Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins


Also Known As
Sir Anthony Hopkins, Philip Anthony Hopkins
Birth Place
Port Talbot,
December 31, 1937


Like his fellow Welshman Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins left England and a celebrated stage career to enjoy the life of an A-list Hollywood actor. The restless thespian made an auspicious film debut in "The Lion in Winter" (1968) as the scheming Richard the Lionheart, as well as won Emmys for his TV movie performances in "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case" (NBC, 1976), as accused kidnapper ...

Family & Companions

Petronella Barker
Married in 1967; divorced in 1972.
Jennifer Lynton
Former production secretary. Married on January 13, 1973; was production secretary on one of Hopkins's movies; separated in 1995; reconciled in 1996; Hopkins reportedly requested a divorce in 1999.
Joyce Ingalls
Actor, model. Born c. 1941; met at Alcoholics Anonymous meeting c. 1995; was married to screenwriter Darrell Fetty with whom she had two sons; separated from Hopkins in February 1996.
Francine Kay
Screenwriter. Born c. 1956; had "brief romance" in 1998.


Not to be confused with the British composer and conductor Antony Hopkins (born on March 21, 1921)

Named Man of the Year by Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvard University in 2001.


Like his fellow Welshman Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins left England and a celebrated stage career to enjoy the life of an A-list Hollywood actor. The restless thespian made an auspicious film debut in "The Lion in Winter" (1968) as the scheming Richard the Lionheart, as well as won Emmys for his TV movie performances in "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case" (NBC, 1976), as accused kidnapper Bruno Hauptmann, and "The Bunker" (CBS, 1981), as Adolph Hitler. But it was his Oscar-winning turn as Dr. Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) that brought the years of struggle and second-rate parts to an end, elevating him to full-fledged movie star status. With his stature elevated to that of a rarified performer, Hopkins turned in one exquisite performance after another in films as varied as "Howards End" (1992), "The Remains of the Day" (1993), "Legends of the Fall" (1994) and "Nixon" (1995), in which he aptly portrayed the disgraced U.S. president. He went on to further acclaim playing John Quincy Adams in "Amistad" (1997) and the titular "Titus" (1999) while having a bit of fun in "The Mask of Zorro" (1998). Of course, he reprised Lecter for the less well-received "Hannibal" (2001) and "Red Dragon" (2002), before appearing in a supporting capacity in the likes of "Alexander" (2004), "All the King's Men" (2006), "Beowulf" (2007) and "Thor" (2011). Whether mannered costume dramas, historical epics or serial killer thrillers, Hopkins proved years ago that he was one of the greatest living actors of his time.

Born on Dec. 31, 1937 in the steel mining town of Port Talbot, South Wales, Hopkins grew up convinced he would amount to nothing. But at 17, he discovered acting at the YMCA and quickly found himself with a scholarship to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, a stint that was briefly interrupted by service with the Royal Artillery. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and making his London debut as Metellus Cimber in "Julius Caesar," he joined the National Theatre in 1965 when Laurence Olivier served as artistic director. When Olivier fell prey to appendicitis, Hopkins took over in "Dance of Death" (1966), then went on to play Lear, Antony and others at the famed Old Vic. While his stage career was on the rise, however, his personal life was in rapid decline. Hopkins was a an alcoholic, walked out on his first wife, Petronella Barker, in 1969 and later abandoned a production of Macbeth. Moving to Los Angeles in 1974, Hopkins quit drinking two days before his 38th birthday and became a lifelong member of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Though he eschewed the stage later in his career, it was his theatrical training that enabled him to change shape and transform himself to a dazzling array of characters. As Lloyd George in "Young Winston" (1972), Hopkins initiated a five picture association with director Richard Attenborough which would see him segue from Lieutenant Colonel John Frost in "A Bridge Too Far" (1977) to the volatile, obsessed ventriloquist in "Magic" (1978) to the quiet, scholarly C S Lewis in "Shadowlands" (1993). He exhibited similar range in his work with the Merchant-Ivory team, beginning with his chillingly understated upper crust nasty in "Howards End" (1992) and proceeding through the mild-mannered all-too-perfect butler in "The Remains of the Day" (1993) to the ferocious energy and relentless sexuality of Pablo Picasso in "Surviving Picasso" (1996).

