Sir Anthony Hopkins
- (1937 - ) Welsh actor. Hopkins trained at RADAand made his stage debut in 1960 at the Library Theatre, Manchester,in Brendan Behan's The Quare Fellow. Following spells witha number of repertory companies, Hopkins first appeared in Londonin 1964 in a production of Julius Caesar at the Royal CourtTheatre. In 1967 Hopkins joined the National Theatre Company at theOld Vic but was not given a leading part until 1971, when he playedthe title role in Shakespeare's Coriolanus; he appeared asMacbeth the following year.
After 1972 Hopkins worked mainly in America playing in filmsas well as on the stage. Notable stage roles from this period includethe psychiatrist Dr Dysart in Peter Shaffer's Equus, a partHopkins took over from Richard Burton.
Hopkins returned to the British stage in 1985, playing a monstrousnewspaper tycoon in the National Theatre production of Brenton andHare's Pravda. Memorable performances in King Lear(1986), Antony and Cleopatra (1987), and David Hwang's M.Butterfly (1989) followed.
Hopkins, who has also appeared in numerous television andfilm productions, achieved a new level of international fame withhis portrayal of a cannibalistic serial killer in the 1990 film TheSilence of the Lambs.