Acting My Life

Acting My Life

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Over the last fifty years Ian Holm has become one of the most respected actors of his generation. From his brilliant debut with the RSC in the 1960s, he has gone on to work with Harold Pinter and appeared in such cult and popular films as Alien, Chariots of Fire, The Fifth Element and Lord of the Rings. His varied career spans stage, screen, television and radio. Now he has written his autobiography. It is a compelling, personal story that takes in over half a century of acting, but also his colourful personal life - growing up next to the mental asylum run by his father, the women in his life, his on-stage breakdown (which led to a prolonged absence from the stage), and his battle with cancer. Acting My Life is both honest and touching. His one lifelong commitment has been to his acting, and that same intensity is now brought to his writing.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 28mm | 315g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552171964
  • 9780552171960

Review quote

"Fascinating insights into his performances as well as glimpses of a turbulent private life" * Independent * "A very good, compelling read, extremely skillfully written" * Evening Standard * "It is what Holm has to say about acting that makes this volume so fascinating" * Sunday Telegraph *show more

About Ian Holm

Ian Holm was born in 1931. He is a hugely acclaimed actor, renowned for his chameleon-like ability to create a diverse and entirely convincing array of characters. He was appointed a CBE in 1990 and knighted in 1997.show more

Review Text

"Fascinating insights into his performances as well as glimpses of a turbulent private life"show more

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‘Fascinating insights into his performances as well as glimpses of a turbulent private life’ Independent Over the last fifty years Ian Holm has become one of the most respected actors of his generation. From his brilliant début with the RSC in the 1960s, he has gone on to work with Harold Pinter and appeared in such cult and popular films as Alien, Chariots of Fire, The Fifth Element and Lord of the Rings. His varied career spans stage, screen, television and radio. Now he has written his autobiography. It is a compelling, personal story that takes in over half a century of acting, but also his colourful personal life – growing up next to the mental asylum run by his father, the women in his life, his on-stage breakdown (which led to a prolonged absence from the stage), and his battle with cancer. Acting My Life is both honest and touching. His one lifelong commitment has been to his acting, and that same intensity is now brought to his writing. ‘A very good, compelling read, extremely skillfully written’ Evening Standard ‘It is what Holm has to say about acting that makes this volume so fascinating’ Sunday Telegraphshow more

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