Sean Pertwee was born into a theatrical dynasty of actors. After training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Sean began his acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, most notably starring in Titus Andronicus directed by Deborah Warner.
After touring for three years, Sean continued his classical training by playing Julius Caesar for the BBC and Macbeth for Michael Bogdanov's production for C4 films. Since then, he has become instantly recognizable for both his film and television work.
On film, Sean began on the Joe Orton's biopic Prick Up Your Ears (1987), then went on to appear in Paul W.S. Anderson's Shopping (1994), playing opposite Jude Law. Followed by performances in Event Horizon (1997), Soldier (1998), Doomsday (2008), Love, Honour and Obey (2000), and the lead role in Neil Marshall's Dog Soldiers (2002). Other notable film credits include Screen Two: Deadly Voyage (1996); Wild Bill (2011); Blue Juice (1995), in which Sean played opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and Ewan McGregor; and The 51st State (2001) with Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Carlyle. Most recently, Sean played opposite Steve Coogan in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013).
Sean's extensive TV work saw him recently play the iconic role of Lestrade in the CBS show Elementary (2012) with Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes. He has also starred in The Musketeers (2014), Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989), the award-winning Luther (2010), and had a recurring role in the hugely popular Cold Feet (1997) with 'James Nesbitt' (I)_. Sean's other TV credits include Skins (2007), Bodyguards (1996), Jo (2013) with 'Jean Reno', Chancer (1990), The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992), Clarissa (1991) with Sean Bean, and Camelot (2011) with Joseph Fiennes and Eva Green.
Sean is set to appear as Alfred Pennyworth the unflappable butler, in the new Warner Bros. series Gotham (2014), which follows the story behind Commissioner James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival. Sean is a popular voiceover artist and can frequently be heard voicing documentaries, animated films, commercials, TV series, and video games, including Fable, Killzone, and Assassin's Creed.