Leicestershire-born Coleman has the sort of broad aristocratic face that makes a good brigadier or Lord of the manor, with the dramatically contorted brow and cool, regal demeanor that all such characters are known for. His voice is also quite amazing; gravelly, yet controlled, with incredible diction. Add to these qualities a personal dignity and a feeling of kindness that filters through at all times, and you have the kind of actor that I really enjoy.
His Phantom Empires-worthy shows are legion. Primarily a character actor, he popped in just about everywhere. He was in the 70's IVANHOE mini-series (not the horrible P.C. 90's version), the Doctor Who story THE WAR GAMES, THE DUTCHESS OF DUKE STREET, the days of hope, THE TOP-SECRET LIFE OF EDGAR BRIGGS, a recurring role in VIRGIN OF THE SECRET SERVICE, the Ian Carmichael Lord Peter Wimsey series THE UNPLEASANTNESS AT THE BELLONA CLUB and CLOUDS OF WITNESS, the mini-series THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, and even in a bit of RED DWARF as the Cat Priest!
He really was a jolly old chap, wot?