Actor and Patron of Humanists UK
Patrick Stewart (born 13 July 1940 in Mirfield, Yorkshire) is an English film, television and stage actor who has had a distinguished career on stage and screen.
He left school at 15 to work as a junior reporter on a local paper, but was sacked for spending too much time at the theatre. He began his professional life as an actor in repertory in Lincoln and joined the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 1966. But despite his distinguished career in the classical theatre, he is probably best known for his starring role in the television and film versions of Star Trek.
He was knighted for his services to film, theatre and television in 2010.
His Wikipedia profile at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Stewart
His 2009 article in The Guardian on the domestic violence he saw as a boy at http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/nov/27/patrick-stewart-domestic-violence (which also came up in his 2012 appearance in BBC TV’s “Who do you think you are?”)