Biography

Stephen John Emery

Stephen Moyer was born Stephen John Emery on October 11, 1969 in a little suburban town called Brentwood in Essex, England. Becoming an actor was just a dream when he was a boy. No one in his family had done it before – no one knew how to do it. From humble beginnings as a touring theater actor and a bit part actor in British television shows, Stephen has become one of the most talented and desirable television actors around today.

Stephen started out in show business at the age of seven as an innocent choirboy, a far cry from the seductive, dark, and complex alter ego we’re all familiar with now. He sang in a local Church of England parish and was there for six years, becoming the head chorister of the church. He then started singing in the choir at St. Martin’s School where the headmaster recognized his talent at the young age of 13 and gave him the part of Tom Sawyer in the school play.

From 13 on he knew what he wanted to do with his life. He began acting in local theaters in Brentwood and Chelmsford after finishing school and went on to establish his own local theater company called The Reject Society and produced his own plays. In addition, he was the lead singer in a local indie rock band called The Prophecy.

But Stephen’s dream was calling – he wanted to be a professional actor. He chose to leave home to attend drama school in London. This was not an easy task coming from a small town where no one knew how to help him achieve his dream. Spotting an advert for a drama school, he sent in the required forms  and the auditions started pouring in. This won him a place at the famous London Academy for Music and the Dramatic Arts.

He continued to act in plays for a few years after completing his studies. He started with the National Theater of Wales and then the highly respected Royal Shakespeare Company, where he went on to play the part of Romeo and toured for 18 months in Romeo and Juliet. He is credited as appearing in other  plays such as Oedipus Rex, Antigone, Measure for Measure and Tis Pity She’s a Whore.

Originally, he wanted to stay in the theater but he needed to “pay the bills” so after some advertisement work Stephen made his leap to television in 1993 and his appeal began to skyrocket. His debut television appearance was in Conjugal Rites. Since this first series he went on to act in several British shows in major roles. Some of his credits include Men Only, NY-LON, The Grand, Lilies and Empathy. He also appeared in small parts on Waking the Dead, Cold Feet and Midsommer Murders.

Stephen Moyer with his wife, Anna Paquin, who is also an actor

His prior television work lead to a leading role in the film Prince Valiant in 1997. Then came further parts in Quills, Entrusted, and his brilliant portrayal of Andrew in the Australian film Restraint. Television credits in the US include his leading roles in Princess of Thieves, the NBC mini-series Uprising, and The Starter Wife, a pilot series with Debra Messing that gained him further attention in Hollywood, a sometimes difficult place for British actors to achieve real success.

After bouncing between jobs in Britain and the US for years, Stephen was about to give up on Hollywood for good when he was persuaded to audition for the lead in Alan Ball’s show for HBO, True Blood, in 2007. He got the job, and his portrayal as the 175-year-old vampire Bill Compton has fast become his most stand-out, well known role. His sensitive, sexy and nuanced performance as a noble, conflicted vampire in a town full of colorful humans, vampires and others has won the affection of millions of viewers around the world.  Stephen still finds time to appear in other projects, including two major films, The Caller and Priest, which are scheduled for release in the near future despite the demands of shooting True Blood for nine months of the year.

Stephen has two children from previous relationships, Billy and Lilac, and as everyone knows married his  co-star, New Zealand-Canadian actress Anna Paquin, who plays Sookie Stackhouse on the show. They married on August 21, 2010 and live together in Venice Beach, California with their two dogs, Banjo and Splash.

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