The esteemed British actor, Joss Ackland, has passed away at the age of 95, as confirmed by his family in a heartfelt statement. Ackland, known for his versatile performances, made a lasting impact on the entertainment industry through his work on film, television, and stage.
His filmography includes notable roles in productions such as “White Mischief” and “The Hunt for Red October,” where he shared the screen with acclaimed actors Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin. On television, he portrayed the esteemed author CS Lewis in “Shadowlands” and contributed to the 1979 adaptation of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”
In his final moments, the actor passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family.
Who was Joss Ackland’s wife, Rosemary Kirkcaldy?
Rosemary Ackland, who passed away at the age of 73, was the wife of actor Joss Ackland for over 50 years, and she was recognized for her exceptional tenacity and courage.
Born Rosemary Jean Kirkcaldy on January 15, 1929, in Blantyre, Nyasaland (now Malawi), Rosemary hailed from a family associated with the renowned Ryall’s hotel, often dubbed “the best hotel north of the Zambezi,” managed by her grandmother, Louisa Stratton. Rosemary pursued studies at Cape Town University, initially in Medicine and later in Ballet and Drama, where she counted Nigel Hawthorne among her peers.
Her journey to an acting career led her to England, where she started with an unusual job riding an elephant in a circus. Despite such beginnings, she soon secured a role in Charley’s Aunt at the Piccadilly Theatre, marking the commencement of her acting career. In 1951, Rosemary played the lead in J. M. Barrie’s Mary Rose at Pitlochry, where she shared the stage with a young Joss Ackland, cast as Simon. Their on-stage romance mirrored reality, and despite Rosemary’s prior engagement, she chose love and married Joss Ackland later that year.
Tragedy struck in 1963 when Rosemary narrowly survived a house fire, saving the lives of the couple’s five children but sustaining severe injuries. This incident marked a turning point, prompting Rosemary to prioritize her family over her acting ambitions. Her resilience and devotion became hallmarks of her character as she dedicated herself to the well-being of her loved ones. Rosemary Ackland’s legacy extends beyond her acting career, embodying strength, love, and commitment in the face of adversity.