This commanding English stage actor began appearing in films in 1954 in "That Lady". Scofield has spent the majority of his career on stage since his debut in the 1930s. He spent the 40s and most of t...
The Bond star has worked in theatre since the 1950s and has received seven of Britain's prestigious Olivier Awards - more than any other performer.
And in a poll by acting publication The Stage, the actress saw off competition from the man her accolades are named after to be crowned queen of the theatre.
After hearing the news, Dench said, "I'm completely at a loss for words but it's one hell of a thing to live up to."
In second place was Dame Maggie Smith, Mark Rylance was in third and McKellen in fourth.
Revered Olivier only made fifth on the list, followed by Paul Scofield, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Michael Gambon, Vanessa Redgrave and Sir Ralph Richardson.
Oscar-winning actor Paul Scofield has died after a long battle with leukemia. He was 86.
The English star of stage and screen passed away on Thursday.
His agent Rosalind Chatto says, "He had leukemia and had not been well for some time."
Famed for his distinctive voice, Scofield won an Academy Award and a BAFTA for his role as Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons in 1967.
He rejected the offer of a knighthood on three occasions, but was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1956 and became a Companion of Honor.
Scofield leaves a wife, actress Joy Parker, and two children.
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Appeared in Nicholas Hytner's film adaptation of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"
Acted in company of Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
Raised in West Sussex
US TV debut, "Male of the Species"
Reportedly turned down a seven-year contract from a Hollywood studio
Screen debut in "That Lady"
Played "King Lear" in Peter Brook's film adapatation
First film in nine years, "The Train"
Was member of Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Created role of Sir Thomas More in "A Man for All Seasons" at London's West End (recreated role on Broadway in 1961)
Joined the Croyden Repertory Theatre at age 17
Played Mark Van Doren in Robert Redford's "Quiz Show"
Performed with Bideford Repertory Theatre
Returned to films after a thirteen year absence, "Mrs. Corbett's Ghost"
This commanding English stage actor began appearing in films in 1954 in "That Lady". Scofield has spent the majority of his career on stage since his debut in the 1930s. He spent the 40s and most of the 50s in various repertory companies honing his skills and appearing mostly in the classics.<p>Scofield originated the role of Sir Thomas More in 1960 in the Robert Bolt play "A Man for All Seasons" in the West End. The following year, he recreated the role on Broadway and won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. Scofield garnered raves and accolades (including the Best Actor Oscar) for the 1966 film version. He toured extensively with "King Lear" in the early 60s and was effective in the 1971 Peter Brook film. While his film appearances have been sporadic, Scofield has made vivid impressions particularly in a brief turn as the ghost of Hamlet's father in Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet" (1990), and as the troubled protagonist's principled father in Robert Redford's look at the 1950s game show scandals, "Quiz Show" (1994) which netted him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nod. He also earned praise as the judge in Nicholas Hytner's film version of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" (1996).
Married May 15, 1943
Born in 1951; mother, Joy Parker
Born in 1944; mother, Joy Parker; lecturer of English literature at the University of Kent
Croydon Repertory Theatre School
Varndean School for Boys
Mask Theatre School
Named a Commander in the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1956.
Scofield is the only British actor ever to decline a knighthood (which he did in 1968).
Awarded honorary degree (LL.D.) from University of Glasgow in 1968.
Awarded honorary degree (D.Litt.) from University of Kent at Canterbury in 1973.
Awarded honorary degree (D.Litt.) from Oxford University in June 2002.