Patrick Stewart is one of the most acclaimed performers working today. His career includes numerous and varied roles on both stage and screen.
2015 will see Stewart’s return to series television starring as the title character in “Blunt Talk,” a half-hour comedy executive produced by Seth MacFarlane and Jonathan Ames for Starz. Stewart (who also produces) plays a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news and imparting his wisdom and guidance on how Americans should live, think and behave. Starz picked up a rare two season order of the show.
He was most recently seen on the big screen in Stephen Belber’s Match, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and earned rave reviews for Patrick’s performance. Stewart stars as a past-his-prime dance instructor, who opens his home to a couple intent on interviewing him. When their line of questioning becomes uncomfortably personal, the true motive behind the couple’s visit begins to emerge. IFC Films released the film on January 14, 2015.
Stewart also recently wrapped Green Room, directed by Jeremy Saulnier, in which he plays against type as the leader of a Neo-Nazi group which imprisons a young punk band.
Stewart was last seen reprising his role as Professor Charles Xavier in the huge summer blockbuster, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Stewart created the role in the first installment of the franchise in 2000 and is the only actor to have played the role in almost all of the subsequent installments. The new film joins the original cast, including Sir Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry, with the new cast, including James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.
Perhaps best known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Stewart has enjoyed a successful film and television career, earning Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG Award nominations. Screen appearances include King of Texas, Jeffrey, Dune, Excalibur, L.A. Story, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Conspiracy Theory, “Extras” (for which he earned an Emmy nomination), The Lion in Winter, I, Claudius, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. His vocal talents have been heard on “The Simpsons,” “American Dad” and “Family Guy,” and as narrator of Seth MacFarlane’s hit comedy, Ted.
In Fall 2013, Stewart returned to the Broadway stage starring opposite Sir Ian McKellen in repertory productions of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, which they first performed during a sold out run at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot, which they had performed to critical acclaim on London’s West End in 2009. Directed by Sean Matthias and also starring Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley, the Two Plays in Rep earned stellar reviews and two extensions due to popular demand.
On Broadway and West End stages, Patrick has also appeared in A Life in the Theatre, The Master Builder, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan and The Tempest. For his acclaimed solo production of A Christmas Carol, Stewart played over 40 characters, garnering an Olivier, Drama Desk and What’s on Stage Award. For his performance in the title role of Macbeth, which he played at Chichester, London, BAM and then on Broadway, he earned a Tony Award nomination and won the Best Actor Award in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
Stewart is an Honorary Associate Artist with the RSC, having appeared in over 60 productions including, most recently, a 2008 production of Hamlet, opposite David Tennant, which earned him an Olivier Award, and 2005 repertory productions of Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest. In 1978, he won an Olivier Award for his performance in Peter Brook’s production of Antony and Cleopatra and was nominated for his role in The Merchant of Venice. He also appeared in the now legendary Peter Brook production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Additional recent credits include Edward Bond’s Bingo at the Young Vic and Chichester Festival Theatre; and as Shylock in a 2011 RSC production of The Merchant of Venice, directed by Rupert Goold.
In the 2001 New Years’ Honours list, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth conferred on Patrick the order of the Officer of the British Empire (O.B.E.) and in 2010 Patrick received a knighthood for his services to Drama.