Stephen Moyer is turning 48 today. He graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and worked in English theater for several years. He began working in British television in the early 1990s, and made his film debut in 1997. Two of his early film roles involved starring in a pair of period piece/swashbucklers, Prince Valiant (opposite Katherine Heigl) and Princess of Thieves (opposite Keira Knightley). His subsequent film roles have been supporting roles for the most part—unlike his television career.
After around fifteen years of work in film and television, Moyer got his big break in 2008. He was cast in HBO’s adaptation of Charlaine Harris’s The Southern Vampire Mysteries novels—titled True Blood for television—in the role of Bill Compton. Not only did he remain with the series for its entire seven-season run, he ended up marrying his costar, Anna Paquin. Since the end of True Blood’s run, Moyer has had major roles on FX’s The Bastard Executioner and Fox’s Shots Fired, before landing a starring role on Fox’s just-premiered The Gifted.
Before Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a critically acclaimed cult TV show, it was a little-loved teen comedy starring the guy from Beverly Hills 90210. There was a lot of buzz about the quirky movie prior to its release. A lot of people thought the combination of then-hot Luke Perry and Joss Whedon’s script could make Buffy a sleeper hit of the summer. The August 1992 issue of Movieline included a warts-and-all look at the making of the movie that would eventually be best remembered for the TV show it inspired.