His father was an accountant/financial manager and his mother was a classroom assistant.
Sam's paternal great-grandfather, Carlyle Cook Claflin, was American (born in Streetsboro, Portage, Ohio). His surname, "Claflin", originates with Robert MacClaflin, a Scottish immigrant to Massachusetts in the 1600s. Sam has English, with smaller amounts of Scottish, Welsh, and German, ancestry.
Graduated from the 3 Year BA (Hons) Acting course at LAMDA. (July 2009)
Good friends with Douglas Booth.
He is a ninth cousin of American actor Ashton Holmes (through shared "Claflin" ancestry).
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