Born on September 12, 1931, Sir Ian Holm is an award-winning British actor known for his stage and film work. He studied at the Chigwell School and later attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Ian Holm was first an established star of the Royal Shakespeare Company before pursuing his film and television career. He had minor roles in films such as 1969’s Oh! What a Lovely War, Nicholas and Alexandra and Mary, Queen of Scots in 1971, and Young Winston in 1972. Holm won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his portrayal in Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming. He also appeared in the TV mini-series Jesus of Nazareth as Zerah and played J.M. Barrie in the series The Lost Boys in 1978.
His breakthrough role was that of the android Ash in the 1979 film by Ridley Scott, Alien. He also earned a special award at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance in Chariots of Fire in 1981. This also won him a BAFTA award for Best Supporting actor. He was also in Time Bandits, Greystoke – The Legend of Tarzan and Lord of the Apes. He also played another author, Lewis Carroll in the fantasy Dreamchild in 1985.
Ian Holm was also in the television series Game, Set and Match, where he was nominated for a BAFTA. He performed Shakespeare, appearing with Kenneth Branagh in Henry V. The two were reunited in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1994. In 1997, he gained more prominent roles. He was the priest Vito Cornelius in The Fifth Element and also starred in From Hell. Ian Holm also appeared as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s blockbuster, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and reappeared in 2003’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.