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Patrick Stewart - back on stage
Patrick Stewart
Stewart is also a spokesperson for Amnesty International
In a HardTalk Extra interview screened on 16 December, Gavin Esler spoke to the actor Patrick Stewart.

Patrick Stewart is known round the world for his role in Star Trek.

But he began his career working with the best theatrical directors at the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre.

Last year he quit Los Angeles to return to his native England, and his first love, the stage.

Taking time out from his one-man show in London's West End, A Christmas Carol, he talks to Gavin Esler about his life-long fascination with theatre, and whether he has really left Hollywood behind.

HARDtalk Extra can be seen on BBC World at 0430 GMT, 0830 GMT, 1130 GMT, 1530 GMT, 1930 GMT, 0030 GMT.

It can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 04:30 and 23:30.

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