Thomas Anthony Hollander (//; born 25 August 1967) is an English actor. He began his career in theatre, winning the Ian Charleson Award in 1992 for his performance as Witwoud in The Way of the World at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. He is known for his role in About Time, and in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean and In the Loop and drama films such as Enigma, Pride & Prejudice, Gosford Park, and Hanna. He co-wrote and played the lead role in the sitcom Rev., which won the British Academy Television Award for best sitcom in 2011. He also played the lead in the ITV's Doctor Thorne and won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Major Lance "Corky" Corkoran in the BBC series The Night Manager.
Hollander in October 2017
Thomas Anthony Hollander
25 August 1967
|Residence||Notting Hill, London, England|
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
He appeared as Henry Carr in a revival of Tom Stoppard's play Travesties at the Menier Chocolate Factory directed by Patrick Marber, later transferring to the Apollo Theatre in London on the West End and to the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. Hollander was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor and Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role in Travesties. Hollander appears as Dr. Sorgh in the film Tulip Fever which was released in September 2017. The screenplay, also by Stoppard, is an adaptation of Deborah Moggach's historical novel. He also appears as Garin in Terry George's historical drama The Promise, his third collaboration with George, who also directed him in Some Mother's Son and Whole Lotta Sole.
Hollander was born in Bristol, the son of teachers, and was raised in Oxford. Hollander's father is a Czech Jew, whose family converted to Catholicism, his mother an English Christian. He was brought up Christian. The family background was academic and musical – his grandfather Hans Hollander, was a musicologist who wrote books about the composer Janáček.  Hollander's parents were teachers, his father running the science department at a prestigious school in Oxford. He attended the Dragon School and then Abingdon School, where he was chief chorister. As a youngster, he was a member of the National Youth Theatre and the National Youth Music Theatre (then known as the Children's Music Theatre). In 1981, at the age of 14, he won the lead role in a BBC dramatisation of Leon Garfield's John Diamond.
Hollander read English at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He was actively involved in stage productions as a member of the Footlights and was president of the Marlowe Society. Sam Mendes, a friend and fellow student, directed him in several plays while they were at Cambridge, including a critically acclaimed production of Cyrano de Bergerac (which also featured future Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg).
Film and television workEdit
Hollander's film and television appearances include Absolutely Fabulous, Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence, Wives and Daughters, Harry, Cambridge Spies for which he received the FIPA D'OR Grand prize for best actor, Gosford Park, The Lost Prince and Pride & Prejudice for which he received the Evening Standard Film Awards Comedy Award, and London Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor. He has worked repeatedly with Michael Gambon and Bill Nighy and is a good friend of James Purefoy. Although highly respected as a character actor and the recipient of several awards, many of his films will still play on his height (5' 5" / 165 cm). Hollander has created several memorable comedic characters that draw more on his physical energy and intensity than his height, such as the "brilliantly foul-mouthed" Leon in BBC Two's Freezing, described in The Times as a "braying swirl of ego and mania".
Hollander portrayed Lord Cutler Beckett, the "heavy" in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. He also appeared in the TNT miniseries The Company as Kim Philby, having previously played Guy Burgess in the BBC's Cambridge Spies. He returned to the stage in 2007 with the premiere of Joe Penhall's play Landscape with Weapon at the Royal National Theatre. In 2008 he made a notable cameo appearance as King George III in the HBO mini-series John Adams, and ended the year as a memorable Colonel Heinz Brandt in Valkyrie.
In 2009, Hollander played a symphonic cellist in Joe Wright's movie The Soloist, his second film with Wright, who cast him to great effect as the fevered suitor Mr. Collins in 2005's Pride and Prejudice. He has worked once more with Wright, portraying a memorably flamboyant and menacing villain in Hanna (2011). Hollander appeared in a lead role in Armando Iannucci's In the Loop as Secretary of State for International Development Simon Foster MP. Hollander later made a surprise appearance (in a different role) at the end of the third series of The Thick of It, the programme on which In the Loop was based.
In 2010, Hollander and writer James Wood co-created the TV series Rev., a sensitive comedy about the all-too-human vicar of an inner-city parish. Reviews called it intelligent, realistic and very funny. Hollander played the sympathetic title character, Rev. Adam Smallbone. The show won a BAFTA in 2011 for Best Situation Comedy, among other awards and recognition. A second series aired in the UK on BBC 2 in 2011 and a third series in 2014. He has been praised for his role as the "inebriated and endearing, menacing and beguiling" chemist, Dr George Cholmondeley, appearing in five episodes of the BBC / FX 2017 series Taboo with one commenter describing him as "giving a masterclass on how to create dimension and personality, even with limited screen time."
