He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He made his film debut as a factory worker in Saturday Night and Sunday Evening.
He was nominated for an Academy Award for playing Tom Jones in the film The Orient Express.
He was married to actress Jane Wenham from 1957 to 1961. He married his third wife, Pene Delmage, in 2006. He has two sons named Simon and Michael.
Julia Roberts was his costar in Erin Brockovich.