Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland also popularly known as Joss Ackland is an English actor.. Joss Ackland was nominated in 1987 for his performance.
Joss Ackland was born in London on 1988. Ackland was raised in North Kensington. His mother’s name is Ruth Ackland and his father’s name is Sydney Ackland. Ackland attended and trained in a drama school to learn acting. The Central School of Speech and Drama was founded in 1906. It was founded by Elsie Fogerty. It is a public drama university based in London, England. The institution was opened to give training to young actors and students in speech and drama. In 2005, Central School of Speech and Drama became a constituent. The university offers many courses in acting, actor training, and theater. It also offers courses like undergraduate, postgraduate, research and also short courses. It also provided training in design, drama therapy, crafts, musical, performance, research, stage management, teacher training and also in technical arts, voice, and writing. The school is located in North London at Swiss Cottage. The school’s theater is located in a building. The building was awarded a very good rating. In addition, to giving training to young actors in speech and drama, the school has other courses. It also offers education and training in the vocational and applied theaters. Besides that, it also provides training in arts, puppetry, set design, directing and writing.
Joss Ackland joined the Old Vic. The Old Vic is a theater located in London in the southeast of the Waterloo Station. The Old Vic was established in 1818. It was first named Royal Coburg Theatre and it was renamed as the Royal Victoria Theatre in 1833. In 1871, it again was named as the Royal Victoria Palace after being rebuilt. In 1985, the theater was completely built again. Ackland joined the theater with other notable actors including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith. Through the 1960s and 1970s, Ackland worked thoroughly in many television series and in many movies. In 1979, he worked alongside with Alec Guinness in the television series called Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He played the role of Jerry Westerby as a sporting journalist and intermittent British espionage operative. Ackland career got advanced by getting cast in the movies like The Sicilian, in Lethal Weapon 2, in the movie The Hunt for Red October and in White Mischief through the 1980s. Ackland also appeared opposite Demi Moore in the movie called Passion of Mind. He also appeared in the two-part serial called Hogfather. The movie is based on a comedy fantasy book series called Discworld. The comedy series was written by the English author named Terry Pratchett. The comedy series became popular with more than 80 million series and the series was translated into more than 37 languages. Ackland also was cast in the television series version of the television called Shadowlands as C.S. Lewis. He played the role before it was adapted for a theater stage play with Nigel Hawthorne in the lead and it was again made in a theatrical film with the actor Anthony Hopkins in the same lead role. Throughout his time in the stage play, he played the role of Juan Peron in Tim Rice play. He played the role of Andrew Lloyd Webber in the musical play opposite Elaine Paige called Evita. He was also cast in the London production play of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s called A Little Night Music alongside Jean Simmons and Hermione Gingold. He performed on the RCA original London cast play. In 1949, he was cast as O’Neil in the movie called Landfall. In 1950, he appeared in the movie called Seven Days to Noon. In 1957, he appeared in the movie called Destination Downing Street as Immelmann. Ackland also appeared in the movie called A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 1962, he appeared in the film called In Search of the Castaways as Seaman. In 1963, he appeared as William Stevens in the movie called The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling. In 1966, he appeared in a television series called David Copperfield as Mr. Peggotty. He also appeared in a series called Rasputin: the Mad Monk 1966 as The Bishop. He also appeared as Tom Hogarth in the TV series called Lord Raingo. Ackland also appeared in the movie called Room 13 as Herr Scavenius. In 1968, he also appeared in the television series called A Place of One’s Own. He also appeared in the televisions series called The Further Adventures of the Three Musketeers as d’Artagnan. In 1969, he was cast as Det. Insp. Todd in the television series called Z-Cars. In 1969, he appeared in the movies called The Avengers as Brig. Hansing. He also appeared in the television series called The Gold Robbers as Derek Hartford. In 1969, he appeared in the movie called Crescendo as Carter. In 1970, he was cast as Neville Rogers in the movie called The House That Dripped Blood. In 1972, he appeared in the movie called Mr. Forbush and the Penguins as The Leader. In 1971, he was cast as Edgar Lewis in the film, Villain. In 1972, he appeared in the television series called The Persuaders as Felix Meadows. In 1972, he was cast as Inspector Vaughan in the series called Shirley’s World. Ackland appeared in the television series as Dr. Frederick in the movie called The Happiness Cage. In 1973, he appeared in the series called The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes as Grubber.
