Patrick Stewart Biography
A summary of Patrick Stewarts' biography, years of television, movie and theatrical experiences.
Known the world over as Captain Jean Luc Picard on television’s Star Trek: The Next Generation, Patrick Stewart has amassed years of television, movie and theatrical experiences. Born in Mirfield, England on July 13, 1940, to Alfred and Gladys Stewart, Patrick imitated his grandfather when he chose acting as his career. He acted in English theater extensively, received an education at the British Old Vic Theatre School in London, England and by 1967 became an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In 1970 Patrick Stewart made his Broadway debut as Snout in Peter Brook's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has played the classical roles of King John, Shylock, Henry IV, Cassius, Titus Andronicus, Oberon, Leontes, Enobarbus, Touchstone, and Launce and has starred in many contemporary works including productions by Edward Bond, Tom Stoppard, Howard Baker, and David Rudkin. In 1986 he played the title role in Peter Shaffer's Yonadab at the National Theatre.
Television has also shaped Stewart’s versatile career with his performances as Rev. Anderson in The Devil's Disciple, Sejanus in I, Claudius, Karla in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People, Oedipus in Oedipus Rex, Salieri in The Mozart Inquest, Jean in Miss Julie, and Claudius in Hamlet. In March of 1994 he completed his seventh and final season as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the number-one rated television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and he also directed many of these episodes.
In movies, Patrick Stewart’s work can be seen in Hedda, Dune, Lady Jane, Excalibur, L.A. Story, Star Trek: Generations, Jeffrey, Star Trek: First Contact, Masterminds, Conspiracy Theory, Star Trek: Insurrection and Moby Dick.
In 1966 Stewart married choreographer Sheila Falconer and they have two children. They were divorced in 1990. He married producer Wendy Neuss in 2000, and together they manage the production company Flying Freehold.
Patrick Stewart has won the Society of West End Theatre (SWET) Award for his performance as Enobarbus in Peter Brook's production of Antony and Cleopatra and was nominated for his Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. In 1987, he won the London Fringe Best Actor Award for his performance as George in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He has been nominated for and received many awards for his works, including a Grammy, two Olivier Awards and the Theatre Wing Award in New York. Patrick Stewart continues to bridge the gap between theater, television and movies with his gifted acting abilities.