Hull’s Sir Tom scoops major film award


Published: Monday 16th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Hull-born acting legend Tom Courtenay has taken a major honour at a leading European film festival.

Sir Tom, 77, received the Silver Bear at the latest Berlin Film Festival.

The veteran star has been playing closer to home recently, and was part of the East Yorkshire filming of Dad’s Army. Sir Tom plays Corporal Jones in the new adaptation of the iconic sitcom, which was partly shot in Bridlington.

His latest honour comes for the best actor role in 45 Years, a drama about lost love. Charlotte Rampling, his co-star, was awarded best actress at the same ceremony.

Courtenay said he was glad that both of them won – joking he would have been sad if just Rampling had won, and even sadder if just he had won.

The movie tells of the Mercers, a married couple about to enjoy their sapphire wedding anniversary. But these 45-year celebrations are marred when Geoff Mercer (Courtenay) learns that his first girlfriend’s body has been found.

Courtenay, who is Hull City FC’s supporters club president and was born near Hill’s fish docks, sprang to prominence in films such as Doctor Zhivago and Billy Liar.

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Published: Monday 16th February 2015 by The News Editor

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