Nigel Hawthorne
British actor
Nigel Hawthorne
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.
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First Nighter: Shelagh Delaney's "A Taste of Honey" Tastily Revived
Huffington Post - 5 months
Man-About-New-York-Theater Austin Pendleton opened his classy Mint Theater revival of N. C. Hunter's 1953 A Day by the Sea only three week's ago, and here he is with his stylish take on Shelagh Delaney's 1958 A Taste of Honey, at the Pearl Theatre Co. Don't waste time asking how the polymath doe it--he directs, acts, writes, teaches. Just be grateful that he does. And certainly don't ask when he sleeps. Perhaps he doesn't. An intriguing take on these revivals is that they're both English plays of the 1950s, but there's a chasm between them--a chasm that Pendleton vaults with no problem whatsoever. Hunter, now close to forgotten (which makes him of immediate interest to Mint artistic director Jonathan Bank), was lauded in his time as one of the Terence Rattigan-like playwrights of the period. But Rattigan, Hunter and similar masters of the well-made play were tossed away as so many babies with the bath water when, in 1956, John Osborne's Look Back in Anger opened at the Royal ...
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Yes, Prime Minister: The faces have changed but the biting political satire hasn't
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
They were Mrs Thatcher’s favourite sitcoms and Nigel Hawthorne won four BAFTAs for his performance as Whitehall mandarin Sir Humphrey Appleby.
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What's on Today
NYTimes - over 5 years
8 P.M. (HBO) MEGAMIND (2010) Will Ferrell lends his voice to this movie's blue-tinted, egg-headed title character, above, a hypersensitive brainiac who faces an existential crisis after one of his grandiose, evil schemes to vanquish his nemesis, the Elvis-coiffed Metro Man (Brad Pitt), actually works. Jonah Hill is Hal, the nerdy redheaded
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The Madness of George III: Theatre Royal, Bath - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
What's more, Nigel Hawthorne was so magnificent in the play and subsequent film that many must have felt no one could match him. However, David Haig, one of the most sympathetic of British actors, with great gifts for comedy and pathos,
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COMEDY RULES: FROM THE CAMBRIDGE FOOTLIGHTS TO YES, PRIME MINISTER BY JONATHAN ... - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Mrs Thatcher loved it so much she even appeared in a sketch, alongside Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne. Lynn believes a quip he made in her hearing - that 'Mrs Thatcher is taking her rightful place in the field of situation comedy' - cost him his
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The Diary: Jonathan Lynn - Financial Times
Google News - over 5 years
The big problem for me, personally, when I came to direct the play was putting the performances of the original cast Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds right out of my mind. I'm proud to say I never said, “Paul/Nigel would have done it
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TV matters: Yes, Minister - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Either the timing was a coincidence or the show was no joke to the civil service, although it was so admired by Margaret Thatcher that, at one point, she wrote her own laboriously unfunny script for it and coerced Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne
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Kieślowski, Fellini i Kusturica - Gazeta Wyborcza
Google News - over 5 years
Następnie doprowadza do śmierci swojego starszego brata George'a (Nigel Hawthorne). Król pogrąża się w smutku po stracie krewnego i umiera. Na drodze do władzy absolutnej stoi już tylko młody książę Walii. Ryszard postanawia uwięzić go w Tower i
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Nebunia regelui George - PORT.ro
Google News - over 5 years
Acţiunea filmului începe foarte aproape de cea de-a treia decadă a domniei lui George (Nigel Hawthorne), în anul 1788, când regele începuse să dea semne evidente de demenţă manifestate prin izbucniri şi atacuri violente, limbaj "colorat" şi pierderi de
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This week's new theatre - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Here, David Haig plays King George (a role originated by Nigel Hawthorne), a man who has lost the American colonies and now fears that he is losing his mind as well. It's a big drama that brings to life the 18th-century court and the political
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British actor John Wood dead at 81 - UPI.com
Google News - over 5 years
LAP96021356-13FEBRUARY1996-BEVERLY HILLS,CALIFORNIA,USA: Ian McKellen, Kate Stevenson-Payne, John wood, Matthew Groom, Annette Bening, Nigel Hawthorne and Maggie Smith, left to right, star in United Artists' version of Shakespeare's compelling tale of
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Jim Hacker's next 'brave' move - The Australian
Google News - over 5 years
The television show, which co-starred Nigel Hawthorne as impenetrable cabinet secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby, embodying the will of the British civil service, won numerous awards for its quick-witted portrayal of the relationship between public
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theartsdesk MOT: Yes, Prime Minister, Apollo Theatre - The Arts Desk
Google News - over 5 years
