkie Brown in Brighton Rock alongside Helen Mirren, an adaption of Graham Greene’s novel, released on 4 February 2011.

Also, he starred in Walter Salles’ film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s autobiographical On the Road playing the narrator and protagonist Sal Paradise. Sam also has a small role in the 2011 German comedy Woman in Love.

Similarly, in Byzantium (2012), he appears as Darvell. And, in the year 2012, he was cast as Diaval in Disney’s Maleficent. Therefore, the film was released in May 2014. Further, in 2015, Riley played Benoit Labarie in Saul Dibb’s film adaptation of Irène Némirovsky’s novel Suite Française.

Sam was also cast as Fitzwilliam Darcy (Mr. Darcy) in the film, Pride and Prejudice, and Zombies, which was released in February 2016. This actor played the ‘not-so welcome’ returning prodigal brother David in the 2018 film Happy New Year, Colin Burstead by Ben Wheatley.

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Caption: Sam Riley and his co-star Angelina Jolie in ‘Maleficent’. Source: Pinterest


Sam was featured in the autumn/winter 2008 publicity campaign for the British fashion house Burberry, supervised by Christopher Bailey and shot by Mario Testino.

This personality modeled the fall/winter 2014 Stefano Pilati-designed couture collection of Ermenegildo Zegna. Moreover, he was named one of GQ’s 50 best-dressed British men in the year 2015.


For a few years, Sam was the lead singer of the Leeds band 10,000 Things, with whom he achieved moderate success.

Similarly, after their first release on indie label Voltage Records in the year 2002, they signed to major label Polydor for one self-titled album. However, they disbanded in the year 2005.

Brand Endorsements

Sam has been signed with William Morris of Endeavor Entertainment, Talent and Literary Agency, and Tavistock Wood Management, Talent Agency.

Personal Life

As of 2011, Sam lived in Berlin with his wife, Romanian-German actress Alexandra Maria Lara. The two first met while filming Control. And, the couple married in August 2009. Together, they have a son named Ben born in January 2014.

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Caption: Sam Riley and his wife. Source: Zimbio

Body Measurements

This man is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs around 74 kilos. Sam has a slim body physique and a pale appearance. His eyes as well as his hair are of dark brown color. Nothing more about his body stats is available on the internet.

Social Media

It seems like Sam is not active on any social media platforms. However, there are many Instagram as well as Twitter fan pages for him.

Net Worth

Sam Riley is an amazing actor who earns a handsome sum of money through his profession. Sam’s net worth is estimated at around $1 million.

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