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BRIAN COX began his professional acting career just before his 15th birthday as an apprentice of the Dundee Repertory Theatre in his native Scotland. He enrolled in the prestigious London Academy of music and Dramatic Arts two years later, kicking off a highly successful stage career which continues to this day. Cox's plays on the West End and in British and Scottish repertory theatre have included As You Like It, Peer Gynt, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, When We Dead Awaken, In Celebration, Hedda Gabler, Cromwell, Julius Caesar, Herod, Macbeth, Danton's Death, Moby Dick, The Danton Affair, Misalliance, Three Sisters, The Taming of the Shrew (which earned him the British Theatre Assocation Drama Award for Best Award), Frankie & Johnny in the Claire de Lune and Richard III.

In 1985, Cox co-starred with Glenda Jackson in Strange Interlude on Broadway and in London, earning his second British Theatre Association Drama Award for Best Actor. later, his performance in Rat in the Skull in both New York and London occasioned his first Olivier Award.

Cox's portrayal of King Lear in the Royal National Theatre Company's world tour was the basis of his first book, The Lear Diaries. He received a second Olivier Award for the title role of Titus Adronicus for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He returned to the U.S. for both Skylight and St. Nicholas, and completed a critically acclaimed run on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning play Art. he recently returned to the London stage to star in the enthusiastically received Dublin Carol, and has directed productions of I Love My Life, Mrs. Warren's Profession, The Philanderer, The Master Builder and Richard III.

Cox made his feature film debut as Leon Trotsky in Nicholas and Alexandra, reprised his theatrical role in Lindsay Anderson's film of In Celebration and originated the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter in his first American film, Michael Mann's Manhunter. His numerous subsequent films in both Britain and the U.S. have included Hidden Agenda, Iron Will, Rob Roy, Braveheart, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Chain Reaction, The Glimmer Man, Kiss the Girls, Desperate Measures, The Boxer, Rushmore, The Corrupter, The Minus Man, For Lvoe of the Game, and recently, The Cup, 2001 Sundance Film Festival favorites Super Troopers and L.I.E., and Affair of the Necklace.

On television, Cox has appeared in The Year of the Sex Olympics, Z Cars, Minder and other series, the dramas Bach Cantatas, Churchill's People, Therese Raquin, The Lost Language of Cranes, The Cloning of Joanna May, Six Characters in Search of an Author and the mini-series The Devil's Crown, Grushko and Longitude. In the U.S., Cox starred with Alec Baldwin in the TNT film Nuremberg, and recently made his TV directorial debut on the HBO prison drama Oz.


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