Saturday, 13 September 2014

Three different men...

Yesterday saw the passing of Sir Donald Sinden, Ian Paisley and John Bardon.

Three very different men who all made a contribution to the cultural life of our nation.

Sinden, whilst spending much of his working life performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company playing roles like Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing) and King Lear, was a household name through his appearances in the sitcoms Two's Company and the long running Never The Twain, opposite Windsor Davies.

Paisley was an enduring symbol of the troubles in Northern Ireland - a staunch loyalist and anti-catholic and initially opposed to any form of power-sharing with Dublin.  He later was able to put aside initial animosity with Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness as they became First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

Bardon, who was best known in recent years for his role as Jim Branning in EastEnders, had a varied career on stage and screen - including a recurring role in Rumpole Of The Bailey, one-off appearances in Only Fools And Horses & Dad's Army, in addition to winning the Lawrence Olivier award in 1988 for his performance in Kiss Me Kate.

All three men, for good or ill, have left an enduring legacy.

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