Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland, better known as 'Joss', is 84 years old and playing King George V in the play of 'The King's Speech' Wyndham's Theatre in London.
The publicity blurb lists the many theatre, television and film productions in which he has taken part over the last 60 years, ranging from 'Falstaff’ in Henry IV; to ‘Captain Hook’ in Peter Pan, ‘Long John Silver’ in Treasure Island; ‘Peron’ in Evita
and ‘C.S.Lewis’ in Shadowlands,
as ‘Jock Delves Broughton’ in White Mischief,
as ‘Don Masino’ in The Sicilian.
and with the Pet Shop Boys in 'Always On My Mind '
It also lists his stage and screen lovers still alive :
Claire Bloom, Glynis Johns, Greta Scacchi, Barbara Cook, Lauren Bacall, Anouk Aimee
and deceased : Jean Simmons, Ingrid Bergman, Dorithy Tutin and Denholm Elliot.
Here he reads, with that beautiful voice, the poem 'The Highwayman', by Alfred Noyes :
Providing the voice of Brown Bear in 'Brown Bear's Wedding' :
I remember seeing him in the black and white tv series, 'The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipilng' which was broadcast when I was 17 and he was 36 in 1964. Here he is as the newspaper editor William Stevens with the 25 year old Ian McKellen, on the right, making his television debut :