August 15, 1980
Famous for his role as the dastardly Simcoe on "Turn: Washington's Spies" (AMC, 2016-), actor Samuel Roukin was born in Southport, England in 1980. Growing up in a home that treasured the art of storytelling, Roukin was attracted to the theater from a young age, and began appearing in school productions long before it occurred to him that this invigorating hobby could one day become a career. It wasn't until Roukin graduated from school that he realized this was a real possibility, and enrolled at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in lieu of college. While studying there, he made his first small appearance on screen as a reenactor in the documentary "Great Escape: The Untold Story" (2001). After completing his education at the Old Vic, Roukin embarked on a professional acting career in earnest, appearing in the TV movie "Housewife, 49" (ITV, 2006). By 2008, he landed his first big break in the sleeper hit "Happy-Go-Lucky" (2008). This led to the role of Snatcher in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" (2010) and eventually, a part on the series "Salem" (WGN, 2016) in 2016. Later that same year, Roukin took on the role of Simcoe. Though the character originally died in the show's pilot, the network was so taken with Roukin's performance that Simcoe became an integral part of the series.