The Bill Chronicles
Weekly reviews of each True Blood episode from the perspective of what happened to Bill Compton.
Stephen Moyer has played in numerous film and television productions, but as so many classically trained actors, he started his career on stage.
At the tender age of 3 years old Stephen made his stage debut during a family vacation at a holiday camp, singing Nellie the Elephant with his puppet elephant named Ellie.
He told this story on the Jay Leno Show on July 16, 2010.
When Stephen was cast as Tom Sawyer in what became the first of many school productions, he knew that acting was what he wanted to do.
Stephen says about that time: “Within months, I’d joined local amateur societies in Brentwood, and then in Chelmsford, 10 miles away, and then Colchester, 20 miles away. My poor parents literally every night after school were taking me to different rehearsals, and by the time I was 14 or 15, I was doing it probably four days a week in different societies and school plays. I was just obsessed.”
At age 17 Stephen established his own theatre company – The Reject Society – where he started producing, directing and appearing in plays such as Private Wars and Twelve Angry Men as well as the contemporary comedy, Bouncers.
“The first play we did was ‘The Long and the Short and the Tall,’ a war play. I was the youngest [actor]. In fact, the next play we did was ’12 Angry Men,’ and I directed that when I was 18. I directed them all. And we had a 75-year-old in that. And again I was the youngest.”
Original programme of Twelve Angry Men by the Reject Society. Stephen still went by his real name Stephen Emery.
After completing his training at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art Stephen Moyer appeared in various stage productions.
Click on the titles to go to the articles about the various plays and read the original theater programmes when available.
OLIVER! – National Theatre of Wales – 1991
ROMEO AND JULIET – Abraham – Royal Shakespeare Company – 1992
COLUMBUS AND THE DISCOVERY OF JAPAN – Sailor – Royal Shakespeare Company – 1992
THE THEBANS – Chorus – Royal Shakespeare Company – 1992
THE IRON MAN – Various – Young Vic – 1993
ROMEO AND JULIET – Romeo – Oxford Stage Company – 1994
“CHICAGO” AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL: Stephen’s return to the stage after 18 years, July 26, 27, 28, 2013.
LIVE PRODUCTION OF THE SOUND OF MUSIC: Stephen co-starred as Captain Von Trapp in this LIVE production of the stage play on December 5, 2013 on NBC.
Saw Romeo at the Barbican all those years ago, also the Theban Plays, and tis a pity she's a whore. thrilled that Stephen has found such well deserved success.
Stephen Moyer is my favorite actor! He is so handsome, sexy, charming and talented. While he did fantastic in Sound of Music, I truly believe that no other role is better suited for him than Bill Compton in True Blood. Moyer and the entire gang have a rarely replicated chemistry. Btw, True Blood should not end with season 7. What a major disappointment. In all my years of TV watching, this is the best show on TV - ever. Thanks HBO. But Season 8 would have been great, as would 9 and 10.
I am completely enthralled by the fact that this man can take any role and play it so well. So incredibly talented. Obviously, he is an attractive man, but I would love to see him in a few roles where he isn't taking his clothes off or having sex. Something his kids could actually see him in and be proud to say "that's my dad".