Ian Holm
Biographical Information
Born September 12th, 1931
Goodmayes, England
Productions The Lord of the Rings as Frodo Baggins
Animal Farm as Squealer
Joe Gould's Secret as Joe Gould
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring as Bilbo Baggins
Recordings Animal Farm (film soundtrack
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (film soundtrack)
Vocal Type Tenor

Ian Holm is a British actor.


Born in Goodmayes, Essex, Holm first became known as a stage actor and a star of the newly founded Royal Shakespeare Company, gaining particular note when he appeared as Richard III in BBC serialisations of The War of the Roses plays.

He became recognised universally after playing the android Ash in Alien and soon after gained an Academy Award nomination for his role in Chariots of Fire. He would continue to act on stage and screen (in roles including Napoleon in Time Bandits, Pascal in Big Night and Sir William Gull in From Hell), to great success in both serious and comic roles, winning an Emmy for his King Lear in 1999 and gaining a knighthood for his services to drama.


Holm has sung in a number of roles across different medium, beginning with his role as Frodo Baggins in the radio adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. Coincidentally, a later singing role would come in 2001 where he played Frodo's uncle Bilbo in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Holm also sang briefly in the title role in Joe Gould's Secret, and in the voice role of Squealer in Animal Farm, where he encourages the farm animals to praise their "Glorious Leader Napoleon".


Animal Farm (1999)Edit

  • Beasts of the World
  • Glorious Leader Napoleon (contains solo lines)

Joe Gould's Secret (2000)Edit

  • Nobody Knows When You're Down (solo)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)Edit

  • The Road Goes Ever On (reprise)(solo)


The Lord of the Rings (1981)Edit

  • Upon the Hearth
  • To Rivendell (contains solo lines)
  • The Man in the Moon (solo)