Omar Sharif performing in the film Sayyidat al-Qasr (Lady of the Palace) in 1958. Photograph: Alyoum Alsaba/EPA

Omar Sharif, who has died at the age of 83, will be best remembered for a film sequence in which, for much of its duration, he is barely visible on sc(...)

Omar Sharif: ‘When you’re working in films, you find a lady and you flirt with her instead of being bored.’ Photograph: Des Harris/The Picture Desk

Many men would envy Omar Sharif. The actor’s portrayal of Sharif Ali, prince of the desert, in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia (1962) catapulted him t(...)