Holm, Ian 1931–

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HOLM, Ian 1931–


Full name, Ian Holm Cuthbert; born September 12, 1931, in Goodmayes, Ilford, Essex, England; son of James Harvey (a doctor) and Jean Wilson (maiden name, Holm) Cuthbert; married Lynn Mary Shaw, 1955 (divorced, 1965); married Sophie Baker (a photographer), 1982 (divorced, 1986); married Penelope Wilton (an actress), 1991 (divorced, 2001); married Sophie de Stempel (a painter), December, 2003; children: (first marriage) Jessica, Sarah-Jane (an actress); (second marriage) Harry; (with Bee Gilbert, a photographer) Barnaby (an actor and nightclub manager), Melissa. Education: Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Avocational Interests: Tennis, walking dogs.

Addresses: Agent—Clive Andrews, International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Pippa Markham, Markham and Froggatt, Ltd., 4 Windmill St., London W1P 1HF, England.

Career: Actor. Royal Shakespeare Company (also known as Shakespeare Memorial Theatre), Stratford-upon-Avon, England, member of company, c. 1954–68; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, associate member. Narrator for British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) coverage of the Olympics, 2004; appeared in radio commercials.

Awards, Honors: Evening Standard Award, best actor, 1965, for Henry V; Antoinette Perry Award, best supporting actor, 1967, for The Homecoming; Film Award, best supporting actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1969, for The Bofors Gun; Royal Television Society Award, best performance, 1979, for J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys; Television Award nomination, best actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1979, for J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys, as well as Mirage, and "Flayed," BBC-2 Play of the Week; Cannes International Film Festival Award, 1981, Film Award, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1982, and Academy Award nomination, 1982, all best supporting actor, for Chariots of Fire; Film Award nomination, best supporting actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1985, for Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes; International Fantasy Film Award, best actor, Fantasporto, and Saturn Award nomination, best supporting actor, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, both 1986, for Dreamchild; Boston Society of Film Critics Award, best supporting actor, 1986, for Wetherby, as well as Brazil, Dance with a Stranger, and Dreamchild; Annual CableACE Award, best actor in a theatrical or dramatic special, National Cable Television Association, 1988, for The Browning Version; Television Award, best actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1989, for Game, Set & Match; decorated commander, Order of the British Empire, 1990; Evening Standard Award and London Critics Circle Award, both best actor, 1993, for Moonlight; Film Award nomination, best supporting actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1996, for The Madness of King George; Genie Award, best performance by an actor in a leading role, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 1997, National Board of Review Award (with others), best acting by an ensemble, 1997, Toronto Film Critics Association Award, best male performance, 1998, and Online Film Critics Society Award nomination, best actor, 1998, all for The Sweet Hereafter; Evening Standard Award, 1997, London Critics Circle Award, 1997, and Laurence Olivier Award, Society of West End Theatre, 1998, all best actor, for King Lear; knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, 1998; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie, 1999, for King Lear; honorary Litt.D., University of Sussex, 1999; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie, 2001, for The Last of the Blonde Bombshells; Sierra Award nomination, best supporting actor, Las Vegas Film Critics Society awards, Phoenix Film Critics Society Award (with others), best acting ensemble, and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by the cast of a theatrical motion picture, all 2002, for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring; National Board of Review Award, 2003, Screen Actors Guild Award, 2004, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, 2004, and Phoenix Film Critics Society Award nomination, 2004, all best ensemble, all with others, for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, 2005, for The Aviator.


Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Girls at Sea, Associated British-Pathe Limited, 1958.

Grubeshov, The Fixer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968.

Gunner Flynn, The Bofors Gun, Universal, 1968.

President Poincare, Oh! What a Lovely War, Paramount, 1969.

David Riccio, Mary, Queen of Scots, Universal, 1971.

Martin Lynch-Gibbon, A Severed Head, Columbia, 1971.

Yakovlev, Nicholas and Alexandra, Columbia, 1971.

George E. Buckle, Young Winston, Columbia, 1972.

Lenny, The Homecoming, American Film Theatre, 1973.

Nicholas Porter, Juggernaut (also known as Terror on the Britannic), United Artists, 1974.

King John, Robin and Marian, Columbia, 1976.

Mohammed, Shout at the Devil, American International Pictures, 1976.

El Krim, March or Die, Columbia, 1977.

Ash, Alien, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979, also released as Alien: The Director's Cut.

Napoleon, Time Bandits, Avco-Embassy, 1981.

Sam Mussabini, Chariots of Fire, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981.

Narrator, Battle for the Falklands (documentary), Thorn EMI, 1982.

Dr. Gilbert Anderson, The Return of the Soldier (also known as Return of the Soldier), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983.

