Who Is Sam Swainsbury? The 'Mum' Actor Has Starred In Some Of Your Fave Series

One of the most irritating things about watching TV is
recognising an actor, but not knowing where you recognise them
from. This is especially true for British talent who seem to pop up
in a wide variety of places. As the third and final season of BBC
Two sitcom Mum prepares to hit your screen, you may be wondering
about the background of its hilarious stars. Particularly the man
who plays the slightly dopey Jason. So just
who is Sam Swainsbury
?

It’s rather difficult to find out much about Swainsbury’s life
except for his previous roles. Even his age is a mystery. What the
world does know is that he
comes from Essex
and is experienced in stage, TV, and film.
According to his agent’s website, he has appeared in 15 plays
ranging from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to The Twilight Zone.

Swainsbury has also starred in a famous Hollywood franchise. In
2013, he played a
small role in Thor: The Dark World
. Remember when Professor
Erik Selvig (played by Stellan Skarsgrd) was running around
Stonehenge with no clothes on? Well, Swainsbury was the news
presenter reporting on Selvig’s seemingly bizarre behaviour. In the
same year, the actor played an expectant father in Call the
Midwife’s Christmas special.

Bigger roles came a few years later. In 2017, Swainsbury
appeared in a six-part ITV thriller series. Entitled Fearless, it
focused on the story of a human rights lawyer trying to prove a
convicted murderer’s innocence. Swainsbury starred as the alleged
killer, Kevin Russell.

Swainsbury’s career has recently reached new heights. This year
alone, he has starred in three separate productions. His film,
Fisherman’s Friends, is still in certain cinemas and tells the tale
of a group of Cornish fishermen who entered the top 10 music
charts.

He also appeared in an episode of Victoria as John Snow (no, not
that one); a doctor who closely studied cholera. “I
feel a responsibility to do this guy justice
because hes one of
the nations unsung heroes,” Swainsbury told What’s on TV at the
time. “It was believed then that [cholera] was air-borne but we see
John discover its coming from the water in a single pump. People
dont take him seriously at first, but he becomes paramount in
stopping the spread and helps save thousands of lives.”

But it is the actor’s role in Mum that has earned him national
recognition. The sitcom is all about how to navigate relationships
after losing a loved one. Lesley Manville plays widow Cathy while
Swainsbury plays her son Jason. The first season aired in 2016 and
the third which begins this week will keep you busy for the next
six weeks.

According to Swainsbury, the final season of Mum is “a belter.”
He told What’s on TV: “The scripts take a step up,
they are the best so far
. I dont think itll disappoint. Im so
different from Jason though because I describe him as slow of
thought but in real life Im suave and sophisticated!

And if you’re wondering whether it really is the last season,
sadly it’s true. Writer Stefan Golaszewski confirmed the news to
Digital Spy, saying: “I mean,
you could carry it on
, I suppose, but youd be doing it for all
the wrong reasons. I didnt want to flog it for the sake of it, and
I dont think that would be a very kind thing to do the audience
either. If there isnt a story to tell, dont tell it.”

Truer words were never spoken.

The final season of Mum starts on BBC Two at 10 p.m. on May
15.

Source: FS – All – Entertainment – News 2
Who Is Sam Swainsbury? The 'Mum' Actor Has Starred In Some Of Your Fave Series