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Nigel Hawthorne

Nigel Hawthorne's performance in The Madness of King George earned him a 1994 Oscar nomination for Best Actor. The same role, at the Royal National Theatre and in the West End, won him four Best Actor awards, including an Olivier Award. His 1991 performance in Shadowlands was also nominated for an Olivier; for his work in the play's Broadway production, Hawthorne won both a Tony and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. Hawthorne has appeared in numerous productions at the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court and in the West End. Among his roles have been Blair in Hapgood, the Colonel in Jacobowsky and the Colonel, Mr. Posker in The Magistrate, Orgon in Tartuffe, Austin Sloper in The Heiress, Major Flack in Privates on Parade, Touchstone in As You Like It, and Brutus in Julius Caesar.

On television, Hawthorne is best-known for his award-winning performance as Sir Humphrey Abbleby in the BBC's political satires Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister. His television roles include Edgar Pascoe in The Fragile Heart, Dr. Ellis in Murder in Mind and the Colonel in Inside, directed by Arthur Penn for Showtime. His many film credits include Young Winston, Firefox, Gandhi, Turtle Diary, Demolition Man and, most recently, Richard III, in which he played Clarence.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Nigel Hawthorne Facts

Birth Name Nigel Barnard Hawthorne
BirthdayApril 5, 1929
BirthplaceCoventry, England, United Kingdom
Date of deathDecember 26, 2001 (age 72)
Awards1996 BAFTA Awards: Actor in a Leading Role (for The Madness of King George)

Selected Filmography

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