Tom Wilkinson

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Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson.jpg
Wilkinson at the premiere of Duplicity in March 2009
BornThomas Geoffrey Wilkinson
(1948-02-05) 5 February 1948 (age 66)
Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
OccupationActor
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Diana Hardcastle
(1998[1]–present)
 
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Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson.jpg
Wilkinson at the premiere of Duplicity in March 2009
BornThomas Geoffrey Wilkinson
(1948-02-05) 5 February 1948 (age 66)
Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
OccupationActor
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Diana Hardcastle
(1998[1]–present)

Thomas Geoffrey "Tom" Wilkinson,[2] OBE (born 5 February 1948)[1][3] is an English actor. He has twice been nominated for an Academy Award, for his roles in In the Bedroom and Michael Clayton. In 2009, he won Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Film for playing Benjamin Franklin in John Adams.

Personal life[edit]

Wilkinson was born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, the son of Thomas Wilkinson, Sr., a farmer.[4][5] 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.[6] Wilkinson graduated[citation needed] 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.[7]

Wilkinson currently lives in North London with his wife, actress Diana Hardcastle, and their two children, Alice and Molly.

In 2011, Wilkinson and Hardcastle portrayed husband and wife Joe and Rose Kennedy in the mini series The Kennedys.

Career[edit]

Wilkinson made his acting debut in 1976 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 and a villain in The Ghost and the Darkness (1996). 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 roles in Oscar and Lucinda, Wilde, Shakespeare in Love, and The Patriot.

His portrayal of Matt Fowler, in Todd Field's In the Bedroom, received international praise from critics.[8] 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.[9]

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. The same year, he played an uncle planning for murder in Woody Allen’s Cassandra's Dream.

In 2008, Wilkinson portrayed American patriot Benjamin Franklin in the HBO mini-series John Adams. In the HBO film, Recount, Wilkinson, with an uncanny resemblance, also portrayed American political adviser 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. He also portrayed Friedrich Fromm, Commander in Chief of the German Reserve Army alongside Tom Cruise in the 2008 World War II thriller Valkyrie.

Wilkinson stars in the horror comedy Burke and Hare, which is directed by John Landis.[10] His role as Harvard professor / covert CIA high official in Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer was well noticed.[by whom?] He played another historical character, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., in the 2011 television miniseries The Kennedys, for which he gained an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini-series or Movie.[11] Earlier that year, he released The Green Hornet and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

Honours[edit]

Wilkinson received a Doctor of Letters honorary degree from the University of Kent in July 2001.[12]

In the 2005 New Year Honours, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to Drama".[13]

