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Tom Wilkinson

Wilkinson at the premiere for Duplicity in March 2009
Born Thomas Jeffrey Wilkinson
12 December 1948 (1948-12-12) (age 61)
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Diana Hardcastle (1988-present)

Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Wilkinson, OBE (born 12 December 1948) is an English actor.

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Personal life

Wilkinson was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, the son of Thomas Wilkinson, Sr., a farmer.[1][2] At the age of four, he moved with his family to Canada, where they lived for several years before returning to England and running a pub in Cornwall.[3] Wilkinson graduated from the University of Kent, where he was a member of T24 Drama Society (then named UKCD) and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[4] Wilkinson currently lives in London with his wife, actress Diana Hardcastle and his two children, Alice, 21, and Mollie, 18.

Career

Wilkinson made his television debut in the mid-1970s and worked on several British television series, most notably the mini-series First Among Equals (1986). He first gained critical acclaim with his appearance as Mr Pecksniff, in the BBC's 1994 adaptation of Martin Chuzzlewit. He made only the occasional film (including a brief appearance in 1995's Sense and Sensibility). After becoming part of the ensemble cast of the smash hit The Full Monty in 1997, a role which earned him a BAFTA, he began to take film roles more frequently including supporting parts in Oscar and Lucinda, Wilde, Shakespeare in Love, and The Patriot.

His portrayal of the grief stricken father, Matt Fowler, in Todd Field's In the Bedroom, received international praise from critics[5]. For the role, he was named Best Actor of the Year by The New York Film Critics Circle, and went on to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. That success was followed up by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Normal, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Batman Begins, and Separate Lies. [6]

In 2007 Wilkinson played the manic depressive attorney Arthur Edens in Michael Clayton and garnered much critical acclaim and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He received a Doctor of Letters honorary degree from the University of Kent in July 2001.[7] In the New Year's Honours List published 31 December 2004, he was appointed an OBE for services to drama.

In 2008, Wilkinson portrayed American patriot Benjamin Franklin in the HBO mini-series John Adams. In the HBO movie, Recount, Wilkinson, with an uncanny resemblance, also portrayed American statesman and lawyer, James A. Baker, in Baker's capacity as Chief Counsel to George W. Bush during the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election controversy, receiving an Emmy Award for the former and a nomination for the latter. He also received a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his role in John Adams. Wilkinson stars in the Horror comedy Burke and Hare, who is directed by John Landis.[8]

Filmography

Year Film Role Other notes
1976 Smuga cienia Ransome
1984 Parker Tom
A Pocket Full of Rye Detective Inspector Neele TV adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel with Joan Hickson as Miss Marple
1985 Sylvia Keith Henderson
Wetherby Roger Braithwaite
1986 Sharma and Beyond Vivian
1988 The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank Silberbauer TV
1989 First and Last Stephen TV
1990 Paper Mask Dr. Thorn
1991 Prime Suspect Peter Rawlins TV
1993 In the Name of the Father appeal prosecutor
1994 Priest Father Matthew Thomas
Martin Chuzzlewit Seth Pecksniff TV
Nominated - British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
A Business Affair Bob
Prince of Jutland Hardvendel
1995 Sense and Sensibility Mr. Dashwood
1996 The Ghost and the Darkness Robert Beaumont
Eskimo Day Hugh
1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow Prof. Loyen
The Full Monty Gerald BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Wilde Marquess of Queensberry
Oscar and Lucinda Hugh Stratton
Cold Enough for Snow Hugh Lloyd TV
Nominated - British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
1998 The Governess Mr. Charles Cavendish
Rush Hour Thomas Griffin (Juntao)
Shakespeare in Love Hugh Fennyman Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1999 Ride with the Devil Orton Brown
Molokai: The Story of Father Damien Brother Joseph Dutton
2000 Essex Boys John Dyke
The Patriot General Charles Lord Cornwallis
Chain of Fools Robert Bollingsworth
2001 In the Bedroom Matt Fowler New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role - Motion Picture
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Another Life Mr. Carlton
Black Knight Sir Knolte of Malborough
2002 The Gathering Storm Sir Robert Vansittart TV
The Importance of Being Earnest Dr. Frederick Chasuble
2003 Normal Roy Applewood Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
Girl with a Pearl Earring Pieter Van Ruijven
2004 If Only taxi driver
Piccadilly Jim Bingley Crocker
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Dr. Howard Mierzwiak
Stage Beauty Betterton
A Good Woman Tuppy
2005 Ripley Under Ground John Webster
Batman Begins Carmine Falcone
The Exorcism of Emily Rose Father Moore
Separate Lies James Manning
2006 The Night of the White Pants Max Hagan
The Last Kiss Stephen
2007 Dedication Rudy Holt
Cassandra's Dream Howard
Michael Clayton Arthur Edens Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture
2008 John Adams Benjamin Franklin Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Recount James Baker Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
RocknRolla Lenny Cole
Valkyrie Friedrich Fromm
2009 Duplicity Howard Tully
44 Inch Chest Archie completed
The Gruffalo Fox (voice)
Jackboots on Whitehall Goebbels (voice) post-production
2010 The Ghost Writer Paul Emmett
The Debt TBA post-production
The Green Hornet TBA filming
The Conspirator Reverdy Johnson filming
Burke and Hare Dr. Robert Knox filming

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