Nigel Terry

Biography

Date of Birth 15 August 1945, Bristol, England, UK Height 5' 7" (1.70 m) Mini Biography A short, dark-haired, slightly forlorn-looking British character actor, Nigel Terry has primarily dedicated himself to the classical stage. When he has extended himself into film and TV outings, it has been primarily for historical or period roles. Over the years he has grown quite comfortable in both a pair of hose and a suit of armor. Born in Bristol, England, on August 15, 1945, Nigel trained with several repertory companies, including the Oxford Meadow Players and Bristol Old Vic, where some of his better known works included "Volpone," "Right You Are," "The Balcony," "Richard II," and "Two Gentlemen from Verona." Over time he has appeared extensively with the Royal Shakespearean Company, the Round House Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre. Showing flashes of brilliance in his film debut as the drooling, moronic and cowardly Prince John in El león en invierno (1968), Nigel held his own opposite a most intimidating cast that included Peter O'Toole, Oscar-winner Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Hopkins (who also made his film debut). Surprisingly, it did not lead to a torrent of film roles. In demand on the repertory stage, however, he continued with sterling roles in "She Stoops to Conquer," "'Tis Pity She's a Whore," "Queen Christina," "Look Out...Here Comes Trouble," "The Suicide" and "A Month in the Country." Thirteen years later Nigel finally returned to the cinema, making a memorable comeback in John Boorman's medieval epic Excalibur (1981) as King Arthur, who grew from a humbling, bumbling squire to a noble and rather melancholy ruler throughout the course of the film. This feat, in turn, ignited more on-camera work. Nigel earned kudos playing the titular painter in Derek Jarman's Caravaggio (1986), and subsequently turned in other interestingly off-kiltered characters for Jarman in The Last of England (1988), War Requiem (1989), Eduardo II (1991) and Blue (1993/I), an association that ended with Jarman's AIDS-related death in 1994. Nigel also became a familiar face on British TV and is probably best known in America for starring in the US/British series "Covington Cross" (1992), in which he played Sir Thomas Gray, a medieval knight. In addition he created fascinating character portraits in the plush TV costumers "The Mushroom Picker," "Far from the Madding Crowd" and "Crime and Punishment." More recently Nigel appeared in the films Mi Napoleón (2001), MiedoPuntoCom (2002) and the Brad Pitt epic starrer Troya (2004).

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Excalibur

King Arthur

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Caravaggio

Caravaggio

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Blue

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Deja Vu

Michael / Greg

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The Lion in Winter

John

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The Emperor's New Clothes

Montholon

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

Pistol

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War Requiem

Abraham

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Red Mercury

Lindsey

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

King Louis XI

Starring In
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Christmas in Canaan

Christian Gulbrandsen 1 episode, 2009

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Blackbeard

Calico Billy

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Red Mercury

Lindsey

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Troy

Archeptolemus

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The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story

Sesame Esau

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Fear dot Com

Turnbull

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The Emperor's New Clothes

Montholon

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The Search for John Gissing

Alan Jardeen

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Far From The Madding Crowd

Mr Boldwood

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

King Louis XI

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Blue

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Christopher Columbus: The Discovery

Roldan

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Edward II

Mortimer

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War Requiem

Abraham

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The Last of England

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Caravaggio

Caravaggio

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Deja Vu

Michael / Greg

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

Pistol

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Excalibur

King Arthur

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The Lion in Winter

John

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