He acted in Tom Stoppard's play, "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour," at the Barbican Theatre in London, England with Ian McKellen, Jeremy Dimmick, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, and Thelma Whiteley in the cast. Trevor Nunn was director. Andre Previn conducted the London Symphony Orchestra.
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I was offered an OBE a couple of years ago, but I said, 'no', and turned it down. I'm not that comfortable with actors receiving honours, partly because I think they ought to go to those who really help others. Besides, I like the idea of actors not being part of the Establishment. We're vagabonds and rogues, and we're not a part of the authorities and Establishment, really. If you mix the two ...
Was offered the part of Del Boy in BBC's Sitcom Only Fools and Horses
(1981), but declined the role. But he did guest-star in three episodes of the show as DCI Rory Slater.