Hopkins' indelible portrayal of Hannibal Lecter, the brilliant, cultivated serial killer at the center of Jonathan Demme's "The Silence of the Lambs," paved the way for a succession of meaty and challenging roles, including an enjoyable turn as Dr. Van Helsing in Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992) and a barnstorming performance as the stricken father in the Western epic, "Legends of the Fall" (1994). Immersing himself in countless hours of film and videotape for his title role in Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (1995), Hopkins fashioned a riveting performance that was as much an internal product of his own remembered inadequacies as a Welsh schoolboy as it was external mimicry of the 37th President of the USA. He directed and starred in "August" (1996), an adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" (for which he also composed its melancholy, lyrical score), and then played bookish billionaire Charles Morse who devises many of the best survival strategies after a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness pits Alec Baldwin and him against nature in Lee Tamahori's "The Edge (1997). Hopkins followed quickly with another portrayal of an American president, this time as John Quincy Adams in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad" (1997).

In 1998, Hopkins starred in a pair of remakes, playing William Parrish in "Meet Joe Black," and the aged, original swashbuckler Don Diego, who trains a thief (Antonio Banderas) as his successor in "The Mask of Zorro." Later in the year, he was cast as Dr Ethan Powell in "Instinct," a film loosely based on a novel by Daniel Quinn. As an anthropologist who lived for three years in the wilds with a family of gorillas, Powell discovered a secret which can not be revealed until a psychiatrist uncovers the truth behind a homicidal attack for which the doctor stands accused. In 1999, Hopkins took on the mighty title role in Julie Taymor's adaptation of "Titus." He briefly considered retiring after this role but found himself unable to give up his desire to perform. In both 2001 and 2002, he again played his most well-known role of Hannibal Lecter in "Hannibal" and "Red Dragon." Hopkins made the rather unfortunate choice, however, of starring with Chris Rock in the abominable "Bad Company." Directed by Joel Schumacher, the action comedy boasted two talented stars and a well-respected director, but came off as a by-the-numbers action flick that came and went with little notice in the theaters.

Although Hopkins seemed to take a slightly lazy delight in revisiting the famous Lecter character (and fattening his bank account), he also accepted the challenging, racially charged role of Coleman Silk in director Robert Benton's film adaptation of author Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Human Stain" (2003). Hopkins went toe-to-toe with acting heavyweights Nicole Kidman, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris in playing Coleman Silk, a man of mixed race passing as white who embarks on an affair with an uneducated woman. Despite his well-established ability to stretch and excel in unlikely roles, Hopkins faced some criticism for seeming so physically disparate from the character depicted in the novel, although his performance was considered a bright spot in an otherwise hum-drum film. He reunited with Oliver Stone to play famed ancient geographer Ptolemy in the writer-director's epic historical drama "Alexander" (2004), then delivered an effective, heart-wrenching and occasionally ferocious performance as a brilliant but schizophrenic mathematician whose death leaves his troubled daughter and caretaker (Gwyneth Paltrow) wondering if she's inherited his genius or his madness in director John Madden's deft adaptation of the acclaimed stage play, "Proof" (2005).

In "The World's Fastest Indian" (2005), Hopkins gave a charming and light-hearted performance as the real-life Burt Munro, an Australian motorcycle enthusiast whose dream to break the under-1000cc land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah came true when he was 67 years old. Meanwhile, Hopkins was honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press at the 2006 Golden Globe Awards with the Cecile B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. Always riveting, Hopkins has had the uncanny ability to enthrall despite an otherwise poorly made film, as was the case with "All the King's Men" (2006) where he played a powerful Louisiana judge - albeit one with a British accent - who represents the corrupted political system that ensnares an idealistic man-of-the-people (Sean Penn) running for governor.

Hopkins joined the all-star ensemble cast in "Bobby" (2006), Emilio Estevez's long-developed drama about the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, playing a retired doorman at the famous Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles who, along with several other hotel staff, witness the shocking murder. The acclaimed actor then gave a pleasingly sadistic performance in "Fracture" (2007), playing the confessed murderer of his much younger wife (Embeth Davidtz) who was having an affair with a police hostage negotiator (Billy Burke). Hopkins matched wits with the Deputy D.A. for Los Angeles (Ryan Gosling), gleefully watching the prosecutor's case unravel as pieces of evidence from a seemingly open-and-shut case systematically fall to pieces. From there, Hopkins appeared as King Hrothgar to Ray Winstone's titular "Beowulf" (2007), before writing, directing and starring in the mind-bending fantasy "Slipstream" (2007), which premiered at that year's Sundance Film Festival. He went on to play Benicio del Toro's estranged father in the classic take on the werewolf movie, "The Wolfman" (2010), and was the father of Chris Hemsworth's Nordic superhero, "Thor" (2011). Hopkins was in the limelight once again when he was cast to play the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, in the highly anticipated behind-the-scenes drama, "Hitchcock" (2012), which focused on the director's struggle to make "Psycho" (1960) while focusing on his complex relationship with wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren). Hopkins followed this with a number of supporting roles, in films ranging from the action comedy "RED 2" (2013) to the blockbusters "Thor: The Dark World" (2013) and "Noah" (2014) before returning to a starring role in the true-life crime drama "Kidnapping Mr. Heineken" (2015).



