Nigel Havers

Actor, Wine merchant
This handsome, aristocratic British actor, with sandy hair and aquiline nose, has advanced from stage roles and film and TV bits in the 1970s to leads in films and --increasingly--TV in the 1980s and 90s. The son of a ... Read more »
Born: 11/05/1949 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (43)

Paradise Lost 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Downton Abbey 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brothers & Sisters 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Penelope 2008 (Movie)

Mr. Vanderman (Actor)

Little Britain 2001 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Born and Bred (BBC) 2002 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder in Mind 2001 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dame Edna: Live at the Palace 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Manchild 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shadow Run 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Strangers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Burning Season 1994 (Movie)

Steven Kaye (Actor)

Sleepers 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Farewell to the King 1989 (Movie)

Captain Fairbourne--Botanist (Actor)

Quiet Days in Clichy 1989 (Movie)

Alfred (Actor)

The Prince's Trust Gala 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Bon Voyage 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Burke & Wills 1987 (Movie)

William John Wills (Actor)

Empire of the Sun 1987 (Movie)

Dr Rawlins (Actor)

The Death of the Heart 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Little Princess 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Whistle Blower 1987 (Movie)

Robert Jones (Actor)

The Death of the Heart 1985 (Movie)

Thomas Quayne (Actor)

A Passage to India 1984 (Movie)

Ronny Heaslop (Actor)

Chariots of Fire 1981 (Movie)

Lord Andrew Lindsay (Actor)

Rumpole of the Bailey, Series II 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Birth of the Beatles 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Pennies From Heaven 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Birth of the Beatles 1978 (Movie)

George Martin (Actor)

Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? 1977 (Movie)

Counterman (Actor)

Full Circle 1976 (Movie)

Estate Agent (Actor)

Look Back in Darkness 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Pope Joan 1972 (Movie)

Young Monk (Actor)

A Horseman Riding By (TV Show)

Actor

A Perfect Hero (TV Show)

Actor

Bridge of Time (TV Show)

Actor

Hold the Dream (TV Show)

Actor

Lie Down With Lions (TV Show)

Actor

Nancy Astor (TV Show)

Actor

The Charmer (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This handsome, aristocratic British actor, with sandy hair and aquiline nose, has advanced from stage roles and film and TV bits in the 1970s to leads in films and --increasingly--TV in the 1980s and 90s. The son of a Lord Chancellor (from 1979-87), Havers acted in a radio show as a child and worked as a researcher before appearing in London stage productions of "Conduct Unbecoming" (1969), "Richard II" (1970), "Man and Superman" (1977) and "Family Voices" (1980).

Havers made his film debut as an unnamed monk in the British drama "Pope Joan" (1972), and appeared as another anonymous character in "Full Circle" (1977). After playing a "counterman" in "Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?" (1978), Havers finally got a name--record producer George Martin's--in "The Birth of the Beatles" (1979). He was Lord Andrew, one of the Olympic hopefuls, in Hugh Hudson's "Chariots of Fire" (1981). In David Lean's "A Passage to India" (1984), he was the son of Mrs. Moore (Peggy Ashcroft), a city magistrate who expected to marry Adela Quested (Judy Davis) before she becomes enmeshed in scandal. Havers traveled to Australia to play an 1860s explorer in the biopic "Burke & Wills" (1985), then marked time before being cast in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun" (1987). Havers turned in a sterling performance as the doctor who (with Miranda Richardson) plays parental figure to the lost child Christian Bale in WWII Japan. Havers' big-screen career petered out, though, with good roles in the largely ignored period dramas "Farewell to the King" (1989) and "Quiet Days in Clichy" (1990).

TV, however, has kept Havers quite busy. After small roles in "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Look Back in Darkness", Havers began playing good character parts with the title role in "Nicholas Nickleby" (BBC, 1977), in the superb musical fantasy "Pennies from Heaven" (BBC, 1977) and the popular mystery series "Rumpole of the Bailey" (PBS, 1981). Another lead came in an adaptation of R.F. Delderfield's "A Horseman Riding By" (BBC, 1978), as a Devon estate owner in financial difficulties. He headlined the BBC sitcom "Don't Wait Up" as a doctor whose father moves in with him when his parents separate. Havers had smaller roles in the biopic "Nancy Astor" (BBC, 1982) and "Hold that Dream" (London Weekend Television, 1986), co-starred with Judy Parfitt in the ocean-going romance "Bon Voyage" (1987) and had another large supporting role in the 1987 LWT production of "The Little Princess".

