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Sam Neill, the veteran actor who is best known for his roles in Jurassic Park and The Piano, shocked fans when he revealed his real name on social media.
The 75-year-old actor took to Twitter to share the news with his followers, revealing that his name is actually Nigel.
Neill, who is originally from Northern Ireland, was born Nigel John Dermot Neill and has gone by his middle name for most of his life.
The actor said that he had been asked many times over the years why he didn't use his first name and that he was finally “coming out” as Nigel.
He wrote on Twitter: “To celebrate turning 75 and the joyful release of Jurassic Park: Dominion later this year, I'm ‘coming out'. My name is Nigel. #NeillOverAndOut.”
The post was met with a positive response from fans, with many expressing their shock and admiration for Neill's honesty. One user wrote: “That's amazing! I've been a fan for years and never knew your real name!”
Neill has been in the acting business for over forty years, starring in a number of films and television shows. He has won several awards including a BAFTA for Best Actor in 1993 for his performance in The Piano.
He is set to reprise his role as Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park: Dominion, which is scheduled to be released in June 2022.
Neill's revelation has certainly captured the attention of fans, and it will be interesting to see what other surprises the actor has up his sleeve.