Respected English actor who has appeared in numerous film, TV and stage roles since the 1960's. He is best known to British TV audiences for his roles on series like Heartbeat, on which he starred from 1997 to 2004.
He was raised by a prominent military father and first appeared as an actor on the series The World of Wooster in 1966.
He and his wife played the parents of Sherlock Holmes, played by their real-life son, on the BBC series Sherlock.
He co-starred with Tom Hardy in the TV movie Stuart: A Life Backwards.