Awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Hull in 1999.
Recalled his university days in London and the letters he received from his mother in his 2000 memoir Dear Tom: Letters from Home.
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001 in recognition of his stage and screen success.
Named Charles Dickens as one of his favorite writers and has starred in several adaptations of his works, including the 1995 Disney TV movie The Old Curiosity Shop and the 2008 BBC series Little Dorrit.
Longtime supporter of the English soccer club Hull City.
1983, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
2001, European Film Awards — European Actor: Nominee
1977, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
1985, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
2009, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
2015, European Film Awards — European Actor: Nominee
1982, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
1965, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
1965, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Nominee
1963, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Film: Winner
1964, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Nominee
2015, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actor: Winner
1964, Venice Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner
2016, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
Ann Courtenay — Sister
Thomas Henry Courtenay — Father
Cheryl Kennedy — Ex-wife
Anne Eliza Courtenay — Mother
Isabel Courtenay — Wife
Attended University College London, London, England; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (1960)