Nigel Hawthorne

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Nigel Hawthorne

Born

4/5/1929, Coventry, England

Died

12/26/2001

Birth Name

Nigel Barnard Hawthorne

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Sir Nigel Hawthorne
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Biography

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Nigel Hawthorne was born in Coventry in 1929, but moved with his family to South Africa soon afterwards. An authoritarian upbringing and brutal schooling left Hawthorne lonely and lacking in confidence. After appearing in a Cape Town theatre production, Hawthorne was convinced he would find happiness on the…more

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  • Trivia

    • Nigel Hawthorne won both the London Drama Critics Awards and Laurence Olivier Award in 1992 for his performance in The Madness of George III.

    • Nigel Hawthorn made his directorial début with The Clandestine Marriage, a hit 1995 London production.

    • Nigel Hawthorne auditioned each year for over a decade at the Royal Shakespeare Company's annual acceptance auditions, and was never offered a place with the company.

    • Nigel Hawthorne's first job was a motor insurance salesman, even though he didn't drive a car at the time and would not learn to do so until he was almost fifty years old.

    • Nigel Hawthorne's performance as C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands won him both the Tony and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in 1991.

    • Nigel Hawthorne was the Honorary Patron of the Australian independent film production company, Salmac Productions.

    • Nigel Hawthorne did a small uncredited cameo appearance in the Crimson Insurance sketch in Monty Python's Meaning of Life. He is the man that is walking past the building as the anchors are raised.

    • Nigel Hawthorn was offered the role of Captain Striker in the Doctor Who episode Enlightenment but turned it down: it eventually went to Keith Barron.

    • The first film Nigel Hawthorne ever saw was Disney's Snow White he saw it in its première season in 1937. He was a fan of Disney for his entire life.

    • Nigel Hawthorne won a BAFTA (TV) for Best Actor in 1997 for The Fragile Heart.

    • Nigel Hawthorne won a BAFTA (Film) for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 1996 for The Madness of King George.

    • Nigel Hawthorne won a BAFTA (TV) for Best Light Entertainment Performance in 1982 & 1983 for Yes, Minister and in 1987 & 1988 for Yes, Prime Minister.

    • Nigel Hawthorne was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor in a leading role for The Madness of King George in 1995.

    • Nigel Hawthorne held an honorary MA from Sheffield University and two honorary doctorates. One from Keele University the and the other from University of Hertfordshire.

    • He was a vegetarian.

    • Nigel Hawthorne was awarded the CBE (Commander of the order of the British Empire) for his services to the Theatre, Film and Television in 1999.

    • Despite being born in England, Hawthorne was raised in South Africa.

  • Quotes

    • Nigel Hawthorne: (About his role in Inside) Not a particularly nice gentleman, as you may suspect. I remember growing up knowing there were characters like that around, brutally loathsome people who caused such fear. I wanted to make this film as my act of revenge on them.

    • Nigel Hawthorn: A lot of actors like to work out what they're going to do. I don't. It's very much like a tennis match. You don't know what you're going to do until the other person suggests things. That's the way I work in the theatre. It drives people mad.

    • Nigel Hawthorne: I think all the quirky things that I have in me, all my oddnesses and my mannerisms and my absurdities and my shortcoming and my weaknesses and my faults are all useful. They are the things that I tap into when I'm working on a role, they are what make up what I am, and I know them very well.

    • Nigel Hawthorne: In the academic world of the University of Capetown I slid into an English course, and as part of the course there was the occasional production, the first of these being She Stoops to Conquer. I played an incredibly old man, Sir Somebody-Somebody, the first in a long line of Sir Somebody-Somebodies.

    • Nigel Hawthorne: I feel that too much fuss is made about being gay. I've been a homosexual all my life. My partner and I don't want to stand up and say we're gay, because we think that's wrong. The best way to get people to accept you is to move about the community and show them there's nothing to be afraid of.

    • Nigel Hawthorne: (About his role in Yes, Minister) I'm always astonished that people still remember that show. In America people come up to me and say, 'Hi, Sir Humph!', I can walk down Whitehall today and every policeman on the beat will say good morning to me.

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