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PATRICK STEWART (Winters) is an internationally respected actor, known for successfully bridging the gap between the worlds of classical theatre and contemporary film and television. Stewart most recently starred in "X-Men: The Last Stand,” the third installment of the blockbuster "X-Men” films, in which he reprised the role of Professor Charles Xavier.

He also starred in four installments of another successful movie franchise, the "Star Trek” features, bringing the character of Captain Jean- Luc Picard to the big screen in "Star Trek: Generations,” "Star Trek: First Contact,” "Star Trek: Insurrection” and "Star Trek: Nemesis.” For his portrayal of Captain Picard on the television show "Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Stewart received a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series in 1995. In addition to starring on the series for seven seasons, Stewart also directed several episodes.

Stewart earned another SAG Award nomination for his performance as Ebenezer Scrooge in TNT's 1999 presentation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol,” which he also executive produced. The television adaptation of "A Christmas Carol” continued Stewart's cherished association with the Dickens classic. In 1991, he introduced his widely acclaimed solo presentation of "A Christmas Carol,” in which he plays all of the story's more than 40 characters. Opening the show on Broadway, he went on to win a Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance. When Stewart took the play to London in 1993, he garnered an Olivier Award for Best Solo Performance and another Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor. He has since performed "A Christmas Carol” for rapt theatre audiences throughout the United States and England.

Bringing another literary classic to television, Stewart starred as Captain Ahab in the USA Network's 1998 presentation of "Moby Dick,” earning Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. He more recently received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in Showtime's remake of "A Lion in Winter.”

Additionally, Stewart gained an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Made for Television Movie for his work as an executive producer on that project.

Stewart most recently starred in the Granada television series "Eleventh Hour.” His long list of television credits also includes such longform projects as "King of Texas,” "Animal Farm,” "The Canterville Ghost,” "In Search of Dr. Seuss,” "The Devil's Disciple,” "Smiley's People,” "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark,” "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” "I, Claudius,” "North and South” and "The Gathering Storm.”

His additional film credits include "Excalibur,” "Dune,” "Lifeforce,” "Lady Jane,” "L.A. Story,” "Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” "Gunmen,” "Jeffrey,” "Conspiracy Theory,” "Masterminds,” "Dad Savage” and "Safe House.” He has also lent his distinctive voice to such animated features as "Prince of Egypt,” "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius,” "Chicken Little” and "Bambi II,” among others.

One of the most distinguished theatre actors of our time, Stewart has continued to return to the stage throughout his career. His extensive theatre repertoire encompasses numerous plays on Broadway and in London's West End, as well as the stages of major cities in the U.S. and his native England. He also has a longstanding relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company, which spans more than forty years and includes dozens of productions, both classical and contemporary.

On the 2001 New Year's Honours list, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II conferred on Stewart the order of the Officer of the British Empire (O.B.E.).

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