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.
Glaswegian barber Barney Thomson is leading a humdrum existence until the moment he accidentally offs his boss and plunges into the world of a serial killer. When Barney looks to his devious mum to help cover his tracks, she leaps to the challenge.
- Dad's Army
- Doctor Zhivago
- The Golden Compass
- 45 Years
- Night Train to Lisbon
- The Night of the Generals
- The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
- Operation Crossbow
- King and Country / Angels One Five
- The Old Curiosity Shop
- A Rather English Marriage
- Masterpiece Classic: Little Dorrit
- King Rat
- Leonard Part 6
- Let Him Have It