Born the middle child of a Royal Air Force pilot and an Irishwoman, actor Ray Stevenson was born in Ireland but was largely raised in North East England. His parents would frequently drop him and his brothers off at the local cinema on Saturday mornings, and as a little boy staring up at the big screen, he knew that he wanted to become an actor but just didn't think it was a realistic dream. Though Stevenson entered into a career as an interior designer, the acting bug slowly ate away at him well into young adulthood. It was only after gaining courage through drink that he shared his dreams with a helpful Australian actor, who convinced him to enroll in evening classes, and Stevenson secured a spot at the Bristol Old Vic Theater School at the tender age of 27. Later, after training on the boards and honing is talents with a series of small-screen roles, Stevenson gradually transitioned to film work with parts in Paul Greengrass' The Theory of Flight and Antoine Fuqua's King Arthur. In 2005, the handsome star landed his highest profile role to date as the passionate Roman soldier Titus Pullo on the critically acclaimed BBC/HBO television co-production Rome.
Biography by Jason Buchanan
- At age 25, quit working as an interior designer and enrolled in drama school.
- Debuted on the big screen in The Theory of Flight (1998), playing a gigolo opposite Helena Bonham Carter.
- Established himself on television in the BBC/HBO series Rome, starring as Titus Pullo.
- Studied art in college and demonstrated his skill on the TV show Watercolour Challenge in 2001.
- Played the Cardinal in a 2003 Royal National Theatre production of The Duchess of Malfi, opposite Janet McTeer.