Sam Neill was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to army parents, an English-born mother, Priscilla Beatrice (Ingham), and a New Zealand-born father, Dermot Neill. His family moved 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. Sam Neill is internationally recognised for his contribution to film and television. He is well known for his roles in Steven Spielberg’s Парк юрского периода (1993) and Jane Campion’s Academy Award Winning film Пианино (1993). Other film roles include Дочь (2015), Отступление (2015) opposite Adrien Brody, MindGamers (2015), Лига мечты (2014), Долгое падение (2014), План побега (2013), Охотник (2011) with Willem Dafoe, Воины света (2009), Легенды ночных стражей (2010), Маленькая рыбка (2005) opposite Cate Blanchett, Кожа (2008), Декан Спэнли (2008), Уимблдон (2004), Да (2004), Тихий омут (2003), Грязные делишки (2002), Хранитель (2001), Двухсотлетний человек (1999) opposite Robin Williams, Заклинатель лошадей (1998) alongside Kristin Scott Thomas, Спящие собаки (1977), and Моя блестящая карьера (1979). He received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for the NBC miniseries Великий Мерлин (1998). He also received a Golden Globe nomination for One Against the Wind (1991), and for Рэйли: Король шпионов (1983). The British Academy of Film and Television honoured Sam’s work in Reilly by naming him Best Actor. Sam received an AFI Award for Best Actor for his role in Jessica (2004). Other television includes House of Hancock (2015), Рейк (2010), Доктор Живаго (2002), Путешествие на край Земли (2005), Тюдоры (2007) with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Робинзон Крузо (2008), Алькатрас (2012) and recently in Старая школа (2014) opposite Bryan Brown, Острые козырьки (2013) alongside Cillian Murphy and The Dovekeepers (2015) for CBS Studios.