Freedom of the City of Hull

Hull born actor, and recipient of knighthood, Sir Tom Courtenay today received the Freedom of the City of Hull.

Sir Tom is widely known for his work in some of the best films to come out of the 1960s. Films including Billy Liar and Doctor Zhivago to name but two.

Born on Hessle Road, Sir Tom’s breakthrough role was the 1962 film The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. For his work in this film he won a BAFTA for Most Promising New Actor.

His portrayal of Norman in The Dresser also earned him a nomination for the Best Actor in the 1983 BAFTAs.

Younger audiences may recognise Sir Tom from his role in the recent film adaptation of Dad’s Army. The film, shot locally, has Sir Tom cast as Lance Corporal Jones, whose memorable cries of “Don’t Panic” never failed to bring laughter to audiences.

City of Culture 2017

Sir Tom is, more recently, remembered for his beautiful contribution to the Hull CIty of Culture 2017 bid. His memorable recitation of Philip Larkin’s description of Hull bolstered the city’s bid.

“A Legendary Actor”

Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Stephen Brady, said:

Sir Tom is a legendary actor who has always been very proud of his Hull roots. He helped tremendously as the city put forward its bid for the title of UK City of Culture.

I am delighted that Sir Tom will be honoured with the Freedom of the City.