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Sim's fascination with the young did not end there. After their marriage, he and his wife proceeded to take in, and care for, a succession of young actors and actresses - notably year-old George Cole, later star of TV's Minder, who lived with the couple for 14 years. Sim's closeness to the young actor 'drew comments from some quarters about the appropriateness of the relationship', says Sim's biographer.
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But the actor's friends dismissed this as 'nonsense'. Cole, who is now 83, merely describes his mentor as 'deeply caring'; while the TV producer and director John Howard Davies - who appeared as Oliver Twist in David Lean's famous film - suggests that Sim simply 'wore his heart on his sleeve' which made him 'vulnerable to all sorts of allegations'. Firm but fair: Alastair Sim, already a household name in England, became synonymous with the role of Headmistress Fritton. Yet no one can deny that an apparently never-ending string of young actors and actresses came to stay at his house in Nettlebed, Oxfordshire, throughout his career.
Time after time, questions about Sim's sexuality come to the surface. His new biographer asks, for example, what lay behind his performance in drag as Millicent Fritton, headmistress of St Trinian's school for girls. Sim's biographer comes to no firm conclusion - although he defends the actor against any innuendo about his sexuality by saying: 'Suspicion is the new social currency. Nevertheless, he makes clear that Sim - while often notably generous and tender-hearted - could be a manipulative and difficult man, with 'limited acting ability'.
So let us try to unravel the truth about the actor who starred in the first Ealing comedy, Hue And Cry, in , appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller Stage Fright in , and the film version of J. Intriguingly, Sim insisted as a child that he wanted to be a hypnotist. The fourth child of a prosperous Edinburgh tailor, Sim left school at 14 to work for his father, then enrolled at the city's university, before deciding he wanted to become an actor, then changing his mind again and opting to become a teacher instead.
Blessed with an exceptional speaking voice, he was appointed Fulton Lecturer in Elocution at Edinburgh University in , and shortly afterwards founded his own school of drama and speech training. A few months later, he was asked to play the part of a priest in an amateur production of the play The Land Of Heart's Desire, and was introduced to one of his co-stars, a year-old girl who 'looked much younger than her age'. At her 13th birthday party, just a few weeks later, Sim kissed the new teenager, and she remembered afterwards: 'I had difficulty getting to sleep that night.
The actor also took care to befriend his new admirer's mother Norah - launching a relationship that was to last 'for many years'. Sim became an ever-present guest at the Plaskitt's flat in Edinburgh and took an 'increasing interest' in his devoted admirer's education - to the extent of suggesting that Naomi leave school at 14 to enrol as a pupil in his drama school. After a year of studying with him, Sim offered the infatuated teenager a job as his secretary and they began spending more and more time together.
He even started taking her with him to visit friends. When he was asked if she was his daughter, Sim replied bluntly 'No', but didn't elaborate. Alastair Sim played the 'perfect Dickensian character' in the film Scrooge, alongside Melvyn Johns. The truth would have deeply shocked them - for within a year their relationship had developed into 'something more serious', so much so that Sim told her they would be married when she reached the age of That was hardly commonplace in the famously staid world of middleclass Edinburgh in the early Thirties.
But when she was 16, Naomi followed Sim to London, where he had decided to try his luck as an actor.
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Her mother came, too, and the three set up in a small furnished flat in Golders Green. In August , when Naomi was 18 and Sim 32, the couple married and, within a matter of weeks, the new Mrs Sim was pregnant. But she suffered terrible bouts of sickness, so debilitating that she was admitted to hospital and the pregnancy was terminated. She was to lose two more children in pregnancy.
Meanwhile, her new husband's career blossomed, expanding into films in with a role in The Riverside Murder. As a result, Naomi became his chauffeur as well as his secretary, ferrying him back and forth to studios every day. Though she'd studied as an actress when they'd first come to London, she abandoned her own career to support him. However dubious the relationship might seem, there can be no doubting that they loved each other dearly.
One friend of the time called them 'one soul in two bodies', and Naomi's support did no harm to Sim's career. By Sim had become a star of British film musicals and by the war had repeated his success on the West End stage in a spy thriller called Cottage To Let, which also featured year-old cockney George Cole. With his wife pregnant for the fourth time, Sim decided to move out of London - renting Egypt Cottage, near Henley, which comprised three 16th century cottages knocked together, but without electricity and where the only water came from a well in the garden.
Shortly after the move, the Sims invited the young George Cole to join them, even though the decision 'drew some comments from some quarters concerning the appropriateness of the relationship'. Sim's biographer dismisses the criticism as 'suspicion' and it can't be stressed enough that not a shred of evidence has been found that Sim ever took sexual advantage of either his future wife, while she was under age, or the young actors he befriended.
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But again there can be no doubt that a close relationship between a year-old man and a boy 'who was 15, but could easily have passed for 11' - in the words of Sim's wife - would have drawn intense interest in today's society. Shortly after Cole settled into Egypt Cottage, Naomi gave birth to their first and only child, a daughter, Merlith, in August The teenage actor was given the task of lighting oil lamps and fires for the new baby while, in return, Sim 'coached him in the art of acting'.
Though never formally adopted by the Sims - despite reports to the contrary - Cole was to remain with them for the next 14 years, making 11 films with the actor, until his own marriage in , at the age of 29, when he and his wife Eileen moved into a house nearby. Over the years a string of other aspiring young male actors would also find their way to Sim's home - without arousing public concern.
In , the Sims built a new house not far away and named it Forrigan after a play written by close friend James Bridie. With its tennis court and games room, the house appeared idyllic, but, as so often in Sim's life, appearances were deceptive. One of Sim's friends nicknamed it Bleak House and Simpson admits that 'for all his generosity of spirit, Sim could also be frugal'.
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Frugal or not, young actors were always welcome - although the same could no longer be said of Sim's mother-in-law, Norah, who was still living with him. Despite her support for the actor's courtship of her year-old daughter, she was asked to leave - and she did so 'with much ill feeling' to live in a small hotel at Lymington in the New Forest.
As an established star, Sim's defensive attitude to questions about his private life never wavered. Not only did he refuse interviews, he also steadfastly avoided signing autographs. As the comedian Ronnie Corbett, who met the actor near the end of his life, explains, Sim was 'quite a formidable soul to go up and have an idle word with'.
Fellow actors described him as 'distant'. Yet that did nothing to dim his appeal. In he played the title role in the film Scrooge - which is broadcast on TV at Christmas to this day. In recognition of his success Sim was awarded a CBE in the Coronation honours list in June , which he reluctantly accepted, although when offered a knighthood two decades later he turned it down, insisting he was a 'lifelong socialist' and believed 'everyone was equal'. One friend told his biographer: 'I have no reason to think he was homosexual,' but added, 'even if he was a little bit the other way.