Director (Feature Film)

Slipstream (2007)
August (1995)

Cast (Feature Film)

The Two Popes (2019)
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
Thor 3: Ragnarok (2017)
Collide (2017)
Misconduct (2016)
Solace (2016)
Go With Me (2016)
The Dresser (2015)
Noah (2014)
Arabian Nights (2014)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Red 2 (2013)
Hitchcock (2012)
Thor (2011)
The Rite (2011)
The Wolfman (2010)
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
The City of Your Final Destination (2009)
Slipstream (2007)
Fracture (2007)
Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends (2007)
Bobby (2006)
The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
Proof (2005)
Alexander (2004)
The Human Stain (2003)
Coleman Silk
Red Dragon (2002)
Bad Company (2002)
Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
Hannibal (2001)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Instinct (1999)
Siegfried & Roy: the Magic Box (1999)
Titus (1999)
The Mask of Zorro (1998)
Meet Joe Black (1998)
Amistad (1997)
The Edge (1997)
Surviving Picasso (1996)
August (1995)
Ieuan Davies
Nixon (1995)
Legends of the Fall (1994)
A Century Of Cinema (1994)
The Road to Wellville (1994)
The Innocent (1993)
Bob Glass
The Remains Of The Day (1993)
The Trial (1993)
The Priest
Shadowlands (1993)
Howard's End (1992)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
Professor Abraham Van Helsing
Chaplin (1992)
One Man's War (1991)
The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Spotswood (1991)
Freejack (1991)
Desperate Hours (1990)
A Chorus Of Disapproval (1989)
Graham Greene's "The Tenth Man" (1988)
The Dawning (1988)
Major Angus Barry--
84 Charing Cross Road (1986)
Blunt (1986)
Guy Burgess
The Good Father (1986)
Bill Hooper
Guilty Conscience (1985)
Arthur Jamison
Arch Of Triumph (1985)
The Bounty (1984)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982)
The Bunker (1981)
The Elephant Man (1980)
A Change of Seasons (1980)
International Velvet (1979)
Captain Johnny Johnson
Mayflower: The Pilgrim's Adventure (1979)
Magic (1978)
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Audrey Rose (1977)
Dark Victory (1976)
The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976)
Victory at Entebbe (1976)
All Creatures Great And Small (1975)
The Girl From Petrovka (1974)
Juggernaut (1974)
Terror On the Britannic (1974)
A Doll's House (1973)
Torvald Helmer
Young Winston (1972)
[David] Lloyd George
When Eight Bells Toll (1971)
Philip Calvert
Hamlet (1969)
The Looking Glass War (1969)
John Avery
The Lion in Winter (1968)
Prince Richard the Lion-Hearted

Writer (Feature Film)

Slipstream (2007)

Producer (Feature Film)

Go With Me (2016)
Solace (2016)
Executive Producer
Bobby (2006)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Solace (2016)
Solace (2016)
Song Performer
Slipstream (2007)
Original Music
Slipstream (2007)
Song Performer
August (1995)
Billy Budd (1962)
The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp (1954)

Director (Special)

Dylan Thomas -- A Return Journey (1992)

Cast (Special)

