September 12, 1931
Ian Holm Cuthbert was born to Jean Wilson (Holm) in a mental asylum in Goodmayes, Ilford, where
his father, Dr James Harvey Cuthbert was a psychiatrist and superintendent. Ian had a brother,
Eric, who died of cancer in Egypt in 1944.
In his youth, Ian attended the Chigwell Grammar School in Essex, and later entered the Royal
Academy Of Dramatic Arts in 1950. In 1954, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and made
his stage debut as a spear carrier in Othello at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre,
Stratford-On-Avon. In 1967, he had his Broadway debut in The Homecoming, and starred in his first film, The Bofors Gun in 1968. His theatrical career, however, was hampered for 15 years by a sudden attack of stage fright during a London presentation The Iceman Cometh in 1976.
In 1989, Holm was awarded the prestigious Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and in
June of 1998, he was knighted by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for services to drama.
Sir Ian Holm is married to his fourth wife, Sophie de Stempel, and has five children from previous relationships.
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