Thomas Geoffrey Wilkinson is an English actor. He has twice been nominated for an Academy Award, for his roles in In the Bedroom and Michael Clayton. In 2009, he won Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Film for playing Benjamin Franklin in John Adams. Wilkinson was born in Wharfedale, West Riding of Yorkshire, the son of Marjorie and Thomas Wilkinson, a farmer. At the age of four, he moved with his family to Canada, where they lived for several years before returning to the United Kingdom and running a pub in Cornwall. Wilkinson graduated from the University of Kent, where he was a member of T24 Drama Society and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Wilkinson made his acting debut in 1976 and worked on several British television series, most notably the mini-series First Among Equals, he first gained critical acclaim with his appearance as Mr Pecksniff, in the BBC's 1994 adaptation of Martin Chuzzlewit. Wilkinson made only the occasional film, including a brief appearance in 1995's Sense and Sensibility and a villain in The Ghost and the Darkness.
After becoming part of the ensemble cast of the comedy-drama The Full Monty in 1997, a role which earned him a BAFTA, he began to take film roles more including supporting roles in Oscar and Lucinda, Shakespeare in Love, The Patriot. He starred with Jackie Chan in the 1998 film Rush Hour, as the evil British Ambassador/Juntao, his portrayal of Matt Fowler, in Todd Field's In the Bedroom, received international praise from critics. For the role, he was named Best Actor of the Year by the New York Film Critics' Circle, went on to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor; that success was followed up by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Batman Begins, Separate Lies. In 2007, Wilkinson played Arthur Edens, an attorney with bipolar disorder, in Michael Clayton and garnered much critical acclaim and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor; the same year, he played an uncle planning for murder in Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream, played opposite Billy Crudup as children's book writing partners in Dedication.
In 2008, Wilkinson portrayed American patriot Benjamin Franklin in the HBO mini-series John Adams. In the HBO film, Wilkinson portrayed American political adviser and lawyer, James A. Baker, in Baker's capacity as Chief Counsel to George W. Bush during the 2000 U. S. Presidential Election, receiving a nomination for the latter, he received a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors' Guild Award nomination for his role in John Adams. He portrayed Friedrich Fromm, Commander in Chief of the German Reserve Army, alongside Tom Cruise in the 2008 World War II thriller Valkyrie. Wilkinson starred in the horror comedy Burke and Hare, directed by John Landis, he portrayed a covert CIA agent in Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer. He played another historical character, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. in the 2011 television miniseries The Kennedys, for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. He and his wife portrayed wife Joe and Rose Kennedy. Earlier that year, he appeared in Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol.
In 2014 Wilkinson portrayed the 36th President of the United States'Lyndon B. Johnson' in the historical drama film Selma. Wilkinson lives in North London with his wife, actress Diana Hardcastle, their two daughters and Molly. Wilkinson received a Doctor of Letters honorary degree from the University of Kent in July 2001. In the 2005 New Year Honours, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire "for services to Drama"; the 6 November 2017 issue of Girl Genius web comic has an airship from England named "HMA Tom Wilkinson" Tom Wilkinson on IMDb Tom Wilkinson at the BFI's Screenonline
George Passant is the first published of C. P. Snow's series of novels Strangers and Brothers, but the second according to the internal chronology, it was first published under the name Brothers. It was not published in the U. S. until 1960. George Passant is a solicitor in a small English town, whose idealism and eccentricity lead him to accumulate a group of young followers in a mentor-like capacity. Narrated by Lewis Eliot, the novel has the more general background of Eliot's rising career and the changes in English society through the 20th century. In a 1960 book review in Kirkus Reviews, the book was called a "slowly pursued examination and rationale and an enlightened discussion of questions of conscience and conduct and commitment, and as such, if within a narrower margin, it is filled with the concerns which are so fundamentally and a part of this writer's work and have attracted a firm following."
The Masters (novel)
The Masters is the fifth novel in C. P. Snow's series Strangers and Brothers, it involves the election of a new Master at narrator Lewis Eliot's unnamed Cambridge College, which resembles Christ's College where Snow was a fellow. The novel's dedication is ` In memory of the Cambridge mathematician, it was the first of the Brothers series to be published in the United States. The novel is set with the growing threat from Nazi Germany as the backdrop; the two candidates for election as new Master are Crawford, politically radical and prepared to make sure the college makes a stand against appeasing Hitler, but whom Eliot believes will not be good at dealing with people. Much of the interest of the novel lies in its analysis of the motives and political manoeuvres of the people campaigning for their chosen candidates. In a 1951 book review in Kirkus Reviews the review stated. Ronald Millar's dramatisation of the novel opened at the Savoy Theatre, London, on 29 May 1963, ran for eight months. John Clements, who directed it, played Jago, David Dodimead Lewis Eliot.
