Bernard Hill Biography, Career And Networth

Bernard Hill Biography, Career And Networth

Bernard Hill Biography, Career And Networth

Biography and career

Bernard Hill, born on December 17th, 1944 in Blackley Manchester, was a highly esteemed British actor hailing from a coal mining family. Despite his humble beginnings, Bernard’s unwavering passion for acting propelled him to become an iconic figure across generations. His journey began by attending acting school alongside Richard Griffiths, paving the way for a remarkable four-decade-long career in both film and television.

Bernard Hill gained widespread recognition for his portrayal of King Théoden in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Captain Edward Smith in Titanic, and Luther Plunkitt, the Warden of San Quentin Prison in Clint Eastwood’s True Crime. Additionally, he made a name for himself in television dramas, notably as Yosser Hughes, the troubled “hard man” facing personal turmoil in Alan Bleasdale’s groundbreaking Boys from the Blackstuff during the 1980s. More recently, he captivated audiences as the Duke of Norfolk in the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.

His screen acting career commenced in 1973 with his English television debut in the TV movie Hard Labour. From there, Bernard Hill established himself as a versatile character actor, appearing in notable productions such as the miniseries I, Claudius (1976), and securing regular roles in Telford’s Change (1979) and Fox (1980). He also showcased his talent in award-winning films like Ghandi (1982) and The Bounty (1984), where he shared the screen with acclaimed actors Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins. In 1983, Hill’s exceptional performance in Boys from the Blackstuff earned him a BAFTA Award for Best Actor, along with a Broadcasting Press Guild Award for the same category.

Throughout his career, Bernard Hill portrayed unforgettable characters in various films, including Joe Bradshaw in Shirley Valentine (1989), Captain Smith in Titanic (1997), which he had the opportunity to revisit when the film was re-released in 3D in 2012, Egeus in the star-studded cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999), and Philos in The Scorpion King (2002). Not only was he a versatile actor, but Hill also possessed equestrian skills, which proved invaluable in his role as the King of Rohan – leader in the Lord of the Rings films. Hill currently resides in Suffolk, England, with his wife and children. Among his recent film credits are Valkyrie (2008), The Kid (2011), and a voice-over role in the animated movie ParaNorman (2012).


Bernard Hill has left behind a remarkable legacy characterized by a wide range of powerful performances. He is survived by Marianna Hill, their son Gabriel, and their final project, the second series of “The Responder,” a BBC drama that showcased his unwavering passion for acting.

The passing of Bernard Hill signifies the end of an era for many who knew and admired him. However, his extensive body of work, spanning from the rugged landscapes of Middle-earth to the icy waters of Titanic, will continue to inspire and captivate future generations. We remember him not only as an actor but also as someone whose profound influence had an immeasurable impact on the entertainment industry as a whole. His roles have become an integral part of cinema history, cherished dearly by fans and deeply respected by his peers as one of the great titans of cinema history.