03 December 2003
King Yosser: a biography of Bernard Hill
Bernard Hill as King Theoden. Photo by Pierre Vinet/New Line
Hill is one of Britain's finest character actors.
Born in Manchester, his acting career began in amateur theatre with
Salford Players. He now has a key role in the blockbuster Lord of
the Rings movie trilogy.
Name: Bernard Hill
Born: December 17th, 1944
Place of birth: Manchester
Studied: at Manchester Polytechnic. Gained a Diploma in Theatre
Lord of the Rings role:
Théoden, King of the Rohan. Makes his first appearance in the
Two Towers. Will next be seen in The Return of the King.
Initially old before his time thanks to the evil force of Saruman's
henchman Grima Wormtongue but is rejuvenated when the spell is lifted
by Gandalf. Crucial to defending Middle Earth against the forces of
Sauron, Théoden leads his people against the Uruk-hai in the
epic battle of Helm's Deep. Begins gloomy and suspicious, then cheerful
portrayal of Yosser Hughes, uthe desperate, out-of-work head-butting
Scouser in Alan Bleasdale's The Boys from the Blackstuff. (1980).
With his bemused brood of kids never let out of his sight, Bernard
Hill's powerful depiction of a man crumbling before your eyes brought
him a mantlepiece full of awards but, as he later revealed, almost
"drove him to the edge of insanity." Yosser came to represent the
desperation of Britain's unemployed and his catchphrase "Gizza
job" entered the nation's consciousness.
the unfortunate Captain Smith in Titanic;
Pauline Collins' husband in Shirley Valentine
other film credits include:
The Ghost and the Darkness, Madagascar Skin, Mountains of the Moon,
The Bounty, No Surrender, Blessed Art Thou, A Midsummer Night's Dream,
Going Off Big Time and The Criminal and Sir Richard Attenborough's
Oscar-winning Gandhi. Was most recently seen in The Scorpion King.
made his English television debut in 1973 in Mike Leigh's first film,
also see in the award-winning television productions of I, Claudius,
Henry VI trilogy and Richard III; Antigone; Boys From the Black Stuff;
The Mill on the Floss; and Great Expectations.
Hill's leading roles include A View from the Bridge, The Cherry Orchard
Bernard Hill now lives in Suffolk. He is married with one son, Gabriel.
his interview on BBC Suffolk >>>