A MOVING study of the early life of Sir Patrick Stewart will be screened tonight.
And it gives him a new insight into the character of his father.
The Hollywood star, who was brought up in Mirfield, is the subject of the latest fascinating episode in the series Who Do You Think You Are?
The hour-long programme looks at the young Stewart’s often turbulent relationship with his father.
Sir Patrick’s memory of his late father, Alfred Stewart, is scarred by recollections of domestic abuse.
The film is described as “deeply personal and moving” and Sir Patrick investigates his father’s extraordinary war career.
He discovers the shocking impact it had on his character.
Stewart, who is Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, said: “I have a history for him that is richer than any history I’ve had before.
“At the heart of that history is a human being and I don’t think he had been a human being for me before.”
His late father had played a crucial role during the Second World War.
But the film also recalls how an ambulance was often called to the Stewart home in Mirfield after another attack by Alfred on his wife.
Sir Patrick has used his own experiences to campaign for more awareness of domestic violence.
He, of course, went on to became a star of stage and screen – notably as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek.
The show goes out on BBC1 at 9pm.