Intimate Portrait: Bo Derek (2003)
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002)
Muhammad Ali's 60th Birthday Celebration (2002)
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards (2001)
The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards (2000)
Dick Van Dyke: Put on a Happy Face (2000)
The Fine Art of Separating People From Their Money (1999)
A Charlie Rose Special (1997)
The Lost Children of Berlin (1997)
The 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996)
Smithsonian Fantastic Journey (1996)
The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards (1996)
Intimate Portrait: Shirley MacLaine (1996)
The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995)
The 48th Annual Tony Awards (1994)
The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1994)
Marlon Brando, Wild One (1994)
1994 People's Choice Awards (1994)
50th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1993)
1993: A Year at the Movies (1993)
The 65th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1993)
Earth and the American Dream (1993)
Selected Exits (1993)
The Year of the Generals (1992)
Dylan Thomas -- A Return Journey (1992)
Anthony Hopkins Talking With David Frost (1992)
Antarctica: The Last Frontier (1991)
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1991)
Entertainers '91: The Top 20 of the Year (1991)
Wild River No More (1990)
Cousteau: Australia Last Barrier Reef (1989)
The Arcata Promise (1977)
Theo Gunge
Childhood (1977)

Cast (Short)

Meeting the Challenge: INTERNATIONAL VELVET (1978)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

To Be the Best (1992)
Jack Figg
Great Expectations (1989)
Hollywood Wives (1986)
Mussolini: The Decline and Fall of Il Duce (1985)
A Married Man (1984)
Peter and Paul (1981)
QB VII (1974)

Life Events


Made stage debut in "The Quare Fellow" at the Library Theatre in Manchester, England


London stage debut, "Julius Caesar" at the Royal Court Theater


Made TV series debut on "The Man in Room 17" (Granada Television)


Invited to join The National Theater at the Old Vic where he played King Lear, Macbeth and Antony; first major role was when he understudied Laurence Olivier and eventually went on in "Dance of Death"


Made film debut in Lindsay Anderson's short "The White Bus"


Made feature film debut opposite Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn in "The Lion in Winter"


Played Claudius to Nicol Williamson's "Hamlet"


Had the first of many collaborations with director Richard Attenborough in "Young Winston"


Co-starred in the ABC miniseries "QB VII"


Made Broadway debut in "Equus"


Won an Emmy for his portrayal of Bruno Richard Hauptmann in the TV movie "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case" (NBC)


Delivered a strong performance as a ventriloquist in "Magic"


Starred as Captain Christopher Jones in "Mayflower: The Pilgrim's Adventure"


Portrayed Dr Frederick Treves in David Lynch's "The Elephant Man"


Earned second Emmy for his portrayal of Hitler in "The Bunker" (CBS)


Starred in the title role in the CBS adaptation of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"


Made debut as a conductor with the New Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall


Portrayed a mild-mannered British bookseller in David Jones' loving, literate and totally disarming film "84 Charing Cross Road"; starred opposite Anne Bancroft


Co-starred in the ABC miniseries "Hollywood Wives"


Returned to the London stage as star of "Pravda"


Delivered a strong performance in the title role of "The Good Father"


Played Magwich in The Disney Channel miniseries "Great Expectations"


Provided the voice of Marcus Crassus (subbing for the late Lord Olivier) in the restored version of "Spartacus"


Gave a chilling (and Oscar-winning) portrayal of killer Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs"


Made his first movie with director James Ivory, the sumptuous and stimulating adaptation of E M Forster's "Howards End"


Made his fifth collaboration with Attenborough, "Shadowlands"


Garnered second Academy Award nomination for his performance as a repressed English butler in "The Remains of the Day"


Delivered an over-the-top performance as Dr. John Harvey Kellogg in Alan Parker's "The Road to Wellville"


Cast as the patriarch to Brad Pitt, Henry Thomas and Aidan Quinn in "Legends of the Fall"


Received third Best Actor Oscar nomination for title role in "Nixon," directed by Oliver Stone


Third collaboration with Merchant-Ivory, "Surviving Picasso"; played title role


Made his feature directorial debut with "August," an adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya"; also starred and composed score


Portrayed John Quincy Adams in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad"; received Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor


Reteamed with Brad Pitt for "Meet Joe Black," loosely based on "Death Takes a Holiday"


Teamed with Antonio Banderas for the remake "The Mask of Zorro"


Played anthropologist Dr Ethan Powell in "Instinct"


Had title role in "Titus," Julie Taymor's film version of "Titus Andronicus"


Narrated the live-action version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"


Starred opposite Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible II," the John Woo-directed sequel to "Mission: Impossible"


Reprised Oscar-winning role in the film adaptation of "Hannibal," Thomas Harris' sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs"


Teamed with Chris Rock in the action comedy "Bad Company"


Once again essayed Hannibal Lecter in "Red Dragon"


Cast to play a fair-skinned African American who pretends to be white to avoid racism in the 1940s in "The Human Stain"


