BERNARD HILL (Phil Parsons)
is known for his astounding, multifaceted acting career that has spanned nearly
four decades on both sides of the Atlantic. He is now, perhaps, most
recognizable as King Theoden of Rohan in The Lord of the Rings: The Two
Towers, a role that garnered him (and his fellow cast members) a nomination
for a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a
Theatrical Motion Picture. He will reprise that role later this year in the
acclaimed trilogy's third and final installment, The Lord of the Rings: The
Return of the King.
Hill has starred in many top British feature films such as Mountains
of the Moon and Shirley Valentine as well as American motion
pictures, including Titanic (which earned him his first SAG nomination,
along with the rest of the cast, for Outstanding Performance by a Cast), True
Crime and The Ghost and the Darkness, among many others.
Born in Manchester, England, he made his English television
debut in 1973 in Mike Leigh's first film, Hard Labour. Balancing stage,
film and television work, Hill's other feature film credits include the films Gandhi,
The Bounty, No Surrender, Blessed Art Thou, A Midsummer
Night's Dream, Going Off Big Time, The Criminal and, more
recently, The Scorpion King.
He was also seen in the award-winning television productions
of I, Claudius, director Jane Howell's Henry VI trilogy, Richard
III, Antigone, Boys From the Black Stuff (for which he
received the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Best Actor award), The
Mill on the Floss and Great Expectations.
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