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Nigel Hawthorne (1929–2001)


Born in Coventry, England on 5 April 1929. Raised in South Africa. Returned to the UK in the 1950s. Extensive theatre work in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. His portrayal of "Sir Humphrey Appleby" in the BBC comedy Yes Minister (1980) won him international acclaim in the 1980s. In 1992, he was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for his "... See full bio »

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Amistad
Amistad Martin Van Buren
(1997)
Tarzan
Tarzan Professor Porter
(1999)
Demolition Man
Demolition Man Dr. Raymond Cocteau
(1993)
Gandhi
Gandhi Kinnoch
(1982)

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 2001 Tarzan Untamed (Video Game)
Professor Porter (voice)
 2001 Call Me Claus (TV Movie)
Nick
 2001 Victoria & Albert (TV Movie)
Lord William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
 2000 The Last Polar Bears (TV Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1999 The Clandestine Marriage
Lord Ogleby
 1999 Tarzan
Professor Porter (voice)
 1999 A Reasonable Man
Judge Wendon
 1999 The Winslow Boy
Arthur Winslow
 1999 The Big Brass Ring
Kim
 1998 At Sachem Farm
Uncle Cullen
 1998 Madeline
Lord Covington (segment "Lord Cucuface")
 1998 Animal Stories (TV Series)
Narrator
 1998 The Object of My Affection
Rodney Fraser
 1998 Jeff Wayne's the War of the Worlds (Video Game)
The General (voice)
 1997 Russia's War: Blood Upon the Snow (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator
- Between Life and Death ... Narrator
 1997 Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone (TV Movie)
David Livingstone
 1997 Amistad
Martin Van Buren
 1997 Murder in Mind
Dr. Ellis
 1996 The Fragile Heart (TV Series)
Dr. Edgar Pascoe
 1996 Inside (TV Movie)
Colonel
 1996 The Happy Prince (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1995 Richard III
Clarence
 1994 The Madness of King George
George III
 1994 Late Flowering Lust (TV Movie)
Cousin John
 1993 Demolition Man
Dr. Raymond Cocteau
 1992 Freddie as F.R.O.7.
Brigadier G (voice)
 1992 Screen Two (TV Series)
Kryst
- Flea Bites (1992) ... Kryst
 1991 Performance (TV Series)
Brian Leary
- The Trials of Oz (1991) ... Brian Leary
 1990 King of the Wind
Achmet
 1990 Relatively Speaking (TV Movie)
Philip Carter
 1989 En håndfull tid
Ted Walker
 1989 Screenplay (TV Series)
Rev. Jonathan Guerdon (segment "From Sleep and Shadow")
- The Spirit of Man (1989) ... Rev. Jonathan Guerdon (segment "From Sleep and Shadow")
 1989 The Play on One (TV Series)
John
- The Shawl (1989) ... John
 1988 Rarg (Short)
Storyteller (voice)
 1988 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Harpagon
- The Miser (1988) ... Harpagon
 1986-1988 Yes, Prime Minister (TV Series)
Sir Humphrey Appleby
- The Tangled Web (1988) ... Sir Humphrey Appleby
- The National Education Service (1988) ... Sir Humphrey Appleby
- The Patron of the Arts (1988) ... Sir Humphrey Appleby
- Power to the People (1988) ... Sir Humphrey Appleby
- A Conflict of Interest (1987) ... Sir Humphrey Appleby
 1985-1986 Mapp & Lucia (TV Series)
Georgie Pillson
- Au Reservoir (1986) ... Georgie Pillson
- Worship (1986) ... Georgie Pillson
- Lady Bountiful (1986) ... Georgie Pillson
- Change and Change About (1986) ... Georgie Pillson
- Winner Takes All (1986) ... Georgie Pillson
 1985 Turtle Diary
The Publisher
 1985 The Black Cauldron
Fflewddur Fflam (voice)
 1985 Jenny's War (TV Series)
Colonel
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Colonel
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Colonel
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Colonel
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Colonel
