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Sam was born in 1947 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to Priscilla Beatrice (born Ingham) and Dermot Neill. His father, an army officer, was a third-generation New Zealander, while his mother was born in England. His great-grandfather Percy Neill left Belfast in Northern Ireland for New Zealand in 1860, settling in Dunedin. He was the son of a wine merchant importing wine from France.

At the time of Sam’s birth, his father was stationed in Northern Ireland, serving with the Irish Guards. His father’s family owned Neill and Co. (later part of the listed hospitality group Wilson Neill), the largest liquor retailers in New Zealand at the time. Sam holds British and Irish citizenship through his place of birth, but identifies primarily as a New Zealander.

In 1954, Sam moved with his family to New Zealand, where he attended the Anglican boys’ boarding school Christ’s College, Christchurch. He went on to study English literature at the University of Canterbury, where he had his first exposure to acting. He moved to Wellington to continue his tertiary education at Victoria University, where he graduated with a BA in English literature.

Sam first took to calling himself “Sam” at school because there were several other students named Nigel, and because he felt the name Nigel was “a little effete for … a New Zealand playground.
New Zealand.

Sam’s first film was a New Zealand TV movie The City of No (1971). He followed it with a short, The Water Cycle (1972) and the TV movie Hunt’s Duffer (1973).  Sam’s breakthrough performance in New Zealand was the film Sleeping Dogs (1977), the first local movie to be widely seen abroad. Sam lives in Queenstown and owns a winery called Two Paddocks, consisting of a vineyard at Gibbston and two near Alexandra, all in the Central Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island. His avocation is running Two Paddocks. “I’d like the vineyard to support me but I’m afraid it is the other way round. It is not a very economic business”, said Sam, “It is a ridiculously time- and money-consuming business. I would not do it if it was not so satisfying and fun, and it gets me pissed once in a while” He enjoys sharing his exploits on the farm through social media. He names his farm animals after film-industry colleagues. His farming exploits can be seen on his Twitter account @TwoPaddocks.

Sam also has homes in Wellington, New Zealand, and Sydney, Australia. He is a supporter of the Australian Speak Easy Association and the British Stammering Association (BSA). He supports the New Zealand Labour Party and the Australian Labor Party.

He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1991 for his work as an actor.
Sam has been appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DCNZM). When knighthoods were returned to the New Zealand Honours System in 2009, those with DCNZM or higher honours were given the option of converting them into knighthoods. Sam chose not to do this, saying the title of Sir was “just far too grand, by far”.Sam was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Canterbury in 2002.




Recent Projects
THE GUINEA PIG CLUB
CHARACTER: Charles Overton
STATUS: pre production – 2019
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BLACKBIRD
CHARACTER: Paul
STATUS: post production – 2019
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Palm Beach
CHARACTER: Unknown
STATUS: post production – 2019
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Rams
CHARACTER: Colin
STATUS: post production – 2019
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Ride Like a Girl
CHARACTER: Paddy Payne
STATUS: post production – 2019
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