Hollander played Queen's second manager Jim Beach in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which was released in November 2018. Upon the firing of director Bryan Singer from the film in December 2017, it was reported Hollander very nearly quit the film due to issues with Singer, but was ultimately convinced to see it through. Also in 2018, Hollander played Tabaqui, a hyena in Andy Serkis' motion capture film Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.
Hollander won the 1992 Ian Charleson Award for his performance as Witwoud in The Way of the World at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. He had been nominated and commended the previous year for his Celia in an all-male production of As You Like It for Cheek by Jowl and was again nominated and commended for his Khlestakov in The Government Inspector at the Almeida Theatre in 1997. He had also received a special commendation for his 1996 performance of the title role in Tartuffe at the Almeida Theatre. In all, Hollander has been the most frequent Ian Charleson Award honoree, with four appearances at the awards: one win, two commendations and one special commendation.
In 2010, Hollander returned to the live stage in a demanding comedic dual role in Georges Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear at the Old Vic. Playing both master and servant with "lightning physical precision and shockingly true confusion", Hollander's was called "a virtuoso performance". Between September and November 2016 he starred as (a "career-best") Henry Carr in Patrick Marber's "superb revival" of Tom Stoppard's Travesties at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The play (with the same cast) transferred to the Apollo Theatre in February 2017 and was nominated for five Olivier Awards including Best Actor (Hollander) and Best Revival (Travesties). Marber's revival transferred to Broadway in 2018, with Hollander reprising his leading role as Carr. The play opened on 24 April 2018 (previews 29 March) at the Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theater in New York. Hollander received a Tony Award nomination for the production.
Voice work and writingEdit
Hollander has lent his vocal talents to a number of roles for BBC radio including Mosca in 2004's Volpone for Radio 3, Frank Churchill in Jane Austen's Emma and as Mr Gently Benevolent in the pilot of the Dickensian parody Bleak Expectations for Radio 4, although he did not take part in the full series. He has voiced a young Joseph Merrick, the "Elephant Man", a disembodied head named Enzio in an urban gothic comedy and Leon Theremin, the Russian inventor famous for the electronic instrument that bears his name. He provided the vocal texture for Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange recently with a "smooth, almost lyrical, crisp voice" that accomplished the task of rendering the extensive and unique slang of the book instantly understandable to readers. More recent readings include The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling. In 2015 (repeated in April 2017) he played Patrick Moore in the BBC radio play Far Side of the Moore about the astronomer and his Sky at Night TV programme. In May 2016 he portrayed Geoff Cathcart in Andy Mulligan's four-part play School Drama on BBC Radio 4 which was chosen by The Guardian as that week's best radio and he narrated Peter Bradshaw's short story Reunion, broadcast on Radio 4 in October 2016. He has also portrayed the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich in Margy Kinmonth's documentary Revolution: New Art for a New World due for release in the UK and Ireland in November 2016.
|2006||In the Company of the Courtesan||Sarah Dunant|
|2009||The Lieutenant||Kate Grenville|
|Cityboy: Beer and Loathing in the Square||Geraint Anderson|
|2010||A Clockwork Orange||Anthony Burgess|
|2012||The Casual Vacancy||J. K. Rowling|
|Conrad: The Chrestomanci Series||Diana Wynne Jones|
|2016||Agatha Christie: Twelve Radio Mysteries||Agatha Christie||Hollander is one of several narrators|
|2017||A Legacy of Spies||John le Carré||digital download released on 7 September 2017, CD on 5 October 2017.|
Since 2008, he has written an occasional diary-style column for The Spectator.
Hollander has contributed his running and cycling efforts to several charitable causes, including running to raise funds for the Childline Crisis Hotline in 2006 and in 2007, for the Teenage Cancer Trust. He is a long-time supporter of the Helen & Douglas House Hospice for Children and Young Adults in Oxford, which provides hospice care for children. He continues to support charitable organisations by contributing readings and other appearances throughout the year.
