After sleeping for fifty years, the enchanter Merlin awakes weak and returns to the decadent Camelot, where he finds that the Holy Grail has vanished. With the kingdom under siege by the savage Rauskaug that is helped by the evil sorceress Lady of the Lake, Merlin seeks help with the thief and aspirant sorcerer Jack to find the protection of the Holy Grail. However, he realizes that corruption has doomed Camelot.
Runtime: 180 minutes
Merlin's Apprentice - Sam Neill - Netflix
Nigel John Dermot Neill (born 14 September 1947), known professionally as Sam Neill, is a New Zealand actor who first achieved leading roles in films such as Omen III: The Final Conflict, Possession, and Dead Calm and on television in Reilly, Ace of Spies. He won a broad international audience in 1993 for his roles as Alisdair Stewart in The Piano and Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park, a role he reprised in 2001's Jurassic Park III. Neill also had notable roles in Merlin, The Hunt for Red October, Peaky Blinders, and The Tudors. In 2016, he starred in Hunt for the Wilderpeople alongside Julian Dennison, to great acclaim.
Merlin's Apprentice - Personal life - Netflix
Neill lives in Queenstown and owns a winery called Two Paddocks made up of a vineyard at Gibbston and two near Alexandra, all in the Central Otago region of New Zealand's South Island. Neill's hobby is running Two Paddocks. “I'd like the vineyard to support me but I'm afraid it is the other way round. It is not a very economic business”, said Neill, “It is a ridiculously time- and money-consuming business. I would not do it if it was not so satisfying and fun, and it gets me pissed once in a while.” Neill enjoys sharing his exploits on the farm through social media. He names his farm animals after film-industry colleagues. His farming exploits can be seen on his Twitter account @TwoPaddocks. Neill also has homes in Wellington, New Zealand, and Sydney, Australia. He is a supporter of the Australian Speak Easy Association and the British Stammering Association (BSA). He supports the New Zealand Labour Party and the Australian Labor Party. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1991 for his work as an actor. Neill has been appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DCNZM). When knighthoods were returned to the New Zealand Honours System in 2009, those with DCNZM or higher honours were given the option of converting them into knighthoods. Neill chose not to do this, saying the title of Sir was “just far too grand, by far”. Neill was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Canterbury in 2002.
From 1978 to 1989, Neill was married to actress Lisa Harrow. They have a son, Tim, born in 1983. He subsequently married make-up artist Noriko Watanabe in 1989 and they have one daughter, Elena (born in 1991). Neill is also stepfather to Maiko Spencer, a daughter from Noriko's first marriage. Neill fathered a son, Andrew, in his early twenties, who was adopted by someone else. In 2014, Neill said the two “went looking for [one another]” and that their reunion was “much more grown-up” than expected. In early 2018, Neill was reported to be in a relationship with Australian journalist Laura Tingle.
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