A British actor, who many will picture as a suave lothario type in four Carry On... films (Nurse, 1958; Teacher, 1959; Constable, 1960; Columbus, 1992) and three Doctor movies (...in Love, 1960; ...in Clover, 1966; and ...in Trouble, 1970). But he also showed great dramatic as well as comedic range across his 70-plus years and was BAFTA-nominated for his role in Venus (2006). He also had prominent roles in Les Girls (1957), Out of Africa (1985), Empire of the Sun (1987), Scandal (1989) and Saving Grace (2000), and on television Chancer (1990-1991) and The House of Windsor (1994), in particular. More latterly, he provided the voice of the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter film franchise (2001-2011). He was appointed OBE in 1998 and given a CBE 10 years later.