Sir Anthony Hopkins – New Profile

19 December 2010

Anthony Hopkins is a film, stage and TV actor. Considered to be one of film’s greatest modern era actors, he played cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs.

Other credits include Magic, The Elephant Man, 84 Charing Cross Road, Dracula, Legends of the Fall, The Remains of the Day, Amistad, Nixon and Fracture. Hopkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and was made a Bafta fellow in 2008.

Born in Margam, the son of baker Richard Arthur Hopkins, his schooldays were unproductive. Dyslexic, he immersed himself in art and music. He joined Jones’ West Monmouth Boys’ School in Pontypool, then Cowbridge Grammar School, and was encouraged to become an actor by fellow Port Talbot man Richard Burton.

He enrolled at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and graduated in 1957. After two years as an Army conscript, he moved to London where he trained at Rada.

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Shanon Bingaman says:

Although Hopkins continued in theatre (most notably at the National Theatre as Lambert Le Roux in Pravda by David Hare and Howard Brenton and as Antony in Antony and Cleopatra opposite Judi Dench as well as in the Broadway production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus, directed by John Dexter) he gradually moved away from it to become more established as a television and film actor. ..

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