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Monday, 22 May, 2000, 17:27 GMT 18:27 UK
A life in pictures: Sir John Gielgud
Sir John Gielgud, one of the UK's finest actors, has died aged 96.

Sir John Gielgud, 1936
Theatrical export: As Hamlet on the New York stage in 1936

Sir John Gielgud
After receiving his knighthood from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 1953, with his mother and sister

Sir Lewis Casson, Dame Sybil Thorndike, Sir John Gielgud and Diana Wynard in 1954
Posing with fellow actors Sir Lewis Casson, Dame Sybil Thorndike and Diana Wynard (right) in 1954

Sir John Gielgud
With co-star Doreen Aris, Sir John watches a cake being cut to mark the opening of The Tempest in the West End in 1958

Sir John Gielgud (left) with Sir John Mills
With Sir John Mills (right) during a performance of Veterans at the Royal Court Theatre in 1972

Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud
With Ralph Richardson (left) and Laurence Olivier filming the TV drama Wagner in 1982

Sir John Gielgud
80 years young: Birthday celebrations at the Old Vic, London, in 1984

Sir John Gielgud
Picking up a Bafta fellowship award in 1992

Sir John Gielgud at 90
Covered in coloured string during his 90th birthday celebrations

Sir John Gielgud
Attending the unveiling of a plaque for the playwright Oscar Wilde in 1995

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