Ian Holm

  • Birth Name: Ian Holm Cuthbert
  • Birth Place: Goodmayes, London, England
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Decided to become an actor at age 7 after seeing Charles Laughton in a stage production of Les Miserables.
  • Made his stage debut in 1954 as a spear carrier in Othello, and spent more than a decade with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • First big-screen role was in the 1968 drama The Bofors Gun, for which he won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor.
  • Developed a case of stage fright in 1976, leaving in the middle of a preview performance of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh; did not return to the theatre until 1993, when he appeared in Harold Pinter's Moonlight.
  • Attracted the attention of Hollywood in 1979, when he portrayed the android Ash in Ridley Scott's classic Alien.
  • Appointed a Commander of the British Empire in 1989, and knighted in 1998.
  • Published his autobiography, Acting My Life, in 2004.

Awards

  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1981, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1967, Tony — Actor, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic): Winner
  • 1985, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 1996, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1982, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Artist: Winner
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1997, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Winner
  • 1981, Cannes Film Festival — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
  • 1969, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner

Relationships

  • Sophie Baker — Ex-wife
  • Penelope Wilton — Ex-wife
  • Melissa Holm — Daughter
  • Harry Holm — Son
  • Dr. James Harvey Cuthbert — Father
  • Sophie de Stempel — Wife
  • Jessica Holm — Daughter
  • Barnaby Holm — Son
  • Jean Wilson Cuthbert — Mother
  • Sarah-Jane Holm — Daughter
  • Eric Cuthbert — Brother
  • Lynn Mary Shaw — Ex-wife
  • Bee Gilbert — Ex-significant Other
  • Alice Pearl Massey — Stepdaughter

College

  • The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England

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