An acclaimed actor, writer and director, Sir Antony Sher was born and raised in South Africa. He moved to London in 1968, studied at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982. His performance in the title role of Richard III in 1984 earned him an Olivier Award for best actor.
Sher has penned fiction and non-fiction, as well as a number of plays. He continues to direct and perform at Cape Town's Baxter Theatre Centre, presenting master classes and writing on gay identity. In 2007 he produced the Channel 4 documentary Murder Most Foul on the murder of actor Brett Goldin in Cape Town.
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