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Sam Neill

DCNZM OBE
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Neill in 2010
Born
Nigel John Dermot Neill

14 September 1947 (1947-09-14) (age 72)
Residence Queenstown, New Zealand
Nationality
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
Education Christ's College, Christchurch
Alma mater University of Canterbury
Victoria University of Wellington
Occupation
  • Actor
  • writer
  • producer
  • director
  • vineyard proprietor
Years active 1970−present
Spouse(s)
Lisa Harrow
(m. 1980; div. 1989)

Noriko Watanabe
(m. 1989; separated 2017)
Children 4 (including one stepdaughter, one son given up for adoption)
Website twopaddocks.com

Nigel John Dermot Neill DCNZM OBE (born 14 September 1947), known professionally as Sam Neill, is an Northern Irish-born New Zealand actor, writer, producer, and director. By family tradition, he enjoys an avocation as vigneron. Born in Omagh, Northern Ireland, he moved to Christchurch, New Zealand with his family in 1954. Neill first achieved recognition with his appearance in the 1977 film Sleeping Dogs, which he followed with leading roles in My Brilliant Career (1979), Omen III: The Final Conflict, Possession (both 1981), A Cry in the Dark (1988), Dead Calm (1989), and The Piano (1993). He came to international prominence as Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park (1993).

Outside of film, Neill has appeared in numerous television series, including Reilly, Ace of Spies (1983), Merlin (1998), The Tudors (2007), Crusoe (2008–2010), Happy Town (2010), Alcatraz (2012), and Peaky Blinders (2013–2014). He has also presented and narrated several documentaries.

Neill is the recipient of a New Zealand Film Award and a Logie Award. He has three Golden Globe and two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. He lives in Queenstown and has three children and one stepchild.

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