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He also took the lead, playing psychiatric consultant Dr Edward Roebuck in BBC's Maybury in 1981.Stewart continued to play minor roles in films, such as King Leondegrance in John Boorman's Excalibur (1981), Stewart knew nothing about the original show, Star Trek, or its iconic status in American culture.He appeared as Vladimir Lenin in Fall of Eagles; Sejanus in I, Claudius; Karla in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley's People; Claudius in a 1980 BBC adaptation of Hamlet.He even took the romantic male lead in the 1975 BBC adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South (wearing a hairpiece).Stewart's first major screen roles were in BBC-broadcast television and film during the mid-late 1970s, including Hedda, and the I, Claudius miniseries.In the 1980s, Stewart began working in American television and film, with roles such as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and its successor films, as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men series of superhero movies, the lead of the Starz TV series Blunt Talk, and voice roles such as CIA Deputy Director Avery Bullock in American Dad! Having remained with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in 2008 Stewart played King Claudius in Hamlet on the West End and won a second Olivier Award. Stewart's father served with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and was regimental sergeant major of the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment during the Second World War, having previously worked as a general labourer and as a postman.He is a multiple time Olivier, Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and Saturn Award nominee.
It was many, many years before I realised how my father inserted himself into my work. My father didn't have one, but when I looked in the mirror just before I went on stage I saw my father's face staring straight back at me." He appeared with actors such as Ben Kingsley and Ian Richardson.In 1993, TV Guide named Stewart the Best Dramatic Television Actor of the 1980s. As a result of his wartime experience during the Dunkirk evacuation, his father suffered from what was then known as combat fatigue (related to what is now known as post-traumatic stress disorder).in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Gladys (née Barrowclough), a weaver and textile worker, and Alfred Stewart, a regimental sergeant major in the British Army. In a 2008 interview, Stewart said, "My father was a very potent individual, a very powerful man, who got what he wanted.Still living out of his suitcase because of his scepticism that the show would succeed, It really wasn't until the first season ended [when] I went to my first Star Trek convention ...[I] had expected that I would be standing in front of a few hundred people and found that there were two and a half thousand people and that they already knew more about me than I could ever possibly have believed.