Acted in Alec Baldwin's feature directorial debut, a remake of "The Devil and Daniel Webster" titled "Shortcut to Happiness"


Cast as Ptolemy in Oliver Stone's "Alexander"


Co-starred in the film adaptation of David Auburn's play "Proof," directed by John Madden and starring with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal


Cast in Steven Zaillian's big-screen adaptation of "All the King's Men"


Cast as the hotel doorman in Emilio Estevez's directorial debut "Bobby," an ensemble centered around the night of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination


Co-starred in the dramatic thriller "Fracture" as a man who confessed to killing his cheating wife


Portrayed King Hrothgar in Robert Zemeckis' big-budget film version of "Beowulf"


Made his feature debut as a screenwriter with "Slipstream," about as a Hollywood screenwriter who begins to confuse his own life with the characters he is creating on the page; also directed and starred in


Played Benicio del Toro's father in the remake of classic horror film "The Wolfman"


Portrayed Odin, father of the titular superhero (Chris Hemsworth) in Kenneth Branagh's big-screen adaptation of "Thor"


Offered a stellar portrayal of the legendary filmmaker in "Hitchcock"


Starred in the crime drama "Kidnapping Mr. Heineken"


Starred in the action film "Collide"


Joined the ensemble cast of HBO's sci-fi western series "Westworld"


Gave a standout performance in the otherwise by-the-numbers "Transformers: The Last Knight"


Reprised role of Odin in "Thor: Ragnarok"

Photo Collections

Remains of the Day - Movie Poster
Remains of the Day - Movie Poster


Movie Clip

Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - You Have The Power Back at the FBI training center, we learn from TV that the Buffalo Bill victim (Brooke Smith) is the daughter of a U.S. senator (Diane Baker), so Clarice (Jodie Foster) is sent to Dr. Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) with an offer, interrupted by psychiatric ward chief Chilton (Anthony Heald), in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - You're Not Real FBI Are You? The famous often-imitated scene by director Jonathan Demme, Jodie Foster as FBI trainee Clarice Starling, supported by Barney (Frankie Faison) and assaulted by Miggs (Stuart Rudin), meets genius serial killer Dr. Hannibal (“the cannibal”) Lecter in his cell, with shocking rude language, from the Thomas Harris novel, early in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - He'll Never Stop Having flown into rural West Virginia following the discovery of another victim of the serial killer Buffalo Bill, top FBI profiler Crawford (Scott Glenn) grills his trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) before they reach a funeral home, meeting a local sheriff (Pat McNamara), stirring her memories, in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - You Spook Easily? Shooting on site at the FBI Academy, Quantico, VA, joining director Jonathan Demme’s opening, Jodie Foster in her Academy Award-winning role as trainee agent Clarice Starling is summoned by behavioral science boss Crawford (Scott Glenn), in the Best Picture winner based on the Thomas Harris novel, The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Remains Of The Day, The (1993) - One Doesn't Do That Lord Darlington (James Fox), with friends, observes the accident with Mr. Stevens senior (Peter Vaughan), then consults with his son, the butler Mr. Stevens the younger (Anthony Hopkins), in The Remains Of The Day, 1993.
Remains Of The Day, The (1993) - Dignity In Keeping... Mr. Stevens the younger (Anthony Hopkins) holding forth at the servants' meal with Charlie (Ben Chaplin), Mr. Stevens senior (Peter Vaughan) and Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson) in The Remains Of The Day, 1993, from Ismail Merchant and James Ivory.
Elephant Man, The (1980) - I Am The Owner Having failed in his first attempt to see the freak-show exhibit, doctor Treves (Anthony Hopkins) returns to the corner of 1884 London where Bytes (Freddie Jones) keeps his meal ticket, John (really Joseph) Merrick (John Hurt), in David Lynch's celebrated The Elephant Man, 1980.
Spartacus (1960) - Both Snails And Oysters The long-excised bath scene, with dialogue restored in 1991, Tony Curtis doing his own voice and Anthony Hopkins the deceased Laurence Olivier, as the dignified but maybe-decadent general Crassus illuminates his handsome new slave Antoninus, in Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, 1960.
Remains Of The Day, The (1993) - For One Such As Yourself An early encounter between butler James Stevens (Anthony Hopkins) and new housekeeper Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson), regarding his father, also a servant, in the Ismail Merchant-James Ivory drama The Remains Of The Day, 1993.
Lion In Winter, The (1968) - That's What Tapestries Are For French king Philip (Timothy Dalton) receives the feuding English princes Geoffrey (John Castle), John (Nigel Terry) and Richard (Anthony Hopkins) as they fight for the crown in The Lion In Winter, 1968, from James Goldman's play and screenplay.
Lion In Winter, The (1968) - It's Only For The Holidays Director Anthony Harvey goes for outdoor grandeur, introducing the jailed queen Eleanor Of Acquitaine (Katharine Hepburn), greeted by her husband King Henry II (Peter O’Toole), his mistress (Jane Merrow) and her sons (Nigel Terry, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle), in The Lion In Winter, 1968.
84 Charing Cross Road (1986) - Antiquarian Bookseller From credits in which her character, the real-life writer Helen Hanff (Anne Bancroft), arrived in London, we enter the flashback featuring her younger self, and London bookseller Frank Doel (Anthony Hopkins), in 84 Charing Cross Road, 1986, executive-produced by Bancroft's husband Mel Brooks.




