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      Nigel Hawthorne

      Nigel Hawthorne

      Highest Rated: 97% The Winslow Boy (1999)

      Lowest Rated: 53% The Object of My Affection (1998)

      Birthday: Apr 5, 1929

      Birthplace: Coventry, Warwickshire, England, UK

      The ultimate late-bloomer, British character player Nigel Hawthorne had nearly 45 years as an actor under his belt when he finally broke through to stardom with his compelling performance in the title role of "The Madness of King George" (1994). On stage, the role earned him an Olivier Award (among other honors), while the film version garnered both a BAFTA Award and a Best Actor Oscar nomination. But were it not for the insistence of playwright Alan Bennett and first-time feature director Nicholas Hytner (who had directed the play "The Madness of George III"), the role probably would have gone to someone with a more prominent Hollywood profile. Hawthorne's ability to be endearing in the part of a pompous, autocratic old bastard moved Bennett to write in the play's preface that "without Nigel's transcendent performance, the King could have just been a gabbling bore and his fate a matter of indifference." Hytner has said of the film: "We wouldn't have been able to do the movie in eight weeks if Nigel hadn't played it."

      Highest rated movies

      The Winslow Boy
      Richard III
      The Madness of King George
      Turtle Diary
      Amistad
      Twelfth Night
      Madeline
      Demolition Man

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      THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, Helen Mirren, Nigel Hawthorne, Amanda Donohoe, 1994, (c) Samuel Goldwyn MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, Nigel Hawthorne, 1994 THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, Nigel Hawthorne, 1994, (c) Samuel Goldwyn THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, Nigel Hawthorne, as George III, 1994. ©Samuel Goldwyn THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, from left: Helen Mirren, as Queen Charlotte, Nigel Hawthorne, as George III, Rupert Everett, as the Prince of Wales, 1994. ©Samuel Goldwyn THE WINSLOW BOY, (l to r): Jeremy Northam, Nigel Hawthorne, Matthew Pidgeon, Rebecca Pidgeon. 1999, (c) Sony Pictures Classics THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, 1994, (c)Samuel Goldwyn Films THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, Nigel Hawthorne, as George III, 1994. ©Samuel Goldwyn THE WINSLOW BOY, Nigel Hawthorne, Guy Edwards, 1999, (c) Sony Pictures Classics GANDHI, Roshan Seth as Nehru (seated left second from left), Ben Kingsley as Gandhi (seated left third from left), John Mills (standing center), Nigel Hawthorne (seated right center with mustasche), 1982, © Columbia MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, Rupert Graves, Nigel Hawthorne, 1994 RICHARD III, Nigel Hawthorne, 1995, (c)United Artists MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, Nigel Hawthorne, 1994 THE WINSLOW BOY, Nigel Hawthorne, Gemma Jones, 1999, (c)Sony Pictures Classics MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, Nigel Hawthorne, 1994 THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, Nigel Hawthorne, John Wood, 1994, (c) Samuel Goldwyn THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, 1994, (c)Samuel Goldwyn Films DEMOLITION MAN, Nigel Hawthorne, 1993, (c)Warner Bros. MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, Nigel Hawthorne, 1994, (c)Warner Bros THE WINSLOW BOY, Nigel Hawthorne, Guy Edwards, 1999, (c)Sony Pictures Classics

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 78% Victoria & Albert Lord William Lamb (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 43% Call Me Claus Nick (Character) - 2001
      57% 17% The Big Brass Ring Kim (Character) - 1999
      97% 78% The Winslow Boy Arthur Winslow (Character) $4.0M 1999
      89% 75% Tarzan Porter (Voice) - 1999
      No Score Yet 50% The Clandestine Marriage Lord Ogleby (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Reasonable Man Judge Wendon (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 88% At Sachem Farm Uncle Cullen (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 1998
      65% 43% Madeline Lord Covington (segment "Lord Cucuface") (Character) $29.8M 1998
      53% 51% The Object of My Affection Rodney Fraser (Character) $29.1M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trade Winds Uncle Cullen (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone David Livingstone (Character) - 1997
      78% 79% Amistad Martin Van Buren (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 24% Murder in Mind Dr. Ellis (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fragile Heart Dr. Edgar Pascoe (Character) - 1997
      76% 80% Twelfth Night Malvolio (Character) $551.5K 1996
      No Score Yet 77% Inside Colonel (Character) - 1996
      96% 85% Richard III George (Character) $2.4M 1995
      94% 80% The Madness of King George George III (Character) $15.2M 1994
      63% 67% Demolition Man Dr. Raymond Cocteau (Character) $57.2M 1993
      No Score Yet 40% Freddie the Frog Brigadier G (Voice) - 1992
      54% 48% The Black Cauldron Fflewddur Fflam (Voice) - 1985
      82% 76% Turtle Diary The Publisher (Character) $2.2M 1985
      No Score Yet 75% The Chain Mr. Thorn (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pope John Paul II Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski (Character) - 1984
      67% 90% The Plague Dogs Dr. Boycott (Voice) - 1982
      No Score Yet 38% A Tale of Two Cities Mr. CJ Stryver (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tempest Stephano (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jessie Mr. Edmonds (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 62% Sweeney 2 Dilke (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 87% The Hiding Place Pastor De Ruiter (Character) - 1975

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fragile Heart Dr Edgar Pascoe (Character) 1996
      No Score Yet 88% Yes, Prime Minister Sir Humphrey Appleby (Character) 1986-1988
      No Score Yet 92% Yes, Minister Sir Humphrey Appleby (Character) 1980-1982 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Charles Drummond (Character) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dad's Army Unknown (Guest Star) 1969