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Ian Holm
Birthday: September 12, 1931

Birth Place: Goodmayes, Essex, England, UK
Height: 5' 6"

Below is a complete filmography (list of movies he's appeared in) for Ian Holm. If you have any corrections or additions, please email us at corrections@actorsofhollywood.com. We'd also be interested in any trivia or other information you have.



Popularly known as "Mr. Ubiquitous" thanks to his versatility as a stage and screen actor, Ian Holm is one of Britain's most acclaimed — to say nothing of steadily employed — performers. Although the foundations of his career were built on the stage, he has become an increasingly popular onscreen presence in his later years. Holm earned particularl plaudits for his work in Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter (1997), in which he played an emotionally broken lawyer who comes to a small town that has been devastated by a recent school bus crash.Born on September 12, 1931, Holm came into the world in a Goodmayes, Ilford, mental asylum, where his father resided as a psychiatrist and superintendent. When he wasn't tending to the insane, Holm's father took him to the theatre, where he was first inspired, at the age of seven, by a production of Les Miserables starring Charles Laughton. The inspiration carried him through his adolescence — which, by his account, was not a happy one — and in 1950, Holm enrolled at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Coincidentally, while a student at RADA, he ended up acting with none other than Laughton himself.Following a year of national service, Holm joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, making his stage debut as a sword carrier in Othello. In 1956, after two years with the RSC, he debuted on the London stage in a West End production of Love Affair; that same year, he toured Europe with Laurence Olivier's production of Titus Andronicus. Holm subsequently returned to the RSC, where he stayed for the next ten years, winning a number of awards. Among the honors he received were two Evening Standard Actor of the Year Awards for his work in Henry V and The Homecoming; in 1967, he won a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway production The Homecoming.The diminutive actor (standing 5'6") made his film debut as Puck in Peter Hall's 1968 adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, a production that Holm himself characterized as "a total disaster." Less disastrous was that same year's The Bofors Gun, a military drama that earned Holm a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA. He went on to appear in a steady stream of British films and television series throughout the '70s, doing memorable work in films ranging from Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) to Alien (1978), the latter of which saw him achieving a measure of celluloid immortality as Ash, the treacherous android. Holm's TV work during the decade included a 1973 production of The Homecoming and a 1978 production of Les Miserables, made a full 40 years after he first saw it staged with Charles Laughton.Holm began the '80s surrounded by a halo of acclaim garnered for his supporting role as Harold Abrahams' coach in Chariots of Fire (1981). Nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, he won both a BAFTA and Cannes Festival Award in the same category for his performance. Not content to rest on his laurels, he played Napoleon in Terry Gilliam's surreal Time Bandits that same year; he and Gilliam again collaborated on the 1985 future dystopia masterpiece Brazil. Also in 1985, Holm turned in one of his greatest — and most overlooked — performances of the decade as Desmond Cussen, Ruth Ellis' steadfast, unrequited admirer in Dance with a Stranger. He also continued to bring his interpretations of the Bard to the screen, providing Kenneth Branagh's Henry V (1989) with a very sympathetic Fluellen and Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet (1990) with a resolutely meddlesome Polonius.The following decade brought with it further acclaim for Holm on both the stage and screen. On the stage — from which he had been absent since 1976, when he suffered a bout of stage fright — he won a number of honors, including the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Actor for his eponymous performance in King Lear; he also earned Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards for his work in the play, as well as an Emmy nomination for its television adaptation. On the screen, Holm was shown to great effect in The Madness of King George (1994), which cast him as the king's unorthodox physician, Atom Egoyan's aforementioned The Sweet Hereafter (1997), and Joe Gould's Secret (1999), in which he starred in the title role of a Greenwich Village eccentric with a surprising secret. In 2000, Holm took on a role of an entirely different sort when he starred as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's long awaited adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Holm, who was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1989, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998 for his "services to drama."

