Anthony Hopkins was born in Wales, in the village of Margaux. His parents, Richard Arthur and Muriel Ann were bakers and held his own bakery.
At first, Anthony was homeschooled, but at age 12 he still yield to the demands of parents and went to boarding school a better Wales «Jones' West Monmouth», which was located in the town of Pontypool and was designed exclusively for boys. Young Hopkins was able to hold out there for 2 and a half years. However, congenital dyslexia did not allow him to keep pace on par with their classmates. Then the boy came to the correct conclusion that it would be much more useful to choose a creative profession. It was originally aimed at the music and art, as was able to draw a great and very well played piano. But in 1952, Anthony Hopkins accidentally meets with Richard Burton, who was a fairly well-known actor. It was he who convinced the young man that he was fully able to make a decent acting career.
The advice of the older man, Anthony enters the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and in 1957 graduated with honors. After college, the young man waited a few years of service in the armed forces of Great Britain. After demobilization, Hopkins moved to London and entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
After graduating a professional theater actor, Anthony Hopkins plays in a small London theater, and since 1965 takes the stage of the Royal National Theatre. There he became understudy famous actor Laurence Olivier. This troupe consisted Hopkins until 1970, and the most famous performances with his participation was a play by August Strindberg "Dance of Death".
The first time Anthony Hopkins married in 1967 in the Norwegian film actress Petronella Barker, with whom he lived for 5 years. A year after the wedding, they had a daughter, Abigail.
Almost immediately after the divorce, the actor married a second time to his secretary Jennifer Linton. In 1995, the couple separated for a year, then they resumed their relationship, but after 3 years finally broke. Although the official divorce issued in 2002 alone.
After breaking up with Jennifer Anthony Hopkins in the club of Alcoholics Anonymous I met Joyce Ingalls, who met for about 2 years. Then he had a brief affair with a singer Francine Kay.
In 2003, Hopkins married Colombian actress Stelle Arroyyave. The couple live in California, a private villa in Malibu.