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Actor Ian Holm’s most iconic films as Lord of the Rings star dies aged 88


One of Ian Holm’s most iconic roles was as Bilbo Baggins in Lord of The Rings. (Picture: Moviestore/REX)

Sir Ian Holm, the multi-award winning British actor and star of both stage and screen has died at the age of 88

Over the course of his nearly 60 year career, Holm played more than 100 roles in films and on television and picked up accolades including an Olivier award, a Tony award and a BAFTA. 

The Essex-born actor trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and afterwards quickly became a member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company. 

His among his most iconic roles is Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s three-part screen adaptation of Lord of The Rings.

The star first appeared in The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001 before returning for  The Return of the King in 2003 and the first and third instalments of the Hobbit trilogy, which were released in 2012 and 2014 respectively.

From Chariots of Fire to Lord of the Rings: Ian Holm’s most iconic films

Alien (1979)

After starring as character Ash in Ridley Scott’s iconic science-fiction horror film Alien, Holm became an international star, having already made a name for himself in the UK for his work in theatre.

Actor Ian Holme in Alien. (Picture: 20th Century Fox/Kobal/REX)

Chariots of fire (1981)

Holm won a Bafta and was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as maverick athletics coach Sam Mussabini in historical drama Chariots of Fire.

Ian Holm and Ben Cross in Chariots Of Fire in 1981. (Picture: 20th Century Fox/Allied Stars/Enigma/Kobal/REX)

Brazil (1985)

Holm starred as Mr. Kurtzmann in this dark dystopian science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam that starred Jonathan Pryce and Robert De Niro.

The Fifth Element (1997)

Continuing his streak of appearing in critically acclaimed science fiction action films, Holm played Father Cornelius in Luc Besson’s sci-fi epic The Fifth Element, 18 years after his performance in Alien won him international stardom. 

Ian Holm with Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element in 1997. (Picture: Columbia/Tri-Star/Kobal/REX)

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

Taking home numerous critics choice awards for his role as big-city lawyer Mitchell who tries to help survivors and victims’ families after a fatal bus crash, Holm won hearts in this Canadian drama film written and directed by Atom Egoyan. 

Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (From 2001)

A whole generation of film lovers will know Ian Holm as the actor who played Bilbo Baggins in Lord of the Rings.

Ian Holm reprised his role as Bilbo for The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey. (Picture: New Line/Kobal/REX)

During a recent Lord of the Rings cast reunion via Zoom, which Holm was unable to join, he sent a message to his former co-star and fans of the franchise saying: ‘I am sorry to not see you in person, I miss you all and hope your adventures have taken you to many places, I am in lockdown in my hobbit home, or holm.’

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