Stephen Moyer (born Stephen John Emery; 11 October 1969) is an English film and television actor who is better known as vampire Bill Compton in the HBO series True Blood since 2008. Moyer hit the tv screen in 1993 as Philip Masefield in the tv adaptation of the play Conjugal Rites written by actor/playwright Roger Hall. In 1997 Moyer made his bigscreen debut landing the lead role in the film adaptation of the long running comic strip Prince Valiant by Hal Foster, working alongside Ron Perlman and Katherine Heigl. Moyer was born in Brentwood, Essex. He attended St Martin's School, a comprehensive school in Hutton, Essex, and graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He became Brentwood Theatre's first patron in October 2007, especially supporting their Reaching Out, Building On campaign to help fund the 2008 completion of backstage facilities. After graduating from LAMDA, Stephen Moyer worked in theatre for five years. He worked with the National Theatre of Wales, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Oxford Stage Company, work which included going on tour and playing Romeo in productions of Romeo and Juliet. He then made the transition to television and
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