Photographs by John McKay
One of the most versatile and and frequently employed actors since the early 1960's. Equally at home on film , television , stage, radio and audio dramas.
His Anglo - French background has enabled Vernon to work as much in France as in the UK. Speaks French , Italian and German fluently and has acted in films and television in all of the above languages.
Vernon's most recent credits film credits include - THE 15 : 17 TO PARIS ( Directed by Clint Eastwood ) THE MAN WITH THE IRON HEAR / HHhH ( Directed by Cedric Jimenez ) KILLING JESUS ( Directed by Christopher Menaul ) THE INVISIBLE BOY ( Directed by Gabriel Salvatores ) HORSEHEAD ( Directed by Romain Basset ) DECEPTION / The Best Offer ( Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore )
The most recent television work includes - THE ROMANOFFS ( Amazon Studios ) THE DURRELLS ( ITV ) EMERALD CITY , JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORELL ( BBC ) Neil Jordan's THE BORGIAS as Cardinal Versucci ( Showtime )
Played Sherlock Holmes in the French short film L 'Hypothese de la Reine Rouge directed by Florian Thomas.
Nostradamus in THE PROPHECIES OF NOSTRADAMUS directed by Das Abra.
He has worked with most of the great film directors in his long career Steven Spielberg , Pier Paolo Pasolini , Franklin J. Schaffner , Henry Jaglom , Fred Zinnemann , Ettore Scola , James Ivory , Derek Jarman , Volker Schlondorff , Peter Medak, Lewis Gilbert , Franco Zeffirelli , Joseph Losey , Tony Richardson , Blake Edwards , John Frankenheimer , Norman Jewison , Basil Dearden , Jean - Jacques Annaud , Ken Russell , Lucio Fulci ,
David Cronenberg and Sidney Lumet .
He made his film debut in Ken Annakin's classic THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES. Just a few of the great popular and classic films on lengthy CV are THE SPY WHO LOVED ME , THE NAME OF THE ROSE , THE DAY OF THE JACKAL , INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE , FIDDLER ON THE ROOF , MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS , NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA , THE SCARLET AND THE BLACK , CARAVAGGIO , THE ORGE, THE KRAYS , SCENT OF A WOMAN , DARLING .
Classic television work like MASADA ( Director Boris Sagal ) Doctor Who : The War Games , MARCO POLO , AS TIME GOES BY , BLAKES 7 , THE AVENGERS , THE SAINT , THE WORLD OF WOOSTER , CAMINO REAL , WAGNER , HOLOCAUST , FORTUNES OF WAR , TILL WE MEET AGAIN , THE HUNCHBACK , WAR AND REMEMBRANCE.
In the theatre he has worked with most of the major repertory companies in England and many West End productions.
Photo (left) by John McKay