 1980-1984 Yes Minister (TV Series)
Sir Humphrey Appleby
- Party Games (1984) ... Sir Humphrey Appleby
- The Middle-Class Rip-Off (1982) ... Sir Humphrey Appleby
- The Whisky Priest (1982) ... Sir Humphrey Appleby
- The Bed of Nails (1982) ... Sir Humphrey Appleby
- The Moral Dimension (1982) ... Sir Humphrey Appleby
 1984 The Chain
Mr. Thorn
 1984 The House (TV Movie)
General Fagg
 1984 Pope John Paul II (TV Movie)
Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski
 1983 Tartuffe, or The Impostor (TV Movie)
Orgon
 1983 Dead on Time (Short)
Doctor
 1982 The Barchester Chronicles (TV Mini-Series)
Archdeacon Grantly / Archdeacon Theophilus Grantly
- Part 7 (1982) ... Archdeacon Grantly
- Part 6 (1982) ... Archdeacon Grantly
- Part 5 (1982) ... Archdeacon Grantly
- Part 4 (1982) ... Archdeacon Grantly
- Part 3 (1982) ... Archdeacon Grantly
 1982 Gandhi
Kinnoch
 1982 The Plague Dogs
Dr. Boycott (voice)
 1982 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Mr. Sneer
- The Critic (1982) ... Mr. Sneer
 1982 Firefox
Pyotr Baranovich
 1982 The World Cup: A Captain's Tale (TV Movie)
John Westwood
 1982 A Woman Called Golda (TV Movie)
King Abdullah
 1982 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV Movie)
Magistrate at Esmeralda's trial
 1971-1981 Play for Today (TV Series)
Václav Havel / Fulton / Mr. Edmonds / ...
- Protest (1981) ... Václav Havel
- Jessie (1980) ... Mr. Edmonds
- Destiny (1978) ... Major Lewis Rolfe
- Buffet (1976) ... Jack
 1981 Memoirs of a Survivor
Victorian Father
 1981 History of the World: Part I
Citizen Official - The French Revolution
 1981 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Charles Drummond
- The Last Bottle in the World (1981) ... Charles Drummond
 1980 A Tale of Two Cities (TV Movie)
Mr. CJ Stryver
 1980 The Good Companions (TV Mini-Series)
Rev. Chillingford
- Miss Trant Pays the Bill (1980) ... Rev. Chillingford
 1980 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Trevor
- A Rod of Iron (1980) ... Trevor
 1980 Jukes of Piccadilly (TV Series)
Brinsley Jukes
- Dulverton Green: Part 2 (1980) ... Brinsley Jukes
- Dulverton Green: Part 1 (1980) ... Brinsley Jukes
- The Case of the Arabian Kidnap: Part 2 (1980) ... Brinsley Jukes
- The Corcelli Medallion: Part 2 (1980) ... Brinsley Jukes
- The Case of the Arabian Kidnap: Part 1 (1980) ... Brinsley Jukes
 1980 The Tempest (TV Movie)
Stephano
 1976-1980 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Fenton / Tenby
- The Enigma (1980) ... Fenton
- Play Things (1976) ... Tenby
 1980 Festival: The Misanthrope (TV Movie)
Philinte
 1979 The Other Side (TV Series)
Skellow
- Underdog (1979) ... Skellow
 1979 Thomas and Sarah (TV Series)
Wilson
- The New Rich (1979) ... Wilson
 1979 The Knowledge (TV Movie)
Mr. Burgess
 1978 Edward & Mrs. Simpson (TV Mini-Series)
Walter Monkton
- The Abdication (1978) ... Walter Monkton
- Proposals (1978) ... Walter Monkton
- The Decision (1978) ... Walter Monkton
- The Divorce (1978) ... Walter Monkton
- The New King (1978) ... Walter Monkton
 1978 The Sailor's Return
Mr. Fosse
 1978 Watership Down
Capt. Campion (voice, as Nigel Hawthorn)
 1978 Holocaust (TV Mini-Series)
Ohldendorf
- Part 2 (1978) ... Ohldendorf
 1978 Sweeney 2
Dilke
 1978 Going Straight (TV Series)
Worm Wellings
- Going Going Gone (1978) ... Worm Wellings
 1978 Breakaway Girls (TV Series)
Derek Carter
- Sarah Carter (1978) ... Derek Carter
 1978 Warrior Queen (TV Series)
Catus Decianus
- Episode #1.4 (1978) ... Catus Decianus
- Episode #1.3 (1978) ... Catus Decianus
- Episode #1.2 (1978) ... Catus Decianus
- Episode #1.1 (1978) ... Catus Decianus
 1977 Just William (TV Series)
Mr. Croombe
- The Great Detective (1977) ... Mr. Croombe
 1977 Spiderweb (Short)
Lönnrot
