Ian Holm

Highest Rated: 100% The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Lowest Rated: 3% Bless the Child (2000)
Birthday: Sep 12, 1931
Birthplace: Goodmayes, Essex, England, UK
Popularly known as "Mr. Ubiquitous" thanks to his versatility as a stage and screen actor, Ian Holm is one of Britain's most acclaimed -- to say nothing of steadily employed -- performers. Although the foundations of his career were built on the stage, he has become an increasingly popular onscreen presence in his later years. Holm earned particular plaudits for his work in Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter (1997), in which he played an emotionally broken lawyer who comes to a small town that has been devastated by a recent school bus crash.Born on September 12, 1931, Holm came into the world in a Goodmayes, Ilford, mental asylum, where his father resided as a psychiatrist and superintendent. When he wasn't tending to the insane, Holm's father took him to the theatre, where he was first inspired, at the age of seven, by a production of Les Miserables starring Charles Laughton. The inspiration carried him through his adolescence -- which, by his account, was not a happy one -- and in 1950, Holm enrolled at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Coincidentally, while a student at RADA, he ended up acting with none other than Laughton himself.Following a year of national service, Holm joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, making his stage debut as a sword carrier in Othello. In 1956, after two years with the RSC, he debuted on the London stage in a West End production of Love Affair; that same year, he toured Europe with Laurence Olivier's production of Titus Andronicus. Holm subsequently returned to the RSC, where he stayed for the next ten years, winning a number of awards. Among the honors he received were two Evening Standard Actor of the Year Awards for his work in Henry V and The Homecoming; in 1967, he won a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway production The Homecoming.The diminutive actor (standing 5'6") made his film debut as Puck in Peter Hall's 1968 adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, a production that Holm himself characterized as "a total disaster." Less disastrous was that same year's The Bofors Gun, a military drama that earned Holm a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA. He went on to appear in a steady stream of British films and television series throughout the '70s, doing memorable work in films ranging from Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) to Alien (1978), the latter of which saw him achieving a measure of celluloid immortality as Ash, the treacherous android. Holm's TV work during the decade included a 1973 production of The Homecoming and a 1978 production of Les Miserables, made a full 40 years after he first saw it staged with Charles Laughton.Holm began the '80s surrounded by a halo of acclaim garnered for his supporting role as Harold Abrahams' coach in Chariots of Fire (1981). Nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, he won both a BAFTA and Cannes Festival Award in the same category for his performance. Not content to rest on his laurels, he played Napoleon in Terry Gilliam's surreal Time Bandits that same year; he and Gilliam again collaborated on the 1985 future dystopia masterpiece Brazil. Also in 1985, Holm turned in one of his greatest -- and most overlooked -- performances of the decade as Desmond Cussen, Ruth Ellis' steadfast, unrequited admirer in Dance with a Stranger. He also continued to bring his interpretations of the Bard to the screen, providing Kenneth Branagh's Henry V (1989) with a very sympathetic Fluellen and Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet (1990) with a resolutely meddlesome Polonius.The following decade brought with it further acclaim for Holm on both the stage and screen. On the stage -- from which he had been absent since 1976, when he suffered a bout of stage fright -- he won a number of honors, including the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Actor for his eponymous performance in King Lear; he also earned Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards for his work in the play, as well as an Emmy nomination for its television adaptation. On the screen, Holm was shown to great effect in


