Fifty years the actor had shined on screen and stage entertaining thousands. After graduating from the University of Bristol in 1967 he went on to train at the Bristol Old Vic theatre school. He started his professional career at the Bristol Old Vic in 1969.
He become a fixture of British television afyter the very unique style of acting and in 1984 he took on the role as the sinister Merrick in the ITV miniseries The Jewel in the Crown, set in the dying days of the British Raj.
Bafta for best actor was bagged by him with his performance in this series.
From his first appearance in 1971 in Boswell’s Life of Johnson he never left the screen or stage throughout his life.
Just before his death, he completed work on a television adaptation of the critically acclaimed play King Charles III, The title role of a stubborn King Charles, rebelling against the government in the wake of his mother’s death was played by him.