Samuel graduated from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School at the end of 2016, having previously been an active member of both Long Cloud Youth Theatre and Wellington High School Shakespeare Society. Samuel participated in many productions, plays, films and projects while at Toi Whakaari, while also commencing an independent practice exploring multi-media, including game design. Notable acting roles included Aristarkh in John Bolton’s production of Dying For It and the Priest in Annie Ruth’s adaptation of Mother Courage. At the beginning of the year Samuel performed in A Slightly Isolated Dog’s Jekyll and Hyde and Don Juan at Circa Theatre, before going on to participate in several short film projects. This included leading his own company, Don’t Shoot Films, to a Top 40 placing in London’s Super 8 film competition Straight 8 in May. Samuel is fresh from performing in the Basement Theatre season of Jekyll and Hyde.