Tom Conti

Tom Conti

Birth name: Thomas Antonio Conti
Born: November 22, 1941
Age: 82
Birthplace: Paisley, Scotland
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Thomas Antonio Conti (born 22 November 1941) is a Scottish actor, theatre director and novelist of Italian Scots descent. He won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in 1979 for his performance in Whose Life Is It Anyway? He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1983 film, Reuben, Reuben.

Conti was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, the son of hairdressers Mary (née McGoldrick) and Alfonso Conti.[1] He was brought up Roman Catholic, but he considers himself anti-religious.[2] Conti's father was Italian and his mother was Scottish, of Irish ancestry.[3][4]

Conti was educated at Hamilton Park, an independent Catholic boys' school,[5] and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, both in Glasgow.



Conti is a theatre, film and television actor. He began working with the Dundee Repertory in 1959. He appeared on Broadway in Whose Life Is It Anyway? in 1979, and in London he played the lead in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell at the Garrick Theatre.

Besides taking the leading role in the TV versions of Frederic Raphael's The Glittering Prizes and Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests, Conti appeared in the "Princess and the Pea" episode of the family television series Faerie Tale Theatre, guest-starred on Friends and Cosby, and played opposite Nigel Hawthorne in a long-running series of Vauxhall Astra car advertisements in the United Kingdom during the mid-1990s.

Conti has appeared in such films as Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence; Reuben, Reuben; American Dreamer; Shirley Valentine; Miracles; Saving Grace; Dangerous Parking and Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase.

Conti's novel The Doctor, about a former secret operations pilot for intelligence services, was published in 2004. According to the foreword, his friend Lynsey De Paul recommended the manuscript to publisher Jeremy Robson.[6]

He appeared in the hit BBC sitcom Miranda alongside Miranda Hart and Patricia Hodge, as Miranda's father, in the 2010 seasonal episode "The Perfect Christmas".

Personal life

Conti has been married to Scottish actress Kara Wilson since 1967 and their daughter Nina is an actress and a ventriloquist. According to Nina, her parents have an open marriage.[7]

Conti is a prominent resident of Hampstead in northwest London, having lived in the area for several decades. Conti was part of a campaign against the opening of a Tesco supermarket in nearby Belsize Park.[8] Conti put his Hampstead house up for sale in 2015 for £17.5 million after his long-running opposition to the building plans of his neighbour, the footballer Thierry Henry.[9] Conti had also opposed development plans for Hampstead's Grove Lodge, the 18th-century Grade II listed former home of novelist John Galsworthy.[10]

Conti participated in a genetic-mapping project conducted by the company ScotlandsDNA (now called BritainsDNA). In 2012 Conti and the company announced that Conti shares a genetic marker with Napoléon Bonaparte.[11] Conti has said that he "burst out laughing" when told he was directly related to Napoléon on his father's side.[11]


Conti considered running as the Conservative candidate in the 2008 London mayoral election, but did not, and in the following election in 2012 he supported unsuccessful independent candidate Siobhan Benita.[12] In the run up to the 2015 general election, Conti said in an interview published in several newspapers that he had come to view socialism as a religion with a "vicious, hostile spirit"[13] and that "conservatism was about enabling people to improve their lives."[14]



