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Sam Neill

Sam Neill was born in Northern Ireland, to army parents, an English-born mother, Priscilla Beatrice (Ingham), and a New Zealand-born father, Dermot Neill. His family returned to the South Island of New Zealand in 1954. He went to boarding schools and then attended the universities at Canterbury and Victoria. He has a BA in English Literature. Following his graduation, he worked with the New Zealand Players and other theater groups. He also was a film director, editor and scriptwriter for the New Zealand National Film Unit for 6 years.Sam Neill is internationally recognised for his contribution to film and television. He is well known for his roles in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park and Jane Campion's Academy Award Winning film The Piano. Other film roles include The Daughter, Backtrack opposite Adrian Brody, Deux Ex Machina, F2014, A Long Way Down, The Tomb, The Hunter with Willem Dafoe, Daybreakers, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls Of G'Ahoole, Little Fish opposite Cate Blanchett, Skin, Dean Spanley, Wimbledon, Yes, Perfect Strangers, Dirty Deeds, The Zookeepers, Bicenntial Man opposite Robin Williams, The Horse Whisperer alongside Kristin Scott Thomas, Sleeping Dogs, My Brilliant Career.He received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for the NBC miniseries Merlin. He also received a Golden Globe nomination for One Against The Wind, and for Reilly: The Ace of Spies. The British Academy of Film and Television honoured Sam's work in Reilly by naming him Best Actor. Sam received an AFI Award for Best Actor for his role in Jessica.Other television includes House of Hancock, Rake, Doctor Zhivago, To the Ends of Earth, The Tudors with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Cruseo, Alcatraz and recently in Old School opposite Bryan Brown, Peaky Blinders alongside Cillian Murphy, The Dovekeepers for CBS Studios.

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Sep 14, 1947 In Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Reilly: Ace of Spies 1983-09-05
Latest Project:
Series The Dovekeepers 2015-03-31

Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 20 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Alcatraz
Poster of The Tudors
Poster of Merlin
Poster of The Simpsons
The Dovekeepers Josephus 2 episodes, 2015 2015-03-31
House of Hancock Lang Hancock 2 episodes, 2015 2015-02-08
Old School Ted McCabe 8 episodes, 2014 2014-05-23
Peaky Blinders Inspector Chester Campbell / ... 12 episodes, 2013-2016 2014-09-30
Harry DSS Jim Stockton 6 episodes, 2013 2013
Alcatraz Emerson Hauser 13 episodes, 2012 2012-01-16
Rake Unknown 2011-07-13
Happy Town Merritt Grieves 8 episodes, 2010 2010-04-28
Crusoe Jeremiah Blackthorn 12 episodes, 2008-2010 2008-10-17
The Tudors Unknown 2007-04-01
Mary Bryant Governor Arthur Phillip / ... 3 episodes, 2005-2007 2006-04-30
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
To the Ends of the Earth Mr. Prettiman 3 episodes, 2005 2005-07-06
The Triangle Eric Benerall 3 episodes, 2005 2005-12-05
Hyperspace Self - Presenter 6 episodes, 2001 2001-07-22
Merlin Merlin 2 episodes, 1998 1998-04-26
Time Team Unknown 1994-01-16
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Amerika Colonel Andrei Denisov 6 episodes, 1987 1987-02-15
Reilly: Ace of Spies Sidney Reilly 12 episodes, 1983 1983-09-05