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Tom Wilkinson
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Biography

A popular British character actor, Tom Wilkinson was born on December 12, 1948, in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England in a long line of urban farmers. Economic hardships had forced his family to move to Canada for a few years when Tom was a child. After he had returned to England, Tom attended and graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a degree in English and American Literature. Tom first became active in film and television in the mid-1970s, specializing in playing men suffering from some sort of emotional repression and/or pretensions of societal grandeur. In 1989 his daughter Alice was born, and in 1992 his daughter Molly was born, both with actress-wife Diana Hardcastle.

He first became familiar to an international audience in 1997 with his role as one of six unemployed workers who strip for cash in 'Peter Catteneo' 's enormously successful and multiple Oscar-nominated comedy (including Best Picture) Full Monty, The (1997). That same year, he was featured in 'Gillian Armstrong' 's Oscar and Lucinda (1997), and as the rabidly unpleasant father of Lord Alfred Douglas, Oscar Wilde's young lover in Wilde (1997). Wilkinson was also shown to memorable effect as a theatre financier with acting aspirations in the multiple Oscar-winning (including Best Picture) Shakespeare in Love (1998); also in 1998, he acted in one of his few leading roles in Governess, The (1998), portraying a 19th century photographer with an eye for the film's title character (Minnie Driver). Over the next few years, Tom would become more popular, especially with American audiences, with such roles as General Cornwallis alongside Mel Gibson in the blockbuster Patriot, The (2000) and as the grief-stricken father, Matt Fowler, in the critically acclaimed and multiple Oscar-nominated (including Best Picture) In the Bedroom (2001). One of those nominations was Best Actor in a Leading Role for Tom (his first Oscar nomination).

Tom Wilkinson stared in:

Title Year Saw with/at: Own On? Rating
Sense and Sensibility 1995 Suzy Digital **
The Full Monty 1998 In San Miguel w/ Lois, Neil, Mary and Katie ***
Shakespeare in Love 1998 Showcase Orange Digital **** 1/2
The Patriot 2000 on HBO w/ Suzy ** 1/2
The Importance of Being Ernest 2002 at Showcase Orange ***
Girl with a Pearl Earring 2003 w/ Family on DVD ***
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 at Showcase Orange *** 1/2
Batman Begins 2005 family on DVD Digital *** 1/2
Michael Clayton 2007 Suzy on DVD ***
Duplicity 2009 Suzy Digital ** 1/2
The Ghost Writer 2010 Suzy Digital **
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2011 Suzy and Hanna Digital *** 1/2
The Green Hornet 2011 Suzy and Hanna Digital * 1/2
Mission : impossible - Ghost Protocol 2011 Digital ** 1/2
The Lone Ranger 2013 Middletown theater with Suzy, Hanna, Fan and MaryLou ** 1/2
The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 Suzy at Middletown Digital *** 1/2
Selma 2014 Suzy Digital ***