24 Facts About Sam Neill

1. Sam Neill gave birth to Sam Neill's son Timothy in Sydney Australia in 1983.

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2. Sam Neill lived with another Kiwi actress—Lisa Harrow—in the early 1980s.

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3. Sam Neill is as comfortable narrating and hosting a TV documentary film or series as he is acting both for the small screen and the large screen.

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4. Sam Neill was born in Omagh, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom on September 14, 1947, to parents Dermot Neill and Priscilla Neill.

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5. Sam Neill moved to New Zealand with his family in 1954 and graduated from Victoria University with a degree in English literature.

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6. In 1983 Sam Neill turned to television, playing real-life spy Sidney Riley in the UK.

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7. Sam Neill was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Canterbury in 2002.

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8. Sam Neill chose not to do this, saying the title of Sir was "just far too grand, by far".

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9. Sam Neill was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1991 for his work as an actor.

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10. In 2014, Sam Neill said the two "went looking for [one another]" and that their reunion was "much more grown-up" than expected.

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11. Sam Neill is stepfather to Maiko Spencer, a daughter from Watanabe's first marriage.

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12. Sam Neill separated from Watanabe in 2017, and as of early 2018 is dating Australian political journalist Laura Tingle.

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13. In 2017 Sam Neill appeared in a comedic scene in the fantasy sequel Thor: Ragnarok, in which he portrays an actor playing Odin alongside Luke Hemsworth and Matt Damon playing Thor and Loki respectively.

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14. Sam Neill starred in the historical drama The Tudors, playing Cardinal Thomas Wolsey.

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15. Sam Neill reprised his role in the sequel, Merlin's Apprentice.

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16. Sam Neill portrayed the eponymous wizard in Merlin, a miniseries based on the legends of King Arthur.

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17. Sam Neill moved to Wellington to continue his tertiary education at Victoria University, where he graduated with a BA in English literature.

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18. Sam Neill went on to study English literature at the University of Canterbury, where he had his first exposure to acting.

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19. In 1954, Sam Neill moved with his family to New Zealand, where he attended the Anglican boys' boarding school Christ's College, Christchurch.

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20. Sam Neill holds British and Irish citizenship through his place of birth, but identifies primarily as a New Zealander.

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21. Sam Neill was the son of a wine merchant importing wine from France.

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22. Sam Neill was born in 1947 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to Priscilla Beatrice was born on Ingham and and Dermot Neill.

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23. Sam Neill lives in Queenstown and has three children and one stepchild.

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24. Sam Neill is the recipient of a New Zealand Film Award and a Logie Award, as well as three Golden Globe and two Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

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