LGBT People Of History Part Eighty Nigel Hawthorne
Sir Nigel Barnard Hawthorne CBE was born in Coventry on the 5th of April 1929. His father was Charles Barnard Hawthorne and his mother was Agnes Hawthorne.
The Barnard’s moved to South Africa were Nigel grew up, educated at St Georges Grammar School in Cape Town and then Christian Brothers College. He did enrol for the University Of Cape Town but decided against attending and returned to the Britain in search of a career in acting.
In 1950 Nigel made his debut playing ‘Archie Fellows’ in the production of ‘The Shop At Sly Corner.’ His career began with an advert, then a small bit part in the long running British comedy ‘Dad’s Army’. Nigel had a long career starring in many films and theatre productions, though his most famous role is that of ‘Sir Humphrey Appleby’ in the sitcom ‘Yes Minister.’
Nigel won four BAFTA awards for his role in ‘Yes Minister.’
He also received an Olivier Award for his role of ‘King George ‘in the theatre production of ‘The Madness of King George.’ He was nominated for an academy award for the same role in the film version.
In 1987 Nigel was appointed a CBE or ‘Commander of the Order of the British Empire.’ Finally receiving a knighthood in 1999.
Nigel was homosexual and met his lifelong partner Trevor Bentham in 1968 at the Royal Court Theatre. Nigel was a private man and kept his gender quiet, but unfortunately in 1995 with all the publicity of the Academy Awards. Nigel was involuntarily ‘Outed’ as Gay causing him to be most displeased over the invasion of privacy that had just been done to him.
Nigel underwent several operations for Pancreatic Cancer, but sadly on the 26th December 2001 he suffered a heart attack and died.
He was just 72 years old.
Callum & Ian
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