Mark Rylance unveils plaque for actor Jimmy Gardner in Marlborough
Actor Mark Rylance has unveiled a plaque in Wiltshire in memory of a war hero and actor who grew up there.
Jimmy Gardner, who died aged 85 in May 2010, had roles in films such as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as well as TV shows such as Eastenders and Doctor Who.
Before becoming an actor, Mr Gardner flew 30 missions on Halifax bombers as an RAF rear-gunner in World War II.
Mark Rylance unveiled the plaque on a bench on the Green in Marlborough.
Rylance has won Tony and Olivier theatre industry awards for his role in the play Jerusalem, set in Pewsey near Marlborough.
He also wrote Mr Gardner's obituary in The Independent newspaper following his death.
He said: "I met Jimmy when I was 22 and he had the most profound effect on me as he did on most people who met him.
"I don't know if it was his experiences in the second world war, but I've never met a man who loved life more."
He said he hoped Mr Gardner's spirit would reside on the bench and "bless the encounters" that happen around it.
Mr Gardner's brother Vic, who lives in nearby Ogbourne St George, said he was more moved at the unveiling of the plaque than at the funeral.
He said: "Mark made a lovely little speech. It was lovely. A sad occasion but it went very well. I'm proud."