Long one of the most respected and heralded actors of the British
stage and screen, NIGEL HAWTHORNE 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,
Nicholas Hytner's THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION, Trevor Nunn's TWELFTH
NIGHT and Richard Loncraine's RICHARD III. Other film roles include
DEMOLITION MAN, FIREFOX and GHANDI. He plays President Martin
Van Buren in Steven Spielberg's AMISTAD.
Hawthorne found previous success on stage with Alan Bennett's
hit play "The Madness of George the Third" in 1992 at
the Royal National Theater, where he was lauded with Best Actor
awards 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 Theater, and won a Tony Award for
his performance in "Shadowlands" at the Brooks Atkinson
Broadway Theater. Other stage credits include Tom Stoppard's "Hapgood"
at the Aldwych Theater, "Jacobowsky & the Colonel"
and "The Magistrate" at the National Theater, "Tartuffe"
at the RSC Pit, and "Privates on Parade" at the Aldwych
Theater, for which he won the Clarence Derwent Award as well as
the Society of West End Theaters 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" for Channel 4, and four BAFTA Awards for his portrayal
of Sir Humphrey Appleby in the BBC comedy "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 1950's. His early theater 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 Theater Club, he played a leading character in
Peter Handke's "Ride Across Lake Constance," which moved
to the Mayfair Theater. He also received considerable acclaim
in Michael Frayn's "Clouds." Later, Hawthorne found
enormous success in the title role of "Uncle Vanya."
Nigel Hawthorne lives in London.
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