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.