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Sam Riley (born 8 January 1980) is an English actor, best known for playing the lead role of Ian Curtis in the movie Control, a biopic about the lead singer of the 1970s post-punk band Joy Division. His performance in the role won him the British Independent Film Award for "Most Promising Newcomer". He also won a Kermode for Best Actor 2007 for the film. At one point in the film, after Curtis has a seizure, the actor portraying Joy Division`s manager Rob Gretton (Toby Kebbell) comments to him "It could be worse; You could be the lead singer in The Fall". Sam Riley had played Mark E. Smith, lead singer of The Fall, in the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People but didn`t make it into the final cut. In September 2007, Riley was cast in Gerald McMorrow`s British science fiction film Franklyn. He will play a lead role in 13, an English-language remake of the French thriller 13 Tzameti. He is currently playing the role of Pinkie in a remake of Brighton Rock (film) alongside Helen Mirren.
Riley was born in Leeds and educated at Uppingham School, a public school in Rutland, from 1993 - 1998. For a few years he was the lead singer of the Leeds band 10,000 Things, with whom he achieved little success. He currently lives in Berlin with his wife and Control co-star Alexandra Maria Lara. They married in August 2009. He featured in the Fall/Winter `08 advertisement campaign for the English high fashion house Burberry.
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Samuel Peter W. Riley (born January 8, 1980) is an English actor and singer best known for his performance in the 2007 biographical film Control, about the life of Ian Curtis.
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