Patrick Stewart was born on 13 July 1940 in Mirfield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Gladys (née Barrowclough), a weaver and textile worker, and Alfred Stewart (1905–1980). He has two older brothers, Geoffrey (b. 1925) and Trevor (b. 1935).
Sir Patrick Stewart, who will forever be Captain Jean-Luc Picard to “Star Trek” fans, has very strong convictions about the assisted suicide debate. Over the past several years, Stewart has opened up about his belief that people struggling with terminal illnesses should be able to end their lives on their own terms.
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Patrick Stewart, Actor: Logan. Sir Patrick Stewart was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, to Gladys (Barrowclough), a textile worker and weaver, and Alfred Stewart, who was in the army. He was a member of various local drama groups from about age 12. He left school at age 15 to work as a junior reporter on a local paper; he quit when his editor told him he was spending too ...
Sir Patrick Stewart was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, to Gladys (Barrowclough), a textile worker and weaver, and Alfred Stewart, who was in the army. He was a member of various local drama groups from about age 12.
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Patrick Stewart, British actor of stage, screen, and television who was perhaps best known for his work on the series Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–94) and its related films. He also garnered attention for his performances in the X-Men franchise. Learn more about Stewart’s life and career.
Feb 03, 2020 · Patrick Stewart was born as Sir Patrick Stewart on 13 July 1940 in Mirfield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Gladys. He has two older brothers, Geoffrey and Trevor. Talking about his education, Stewart attended Crowlees Church of England Junior and Infants School.
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Sir Patrick Stewart, OBE (born 13 July 1940; age 78) is an Emmy Award and Golden Globe-nominated, classically-trained English actor who has been playing a wide range of parts for much of his life. He has achieved great public success for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, whom he portrayed for seven seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation and in its feature film spin-offs. He is also known for his portrayal of Professor Charles Xavier in the hit X-Men films, and as the voice of Emperor Uriel Septim VII in the video game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Despite his success in film, television and video games, he still considers his roots in Shakespearean theater the most important aspect of his career.
Stewart was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, on 13 July 1940. His parents were working class, his father Alfred a career soldier, and his mother, Gladys, a mill-worker. His stage career started at an early age. His involvement was encouraged when, at age 12, he enrolled in an eighty-day drama course. Thereafter, his participation in local amateur dramatics increased steadily, even after he quit school at 15 to work as a reporter. However, his employer resented his dedication to the local theater and finally, after a little more than a year of Stewart's less-than-dedicated reporting, he issued him an ultimatum forcing him to choose between acting and journalism. Although it was a very good job, Stewart quit and became determined to prove himself as a professional actor. In 1957, at age 17, he enrolled in the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where he spent two years, learning his craft and losing his Yorkshire accent. After leaving school, Stewart was never out of work, despite a warning from an instructor, who told him that his baldness would make him a young character actor rather than a juvenile lead. Stewart, however, was able to land jobs by convincing directors that with a toupee, he could play both, doubling his range (advertising himself as \\"two actors for the price of one!\\"). His professional stage debut was at the Theatre Royal, Lincoln, in August 1959, playing Morgan in a stage adaption of Treasure Island.
At 19, Stewart started going bald \\"I was 19 and lost my hair, I believed that no woman would ever be interested in me again. I prepared myself for the reality that a large part of my life was over.\\"
From birth he was brought up as a supporter of Huddersfield Town Football Club, and, even after traveling the world as an actor, likes to return to watch his team play in the town adjacent to his birthplace. He is fond of his country, stating that during his time as a Hollywood player, he feared that not only would he not be able to return to Britain and the London stage, but that he could die on an American street rather than a street in England.  In 1997, Stewart became engaged to Star Trek: Voyager producer Wendy Neuss; they were married on 25 August 2000, and divorced 14 October 2003. He is the father of Daniel Stewart from an earlier marriage.
In a 2007 video for Amnesty International and a 2009 article in The Guardian, Stewart talked about the physical abuse his mother endured because of his father while he was a child. Stewart is patron of the UK charity Refuge, which aids women and children suffering domestic violence.  
Stewart married for the third time on 8 September 2013 to jazz singer Sunny Ozell. The wedding was presided over by Ian McKellen. 
