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Updated: Jan 14

Age: 86

Born: 31st December 1937

Anthony Hopkins is a Welsh actor, director, and producer. One of Britain's most recognisable and prolific actors, he is known for his performances on the screen and stage. Hopkins has received numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, four BAFTA Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Laurence Olivier Award. He has also received the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2005 and the BAFTA Fellowship for lifetime achievement in 2008. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to drama in 1993.

After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, Hopkins trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and was then spotted by Laurence Olivier who invited him to join the Royal National Theatre in 1965. Productions at the National included King Lear, his favourite Shakespeare play. His last stage play was a West End production of M. Butterfly in 1989.

Hopkins early film roles include The Lion in Winter (1968), and The Elephant Man (1980). He won two Academy Awards for Best Actor for playing Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and an octogenarian with dementia in The Father (2020), becoming the oldest Best Actor Oscar winner for the latter. His other Oscar-nominated films include The Remains of the Day (1993), Nixon (1995), Amistad (1997), and The Two Popes (2019). Other notable films include 84 Charing Cross Road (1987), Howards End (1992), Shadowlands (1993), The Mask of Zorro (1998), and the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Thor franchise (2011–2017).

Since making his television debut with the BBC in 1967, Hopkins has continued to appear on television. In 1973 he received a British Academy Television Award for Best Actor for his performance in War and Peace. In 2015, he starred in the BBC film The Dresser alongside Ian McKellen. In 2018, he starred in King Lear opposite Emma Thompson. In 2016 and 2018, he starred in the HBO television series Westworld, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.


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Top 10 Anthony Hopkins films...

  1. One Life (2023) - ★★★★★ - #11

  2. The Father (2020) - ★★★★★ - #27

  3. The Two Popes (2019) - ★★★★★ - #98

  4. Thor (2011) - ★★★★ - #149

  5. Thor: Ragnarok (2017) - ★★★★ - #151

  6. The Elephant Man (1980) - ★★★★ - #242

  7. The Mask of Zorro (1998) - ★★★★ - #246

  8. The Remains of the Day (1993) - ★★★★ - #291

  9. Proof (2005) - ★★★★ - #392

  10. Mission: Impossible II (2000) - ★★★★ - #503




The Mask of Zorro (1998) - Sky Cinema

(Also on Amazon Prime)

ON NETFLIX The Two Popes (2019)

The Remains of the Day (1993)


Thor: Ragnarok (2017)


One Life (2023)

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