Ryan Sampson

Last updated 09 January 2020

Ryan Sampson
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Ryan Oliver Sampson

Born: Thursday 28th November 1985 (age: 36)


Ryan Sampson is an English actor best known for playing Alex Venables in the British sitcom After You've Gone, where he played the son of Jimmy Venables, played by Nicholas Lyndhurst.

He played the child genius Luke Rattigan in 2007 Doctor Who stories "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "The Poison Sky".  

Sampson was born in RotherhamSouth YorkshireEnglandUK. He went to school in Kiveton Park (Wales High School) where he appeared in school productions. His sister has also appeared in various TV shows.

Sampson began his career at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre. Prior to After You've Gone, he appeared in Wire in the Blood, in 2003, In Denial of MurderHeartbeat and Holby City in 2006. He appeared in the BBC Three pilot The Things I Haven't Told You. In 2008 he worked at the National Theatre. In 2011 he played a small part in Channel 4's Comedy series, Fresh Meat.

He is also the main character in the video clip of Matt Fishel's Football Song[2] about a gay teenager in love with the captain of his school's football (soccer) team.