Patrick Stewart Facts: 27 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'X-Men' Star

Born to humble beginnings, Sir Patrick Stewart has worked his way up to become one of the most recognizable stars today.

The veteran stage actor was prolific as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for over a decade. However, it wasn't until the late 1980s that Stewart broke out on screen, portraying Captain Jean-Luc Picard on "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Riding that wave, he was cast as the iconic Professor Charles Xavier in the film adaptation of the "X-Men" comic books. This summer, Stewart reprises the role of the mutant Xavier once again in Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

From the actor's early work as a journalist to his "bodacious man" award, here are 27 things you probably don't know about Patrick Stewart.

1. Stewart was born in Yorkshire, England to Gladys Barrowclough, a weaver and textile worker, and Alfred Stewart, a Regimental Sergeant Major in the British Army.
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Trek Week: Magneto Marries Capt. Picard ... Well, Kinda

As you may know, Airlock Alpha no longer carries Star Trek news, and instead it can be found on our new site partnered with Roddenberry Entertainment, 1701News. In case you haven't been frequenting the new site as much as you should, here's what you missed this week on 1701News: Magneto Marries Capt. Picard ... For Real Well, in reality, Ian McKellen -- who played Magneto in the X-Men films -- officiated the wedding of his good friend Patrick Stewart (Professor X) and jazz singer Sunny Ozell. Stewart and Ozell have been dating since 2009, but decided recently to make it official, enlisting McKellen -- who recently received a doctorate of divinity -- to help. This is Stewart's third marriage, first spending 24 years with Sheila Falconer before marrying former "Star Trek: The ...
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Patrick Stewart Marries Sunny Ozell

Patrick Stewart Marries Sunny Ozell
Sir Patrick Stewart has embarked upon a new Enterprise: marriage! Stewart, 73, married his longtime girlfriend, Brooklyn singer and songwriter Sunny Ozell, 35, his rep confirms to People. "Yes, married," the actor, best known for traveling the galaxy as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, wrote alongside a Twitpic of himself and his new bride having a ball, their bodies submerged up to their heads in a ball pit. And who officiated the nuptials but Sir Ian McKellan, Stewart's friend and costar in the X-Men franchise? "I did my part," McKellan, 74, posted on his Facebook page, alongside a
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Patrick Stewart and Wife Split

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X-Men star Patrick Stewart and his wife have separated after 10 years of marriage. The 63-year-old actor and his producer spouse Wendy Neuss Stewart, 45, have filed for legal separation, but have yet to announce divorce proceedings. The couple met when Neuss served as a producer on his hit TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. British-born Stewart has two adult children from his 34-year marriage to his first wife Sheila Falconer.

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