Raised in Salford, England
Turned down by Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, accepted into the Children's Theatre
Cast as Ron Jenkins on the British soap opera "Coronation Street" (ITV)
Became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)
Moved to the Royal Court Theater in London in the early 1970s
Cast in Peter Brook's acclaimed production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
First small film role, "Fear is the Key"
Appeared in the BBC miniseries "The Love School"
Played Mosca in Peter Hall's production of Ben Jonson's "Volpone" for the Royal National Theatre
Originated the role of Squeers in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of "Nicholas Nickleby"; unable to reprise role on Broadway due to film commitments
Breakthrough role as Mohandas Gandhi in the Academy Award-winning film "Gandhi"
Acted in the film version of Harold Pinter's "Betrayal"
First TV-movie, "Camille" (CBS)
Broadway debut in the one-man show "Edmund Kean"
Re-teamed with screenwriter Pinter (opposite Glenda Jackson) for John Irvin's "Turtle Diary"
Offered outstanding turn in the title role of "Silas Marner" (PBS)
Acted the part of a flaky hypnotist in James Ivory's "Maurice"
Starred as Russian composer Dimitri Shostokovitch in "Testimony"
First American film, "Without a Clue" playing Dr. Watson to Michael Caine's Sherlock Holmes
Acted opposite Helen Mirren in James Dearden's "Pascali's Island"
Essayed the title role of "Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story" (HBO)
Earned a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for his role as Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky in "Bugsy"
Narrated Showtime's "The Tiger and the Brahmin"
Delivered villainous turn as Cosmo in the high-tech thriller "Sneakers"
Played the mentor of a young chess prodigy in "Searching for Bobby Fischer"
Portrayed the trusted associate Itshak Stern to Liam Neeson's Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List"
Portrayed a physician who once tortured Sigourney Weaver in Roman Polanski's "Death and the Maiden"
Cast in the Emmy Award winning TNT miniseries, "Joseph"
Played the title role in the TNT miniseries "Moses"
Appeared as Estragon in a West End stage production of "Waiting for Godot"
Delivered uninspired turn as Mossad commander Amos in Christian Duguay's "The Assignment"
Portrayed the titular Demon Barber in Showtime's "The Tale of Sweeney Todd"
Appeared in the NBC telefilm "Dostoevsky's 'Crime and Punishment'" as Magistrate Porfiry
Acted the part of Major Caterpillar in NBC's movie adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland"
Landed supporting role in "What Planet Are You From?"
Appeared as the Yemeni ambassador in "Rules of Engagement"
Delivered an acclaimed, scene-stealing turn as a British gangster in "Sexy Beast"; received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
Played Otto Frank in the ABC miniseries "Anne Frank"; received Emmy nomination
Co-starred with Fiona Shaw and Mira Sorvino in "The Triumph of Love"
Cast in the family drama "Tuck Everlasting"
Portrayed an Iranian immigrant opposite Jennifer Connelly in Vadim Perelman's "House of Sand and Fog"; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead; also earned Golden Globe, SAG and Academy Award nominations for Best Actor
Cast as The Hood in "Thunderbirds," based on the cult British television show from the 1960s
Starred opposite Aaron Eckhart in the thriller "Suspect Zero"
Cast as pickpocket kingpin Fagin in Roman Polanski's adaptation of "Oliver Twist"
Played 'The Rabbi,' a crime boss after Josh Hartnett in the thriller "Lucky Number Slevin"
Played famed cardiologist Herman Tarnower who was murdered by his jilted lover Jean Harris (Annette Bening) in the HBO movie "Mrs. Harris"; earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor in a Miniseries
Played an alcoholic hit man in the dark comedy "You Kill Me"
Co-starred with Famke Janssen and Josh Peck in "The Wackness"
Co-starred opposite Penélope Cruz in "Elegy"
Played the chief physician at a hospital for the criminally insane in Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island"
Co-starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Cast in the family adventure "Hugo"; again directed by Scorsese
Acted opposite Sacha Baron Cohen in political satire "The Dictator"
Featured in "Iron Man 3"
Appeared in the sci-fi movie "Ender's Game"