- 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.
- 2016, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
- 1965, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Nominee
- 1977, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
- 2001, European Film Awards — European Actor: Nominee
- 1965, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
- 1985, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
- 2015, European Film Awards — European Actor: Nominee
- 1964, Venice Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner
- 1982, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
- 2015, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actor: Winner
- 1963, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Film: Winner
- 1964, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Nominee
- 1983, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- Thomas Henry Courtenay — Father
- Cheryl Kennedy — Ex-wife
- Ann Courtenay — Sister
- Anne Eliza Courtenay — Mother
- Isabel Courtenay — Wife
- Attended University College London, London, England; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (1960)
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