I was rather upset to read a customer review of the book a while back, which contended that it was full of 'false praise'.
Anyone who met Ian would know that the sentiments expressed by all the contributors were entirely genuine. Not only was he hugely respected as an actor, but he was also greatly loved as warm, giving man with a huge generosity of spirit. He undoubtedly left an indelible impression upon those fortunate enough to have met him.
Carol Clements was prompted by last week's story about Ian's ashes being placed beneath the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, to recall having met him:
"Ian was such a lovely man. I was working as a make up artist at the time and did a photoshoot with him for House of Cards. Even after all these years, when people ask me who my favourite 'celebrity' was, my answer is 'Ian', without any hesitation - he was such a gentleman.
I particularly remember how he spoke of his wife with such love - it was obvious that he absolutely adored her.
He is still remembered and missed."