Joss Ackland

Inside Biography

Born as Sidney Jocelyn Ackland, Joss Ackland is one of the popular actors from England, United Kingdom. He has appeared in over 130 films and television series. In 1987, he was nominated for the BAFTA for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for portraying Jack Delves Broughton in the White Mischief.

He began his acting career in the early 1960s. He worked continuously in television and film in the 1960s and 70s. In September 2013, he played Lear in the William Shakespeare’s King Lear directed by Jonathan Miller.

Early Life And Education Of Joss Ackland

Joss Ackland was born as Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland on 29 February 1928. He was born in North Kensington, London, England and also he spent his childhood in his native birthplace. He was born to the father Ruth (Izod) and mother Sydney Norman Ackland. His star sign is Pisces. Joss’s nationality is English and holds citizenship in England. His ethnicity is Caucasian.

Joss Ackland attended the Central School of Speech and Drama and got trained. Ackland and his wife, the former Rosemary Kirkcaldy struggled initially as Ackland's acting career was in its infancy.

Later they moved to Kenya where they managed a tea plantation for six months. But later realizing it was dangerous they moved to Cape Town, South Africa, and attended steady acting jobs in South Africa. In 1957 after two years in South Africa they returned to England.

Joss Ackland's Career

At the 17 Ackland made his professional stage debut in The Hasty Heart. In 1957, he appeared in TV series Destination Downing Street. The other famous TV series on which he appeared were The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1963), Mystery and Imagination (1966), Before the Party (1969), Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973), White Mischief (1987) and A Woman Named Jackie (1991).


Ackland made his big screen debut from 1949's British war film Landfall. He later appeared in many top-rated movies in a lead role likes The Three Musketeers (1973), The Black Windmill (1974), Silver Bears (1978), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Tre Colonne in Cronaca (1990), Asylum (2005), Prisoners of the Sun (2013), Katherine of Alexandria (2014). 

Joss Ackland's Net Worth

The veteran actor Joss Ackland has a huge amount of net worth. But, the amount is still in the under review. His numerous films have earned a hefty amount at the Box Office.

Year Film   Box Office collection
2000 Pa s sion of Mind   $769,272
2002 K-19: The Widowmaker   $65.7 million
2006 Moscow Zero   $85,455
2013 Prisoners of the Sun   $17 million

Joss Ackland's Personal Life

Joss Ackland is a widower. He previously married to Rosemary Kirkcaldy from 1951 to until her death in 2002. On August 1951, Ackland and his wife were married at the age of 23 and 22 respectively.

They were happily married for fifty-one years. They have seven children and 32 grandchildren. His eldest son Paul died in 1982 due to a he r o i n overdose. Later, at the age of seventy-two, he lost his wife because of motor neuron disease and died 25 July 2002.

He also published diaries of her wife under the title My Better Half and Me: A love Affair that lasted Fifty Years, which reflects his affection to his late wife. He has often spoken about his pain of losing his wife in several interviews. Currently, he is living with his children and grandchildren.

The 91-year-old English actor has maintained his health. Even at this age, he seems good at television and movie screen. He has charming very personality. He has a height of 6 feet one inch. His hair color is grey and eye color is blue.

by Bchrome, 27 Nov, 2015

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