worked with Possession star Gwyneth Paltrow on Douglas McGrath's
"Emma." More recently, starring as matinee idol Ivor Novello in
Robert Altman's much-honored "Gosford
Park," he was one of the members of
the SAG Award-winning ensemble cast (which also included Possession costar
He is currently at work
portraying famed singer/actor Dean Martin in John Gray's
CBS telefilm "Martin & Lewis," starring opposite Sean Hayes as
Jerry Lewis. He recently wrapped
filming Keith Gordon's "The Singing Detective," with
Robert Downey Jr.
performances in Oliver Parker and David Mamet's adaptations of "An Ideal
Husband" and "The Winslow Boy," together with his work in Mark
Illsley's "Happy, Texas," garnered him these honors: the London Evening
Standard Award for Actor of the Year, the Variety Club Film Award for Actor
of the Year, and the London Critics Circle Award for Best British Actor. His
other film credits include Irwin Winkler's "The Net," Brian Skeet's
"The Misadventures of Margaret," Guillermo del Toro's
"Mimic," Steven Spielberg's "Amistad," Sidney Lumet's
"Gloria," the Merchant Ivory production of "The Golden
Bowl," Michael Apted's "Enigma" (another of his features which
also starred Possession costar Tom Hollander), and Vincenzo Natali's
upcoming "The Company Man."
Trained at the Bristol
Old Vic Theatre School (1984-1986), Northam won the 1990
Olivier Award for Outstanding Newcomer for performance as Edward Voysey
in Richard Eyre's National Theatre production of "The Voysey Inheritance."
His many other stage credits include Royal Shakespeare Company
productions of "Love's Labour's Lost," "The Country
Wife," and "The Gift of
the Gorgon"; National Theatre productions of "Hamlet," "The
Shaughraun," and "School for
Scandal"; and stagings of "Certain Young Men," "Way
of the World," "Three Sisters," and "La Bete."
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