Leo Mckern played the part of 'Father Imperius the Monk' in the film Ladyhawke


Date of birth 16th March 1920

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Birth name Reginald McKern

Date of death 23rd July 2002 - Bath, England, UK. (following a long illness)


Leo was an Australian actor, and appeared in numerous British television programs, movies and in over 200 stage roles.

Leo moved to England in 1946 and soon appeared in plays, at the Old Vic in London and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon.  Because of his looks he was never the 'leading' man. but with his deep voice and expressive face, he soon had 'character' roles.  He soon moved from theatre to television and back again with ease.

Leo, strangely enough, suffered with acute stage fright.

Leo was in the thought-provoking cult television series The Prisoner (ITV, 1968-69) as No. 2.  But it is as Horace Rumpole in the very successful Rumpole of the Bailey (ITV, 1978-1992) that he is most fondly remembered.

Leo Mckern died after suffering from a long illness in 2002.