Hollander is a patron of the British Independent Film Awards and has supported the efforts of the Old Vic's "24 Hour Plays New Voices" Gala, which forwards the cause of young writers for the British stage. In August 2014, he was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.
|1993||Sylvia Hates Sam||Friend||Short|
|1996||Some Mother's Son||Farnsworth|
|True Blue||Sam Peterson|
|1998||Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Not!||Paolo Ferruzzi||Video|
|Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence||Daniel|
|Bedrooms and Hallways||Darren|
|1999||The Clandestine Marriage||Sir John Ogelby|
|Maybe Baby||Ewan Proclaimer|
|Gosford Park||Anthony Meredith||Critics Choice Award – Best Acting Ensemble |
FFCC Award for Best Ensemble Cast
OFCS Award – Best Ensemble
PFCS Award – Best Acting Ensemble
Satellite Awards – Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture
|2004||Piccadilly Jim||Willie Partidge|
|Stage Beauty||Sir Peter Lely|
|The Libertine||Etherege||Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2005||Pride & Prejudice||Mr. Collins||Evening Standard British Film Awards – Peter Sellers Award for Comedy|
ALFS Award – British Supporting Actor of the Year
|2006||The Darwin Awards||Henry|
|Land of the Blind||Maximilian II|
|Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest||Cutler Beckett|
|A Good Year||Charlie Willis|
|Rabbit Fever||Tod Best|
|2007||Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End||Cutler Beckett|
|Elizabeth: The Golden Age||Sir Amyas Paulet|
|2008||Valkyrie||Colonel Heinz Brandt|
|2009||In the Loop||Simon Foster||Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|The Soloist||Graham Claydon|
|2010||Away We Stay||Short|
|The Voorman Problem||Voorman||Short film|
|2012||Whole Lotta Sole||James Butler||Uncredited role|
|A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman||Recording Engineer (voice)|
|The Invisible Woman||Wilkie Collins|
|2014||Muppets Most Wanted||Irish Journalist|
|The Riot Club||Jeremy Villiers|
|2015||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation||Prime Minister of the United Kingdom|
|Revolution: New Art for a New World||Kazimir Malevich (voice)||Documentary film|
|2017||Tulip Fever||Dr. Sorgh|
|Breathe||Bloggs and David Blacker|
|2018||A Private War||Sean Ryan|
|Bohemian Rhapsody||Jim Beach|
|Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle||Tabaqui|
|2020||Kingsman: The Great Game||George V / The Kaiser / Russian Tsar||Filming|
|1981||John Diamond||William Jones||TV film|
|1994||Milner||Ben Milner||TV film|
|1995||The Bill||O'Leary||Episode: "Getaway"|
|1996||Absolutely Fabulous||Paolo Ferruzzi||2 episodes|
|1999||Wives and Daughters||Osborne Hamley||Miniseries (4 episodes)|
|2001||The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby||Mr. Mantalini||TV film|
|2003||The Lost Prince||George V||TV film|
|Cambridge Spies||Guy Burgess||Miniseries (4 episodes)|
FIPA (Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels) d'or d'interprétation masculine award for best actor
|2004||The Hotel in Amsterdam||Laurie||TV film|
|London||T. S. Eliot||TV film|
|2005||Bridezillas||Narrator||Episode: "Korliss and Noelle"|
|2006–2018||American Dad!||Various voices||9 episodes|
|2007||The Company||Adrian Philby||Miniseries (6 episodes)|
|2008||John Adams||King George III||Episode: "Reunion"|
|Headcases||David Cameron / various voices||2 episodes|
|The Meant to Be's||TV film|
|2009||Desperate Romantics||John Ruskin||6 episodes|
|Gracie!||Monty Banks||TV film|
|The Thick of It||Cal Richards||Episode #3.8|
|2010||Legally Mad||Steven Pearle||TV film|
|Any Human Heart||Edward, Duke of Windsor||3 episodes|
|2010–2014||Rev.||The Reverend Adam Smallbone||3 series, 19 episodes; also creator, writer, and executive producer|
Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Male Comedy Performance
Series was awarded a BAFTA for Best Situation Comedy in 2011
|2011||Aqua Teen Hunger Force||Chuck (voice)||Episode: "Vampirus"|
|2012, 2018||Family Guy||Various voices||2 episodes|
|2013||Ambassadors||Prince Mark||2 episodes|
|2014||A Poet in New York||Dylan Thomas||TV film|
|2016||The Night Manager||Lance "Corky" Corkoran||Miniseries (6 episodes)|
|Doctor Thorne||Doctor Thorne||3 episodes|
|2017||Taboo||Dr. George Cholmondeley||5 episodes|
|2018||CBeebies Bedtime Story||Nico. Rebel||One off|
|2019||Baptiste||Edward Stratton||6 episodes|
|2007||Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End||Cutler Beckett|
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