Patrick Stewart Is Born (1940)
Patrick Stewart, born in Yorkshire in 1940, began his acting career as a long running member of The Royal Shakespeare Company, eventually winning a Laurence Olivier Award in 1979 for his iconic performance in Antony and Cleopatra. Not initially interested in film and television, Stewart was first introduced to home audiences in prestige BBC productions of the play Hedda and an adaptation of the novel I, Claudius. For many, Stewart is best known for playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: Next Generation. This role resonated with audiences quickly, making him an instant favourite with Sci-Fi fans.