A recipient of an Order of the British Empire for Services to Acting, and a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Sam Neill is internationally recognised for his contribution to film and television. He is well known for his roles in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park and Jane Campion’s Academy Award Winning film The Piano alongside Harvey Keitel, Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin.
Other film roles include The Daughter, Backtrack opposite Adrian Brody, Deus Ex Machina, F2014, A Long Way Down, The Tomb, The Hunter with Willem Dafoe, Daybreakers, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of G’Ahoole, Little Fish opposite Cate Blanchett, Skin, Dean Spanley, Wimbledon, Yes for Orlando director Sally Potter, Perfect Strangers, Dirty Deeds alongside Bryan Brown and Toni Collette, The Zookeeper, Bicentennial Man opposite Robin Williams, The Horse Whisperer alongside Kristin Scott Thomas, Sleeping Dogs, My Brilliant Career. For his work in television Sam has earned three Golden Globe nominations.
In 1998 he received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for the title role in the NBC miniseries Merlin. He also received a Golden Globe nomination in 1992 for his performance opposite Judy Davis in One Against the Wind, and for his performance as British spy Sidney Reilly in Reilly: The Ace of Spies. The British Academy of Film and Television honoured Sam’s work in the miniseries by naming him the Best Actor on British Television. For his performance in the Australian drama Jessica, Sam received an AFI Award for Best Actor.
Other television appearances include acclaimed television series Rake, Granada’s epic miniseries Doctor Zhivago, To The Ends of the Earth, Showtime’s The Tudors with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Crusoe, and Alcatraz. He featured in Old School for Matchbox Pictures opposite Bryan Brown. He also stars alongside Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders for BBC. Sam also hosted the feature length documentary Why Anzac with Sam Neill for the ABC in 2015, marking the ANZAC Centenary.
“The Pacific made Cook and it killed him too… They are forever bound together. He stitched its islands, its continental borders and its indigenous peoples into the fabric of the global community we know today. Admire him or abhor him James Cook cannot be banished from its history even now. As peoples of the modern Pacific, we make our own history.” – Sam Neill