I was watching Belgravia, and remembered just how much I always enjoy watching Tom Wilkinson — he’s just so damn GOOD in everything! He’s been in a ton of frock flicks, and he’s distinguished and talented, and I thought we should give him some love.
Wilkinson has been in a bunch of frock flicks for which I can’t find pics, so to be the completionist I am, here they are:
- Crime and Punishment (1979)
- Strangers and Brothers (1984)
- The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank (1988)
- The Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1988)
- Parnell & the Englishwoman (1991)
- Oscar and Lucinda (1997)
- Molokai (1999)
- Narrator for David Copperfield (1999)
- Another Life (2001)
- The Catcher Was a Spy (2018)
- The Happy Prince (2018)
Now, on to the ones for which we have visuals!
Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: “A Pocket Full of Rye” (1985)
The 1930s-set murder mystery series.
A biography of Sylvia Ashton-Warner, who taught Maori children in mid-century New Zealand.
The Woman He Loved (1988)
As Ernest Simpson, the man from whom Wallis Simpson (Jane Seymour) was famously divorced before marrying the former King Edward VIII.
Ride With the Devil (1999)
A small part in this Civil War-set film.
Martin Chuzzlewit (1994)
As “hypocritical, dishonest architect” Seth Pecksniff in this BBC TV adaptation.
Royal Deceit (1994)
An adaptation of the Danish legend of prince Amleth, which was the inspiration for Hamlet.
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Only briefly on-screen as Mr. Dashwood, father of Elinor and Marianne, who dies at the beginning of the film, setting things in motion.
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
A fictionalized take on the real-life story of two man-eating lions in 1890s Kenya. Wilkinson plays “Sir Robert Beaumont.”
As John Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry, whose son was involved with Oscar Wilde and who played a key role in the legal case against Wilde.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Hilarious as Hugh Fennyman, moneylender to whom the theater owner is in debt, in this fictionalized Shakespeare story.
The Governess (1998)
As a mid-19th century photographer for whose Minnie Driver‘s character becomes governess, and who ends up having an affair with her. I remember being actively irritated by his character, but then many things irritated me about this film (LEATHER DRESSES).
The Patriot (2000)
As British military leader Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis, 2nd Earl Cornwallis.
Black Knight (2001)
A Martin Lawrence comedy, in which a modern-day theme park employee who is transported through time to medieval England. I might actually watch this just to see how bad it is, but I can’t stand Martin Lawrence.
As the reverend Dr Chasuble in this Oscar Wilde adaptation.
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
As Pieter Claesz. van Ruijven, Vermeer’s patron who commissions the titular portrait.
Piccadilly Jim (2004)
A romantic comedy based on a 1917 Wodehouse novel.
Stage Beauty (2004)
As Thomas Betterton, leading male actor and theatre manager during Restoration England.
John Adams (2008)
As Benjamin Franklin in this biopic that Sarah is conveniently currently reviewing!
As Colonel General Friedrich Fromm in this German World War II film.
Burke and Hare (2010)
As anatomist Robert Knox, key buyer of Burke and Hare’s suspiciously-obtained corpses.
The Conspirator (2010)
As Reverdy Johnson, a former attorney general and current U.S. Senator in this Abraham Lincoln assassination story.
The Kennedys (2011)
As Kennedy family patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.
As William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, Lord Chief Justice of England and guardian of great-nieces Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray.
As American president Lyndon B. Johnson in this civil rights story.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
As the Author of the story within a story.
Little Boy (2015)
As a reverend in this World War II-set story.
As the fictional Peregrine, Earl of Brockenhurst in this 1840s-set miniseries.
Which is your favorite of Tom Wilkinson’s historical roles?