Sam Neill

Sam Neill

Sep. 14th, 1947
Born in
Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, UK

Sam Neill's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Tudors TV Show
The Tudors
Alcatraz TV Show
Peaky Blinders (UK) TV Show
Peaky Blinders (UK)
Crusoe TV Show
Happy Town TV Show
Happy Town
The Triangle TV Show
The Triangle
Merlin (1998) (UK) TV Show
Merlin (1998) (UK)
Merlin's Apprentice (UK) TV Show
Merlin's Apprentice (UK)
Old School (AU) TV Show
Old School (AU)
Reilly: Ace of Spies (UK) TV Show
Reilly: Ace of Spies (UK)
Kane & Abel TV Show
Kane & Abel
Mary Bryant (AU) TV Show
Mary Bryant (AU)
Amerika TV Show
Space (UK) TV Show
Space (UK)
Young Ramsay (AU) TV Show
Young Ramsay (AU)

Main Movie Roles

2015 - United Passions
2014 - The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box
2013 - A Long Way Down
2013 - Escape Plan
2011 - The Dragon Pearl
2011 - Buck
2010 - Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
2009 - Under the Mountain
2009 - Daybreakers
2008 - Dean Spanley
2007 - Angel
2006 - Irresistible
2005 - Little Fish
2004 - Wimbledon
2002 - Dirty Deeds
2001 - Jurassic Park III
2000 - The Dish
1999 - Bicentennial Man
1998 - The Horse Whisperer
1997 - Event Horizon
1997 - Snow White: A Tale of Terror
1995 - Restoration
1994 - The Jungle Book
1993 - Jurassic Park
1993 - The Piano
1992 - Memoirs of an Invisible Man
1991 - Until the End of the World
1990 - The Hunt for Red October
1989 - Dead Calm
1985 - Plenty
1983 - Enigma
1982 - Attack Force Z
1979 - My Brilliant Career

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Citytrans World CEO
Malloy (Voiced)
Dr. Bruce Chandler
Himself - Audience Member
Dr. Alan Grant
[Complete List]


Born in Northern Ireland to army parents, his family returned to the South Island of New Zealand in 1954. He went to boarding schools and then attended the universities at Canterbury and Victoria. He has a BA in English Literature. Following his graduation, he worked with the New Zealand Players and other theater groups. He also was a film director, editor and scriptwriter for the New Zealand National Film Unit for 6 years. His first feature film was Sleeping Dogs (1977). He then moved to Australia and his performance in My Brilliant Career (1979) was noticed in London by British actor James Mason (I) who lobbied for Neill to get the lead role in The Final Conflict (1981). Because of this, Neill moved to England where he also became famous as the title character in "Reilly: Ace of Spies" (1983). After his Great Britain stint, he moved back to Australia in the late 1980s. He now makes films all over the world. In 1993, he achieved "commercial and critical success" with Jurassic Park (1993) and The Piano (1993).

  • He is a big fan of 'The Beach Boys' (qv).
  • Studied at the University of Canterbury and at the Victoria University in Wellington, from which he graduated with a BA in English Literature.
  • One of the original candidates for the fourth and fifth actor to portray James Bond - 007 in _The Living Daylights (1987)_ (qv) and _GoldenEye (1995)_ (qv). 'Timothy Dalton' (qv) and 'Pierce Brosnan' (qv) ended up as James Bond, respectively.
  • Born to Dermot Neill, a New Zealand army officer, and his English wife Priscilla.
  • His vineyard is in the Gibbston Valley, Otago. His wine is a Pinot Noir called Two Paddocks.
  • Owns a winery, Two Paddocks, in the Central Otago region of New Zealand. It was started in 1993.
  • He has homes in Beverly Hills, Sydney and New Zealand.
  • "Best Actor on British Television" for _"Reilly: The Ace of Spies" (1983)_, Australian Film Institute Award "Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role" for Evil Angels (aka _Cry in the Dark (1988)_).

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