Nigel Hawthorne

Nigel Hawthorne

Highest Rated: 100% Dreamchild (1985)

Lowest Rated: 38% Firefox (1982)

Birthday: Apr 5, 1929

Birthplace: Coventry, Warwickshire, England, UK

A staple of the British stage for nearly a quarter of a century before he gained his first significant measure of international notice, Nigel Hawthorne has had one of the acting profession's more slow-burning careers. However, it has been an undeniably distinguished career marked with any number of critical peaks, perhaps most notably his brilliant, Oscar-nominated title performance in Nicholas Hytner's 1994 adaptation of Alan Bennett's The Madness of King George. Born in Coventry on April 5, 1929, Hawthorne grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, where he moved with his family at the age of four. After attending the University of Cape Town, where he started acting, he returned to England in 1951. Determined to pursue an acting career, Hawthorne slogged away for years in relative obscurity, oftentimes hovering precipitously close to complete bankruptcy. His early career proved to be so disappointing that the actor returned to Cape Town for a time, but he ultimately returned to England to try his luck all over again. His second attempt was thankfully more successful than his first, and although it would be years before he would be duly appreciated, he did enjoy some measure of success in London's West End. Hawthorne's first helping of international acclaim came with his portrayal of Sir Humphrey Appleby on the popular British television series Yes, Minister during the '80s. His work on the political satire earned him a number of BAFTA awards and such fame in his native country that he was on occasion mistaken for being an actual politician, even, reportedly, by Queen Elizabeth herself. The actor went on to establish himself as one of Britain's great performers, winning a 1991 Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway production of Shadowlands and a 1992 Olivier Award (as well as an Evening Standard Award and a host of other honors) for his title role in the Royal National Theatre's production of The Madness of George the Third. His work in the latter play was adapted to the screen in 1994 with Nicholas Hytner's widely acclaimed The Madness of King George. Again, Hawthorne enjoyed great critical praise for his portrayal of the mentally unbalanced king, earning an Oscar nomination and a BAFTA award for his rich, manic, and ultimately dignified performance.Hawthorne, who had been appearing onscreen since 1972's Young Winston, subsequently did starring and supporting work in a number of high profile films, including Richard Loncraine's Richard III (1996), Steven Spielberg's Amistad (1997), The Object of My Affection (1998), and David Mamet's acclaimed adaptation of Terence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy (1999), which cast Hawthorne as the father of the title character. The actor, who offscreen has enjoyed a long relationship with writer Trevor Bentham, earned additional recognition for his contributions to film, television, and the theatre when he was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1987. In 1999, he was further recognized in the Queen's 1999 New Year's Honours List when he received a much-deserved knighthood.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Animal Stories - Furry Tales Actor 2005
No Score Yet Animal Stories - Animals Ahoy! Actor 2005
No Score Yet Call Me Claus Nick 2001
No Score Yet Animal Stories - Confident Creatures Actor 2001
No Score Yet Animal Stories - Awesome Attitudes Actor 2001
No Score Yet Victoria & Albert Melbourne 2001
No Score Yet Last Polar Bears Narrator 2000
89% Tarzan Professor Porter 1999
97% The Winslow Boy Arthur Winslow 1999
57% The Big Brass Ring Kimball Mennaker 1999
No Score Yet At Sachem Farm (Uncorked) (Trade Winds) (Higher Love) Cullen 1999
No Score Yet A Reasonable Man Judge 1999
76% Twelfth Night Malvolio 1998
65% Madeline Lord Covington 1998
53% The Object of My Affection Rodney Fraser 1998
No Score Yet The Clandestine Marriage Lord Ogleby 1998
77% Amistad Martin Van Buren 1997
No Score Yet Forbidden Territory: Search for Livingstone Livingstone 1997
No Score Yet Murder in Mind Dr. Ellis 1997
No Score Yet Inside Col. Kruger 1996
94% Richard III Clarence 1995
93% The Madness of King George King George III 1994
60% Demolition Man Dr. Raymond Cocteau 1993
No Score Yet Freddie as F.R.O.7 Brigadier G. 1992
No Score Yet Jenny's War Colonel 1992
No Score Yet King of the Wind Achmet 1990
100% Dreamchild Actor 1985
82% Turtle Diary Publisher 1985
55% The Black Cauldron Fflewddur Fflam 1985
No Score Yet The Chain Mr. Thorn 1985
No Score Yet Pope John Paul II Stefan Wyszynski 1984
57% The Plague Dogs Dr. Robert Boycott 1983
85% Gandhi Kinnoch 1982
No Score Yet Barchester Chronicles Dr. Grantly 1982
38% Firefox Pyotr Baranovich 1982
No Score Yet A Woman Called Golda King Abdullah 1982
No Score Yet The Hunchback of Notre Dame Magistrate 1982
58% History of the World---Part I Official 1981
No Score Yet Memoirs of a Survivor Father 1981
No Score Yet A Tale of Two Cities Actor 1980
82% Watership Down Campion 1978
No Score Yet Sweeney 2 Dilke 1978
No Score Yet The Hiding Place Pastor De Ruiter 1975
No Score Yet S*P*Y*S Croft 1974
50% Young Winston Boer Sentry 1972


No Score Yet Yes, Prime Minister
Sir Humphrey Appleby 1986
No Score Yet Fragile Heart
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
Charles Drummond
No Score Yet Yes, Minister
Sir Humphrey Appleby


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Professor Porter says: oh, ahem, should i leave you and the blackboard alone for a moment ?

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Fflewddur says: Oh, I wish I'd stayed at home.

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Dr. Raymond Cocteau says: Be well

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Sergeant John Spartan says: ...Be fucked.

Campion says: The whole world will be your enemy. Prince with a thousand enemies, and when they catch you they will kill you..but first...they must catch you

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Campion says: All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed.