While best known for his prolific stage work, the somewhat diminutive British actor Tom Hollander has also offered memorable supporting turns in film and on television. Possessing a sort of angelic quality that adds the dimension of spoiled innocence to his often sinister or nasty roles, the actor made a memorable film debut in 1996's "Some Mother's Son," portraying a cold and contemptible Thatcherite in this fact-based tale about the hunger strike protest launched by IRA prisoners in troubled Northern Ireland. That same year, he was featured in the more lighthearted "True Blue," another true story, this about a 1987 Oxford University boat race. After gracing the small screen as Saffron's insufferably controlling fiancé Paolo in the 1997 TV-movie "Absolutely Fabulous: The Last Shout" (BBC and Comedy Central), Hollander went on to deliver another enjoyable scene-stealing turn as a flamboyant gay man carrying on a strange, secret affair with a real estate agent in Rose Troche's "Bedrooms and Hallways" (1998). A small independent film, it played the festival circuit but failed to find much support in its theatrical release, doing little to raise the actor's profile despite his outstanding work. Similarly, the romantic comedy "Martha - Meet Frank, Daniel & Laurence" (1998, released in the USA as "The Very Thought of You" in 1999) proved a moderate success in his homeland but was quickly relegated to the video shelves in America. Still, Hollander acquitted himself as another larger-than-life character, the wealthy music executive Daniel. He followed with yet another strong supporting role in Ben Elton's "Maybe Baby" (lensed 1999), starring Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson as a screenwriter and his wife attempting to conceive.