He acted in Athol Fugard's play, "A Place with the Pigs," in a British National Theatre production at the Cottesloe Theatre in London, England with Linda Bassett in the cast. Athol Fugard was also director.
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[on declining an OBE in 2002] I didn't think I deserved it, really. And also my father died when I was 22 and he was quite an anarchic spirit, and he would have been proud of me to have turned it down. You know how it is, the usual line: 'Oh, I accepted it for my parents.' Whereas I turned it down for my parents.
He won an Oscar for playing John Bayley in Iris
(2001), making him one of 12 actors to win the Award for playing a real person who was still alive at the evening of the Award ceremony (as of 2007). The other ten actors and their respective performances are: Spencer Tracy
for playing Father Edward Flanagan in Boys Town
(1938), Gary Cooper
for playing Alvin C. York in Sergeant York