Ian Holm Cuthbert is born on the 12th September 1931 to Dr James Harvey Cuthbert (50) and Jean Wilson (Holm) (43) in a mental asylum in Goodmayes, Ilford, where his father resides as a psychiatrist and superintendent.

1937 Holm attends the Chigwell Grammar School in Essex.
1938 His father takes him to see Les Miserables starring Charles Laughton with whom he later acts in RADA. Holm, 40 years later, appears in the 1978 TV remake.
1944 His brother, Eric, dies from cancer in Egypt while serving as a member of the Scots guard, an incident that traumatizes the entire family.
1950 - 53 Enters the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Arts (RADA).
1953 - 54 National Service
1954 Joins the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-On-Avon.
1954 Stage debut as Spear Carrier in Othello.
1955 Marries first wife, Lynn Mary Shaw, mother of his first two daughters, Jessica and Sarah-Jane.
1956 London debut in Love Affair at the Lyric, Hammersmith.
1956 European Tour of Sir Lawrence Olivier's Titus Andronicus.
1956 Television debut.
1957 Rejoins the Royal Shakespeare Company.
1965 Divorces first wife and lives with Bee, a photographer and mother of his son, Barnaby and daughter, Melissa.
1967 Leaves the Royal Shakespeare Company. 
1967 Broadway debut in The Homecoming.
1968 Film debut (at the age of 36) in The Bofors Gun. Wins first BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor.
1976 Relationship with Bee ends.
1976 Leaves theatre after attack of stage fright during performance of Eugene O'Neil's The Iceman Cometh.
1981 Marries second wife, Sophie Baker, mother of his second son, Harry.
1982 First (and to date, only) Academy Award nomination for Chariots Of Fire.
1989 Receives the Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
1991 Marries third wife, Penelope Wilton.
1993 Returns to theatre in Harold Pinter's Moonlight with Penelope Wilton.
1997 Acts in The Fifth Element, directed by Luc Besson, which grossed over $263 million in world-wide receipts.
1997 Wins Canadian Genie for Best Actor in The Sweet Hereafter.
1997 Wins the Olivier Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of King Lear.
1998 Receives his knighthood from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II 'for services to drama' and is now called Sir Ian Holm.
1999 Receives an Emmy nomination for his performance in the televised version of Richard Eyre's multi-award-winning play King Lear. Sadly, he loses to fellow thesp Stanley Tucci, who pays tribute to Sir Ian by dedicating the award to him.
2001 Receives an Emmy nomination for his performance in the made-for-television comedy, The Last Of The Blonde Bombshells.
2001 Returns to theatre in September playing Max in Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, a play which brought him critical acclaim back in 1967.
2001 Divorces third wife, Penelope Wilton, after 10 years of marriage.
2001 Stars in The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Rings, which premiered in December. To date it has made around $835 million world wide.
2003 Third film in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, The Return Of The King is released and eventually becomes the second biggest grossing film of all time (second to Titanic), making $1 128 million. The trilogy would eventually make a combined $2 194 million around the globe!
2004 Marries his fourth wife, artists Sophie de Stempel, 30 years his junior, after a whirlwind romance lasting 8 months.
2004 Releases his long-awaited autobiography, Acting My Life in September.

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