Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, he moved to London and joined the National Theatre, invited by Laurence Olivier, who could see the talent in Hopkins. In 1967, he made his first film for television, A Flea in Her Ear (1967). From this moment on, he enjoyed a successful career in cinema and television. In 1968, he worked on Лъвът през зимата (1968) with Timothy Dalton. Many successes came later, and Hopkins' remarkable acting style reached the four corners of the world. In 1977, he appeared in two major films: Далечният мост (1977) with James Caan, Gene Hackman, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Elliott Gould and Laurence Olivier, and Maximilian Schell. In 1980, he worked on Човекът-слон (1980). Two good television literature adaptations followed: Отело (1981) and Парижката Света Богородица (1982). In 1987 he was awarded with the Commander of the order of the British Empire. This year was also important in his cinematic life, with Чаринг крос роуд No.84 (1987), acclaimed by specialists. In 1993, he was knighted. In the 1990s, Hopkins acted in movies like Часове на oтчаяние (1990) and Хауърдс Енд (1992), Остатъкът от деня (1993) (nominee for the Oscar), Легенди за страстта (1994), Никсън (1995) (nominee for the Oscar), Да устоиш на Пикасо (1996), Амистад (1997) (nominee for the Oscar), Маската на Зоро (1998), Да срещнеш Джо Блек (1998) and Инстинкт (1999). His most remarkable film, however, was Мълчанието на агнетата (1991), for which he won the Oscar for Best Actor. He also got a B.A.F.T.A. for this role.