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      Nigel Terry

      Nigel Terry

      Highest Rated: 100% Blue (1993)

      Lowest Rated: 3% FeardotCom (2002)

      Birthday: Aug 15, 1945

      Birthplace: Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, UK

      This actor of stage and screen has devoted himself largely to period roles. Terry appeared in his native England with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Round House Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre and others, in such shows as "Romeo and Juliet" (1972), "'Tis Pity She's a Whore" and "Henry VI, Part III" (both 1977), "Pericles" and "Julius Caesar" (both 1979), and "The Duchess of Malfi" (1989). The dark-haired, handsome Terry made his film debut as the twitchy Prince John in the Katharine Hepburn/Peter O'Toole vehicle "The Lion in Winter" (1968), but did not appear onscreen again for thirteen years. His comeback was as King Arthur in John Boorman's sprawling epic "Excalibur" (1981). Terry was supported by such worthies as Helen Mirren as Morgana, Nichol Williamson as Merlin, Gabriel Byrne as Uther Pendragon, Liam Neeson as Sir Gawain, Patrick Stewart as Leondegrance and Corin Redgrave as the Duke of Cornwall. After appearing in the New Zealand-made biopic "Sylvia" and the thriller "Deja Vu" (both 1984), Terry teamed up with avant-garde director Derek Jarman for the 1986 drama "Caravaggio." Starring as the 16th-century painter, Terry was the centerpiece of this richly-shot, anachronistic and eccentric film. After a smaller role in "Song of Experience" (a 1986 coming-of-age tale), Terry re-teamed with Jarman to narrate "The Last of England" (1987), a bleak, dark look at Margaret Thatcher's post-industrial society. Next came Jarman's "War Requiem" (1988), which dealt with poet Wilfred Owen's experiences in WWI. That war again figured in "The Orchid House" (1991), in which Terry was the wounded veteran father of a family living in Dominica. He next played Mortimer, the bete noir of "Edward II" (1991), in Jarman's experimental, sexually explicit tale of the 13th-century King who was deposed and murdered with the help of his wife. Very freely adapted from Christopher Marlowe's 16th-century play, the film caused a sensation. Terry's next film, "Christopher Columbus" (1992) was a box office and critical disappointment, despite a marketable cast including Marlon Brando and Tom Selleck. Jarman again rode to the rescue with "Blue" (1993), his personal journal of his struggle with AIDS, narrated by Terry and others. Terry has appeared on such British TV series and movies as "Kenilworth," "The Golden Age," "Alexander," "Sherlock Holmes," "The Merry Wives of Windsor," "A Guilty Thing Surprised" and "Zorro." But he is best-known in the US for starring in the Thames Television International series "Covington Cross," which was shown on ABC in 1992. Terry played Sir Thomas Gray, a widowed knight in medieval England. Although Terry made occasional appearances on British television throughout the rest of his career, he remained primarily a stage actor. His infrequent big-screen roles included Zarathustra in "On Wings of Fire" (2001), the historical comedy-drama "The Emperor's New Clothes" (2001), and Wolfgang Petersen's "Troy" (2004). His final screen role came with "Genghis Khan: The Story of a Lifetime" (2010). Nigel Terry died on April 30, 2015, at the age of 69.

      Highest rated movies

      Blue
      Edward II
      The War Requiem
      The Lion in Winter
      Caravaggio
      The Emperor's New Clothes
      Excalibur
      Christopher Columbus: The Discovery

      Photos

      EXCALIBUR, Nigel Terry, 1981, (c) Orion EXCALIBUR, from left: Nicolas Clay, Nigel Terry, Cherie Lunghi, 1981. ©Orion Pictures EXCALIBUR, Nigel Terry, 1981, (c) Orion CARAVAGGIO, Spencer Leigh, Tilda Swinton, Nigel Terry, 1986 EXCALIBUR, Nigel Terry, 1981. ©Orion Pictures EXCALIBUR, Nicol Williamson, Nigel Terry, Cherie Lunghi, 1981, (c) Orion Pictures CARAVAGGIO, Sean Bean, Nigel Terry, Tilda Swinton, 1986 LION IN WINTER, Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn, Nigel Terry, John Castle, 1968 FEARDOTCOM, Nigel Terry, 2002, (c) Warner Brothers EXCALIBUR, Nigel Terry, Cherie Lunghi, 1981, (c) Orion EXCALIBUR, Nigel Terry as King Arthur, Nicholas Clay as Lancelot, 1981. ©Orion Pictures Corp THE LION IN WINTER, Katharine Hepburn, Nigel Terry, John Castle, 1968 EXCALIBUR, Nigel Terry (left) as King Arthur, Paul Geoffrey (right) as Perceval, holding the Holy Grail, 1981, (c) Orion CARAVAGGIO, Spencer Leigh, Nigel Terry, 1986 THE LION IN WINTER, from left: Nigel Terry, Katharine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine, Anthony Hopkins as Richard the Lionhearted, John Castle, 1968 EXCALIBUR, Nigel Terry, Clive Swift, 1981, (c) Orion EDWARD II, Tilda Swinton, Nigel Terry, 1991, (c)Fine Line Features FEARDOTCOM, Nigel Terry, 2002. ©Warner Brothers EXCALIBUR, Nigel Terry, 1981, (c) Orion EXCALIBUR, Nigel Terry, 1981, (c) Orion

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Genghis Khan: The Story of a Lifetime Mulwick (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 50% Red Mercury Lindsey (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Danielle Cable: Eyewitness Kenneth Noye (Character) - 2003
      3% 18% FeardotCom Turnbull (Character) $13.2M 2002
      73% 64% The Emperor's New Clothes Montholon (Character) $569.4K 2001
      No Score Yet 31% The Hunchback King Louis XI (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ebb-Tide Ellstrom (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 100% Devils Advocate Vittorio Vulliamy (Character) - 1995
      100% 87% Blue Unknown (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mushroom Picker Kostya (Character) - 1993
      7% 17% Christopher Columbus: The Discovery Roldan (Character) $7.8M 1992
      100% 75% Edward II Mortimer (Character) $1.7K 1991
      100% 62% The War Requiem Abraham (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Guilty Thing Surprised Denys Villiers (Character) - 1988
      82% 68% Caravaggio Caravaggio (Character) $3.2K 1986
      No Score Yet 20% Deja Vu Michael (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sylvia Aden Morris (Character) - 1985
      72% 80% Excalibur King Arthur (Character) - 1981
      91% 90% The Lion in Winter John (Character) $17.9K 1968

      TV

      Credit
      90% 65% Doctor Who Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 96% Foyle's War Hugh Jackson (Character) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Holby City Nigel Turrall (Character) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 1998