Family & Companions
Prolific stage performer with the Old Vic and the Mermaid Theater companies who made his professional debut in 1945, only entering films in the late 1960s (after an uncredited film debut in "Seven Days to Noon" 1950). Ackland's most recent memorable screen roles include Greta Scacchi's scheming husband in "White Mischief," Don Masino Croce in Michael Cimino's "The Sicilian" (both 1987) and the villainous South African diplomat Arjen Rudd, in "Lethal Weapon II" (1989).
A musical comedy star in the West End productions of "A Little Night Music," "Evita," "Peter Pan" and "Jean Seberg," Ackland won acclaim for portraying C.S. Lewis in the British TV production, "Shadowlands" (1985).
Cast (Feature Film)
Music (Feature Film)
Cast (TV Mini-Series)
London stage debut, "The Hasty Heart"
Film debut, "Seven Days to Noon" (uncredited)
Moved with family to Central Africa where he worked as a tea planter, then returned to stage there and also worked as disc-jockey and scriptwriter
Returned to UK
Debut as theater director, "The Plough and the Stars", Mermaid Theater, London
Served as associate director, Mermaid Theatre, London