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Tom Wilkinson

Actor Date of birth 12th December 1948
Place of birth Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Year of debut 1976
First feature film The Shadow Line


  • Academy Awards nominated2
  • BAFTA Awards won1
  • BAFTA Awards nominated4
  • Golden Globe Awards nominated1
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Tom Wilkinson grew up in England and Canada. He studied English and American literature at the University of Kent where he was involved with the university’s drama society. He trained at RADA. He began his career on stage performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He became known for his BAFTA-winning role in The Full Monty. He has since starred in a variety of movies from Shakespeare In Love to 44 Inch Chest. In 2005, he received an OBE for services to drama.

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Tom Wilkinson's films

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Packshot for the film Batman Begins
12 Certificate
135 Mins

Christian Bale stars as Bruce Wayne, a man who becomes the crime fighter Batman. Co stars Katie Holmes and Michael Caine. Gothic horror with action violence.

Rent for £2.49
Packshot for the film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
15 Certificate
104 Mins

Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories. Co stars Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood. Contains strong language.

Rent for £2.49

Did you know?

  • In an interview with The Guardian, Tom Wilkinson described the BAFTAs ceremonies as looking "like they were set in a Greek restaurant in the Seven Sisters Road, with this slavish worship of any American who designed to turn up".
  • While filming In The Bedroom, he maintained his American accent on and off set.
  • In 2009 he won a Golden Globe for his performance in the TV series John Adams.
  • In an interview with, he discussed how he chooses roles. He said that "you can't do things for money. You just can't act them. There's gotta be something about the script that you really want to do...For me at least, there's only one shot you have at a movie, and that's your best shot".
  • He married actress Diana Hardcastle in 1998. They have two daughters together.


  • 2 Academy Awards nominated

    • 2007 Actor in a Supporting Role - Michael Clayton
    • 2001 Actor in a Leading Role - In The Bedroom
  • 1 BAFTA Awards won

    • 1997 Actor in a Supporting Role - The Full Monty
  • 4 BAFTA Awards nominated

    • 2007 Supporting Actor - Michael Clayton
    • 2001 Actor in a Leading Role - In The Bedroom
    • 1998 Actor in a Supporting Role - Shakespeare In Love
    • 1997 Actor in a Supporting Role - The Full Monty
  • 1 Golden Globe Awards nominated

    • 2008 Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Michael Clayton