Alvin Rakoff directed more than 100 television, film and stage productions. He is now in his 10th decade. And stillactive.

The twice Emmy Award winning director gave an unknown extra his first leading role: Sean Connery. He gave drama student Alan Rickman his first professional job. Other young talent nurtured includes Michael Crawford, Simon Russell Beale, Fiona Shaw, Judi Dench, David Threlfall, Michael Caine, and many more.