Ben Singleton, Laughterhouse (also known as Singleton's Pluck), Film Four International, 1984.

Captaine Phillippe D'Arnot, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, Warner Bros., 1984.

Desmond Cussen, Dance with a Stranger, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985.

Mr. M. Kurtzmann, Brazil, Universal, 1985.

Reverend Charles L. Dodgson/Lewis Carroll, Dreamchild, Universal, 1985.

Stanley Pilborough, Wetherby, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1985.

Ken, Another Woman, Orion, 1988.

Captain Fluellen, Henry V, Samuel Goldwyn, 1989.

Polonius, Hamlet, Warner Bros., 1990.

Doctor Murnau, Kafka, Miramax, 1991.

Tom Frost, Naked Lunch (also known as Le festin nu), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991.

Narrator, The Fever, 1992.

Albertus, The Advocate (also known as The Hour of the Pig), Miramax, 1994.

Baron Frankenstein, Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" (also known as Frankenstein), TriStar, 1994.

Dr. Willis, The Madness of King George (also known as The Madness of George III and The Madness of King George III), Samuel Goldwyn, 1994.

Pascal, Big Night (also known as The Big Night, Pasta e fagioli, and Pasta e fasule), Samuel Goldwyn, 1996.

Water bailiff and loch keeper, Loch Ness (also known as Lochness and Shadow Chaser), Gramercy Pictures, 1996.

Father Vito Cornelius, The Fifth Element (also known as The 5th Element, Le cinquieme element, Zaltman, and Zaltman bieros), Columbia, 1997.

Liam Casey, Night Falls on Manhattan, Paramount, 1997.

Mitchell Stephens, The Sweet Hereafter (also known as De beaux lendemains), Fine Line Features, 1997.

Naville, A Life Less Ordinary, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997.

(Uncredited) Old John, Incognito, Warner Bros., 1997.

Big Tam, The Match (also known as The Beautiful Game), 1999.

Joseph Maguire, Shergar, 1999.

Kiri Vinokur, eXistenZ, Dimension Films, 1999.

Gooseberries Don't Dance (short film), Quadriga Productions, 1999.

Sirius/Boris/The Devil, Simon Magus (also known as Simon le magicien), Channel Four Films, 1999, Fireworks Pictures, 2001.

George the geek, Beautiful Joe, New Films International, 2000.

Joe Gould, Joe Gould's Secret, USA Films, 2000.

Reverend Grissom, Bless the Child (also known as Die Prophezeiung), Paramount, 2000.

Tom Maynard, Field of Fish (short film), Michael Wiese Productions, 2000.

Nathan Quellen, Esther Kahn (also known as eSTheR KaHN), 2000, Empire Pictures, 2002.

Bilbo Baggins, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (also known as The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring; The Motion Picture), New Line Cinema, 2001.

Sir William Gull, From Hell, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001.

Napoleon Bonaparte/Sergeant Eugene Lenormand, The Emperor's New Clothes (also known as I vestiti nuovi dell'imperatore), Paramount Classics, 2002.

Bilbo Baggins, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (also known as The Return of the King and Der Herr der Ringe: Die Rueckkehr des Koenigs), New Line Cinema, 2003.

Narrator, Prisoners of Paradise (documentary), Menemsha Entertainment, 2003.

Gideon Largeman, Garden State, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2004.

Professor Fitz, The Aviator, Miramax, 2004.

Terry Rapson, The Day after Tomorrow (also known as Tomorrow), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2004.

Edward Aylesbury, Chromophobia, Quinta Communications, 2005.

Simeon Weisz, Lord of War, Lions Gate Films, 2005.

Dr. Putney, Strangers with Candy, c. 2005.

Ben Gurion, O Jerusalem (also known as Beyond Friendship), Canal+, 2006.

Dr. Ernesto Morales, The Treatment, 2006.

Some sources cite an appearance in Wild Blue Yonder, 518 Media, 2005.

Stage Appearances:

Spear carrier, Othello, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1954.

Donalbain, Macbeth, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1955.

Mutius, Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1955.

Rupert Bliss, Love Affair, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, 1956.

Peter, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1958.

Sebastian, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1958.

Verges, Much Ado about Nothing, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1958.

Fool, King Lear, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959.

Puck, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959.

Gremio, The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1960.

Lorenzo, The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1960.

First judge, Ondine, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1961.

Little monk, Becket, Aldwych Theatre, 1961.

Mannoury, The Devils, Aldwych Theatre, 1961.

Trofimov, The Cherry Orchard, Aldwych Theatre, 1961.

Claudio, Measure for Measure, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1962.

Gremio, The Taming of the Shrew, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1962.

Puck, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1962.

Troilus, Troilus and Cressida, Aldwych Theatre, 1962.

Ariel, The Tempest, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1963.

Richard, Edward IV, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1963.

Title role, Richard III, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1963.

Henry (Prince of Wales), Henry IV, Part One, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1964.

Henry (Prince of Wales), Henry IV, Part Two, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1964.

Title role, Henry V, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1964.

Richard, Edward IV, Aldwych Theatre, 1964.

Title role, Richard III, Aldwych Theatre, 1964.

Lenny, The Homecoming, Aldwych Theatre, 1965.

The Investigator, Aldwych Theatre, 1965.

Malvolio, Twelfth Night, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1966.

Lenny, The Homecoming, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1967.

Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967.

Puck, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Shakespeare Company, c. 1968.

Manfred, The Friends, Round House Theatre, London, 1970.

Nelson, A Bequest to the Nation, Haymarket Theatre Royal, London, 1970.

Buddy, Caravaggio Buddy, Traverse Theatre Club, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1972.

Hatch, The Sea, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1973.

Dave, Other People, Hampstead Theatre, London, 1974.

The Devil's Disciple, Aldwych Theatre, 1976.

The Iceman Cometh, Aldwych Theatre, 1976.

Uncle Vanya, Hampstead Theatre, 1979.

The Room (benefit performance), Haymarket Theatre Royal, 1989.

Andy, Moonlight, Almeida Theatre, London, 1993, then Pinter Festival, Gate Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, 1994.

Duff, Landscape, National Theatre, Cottesloe Theatre, London, then Pinter Festival, Gate Theatre, both 1994.

Title role, King Lear, National Theatre, Cottesloe Theatre, 1997–98.

Max, The Homecoming, Comedy Theatre, London, and Lincoln Center Festival, John Jay College Theatre, New York City, both 2001.

Major Tours:

Mutius, Titus Andronicus, European cities, 1956.

Title role, King Lear, Turkish and Greek cities, 1997.

Television Appearances; Series:

Jack Byron Lever, The Man from Haven, Associated Television, 1972.

Michael Mead, The Bell, BBC-2, 1982.

Narrator, Television, Granada Television, beginning 1985.

Bernard Samson, Game, Set & Match, Granada Television, 1988, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 1989.

Narrator, Spaceship Earth: A Global Geography, PBS, beginning 1991.

Narrator, Timewatch (also known as BBC History: Time-watch), BBC, 1993, 1995.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Richard (duke of Gloucester, later Richard III), The Wars of the Roses, BBC, 1966.

Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon and Love, Thames Television and PBS, 1974.

Wedderburn, "The Rebel," Benjamin Franklin, CBS, 1975.

Zerah, Jesus of Nazareth (also known as Gesu di Nazareth), NBC, 1977.

Heinrich Himmler, Holocaust (also known as Holocaust—The Story of the Family Weiss), NBC, 1978.

J. M. Barrie, J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys (also known as The Lost Boys), BBC, 1978.

Paul Pressett, We, the Accused, BBC, 1980, broadcast as Mystery! We, the Accused, PBS, 1981.

Joseph Goebbels, Inside the Third Reich, ABC, 1982.

Lorenzo de Medici, A Season of Giants (also known as Michelangelo: The Last Giant), TNT, 1991.

Pod, The Borrowers, BBC and TNT, 1992.

Pod, The Return of the Borrowers, BBC and TNT, 1993.

Narrator, The Churchills, British television, Canadian television, and PBS, 1996.

Television Appearances; Movies:

May We Come In? (also known as Masquerade: May We Come In?), BBC, 1974.

Dural, The Man in the Iron Mask, NBC, 1977.

Gatekeeper, The Thief of Baghdad (also known as Le voleur de Bagdad), NBC, 1978.

Thenardier, Les Miserables, CBS, 1978.

Himmelstoss, All Quiet on the Western Front, CBS, 1979.

Joseph Bruce Ismay, S.O.S. Titanic, ABC, 1979.

Control, The Endless Game, Showtime, 1990.

Sir Hector, Blue Ice, HBO, 1993.

Sir William Collyer, The Deep Blue Sea, 1994.

Voice of Squealer, Animal Farm (live action and animated), TNT, 1999.

White Knight, Alice through the Looking Glass, Channel 4 (England) and HBO, 1999.

Patrick, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells, BBC and HBO, 2000.

Voice of Pontius Pilate, The Miracle Maker (animated), ABC, 2000.

Narrator, D-Day 6.6.1944 (also known as D-Day), BBC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

"The Body Snatcher," Mystery and Imagination, Thames Television, 1966.

Baron Victor Frankenstein and the monster, "Frankenstein," Mystery and Imagination, Thames Television, 1968.

Puck, A Midsummer Night's Dream, CBS, c. 1968.

David Peters, "Moonlight on the Highway," ITV Saturday-Night Theatre, Independent Television, 1969.

Mark Lang, "Emma's Time," Wednesday Play, BBC, 1970.

"King Oedipus," Play of the Month, BBC, 1972.

Lloyd George, BBC, c. 1973.

"The Wood Demon," Play of the Month, BBC, 1974.

"Flayed," BBC-2 Play of the Week, BBC-2, 1978.

Night School, Granada Television, 1978.

Lech Walesa, Strike: The Birth of Solidarity (also known as Strike!), Granada Television, 1981.

Miss Morison's Ghosts, [Great Britain], c. 1981, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 1983.

Alexei, "Soft Targets," Play for Today, BBC, 1982.

Eustace Edgehill, Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill (also known as Star Quality: Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill), BBC, 1985, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1986, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1987.

Andrew Crocker-Harris, The Browning Version, BBC, 1985, then Arts and Entertainment, 1987.

Hercule Poirot, Murder by the Book, Television South, 1986, Arts and Entertainment, 1990.

Title role, The Tailor of Gloucester, Thames Television, 1989, broadcast on Great Performances, PBS, 1990.

Narrator, Stalin (documentary), Independent Television, 1990.

Astrov, Uncle Vanya, BBC, 1991, broadcast on Great Performances, PBS, 1991.

F. R. Leavis, The Last Romantics, BBC-2 and PBS, 1991.

Classic Mel: The Making of Mel Gibson's "Hamlet," HBO, 1991.

Narrator, Elizabeth R: A Year in the Life of the Queen (also known as Elizabeth R), BBC and PBS, 1992.

Narrator, Highgrove: Nature's Kingdom (also known as Highgrove: Nature's Kingdom with HRH the Prince of Wales), British television and PBS, 1995.

Narrator, Hiroshima: The Decision to Drop the Bomb, 1995.

Narrator, The Seas of Zanzibar, The Discovery Channel, 1995.

Narrator, There Is a Light That Never Goes Out, MTV, 1995.

Title role, King Lear, BBC-2, 1998, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1998.

Narrator, Skin Deep, The Discovery Channel, 1999.

Narrator, Holocaust on Trial, PBS, 2000.

Bilbo Baggins, Quest for the Ring, Fox, 2001.

(In archive footage) The Unforgettable Joan Sims (documentary), 2002.

Narrator, Dragons' World: A Fantasy Made Real, BBC and Animal Planet, 2004.

Narrator, The Adventures of Errol Flynn, TCM, 2005.

Appeared in The Misanthrope, BBC.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Himself, The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 1999.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Draw Me a Pear," The Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1965.

Charles Stubbs, "Trial for Murder," Great Mysteries (also known as Orson Welles Great Mysteries), syndicated, 1973, also broadcast on Anglia Television.

Alan Corwin, "Death Can Add," Tales of the Unexpected, Anglia Television and syndicated, 1982.

Narrator, "Bette Davis—The Benevolent Volcano" (also known as "Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano"), Arena, BBC-2, 1983, TCM, 1984.

"The Stuff of Madness," Mistress of Suspense, Harlech Television, 1990.

Voice of the tailor, "The Tailor of Gloucester," The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (animated), BBC, 1996, CBS and Family Channel, 1997.

Narrator, "Wisconsin Death Trip," Arena, BBC-2, 1999, also broadcast on Cinemax.

Guest, Breakfast, BBC, 2004.

Capitaine Phillippe D'Arnot, 80s, Televisio de Catalunya (Spain), 2005.

Appeared in "The Films of Atom Egoyan," an episode of The Directors, Encore.

Television Appearances; Other:

Mirage, Granada Television, 1978.

Appeared in After the Party and in The Road from Mandalay.

Radio Appearances; Series:

Frodo Baggins, The Lord of the Rings, BBC 4, 1981.



Himself and Bilbo Baggins, The Making of "The Lord of the Rings," 2002.

Video Games:

Voice of Father Vito Cornelius, The Fifth Element (also known as Le cinquieme element), 1998.

(From archive material) Voice of Bilbo Baggins, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Electronic Arts Games, 2003.



Back Stage, June 20, 1997, pp. 17-18.

Current Biography, March, 2002, pp. 34-40.

Entertainment Weekly, May 29, 1998, p. 80; May 17, 2004, p. 24.

Guardian, January 20, 1994, pp. 2-7; September 19, 1997, pp. T6-T7.

Interview, April, 2000, p. 80.

Madison, March, 2000, pp. 78-84.

New Statesman and Society, September 17, 1993, p. 36.

New York Times, June 9, 2002, pp. AR13, AR26.

Premiere, May, 2000, p. 60.

Time, October 4, 1999, p. 96.

Times (London), August 31, 1993, p. 27.

Variety, August 2, 1999, p. 8.