Yes, Prime Minister is the stage version of the long-running 1980s BBC television shows Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, which memorably starred Nigel Hawthorne and Paul Eddington. First seen at Chichester last year, the play now returns,
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Review of Yes, Prime Minister at the Apollo Theatre, West End *** - News Shopper
Google News - over 5 years
Both make the characters their own and successfully manage to step out of the shadow of actors Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne, who immortalised the roles in the original series. It's an enjoyable couple of hours spent in the company of eloquently
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Five great plays about politicians - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Adapted by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn from the priceless BBC TV series starring Nigel Hawthorne and the much-missed Paul Eddington, Yes, Prime Minister first arrived on stage in 2010 at Chichester Festival Theatre and is currently playing in the West
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Yes, Prime Minister - WhatsOnStage.com
Google News - over 5 years
The show's saving graces come in the form of Williams' strong turn as Sir Humphrey, giving the character the toothy veneer of a game-show host which works quite brilliantly and escapes the considerable shadow of Sir Nigel Hawthorne, and a brilliant
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Ofcom looks to FM Radio white spaces for rural broadband - IT PRO
Google News - over 5 years
Nigel Hawthorne, EMEA vice president of marketing at Blue Coat, recently told IT Pro over Twitter he was looking forward to the days when white spaces would provide for rural homes like his. “Economically cables of any sort (copper, fibre) just aren't
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Naked civil servant who mocked Eric Pickles is stripped of job - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
The blogging civil servant described himself as a “lazy good for nothing civil servant” and illustrated his online profile with a photograph of Sir Nigel Hawthorne as Sir Humphrey Appleby from the BBC comedy Yes Minister. Departmental sources said that
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nigel Hawthorne
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2001
    Age 71
    Died on December 26, 2001.
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  • 1996
    Age 66
    He won a sixth BAFTA for the 1996 TV mini-series The Fragile Heart.
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    He later won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor, for the 1996 miniseries The Fragile Heart.
    More Details Hide Details He was also an Olivier Award and Tony Award winner for his work in the theatre. Hawthorne was born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England, the son of Agnes Rosemary (née Rice) and Charles Barnard Hawthorne, a physician. When Nigel was three years old, the family moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where his father had bought a practice. Initially they lived in the Gardens and then moved to a newly built house near Camps Bay. He was educated at St George's Grammar School, Cape Town and, when the family moved, the now defunct Christian Brothers College, where he played on the rugby team. He described his time at the latter as not being a particularly happy experience. He enrolled at the University of Cape Town but withdrew and returned to the United Kingdom in the 1950s to pursue a career in acting.
  • 1995
    Age 65
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hawthorne had several operations for pancreatic cancer, although his immediate cause of death was from a heart attack, aged 72. He was survived by Bentham, and buried at the Parish Church of Thundridge near Ware, Hertfordshire. On hearing of Hawthorne's death, Alan Bennett described him in his diary, "Courteous, grand, a man of the world and superb at what he did, with his technique never so obvious as to become familiar as, say, Olivier's did or Alec Guinness's."
  • 1990
    Age 60
    He returned to the New York stage in 1990 in Shadowlands and won the 1991 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.
    More Details Hide Details In a long and varied career, which began with an advert for Mackeson Stout and a bit part in Dad's Army, his most famous roles were as Sir Humphrey Appleby, the Permanent Secretary of the fictional Department of Administrative Affairs in the television series Yes Minister (and Cabinet Secretary in its sequel, Yes, Prime Minister), for which he won four BAFTA awards during the 1980s, and as King George III in Alan Bennett's stage play The Madness of George III (for which he won a Best Actor Olivier Award) and the film version entitled The Madness of King George, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and won the BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1987
    Age 57
    He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1987, and was knighted in 1999.
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  • 1985
    Age 55
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1974
    Age 44
    He made his Broadway debut in 1974 in As You Like It.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1950
    Age 20
    Hawthorne made his professional stage debut in 1950, playing Archie Fellows in a Cape Town production of The Shop at Sly Corner.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1929
    Born
    Born on April 5, 1929.
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