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  • Alan Bates

    Born on February 17, 1934 in Allestree, Derbyshire, England

awards & nominations

Gosford Park (2001)

Alan Bates as "Jennings"

Robert Altman, one of America's most distinctive filmmakers, journeys to England for the first time to create a unique film mosaic with an outstanding ensemble cast. Set in the 1930's, "Gosford Park" brings a group of pretentious rich and famous together for a weekend of relaxation at a hunting resort. But when a murder occurs, each one of these interesting characters becomes a suspect.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001) Won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Hamlet (1990)

Alan Bates as "Claudius"

Franco Zeffirelli's adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy about the young prince of Denmark who is plagued by indecision when he vows to avenge his father's murder. Filmed on location around the UK, including Stonehaven in Scotland, the film boasts an impressive ensemble cast.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1991) Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role

Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)

Alan Bates as "Gabriel Oak"

Based on Thomas Hardy's renowned novel, this British drama focuses on Bathsheba Everdene (Julie Christie), a beautiful young woman who inherits a picturesque farm from her uncle and is determined to run it herself. Three very different suitors -- Francis Troy (Terence Stamp), an intense soldier; William Boldwood (Peter Finch), a middle-aged farmer; and Gabriel Oak (Alan Bates), a shepherd of modest means -- all contend for Bathsheba's hand, and conflict is inevitable.

Golden Globe (1967) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Georgy Girl (1966)

Alan Bates as "Jos"

Georgina (Lynn Redgrave) is a carefree and childlike 22-year-old who finds more joy in her relationships with children than with the adults in her life. Her parents' employer, James Leamington (James Mason), proposes marriage, but Georgy avoids giving him an answer, as the idea of romance confuses her. When Georgy finds herself the caretaker of a baby girl, she seeks to find a way to shoulder the new responsibility while maintaining her childlike innocence.

Golden Globe (1966) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

A Kind of Loving (1962)

Alan Bates as "Victor Arthur "Vic" Brown"

Manchester draftsman Vic Brown (Alan Bates) becomes involved with secretary Ingrid Rothwell (June Ritchie), who works at his firm. After they sleep together, she gets pregnant. Vic feels a sense of responsibility -- although he's not really in love with her -- and proposes marriage. The couple is forced to live with Ingrid's mother (Thora Hird), who treats Vic with contempt because of his working-class background. But, when tragedy strikes, Vic must decide what his new wife means to him.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1962) Nominated British Actor

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