After attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he worked in repertory in Northampton, Birmingham, and Oxford and occasionally in London's West End. His big break in theater came in 1967 when he played in Joe Orton's Loot, which led to a number of small film and television roles. All of Ward's major film roles were in the 1970's. He starred with some of the finest actors and directors of the time and in some of the most prestigious and popular films made during that decade.
He hasn't made many movies since the 1970's , although he did have a major role in the Ralph Fiennes version of Wuthering Heights made in the early 1990's and this movie also starred Ward's daughter, Sophie Ward.
Ward had a pretty fair idea of what he wanted to do with his life from an early age. At 15, Ward became a member of what was later formalized as the National Youth Theatre. Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he made his professional stage debut with the Northampton repertory in 1963 and his London theatrical bow one year later in The 4th of June. His first film appearance was an uncredited role as one of the sociopathic students in Lindsay Anderson's If.... (1968). In 1972, he played the title role in Young Winston (Churchill), and the following year played the Duke of Buckingham in Richard Lester's The Three Musketeers (1973). He was also seen as a fictional Nazi functionary (the nice one, with whom the audience is supposed to identify) in Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973). Later film roles ran the gamut from author/veterinarian James Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small (1977) to Zor-El in Supergirl (1984).
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|Birthday||November 19, 1941 (77)|
|Birthplace||London, England, United Kingdom|