 1977 Marie Curie (TV Mini-Series)
Pierre Curie
- Episode #1.4 (1977) ... Pierre Curie
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... Pierre Curie
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... Pierre Curie
- Episode #1.1 (1977) ... Pierre Curie
 1977 Eleanor Marx (TV Series)
Engels
- Eleanor (1977) ... Engels
- Tussy (1977) ... Engels
 1977 Crown Court (TV Series)
Dr. William Ranford
- Beauty and the Beast: Part 1 (1977) ... Dr. William Ranford
 1976 Bill Brand (TV Mini-Series)
Browning
- Yarn (1976) ... Browning
 1976 Couples (TV Series)
Mr. Laker
- Episode #1.48 (1976) ... Mr. Laker
- Episode #1.47 (1976) ... Mr. Laker
- Episode #1.46 (1976) ... Mr. Laker
 1975 Decisions, Decisions (Video short)
 1975 The Hiding Place
Pastor De Ruiter
 1974 Miss Nightingale (TV Movie)
Dr. Lewis
 1974 Occupations (TV Movie)
Libertini
 1974 S*P*Y*S
Croft
 1973 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Hugh
- A Question of Everything (1973) ... Hugh
 1973 Hadleigh (TV Series)
Oliver Mason
- Second Thoughts (1973) ... Oliver Mason
- First Impression (1973) ... Oliver Mason
 1972 Young Winston
Boer Sentry (uncredited)
 1971 Hine (TV Series)
Freddy Ambercourt
- Everything I Am I Owe (1971) ... Freddy Ambercourt
 1971 The Last of the Baskets (TV Series)
Mr. Snodgrass
- For Richer, for Poorer (1971) ... Mr. Snodgrass
 1969 Dad's Army (TV Series)
the Angry Man
- The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones (1969) ... the Angry Man
 1969 The Gnomes of Dulwich (TV Series)
Gnome
- Episode #1.6 (1969) ... Gnome
 1969 Mrs. Wilson's Diary (TV Movie)
Roy Jenkins
 1965 Jury Room (TV Series)
David Hemming - Juror
- The Dilke Affair (1965) ... David Hemming - Juror
 1964 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Colin Davies
- Episode #1.769 (1964) ... Colin Davies
 1964 Detective (TV Series)
Temple Doorkeeper
- Death in Ecstacy (1964) ... Temple Doorkeeper
 1963 Bud (TV Series)
Trefor Jones
- Episode #1.5 (1963) ... Trefor Jones
 1963 Man of the World (TV Series)
Assistant director
- The Bandit (1963) ... Assistant director
 1963 The Desperate People (TV Series)
Cliff Fletcher
- Episode #1.6 (1963) ... Cliff Fletcher
- Episode #1.5 (1963) ... Cliff Fletcher
- Episode #1.4 (1963) ... Cliff Fletcher
- Episode #1.3 (1963) ... Cliff Fletcher
 1962 The Last Man Out (TV Series)
Gestapo Man
- The Way Out (1962) ... Gestapo Man
 1958 Carve Her Name with Pride
Soldier in Park (uncredited)
 1957 Villette (TV Mini-Series)
Second Footman
- Episode #1.2 (1957) ... Second Footman
- Episode #1.1 (1957)
 1957 Huntingtower (TV Series)
Sinster man
- Episode #1.3 (1957) ... Sinster man
 1957 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Captain the Contino Sevastien Jacono de Piero
- His Excellency (1957) ... Captain the Contino Sevastien Jacono de Piero
 1957 Bonehead (TV Series)
Bit Part
- Pilot (1957) ... Bit Part
 1957 The Royal Astrologers (TV Movie)
Third Thief
 1956 The Goose Girl (TV Movie)
 1956 Cry Wolf! (TV Movie)
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Other Works:

He acted in William Nicholson's play, "Shadowlands," at the Queens Theatre in London, England with Jane Lapotaire in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 13 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Nigel Hawthorne CBE | Nigel Hawthorn | Sir Nigel Hawthorne

Height:

5' 11½" (1.82 m)
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Personal Quote:

There's something idiotic and at the same time rather exciting about Cannes.

Trivia:

He was awarded the 1992 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in "The Madness of George III". See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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