Ryan Oliver Sampson is an English actor best known for his roles in After You’ve Gone as Alex Venables, Plebs as Grumio, and Brassic as Tommo. He also played Luke Rattigan in Doctor Who’s Series 4 two-part episodes ‘The Sontaran Stratagem’ and ‘The Poison Sky.’

He has also appeared in Glitchy, a show he created, The Frankenstein ChroniclesUp The Women, and The Work Experience, to name a few, and that doesn’t even include his theatre roles, which have included musicals, comedy, and new writing.

Ryan Sampson’s mum inspired him to become an actor

Sampson was born in the South Yorkshire town of Rotherham. He attended Anston Brook Primary Student before moving to Wales High School in Kiveton Park, where he featured in school plays such as The Little Shop of Horrors.

There is little to no information about his family on the internet. However, in an interview with Made in Shoreditch, the young actor mentioned that his mother was behind his career. 

He said, “My Mum-well, not inspire exactly, but she made it happen. When I was a kid I think she just knew I was a bit odd and I needed to go somewhere and pretend to be other people for a bit, so she found a youth theatre near us in Sheffield.”

“My Mum passed away a few years ago now, and I’d love more than anything for her to see me enjoying my job so much now. Albeit dicking about in Ancient Rome in a toga and a bowl cut,” the actor continued. 

Ryan Sampson is an openly gay man 

The actor, well known for his role as Grumio in all five seasons of the ITV2 sitcom Plebs, came out as gay on Twitter in response to “homophobic banter” on Instagram. 

On 20 February 2019, Sampson confirmed his homosexuality via Twitter, posting a photo of himself with his boyfriend. 

He captioned the picture: “Hi y’all. So. I was on Instagram, and I looked at my direct messages, and it turned out someone was trying to rope me into some (pretty creaky) homophobic banter. Huh! So, for clarity, here’s a pic of me and the boyf. Just to, y’know… straighten that one out. As it were.”

The name of his boyfriend is not known to the public.

Ryan Sampson started as a theatre actor

Sampson began his career at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. He previously starred in Wire in the Blood in 2003, In Denial of Murder, Heartbeat, and Holby City in 2006. 

He starred in the BBC Three pilot ‘The Things I Haven’t Told You,’ and as the young American prodigy Luke Rattigan in ‘The Sontaran Stratagem’ and ‘The Poison Sky’ in the 2008 series Doctor Who

He worked at the National Theatre in 2008. He appeared in the Channel 4 comedy series Fresh Meat in 2011. He appeared as a variety of characters in the ITV2 comedic program Glitchy in 2015. He also played Charles ‘Boz’ Dickens in ITV Encore’s The Frankenstein Chronicles in 2015.

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