is Beatles director the son of orson welles?
The esteemed film and TV director Michael Lindsay-Hogg has long been the subject of rumours about his being the illegitimate son of movie legend Orson Welles.
And though he has tended to dismiss them, he announced last week that he intends to take a DNA test to settle the matter once and for all in advance of a new autobiography.
Lindsay-Hogg, who was born in 1940, has directed films for the Beatles and counts the acclaimed 1980s TV series Brideshead Revisited among his credits. He also did a stint at RTE.
He's the child of Wicklow-born Irish film actress Geraldine Fitzgerald, who was married at the time of Micheal's birth to an English aristocrat, Sir Edward Lindsay-Hogg, and living in New York. But it's alleged she also had an affair with Orson Welles, who at that time was in his ladykilling prime, and Lindsay-Hogg may or may not be the great director's only son (there is a daughter). Observers have often noted a certain resemblance between Lindsay-Hogg and the imposing Welles, and we should shortly discover whether or not that's a coincidence.