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Serkis & Hill at Haiti Fundraiser in the UK

Celebriel writes: Attention UK Ringers: Bernard Hill, a Suffolk area resident, is organizing fundraisers for February 26 and March 7. So far Andy Serkis has also committed to attend and may perform a musical number. More..

Posted in Andy Serkis, Bernard Hill, Events, Other Events

Bernard Hill to voice ESPN Ads

Bernard HillMore news on Bernard Hill this week. Ringer Diedye gives us a heads up to the story originally posted on The Guardian: “ESPN has called in Bernard Hill, who played Yosser Hughes in the 1980s drama series Boys from the Blackstuff, to star in the advertising campaign to promote its Premier League season coverage. The Disney-owned US sports broadcaster launches the TV ad tonight to publicise the launch of its British sports channel, which will broadcast the 46 live Premier League matches for which it picked up the rights after the demise of Setanta’s UK business. Hill, who also played King Theoden in Lord of the Rings, voices an ode to the dedication of football fans to their teams.” [Full Story]

Posted in Bernard Hill, LotR Cast News

Bernard Hill Scales a Lighthouse for Charity

Bernard Hill takes the plunge for charity - East Anglian Daily TimesWe don’t often get much news about fan favorite Bernard Hill, but Ringer Celebriel sends an item about Bernard abseiling down a lighthouse in the UK as a fund raiser for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. There are some great pictures – follow the link for more! [Read More]

Posted in Bernard Hill, Miscellaneous, Other Events

Happy Birthday Bernard Hill!

Bernard Hill (born 17 December 1944) is a British actor of film, stage and television. Widely recognised in his home country through a career of more than thirty years, he has been seen worldwide in two roles: as the captain of the Titanic (1997), and as King Théoden in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. These are among the most popular and award-winning films of all time.

Hill was born in Manchester, England. He attended Xaverian College although at the time it was known as “Xaverian School”, and attended Manchester Polytechnic School of Drama at the same time as Richard Griffiths. He came to prominence in the role of the unemployed Yosser Hughes, a working-class man ultimately driven to the edge by an uncaring system, in Alan Bleasdale’s BBC Play for Today The Black Stuff (1979) and its more famous series sequel (also by Bleasdale), Boys from the Blackstuff (1982). His character’s much-repeated phrase “giz a job” became popular with protesters against Margaret Thatcher’s government, because of the high unemployment of the time.

Previously, he had taken smaller parts in a number of British television dramas, notably appearing as the no-nonsense Roman soldier Gratus in I, Claudius (1976). He also played the Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York in the BBC’s 1982 productions of Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays. Also on TV, he played the part of Tom Higdon in The Burston Rebellion (1985) and Mike in Edward Bond’s Olly’s Prison (1993). Hill was also a character in the movie The Scorpion King (2002), in which he was a scientist and inventor. He also appeared in the film The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), playing Dr. Daniel Hawthorne.

Posted in Bernard Hill

Sideshow Collectibles Updates: Dark Counsel Video, Aragorn pics, more

Dark Counsel VideoSideshow collectibles has posted a Backstage Pass video of the latest LOTR diorama, ‘Dark Counsel,’ featuring Grima Wormtongue and Theoden. To view the video follow the link below. Other Sideshow Collectible LOTR headlines: The Aragorn Premium Format figure page has been updated with production imagery (Image of the final piece as it will ship to customers); The Moria Orc Premium Format Figure exclusive is sold out, but you can get the regular edition here; The Sam and Frodo 12-inch figure exclusives are still instock and available for shipping. [Dark Counsel Video] [Aragorn Pics] [Moria Orc] [Sam and Frodo Figures]

Posted in Bernard Hill, Brad Dourif, Collectibles, Elijah Wood, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Sean Astin, Sideshow Collectibles, Viggo Mortensen

Hill Lends Voice to ‘Wild China’

Bernard Hill Kevin sends this along: The voice of Bernard Hill is currently featuring in a documentary series in UK called ‘Wild China’. The BBC describes ‘Wild China’ as “China is a vast country with an astonishingly diverse landscape. Through unprecedented access, this six-part series reveals the little-known natural treasures and secret wildlife havens of China’s wildest regions.” BBC