In 1974, he appeared in the television series called Hitler: the Last Ten Days as Gen. Burgdorf. Ackland was cast as Arthur Gordon in the movie called The Protectors. In 1974, he was cast in the movie called The Three Musketeers as D’Astagnan’s father. He was also cast in the movie called The Black Windmill in 1974 as Chief Supt. Wray. In 1974, he was cast in the Movie called The Little Prince as The King. He was also cast as Joe Gargery in the 1974 television series called Great Expectations. In 1975, he was cast in the movie called One of our Dinosaurs is Missing as B.J Spence. In 1975, he was cast Sapten in the movie, Royal Flash. Ackland was also cast as Janak in the movie called Operation Daybreak. In 1976, he was cast in the series called The Crezz as Charles Bronte. In 1978, he provided his voice as Black Rabbit in the movie Watership Down. In 1978, he was cast in the series called Major General Laidlaw in the movie called Enemy at the Door. In 1978, he was cast as Henry Foreman in the movie called Silver Bears. He was cast as Gunther in the movie called Return of the Saint. In 1978, he was cast as Alan Ember in the movie called The Sweeney. In 1979, he was cast in the movie called Saint Jack as Yardley. In 1986, he was cast in the movie called Lady Jane as Sir John Bridges. In 1987, he was cast as Henry Ormonroyd in the series called When we are Married. In 1987 he was cast in the movie called White Mischief as Sir Jock Delves Broughton.
In 1987, Ackland appeared in the movie called It Couldn’t Happen Here by Pet Shop Boys. He also appeared in a video version of the movie song called Always on my Mind. The song was taken from the movie. In an interview with Radio Times several years later, Ackland revealed that the only reason he appeared in the band because his grandchildren liked the band’s music. In 1996, he was cast as Captain in the movie called Deadly Voyage. In 1996, he also appeared in the movie called Surviving Picasso as Hans. In 1997, Ackland appeared in the movie called Swept from the Sea as Mr. Swaffer. In 1998, he was cast in the television series called Heat of the Sun as Max van der Vuurst. In 2000, he was cast as Mayor Smith in the movie called The Mumbo Jumbo. In 2001, he was cast in the movie called Othello as James Brabant. In an interview in 2001 with the BBC, he revealed that because of his workaholic behavior he was forced to act in awful films. He also said that he regretted to work in the movie called Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey and in the music video of the Pet Shop Boys. He also blasted his once co-actor Demi Moore for not being bright and a talented actor. In 2002, he appeared in the movie called No Good Deed as Mr. Thomas Quarre. In 2007, Ackland provided and his voice and narrated the documentary/film based on the notorious Occultist Aleister Crowley for the Robert Garofalo biography. The film was titled as In Search of the Great Beast 666 and was released on DVD later. In 2007, he was cast opposite Vanessa Redgrave in the film called How about you. His role was a recovering alcoholic who lives in a residential home after being forced to retire and who lost his wife to cancer disease. In 2008, he appeared in a television series in the ITV1 channel series called Midsomer Murders. His role was of a married baronet. The series episode called Vixens Run also featured the veteran actress called Sian Philips. In 2013, Ackland played a role as Lear in a gala performance of the William Shakespeare’s King Lear by Sir Jonathan Miler. The performance was at the Old Vic in the London, UK.
Joss Ackland is one of the senior British actors who have acted in more than 100 films. He may have maintained good net worth but the actual amount of it is not known.
Joss Ackland and his wife were married until she died on 25 July 2002. His wife name was Rosemary Kirkcaldy. They were married for 51 years. They got married when Ackland was 23 years old and Rosemary was 22 years old. They got married in 1951. Rosemary Ackland was also an actress. She has played in the play called Mary Rose as the lead actress. They had seven children named Paul Ackland, Samantha Ackland, Penelope Ackland, Melanie Ackland, Kirsty Ackland, Antonia Ackland, and Toby Ackland. They have 32 grandchildren. Their eldest son died in 1982 when he was 29 years old due to the heroin overdose. Rosemary Ackland organized a network to promote awareness about the dangers of the drug among parents. She actively worked in the organization for the rest of her life.
In 1963, Ackland’s house caught fire which was in Barnes. His wife, Rosemary Ackland saved their five children from the fire. But when jumping from the window to safety, she broke her back. She was told by the doctors that she would lose her baby and will never be able to walk again. She later gave birth to their baby and two years later the accident she walked again in Stoke Mandeville Hospital. She gave her acting. She used to throw parties to entertain the Ackland’s friends to cover her disappointment for giving her acting up. In 2000, she was diagnosed with the motor neuron disease. She died on July 25, 2002. Even after being diagnosed with the disease, she used to accompany Ackland to Moscow, Toronto. She took up painting, where she produced 300 watercolors and crayons.
Ackland said that he had never spent any night apart with his wife. He and his wife never stayed far despite he used to travel to far locations for shooting. In 2009, he published a book in memory of his wife. Since his wife’s death in 2002, Ackland has read and edited his wife diaries and published them.