  • Galileo (1975) as Andrea Sarti (man)
  • Slade in Flame (1975) as Robert Seymour
  • The Duellists (1977) as Dr. Jacquin
  • Full Circle (1977) as Mark Berkeley
  • Eclipse (1977) as Tom / Geoffrey
  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983) as Col. John Lawrence
  • Reuben, Reuben (1983) as Gowan McGland
  • American Dreamer (1984) as Alan McMann
  • Miracles (1986) as Roger
  • Saving Grace (1985) as Pope Leo XIV
  • Heavenly Pursuits (1986) as Vic Mathews
  • Beyond Therapy (1987) as Stuart
  • The Quick and the Dead (1987, TV Movie) as Duncan McKaskel
  • Roman Holiday (1987, TV Movie) as Joe Bradley
  • Two Brothers Running (1988) as Moses Bornstein
  • That Summer of White Roses (1989) as Andrija Gavrilovic
  • Shirley Valentine (1989) as Costas
  • Caccia Alla Vedova (1991) as Conte Angelo di Bosconero
  • Someone Else's America (1995) as Alonso
  • The Inheritance (1997, TV Movie) as Henry Hamilton
  • Sub Down (1997) as Harry Rheinhartdt
  • Something to Believe In (1998) as Monsignor Calogero
  • Out of Control (1998) as Eddie
  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart (1999) as Dr. Fiedler
  • The Enemy (2001) as Insp. John Cregar
  • Derailed (2005) as Eliot Firth
  • Rabbit Fever (2006) as Prof Rosenberg
  • Paid (2006) as Rudi
  • Almost Heaven (2006) as Bert Gordon
  • O Jerusalem (2006) as Sir Cunningham
  • Dangerous Parking (2007) as Doc Baker
  • Deeply Irresponsible (2007) as Nate (2007)
  • A Closed Book (2009) as Sir Paul
  • The Tempest (2010) as Gonzalo
  • Rekindle (2011) as Dr. Monty Adams
  • Streetdance 2 (2012) as Manu
  • Run for Your Wife (2012)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012) as Prisoner
  • City Slacker (2012) as Ray
  • Paddington 2 (2017) as Judge Gerald Biggleswade


  • The Dumb Waiter (1957)
  • Boy Meets Girl (1969) as Frank
  • Thirty-Minute Theatre - Revolutions: Fidel Castro (1970) as Che Guevara
  • Adam Smith (1972) as Dr. Calvi
  • Z Cars (1973) as Gordon Morley
  • Barlow at Large (1973) as Myers
  • Sam (1974) as David Ellis
  • The Glittering Prizes (1976, TV Mini-Series) as Adam Morris
  • The Norman Conquests (1977, TV Mini-Series) as Norman
  • Blade on the Feather (1980, TV Movie) as Daniel Young
  • The Wall (1982, TV Movie) as Dolek Berson
  • Faerie Tale Theatre (1984, "Princess and the Pea") as Prince Richard
  • Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story (1986, TV Movie) as Serge Klarsfeld
  • Fatal Judgement (1988, TV Movie) as Pat Piscitelli
  • Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase (1990, TV Movie) as Doctor 'Stanley' Phillips
  • The Old Boy Network (1992) as Lucas Frye
  • The Wright Verdicts (1995) as Charles Wright
  • The Inheritance (1997, TV Movie) as Henry Hamilton
  • Friends (1998, "The One After Ross Says Rachel", and "The One with Ross's Wedding") as Stephen Waltham
  • Cosby (1999) as William Shakespeare
  • Deadline (2000-2001) as Si Beekman
  • I Was a Rat (2001, TV Mini-Series) as Bob Jones
  • Andy Pandy (2002) as Narrator (voice)
  • Donovan(aka DNa) (2004-2006) as Joseph Donovan
  • Lark Rise to Candleford (2010) as William Bourne / Mr. Reppington
  • Miranda (2010) as Charles
  • Parents (2012) as Len Miller
  • Rosemary's Baby (2014)


  • Whose Life is it Anyway?
  • Savages
  • The Devil's Disciple[15]
  • They're Playing Our Song
  • The Real Thing
  • An Italian Straw Hat (1986)
  • The Ride Down Mt. Morgan
  • Chapter Two
  • Jesus, My Boy (1998-99, 2009
  • Present Laughter[16]
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Twelve Angry Men (2014)

Stage directing

  • The Last of the Red Hot Lovers
  • Present Laughter
  • Otherwise Engaged


  • National Board of Review for Best Actor (Reuben, Reuben and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence)
  • Academy Award nomination as Best Actor (Reuben, Reuben)
  • Golden Globe nominations for Reuben, Reuben and Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story
  • Tony Award for Best Actor (Whose Life Is It Anyway?)
  • Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a New Play ('Whose Life is it Anyway?)
  • Variety Club Award for Best Actor (Whose Life is it Anyway?)

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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