Movie Credits
O Jerusalem (2006)
Renaissance (2006)
[ Daniel Craig ][ Jonathan Pryce ][ Rick Warden ][ Sean Pertwee ]
The Treatment (2006)
[ Harris Yulin ][ Roger Rees ][ Chris Eigeman ][ Peter Hermann ]
Lord of War (2005)
[ Nicolas Cage ][ Jared Leto ][ Ethan Hawke ][ Donald Sutherland ][ David Bowie ]
Chromophobia (2005)
[ Ralph Fiennes ][ Damian Lewis ][ Rhys Ifans ][ Ben Chaplin ]
Strangers with Candy (2005)
[ Philip Seymour Hoffman ][ Matthew Broderick ][ Justin Theroux ][ Tom Guiry ][ David Letterman ]
The Aviator (2004)
[ Leonardo Dicaprio ][ Jude Law ][ Martin Scorsese ][ Willem Dafoe ][ Alec Baldwin ]
Dragons' World: A Fantasy Made Real (2004)
[ Patrick Stewart ]
D-Day 6.6.1944 (2004)
[ Alan Westaway ]
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
[ Jake Gyllenhaal ][ Dennis Quaid ][ Roland Emmerich ][ Dash Mihok ][ Glenn Plummer ]
Garden State (2004)
[ Zach Braff ][ Peter Sarsgaard ][ Method Man ][ Paul Simon ][ Chris Martin ]
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
[ Orlando Bloom ][ Elijah Wood ][ Viggo Mortensen ][ Sean Bean ][ Ian McKellen ]
Spinning Wheels (2002)
The Emperor's New Clothes (2001)
[ Tim McInnerny ][ Eddie Marsan ]
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
[ Orlando Bloom ][ Elijah Wood ][ Viggo Mortensen ][ Sean Bean ][ Ian McKellen ]
From Hell (2001)
[ Johnny Depp ][ Robbie Coltrane ][ Marilyn Manson ][ Jason Flemyng ][ Ian Richardson ]
Field of Fish (2000)
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000)
[ James Cosmo ]
Bless the Child (2000)
[ Rufus Sewell ][ Jimmy Smits ][ Brian Steele ][ Chris Young ]
Beautiful Joe (2000)
[ Billy Connolly ][ J.K. Simmons ][ Gil Bellows ][ Roger R. Cross ]
Esther Kahn (2000)
[ Leslie Howard ]
The Miracle Maker (2000)
[ Ralph Fiennes ][ Alfred Molina ][ Ioan Gruffudd ][ David Thewlis ][ William Hurt ]
Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
[ Steve Martin ][ Stanley Tucci ]
Animal Farm (1999)
[ Patrick Stewart ][ Kelsey Grammer ][ Julia Louis-Dreyfus ][ Pete Postlethwaite ][ Peter Ustinov ]
Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)
The Match (1999)
[ Pierce Brosnan ][ Tom Sizemore ][ Richard E. Grant ][ James Cosmo ][ David O'Hara ]
Shergar (1999)
[ Mickey Rourke ][ David Warner ][ Gary Stretch ][ George Jackos ]
Simon Magus (1999)
[ Stuart Townsend ][ Rutger Hauer ][ Noah Taylor ][ Toby Jones ]
eXistenZ (1999)
[ Jude Law ][ Willem Dafoe ][ Christopher Eccleston ][ Callum Keith Rennie ][ Leslie Howard ]
Gooseberries Don't Dance (1999)
King Lear (1998)
[ Paul Rhys ][ Finbar Lynch ]
The Fifth Element (1998)
[ Bruce Willis ][ Gary Oldman ]
Frog (1998)
Alice Through the Looking Glass (1998)
[ Steve Coogan ][ Greg Wise ][ Ian Richardson ]
Incognito (1997)
[ Jason Patric ][ Rod Steiger ][ Ian Richardson ]
A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
[ Ewan McGregor ][ Elvis Presley ][ Timothy Olyphant ][ Tony Shalhoub ][ Stanley Tucci ]
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
[ Bruce Greenwood ][ Atom Egoyan ]
The Fifth Element (1997)
[ Bruce Willis ][ Gary Oldman ][ Chris Tucker ][ Luke Perry ][ Mathieu Kassovitz ]
Night Falls on Manhattan (1997)
[ Andy Garcia ][ James Gandolfini ][ Richard Dreyfuss ][ Sidney Lumet ][ Bobby Cannavale ]
Loch Ness (1996)
[ Ted Danson ][ James Frain ][ Harris Yulin ][ Keith Allen ]
Big Night (1996)
[ Liev Schreiber ][ Tony Shalhoub ][ Stanley Tucci ][ Campbell Scott ][ Marc Anthony ]
The Madness of King George (1994)
