Sir Thomas Daniel Courtenay (; born 25 February 1937) is an English actor of stage and screen. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Courtenay achieved prominence in the 1960s with a series of acclaimed film roles, including The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), for which he received the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles, and Doctor Zhivago (1965), for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Other notable film roles during this period include Billy Liar (1963), King and Country (1964), for which he was awarded the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival, King Rat (1965), and The Night of the Generals.Expressing a preference for stage work, Courtenay elected to focus on performing in the theatre from the mid 1960s onwards. Nonetheless, Courtenay has continued to perform on screen. For his performance in the 1983 film adaptation of the play The Dresser, in which he reprised the role of Norman he originated both on the West End and Broadway, Courtenay won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and received Academy and BAFTA Award nominations. He has been feted for his work on television also, winning two British Academy Television Awards for his performances in the television film A Rather English Marriage (1998) and the first series of the crime drama Unforgotten (2015). Courtenay was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for the miniseries Little Dorrit (2008). As well as his competitive honours, Courtenay has been recognised with an honorary doctorate from the University of Hull and, in February 2001, was created a Knight Bachelor for his services to cinema and theatre.
Courtenay was married to actress Cheryl Kennedy from 1973 to 1982. In 1988, he married Isabel Crossley, a stage manager at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. They have homes in Manchester and Putney in London.In 2000, Courtenay's memoir Dear Tom: Letters From Home was published to critical acclaim. It comprises a selection of the letters exchanged between Courtenay and his mother, interspersed with his own recollections of life as a young student actor in London in the early 1960s.Courtenay is the President of Hull City AFC's Official Supporters' Club.In 1999, Courtenay was awarded an honorary doctorate by Hull University.In January 2018 he was bestowed the Honorary Freedom of the City of Hull.
Courtenay was born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, the son of Annie Eliza (née Quest) and Thomas Henry Courtenay, a boat painter. He attended Kingston High School and went on to study English at University College London, where he failed his degree. After this he studied drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.
Movies & TV shows
1 TV show
The North Water
Henry Drax is a harpooner and brutish killer whose amorality has been shaped to fit the harshness of his world, who will set sail on a whaling expedition to the Arctic with Patrick Sumner, a disgraced...
The Queen's Corgi
Rex is living a life of luxury since he arrived at Buckingham palace. His three fellow corgis have been superseded by him in Her Majesty's heart. His arrogance can make people feel uncomfortable. When...
In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While breaking reco...
Cinderella: After Ever After
Cinderella weds her Prince Charming, only to find married life isn't all it's cracked up to be. A Sky original starring David Walliams and Sian Gibson.
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
Juliet Ashton formed a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society when she decided to write about their book club.
King of Thieves
In April of 2015, London, England. Brian Reader, a retired thief, gathers an unlikely group of burglars to perpetrate the biggest and boldest robbery in British history. The thieves escaped with milli...
Grandpa's Great Escape
Grandpa was a flying ace in World War II, but is now suffering from Alzheimer's disease. He is moved to an old people's home when his family can no longer look after him. It is up to Grandpa and grand...
3 Movies · 1 TV show
The Legend of Barney Thomson
Barney Thomson is about to go from 0 to 60 in five seconds, as he enters the grotesque and comically absurd world of the serial killer.
A modern police team uncover long-forgotten secrets which have a dramatic impact on their investigation. The personal lives of both of them will be affected by the revelation of the secrets.
The planning for Kate Mercer's 45th wedding anniversary is going well and there is just one week left. The husband received the letter. The glaciers of the Swiss Alps were where his first love was fou...
The First Film
Leeds born filmmaker David Nicholas Wilkinson's thirty three year quest to prove that the worlds film industry started in Leeds, Yorkshire, England in 1888.
Night Train to Lisbon
Raimund Gregorius, having saved a beautiful Portuguese woman from jumping to her death, stumbles upon a book by a Portuguese author, which compelled him to abandon his boring life and embark on an exc...
A comedy about divas, old grudges, passion and pride, romance and Rigoletto. An annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and former wife of one...
An art curator tries to get revenge on his boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet, but his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen.
1 Movie · 1 TV show
Amy Dorrit is looking after her father who is in a London prison. Arthur Clennam, Amy's employer's son, returns from overseas to solve a mystery in his family's past.
