Courtenay made a memorable film debut in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), followed by an arresting performance in Billy Liar, reprising a part he had played as understudy to Albert Finney in London's West End. On the heels of those successes, Courtenay received an Oscar nod with his finely etched turn as a young revolutionary in the 1965 epic Doctor Zhivago.
In 1982, Courtenay earned a Tony nomination for "The Dresser" in a role he had originated on the London stage, resurrecting the character -- and nabbing another Oscar nod -- for the 1983 film version. He picked up his first Emmy nomination in 2009 for his work on the BBC adaptation of the Charles Dickens serial novel Little Dorrit.
Based on characters from the 1970s British TV series, this goofy World War II comedy follows the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard's fumbling efforts to protect the Dover army base as the conflict is winding down. But there's a spy among the ranks.
- Barney Thomson
- 45 Years
- Doctor Zhivago
- The Golden Compass
- The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
- Night Train to Lisbon
- The Night of the Generals
- Operation Crossbow
- King Rat
- King and Country / Angels One Five
- A Rather English Marriage
- Leonard Part 6
- Let Him Have It
- The Old Curiosity Shop
- Masterpiece Classic: Little Dorrit