PATRICK STEWART trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, then worked on tour with the Old Vic Company led by Vivien Leigh, and spent six years in rep at Lincoln, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, and Bristol. In 1966 he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, became an associate artist, and played many leading roles, culminating in Henry IV and Leontes in the opening season of the Barbican Theatre in 1982. He played the title role in Peter Shaffer's play Yonadab at the National Theatre and George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Young Vic, for which he won a Fringe Theatre Best Actor Award. Recently he appeared on the West End stage in the title role in The Master Builder and with Joshua Jackson in David Mamet's play A Life in the Theatre.
He has appeared in numerous plays, films, and series for the BBC, including I Claudius; The Devil's Disciple; Oedipus Rex; Miss Julie; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; and Smiley's People. For seven years he played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Paramount Pictures' Star Trek: The Next Generation, directing several episodes. He has also been seen as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol for Hallmark Entertainment (actor/producer), Ahab in Moby Dick (Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG nomination), John Lear in King of Texas (actor/producer), an 1840s retelling of King Lear, and Henry II with Glenn Close as Eleanor in The Lion in Winter (actor/producer, Golden Globe nomination). In December 2005, he revived his acclaimed solo performance of A Christmas Carol (Olivier Award) at the Albery Theatre in London. In January 2006, he premiered an ITV film series Eleventh Hour, an investigative series set against a background of contemporary science.
Film work includes Excalibur, Hedda, Conspiracy Theory, Safe House, Dad Savage, and four films in the Star Trek franchise; he has just completed the third in the series of X-Men movies. In New York, he has played Prospero in The Tempest, Lyman Felt in the Broadway premiere of Arthur Miller's The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, and, for four Christmas seasons, A Christmas Carol (Drama Desk Award, Best Solo Performer).
In 2006, Stewart has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company as Antony in a production of Antony and Cleopatra, and as Prospero in The Tempest.