Xavier Samuel (born 10 December 1983) is an Australian actor. He has appeared in leading roles in the feature films September, Further We Search, Newcastle, The Loved Ones and A Few Best Men, and played Riley Biers in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
Samuel made his debut on an Australian TV show named McLeod’s Daughters in 2003. He starred in the Australian horror movie Road Train as Marcus and also acted in the Australian movie Drowning with Elephant Princess star Miles Szanto, directed by Craig Boreham.
In 2009, he was cast as Brent in the Australian horror/thriller movie The Loved Ones in the lead role opposite Robin McLeavy. Although it received several award nominations, the film was a financial failure.
In early 2010, Samuel was cast as Riley Biers in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The film gave Samuel his first blockbuster film worldwide. Samuel received his first award nomination and win at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards.
In an interview with GQ Australia in November 2010, Samuel described the process of his shock Twilight casting. “I sent off the audition tape from Sydney, which landed in a big pile on someoneâ€™s desk. So then to actually hear something back was kind of unusual. I guess I was a bit of a gamble, but itâ€™s bizarre and wonderful”.
Samuel appeared in the 2011 film Anonymous.
He plays a lead role in A Few Best Men (2011-2012).
He was cast in 3D feature Bait and short film Sanctuary, both still under production as of 1 June 2012.