Robert Hardy

Birthday: Oct 29, 1925
Birthplace: Not Available
Robert Hardy is legendary in his native England for his skill and versatility as an actor. As an interpreter of fictional characters and historical personages, Hardy has received critical acclaim for roles in scores of outstanding films, TV programs, and plays presented throughout the English-speaking world. British, North American, and Australian audiences may remember him best for his roles as Winston Churchill in War and Remembrance (1989), Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small (1990), Arthur Brooke in Middlemarch (1994), Sir Toby Belch in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (1981), and the Earl of Leicester in the heralded Elizabeth R (1971). But Hardy has also distinguished himself in many motion pictures, including Mrs. Dalloway (1997), Sense and Sensibility (1995), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), The Shooting Party (1984), Young Winston (1972), 10 Rillington Place (1971), and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. Hardy brings to all of his roles an acting savvy honed to a fine edge by years of study and training at the best British institutions. Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, on October 29, 1925. At Oxford University, he studied under the great British author C.S. Lewis and graduated with honors, then joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1949. His experience there prepared him for roles in many Shakespeare productions, including A Midsummer Night's Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1959), a live-TV production of Henry V (1960), and Coriolanus (BBC, 1963). The rhetorical skills he developed in those roles served him well as a narrator or host of documentary productions such as Castle Ghosts of Ireland, Horses in Our Blood, and The Picardy Affair, about the Battle of Agincourt. His classical training has also enabled him to wear the mantle of historical personages such as Pontius Pilate in The People's Passion (1999), Prince Albert in Edward the King (1975), and Nazi foreign minister Joachim Von Ribbentrop in The Gathering Storm (1974). Hardy has a special interest in medieval history -- in particular, in the use of the longbow. Regarded as one of Britain's leading experts on that weapon, he has written a book about it, serves as a consultant on the longbow for organizations involved in history projects, and handcrafts longbows himself. Hardy, who first performed in stage plays in the late '40s, has always maintained a busy schedule. For example, between 1998 and 2001, he performed in ten film and TV productions. He is married to Sally Pearson, a costume designer.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Great Performances Actor 2010
No Score Yet Castle Ghosts of the British Isles Actor 2009
No Score Yet Gardens Of The National Trust Actor 2009
77% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Cornelius Fudge $292M 2007
No Score Yet The People's Passion Actor 2007
No Score Yet Goodbye Mr Snuggles Mr. Stiles 2006
93% Lassie Mr. Justice Murray $0.6M 2006
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Cornelius Fudge $290M 2005
No Score Yet The Second World War Actor 2005
90% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Cornelius Fudge $249.4M 2004
No Score Yet Death in Holy Orders Father Martin 2003
No Score Yet Demons Of The Mind Actor 2003
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Cornelius Fudge $261.9M 2002
No Score Yet Bertie and Elizabeth Franklin D. Roosevelt 2002
No Score Yet The Lost World Illingworth 2001
60% Thunderpants Doctor 2001
No Score Yet Sibirskiy tsiryulnik (The Barber of Siberia) Forsten 1999
71% Mrs. Dalloway Sir William Bradshaw 1998
No Score Yet Tichborne Claimant Rivers 1998
No Score Yet Gulliver's Travels Dr. Parnell 1996
No Score Yet Castle Ghosts of Scotland Actor 1996
98% Sense and Sensibility Sir John Middleton 1995
No Score Yet A Feast at Midnight Headmaster 1995
39% Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Prof. Krempe 1994
No Score Yet Middlemarch Actor 1994
0% Year of the Comet Actor 1992
No Score Yet Jenny's War Klein 1992
No Score Yet Blat Actor 1991
No Score Yet Paris by Night Adam Gillvray 1988
No Score Yet The Woman He Loved Churchill 1988
No Score Yet The Shooting Party Lord Bob Lilburn 1985
No Score Yet The Far Pavilions Actor 1984
No Score Yet Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years Actor 1981
No Score Yet Twelfth Night Sir Toby Belch 1980
No Score Yet Edward the King Actor 1975
No Score Yet The Gathering Storm Winston Churchill 1974
No Score Yet Dark Places Edward/Andrew 1973
No Score Yet Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Bertilac 1973
No Score Yet The Great Manhunt Assistant 1973
8% Night of the Lepus Prof. Dirkson 1972
44% Young Winston Prep School Headmaster 1972
No Score Yet Demons of the Mind (Blood Evil)(Nightmare of Terror)(Blood Will Have Blood) Zorn 1972
58% 10 Rillington Place Malcolm Morris 1971
83% Psychomania Chief Inspector Hesseltine 1971
No Score Yet Berserk Supt. Brooks 1967
50% How I Won the War British General 1967
86% The Spy Who Came In from the Cold Carlton 1965
No Score Yet Shakespeare's An Age of Kings Actor 1960
No Score Yet Torpedo Run Lt. Redley 1958

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Inspector Lewis
2007-2015
  • 2010
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Tite Barnacle Franklin D. Roosevelt Henry Beaumont Arnold Raeburn Neddy Welch
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 1983
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
Baydon Father Martin Winston Churchill Bayden
  • 2006
  • 2004
  • 1996
No Score Yet Foyle's War
2002-2015
Henry Beaumont
  • 2002
No Score Yet War and Remembrance
1988-1989
Winston Churchill
  • 1988
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Clarence
  • 1980
No Score Yet Elizabeth R
1971
Robert Dudley
No Score Yet Midsomer Murders
No Score Yet The 10th Kingdom
2000
Chancellor Griswold
No Score Yet The Saint
1962-1969
Faber
No Score Yet Upstairs Downstairs
1971-1975
Sir Guy

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