Ian Holm (Reader) Ian Holm was born in 1931. He is a hugely acclaimed actor, renowned for this chameleon-like ability to create a diverse and entirely convincing array of characters. He has played an android, Napoleon, Polonius, King Lear, Hercule Poirot, Lewis Carroll and a hobbit, amongst many others. He was appointed a CBE in 1990 and knighted in 1997.
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