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Sam Neill is a New Zealand actor, writer, producer, director, and vineyard owner. He was married to Noriko Watanabe and is the father of two kids.

Relationship Facts of Sam Neill

Sam Neill is married to Noriko Watanabe.
Sam Neill married on September 02, 1989.
💑 Anniversary in 274 days 💑
He is father of Two (Tim Neill, Elena Neill).
Sam Neill is not having an affair with anyone presently.
His sexual orientation is straight.

What is the relationship of Sam Neill?

Sam Neill is a married man. He married Lisa Harrow in 1978, but the marriage didn’t go well so they decided to divorce in 1989.

He has a child named, Tim Neill. Then, he married Noriko Watanabe on September 2, 1989. The couple has a child namely, Elena Neill.

Relationship History With?

  • Previously married to Noriko Watanabe (1989 – 2017)
  • Dated Kate Fitzpatrick (1984 – 1985)
  • Dated Lisa Harrow (1980 – 1984)

Relationship Timeline

TypeTotalTime Duration
Married129 years
Dating23 years, 7 months

Who is Sam Neill?

Sam Neill is a New Zealand actor, writer, producer, director, and vineyard owner. Similarly, he first achieved recognition with his appearance in the 1977 film Sleeping Dogs.

He also appeared in leading roles in My Brilliant Career(1979), Omen III, Possession (both 1981), as well as in A Cry in the Dark (1988), Dead Calm (1989), and The Piano (1993).

Who are the parents of Sam Neill?

Sam was born in Omagh, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom on September 14, 1947, to parents Dermot Neill and Priscilla Neill.

He has a sibling namely, Michael Neill. He belongs to the British- New Zealand nationality and English ethnicity. His birth sign is Libra.

Sam Neill and Noriko Watanabe
Caption: Sam Neill and Noriko Watanabe (Source: Pinterest)

Talking about his education, firstly, Sam Neill attended the Anglican boys’ boarding school Christ’s College, Christchurch. Then, he attended English literature at the University of Canterbury.

Likewise, he attended Victoria University of Wellington.

Is Sam Neill active on social media?

Sam Neill has over 256K followers on Twitter. Likewise, he has over 30.6K followers on Instagram. He is not active on Facebook.

Sam Neill: Early Professional Career

In talking about Sam Neill’s profession, after working at the New Zealand National Film Unit as a director, he was cast for the lead role in the 1977 New Zealand film Sleeping Dogs. Likewise, he also appeared in the Australian romance My Brilliant Career (1979), opposite Judy Davis.

During the 1970s, his mentor was James Mason. In that year, he also played an outstanding main role in Andrzej Żuławski’s cult film, Possession. Besides that, his many Australian roles are playing Michael Chamberlain in Evil Angels (1988) (released as A Cry in the Dark outside of Australia and New Zealand),  a film about the case of Azaria Chamberlain.

Similarly, Sam Neill has also played heroes and occasionally villains in a succession of film and television dramas and comedies. His leading and co-starring roles in films include the thriller Dead Calm (1989), the two-part historical epic La Révolution française (1989) (as Marquis de Lafayette), Jurassic Park (1993), Sirens (1994), as well as in The Jungle Book (1994), John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness (1995), Event Horizon (1997), Bicentennial Man (1999), and the comedy The Dish (2000).

Similarly, Sam Neill also portrayed the eponymous wizard in Merlin (1998), a miniseries based on the legends of King Arthur. Whereas, he also reprised his role in the sequel, Merlin’s Apprentice (2006). Moreover, he also starred in the historical drama The Tudors, playing Cardinal Thomas Wolsey.

Eventually, he also acted in the short-lived Fox TV series Alcatraz (2012) as Emerson Hauser. Likewise, he also played the role of Otto Luger in the fantasy adventure movie The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (2014).

Similarly, he had a role in the BBC series Peaky Blinders, set in post-World War I Birmingham.

Achievements and Awards

In talking about his lifetime achievements and awards, Sam Neill won the AFI Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role for Evil Angels (1988). Likewise, he won the Lost Weekend Award for Best Supporting Actor for Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016).

Similarly, he won the FCCA Award for Best Actor – Supporting Role for The Daughter (2015). Moreover, he won the Jury Award for Best Actor for The Zookeeper (2001).

He won the Silver Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Jessica (2004). He won the Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016).

What is Sam Neill’s net worth?

There is no information about his salary. His net worth is around $20 million as of 2023.

Body Measurements: Height, Weight

On talking about his body measurements, Sam Neill has a height of 6 ft. Additionally, his weight is unknown. Sam’s hair color is grey and his eye color is blue.

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