Actor Sir John Gielgud honored with memorial stone in Westminster Abbey

Sir John Gielgud at least
Sir John Gielgud at least

A memorial stone in honor of the late Sir John Gielgud has been unveiled at Westminster Abbey.

The Oscar-winning British actor and director, who was a master of Shakespeare roles, died at the age of 96 in May 2000.

The stone is in the south transverse arm of the monastery and joins the memorials to other greats from the acting world, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Dame Sybil Thorndike.

Staff Mark Croll, right, and Paul Atkinson install memorial stone (Jonathan Brady / PA)

During his career, Sir John starred in more than 60 feature films and television productions, including Julius Caesar with Marlon Brando, Gandhi, Chariots Of Fire and Gulliver’s Travels.

He won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1982 for playing Dudley Moore’s valet in Arthur.

In 1953, Sir John was knighted and appointed Order of Merit in 1996.

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