Stewart has shown disgust at the presidency of Donald Trump and announced he was seeking United States citizenship so he can vote in American elections. Stewart made the announcement on \\"The View\\" moderated by costar Whoopi Goldberg.
Stewart originated the role of Captain Picard in the pilot episode for Star Trek: The Next Generation, entitled \\"Encounter at Farpoint\\". In the early pre-production stage of the series, TNG producer Robert H. Justman wanted Stewart for the role of Data. (Patrick Stewart: The Unauthorized Biography) Despite the character being French in origin, Stewart plays the character with a British accent albeit one distinct from that of his own birthplace in Yorkshire. Regardless, the role garnered him millions of fans, and earned him Best Actor nominations from the American Television Awards and the Screen Actors Guild. Stewart was invited to read for the part of Jean-Luc Picard after Robert Justman saw him during Shakespeare readings at a lecture at UCLA. Gene Roddenberry's first thought was that he \\"can't put a bald head man in the captain's chair\\". (TNG Season 1 DVD special feature \\"The Beginning\\") He also played Picard in the pilot episode of spin-off series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, \\"Emissary\\" (in which he was also seen as Picard's Borg-assimilated alter ego Locutus). He went on to play Picard in the four Next Generation motion pictures, with his performance in the eighth Star trek film, Star Trek: First Contact, earning him a Best Actor Saturn Award nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films as well as a Favorite Actor nomination from the Blockbuster Movie Awards. In addition, he has voiced the role of Picard in several video games, the most recent of which was Star Trek: Legacy, which also featured the voice of fellow Trek captains William Shatner (James T. Kirk), Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko), Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway), and Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer). In addition to his starring role on TNG, he directed several episodes. He also served as associate producer for the film Star Trek: Insurrection. Patrick Stewart was considered for the role of the Eighth Doctor and the (canonically Third) Master in Doctor Who.  Stewart has revealed in an interview that he might have been considered by producers for the role, but he was never formally approached.
Stewart has always been very aware of how closely identified William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy have become with their Star Trek characters. To combat the threat of typecasting, Stewart refuses to use any Star Trek terminology in the commercial voice-over work he does. \\"Make it so\\" and \\"Engage\\" are the two most common terms he has vetoed from commercial scripts he has performed. (Trek: The Next Generation Crew Book) Stewart also ensured a ban on audience members from wearing Starfleet uniforms at his performances, as he was perturbed by their presence. Regardless, he said he does not mind people coming to watch him if they are Star Trek fans, as long as they enjoy his performance. 
Stewart was also a member of The Sunspots, a band which also consists of TNG co-stars Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, and LeVar Burton. They appeared as the background vocals for \\"It's a Sin to Tell a Lie\\" on Brent Spiner's 1991 album \\"Ol' Yellow Eyes is Back\\".
On 4 August 2018, at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention, Alex Kurtzman announced that Stewart would return to the role of Picard in the next Star Trek series.  Stewart referred to the news as \\"unexpected but delightful\\" , and revealed that he had been approached about the possibility a year earlier, and turned it down, but revisiting episodes of The Next Generation and realizing the power and influence of the series changed his mind.  The new series will be set twenty years after the events of Nemesis. 
Several costumes and components worn by Stewart were sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay, including a pair of Starfleet dress uniform boots  and a civilian costume lot. 
In the special features section of the 7th Season DVD release of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stewart expounds on his relationship with other Trek cast members, providing a unique insight into the behind-the-scenes relationships that occurred between the various actors.
Far from the character of Picard, who commanded the bridge of the Enterprise without question, Stewart was seen as an equal (and occasionally subordinate) to the actors he worked with and, in some cases, came into conflict with them. Stewart mentions in particular Michael Dorn, with whom he had many loud and vocal arguments on the set, and on one occasion seriously offended both Dorn and LeVar Burton by making a comment on the set seen as racist towards the two African American actors. Stewart stated that at the time he thought it was an innocent remark, but for years was haunted by the incident since he felt he had permanently damaged his relationship with these two actors.
In 1966 Stewart joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, with whom he remained for nearly twenty years. Stewart is an Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, having been made an Associate Artist in 1967. With the RSC, he has played such roles as King John, Shylock, Henry IV, Cassius, Titus Andronicus, Oberon, Leontes, Enobarbus, Touchstone, and Launce. He has also starred in many contemporary works with the RSC, including premiere productions by Tom Stoppard, Edward Bond, Howard Barker, and David Rudkin.