Another starring role was given Havers in the 1987 docudrama "Lord Elgin and Some Stones of No Value", as the controversial 19th-century archeologist. His TV work continued to pick up with some excellent leading roles, many shown on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" in the US. Havers played a sexual adventurer, the title role in "The Charmer" (a miniseries shown on PBS in 1989), a spy in the comedy thriller "Sleepers" (shown on PBS in 1991), and a disfigured, disillusioned "A Perfect Hero" in a WWII drama (PBS, 1992). He appeared in support of Raul Julia and Sonia Braga in the biopic of Chico Mendes, "The Burning Season" (HBO, 1994), and played Husband Number 2, Michael Wilding, in the NBC biopic "Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story" (1995).

Relationships

Polly Bloomfield

Wife

Carol Havers

Mother

Phillip Havers

Brother

Carolyn Havers

Wife
divorced

Michael Havers

Father
born c. 1923, died in London on April 1, 1992 former top legal officer in Britain from 1979 to 1987 given a life peerage upon retirement for health reasons unsuccessfully defended Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in court against a minor drug charge in the 1970s co-authored book, "The Royal Baccarat Scandal"

Katharine Havers

Daughter
born in 1977

Simon Williams

Brother-In-Law
brother of Polly Bloomfield

EDUCATION

Leicester College of Art

Leicester

Arts Educational Trust

theatre training

Milestones

2005

Portrayed David Niven in the HBO movie "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" starring Geoffrey Rush

2002

Co-starred in the BBC comedy-drama "Manchild"

2001

Acted in the London stage production of "Art"

1997

Joined cast of the popular BBC drama "Dangerfield", playing a police surgeon; left the series in 1999 causing it to be cancelled

1997

Had title role in the BBC telefilm "The Heart Surgeon"

1995

Portrayed Michael Wilding in the NBC biopic "Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story"

1994

Supported Raul Julia in the acclaimed HBO drama "The Burning Season"

1992

Portrayed the titular "A Perfect Hero", a WWII flying officer badly burned when his plane is shot down during the Battle of Britain

1991

Cast as one of two "lost" Soviet spies in the British TV production "Sleepers"

1989

Appeared in support of Nick Nolte in "Farewell to the King"

1987

Portrayed Lord Elgin in the PBS production "Lord Elgin and Some Stones of No Value"

1987

Played a doctor in the Japanese internment camp in "Empire of the Sun", directed by Steven Spielberg

1987

Starred as Ralph Gorse, a seductive con man, in the London Weekend Television production "The Charmer" (aired in the USA on PBS in 1989)

1986

Had title role as "The Whistle Blower"

1985

With Jack Thompson, starred in the first two men to cross the Australian continent in "Burke & Wills"

1984

Co-starred as Ronny Heaslop in David Lean's "A Passage to India"

1981

Portrayed Randolph Churchill in "Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years"

1981

Gained international recognition in the feature "Chariots of Fire"

1979

TV-movie debut, "Birth of the Beatles"

1978

Starred in the English series, "A Horseman Riding By" (shown in the USA in 1982)

1978

Played supporting role in the acclaimed British series "Pennies From Heaven", scripted by Dennis Potter

1977

Played title role in BBC adaptation of Dickens' "Nicholas Nickleby"

1976

Acted in "The Glittering Prizes", a BBC series production adapted by Frederick Raphael from his novel

1975

US TV debut, appeared in the ABC special, "Look Back in Darkness"

1972

Feature debut as a monk in "Pope Joan"

As a child, performed on the British radio series, "Mrs. Dale's Diary"

Headlined the British comedy series "Don't Wait Up" as a young doctor coping with his divorced parents

Bonus Trivia

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"The British are so odd, you see; the British are so different. Every time I come to America I realize it is a foreign country, where they happen to speak a sort of . . . similar language. Americans tend to say exactly what they feel. And they SAY it, BOOM. The English say one thing but often mean another. And they disguise a deep, deep, DEEP ambition, because it's not done." --Nigel Havers quoted in PREMIERE, February 1989

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