He played the role of Reg in the British drama Is Anybody There?, which starred Michael Caine. His other films include Laura Croft: Tomb Raider and Out of Africa.
He debuted in the 1949 film, Train of Events.
He provided the voice of The Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter films. His last on-screen role was Jeremiah Jones in the 2012 movie After Death.
He had four children and was married several times. He married Caroline Mortimer in 1962.
He played the role of Ian in the comedy drama, Venus, which starred Peter O Toole.