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An­thony Hop­kins hated study­ing and a chance meet­ing with film icon Richard Bur­ton at 15 con­vinced him that act­ing was his des­tiny. It was clearly the right de­ci­sion – An­thony’s got a movie ca­reer a mile long (in­clud­ing play­ing un­set­tling Dr Han­ni­bal “The Can­ni­bal” Lecter in 1991 thriller Si­lence Of The Lambs, for which he won the Best Ac­tor Os­car). He’s now on TV, as Dr Ford in West­ern sci-fi se­ries West­world (2016-cur­rent).

It seems sci-fi suits the 78-year-old 1

– he’s repris­ing his role as Norse king god Odin in 2017’s Thor: Rag­narok (he first played Odin in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, 2011 and 2013), as well as a yet unknown char­ac­ter in Trans­form­ers: The Last Night (2017).

The Welsh­man loves prac­ti­cal jokes 2

and on the set of 2007 thriller film Frac­ture he barked like a dog at co-star Ryan Gosling. “I’ll do any­thing to keep ev­ery­one laugh­ing,” says An­thony, “as things get too in­tense on film sets.”

An­thony hated study­ing be­cause 3

he’s dyslexic, but he’s got tricks for get­ting through work and keep­ing his brain ac­tive: “I learn a poem ev­ery week and I read my scripts 250 times.”

He was knighted in 1993 by Queen 4

El­iz­a­beth for his ser­vice to the cre­ative arts, although he does have one cre­ative blip on his CV – his 1986 song Dis­tant Star. An­thony did re­deem him­self with his sec­ond mu­si­cal at­tempt: his 2003 clas­si­cal al­bum Com­poser.

Some­thing else he’s had a few tries 5

at is mar­riage. An­thony’s tied the knot three times, first to ac­tress Petronella Barker from 1966 to 1972, then to pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant Jen­nifer Lyn­ton from 1973 to 2002. He mar­ried his third wife, ac­tress and pro­ducer Stella Ar­roy­ave in 2003 and they cur­rently live in a Mal­ibu man­sion.

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