John Barron was Crawford. The story was broadcast by BBC Radio in August 1958 in a dramatisation by E. J. King Bull. John Phillips played Geoffrey Lumsden Jago and Frederick Treves Crawford. In the long BBC Radio serialisation of the completed Strangers and Brothers sequence in 1971, Geoffrey Matthews was Eliot, Noel Johnson Jago and Alan Wheatley Crawford. An adaptation of Ronald Millar's stage version was broadcast on the BBC Overseas Service in 1974 with John Pullen as Eliot, Denys Hawthorne as Jago, Frederick Treves again playing Crawford. In the BBC's 1984 television serialisation of the sequence, Frederick Treves moved to the part of Vernon Royce, the old and dying Master. Shaughan Seymour played John Carson Jago and Clifford Rose Crawford. In the BBC Radio 4 Classic Serial adaptation by Jonathan Howell of the Strangers and Brothers series, first broadcast in 2003, the parts in The Masters were played by David Haig as Narrator, Adam Godley as Lewis Eliot, Philip Franks as Arthur Brown, Matthew Marsh as Chrystal, David Calder as Jago, Hugh Quarshie as Crawford, Adam Levy as Roy Calvert, Andy Taylor as Francis Getliffe, Clive Merrison as Winslow, Joanna Monro as Alice Jago, Ian Hogg as Sir Horace Timberlake, Peter Howell as Despard-Smith, Anastasia Hille as Sheila Eliot, Patrick Godfrey as Robinson, Carla Simpson as Betty Vane.
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Corridors of Power (novel)
Corridors of Power is the ninth book in C. P. Snow's Strangers and Brothers series, its title had become a household phrase referring to the centres of government and power after Snow coined it in his earlier novel, Homecomings. Corridors of Power is concerned with the attempts of an English MP to influence the country's policy on nuclear weapons in the 1950s; the central character is an ambitious politician and Cabinet Minister. He is attacked on his stand that Britain's position in the thermonuclear arms race at the same time his affair with another woman leads to potential blackmail. In a 1964 book review in Kirkus Reviews called the book "a sound reading of the political, ideological temper of the times. In the BBC's 1984 television serialisation of Strangers and Brothers, Shaughan Seymour played Lewis Eliot and Anthony Hopkins played Roger Quaife. Corridors of Power on IMDb
Time of Hope
Time of Hope is the first chronological entry in C. P. Snow's series of novels Strangers and Brothers, the third to be published, it depicts the beginning of Lewis Eliot's life, with a childhood in poverty in a small English town at the beginning of the 20th century. Lewis Eliot is walking home in the summer of 1914 when he is struck by an intuition of disaster, he runs back home to find his mother having her fortune told with cards. At first he is reassured by the peaceful scene, but his Aunt Milly is scornful when she sees this, he soon learns that his father has gone bankrupt. Over the next few years, the family's lifestyle is constrained, his mother dies of heart failure in her late forties. Eliot has promised his mother to make something of himself, he works hard, befriends plans to become a solicitor. However, one of his aunts leaves him a sum of money, just enough to allow him to study to become a barrister; this is a dangerous thing to attempt, but he succeeds in his examinations, moves to London.
With great labour, he staves off illness and begins his practice, but his life is disrupted by his courting of Sheila Knight, an unstable woman who does not love him. He recognises that they are not suited for each other, but he is determined to marry her, he frightens away another man, whom she is fond of, by telling him about her difficult personality. Lewis and Sheila marry. Sheila's unhappiness and unpredictability damage his social life, he comes to the conclusion that he is unlikely to succeed either in his marriage or in his profession. In a 1950 book review in Kirkus Reviews the book was called "A book of introspective portraiture rather than a novel of action—this is the slow-motion story of the development of Lewis Eliot... A portrait of the times—highlighted rather than rounded canvas—this story leaves an odd impression of detachment, emotionally-an coldly analytical dissection. Better written than the average modern novel—it yet fails to capture the heart of the reader; the link with its predecessor, The Light and the Dark is in the person of Lewis Eliot, narrator in that novel of a period just beyond that encompassed in Time of Hope.
Not for a wide market."
The Light and the Dark
The Light and the Dark is the fourth novel in C. P. Snow's Strangers and Brothers series; the book portrays narrator Lewis Eliot's friendship with Roy Calvert, Calvert's inner turmoil and quest for meaning in life. Calvert was based on Coptic scholar, Charles Allberry, their relationship is developed further in The Masters. Set in England in the lead-up to and during World War II, it portrays Lewis Eliot's friendship with the gifted scholar and remarkable individual Roy Calvert, Calvert's inner turmoil and quest for meaning in life; the title—The Light and the Dark—refers to the beliefs of Manichaeism, which the book refers to as "Christian heresy" but is now referred to as religion in its own right. "In its cosmology, the whole of cosmology is a battle of the light against the dark. Man's spirit is part of the light, his flesh of the dark." The title has resonance to the buildup to war, the sense of catastrophe so widespread in the 1930s, Calvert's mental health problems. In a 1947 book review in Kirkus Reviews called the book "A rather long drawn out search of a brilliant scholar to escape his doom of despair and find a meaning in his life."
The Conscience of the Rich
The Conscience of the Rich is the seventh published of C. P. Snow's series of novels Strangers and Brothers, but the third according to the internal chronology, it details the lives of Charles and their father, Leonard March, a wealthy Jewish family. Lewis Eliot narrates the story of the conflicting politics of wealth and pre-World War II socialism in England. According to Charles Brasch the family was based on the family of Mary Lucas who had married out to Donald Lucas from her own wealthy and orthodox Jewish family. Brasch recognised a few touches which might have been drawn from his own Hallenstein and Michaelis family; the contemporary book review in Kirkus Reviews summarized the book: "The market for the earlier books should determine the demand for this new novel.