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Tom Wilkinson

Highest Rated:   100% Normal (2003)
Lowest Rated:   10% Good People (2014)
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Birthplace:   Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK
A popular British character actor, Tom Wilkinson specializes in playing men suffering from some sort of emotional repression and/or pretensions of societal grandeur. Active in film and television since the mid-'70s, Wilkinson became familiar to an international audience in 1997 with his role as of one of six unemployed workers who strip for cash in Peter Cattaneo's enormously successful comedy The Full Monty. That same year, he was featured in Gillian Armstrong's Oscar and Lucinda, and as the rabidly unpleasant father of Lord Alfred Douglas, Oscar Wilde's young lover in Wilde. Wilkinson was also shown to memorable effect as a theater financier with acting aspirations in Shakespeare in Love (1998); also in 1998, he acted in one of his few leading roles in The Governess, portraying a 19th century photographer with an eye for the film's title character (Minnie Driver). Though he would appear in such popular mainstream films as Rush Hour (1998) and The Patriot (2000) over the next few years, it was his role in director Todd Field's emotionally intense In the Bedroom that earned Wilkinson (as well as co-star Marisa Tomei) an Oscar nod. After that success, his career began to really take off, and in just the next few years, he would appear in over a dozen films in roles of varying size. In 2003, he starred in HBO movie Normal as a married, middle-aged man who decides to start living his life as a woman and eventually have a sex-change operation. Acting alongside Jessica Lange, Wilkinson earned both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his brave and moving performance. In addition, he would also play a menacing, licentious patron of the arts in Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003) and an experimental doctor erasing his patient's memories in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), written by Charlie Kaufman and starring Jim Carrey.Now an established star thanks to his impressive body of work, Wilkinson was called upon to appear in a number of high profile Hollywood hits, and could always be counted on to deliver in spades. Still, Wilkinson had the talent and foresight to always offset each blockbuster with at least one low-key, character-driven drama, and for every scenery-chewing Batman Begins villain, a serious-minded Separate Lies lawyer or Ripley Under Ground Scotland Yard detective would be quick to follow. After doing battle with Beelzebub in 2005's frightening, fact-based horror film The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Wilkinson would once again shift gears with impressive grace to portray the patriarch of a Texas family whose attempts to maintain order over his wildly dysfunctional family lead to a wild night on the town that ultimately helps him to restore his perspective in Night of the White Pants. Later that same year Wilkinson would pull back a bit for a supporting role in The Last Kiss - a romantic comedy drama starring Scrubs' Zach Braff and directed by Tony Goldwyn. 2007 brough WIlkinson yet another role that earned him uniformly strong reviews. His mentally unhinged lawyer in Michael Clayton garnered him a slew of year end accolades including Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor. That same year he became part of the Woddy Allen family with a starring role in Cassandra's Dream. In 2008 he appeared as Ben Franklin in the award-winning HBO miniseries John Adams, as well as Valkyrie and RocknRolla. He reteamed with Michael Clayton mastermind Tony Gilroy for 2009's Duplicity, playing the CEO of a multinational corporation, and appeared in The Ghost Writer for director Roman Polanski the next year. In 2012 he was part for the all-star British ensemble put together for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet This Beautiful Fantastic
  • Alfie Stephenson
2017
No Score Yet Kong: Skull Island
  • Actor
2017
82% Denial
  • Richard Rampton
2016
