Older actresses complain there aren’t enough good parts for them but this has not deterred Lady Henrietta Rous who is pursuing an acting career at aged 68, reports JANE SLADE

Lady Henrietta, whose family own the Cliffside village of Clovelly in Devon (where the Water Babies author Charles Kingsley lived) is best known for editing the Sixties’ fashion designer Ossie Clark’s diaries, but has no fear about embarking on a new career in her 60s

“I am studying method acting at the Acting for Camera Academy in Soho,” she told me proudly when I bumped into her at the Chelsea Flower Show. “I have two theatrical cousins; one is the actress Anna Chancellor who has been very helpful and the other is Helena Bonham Carter.”

The eclectic and colourful Lady Henrietta has quite a theatrical pedigree; her great uncle was the film director Anthony Asquith who produced the iconic classics; The Wilmslow Boy (1948) and Pygmalion starring Leslie Howard (1939)