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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 5 February 1948Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Birth NameThomas Geoffrey Wilkinson
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Popular British character actor Tom Wilkinson was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England in a long line of urban farmers. He is the son of Marjorie (Percival) and Thomas Wilkinson. Economic hardships forced his family to move to Canada for a few years when Wilkinson was a child; after he had returned to England, he attended and graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a degree in English and American Literature.

Wilkinson first became active in film and television in the mid-1970s, but did not become familiar to an international audience until 1997. That was when he starred as one of six unemployed workers who strip for cash in Best Picture nominee The Full Monty (1997), and he went on to win a BAFTA for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. That same year, he was featured in Oscar and Lucinda (1997) and Wilde (1997). Wilkinson was also shown to memorable effect as a theatre financier with acting aspirations in Best Picture winner Shakespeare in Love (1998).

Over the next few years, Wilkinson would become more popular, especially with American audiences, with such roles as General Cornwallis alongside Mel Gibson in the blockbuster The Patriot (2000) and as the grief-stricken father, Matt Fowler, in the critically acclaimed Best Picture nominee In the Bedroom (2001). For his role in that movie, he received a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Since then, Wilkinson has made memorable appearances in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Batman Begins (2005), The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), Valkyrie (2008), Duplicity (2009), The Ghost (2010), The Debt (2010) and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), among others. Wilkinson also received his second Academy Award nomination for his acclaimed role in Michael Clayton (2007).

Wilkinson won an Emmy Award for his work as Benjamin Franklin in HBO's John Adams (2008) mini-series. The same year, he received an Emmy nomination for his role in HBO movie Recount (2008), and has also received Emmy nominations for Normal (2003) and The Kennedys (2011).

Wilkinson has two children, Alice and Molly, with wife Diana Hardcastle.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: TrendEkiD@aol.com

Spouse (1)

Diana Hardcastle (5 January 1988 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (13)

Graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a degree in English and American Literature. Was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University in 2001.
Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
He has performed at the Oxford Playhouse, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and on the stage at London's West End.
Has two children: Alice, born in 1989 and Molly, born in 1992.
He was awarded the 1986 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Ghosts.
He was awarded the 1988 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actor for his performance in An Enemy of the People.
Became an Associate Member of RADA.
Was offered a role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but didn't like the prospect of a year long production keeping him away from his family.
He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the order of the British Empire) in the 2005 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to Drama.
Has played both a villain and hero of the American Revolution: Gen. Lord Charles Cornwallis in The Patriot (2000) and Benjamin Franklin in John Adams (2008).
Is the only actor nominated for two Golden Globes on the same year for portraying two American politicians: "Benjamin Franklin" (John Adams (2008)) and James Baker III (Recount (2008)), winning for John Adams (2008). Both of these miniseries/television movie were produced by HBO.
Awarded the honor of "Officer of the Order of the British Empire" (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. [December 2004]
As of 2014, has appeared in six films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: In the Name of the Father (1993), Sense and Sensibility (1995), The Full Monty (1997), Shakespeare in Love (1998), In the Bedroom (2001) and Michael Clayton (2007). Shakespeare in Love (1998) won in the category.

Personal Quotes (6)

There are no acting challenges in a good script, only in a bad script.
All good actors are easy to work with. It's the ones that aren't very good who tend to be very difficult.
I'm temperamentally suited to the business of acting. I'm quite fatalistic. If it's not happening, it's not happening, and there's very little you can do.
Surprise is perhaps the storyteller's greatest weapon.
[on deciding which roles to take]: "You just follow your nose. You ask those simple really instinctive questions like you know: Can I shine in this role?, Can I do this role better than anybody in the world?, Is there something in it that I recognize?... Its really not to do with the money, or the director, or the other members of the cast. The first simple thing is: Am I going to enjoy playing this character?... Its a purely instinctive decision."
Because when you decide to do a script, you don't think, "Oh, I haven't a clue how to do that. "Ooh, let's do that." I don't... No. If I read something and think, "I can do that," that's the job I'll do. If I look at something and think, "How would I begin to do that?" I'm not an actor who responds well to a challenge.

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