[ Rupert Everett ][ Rupert Graves ][ Anthony Calf ]
Frankenstein (1994)
[ Robert De Niro ][ John Cleese ][ Kenneth Branagh ][ Francis Ford Coppola ][ Aidan Quinn ]
The Deep Blue Sea (1994)
[ Colin Firth ]
The Return of the Borrowers (1993)
[ Ben Chaplin ][ Ross McCall ]
The Hour of the Pig (1993)
[ Colin Firth ][ Donald Pleasence ][ Michael Gough ]
Blue Ice (1992)
[ Michael Caine ][ Bob Hoskins ][ Alun Armstrong ]
The Borrowers (1992)
[ Ben Chaplin ][ Ross McCall ]
Naked Lunch (1991)
[ Roy Scheider ][ Peter Weller ][ Julian Sands ][ Leslie Howard ]
Kafka (1991)
[ Jeremy Irons ][ Alec Guinness ][ Barry Levinson ][ Keith Allen ]
A Season of Giants (1991)
[ F. Murray Abraham ][ John Glover ][ Steven Berkoff ]
Uncle Vanya (1991)
[ David Mamet ][ David Warner ]
The Last Romantics (1991)
[ Alan Cumming ][ Rufus Sewell ]
Hamlet (1990)
[ Mel Gibson ][ Kevin Kline ][ Pete Postlethwaite ][ Vincent Perez ][ Stephen Dillane ]
The Endless Game (1990)
[ Albert Finney ][ George Segal ]
The Stuff of Madness (1990)
Henry V (1989)
[ Christian Bale ][ Kenneth Branagh ][ Robbie Coltrane ][ Derek Jacobi ][ Brian Blessed ]
The Tailor of Gloucester (1989)
[ Jude Law ]
Another Woman (1988)
[ Woody Allen ][ Gene Hackman ][ David Ogden Stiers ][ Harris Yulin ][ Josh Hamilton ]
Murder by the Book (1986)
Brazil (1985)
[ Robert De Niro ][ Terry Gilliam ][ Jonathan Pryce ][ Bob Hoskins ][ Jim Broadbent ]
The Browning Version (1985)
[ Steven Mackintosh ]
Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill (1985)
Dreamchild (1985)
[ Peter Gallagher ][ James Wilby ]
Dance with a Stranger (1985)
[ Rupert Everett ]
Wetherby (1985)
[ Tom Wilkinson ][ Tim McInnerny ][ Christopher Fulford ]
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
[ Christopher Lambert ][ Richard Griffiths ][ James Fox ][ David Suchet ][ Deep Roy ]
Laughterhouse (1984)
Inside the Third Reich (1982)
[ Rutger Hauer ][ Randy Quaid ][ Derek Jacobi ][ Robert Vaughn ][ Stephen Collins ]
The Return of the Soldier (1982)
[ Alan Bates ][ Kevin Whately ]
Time Bandits (1981)
[ Sean Connery ][ Terry Gilliam ][ John Cleese ][ Warwick Davis ][ Jim Broadbent ]
Chariots of Fire (1981)
[ Kenneth Branagh ][ Stephen Fry ][ Richard Griffiths ][ John Gielgud ][ Brad Davis ]
Strike: The Birth of Solidarity (1981)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1979)
[ Ernest Borgnine ][ Donald Pleasence ]
S.O.S. Titanic (1979)
[ David Warner ][ Ian Abercrombie ]
Alien (1979)
[ John Hurt ][ Harry Dean Stanton ][ Tom Skerritt ][ Yaphet Kotto ]
Miserables, Les (1978)
[ Anthony Perkins ][ Dexter Fletcher ][ Richard Jordan ][ John Gielgud ]
The Thief of Baghdad (1978)
[ Terence Stamp ][ Roddy McDowall ][ Peter Ustinov ]
Flayed (1978)
March or Die (1977)
[ Gene Hackman ][ Max von Sydow ][ Terence Hill ]
The Man in the Iron Mask (1977)
[ Richard Chamberlain ][ Patrick McGoohan ][ Denis Lawson ]
Shout at the Devil (1976)
[ Roger Moore ][ Lee Marvin ]
Robin and Marian (1976)
[ Sean Connery ][ Richard Harris ][ Robert Shaw ][ Denholm Elliott ]
Juggernaut (1974)
[ Anthony Hopkins ][ Richard Harris ][ Omar Sharif ][ Julian Glover ][ Roy Kinnear ]
May We Come In? (1974)
The Homecoming (1973)
King Oedipus (1972)
Young Winston (1972)
[ Anthony Hopkins ][ Robert Shaw ][ Robert Hardy ][ James Cosmo ][ John Mills ]
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
[ Brian Cox ][ Laurence Olivier ][ Julian Glover ][ Jeremy Brett ][ Tom Baker ]
Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)
