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In pictures: Donald Sinden

A glance at the life and work of stage and screen actor Sir Donald Sinden, who has died at the age of 90.

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Sir Donald Sinden's lengthy career on stage and screen crossed more than seven decades and encompassed some 70 film and TV productions. His wide range of stage work included comedy There's a Girl in My Soup, which ran from 1966-73 and co-starred John Pertwee and Barbara Ferris.

The actor was renowned for his deep, rich, booming voice on both stage and screen, which was perfectly suited to Shakespearean roles. He fulfilled a number of those during his career, including this BBC TV adaptation of All's Well That Ends Well in 1981.

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Sir Donald was no stranger to comedy during his career, co-starring in two double handers on ITV. He and Windsor Davies played a pair of feuding antique dealers in Never the Twain, which ran from 1981-91.

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And in Two's Company, which ran on ITV during the late 1970s, he was pitched opposite US Broadway star Elaine Stritch, playing a discerning English butler to her bawdy American novelist. Stritch died at the age of 89 in July.

The actor was not afraid to dip his toe into the pond of light entertainment, including this appearance on game show Blankety Blank in 1999, with host Lily Savage. Actor and comic Roy Barraclough and TV presenter Anthea Turner can also be seen in the photograph. Sir Donald was also among the stars who appeared on the hugely popular Morecambe and Wise Show during the 1970s.

Later in his career, Sir Donald played a recurring role in BBC legal drama Judge John Deed. Sir Joseph Channing, a learned and senior judge - and Deed's former father-in-law - who has no time for legal reformists. Speaking of his time on the programme, the actor said: "It is joyous working with such people."

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This publicity shot for 1953 film A Day to Remember saw him exude matinee idol suaveness.

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Some 60 years later, the veteran actor was photographed at the London premiere for the film Run For Your Wife, in which he made a small appearance playing "man on bus". The film, which takes place over 24 hours, featured a number of illustrious names in fleeting cameos, including Dame Judi Dench as a bag lady, as well as Bernard Cribbins and Richard Briers.

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