Born in 1947, Robert Holmes Thomson studied at the University of Toronto, Ontario, the National Theatre School of Canada and in England. He is one of the Canada’s most accomplished film, television and stage actors.
He has been awarded numerous Canadian film and theatre awards, including a Dora Mavor Moore Award (Hand to Hand, Toronto Free Theatre, 1983, and the 1992 Toronto Drama Bench Award for his outstanding body of work. In 1996 he was honoured by the National Theatre School with the Gascon-Thomas Award in recogntion of his career and activism in the arts. In 1999, he was awarded the Herbert Whittaker Award for Distinguished Contribution to Canadian Theatre by the Canadian Theatre Critics Association. In 2010, he was inducted into the Order of Canada, and in 2015, he received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.
His performances are marked by an emotional intensity that is absolutely dry, and an obvious intelligence.