Tom Wilkinson, son of farmer Thomas Wilkinson and Marjorie, was born on 5 February 1948, in Wharfedale, England.He completed his graduation from The University of Kent and was also a part of the ancient drama school ‘Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’ in the United Kingdom,.

He started his career in 1976 and worked in many television series, “First Among Equals” (1986) being the most famous one.Tom also appeared in small roles in many films like Sense and Sensibility, The Ghost and the Darkness in 1996 ( as a black hat ), Oscar and Lucinda, directed by Gillian Armstrong, Rush Hour (1998) as a British Ambassador.

His acting skills were praised in the movie “In The Bedroom” and received excellent reviews from the critics for his performance in the movie.Wilkinson’s other hit films include Batman Begins, Normal, Separate Lies, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, etc, for which he was nominated for many awards as well.

In 2008, Tom was seen in the HBO series John Adams for which he received a Golden Globe Award. He was also starred as a CIA agent in Burke and Hare, a horror comedy directed by John Landis. . Wilkinson received the Doctor of Letters Honorary Degree in 2001 from University of Kent and was appointed the Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2005 for his services to drama.

He was honoured with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in Supporting Role for the movie ‘The Full Monty’.Screen Actors Guild Award for Amazing Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for the film ‘Shakespeare in Love’.The Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead and New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for the movie ‘In The Bedroom’. For the Michael Clayton movie, 2007 release, he was nominated for Thirteen awards and finally he was selected for the category of British Supporting Actor of the Year and was presented with the London Film Critics Circle Award.

 

John Cleese English Actor

John Cleese

John Marwood Cleese is a man of multiple talents. He took birth in Somerset, England, in a family confined to his parents. His Reginald Francis Cleese was an insurance salesman. He studied at St. Peter’s Preparatory School and was a member of football and cricket club. Apart from cricket and boxing, he was also good at English studies. He returned to his prep school and did a teaching job for a while. Afterward, he joined Cambridge University and graduated from there in 1963 with good grades. Cleese’s personal life went through some turbulence and his marriage to his first wife, Connie Booth. His second marriage to Barbara Trentham also ended in divorce. He is a father of two daughters, Cynthia and Camilla. He switched his base from the United Kingdom to Los Angeles but later returned. He took marriage vows four times and is now married to Jennifer Wade, who is a British jewellery designer. He is an active participant in politics and holds strong political views. He switched his interests to political parties several times. His career started off as a scriptwriter and then he went on to do performances on and Off Broadway. He even worked as a writer for BBC radio. “I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again” gained him much popularity and success. He was successfully accepted as a comedy actor on British television. He did four seasons of Flying Circus on BBC television. Monty Python, a surreal comedy group, created the show. His work as a writer in collaboration with Chapman on The Dead Parrot Sketch shows his admiration for black humor. Post-Python, he became rector of the University of St Andrews. Faulty Towers opened him to BAFTA Awards and recognitions from everywhere. He worked by and large in various hit series such as Harry Porter and James Bond series. He played the character of R initially and was later promoted to agent Q in the latter. Cleese also has lent his voice to several animation and television works. He is a visiting lecturer at Cornell University. A Fish Called Wanda fetched him a nomination for Academy Awards. He was the writer as well as the lead in the movie.

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