Bernard Hill

Bernard Hill


12/17/1944, Manchester, England, UK

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Bernard attended Xaverian College and later on attended the Manchester Polytechnic School of Drama. He was nominated for the award of 'best actor' at the 2006 BAFTA Television Awards for his portrayal of David Blunkett in the one-off satirical drama A Very Social Secretary (2005). Bernard now resides in Reydon, near Southwold.more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2004 Bernard read famous quotations about religion and atheism in the documentary Atheism: A Rough History of Disbelief which was written by Jonathan Miller.

    • Bernard Hill came to prominence in the role of the unemployed Yosser Hughes, a working-class man ultimately driven to the edge by an uncaring system, in Alan Bleasdale's BBC Play for Today The Black Stuff.

    • Bernard Hill also played the coroner Madgett in Peter Greenaway's Drowning by Numbers (1988).

    • In addition to TV roles, Bernard Hill appeared on stage in both The Cherry Orchard (Aldwych Theatre) and in the title role in Macbeth (Leicester Haymarket Theatre, 1986).

    • Bernard Hill attended Xaverian College, although at the time it was still a school.

    • In the movie blockbuster Titanic, Bernard Hill plays the RMS Titanic's Captain Edward J. Smith. For that role he was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture.

    • Bernard Hill appeared on stage in both The Cherry Orchard and as the title role in Macbeth.

    • Bernard Hill appeared as Egeus in the 1999 film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, this version being set in 19th century Tuscany, alongside such celebrities as Kevin Kline, Calista Flockhart, Christian Bale, Michelle Pfeiffer and others.

    • Bernard Hill read famous quotations about religion and atheism in the 2004 documentary Atheism: A Rough History of Disbelief by Jonathan Miller.

    • When Bernard Hill was due to leave the set of The Lord of the Ring, Peter Jackson gave Bernard Hill two gifts, Théoden's helmet and sword.

    • Bernard Hill admits that during the course of shooting he broke his sternum.

    • Bernard Hill has appeared in three films that won the Oscar for Best Picture - Ghandi (1982), Titanic (1997), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).

    • Whilst filming 'The Lord of the Rings', Bernard Hill had his ear slashed by a sword.

    • Bernard Hill has appeared in three versions of the Shakespeare play 'A Midsummer Nights Dream'.

    • Bernard Hill's birthday coincides with the release date of 'The Lord of the Ring: The Return of the King'.

    • Before Bernard Hill was cast as Theoden, king of Rohan, Peter Jackson considered Bernard Hill for the part as Gandalf the wizard.

    • Bernard Hill has a son called Gabriel.

    • Bernard Hill is a purple belt in karate.

    • Bernard Hill is an experienced horseback rider.

    • Bernard Hill is 5'10".

    • Bernard Hill is the only actor who can make the claim of having appeared in two of the three most Oscar-awarded movies of all times, 'Titanic' and ' The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King'.

  • Quotes

    • Bernard: (when asked if he was familiar with the book Lord of the rings prior to filming the movies) I've got a copy of it from 1977 for my birthday that I used as my reference. I can't own up to having read it all, it is a bit of a heavy read, but I read the second and third books when I heard that we were going to do this. The first book kind of twists and turns so much, it's much more whimsical than the other two. I thought I'll read the script and get some background from the script for (film) one, but as far as my character was concerned there's not really that much info in one at all.

  • Bernard Hill Was born on December the 17th, 1944 in England, Manchester. He is best known for his role as the captain of the ship Titanic in the movie Titanic. Bernard Hill is also well known for playing the role as king Théoden in The Lord of themoreless

    Bernard Hill (born December 17, 1944 in England, Manchester) is an English actor. He is most famous for his roles in the blockbuster movie 'Titanic', playing the role as the captain of the ship 'Titanic', Edward J. Smith, and for playing the role as 'Théoden, king of Rohan' in the two hit Lord of the Rings Movies 'The Lord of the rings: The Two Towers' and 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King'. Bernard Hill has also Appeared in many shows on TV such as 'Drowning by Numbers' (in 1988), as well as appearing on stage.moreless