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LGBT People Of History Part Eighty Nigel Hawthorne

Updated on April 18, 2012
Nigel Hawthorne
Nigel Hawthorne | Source
Nigel With His Partner Trevor Bentham
Nigel With His Partner Trevor Bentham | Source

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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    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Hi Dexter thank you for dropping by too, We are hoping to feature a lot more people of all diverse cultures, but the problem is, that when we search through we have to be sure that they identified as LGBT. We were extremely lucky with Ma Rainey, and Bessie Smith because they were both openly Lesbian women, however am going to have a good luck through and see if we can find some more, there is bound to be.

      Thank you again Dexter shall keep you informed on my progress and if you can think of any one that we may not have featured then please let us know x

    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Hi Richawriter Thank you so much for dropping by, and am so glad that you enjoyed our work, there is a lot more to come. x

      Thanks mate and hope to see you soon.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      6 years ago from United States

      I am glad this series is going so well! Congratulations! And I did check out and sign up on the website. I know you have featured several black women. Any plans to feature black men? How about other racially diverse people?

      Anyway, great series and I look forward to reading more! Voted up.

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      Richard J ONeill 

      6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Yes, I remember him. Good actor.

      I love this series you are doing. Only just discovered you by hopping hubs and glad I did.

      Take care, mate.

    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      I certainly agree Ian x

    • alian346 profile image


      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      He was a quietly funny man - a master of the understated!



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