He received a Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Of Gods and Men. His major roles included Detective Lebel in The Day of the Jackal and M. Dupont d'lvry in The Remains of the Day.
He debuted as Priest in the 1962 film, The Trial.
He was in the Samuel Beckett play, Oh! Les Beaux Jours.
His mother was French and his father was English.
He was in the James Bond film, Moonranker, which starred Roger Moore.