Stephen Moyer

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Stephen Moyer
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Moyer at ComicCon, July 25, 2009
Born Stephen John Emery
(1969-10-11) 11 October 1969 (age 44)
Brentwood, Essex, England, UK
Occupation Actor and director
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Anna Paquin (m. 2010)
Children 4

Stephen Moyer (born Stephen John Emery; 11 October 1969)[1] is an English film and television actor and director who is best known as vampire Bill Compton in the HBO series True Blood since 2008.[2] Moyer's first television role was in 1993 as Philip Masefield in the TV adaptation of the play Conjugal Rites, written by actor/playwright Roger Hall.[3][4] This was followed by the television film Lord of Misrule, filmed in Fowey, Cornwall, which also featured Richard Wilson, Emily Mortimer and Prunella Scales. In 1997 Moyer made his big-screen debut landing the lead role in the film adaptation of the long running comic strip Prince Valiant by Hal Foster, working alongside Ron Perlman and Katherine Heigl.[5][6]

Early life and career[edit]

Moyer was born in Brentwood, Essex. He attended St Martin's School, a comprehensive school in Hutton, Essex, and graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).[7] He became Brentwood Theatre's first patron in October 2007, especially supporting their "Reaching Out, Building On" campaign to help fund the 2008 completion of backstage facilities.[8]

After graduating from LAMDA, Moyer worked in theatre for five years. He worked with the National Theatre Wales, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Oxford Stage Company, work which included going on tour and playing Romeo in productions of Romeo and Juliet. He then made the transition to television and film.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In August 2009, Moyer announced his engagement to actress Anna Paquin, who plays his character's love interest in the HBO series True Blood.[10] They had been dating since filming the series pilot in 2007.[11] The couple married on 21 August 2010 at a private residence in Malibu, California.[12] Moyer and Paquin have a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Poppy, who are fraternal twins born in September 2012.[13][14][15] The family resides in Venice, Los Angeles.[16]

Moyer also has a son, Billy, born in 2000. Moyer's daughter, Lilac, born in 2002, was born during Moyer's seven-year relationship with journalist Lorien Haynes. The couple split when Moyer moved to Los Angeles after winning the role in True Blood.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Prince Valiant Prince Valiant
1998 Comic Act Danny
2000 Quills Prouix, the Architect
2001 Trinity Brach
Princess of Thieves Prince Phillip
2004 Deadlines Alex Randal
2005 Undiscovered Mick Benson
2007 88 Minutes Guy LaForge
Alternate Endings Editor
2008 Restraint Andrew
2010 Open House Josh
2011 Priest Owen Pace
The Caller John Guidi
The Double Brutus
2012 The Barrens[18] Richard Vineyard
2013 Evidence Detective Reese
Devil's Knot John Fogelman

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993–1994 Conjugal Rites Philip Masefield 13 episodes
1995 Castles Martin Franks 16 episodes
1996 Lord of Misrule Olly TV film
Cadfael Godwin Episode: "A Morbid Taste for Bones"
1997 A Touch of Frost D.C. Burton Episode: "Penny for the Guy"
The Grand Stephen Bannerman 8 Episodes
1998 Ultraviolet Jack Beresford Episode: "Habeas Corpus"
Episode: "Persona Non Grata"
1999 Highlander: The Raven Jeremy Dexter Episode: "Thick as Thieves"
Midsomer Murders Christopher Wainwright Episode: "Death in Disguise"
Life Support Dr. Tom Scott Unknown episodes
Cold Feet Nick Marsden Episode: No. 2.5
2000 The Secret Marcel Birkstead TV film
Sunburn Trevor Watts Episode: No. 2.1
Peak Practice Chris Rhodes Episode: "Hit and Run"
2001 Princess of Thieves Prince Philip TV film
Men Only Jason TV film
Uprising Simcha Rotem (nom de guerre: Kazik) TV film
2002 Menace Mark TV film
2003 Perfect Mark TV film
Entrusted David Quatermain TV film
2004 NY-LON Michael Antonioni 7 Episodes
The Final Quest Young Danny Duke TV film
2005 Waking the Dead Steven Hunt Episode: "Undertow: Part 1"
2006 Casualty Dr. Mark Ellis Episode: "Waste of Space"
2007 Lilies Mr. Brazendale 8 Episodes
The Starter Wife Sam 6 Episodes
Empathy Jimmy Collins TV film
2008–present True Blood Bill Compton Regular
2010 Ice Peterson 4 episodes
Phineas and Ferb Jared (voice) "The Curse of Candace"
2012 Jan Gery 15 Episodes
2013 The Sound of Music Live! Georg von Trapp

Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result
2009 True Blood Satellite Award Best TV Ensemble Won
2009 True Blood Scream Award Best Actor in a Horror Movie or TV Show Won[19]
2009 True Blood Teen Choice Award Choice Summer TV Star: Male Nominated[20]
2010 True Blood Saturn Award Best Actor in Television Nominated
2010 True Blood Teen Choice Award Choice Summer TV Star: Male Nominated
2010 True Blood Scream Award Best Horror Actor Nominated
2010 True Blood Scream Award Holy Sh*t! Scene of the Year Won
2010 True Blood Satellite Award Best Actor in a TV Drama Series Nominated
2011 True Blood Saturn Award Best Actor in Television Won
2011 True Blood Scream Award Best Horror Actor Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England & Wales, Birth Index: 1916–2005" Retrieved on 2009-03-30.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2007-04-07). "Moyer, HBO make 'Blood' pact". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2008-03-20. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Conjugal Rites". Phill.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  4. ^ "Conjugal Rites". Gavinbarkerassociates.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  5. ^ "Prince Valiant Review". Movies.tvguide.com. Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  6. ^ "Prince Valiant (1997) by Liz Braun". AllMoviePortal.com. Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  7. ^ TV Guide (2008-10-9). "True Blood's Stephen Moyer Is Undead Sexy!" Retrieved on 2008-12-15.
  8. ^ Harris, Matt. "Star backing from a homegrown hero". Brentwood Gazette. p. 8. 
  9. ^ "Stephen Moyer Featured in Venice Magazine" Retrieved on 2009-07-20.
  10. ^ "Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer Are Engaged!" Retrieved on 2009-08-05.
  11. ^ "True Blood – A love that never dies" Retrieved on 2009-08-05.
  12. ^ "'True Blood' Co-Stars Get Hitched." Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  13. ^ Michaud, Sarah; Jordan, Julie (11 September 2012). "Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer Welcome Twins". People. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "It's a Baby Boy and a Girl for Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer!". Life & Style. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Stephen Moyer Reveals Names of Twins with Anna Paquin". People. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Exclusive: Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer Get Married!" Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  17. ^ " Retrieved 2014-04-12
  18. ^ Sneider, JEFF (Sep 15, 2011). "'True Blood's Stephen Moyer takes on Jersey Devil". VanityFair. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  19. ^ "TV: Scream 2009 Award Winners Announced" Retrieved on 2009-10-18.
  20. ^ "New Teen Choice categories for 'True Blood,' 'Transformers'" Retrieved on 2009-07-09.

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