Ian Holm (1931 - 2020)

Sir Ian Holm (Male)

Nationality: English

Born: 12 September 1931   Confidence Level  

Died: 19 June 2020

Actor. Perhaps best known for his roles in film, Holm has worked with a range of distinguished filmmakers including Ridley Scott, Terry Gilliam, Woody Allen, David Cronenberg, Steven Soderbergh, Danny Boyle, Luc Besson, and Kenneth Branagh. Prior to his career in film, Holm trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, joining the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in the 1950s before becoming a cornerstone of the company's ensemble under Peter Hall until 1968. While with the RSC, Holm won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play as Lenny in the company's 1967 production of The Homecoming. Working regularly in contemporary stage productions in the UK until the mid 1970s, Holm all but abandoned theatre in favour of film (only appearing in Pam Gem's version of Uncle Vanya at the Hampstead Theatre in 1979) until 1993 when he originated the role of Andy in Pinter's Moonlight at the Almeida for which he won a Critics' Circle Theatre Award and Evening Standard Award for Best Actor. Following a similarly celebrated performance as King Lear for the National Theatre in 1997 (for which he won the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor), Holm primarily appeared on stage in productions of Pinter's work. These included Duff in Landscape at the Gate Theatre, Dublin and National Theatre (1994) and Max in The Homecoming at the Gate and the Comedy Theatre, London (2001). He was awarded a CBE in 1990 and Knight Bachelor in 1998 for services to drama.

Training and Education

Drama school

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)   (Training & Education | Est. 1904)

62-64 Gower St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6ED, England

Graduated 1953

Other Names

Ian Holm Cuthbert (Birth name)


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Appears In

The Homecoming (Premiere: Aldwych) (1965)
Lenny (Age: early thirties, Male)


The Homecoming (The Music Box, NYC) (1967)
Lenny (Age: early thirties, Male)


The Homecoming (1973)
Lenny (Age: early thirties, Male)


Night School (1978)
Walter (Age: Not specified, Male)


The Room (Theatre Royal, Haymarket) (1989)
Bert Hudd (Age: 50, Male)


Moonlight (Premiere: Almeida Theatre) (1993)
Andy (Age: fifties, Male)


Landscape (Gate, Dublin - Cottesloe)* (1994)
Duff (Age: early fifties, Male)


Landscape (1995)
Duff (Age: early fifties, Male)


The Homecoming / The Lincoln Center Festival New York (Gate Theatre - Comedy Theatre) (2001)
Max (Age: 70, Male)


Linked People

Penelope Wilton (1946)

Relationship: Spouse

Married 1991-2001. Wilton was Holm’s third wife. He re-married in 2003, to Sophie de Stempel.

Linked Awards



Knight Bachelor


For services to drama.

Evening Standard Award


Won: Best Actor

Critics' Circle Theatre Award


Won: Theatre Award for Best Actor

Tony Award


Won: Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play


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Wikipedia website



Simon Trowbridge's The Company

Simon Trowbridge, The Company: a Biographical Dictionary of the Royal Shakespeare Company, 3rd ed. (Oxford: Editions Albert Creed, 2013)


This source provides a comprehensive index and brief biographies for key actors, directors, designers and writers who have worked regularly with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Holm's entry can be found on pp. 224-225. An entry for Harold Pinter can be found on pp. 375-377.