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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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