Among Stewart's most well-known and acclaimed stage work is his one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, portraying all of the story's characters himself. He performed the play on Broadway first in December 1991, winning a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance/One Person Show in the following year. He staged encore performances in December and January 1993, 1994, and 1995 and staged yet another performance in December 2001 as a benefit for the survivors and the families of victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Stewart made the transition from stage to British television in the early 1970s, although his earliest appearances in the media were televised plays. In his first experience in a television drama, he played a fireman in Episode 638 of the long running British ITV soap opera Coronation Street. In 1974, however, he began making a full transition (although remaining in familiar territory) in the Royal Shakespeare Company's made-for-TV adaptation of Antony and Cleopatra, in which Stewart played the supporting role of Enobarbus, co-starring with fellow future Star Trek alum W. Morgan Sheppard. That same year, Stewart had a role as Vladimir Lenin in the BBC mini-series Fall of Eagles, his first TV project that was not associated with a stage production, co-starring Tony Jay and John Rhys-Davies. Continuing his appearance in supporting roles in notable British television series, he played the thuggish and taciturn Karla of the KGB in the British spy series Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) and Smiley's People (1982), based on novels by John le Carré. Although Karla does not have a speaking role, he is the antagonist of the main character Smiley, constantly trying to recruit British spies as double agents which makes him a constant background presence in the series. Stewart appeared twice on the long-running children's program Sesame Street. In one segment, he praised the letter \\"B\\" in the form of a Shakespearean monologue (\\"A 'B' or not a 'B'?\\"). He and his TNG co-star Whoopi Goldberg are some of the few who had a segment on the show that did not feature any puppets, nor actors playing regular characters. In his second appearance on the program, he ordered \\"Make it so, number 1\\", to the number 1 when he kept running around the set.
In 1976, Stewart acquired some early recognition for his role as the ruthless secret police chief Sejanus in the acclaimed BBC mini-series I, Claudius. This epic production, which received an Emmy Award nomination as Outstanding Limited Series, also co-starred John Rhys-Davies.
Stewart went on to play King Leondegrance in John Boorman's 1981 fantasy epic Excalibur, Stewart's first film produced by an American film company, although it was filmed in Ireland. By 1984, Stewart was more actively taking parts in Hollywood film productions. Among these was the supporting role of Gurney Halleck in the cult adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune. His co-stars in this film included Brad Dourif, Virginia Madsen, and Dean Stockwell, all of whom went on to guest star on a Star Trek series. In 1985 alone, Stewart could be seen in no less than five feature films. Included among those are Lifeforce (a sci-fi thriller in which Stewart has his first on-screen kiss with a man) and The Doctor and the Devils (a horror movie also featuring W. Morgan Sheppard). In 1986, he had a supporting role as a duke in the biographical period drama Lady Jane also featuring W. Morgan Sheppard. After this, however, Stewart was signed on to The Next Generation and, for seven years, his film career took a backseat to commanding the starship USS Enterprise-D.
After production on Next Generation completed, Stewart appeared in the 1994 TV movie In Search of Dr. Seuss, along with Matt Frewer, Whoopi Goldberg, Graham Jarvis, Christopher Lloyd, and Andrea Martin. Stewart then played a gay man in the drama Jeffrey, with DS9 guest star Steven Weber playing the title role and Star Trek: Voyager actors Ethan Phillips and Patrick Kerr co-starring. In 1997, Stewart played the villain in two films: Richard Donner's action thriller Conspiracy Theory (for which he won as Favorite Supporting Actor in a Suspense film from the Blockbuster Movie Awards) and the lighter-hearted Masterminds. The following year, he returned to the role of the hero as the star of the film Safe House, with Joy Kilpatrick playing his daughter.
Stewart had a notable role in the Ricky Gervais vehicle Extras, stepping in when Jude Law cancelled. The episode is named after him, and stars him as a nudity obsessed and somewhat adolescent minded man - he also sends up Captain Picard, and is bemused when Gervais' character Andy Millman admits he has never seen TNG. Stewart's (fictional) company Picard Productions also leads to Millman getting a sitcom on the BBC later in the series.