SAM NEILL plays ALFRED NICHOL the hard-driving railroad tycoon on the verge of bankruptcy who sends his son James off to China to hire cheap workers. He’s blind to James’ virtues until a crisis opens his eyes.
Neill has appeared in over 80 films and television productions in Australia, the U.S. and Europe.
He is best known for Jane Campion's The Piano, with Holly Hunter, A Cry in the Dark, with Meryl Streep, Jurassic Park I and III, as well as Merlin, and his early British hit series Reilly-Ace of Spies.
His recent credits include The Tudors, with Jonathon Rhys Myers for Showtime & CBC,
plus the feature films Yes, Angel, Perfect
Strangers, The Dish, and Irresistible.
He received two Golden Globe nominations -- for Reilly-Ace of Spies, and Merlin, which also earned him an Emmy nomination. Neill reprised the role of Merlin for David Wu in Merlin's Apprentice, shot in British Columbia, as was Iron Road.
He has won one AFI (Australian Film Institute) award for A Cry in the Dark,
As a director, Neill received an AFI nomination for The Brush Off. He has also been awarded an O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) and a D.C.N.Z.M. (Distinguished Order of New Zealand) in 2007.
Born in Northern Ireland, he moved to New Zealand with his
family as a child. He graduated from Canterbury University with
a BA in English Literature, then
He now lives in New Zealand and is the proprietor of Two