At 82, legendary actor Anthony Hopkins has experienced three marriages. His third wife, Stella Arroyave, has remained a part of his life since their marriage in 2003.
Anthony Hopkins' personal life is a page torn out of a fairytale. Finding love at 60, marrying his princess, and spending the next two decades with her filled up the real-life romance tale lines. Achieving this after two failed marriages only made his love story more captivating.
But love isn't the only thing the icon has been up to through the years. He pursued his Hollywood dreams, steered it towards actualization, and snagged numerous awards and accolades while at it.
Sir Anthony Hopkins speaks onstage during the HBO portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour on July 30, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images
No doubt the actor is living the dream even at 82. In confirmation of what most already knew, Hopkins gave the credits for his happiness to his wife of 18 years, Stella Arroyave. Read on to explore more details about the Hollywood icon's personal life.
HOPKINS' LIFE AT A GLANCE
Anthony Hopkins is an actor, film producer, and director born on December 31, 1937. He grew up with his parents, Annie Muriel and Richard Hopkins, in Margam, a Port Talbot suburburb.
The star developed an interest in arts from a young age, immersing himself in painting, drawing, playing the piano, and other artistic luxuries.
As a boy, Hopkins attended Monmouth Boys School, Pontypool, and Cambridge Grammar school in Vale of Glamorgan. At 15, he met actor Richard Burton, who inspired him to venture into the arts.
Thereafter, the star enrolled at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, graduating in 1957. He later proceeded to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art after two years in the British Army.
Anthony Hopkins has lived through three marriages in his lifetime. First, he tied the knot with actress Petronella Barker in 1966. Their marriage lasted six years, during which they welcomed a daughter, Abigail Hopkins. They finalized their divorce in 1972.
Following his first divorce, Hopkins moved on to Jennifer Lynton. The duo exchanged vows in 1973 and sustained their marriage for 29 years, living apart for seven of those.
They split for good in 2002. During their time together, the actor had public flings with other women, including Joyce Ingalls and Francine Kay.
Nowadays, Hopkins couldn't be bothered about his daughter's whereabouts, how she's faring, or her accomplishments so far.
Next, the actor met and married his soulmate, Stella Arroyave, who was 18 years his junior. Despite their age gap, the duo has maintained a loving relationship to date.
WHO IS STELLA ARROYAVE?
Anthony Hopkins' third wife, Stella Arroyave, started as a Los Angeles-based antique dealer. However, since welcoming Hopkins into her life, Arroyave has embraced his career path, starring in films like "Slipstream" and "The Human Stain."
Aside from acting, Arroyave has tried her hands in movie production and thus made some of her most outstanding works. The actress was born in Popayan, Columbia, in 1956. She received her formal education in the state before relocating to Los Angeles to set up her antique store.
ARROYAVE AND HOPKINS' ROMANCE
Hopkins met Arroyave in 2003 when he patronized her art store to acquire some furniture. Thanks to her charm and easygoing personality, the actor was captivated, and they hit it off instantly.
The actor once admitted that meeting Arroyave was the best thing that ever happened to him, as she came at a time when he was "shut down" and "slightly depressed."
Although never one to trust anyone, Hopkins opened his heart to her, and they began dating soon after. In 2003, the lovebirds legalized their union with a star-studded ceremony held at Hopkins' clifftop mansion in Malibu.
Anthony Hopkins and Stella Arroyave attend the George Christie Luncheon at Four Seasons Hotel on September 11, 2010 | Photo: Getty Images
PROUD OF HIS SPOUSE
Their love story has progressed in the public eye in the last 17 years. Many watched the 82-year-old actor transform from the wild man battling alcohol addiction into the calm, respectable actor over the years. And the star gives his wife credit for the transformation.
Anthony Hopkins has been open about how his spouse helped him overcome depression. Additionally, she taught him to love again and gave him a sense of purpose when he had given up on love and relationships. These tremendous lifestyle changes have helped the icon find true happiness in a not-so-rosy world.
ANTHONY HOPKINS' ONLY DAUGHTER
The Hollywood legend is a father of one. He shares his only daughter, Abigail Hopkins, with his first wife, Petronella Barker. When the exes divorced in 1972, Abigail was still a toddler and remained with her mother.
As the years went by, the two grew apart, eventually becoming estranged. Like her parents, Abigail became an actress, with roles in movies like "Romeo Vs. Juliet." She also pursued a career as a singer-songwriter while serving as an acting coach.
The estranged father-daughter pair reconciled briefly in the 90s, but the reconciliation was short-lived. Nowadays, Hopkins couldn't be bothered about his daughter's whereabouts, how she's faring, or her accomplishments so far. He once admitted to not knowing if he had grandkids from Abigail, adding that he did not care.
Anthony Hopkins began acting professionally in 1960, with stage appearances in theatre productions. He joined the Royal National Theatre in 1965, and two years later, made his screen debut with a role in "A Flea In Her Ear."
The movie exposed him to other opportunities. Soon, he began landing major projects, establishing himself as a renowned television and film actor.
He has since starred in "A Bridge Too Far," "Magic," "A Change Of Seasons," "The Silence Of The Lambs," "Red Dragon," "The Rite," "The Two Popes," "Transformers: The Last Knight," and "King Lear," among others.
Notably, the icon played Odin in the Marvel superhero flick, "Thor." He reprised his role in the sequels, "Thor: The Dark World" and "Thor: Ragnarok."
With everything finally falling in place, a happy marriage, a successful career, and a life of bliss, what more could Hopkins possibly wish for? Perhaps, a chance at reconciling with his estranged daughter. Time would tell.