I met Robert Hardy in 1984, I would have been 11 years old. Richard Burton had died and he went to my primary school (his sister worked as a school assistant and we all knew her well as auntie Hilda). So we went to the memorial service at the local chapel in a really small village (there were maybe about 80 houses there).
The crowd was way too big for the tiny chapel and various actors milled around outside, Hardy came past and chatted to all of us and was really nice.
Also a great actor but there’s not many of these where I have a personal connection.