Inside Story: An Irishman abroad

He might be an internationally acclaimed film star and a renowned wine producer in New Zealand, but the Omagh-born Sam Neill is still very proud of his Irish roots, writes Alex Meehan.

23rd December, 2012
Sam Neill at his vineyard: 'I find it very engrossing when I go out and labour in the fields.' Photo: Grahame Sydney

Best known for appearing in Hollywood blockbusters such as Jurassic Park and critically acclaimed dramas such as The Piano, Sam Neill is one of New Zealand's best-known big screen exports. So it may come as a surprise to some to learn that he is the proud holder of an Irish passport. Born in Omagh in 1947, Neill emigrated with his family to New Zealand in 1954, but he maintains a connection with Ireland and regularly visits here.


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