The multi-talented James Robertson-Justice turned his hand to
many jobs before settling on acting fairly late in life. A committed
socialist, he fought in the International Brigades in Spain
during the Civil War, and was an officer in the Royal Navy during
the Second World War. His acting break came in 1944, but his
most distinctive role was as Sir Lancelot Sprat, in Doctor in
the House and its follow-up series. He was also an active conservationist
and trained and flew falcons.