A late arrival to the actors’ ball, Freddie Jones got stuck into cinema with enviable gusto. It’s more likely the prevalence of the genre at the time that led him to do mostly horror rather than any thespian limitations he may have had, but the likes of Frankenstein must be Destroyed and the Satanic Rites of Dracula suited his baroque style down to the ground. Oh, and we can hardly ignore his cantankerous, silver band-loving Mr Rockbottom in Never Too Young To Rock, can we?
FINEST HOUR: Admittedly, we haven’t seen his performance in Gollocks! There’s Plenty of Room in New Zealand, but as far as we know there’s no beating his operatically bastardish Bytes in The Elephant Man.