THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION
Long one of the most respected and heralded actors of the British
stage and screen, NIGEL HAWTHORNE (Rodney Fraser) is
well known to American audiences for his work in numerous
films, perhaps most notably "The Madness of King George,"
for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award. The
role also brought Hawthorne a BAFTA Award for Best Actor and the
London Critics Circle Best Actor Award, among others. His recent
film roles include "Murder in Mind," Steven Spielberg's
"Amistad," Trevor Nunn's "Twelfth Night" and
Richard Loncraine's "Richard III." Other film roles
include "Demolition Man," "Firefox" and "Ghandi."
Hawthorne found previous success on stage with Alan Bennett's
hit play "The Madness of George the Third" in 1992 at
the Royal National Theatre, where he was landed with Best Actor
honors from the Olivier Awards, the Evening Standard, TimeOut
Readers' Award and Plays and Players Magazine. This honored production
went on to a U.S. tour. He directed and starred in "The Clandestine
Marriage" at the Queen's Theatre, and won a Tony Award for
his performance in "Shadowlands" at the Brooks Atkinson
Broadway Theatre. Other stage credits include Tom Stoppard's "Hapgood"
at the Aldwych Theatre, "Jacobowsky & the Colonel"
and "The Magistrate" at the National Theatre, and "Tartuffe"
at the RSC Pit, "Private on Parade" at the Aldwych Theatre,
for which he won the Clarence Derwent Award as well as the Society
of West End Theatres Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Hawthorne has equally impressive credits in British and American
television. He won a BAFTA Best Actor Award for "The Fragile
Heart," and for his portrayal of 'Sir Humphrey Appleby' in
the BBC comedies "Yes Prime Minister" and "Yes
Minister." He has starred in the popular series "Mapp
& Lucia" and appeared in the telefilms "Madame Curie,"
"Edward and Mrs. Simpson," "A Woman Called Golda"
and "Jenny's War," among many others.
Hawthorne was born in Coventry and brought up in South Africa.
He returned to the UK in the 1950s. His early theatre triumphs
include "Oh! What A Lovely War" for Joan Littlewood,
and played Prince Albert in Edward Bond's "Early Morning,"
which was the last play to be banned by the Lord Chamberlain.
At the Hampstead Theatre Club, he played a leading character in
Peter Handke's "Ride Across Lake Constance," which moved
to the Mayfair Theatre. He also received considerable acclaim
in Michael Frayn's "Clouds." Later, Hawthorne found
enormous success in the title role of "Uncle Vanya."
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