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12 November

OV Clifford Rose

We were greatly saddened to learn of OV Clifford Rose’s (S 43-48) passing this month.

A well-known and much-loved actor, whose career spanned decades, Clifford was a founding member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). He had a multitude of credits to his name,  including playing Sturmbannführer Ludwig Kessler in the BBC TV series Secret Army and its sequel Kessler, playing leading roles in The Pallisers and Fortunes of War, and more recently in blockbuster film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Iron Lady, and in the Netflix series, The Crown, playing alongside Olivia Colman.

OV Clifford Rose as Ludwig Kessler

In addition to his acting, Clifford was also keen to support and help younger actors. As an Honorary Associate Artist of the RSC, Clifford held workshops for other members of the RSC, and he had also taught at LAMDA, with an emphasis on exploring Shakespeare’s texts – an area in which Clifford had a wealth of knowledge and experience, having acted in all but two of Shakespeare’s plays!

Clifford joined King’s in 1943 on a Scholarship. A boarder in School House, Clifford enjoyed the academic side of things but didn’t feel drawn to sport nor to a career in the military. It was thanks to then headmaster, Mr Kittermaster, who cast Clifford in the leading role of the School’s play Macbeth, performed in College Hall, that the stage was set for Clifford’s acting career.

OV Clifford Rose

Development Director and OV Liz Elliott had the pleasure of interviewing Clifford for the OV News in 2019. Clifford kindly spent a long time with Liz, talking through his career to date as well as his time at King’s and how it was at school that his love for acting was discovered. You can read the full article here.

Clifford will be greatly missed by all who knew him and our thoughts and sympathies are with Clifford’s family at this difficult time.