Book review: Patrick Stewart's journey from spear-carrier to starship captain

The actor famous for straddling the line between Star Trek and Shakespeare comes across as likeable and modest in recounting his rags to riches life story

Patrick Stewart: ‘RP was basically the way that BBC newsreaders spoke’

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Defector, there’s a scene in which Data, the Pinocchio-like android, enters a virtual reality suite to recreate a moment from Shakespeare’s Henry V.

Patrick Stewart appears twice, as both Captain Jean Luc Picard and as Court, a soldier in the king’s army. Court speaks with a broad Yorkshire accent while the Captain employs “received pronunciation (RP)”. As Stewart explains it, “RP was basically the way that ...