Former presenter of the BBC's Mastermind quiz show. Born and schooled in Edinburgh in 1929, where his father was the Icelandic Consul at the time. Now spends his time writing (mostly translating Icelandic sagas and poetry) and presenting prizes at events for the intellectual elite. The only famous person from Iceland, apart from Björk.

Not to be confused with the four times World's Strongest Man Icelandic muscle-man Magnus ver Magnusson.