Thane Bettany


Thane Bettany

Thane Bettany (born 1930) is an English actor.

Born in Sarawak, North Borneo, his family returned to England before the war, leaving, among others, his Godmother Agnes Keith, author of 'Three Came Home'. Coming from a performing family, aged fifteen he entered The Sadler's Wells Ballet School and trained for some years with Ninette de Valois. After some time in the Fleet Air Arm during his National Service in the early 1950s, he returned to the theatre. Because he had a bad stammer, Bettany went to study mime in Paris with Charles Antonetti, who ultimately helped him overcome the problem. Bettany returned to England and joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, later to become the Royal Shakespeare Company, with which he played Osric in Sir Michael Redgrave's "Hamlet" and "The Tempest", understudying the role of Ferdinand and then taking over the part when the play transferred to Drury Lane, London with Sir John Gielgud. In the 1950s, Bettany made films with Robert Mitchum and Sir Laurence Olivier.

After a few years in the New Zealand Players he returned home and taught at Corona Stage School where he met Anne Kettle, whom he would later marry. He moved on to Norway as the Artistic Director of the English Theatre Company of Norway, inviting Anne Kettle over as his Stage Manager.

Back in England he renewed his friendship with Anne Kettle at the Lincoln Theatre Royale. They married and settled in North London, and although stage work continued to be his focus, when his children were born he looked for other work to be closer to home. The couple had three children: Sarah, actor Paul Bettany, and youngest son Matthew. They have two grandchildren, Emaly (by daughter Sarah) and Stellan (the son of Paul Bettany and his actress wife Jennifer Connelly). Thane is also the godfather of Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex and wife of Prince Edward.

Sarah and Paul initially went to school in North London, but when Sarah was eleven, Paul was nine, and Matthew aged two, Thane got a job as drama teacher at Hertfordshire all-girls boarding school Queenswood School, and the family had residence on the campus. [citeweb|url=http://www.vnchannel.net/other-archive/news/section-9-entertainment/2760-tragedy-drugs-and-a-dad-who-wanted-to-have-a-sex-change-op-da-vinci-code-week-paul-bettanys-ama.html|title=Tragedy, Drugs and a Dad Who Wanted to Have a Sex Change Op|publisher=Daily Mirror|author=Julie McCaffery|date=May 16, 2006|accessdate=2008-01-14] Thane continued to act, mainly in television, and it was during this time he made his famous appearance on "Doctor Who," opposite Tom Baker as the heroic peasant Tarak.

Matthew died after a fall at Queenswood when he was only eight years old, which left the family grief-stricken. Soon after, Paul left home and went to live on his own in London, while Thane and Anne divorced in 1993 after 25 years of marriage. Bettany now lives in Fife, Scotland with his friend Andy Clark to whom he acts as carer. He is now an associate acting member of the Dundee Rep, the St. Andrews Byre Theatre and the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh. He remains a full time actor, and returned to the Royal Shakespeare company in 2007 playing the old man and Doctor in Macbeth and Macol in MacBett by Ionesco.

Filmography

References

External links

*imdb name|id=0079274|name=Thane Bettany
* [http://news.scotsman.com/features.cfm?id=466042004/ "My Son, the Actor"]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Thane (disambiguation) — Thane is a city in Maharashtra, India, part of the Mumbai Conurbation, northeast of Mumbai at the head of the Thane Creek.Thane may also refer to:* HMS Thane (D48), a Bogue class aircraft carrier * Thane (Juneau), Alaska, United States * Thane… …   Wikipedia

  • Bettany — Paul Thane Bettany (* 27. Mai 1971 in Harlesden, London) ist ein britischer Schauspieler, der besonders durch seine Rollen als Geoffrey Chaucer in Ritter aus Leidenschaft, als Charles in A Beautiful Mind – Genie und Wahnsinn, Dr. Stephen Maturin… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Paul Bettany — Infobox actor name = Paul Bettany caption = birthdate = birth date and age|1971|5|27 birthplace = Harlesden, London, England occupation = yearsactive = spouse = Jennifer Connelly (2003 present)Paul Bettany (born May 27, 1971) is a BAFTA and… …   Wikipedia

  • Paul Bettany — präsentiert seinen Film Margin Call auf der Berlinale 2011 Paul Thane Bettany (* 27. Mai 1971 in Harlesden, London) ist ein britischer Schauspieler. I …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Paul Bettany — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Paul Thane Bettany es un actor inglés, nacido en Harlesden, Londres, Inglaterra, el 27 de mayo de 1971. Contenido 1 Biografía 2 Filmografía 3 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Sophie, Countess of Wessex — Countess of Wessex redirects here. For the title, see Earl of Wessex. Sophie Countess of Wessex (more) The Countess at the England vs. Germany 2010 Women s Hockey Champions Trophy Bronze Medal Match Spouse …   Wikipedia

  • Queenswood School — is a girls only private school located near Hatfield in the English county of Hertfordshire. It offers admission at ages 11, 13 or 16 (for sixth form).The current headmistress is Pauline Edgar.HistoryQueenswood was founded in 1894 by two… …   Wikipedia

  • Софи, графиня Уэссекская — Софи англ. Sophie Helen Rhys Jones[1] …   Википедия

  • List of Doctor Who cast members — This is a list of actors who have appeared in the long running British science fiction television series, Doctor Who . For other, related lists, see below.A* John Abbott ** Vince Hawkins, Horror of Fang Rock (1977) * John Abineri ** Van Lutyens,… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.