I suppose it's because we are both Welsh and grew up near the same town [Port Talbot].For the record, I didn't really know him at all." He stated his father’s working class values have always underscored his life.In 1992, Hopkins portrayed Professor Van Helsing in Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula.
He portrayed Charles Dickens in the BBC television film The Great Inimitable Mr.
Dickens in 1970, and Pierre Bezukhov in the BBC's mini series War and Peace (1972).
He made his small-screen debut in a 1967 BBC broadcast of A Flea in Her Ear.
His first starring role in a film came in 1964 in Changes, a short directed by Drewe Henley, written and produced by James Scott and co-starring Jacqueline Pearce.
After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and was then spotted by Laurence Olivier who invited him to join the Royal National Theatre.
In 1968, he got his break in film in The Lion in Winter, playing Richard the Lionheart.Making a name for himself as a screen actor, in 1972 he starred as British politician David Lloyd George in Young Winston, and in 1977 he played British Army officer John Frost in the World War II-set film A Bridge Too Far.Both of these films were directed by Richard Attenborough, who described Hopkins as “unquestionably the greatest actor of his generation”.In 1949, to instill discipline, his parents insisted he attend Jones' West Monmouth Boys' School in Pontypool.He remained there for five terms and was then educated at Cowbridge Grammar School in the Vale of Glamorgan.In the mid 1970s Richard Attenborough, who would direct five Hopkins films, called him "the greatest actor of his generation." Hopkins is well known for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, its sequel Hannibal, and the prequel Red Dragon.