61% Snowden
  • Ewen MacAskill
2016
12% The Choice
  • Dr. Shep
2016
No Score Yet The Titan
  • Actor
2016
14% Jenny's Wedding
  • Eddie
2015
22% Little Boy
  • Father Oliver
2015
11% Unfinished Business
  • Timothy McWinters
2015
99% Selma
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson
2015
No Score Yet Bone in the Throat
  • Actor
2015
74% Felony
  • Detective Carl Summer
2014
10% Good People
  • D.I. Halden
2014
83% Belle
  • Lord Mansfield
2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Author
2014
31% The Lone Ranger
  • Cole
2013
No Score Yet The Gruffalo's Child
  • Fox
2012
24% The Samaritan
  • Xavier
2012
78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Graham Dashwood
2012
No Score Yet Space Junk
  • Narrator
2012
94% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
  • IMF Secretary
2011
33% Burke and Hare
  • Doctor Knox
2011
76% The Debt
  • Stephan Gold
2011
55% The Conspirator
  • Reverdy Johnson
2011
43% The Green Hornet
  • James Reid
2011
No Score Yet WWII in 3D
  • Narrator
2011
47% Jackboots on Whitehall
  • Joseph Goebbels
2010
83% The Ghost Writer
  • Paul Emmett
2010
41% 44 Inch Chest
  • Archie
2010
No Score Yet The Gruffalo
  • Fox
2009
65% Duplicity
  • Howard Tully
2009
No Score Yet After the Wedding
  • Actor
2009
62% Valkyrie
  • General Friedrich Fromm
2008
No Score Yet A Number
  • Salter
2008
59% RocknRolla
  • Lennie Cole
2008
76% Recount
  • James Baker
2008
90% Michael Clayton
  • Arthur Edens
2007
46% Cassandra's Dream
  • Howard
2007
40% Dedication
  • Rudy Holt
2007
45% The Last Kiss
  • Stephen
2006
37% A Good Woman
  • Tuppy
2006
No Score Yet The Night of the White Pants
  • Max
2006
No Score Yet Ripley Under Ground
  • John Webster
2005
72% Separate Lies
  • James Manning
2005
45% The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  • Father Moore
2005
84% Batman Begins
  • Carmine Falcone
2005
No Score Yet Piccadilly Jim
  • Bingley Crocker
2005
64% Stage Beauty
  • Thomas Betterton
2004
93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
  • Dr. Howard Mierzwiak
2004
72% Girl With a Pearl Earring
  • Van Ruijven
2004
No Score Yet White on White
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet If Only
  • Taxi Driver
2004
100% Normal
  • Roy Applewood
2003
No Score Yet Before You Go (The Memory of Water)
  • Frank
2002
58% The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Dr. Chasuble
2002
No Score Yet The Gathering Storm
  • Sir Robert Vansittart
2002
No Score Yet An Angel for May
  • Actor
2002
93% In the Bedroom
  • Matt Fowler
2001
14% Black Knight
  • Knolte
2001
No Score Yet Another Life
  • Mr. Carlton
2001
No Score Yet Chain of Fools
  • Bollingsworth
2000
17% Essex Boys
  • John Dyke
2000
61% The Patriot
  • Gen. Cornwallis
2000
63% Ride With the Devil
  • Orton Brown
1999
63% Molokai: The Story of Father Damien
  • Brother Dutton
1999
No Score Yet David Copperfield
  • Narrator
1999
92% Shakespeare in Love
  • Hugh Fennyman
1998
60% Rush Hour
  • Thomas Griffin
1998
65% The Governess
  • Mr. Charles Cavendish
1998
71% Wilde
  • Marquess of Queensberry
1998
66% Oscar and Lucinda
  • Hugh Stratton
1997
95% The Full Monty
  • Gerald
1997
52% Smilla's Sense of Snow
  • Dr. Loyen
1997
50% The Ghost and the Darkness
  • John Beaumont
1996
98% Sense and Sensibility
  • Mr. Dashwood
1995
No Score Yet A Business Affair
  • Bob
1995
63% Priest
  • Father Matthew Thomas
1995
No Score Yet Prince of Jutland (Royal Deceit)
  • Hardvendel
1994
No Score Yet Martin Chuzzlewit
  • Actor
1994
94% In the Name of the Father
  • Appeal Prosecutor
1993
No Score Yet Paper Mask
  • Dr. Thorn
1991
No Score Yet The Woman He Loved
  • Simpson
1988
No Score Yet The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet First Among Equals
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Sylvia
  • Actor
1986
80% Wetherby
  • Roger Braithwaite
1985
No Score Yet Sharma and Beyond
  • Vivian
1984
No Score Yet Parker
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The Shadow Line (Smuga cienia)
  • Ransome
1976

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Peter
  • Narrator

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