Richard Arthur Hopkins
Baker. Died on March 30, 1981 of heart disease.
Muriel Anne Hopkins
Born c. 1913.
Abigail Hopkins
Actor. Born c. 1969; mother, Petronella Barker; first acted together in a BBC TV biography of Welsh writer and talk show personality Gwyn Thomas; Abigail played the sister of her father's character.


Petronella Barker
Married in 1967; divorced in 1972.
Jennifer Lynton
Former production secretary. Married on January 13, 1973; was production secretary on one of Hopkins's movies; separated in 1995; reconciled in 1996; Hopkins reportedly requested a divorce in 1999.
Joyce Ingalls
Actor, model. Born c. 1941; met at Alcoholics Anonymous meeting c. 1995; was married to screenwriter Darrell Fetty with whom she had two sons; separated from Hopkins in February 1996.
Francine Kay
Screenwriter. Born c. 1956; had "brief romance" in 1998.
Stella Arroyave
Antiques dealer. Married on March 1, 2003 in Malibu, California.



Not to be confused with the British composer and conductor Antony Hopkins (born on March 21, 1921)

Named Man of the Year by Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvard University in 2001.

The second story of Hopkins' London townhouse was severely damaged in a fire in January 2000.

"To be a romantic actor, you have to be physically almost perfect. But I can understand those parts that I play now because they are thwarted romances, and they're even more powerful, because they're about reality. No, I wouldn't play a romantic part in a month of Sundays."---Hopkins on why he's an atypical Hollywood lead, from New York Newsday, November 7, 1993.

"I love all the stupid Mickey Mouse quality of it ... Such a relief for one's brain."---Hopkins's take on Los Angeles, from Premiere, February 1994.

Made Commander of the British Empire (1987)

Received the Commander of Arts and Letters medal from the French government

About working with the Merchant-Ivory team: "Well, life is too short to hold resentments, but I was pretty angry at Ismail [Merchant] because they do spiteful things like not pay the crew. And they hold back money, to gain interest. They didn't pay me for a month. I was going to sue them, and I vowed never to work with them again. But Ismail's got the charm of the devil, you know. And I think, 'Well, I'm not going to hold a grudge.'""Jim [Ivory] is different. I think he's embarrassed by it all. I should take the high road, but, no, I think it's good to blow the whistle on them. James Ivory is an odd fish but a wonderful director. I don't think Ismail deserves him. I like Ismail, but they have a very underhanded way of dealing with people. They're really cheapskates. They'll take the stripes out of your socks. I'll keep my hand on my wallet next time."---Hopkins in Los Angeles Times, September 8, 1996.

"There's so much money being made here, beyond my wildest dreams, and I think it can corrupt you so quickly. Jenni [his wife] is fearful of this. She says, 'How can you possibly want to live there, they're crazy people! Don't be seduced by all that. You must be nuts!' I told her the other day that I'd bought a pair of cowboy boots, and I've got a baseball cap. She said, 'Well, there's no hope then.' She's very stable, very moderate in her appetites about everything, unlike me. She accepts reality, whereas I don't. When she comes out here, she sees it as Toytown. What I find wonderful, the enthusiasm, the friendliness, she sees as over the top."---Hopkins in Vanity Fair, October 1996.

"People talk about chemistry. If you know your lines, you know what you're doing, and the other actor shows up and they're good and you're good, that's chemistry. There's nothing special. It's not brain surgery."---Hopkins to Los Angeles Magazine, November 2004.