Nigel Hawthorne

Nigel Hawthorne

Highest Rated: 97% The Winslow Boy (1999)

Lowest Rated: 53% The Object of My Affection (1998)

Birthday: Apr 5, 1929

Birthplace: Coventry, Warwickshire, England, UK

The ultimate late-bloomer, British character player Nigel Hawthorne had nearly 45 years as an actor under his belt when he finally broke through to stardom with his compelling performance in the title role of "The Madness of King George" (1994). On stage, the role earned him an Olivier Award (among other honors), while the film version garnered both a BAFTA Award and a Best Actor Oscar nomination. But were it not for the insistence of playwright Alan Bennett and first-time feature director Nicholas Hytner (who had directed the play "The Madness of George III"), the role probably would have gone to someone with a more prominent Hollywood profile. Hawthorne's ability to be endearing in the part of a pompous, autocratic old bastard moved Bennett to write in the play's preface that "without Nigel's transcendent performance, the King could have just been a gabbling bore and his fate a matter of indifference." Hytner has said of the film: "We wouldn't have been able to do the movie in eight weeks if Nigel hadn't played it."

Highest rated movies

The Winslow Boy
Richard III
The Madness of King George
Turtle Diary
Twelfth Night
Demolition Man




No Score Yet 77% Victoria & Albert Lord William Lamb (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 42% Call Me Claus Nick (Character) - 2001
57% 17% The Big Brass Ring Kim (Character) - 1999
97% 78% The Winslow Boy Arthur Winslow (Character) $4.0M 1999
89% 75% Tarzan Porter (Voice) - 1999
No Score Yet 50% The Clandestine Marriage Lord Ogleby (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Reasonable Man Judge Wendon (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 88% At Sachem Farm Uncle Cullen (Character),
Executive Producer
- 1998
65% 43% Madeline Lord Covington (segment "Lord Cucuface") (Character) $29.8M 1998
53% 51% The Object of My Affection Rodney Fraser (Character) $29.1M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trade Winds Uncle Cullen (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone David Livingstone (Character) - 1997
77% 79% Amistad Martin Van Buren (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 25% Murder in Mind Dr. Ellis (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fragile Heart Dr. Edgar Pascoe (Character) - 1997
76% 80% Twelfth Night Malvolio (Character) $551.5K 1996
No Score Yet 77% Inside Colonel (Character) - 1996
96% 85% Richard III George (Character) $2.4M 1995
94% 80% The Madness of King George George III (Character) $15.2M 1994
62% 66% Demolition Man Dr. Raymond Cocteau (Character) $57.2M 1993
No Score Yet 35% Freddie the Frog Brigadier G (Voice) - 1992
55% 48% The Black Cauldron Fflewddur Fflam (Voice) - 1985
82% 73% Turtle Diary The Publisher (Character) $2.2M 1985
No Score Yet 75% The Chain Mr. Thorn (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pope John Paul II Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski (Character) - 1984
63% 90% The Plague Dogs Dr. Boycott (Voice) - 1982
No Score Yet 35% A Tale of Two Cities Mr. CJ Stryver (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tempest Stephano (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jessie Mr. Edmonds (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 62% Sweeney 2 Dilke (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 87% The Hiding Place Pastor De Ruiter (Character) - 1975


No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fragile Heart Dr Edgar Pascoe (Character) 1996
No Score Yet 86% Yes, Prime Minister Sir Humphrey Appleby (Character) 1986-1988
No Score Yet 88% Yes, Minister Sir Humphrey Appleby (Character) 1980-1982 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Charles Drummond (Character) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dad's Army Unknown (Guest Star) 1969