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  • Tom Wilkinson

    Born on December 12, 1948 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

awards & nominations

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Tom Wilkinson as "Author"

In the 1930s, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a popular European ski resort, presided over by concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). Zero, a junior lobby boy, becomes Gustave's friend and protege. Gustave prides himself on providing first-class service to the hotel's guests, including satisfying the sexual needs of the many elderly women who stay there. When one of Gustave's lovers dies mysteriously, Gustave finds himself the recipient of a priceless painting and the chief suspect in her murder.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

Tom Wilkinson as "Graham Dashwood"

Some British retirees (Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy) decide to outsource their retirement to exotic -- and less expensive -- India. Lured by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and imagining a life of leisure in lush surroundings, they arrive and find that the Marigold is actually a shell of its former self. Though their new home is not quite what they had imagined, the retirees find that life and love can begin again when they let go of their pasts.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

The Kennedys (2011)

The intimate story of the iconic Kennedy family.

Emmy (Primetime) (2011) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

A Number (2008)

Tom Wilkinson as "Salter"

A cloned man (Rhys Ifans) confronts his father (Tom Wilkinson) after learning about his true identity.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

John Adams (2008)

Tom Wilkinson as "Benjamin Franklin"

Adapted from David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, this lavish seven-part miniseries chronicles the life of Founding Father John Adams, starting with the Boston Massacre of 1770 through his years as an ambassador in Europe, then his terms as vice president and president of the United States, up to his death on July 4, 1826.

Golden Globe (2009) Won Best Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Emmy (Primetime) (2008) Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Recount (2008)

Tom Wilkinson as "James Baker"

In this dramatization of the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore concedes the presidency to George W. Bush, but recants when he learns of irregularities in the Florida vote count. Democratic strategists Ron Klain (Kevin Spacey) and Michael Whouley (Denis Leary) race to Florida to uncover the truth, as do Republicans under James Baker (Tom Wilkinson). Between faulty voting equipment and the vagaries of Florida's Secretary of State Katherine Harris (Laura Dern), a 36-day stalemate ensues.

Golden Globe (2009) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Emmy (Primetime) (2008) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Michael Clayton (2007)

Tom Wilkinson as "Arthur Edens"

Former prosecutor Michael Clayton (George Clooney) works as a "fixer" at the corporate law firm of Kenner, Bach and Ledeen, and takes care of his employer's dirty work. Burned out and deep in debt, he is bound tightly to the firm. Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career when a guilt-ridden attorney (Tom Wilkinson) has a breakdown during a huge class-action lawsuit.

Academy Award (2007) Nominated Best Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007) Nominated Supporting Actor
Golden Globe (2007) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Normal (2003)

Tom Wilkinson as "Roy Applewood"

After a 25-year marriage to Irma (Jessica Lange), Roy Applewood (Tom Wilkinson) shocks his family when he reveals that he has a gender identity disorder. The Applewood family is further thrown into turmoil when Roy decides to have a sex change operation to relieve the pain of being trapped in a man's body. Roy's co-workers are baffled, his church rejects him and his son, Wayne (Joe Sikora), struggles with the humiliation of having a father who now goes by the name Ruth.

Emmy (Primetime) (2003) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Golden Globe (2003) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

In the Bedroom (2001)

Tom Wilkinson as "Matt Fowler"

Summertime on the coast of Maine, "In the Bedroom" centers on the inner dynamics of a family in transition. Matt Fowler (Tom Wilkinson) is a doctor practicing in his native Maine and is married to New York born Ruth Fowler (Sissy Spacek), a music teacher. He is involved in a love affair with a local single mother (Marisa Tomei). As the beauty of Maine's brief and fleeting summer comes to an end, these characters find themselves in the midst of unimaginable tragedy.

Academy Award (2001) Nominated Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2001) Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Tom Wilkinson as "Hugh Fennyman"

"Shakespeare in Love" is a romantic comedy for the 1990s set in the 1590s. It imaginatively unfolds the witty, sexy and timeless tale behind the creation of the greatest love story ever told. A young Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is out of cash and ideas, he meets his ideal woman and she inspires him to write one of his most famous plays.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998) Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role

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