He acted in Bertolt Brecht's play, "The Days of the Commune," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Ian McKellen, Greg Hicks, Bob Peck, Nickolas Grace, Mike Gwilym, Cherie Lunghi, Paola Dionisotti, Ruby Wax, and Ian McDiarmid in the cast. Howard Davies was director.
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[on Prick Up Your Ears
(1987)] The actual experience of making the film is very vivid in my memory, because it was my first proper leading role in a film. It was, at the time, a groundbreaking movie. [Director] Stephen Frears
had made My Beautiful Laundrette
(1985) I think the year before, which touched on a gay love story. It's easy to forget that was really pushing the envelope back then, as ...
As of 2010, he has been nominated three times for the Tony award: in 1998 as Best Actor (Play) for "Art"; in 2004 as Best Actor (Musical) for portraying Tevye in a revival of "Fiddler on the Roof"; in 2010 as Best Actor (Play) for "Red." Both "Art" and "Red" deal with struggle of character relations and personal views over a canvas painting.