The New Sofa
The hit family sitcom has a festive special edition. The chef decided to cook Christmas dinner for the whole family. Dave's mother and father are invited to join the festivities after Jim gave the yul...
The Golden Compass
After hearing a shocking secret, orphan Lyra Belacqua trades her existence in the halls of Jordan College for an adventure in the far North, unaware that it's part of her destiny.
The unthinkable is predicted by the Flood. When a storm coincides with high seas, a huge tidal surge travels down England's East Coast. The Barrier is wet. Millions of lives are at stake.
Jack Dodd drank with his friends. He died with a smile on his face. His ashes should be thrown into the sea. His friends travel to the sea in the movie. Along the way, the threads of their lives, thei...
A Rather English Marriage
A squadron leader and a retired milkman move in together after they are both widowed on the same night. Their unlikely friendship is threatened by the arrival of an attractive woman with a hidden agen...
The Boy from Mercury
Set in 1960s Dublin, a fatherless eight-year-old boy who feels alienated by his family escapes his reality by deciding he's been sent from Mercury to study life on Earth. Each week at the local cinema...
The book is based on Posy Simmonds. A case of cat flu could cut short Fred's musical career.
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Treasure of the Peacock's Eye
Indy is looking for a diamond in the South Pacific. The war in Europe ends but a new adventure begins for Indy when a mysterious man's dying words, "The eye of the peacock!" send him and Remy on a thr...
The Old Curiosity Shop
1839. The young Nell Trent is leading a happy life with her grandfather in his curiosity shop. Wharf owner Daniel Quilp has given large amounts of money to Nell's grandfather as an investment, expecti...
Stan Peachey is back in his village after 16 years away. His wife still loves him. What was his crime?
The Last Butterfly
The children of Terezin, a "model" concentration camp, were compelled by the Gestapo to put on a performance for the Red Cross. Reluctant at first, Moreau slowly learns the true nature of the camp, in...
Let Him Have It
In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films. Chris and Derek's friendship leads to t...
Happy New Year
Nick and Charlie have a plan to rob a store. Using a variety of disguises and posing as rich old men and women they begin the set-up, but then Nick falls for the owner of a neighboring antique store a...
Leonard Part 6
LeonardParker stopped working in the spy business after he separated from his wife. Leonard's daughter has begun dating a man older than Leonard's father, his wife refuses to speak with him, and the g...
In a touring Shakespearean theater group, the backstage hand is devoted to the head of the company. He struggles to support the deteriorated star as the company struggles. The pathos of his backstage ...
Catch Me a Spy
A man is taken by the Russian government while on vacation. She develops an attraction to the one she thinks is a good candidate after one attempt fails and she begins looking for a suitable spy to ca...
The Night of the Generals
An unusual World War II crime thriller is about a Nazi investigation into the murder of a prostitutes. Major Grau believes that the Generals are involved in a plan to kill Hitler.
The Day the Fish Came Out
A plane carrying a weapon more dangerous than a nuclear weapon crashes near Greece. To prevent panic, the officials are dressed as tourists, who are dressed so casually that the pilots assume that the...
3 Movies · 1 TV show
Play of the Month
Play of the Month is a BBC television anthology series featuring productions of classic and contemporary stage plays which were usually broadcast on BBC1. Each production featured a different work, of...
The film alternates between German developments of the V-1 missile and V-2 rocket, with a German cast speaking their own language, and the discovery by British Intelligence of the weapon.
The life of a Russian physician and poet who falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during World War I and the October Revolution is chronicled in this book.
After Singapore surrendered to the Japanese in 1942, the Allied POWs were held in a prison. The Americans are in prison. King has established a good life in the camp. A British officer is interested i...
King and Country
During World War I, Private Arthur James Hamp is accused of desertion. Captain Hargreaves, who was assigned to defend him at the court-martial, discovered that there is more to the case than meets the...
A young Englishman dreams of escaping from his working class family and working as an undertaker's assistant. He has a number of indiscretions that cause him to lie. He has an opportunity to leave his...
A military mission is interrupted when a soldier claims that God had appeared to him in a transcendental vision.
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
A long distance runner who was sentenced to a reformatory for robbing a bakery rises through the ranks of the institution because of his talent as a long distance runner. During his solitary runs, his...
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Tom_Courtenay", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.