Philip Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937 in the Polish town of Port Talbot, United Kingdom. The boy suffered from dyslexia (impaired ability to read and write) could not fully engage in school. Then he decided that he would devote himself to art.
Future actor entered the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, unlearn, moved to London and continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Anthony's career began with theater - in 1965 he passed the competition (he himself remarked Laurence Olivier), and he was invited to the Royal National Theatre. There Anthony had plenty of success: he played leading roles in the best theater productions. But that Hopkins was not enough, and he decided to go to Los Angeles.
In Hollywood in the 1970s, the actor starred in the television series and television movies. For "the Lindbergh kidnapping" and "Bunker", he received the statuette for "Emmy". Then Hopkins returned for some time in London in his home theater and played in a production of "Truth" by David Hare. For his role in this performance, he was awarded the British Theatre Association "for outstanding achievement" award to them. Laurence Olivier.
Popularity Anthony brought the film "Silence of the Lambs" (1991), for the major role he received the award "Oscar". This image of a serial killer-cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter was continued in the movie "Hannibal" and "Red Dragon".
Hopkins starred in many films, the most famous of them: "The Elephant Man", "All the King's Men", "Bram Stoker's Dracula", "Legends of the Fall", "Nixon", "Amistad", "The Mask of Zorro", "Meet Joe Black", "Remains of the Day", "The Lion in Winter".
Queen Elizabeth awarded Anthony Hopkins knighthood for numerous achievements in the arts and the popularization of the UK around the world, and US citizenship and presented him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
About Hopkins personal life virtually nothing is known. They say he always had a problem with alcohol, and even Hopkins was in the hospital for Alcoholics Anonymous. The actor has been married three times. First wife - Petronella Barker had left Anthony with five children because of his constant alcohol uproars. With his second wife Jennifer Lynton Anthony moved to Los Angeles. But she, too, for a long time could not tolerate drinking and battering. Currently, Anthony is married to Stella Arroyave, a former saleswoman antiques, which is 20 years his junior.