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Ian Holm


Sir Ian Holm is an Academy Award-nominated British film and stage actor who was a star of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and played more than 100 roles in films and on television. He was born Ian Holm Cuthbert on September 12, 1931, in Goodmayes, Essex, UK, to Scottish parents who worked at the Essex mental asylum. His mother, Jean Wilson (Holm), ... See full bio »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Ratatouille
Ratatouille Skinner
(2007)
The Fifth Element
The Fifth Element Father Vito Cornelius
(1997)
Alien
Alien Ash
(1979)

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 2009 1066: The Battle for Middle Earth (TV Mini-Series)
Storyteller
- The Last Battle (2009) ... Storyteller (voice)
- Episode #1.1 (2009) ... Storyteller (voice)
 2004 Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real (TV Movie)
Narrator (UK version, voice)
 2002 Waterbaby (TV Movie)
God (voice)
 2002 The New Detectives: Case Studies in Forensic Science (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Murder for Hire (2002) ... Narrator (voice)
 2000 The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (TV Movie)
Patrick
 2000 The Holocaust on Trial (TV Movie documentary)
Narrator (voice)
 1999 Shanghai Vice (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator (voice)
 1999 Animal Farm (TV Movie)
Squealer (voice)
 1991-1998 Performance (TV Series)
Lear / Duff / Sir William Collyer / ...
- King Lear (1998) ... Lear
- Landscape (1995) ... Duff
- Uncle Vanya (1991) ... Astrov
 1996 The Gulf War (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1993-1995 Timewatch (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Hitler's Death: the Final Report (1995) ... Narrator (voice)
- Hunger Strike: A Hidden History (1993) ... Narrator (voice)
 1995 Little Red Riding Hood (TV Movie)
Don Mini the Narrator (1995)
 1993 The Return of the Borrowers (TV Series)
Pod
- Episode #1.6 (1993) ... Pod
- Episode #1.5 (1993) ... Pod
- Episode #1.4 (1993) ... Pod
- Episode #1.3 (1993) ... Pod
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Pod
 1992 The Borrowers (TV Mini-Series)
Pod
- Episode #1.6 (1992) ... Pod
- Episode #1.5 (1992) ... Pod
- Episode #1.4 (1992) ... Pod
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Pod
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Pod
 1992 Screen Two (TV Series)
F.R. Leavis
- The Last Romantics (1992) ... F.R. Leavis
 1990 Chillers (TV Series)
Christopher Waggoner
- The Stuff of Madness ... Christopher Waggoner
 1989 The Endless Game (TV Mini-Series)
Control
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Control
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Control
 1987/II Murder by the Book (TV Movie)
Hercule Poirot
 1986 Artists and Models (TV Series)
- Slaves of Fashion (1986) ... (voice)
 1985 Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill (TV Movie)
Eustace Edgehill
 1985 Television (TV Series)
Narrator (1985) (voice)
 1983 Arena (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano (1983) ... Narrator (voice)
 1982 Play for Today (TV Series)
Alexei
- Soft Targets (1982) ... Alexei
 1982 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Alan Corwin
- Death Can Add (1982) ... Alan Corwin
 1982 The Bell (TV Series)
Michael Meade
 1981 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Reader
- Landseer: A Victorian Comedy (1981) ... Reader
 1980 We, the Accused (TV Mini-Series)
Paul Pressett
 1980 Festival: The Misanthrope (TV Movie)
Alceste
 1979 All Quiet on the Western Front (TV Movie)
Himmelstoss
 1979 S.O.S. Titanic (TV Movie)
J. Bruce Ismay
 1978 Les Miserables (TV Movie)
Thenardier
 1978 The Thief of Baghdad (TV Movie)
The Gatekeeper
 1978 Do You Remember? (TV Series)
Walter Street
 1978 Holocaust (TV Mini-Series)
Heinrich Himmler
- Part 4 (1978) ... Heinrich Himmler
- Part 3 (1978) ... Heinrich Himmler
 1978 BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series)
The man
- Flayed (1978) ... The man
 1977 Jubilee (TV Series)
Bill Ramsey
- Ramsey (1977) ... Bill Ramsey
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
Zerah
- Part 2 (1977) ... Zerah
- Part 1 (1977) ... Zerah
 1977 The Man in the Iron Mask (TV Movie)
Duval
 1974-1975 The Lives of Benjamin Franklin (TV Mini-Series)
Wedderburn
- The Statesman (1975) ... Wedderburn
- The Rebel (1975) ... Wedderburn
- The Ambassador (1974) ... Wedderburn
 1972-1974 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Khrushchov / Oedipus
- The Wood Demon (1974) ... Khrushchov
- King Oedipus (1972) ... Oedipus
 1974 Napoleon and Love (TV Mini-Series)
Napoleon
- The End of Love (1974) ... Napoleon
- Louise (1974) ... Napoleon
- Maria Luisa (1974) ... Napoleon
- Maria Walewska (1974) ... Napoleon
- Eleonore (1974) ... Napoleon
 1974 Masquerade (TV Series)
Blake
- May We Come In? (1974) ... Blake
 1974 Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Charles Stubbs
- Trial for Murder (1974) ... Charles Stubbs
 1973 Conjugal Rights (TV Mini-Series)
Michael
- Michael and Jenny (1973) ... Michael
- Charles and Paula (1973) ... Michael
- Alan and Rosamund (1973) ... Michael
 1972 The Frighteners (TV Series)
Gordon
- The Treat (1972) ... Gordon
 1972 The Man from Haven (TV Series)
Jack Byron Lever
- Episode #1.1 (1972) ... Jack Byron Lever
 1969-1971 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Huw / Omri
- Funny (1971) ... Huw
- Omri's Burning (1969) ... Omri
 1963-1970 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Reverend P. Bagley / Edward Gobey / Jamie Norton
- The End of the Line (1970) ... Reverend P. Bagley
- Edward the Confessor (1969) ... Edward Gobey
- The Paradise Suite (1963) ... Jamie Norton
 1969-1970 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Walter Bardell / Salesman / David Peters
- You See, the Thing Is... (1970) ... Walter Bardell
- The Salesman (1970) ... Salesman
- Moonlight on the Highway (1969) ... David Peters
 1970 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Mark Lang
- Emma's Time (1970) ... Mark Lang
 1966-1968 Mystery and Imagination (TV Series)
Frankenstein / The Being / MacFarlane
- Frankenstein (1968) ... Frankenstein / The Being
 1965-1966 The Wars of the Roses (TV Mini-Series)
Richard / King Richard III / Richard Duke of Gloucester
- Edward of York (1966) ... Richard
- The Kingmaker (1966) ... Richard
- The Fearful King ... Richard
 1961 Theatre Night (TV Series)
The King
- Ondine (1961) ... The King
 1959 A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie)
Puck
 1957 Robert's Wife (TV Movie)
Bob
 1957 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Granillo
- Rope (1957) ... Granillo
- The Wooden Dish (1957) ... Granillo
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Harold Pinter's play, "Landscape," in a Royal National Theatre production at the Lyttelton and Laurence Olivier Theatres in London, England with Penelope Wilton in the cast. Harold Pinter was also director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 2 Interviews | 6 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Ian Holm

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I've always been a minimalist. It was Bogart [Humphrey Bogart] who once said, "If you think the right thoughts, the camera will pick it up." The most important thing in the face is the eyes, and if you can make the eyes talk, you're halfway there. See more »

Trivia:

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. See more »

Trademark:

Rich smooth voice

Star Sign:

Virgo

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