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Christopher Plummer has won the 2015 Sam Wanamaker award, which is given to celebrate work that has increased the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare.

The award is presented by Shakespeare’s Globe and has been given to Plummer in celebration of his acting career, which has included portrayals of roles such as Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, Henry V, Caesar and Iago.

In Caesar & Cleopatra (2009) at the Stratford Festival in Canada

In Caesar & Cleopatra (2009) at the Stratford Festival in Canada

Canadian-born Plummer also supported Wanamaker’s campaign to recreate the Globe on London’s Bankside and has since become patron of the Globe’s centres in the US and Canada.

Iago (Othello - 1981)

Iago (Othello – 1981)

Plummer said: “I look at the Globe Theatre today, proudly restored, and I think how easy it is to forget the long, hard struggle; how one man kept circling the planet, mostly alone, to raise the necessary funds.”

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Christopher Plummer played Stratford’s very first Hamlet in 1957

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