He was born in South Africa and came to the UK to train as an actor in 1968. He worked for a time with Gay Sweatshop, and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982.
In 2000 he received a knighthood for services for acting. He was originally down for an honorary knighthood, as a South African, until it was realised that he was a naturalised British subject and therefore entitled to a full knighthood.
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- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/4720896/Antony-Sher-comes-in-from-the-cold.html The Telegraph 5 January 2001
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/4549202.stm BBC News, 21 December 2005