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleOther notes
1976Smuga cieniaChef RansomePolish adaptation of Joseph Conrad's The Shadow Line
1983SpyshipMartin TaylorBBC series (6 episodes) loosely based on the loss of FV Gaul in 1974
1984ParkerTom
A Pocket Full of RyeDetective Inspector NeeleTV adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel with Joan Hickson as Miss Marple
1985SylviaKeith Henderson
WetherbyRoger Braithwaite
1986Sharma and BeyondVivian
1988The Attic: The Hiding of Anne FrankSilberbauerTV
1989First and LastStephenTV
1990Inspector MorseMusic Master Jake NormingtonSeason 4 "The Infernal Serpent"
1990Paper MaskDr. Thorn
1991Prime SuspectPeter RawlinsTV
1993In the Name of the FatherAppeal Prosecutor
1994PriestFather Matthew Thomas
Martin ChuzzlewitSeth PecksniffTV
Nominated — British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
A Business AffairBob
Prince of JutlandHardvendel
1995Sense and SensibilityMr. Dashwood
1996The Ghost and the DarknessRobert Beaumont
Eskimo DayHugh Lloyd
1997Smilla's Sense of SnowProf. Loyen
The Full MontyGeraldBAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — MTV Film Award for Best Dance Sequence
WildeMarquess of Queensberry
Oscar and LucindaHugh Stratton
Cold Enough for SnowHugh LloydTV
Nominated — British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
1998The GovernessMr. Charles Cavendish
Rush HourThomas Griffin/Juntao
Shakespeare in LoveHugh FennymanScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1999Ride with the DevilOrton Brown
Molokai: The Story of Father DamienBrother Joseph Dutton
2000Essex BoysJohn Dyke
The PatriotGeneral Charles Lord Cornwallis
Chain of FoolsRobert Bollingsworth
2001In the BedroomMatt FowlerIndependent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Actor
Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Acting (shared with Sissy Spacek)
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — American Film Institute Award for Actor of the Year
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Another LifeMr. Carlton
Black KnightSir Knolte of Malborough
2002The Gathering StormSir Robert VansittartTV
The Importance of Being EarnestDr. Frederick Chasuble
2003NormalRoy ApplewoodNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Girl with a Pearl EarringPieter Van Ruijven
2004If Onlytaxi driver
Piccadilly JimBingley Crocker
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindDr. Howard Mierzwiak
Stage BeautyBetterton
A Good WomanTuppy
2005Ripley Under GroundJohn Webster
Batman BeginsCarmine FalconeAlso voiced the character in the film's video game adaptation
The Exorcism of Emily RoseFather Moore
Separate LiesJames ManningNominated — London Critics Circle Film Award for British Actor of the Year
2006The Night of the White PantsMax Hagan
The Last KissStephen
2007DedicationRudy Holt
Cassandra's DreamHoward
Michael ClaytonArthur EdensLondon Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actor of the Year
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Prism Award for Performance in a Feature Film
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
2008John AdamsBenjamin FranklinGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Monte Carlo TV Festival Award for Outstanding Actor – Mini Series
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
RecountJames BakerNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
RocknRollaLenny Cole
ValkyrieFriedrich Fromm
A NumberSalterNominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2009DuplicityHoward Tully
44 Inch ChestArchieSan Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
The GruffaloFoxVoice Only
Jackboots on WhitehallGoebbelsVoice Only
2010The Ghost WriterPaul Emmett
Burke and HareDr. Robert Knox
2011The Green HornetJames Reid
The ConspiratorReverdy Johnson
The KennedysJoseph P. Kennedy, Sr.TV
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Monte Carlo TV Festival Award for Mini-Series – Best Performance by an Actor
The DebtStefan
The Gruffalo's Child[14]Fox
Mission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolIMF SecretaryUncredited
2012The Best Exotic Marigold HotelGrahamNominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Sleeping DogsSuperintendent Pendrew[15]Video game role – voice
FuryXavier
2013The Lone RangerLatham Cole
BelleLord Mansfield
FelonyDetective Carl Summer
2014The Grand Budapest HotelAuthor
Good PeopleDI John Halden
SelmaLyndon B. Johnson
Jenny's WeddingEddie
2015Little BoyFr. OliverPost-production
Business or PleasurePost-production
2016The ChoiceFilming

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brown, Mark (22 February 2008). "'The thing you can't fake is that he has a moral authority ... he brings a sense of gravity, detail and intelligence'". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Honorary graduates 2000–09". University of Kent. 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Born January–March 1948, according to the Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at ancestry.com
  4. ^ Tom Wilkinson Biography. Tiscali.co.uk.
  5. ^ Tom Wilkinson biography. Yahoo! Movies.
  6. ^ Riding, Alan (10 March 2002). "Oscar Films/View From Abroad; The Actor Next Door Quietly Savors His New Fame". query.nytimes.com. Retrieved 24 July 2008. 
  7. ^ "Newsmakers". news.bbc.co.uk. 15 February 2002. Retrieved 24 July 2008. 
  8. ^ "''In the Bedroom'' at Meta Critic". Metacritic.com. 23 November 2001. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "Official Casting for John Landis' 'Burke & Hare' Comedy". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "Fisher, Serkis, Wilkinson in 'Burke and Hare'". Heatvisionblog.com. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  11. ^ 2011 Emmy Nominations List: 63rd Primetime Emmy Nominations Announced, Huffington Post, 14 July 2011. Accessed 15 July 2011.
  12. ^ Posted 2 mins ago. "Honorary graduates 2000–09 – About Kent – University of Kent". Kent.ac.uk. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57509. p. 13. 31 December 2004. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  14. ^ "The Gruffalo's Child". BBC One. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  15. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tswxmiUUSfQ

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