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Patrick Stewart has revealed his family life sacrifices ahead of his new film release.

The Mirfield-born star opened up about missing ‘huge’ amounts of time with his wife and children to pursue his acting career in an interview with New York Daily News, while talking about his new indie film, Match.

The film comes out later this month.

He plays Tobias, an aging Juilliard dance school teacher in the city, who has eschewed his personal life to pursue his career but is confronted with a couple from the past.

Patrick Stewart as Tobias in Match
Sir Patrick Stewart as Tobias in Match
 

Talking to the news site, he compared the character to his own career, which has seen him devote large amounts of time to stage, TV and film.

Sir Patrick, 74, of course, is star of the X Men series of blockbuster films and was also known for many years as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the TV series and films of Stark Trek.

He is also highly regarded for his theatre work, especially in various Shakespeare roles.

He was voted the greatest living Yorkshireman by Examiner readers in 2014. See pictures from his life and career below.

 

He said: “When I got married and I had children, I missed huge amounts of time.

“I would see my kids on Sundays if I was lucky. It was hard on my kids.”

The actor also revealed his love for New York, where he is currently living with his wife, Sunny Ozell in the Park Slope area.

Sir Patrick, said: “I was never intimidated or frightened by New York. “For a long time, I felt more at home here than I did in London.”

Match will be released in US cinemas on January 14.

Sir Patrick will temporarily move to Los Angeles for the next five months to shoot a TV comedy series, Blunt Talk.

And he is also working on a film called Green Room, a story about a young punk rock band who find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence.