Was raised by his mother and two sisters after his father abandoned the family.
Dropped out of high school and worked in a sporting-goods store before studying acting at the Greenwich Young People's Theatre.
At age 23, appeared in his first film, Remembrance (1981).
Thought up the stage name Laila Morse, an anagram of "mia sorella," the Italian words for "my sister," for his sibling Maureen Oldman. She made her film debut in 1997's Nil by Mouth, her brother's loosely autobiographical directorial debut.
Provided the voice of characters in several video games, including games in The Legend of Spyro and Call of Duty series.
Voiced three characters (Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and Marley) in Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009).
Directed the music video for Jonathan Clark's song "I'll Be There" and sang background vocals on two tracks of Clark's debut album, I'm Just Sayin' (2010).
Honored by the British film magazine Empire with the 2011 Empire Film Icon Award.
1988, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
2001, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
2011, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
2012, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
2017, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
1998, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Winner
2001, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
1998, BAFTA Film Awards — The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year: Winner
2018, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
2012, European Film Awards — European Actor: Nominee
1992, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
2018, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
2001, Critics' Choice Awards — Alan J. Pakula Award: Winner
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2017, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
2009, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
2017, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor: Winner
Alexandra Edenborough — Wife (separated)
Laila Morse — Sister
Charlie John Oldman — Son
Alfred Oldman — Son
Gulliver Flynn Oldman — Son
Donya Fiorentino — Ex-wife
Uma Thurman — Ex-wife
Isabella Rossellini — Ex-fiancée
Jackie Oldman — Sister
Kathleen Oldman — Mother
Leonard Oldman — Father
Lesley Manville — Ex-wife
Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, Kent, England (BA in Theater Arts, 1979)