RAY STEVENSON, recently guest starred in the recurring role of ‘Isaac Sirko’ in Showtime's award winning series Dexter. He is best known for playing the character of legionary ‘Titus Pullo’ in the BBC/HBO television series Rome. Stevenson's portrayal of Pullo's fierce and loyal character and the character's development and adaptation to the changing circumstances of life and history has won both critical and public acclaim. He can also be seen in the Billy Bob Thornton directed film Jayne Mansfield's Car, opposite Robert Duvall, John Hurt and Kevin Bacon, which is due for release on October 7th.
Stevenson also stars in two major releases slated for 2013: As the mercenary ‘Firefly’ in G.I. Joe: Retaliation with Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis and directed by Jon M. Chu. Stevenson also reprises his role as ‘Volstagg’ in Thor: The Dark World, directed by Alan Taylor.
In 2011, Stevenson was one of the leads in Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers, as the Musketeer ‘Porthos’ opposite Logan Lerman, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz and Milla Jovovich; and as ‘Volstagg’ in Marvel Studios’ Thor, a character inspired by the Shakespearean character Falstaff and described as being over 1,000 pounds of muscle and the life of the party. This reunited him with the director, Kenneth Branagh, who acted opposite him in Theory of Flight for director Paul Greengrass. He also had the title role of the Irish-American mobster ‘Danny Greene’ in the Anchor Bay release, Kill The Irishman, directed by Jonathan Hensleigh.
Prior to that, Stevenson also starred in the post-apocalyptic Warner Bros. feature Book of Eli, opposite Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman for directors Albert and Allen Hughes, and the Columbia Pictures action comedy The Other Guys, opposite Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell for director Adam McKay. In 2008, he was seen as the lead in Punisher: War Zone, about the Marvel Comics anti-hero Frank Castle and his quest to rid the world of evil after the death of his wife and daughter. Stevenson’s prior film work includes the role of ‘Dagonet’ in Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur, for producer Jerry Bruckheimer; the cult favorite Outpost, for director Steven Barker; The Return of the Native, opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones; and Some Kind of Life, opposite Jane Horrocks.
His stage work includes playing ‘Christ’ in the York Mystery Plays in 2000 at York Minster. In 2001, he played ‘Roger’ in Mouth to Mouth, by Kevin Ely, at the Albery Theatre in London, with Lindsay Duncan and Michael Maloney and, in 2003, appeared as ‘Cardinal’ in The Duchess of Malfi, by John Webster with Janet McTeer, at the Royal National Theatre.
Born in Northern Ireland, Ray Stevenson grew up in England. He studied acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.