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Joss Ackland Biography

Birth Place:
North Kensington, West London, England
Actor, director

Fast Facts

  • Made his stage debut in 1945 in The Hasty Heart
  • Met wife Rosemary Kirkcaldy at a theatre in Pitlochry in 1951 when they were both in J
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  • Barrie's Mary Rose
  • Worked on a tea plantation in Africa while striving to make a living as an actor
  • House caught on fire in 1963 while Ackland was away working; Rosemary saved their children, but broke her back jumping to safety (while pregnant with their sixth child)
  • Appointed Commander of the British Empire in 2000


  • 1989BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated


  • Basil Patrick Ackland -- Brother
  • Antonia Ackland -- Daughter
  • Kirsty Ackland Baring -- Daughter
  • Melanie Ackland -- Daughter
  • Penelope Ackland Macdougall -- Daughter
  • Samantha Ackland -- Daughter
  • Sidney Norman Ackland -- Father
  • Ruth Izod -- Mother
  • Barbara Ackland -- Sister
  • Paul Ackland -- Son
  • Toby Ackland -- Son
  • Rosemary Kirkcaldy -- Wife (deceased)