Highest Rated Movies



59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Bilbo Baggins (old) $187.8M 2014
65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Old Bilbo $303.1M 2012
No Score Yet Shergar Joseph Maguire 2008
No Score Yet Roald Dahl: The Making of Modern Children's Literature Actor 2008
35% O Jerusalem Ben Gurion $0.3M 2007
96% Ratatouille Skinner $112.5M 2007
No Score Yet The Miracle Maker Pilate 2007
No Score Yet The Real Middle Earth Narrator 2007
50% Renaissance Jonas Muller 2006
68% The Treatment Dr. Ernesto Morales 2006
62% Lord of War Simeon Weisz $24.1M 2005
31% Chromophobia Edward Aylesbury 2005
No Score Yet The Adventures of Errol Flynn Actor 2005
52% Strangers with Candy Dr. Putney $2M 2005
86% The Aviator Professor Fitz $102.6M 2004
86% Garden State Dr. Gideon Largeman $26.8M 2004
44% The Day After Tomorrow Prof. Terry Rapson $186.6M 2004
93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Bilbo Baggins $364.1M 2003
94% Alien: The Director's Cut Ash 2003
82% Prisoner of Paradise Narrator 2002
73% The Emperor's New Clothes Napoleon Bonaparte/Eugene Lenormand $0.5M 2002
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Bilbo $314.1M 2001
57% From Hell Sir William Gull $30.7M 2001
63% Simon Magus Sirius/Boris/The Devil 2001
50% Esther Kahn Nathan Quellen 2001
No Score Yet The Last of the Blonde Bombshells Actor Director 2000
3% Bless the Child Rev. Grissom $28.2M 2000
60% Beautiful Joe George the Geek 2000
65% Joe Gould's Secret Joe Gould 2000
40% Animal Farm Squealer 1999
No Score Yet The Match Big Tam 1999
74% Existenz Kiri Vinokur 1999
75% Wisconsin Death Trip Narrator 1999
No Score Yet Shergar: Discover the Heart of a Champion Actor 1999
No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking Glass White Knight 1998
33% Incognito John 1998
100% The Sweet Hereafter Mitchell Stephens 1997
39% A Life Less Ordinary Naville 1997
68% Night Falls on Manhattan Liam Casey 1997
71% The Fifth Element Cornelius 1997
96% Big Night Pascal 1996
No Score Yet The Churchills Actor 1996
No Score Yet Loch Ness The Water Bailiff 1995
93% The Madness of King George Dr. Willis 1994
39% Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Victor's Father 1994
75% The Advocate (The Hour of the Pig) Albertus 1994
No Score Yet Borrowers Pod 1994
No Score Yet Return of the Borrowers Pod Clock 1993
No Score Yet Blue Ice Sir Hector 1993
No Score Yet Elizabeth R: A Year in the Life of the Queen Actor 1992
69% Naked Lunch Frost 1991
52% Kafka Murnau 1991
74% Hamlet Polonius 1990
100% Henry V Fluellen 1989
No Score Yet Tailor of Gloucester The Tailor 1989
No Score Yet The Endless Game Control 1989
65% Another Woman Dr. Ken Post 1988
100% Dreamchild Rev. Charles Dodgson 1985
98% Brazil Kurtzmann 1985
No Score Yet The Return of the Soldier Actor 1985
90% Dance with a Stranger Desmond Cussen 1985
80% Wetherby Stanley Pilborough 1985
69% Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes D'Arnot 1984
No Score Yet Singleton's Pluck Ben Singleton 1984
No Score Yet Return of the Soldier Dr. Gilbert Anderson 1982
No Score Yet Inside the Third Reich Goebbels 1982
89% Time Bandits Napoleon 1981
84% Chariots of Fire Sam Mussabini 1981
86% Dragonslayer Actor 1981
No Score Yet S.O.S. Titanic J. Bruce Ismay 1979
97% Alien Ash 1979
No Score Yet All Quiet on the Western Front Himmelstoss 1979
No Score Yet Les Miserables Actor 1978
No Score Yet The Lost Boys Actor 1978
No Score Yet The Thief of Baghdad The Gatekeeper 1978
No Score Yet March Or Die El Krim 1977
No Score Yet The Man in the Iron Mask Duval 1977
60% Shout at the Devil Mohammed 1976
76% Robin and Marian King John 1976
No Score Yet Juggernaut Nicholas Porter 1974
No Score Yet The Homecoming Lenny 1973
44% Young Winston George Buckle 1972
No Score Yet Mary, Queen of Scots David Riccio 1972
71% Nicholas and Alexandra Yakovlev 1971
No Score Yet A Severed Head Martin Lynch-Gibbon 1971
85% Oh! What A Lovely War President Poincare 1969
57% The Fixer Grubeshov 1968
No Score Yet The Bofors Gun Flynn 1968
No Score Yet A Midsummer Night's Dream Puck 1968
No Score Yet Cherry Orchard Actor 1962


No Score Yet NOVA
Voice Narrator
  • 2000
No Score Yet Masterpiece
King Lear
  • 1998
No Score Yet Mystery!
  • 1989
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
Alan Crowin
No Score Yet The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends