The Making of The Pillars of the Earth


Bartholomew Waleran Bigod King Stephen Tom Builder Empress Maud Jack Ellen William Hamleigh Regan Hamleigh Aliena Prior Philip

Tom Builder

Tom Builder Mason and master-builder of the Kingsbridge Cathedral, Tom is a man relentlessly driven by the desire to build great buildings, but also must learn the art of politics as he manages the masons working under him and deals with the clerical and secular forces above him.

He brings many of the others’ dreams and desires to fruition or, in some cases, to ruin.

Rufus Sewell / Actor Bio

Rufus Sewelll was seen in Wes Craven's segment of  Paris Je T'aime, Michael Apted's Amazing Grace and Nancy Meyer's The Holiday . He starred in the critically acclaimed BBC production of “The Taming of The Shrew” for which he was nominated as Best Actor for a Bafta Television Award.  He was previously seen in Charles II: The Last King, Vinyan with Emmanuelle Beart and Downloading Nancy with Maria Bello and
Jason Patric.

Other films include Martin Campbell's The Legend Of Zorro and Kevin Reynold's Tristan & Isolde, Brian Helgeland's A Knight's Tale, Alex Proyas' futuristic thriller Dark City, Dangerous Beauty with Catherine McCormack, Illuminata directed by and co-starring John Turturro, Susan Sarandon and Christopher Walken, and Paramount Pictures' Bless The Child co-starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits.

Sewell first gained attention with his television debut in 1994 as “Will Ladislaw” in the BBC adaptation of “Middlemarch.”  He gained further acclaim in Christopher Hampton's feature film Carrington, opposite Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce, as well as John Schlesinger's Cold Comfort Farm.

On stage, Sewell made his West End theatrical debut in 1993 as the Czechoslovakian hustler in “Making It Better,” which won him the London Critics Circles' Best Newcomer Award. Other notable roles include the original production of Tom Stoppard's “Arcadia” at the National Theatre, “Pride And Prejudice” at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, as well as “As You Like It,” “The Seagull,” and “The Government Inspector,” all at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.  Sewell made his Broadway debut in 1995, opening to rave reviews in the revival of Brian Friel's “Translations,” opposite Brian Dennehy.  Other theatre credits include “Rat In the Skull,” a Royal Court Production directed by Stephen Daldry. Sewell also starred in the title role of “Macbeth” on London's West End, and John Osborne's “Luther” at the Royal National Theatre. Sewell most recently appeared on Broadway in Tom Stoppard's “Rock ‘n' Roll,” which he originated at The Royal Court Theatre and then played in London's West End.