||One of Britain's best loved actors, Sir John Mills, has died aged 97 after a short illness. Not only popular, his career was one of the longest in British history after he had started acting on stage in 1929. His films included many British classics, many for David Lean, such as In Which We Serve, The Way to the Stars, Great Expectations, Hobson's Choice, Tunes of Glory, Ice Cold in Alex, Oh What A Lovely War, Ghandi, When the Wind Blows and Ryan's Daughter for which he won an Oscar. His daughters Hayley and Juliet followed him onto the big screen. Among his other films were Cottage To Let with Alastair Sim, The Goose Steps Out with Will Hay, Scott of the Antarctic, The Rocking Horse Winner, War and Peace, Tiger Bay, Swiss Family Robinson, King Rat, The Wrong Box, Trial By Combat, Who's That Girl, Hamlet (1996) and Bean and he played Quatermass on TV. His death marks the end of an era in British film.