Born in Bermuda and now living in Kenilworth in Warwickshire, Earl Cameron first arrived in the UK in London on the eve of the Second World War, while working for the Merchant Navy. His acting career began in the 1940s with a number of stage roles including playing alongside Patrick McGoohan in a tour of the play Deep are the Roots which included a visit to Coventry.
He became one of the first black actors to break the unofficial "colour bar" in the UK on film and TV, beginning with his breakthrough film acting role in Pool of London, a 1951 film set in post-war London involving racial prejudice, romance and a diamond robbery. Since then he has had major parts in many films, including the James Bond movie Thunderball (1965), in which he played Bond's Caribbean assistant Pinder Romania. Most recently his film roles include Inception (2010), The Interpreter (2005), and The Queen (2006), where he worked alongside Helen Mirren.
Earl has also appeared on a range of popular television shows including Danger Man, The Prisoner, Jackanory, Doctor Who, Dixon of Dock Green, Crown Court, Lovejoy, Waking the Dead, Kavanagh QC, EastEnders and many more.
He visited Warwick in 2013 to collect an Honorary Degree and spoke to us about his illustrious career