Nigel Hawthorne

Born Apr 5, 1929

Sir Nigel Barnard Hawthorne, CBE was an English actor, perhaps best remembered for his role as Sir Humphrey Appleby, the Permanent Secretary in the 1980s sitcom Yes Minister and the Cabinet Secretary in its sequel, Yes, Prime Minister. For this role he won four BAFTA Awards during the 1980s in the 'Best Light Entertainment Performance' Category.… Read More

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1929 Birth Born on April 5, 1929.


1950 21 Years Old Hawthorne made his professional stage debut in 1950, playing Archie Fellows in a Cape Town production of The Shop at Sly Corner.


1974 45 Years Old He made his Broadway debut in 1974 in As You Like It.


1985 56 Years Old Hawthorne was also a voice actor, and lent his voice to two Disney films: in 1985, Fflewddur Fflam in The Black Cauldron; and in 1999, Professor Porter in Tarzan.
1987 58 Years Old He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1987, and was knighted in 1999.


1990 61 Years Old He returned to the New York stage in 1990 in Shadowlands and won the 1991 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. … Read More
1995 66 Years Old An intensely private person, he was upset at having been involuntarily "outed" as gay in 1995 in the publicity surrounding the Academy Awards, but he did attend the ceremony with his long-time partner Trevor Bentham, speaking openly about being gay in interviews and his autobiography, Straight Face, which was published posthumously. … Read More
1996 67 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He later won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor, for the 1996 miniseries The Fragile Heart. … Read More
2001 73 Years Old Died on December 26, 2001.
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