Sir Ian Holm CBE (September 12, 1931 – June 19, 2020) was an Academy Award-nominated English actor who portrayed Ash in the 1979 film Alien. He later lent his likeness to the character in the 2014 video game Alien: Isolation and its expansion packs, although he did not provide the character's voice in this appearance. Other notable films Holm appeared in include Chariots of Fire (1981), The Sweet Hereafter (1997), The Fifth Element (1997) and Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003) and The Hobbit (2012-2014) trilogies.

Holm was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (for Chariots of Fire), and won two BAFTAs. He had a long history of appearing in adaptations of Shakespeare plays, both on stage and on-screen. In 1998, Holm was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for his "services to drama".


Year Title Notes
1958 Girls at Sea Uncredited
1977 Annie
1968 The Bofors Gun
The Fixer
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
1970 A Severed Head
1971 Nicholas and Alexandra
Mary, Queen of Scots
1972 Young Winston
1973 The Homecoming
1974 Juggernaut
1976 Robin and Marian
Shout at the Devil
1977 The Man in the Iron Mask
March or Die
Jesus of Nazareth
1978 Les Misérables
1979 Alien
S.O.S. Titanic
1981 Chariots of Fire
Time Bandits
1982 The Return of the Soldier
Inside the Third Reich
1984 Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes With Roy Scammell
Terror in the Aisles Archive footage; with Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton and Sigourney Weaver
1985 Dreamchild
Brazil With Clive Curtis and Tip Tipping
Dance with a Stranger
Mr and Mrs Edgehill
1988 Another Woman
1989 Henry V With Nick Gillard and Danny Webb
1990 Hamlet With Christopher Fairbank and Pete Postlethwaite
1991 Naked Lunch
Kafka With Brian Glover
1992 Blue Ice With Simon Crane, Phil Davis and Tip Tipping
1993 The Hour of the Pig
1994 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein With Simon Crane
The Madness of King George
1996 Big Night
Loch Ness
1997 Night Falls on Manhattan
The Sweet Hereafter
The Fifth Element With Christopher Fairbank, Al Matthews, Vladimir McCrary, Mac McDonald and Mark Anthony Newman
A Life Less Ordinary With Dan Hedaya
Incognito Uncredited; with Paul Brennen
1998 Alive Through the Looking Glass
King Lear
1999 Animal Farm
Simon Magus With Clive Curtis
Wisconsin Death Trip
The Match
2000 Joe Gould's Scret
The Miracle Maker
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells
Esther Kahn
Beautiful Joe
Bless the Child With Henry Kingi and Brian Steele
2001 From Hell
The Emperor's New Clothes
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King With Brad Dourif[1]
2004 The Day After Tomorrow
Garden State
The Aviator
2005 Strangers with Candy With Dan Hedaya
Lord of War With Eddie Yansick
2006 Renaissance
O Jerusalem
The Treatment
2007 Ratatouille With James Remar
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies


  • Holm is one of two actors from the original cast of Alien not to reprise his role in Alien: Isolation or its DLC (although he did lend his likeness to his character); the other was Kane actor John Hurt.


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  1. Dourif's appearance in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was cut from the theatrical release, but later reinstated in the Extended Edition
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