Tom Courtenay (1937-)
Tom Courtenay was born in Hull in 1937 and attended Kingston High School there. He made his stage debut in 1960 with the Old Vic company.
He came to prominence in the early 1960s with a succession of critically-acclaimed films including The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), Billy Liar (1963) and Dr. Zhivago (1965).
His Hamlet at the Edinburgh Festival of 1968 marked him out as one of Britain's leading stage actors as well as a film actor.
In 2000 his memoir Dear Tom was published to critical acclaim. It consists of a selection of the letters exchanged between Courtnenay and his mother Annie Eliza Courtenay, interspersed with his own recollections of life as a young student actor in London in the early 1960s.
In 2003 he appeared on the West End stage, as Philip Larkin, in the one-man show Pretending To Be Me.
Tom Courtenay is the President of Hull City A.F.C.'s Official Supporters Club.
In 1999 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Hull University. He was knighted in 2001.