[ Timothy Dalton ][ Patrick McGoohan ][ Jeremy Bullock ]
A Severed Head (1970)
[ Richard Attenborough ]
Moonlight on the Highway (1969)
Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
[ Laurence Olivier ][ John Gielgud ][ John Mills ][ Edward Fox ]
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968)
[ David Warner ][ Ian Richardson ]
The Bofors Gun (1968)
[ David Warner ][ John Thaw ]
The Fixer (1968)
[ David Warner ][ Alan Bates ][ Robert Urich ]
Frankenstein (1968)
The Body Snatcher (1966)
Girls at Sea (1958)
[ Warren Mitchell ]


  • Father of Barnaby Holm.
  • Children - with Lynn Mary Shaw: daughters Jessica Holm and Sarah-Jane Holm; with Sophie Baker: son Harry; also had son Barnaby Holm and daughter Melissa with professional photographer Bee Gilbert, with whom Holm had a relationship after his first marriage (1965-1976) but never married.
  • Appointed a CBE in 1990; Knighted in June 1998.
  • Developed a severe case of stage fright in 1976 while performing The Iceman Cometh and left the theatre. He has only returned three times since then.
  • Clearly has no objections to being buried up to his neck in the pursuit of his craft, as this has happened to him in no less than three films: Alien (1979), Brazil (1985) and _Simon Magus (1999/I)_ .
  • He was awarded the 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor of the 1997 season for his performance in "King Lear" at the Royal National Theatre: Cottesloe stage.
  • He was awarded the 1993 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in "Moonlight."
  • He was awarded the 1997 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama) for Best Actor for his performance in King Lear at the Royal National Theatre.
  • He was awarded the 1993 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actor in "Moonlight." His wife, Penelope Wilton, was awarded Best Actress for "The Deep Blue Sea" at the same awards ceremony.
  • He was awarded the 1997 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in "King Lear."
  • Has two roles in common with Orson Bean. Bean was the voice of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit (1977) (TV), while Holm played in the Peter Jackson trilogy. Bean also played Frodo in The Return of the King (1980) (TV); Holm played Frodo on BBC radio.
  • An Associate Member of RADA.
  • Children: Jessica, Sarah-Jane, Barnaby, Melissa, Harry.
  • Has played Napoleon Bonaparte three times in "Napoleon and Love" (1972) (mini), Time Bandits (1981) and The Emperor's New Clothes (2001) - and was a front-runner for the part in Stanley Kubrick's unproduced biopic.
  • Won Broadway's 1967 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming," a role he recreated in the film version with the same title, The Homecoming (1973).
  • Played a meteorologist in The Day After Tomorrow (2004) (as Professor Terry Rapson) and The Aviator (2004) (as Professor Fitz).
  • Though he has only appeared in two production of The Lord of the Rings, he has worked with three Aragorns. He appeared with Viggo Mortensen in the Lord of the Rings films, Robert Stephens in the radio adaptation, and worked with John Hurt in Alien (1979). Mortensen and Hurt were also both last-minute replacements for other actors.
  • Treated for prostate cancer in 2001.
  • Was slated to play Pope John Paul II in a CBS miniseries, but had to drop out because of undisclosed "personal reasons." Jon Voight took his place.

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