Posted in Bernard Hill, Television

Sideshow Collectibles LOTR Updates

Dark Counsel DioramaSideshow Collectibles has started taking pre-orders for the ‘Dark Counsel‘ diorama – featuring Brad Dourif as Grima Wormtongue and Bernard Hill as Theoden. They have also posted a 360° turnaround of the piece (see image). In other LOTR updates, Sideshow has posted their production photography for the Sam and Frodo 12-inch figures – if you haven’t picked up you figures yet, now is the time. The Samwise Gamgee and the Frodo Baggins Exclusive Editions (only available via Sideshow’s website and have an extra accessory) are on second chance and should sell out shortly. Also on second chance is the popular ‘Treachery of Saruman‘ diorama which is getting some great reviews. And last, if you are on the fence about any of these collectibles, check out the ‘Backstage Pass‘ features. They are neat little videos that explain the figure and showcase what makes Sideshow items worth owning. [Dark Counsel Diorama] [Frodo 12-inch Exclusive] [Samwise 12-inch Exclusive] [Hobbit Backstage Pass Video] [Treachery of Saruman Diorama] [Treachery of Saruman Backstage Pass Video]

Posted in Bernard Hill, Brad Dourif, Christopher Lee, Collectibles, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Sean Astin, Sideshow Collectibles

Billy Boyd and Bernard Hill in “Save Angel Hope”

Anna writes in: “Save Angel Hope” – a new comedy starring Billy Boyd and Bernard Hill will premiere in the US at the Brooklyn International Film Festival on Saturday, May 31. The premier will be at 3:00 p.m. with a second showing on Sunday, June 8, at 7:00 p.m. Both showings will be at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema. Read More

Posted in Bernard Hill, Billy Boyd, Events, Film Screenings, LotR Cast News

Sideshow Unveils new Diorama – ‘Dark Council’ Theoden and Grima Wormtongue

Dark Council DioramaCollectors can look forward to a pretty realistic looking diorama coming soon from Sideshow Collectibles titled “‘Dark Council’ – Theoden and Grima Wormtongue.” From the looks of the piece, the sculptors have perfectly captured the likeness of Brad Dourif as Grima and Bernard Hill as the possessed Theoden. If Sideshow follows their regular schedule, we can expect this item to pre-order next week around 6pm PT. And if you are a Cate Blanchett fan, check out the Sideshow/Weta Polystone Statue of Galadriel, now listed at 35% OFF. [Dark Council Diorama] [The Lady Galadriel Statue]

Posted in Bernard Hill, Brad Dourif, Cate Blanchett, Merchandise, Sideshow Collectibles

Happy Birthday Bernard Hill!

Happy Birthday Bernard Hill! Bernard Hill (born December 17, 1944, Manchester, England, UK) is a British actor of film, stage and television. He attended Xaverian College although at the time it was known as “Xaverian School”. Hill is reportedly an experienced horseback rider and a purple belt in karate. He also attended Manchester Polytechnic School of Drama at the same time as Richard Griffiths. Hill came to prominence in the role of the unemployed Yosser Hughes, a working-class man ultimately driven to the edge by an uncaring system, in Alan Bleasdale’s BBC Play for Today The Black Stuff (1979) and its more famous series sequel (also by Bleasdale), Boys from the Blackstuff (1982). His character’s much-repeated phrase “giz a job” became popular with protesters against Margaret Thatcher’s government, because of the high unemployment of the time. Previously, he had taken smaller parts in a number of British television dramas, notably appearing as the no-nonsense Roman soldier Gratus in I, Claudius (1976). He also played the Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York in the BBC’s 1982 productions of Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays. Also on TV, he played the part of Tom Higdon in The Burston Rebellion (1985).

Posted in Bernard Hill

Hill Nabs BAFTA Nom

Lion2b writes: It was recently announced that Mr Hill has been nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of former Home Secretary David Blunkett in ‘A Very Social Secretary’. [More]

Posted in Bernard Hill, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Old Main News

Bernard Hill’s First Crash

Bernard Hill has written a piece for the Times Online about his first car crash: “When I left school I planned to be a quantity surveyor but soon realised that I wanted to be an actor and was wasting their time and mine. I needed a stop-gap job and a friend of mine was a manager in a fish warehouse. Deliveries of fish would come into the warehouse in Manchester and were then sent to the shops…” [More]

Posted in Bernard Hill, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Old Main News