Tom Courtenay

Tom Courtenay

Highest Rated: 100% The Dresser (1983)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Queen's Corgi (2019)

Birthday: Feb 25, 1937

Birthplace: Hull, Humberside, England, UK

One of British theater's most distinguished and hardest-working actors, Tom Courtenay rose from humble beginnings to garner awards and accolades in nearly every facet of his profession. After studying at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the late 1950s, Courtenay rose to fame amidst the British New Wave, deftly portraying classic angry young men in "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" (1962) and "Billy Liar" (1963). Courtenay was poised for international stardom following his Oscar-nominated turn in the epic "Doctor Zhivago" (1965), but instead he made a casual withdrawal from film acting to concentrate on theater. The bold move proved fruitful, especially when he earned a Tony Award nomination for his first Broadway production, "Otherwise Engaged" (1977). But he made a triumphant return to film with perhaps the best performance of his career, playing the assistant to a tyrannical theater group manager in the acclaimed drama, "The Dresser" (1983), an Oscar-nominated performance he reprised from his 1981 Broadway turn. Courtenay spent the ensuing decades ably transitioning from stage to screen and back again, only to emerge with his first Emmy Award nomination for his performance in "Little Dorrit" (PBS, 2009), which only cemented his status as one of Britain's most decorated performers.


Highest Rated Movies



77% 73% Summerland Mr. Sullivan (Character) $58.3K 2020
0% 36% The Queen's Corgi The Duke Of Edinburgh (Character) - 2019
72% 95% The Aeronauts Arthur Glaisher (Character) $30K 2019
80% 81% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Eben Ramsey (Character) - 2018
34% 27% King of Thieves John Kenny Collins (Character) - 2018
31% 36% Dad's Army Lance Corporal Jones (Character) - 2016
91% 71% The First Film Himself (Character) - 2015
62% 52% The Legend of Barney Thomson Chief Superintendent McManaman (Character) - 2015
97% 67% 45 Years Geoff Mercer (Character) $4.3M 2015
41% 61% Night Train to Lisbon João Eça (Character) - 2013
18% 23% Gambit The Major (Character) - 2012
80% 66% Quartet Reggie Paget (Character) $18.4M 2012
No Score Yet 92% Little Dorrit Unknown (Character) - 2008
42% 51% The Golden Compass Farder Coram (Character) $70.1M 2007
No Score Yet 24% Flood Leonard Morrison (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ready When You Are Mr. McGill Joe McGill (Character) - 2003
78% 75% Nicholas Nickleby Newman Noggs (Character) $1.3M 2002
79% 73% Last Orders Vic (Character) $2.3M 2001
40% 79% Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? Harold Smith (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 58% A Rather English Marriage Roy Southgate (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Boy From Mercury Uncle Tony Cronin (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Young Indiana Jones and the Treasure of the Peacock's Eye Bronislaw Malinowski (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 45% The Old Curiosity Shop Daniel Quilp (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Redemption Stan Peachey (Character) - 1991
84% 86% Let Him Have It William Bentley (Character) $83.3K 1991
No Score Yet 62% The Last Butterfly Antoine Moreau (Character) - 1991
9% 20% Leonard Part 6 Frayn (Character) $4.2M 1987
100% 87% The Dresser Norman (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 60% I Heard the Owl Call My Name Father Mark Brian (Character) - 1973
17% 91% One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Ivan Denisovich (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 20% Otley Gerald Arthur Otley (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 50% A Dandy in Aspic Gatiss (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 41% The Day the Fish Came Out The Navigator (Character) - 1967
50% 70% The Night of the Generals Cpl. Hartmann (Character) - 1967
71% 55% Operation Crossbow Robert Henshaw (Character) - 1965
84% 88% Doctor Zhivago Pasha Antipova/Strelnikov (Character) $87.1K 1965
No Score Yet 86% King Rat Lt. Robin Grey (Character) - 1965
86% 78% King and Country Pvt. Arthur Hamp (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Private Potter Pvt. Potter (Character) - 1963
94% 84% Billy Liar Billy Fisher (Character) $35.6K 1963
73% 87% The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Colin Smith (Character) - 1962


91% 93% Unforgotten Eric Slater (Character) 2017-2018 2015
100% No Score Yet Little Dorrit on Masterpiece William Dorrit (Character) 2014 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Conversation Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flood Unknown (Character) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1969


Kate Mercer says: You used to love your birdwatching.

Geoff Mercer says: I did, yes.

Kate Mercer says: It's funny how you forget the things in life that make you happy.

Geoff Mercer says: You really believe you haven't been enough for me?

Kate Mercer says: No. I think I was enough for you, I'm just not sure you do.

Chief Superintendent McManaman says: I'm not eating off a plate that's served up human arse.

Kate Mercer says: Would you have married her for real?

Geoff Mercer says: I thought you didn't like theoretical questions?

Kate Mercer says: Just answer me.

Geoff Mercer says: Yes.

Reggie Paget says: You're here , I'm here , trapped - We Have to grin and bear

Jean says: What happened to forgive and forget ?

Pasha Strelnikov says: Monsieur Komarovsky; I hope I don't offend you. Do people improve with age?

Pasha/Strelnikov says: Monsieur Komarovsky; I hope I don't offend you. Do people improve with age?

Komarovsky says: They grow a little more tolerant.

Pasha Strelnikov says: Because they have more to tolerate in themselves.

Pasha/Strelnikov says: Because they have more to tolerate in themselves.

Gatiss says: Lionel Harvey, "Cuban cigars are"in our country (Russia), how you say, dime a dozen" Gatiss" The dime is a small American coin" Lionel: I thought the Americans didn't have any small coins? Gatiss" They don't. They've given them all to the British.

Eberlin says: Cuban cigars are in our country. How you say, dime a dozen?

Gatiss says: The dime is a small American coin.

Eberlin says: I thought the Americans didn't have any small coins?

Gatiss says: They don't. They've given them all to the British.