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Robert Hardy



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Gardens Of The National Trust
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Castle Ghosts of the British Isles
  • Actor
2009
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Cornelius Fudge
2007
No Score Yet The People's Passion
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Goodbye Mr Snuggles
  • Mr. Stiles
2006
93% Lassie
  • Mr. Justice Murray
2006
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Cornelius Fudge
2005
No Score Yet The Second World War
  • Actor
2005
91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Cornelius Fudge
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
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 Christmas at Ripon Cathedral
  • Actor
1987
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 The Great Manhunt
  • Assistant
1973
No Score Yet Dark Places
  • Edward/Andrew
1973
No Score Yet Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Sir Bertilac
1973
10% 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
70% 10 Rillington Place
  • Malcolm Morris
1971
80% Psychomania
  • Chief Inspector Hesseltine
1971
No Score Yet Berserk
  • Supt. Brooks
1967
54% How I Won the War
  • British General
1967
85% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Tite Barnacle Franklin D. Roosevelt Henry Beaumont Arnold Raeburn Neddy Welch
No Score Yet The 10th Kingdom
2000
  • Chancellor Griswold
No Score Yet Foyle's War
2002-2015
  • Henry Beaumont
Elizabeth R
1971
  • Robert Dudley
No Score Yet Inspector Lewis
2007-2015
  • Actor
No Score Yet Upstairs Downstairs
1971-1975
  • Sir Guy

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