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Stephen Dillane
Born 30 November 1956 (1956-11-30) (age 53)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present

Stephen Dillane (born 30 November 1956) is a British actor.


Early life

Dillane was born in Kensington in West London, England, to an Australian surgeon father and an English mother.[1][2] He read history and political science at the University of Exeter and afterward became a journalist for the Croydon Advertiser. Unhappy in his career, he read how actor Trevor Eve gave up architecture for acting and was thus inspired to enter the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.


Dillane is a distinguished theatre actor and his notable roles include Archer in The Beaux' Stratagem (Royal National Theatre 1989 [spelled Stephen Dillon on the poster]), Prior Walter in Angels in America (1993), Hamlet (1994), Clov in Samuel Beckett's Endgame (1996), Uncle Vanya (1998), Henry in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing (for which he won a Tony Award in 2000) and a one-man version of Macbeth (2005). He has also performed T.S. Eliot's 'Four Quartets' in London and New York City, and is soon to be seen in the 2010 Bridge Project's productions of 'The Tempest' and 'As You Like It'.

Onscreen, Dillane may be best known for his portrayal of Horatio in Franco Zefferelli's film adaptation of Hamlet, with Mel Gibson in the title role. He played Michael Henderson in Welcome to Sarajevo (1997), a character based on British journalist Michael Nicholson. He is also known for his portrayal of Leonard Woolf in The Hours (2002), legendary English professional golfer Harry Vardon in The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005) and Glen Foy in the Goal! trilogy.


He received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Thomas Jefferson in the HBO mini-series John Adams (2008), and won the 2009 British Academy Television Award for Best Actor for his work in The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall.

Personal life

His son, with actress Naomi Wirthner, is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince actor Frank Dillane.[1] His younger brother, Richard Dillane, is also an actor most recently seen in the BBC production of 'Holby City'.



  1. ^ a b "Stephen Dillane Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-10.  
  2. ^ Matt Wolf (16 April 2000). "Getting Out of the Way of `The Real Thing'". the New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-10.  

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