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Nigel Hawthorne

Highest Rated:   100% Dreamchild (1985)
Lowest Rated:   44% Young Winston (1972)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
88% Tarzan
  • Professor Porter
1999
97% The Winslow Boy
  • Arthur Winslow
1999
67% 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
No Score Yet Uncorked
  • Actor
1999
74% Twelfth Night
  • Malvolio
1998
62% Madeline
  • Lord Covington
1998
49% The Object of My Affection
  • Rodney Fraser
1998
No Score Yet The Clandestine Marriage
  • Lord Ogleby
1998
76% 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
64% 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
90% 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
No Score Yet The Plague Dogs
  • Dr. Robert Boycott
1983
88% Gandhi
  • Kinnoch
1982
No Score Yet Barchester Chronicles
  • Dr. Grantly
1982
45% Firefox
  • Pyotr Baranovich
1982
No Score Yet A Woman Called Golda
  • King Abdullah
1982
No Score Yet The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Magistrate
1982
62% 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
44% Young Winston
  • Boer Sentry
1972

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