Tom Wilkinson is an English actor best known for his roles in films such as The Full Monty (1997), Shakespeare in Love (1998), The Patriot (2000) and In the Bedroom (2001); and for his role as patriot Benjamin Franklin in the HBO mini-series John Adams (2008), for which he won both the Emmy and Golden Globe awards for Best Supporting Actor.
Wilkinson received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Tony Gilroy's Academy Award-nominated Michael Clayton. He received an Academy Award nomination for Leading Actor for his unforgettable performance in Todd Field's acclaimed drama In the Bedroom, opposite Sissy Spacek.
Wilkinson also received a BAFTA nomination, won the Independent Spirit Award, a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize and a New York Film Critics Circle Award for the role.
Prior to that, Wilkinson won a BAFTA for his role in the 1997 British and international box-office sensation The Full Monty, and garnered another BAFTA nomination the following year for his performance in the Oscar-winning Best Picture Shakespeare In Love.
He received Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his performance in HBO's 2003 film Normal, opposite Jessica Lange.
Wilkinson also won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Supporting Actor for the HBO miniseries John Adams, in which he portrayed Benjamin Franklin and was nominated for a SAG Award for his performance in HBO'S A Number with Rhys Ifans.
He later starred in the Miramax film The Debt starring opposite Helen Mirren, The Green Hornet starring Seth Rogen, Robert Redford's The Conspirator with James McAvoy and Burke and Hare starring Andy Serkis and Simon Pegg.
In 2011 he starred as Joe Kennedy Sr. in the television mini-series The Kennedys. His on-screen wife was played by his real life wife, actress Diana Hardcastle.