Began acting at age 15; participated in several regional tours in England (date approximate)
Worked mainly in repertory theater after attending acting school
Joined his first major London company, the Royal Court Theater; acted in productions of "The Crucible" and "Look Back in Anger"
Feature film debut, "Circle of Deception"
First US Film, "Pirates of Tortuga"
Was a member of the company of the National Theater at the Old Vic
Stage directing debut, "A Most Unwarrantable Intrusion"
First lead in a feature film, "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie", opposite his then-wife Maggie Smith
First miniseries to air on U.S. TV, "QB VII"
Returned to the National Theater
Returned to US TV for the first times in a decade when he acted in the miniseries, "Fortunes of War" and "War and Remembrance"
Narrated a performance of the 19th century Romantic opera by Henrich Marschner, "Vampyr", when it aired on the Arts and Entertainment Channel as the special, "Vampyr: A Soap Opera"
Received knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II