Fascinating Facts About The Renowned Actor Anthony Hopkins

He Began In Theatre

Like many trained actors, Anthony Hopkins began his professional acting career on the stage, rather than in front of the camera. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, the 23-year-old landed a role ar the Palace Theatre.

Anthony stands next to a female actor onstage while dressed in medieval attire.
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He continued performing in repertory houses until English actor and director Laurence Olivier suggested that Hopkins join him at the Royal National Theatre in London. Anthony was then able to perform in The Dance of Death as a replacement when Olivier became sick.