Joss Ackland dies at 95

Prolific star passes away peacefully

by Amber Wilkinson

Joss Ackland
Joss Ackland Photo: UniFrance
Stage, screen and television star Joss Ackland has died at the age of 95.

A statement said that the star, whose credits include everything from Watership Down to A Zed & Two Noughts and Bill And Ted's Bogus Journey, died peacefully.

It added: “With his distinctive voice and commanding presence, Ackland brought a unique intensity and gravitas to his roles.”

“He will be remembered as one of Britain’s most talented and beloved actors.”

The London-born star began his film career in 1950 in Seven Days To Noon and work right up until recent years.

Among those paying tribute on social media was singer Elaine Paige.

She tweeted: "So very sad to hear actor Joss Ackland, who created the role of Juan Perón alongside me as Eva Perón in [the] original production of Evita, has died. A brilliant actor and a simply wonderful person. So kind & supportive. RIP dear Joss. You will be missed."

Ackland was married to his wife Rosemary, with whom he had seven children, for 51 years until her death in 2002.

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