Anthony Hopkins High School:
|Jones' West Monmouth Boys' School, Pontypool, Wales. Cowbridge Grammar School, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.|
Anthony Hopkins College:
|Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, Wales. Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London.|
Sir Anthony Hopkins, raised in Wales, did not find school particularly interesting, preferring the arts, including playing the piano and painting, to doing his homework. His parents' solution to this problem was to send him to Jones' West Monmouth Boys' School, and then Cowbridge Grammar School, but his poor performance persisted - he describes himself as being "real screwed-up" and "a moron" in grade school. Luckily, when he was 15 years old, he met fellow Welshman Richard Burton, who encouraged him to pursue acting. Thus, he attended the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, graduated in 1957, and landed his first professional role in 1960 in the play Have a Cigarette. Hopkins moved to London a year later to enroll in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating in 1963. After performing on the stage for two more years, he was discovered by Sir Laurence Olivier and invited to join the Royal National Theatre. In 1968 he made the leap to film, which eventually led to his iconic role as Hannibal Lecter. Hopkins has since become one of the most highly respected actors in the world, earning three BAFTAs, two Emmys, and a Hollywood star.