He acted in Nikolai Gogol's play, "The Government Inspector," in a British National Theatre production at the Olivier Theatre in London, England with Rik Mayall, Ian Bartholomew, Ron Pember, Tim McInnery, and Nigel Le Vaillant in the cast. Richard Eyre was director.
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I always think you should be totally frivolous as much as you can, and then take the work seriously when it has to be taken seriously. As long as you can keep that balance going, it's good fun. If it's only frivolous it's not fun - it would drive me potty. On Iris, I'd never worked with Judi Dench before, but it was wonderful to realize that we worked in exactly the same way. Foolish for most of ...
He won an Oscar for playing John Bayley in Iris
(2001), making him one of 12 actors to win the Award for playing a real person who was still alive at the evening of the Award ceremony (as of 2007). The other ten actors and their respective performances are: Spencer Tracy
for playing Father Edward Flanagan in Boys Town
(1938), Gary Cooper
for playing Alvin C. York in Sergeant York