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Albert Finney

Albert Finney  

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(1936– )English actor. One of the young, rough-edged regional actors of the English new wave theatre, Finney has proven to be a versatile performer in classical and comic roles. After ...
Alec Clunes

Alec Clunes  

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(1912–70)British actor, director, and manager. Best known for running the Arts Theatre in London from 1942 to 1952 and for performing alongside stars such as Olivier, Gielgud, and Scofield ...
Anew McMaster

Anew McMaster  

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(1891–1962)Irish actor-manager. At 19 Anew (Andrew) forsook a banking career for the stage; his first major success came in 1920 as Jack O'Hara in Paddy the Next Best Thing ...
Anthony Quayle

Anthony Quayle  

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(1913–89)English actor and director. An engaging, intelligent, and energetic man, Quayle played supporting roles at the Old Vic under Tyrone Guthrie, appearing with Olivier, Richardson, Gielgud, and ...
Barbara Jefford

Barbara Jefford  

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(b. Plymstock, Devon, 26 July 1930)Actress. Her roles for the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon (1950–4) included Desdemona, Isabella and Rosalind. She confirmed her stature as a ...
Barry Jackson

Barry Jackson  

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(1879–1961)English director and manager. Trained as an architect, Jackson was heir to a fortune derived from one of the leading grocery firms in the Midlands. In 1907 he founded ...
Barry Sullivan

Barry Sullivan  

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(1821–91)Irish actor. Sullivan played in Ireland, Scotland, and the English provinces before appearing in London in 1852 at the Haymarket as Hamlet. He was a tragedian of the old ...
Beatrix Lehmann

Beatrix Lehmann  

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(b. Wycombe, Bucks, 1 July 1903; d. London, 31 July 1979)Actress who built her reputation after her debut in 1924 with many memorable performances, including Susie in The Silver ...
Ben Iden Payne

Ben Iden Payne  

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(1881–1976), manager and director.After a distinguished career in England, associated largely with Shakespearean productions, he came to America in 1913 and worked as artistic director for little ...
Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey  

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(b. London, 6 May 1904; d. London, 23 Sept. 1979)Actress who toured with Mrs Patrick Campbell in Bayard Veiller's The Thirteenth Chair (1925). She took both classic and modern ...
Charles Laughton

Charles Laughton  

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(1899–1962)British-born actor who became a US naturalized citizen in 1950. He is remembered for a series of outstanding character performances in the cinema.The son of a hotelier, Laughton was born ...
Christopher Marlowe

Christopher Marlowe  

(1564–93).English playwright, poet, and spy. Born in Canterbury, he was educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. His plays, beginning with Dido, Queen of Carthage (c.1587), are energetic, ...
Claire Bloom

Claire Bloom  

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(b. London, 15 Feb. 1931)Actress who established an early reputation in Shakespeare, moving from Stratford-upon-avon (1948) to the Old Vic (1952), where her roles included Cordelia, Ophelia, Viola – ...
Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg  

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(1938– )English actress. Early roles at Stratford included Helena in Hall's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, and Cordelia in Brook's King Lear (all 1962). ...
Diana Wynyard

Diana Wynyard  

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(b. London, 16 Jan. 1906; d. London, 13 May 1964)Actress, one of the most popular of her time. A member of the Liverpool Repertory Company (1927–9), her first of ...
Donald Pleasence

Donald Pleasence  

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(1919–95)English actor whose professional career began in 1939 in Jersey and was almost immediately interrupted by national service and time as a prisoner of war. Thereafter early work included ...
Donald Sinden

Donald Sinden  

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(b. Plymouth, 9 Oct. 1923)Actor. He began his career in the late Second World War with Mobile Entertainments, a touring company performing plays for the armed forces in southern ...
Dorothy Tutin

Dorothy Tutin  

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(1931–2001)English actress. Considered a leading young actress in the 1950s, her reputation was confirmed by her vivacious Cecily in Anthony Asquith's film of Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest ...
Edward Hugh Sothern

Edward Hugh Sothern  

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(b. New Orleans, 6 Dec. 1859; d. New York, 28 Oct. 1933)Actor and producer, son of the famous comedian E. A. Sothern. He planned to be a painter but ...
Eric Porter

Eric Porter  

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(1928–95)English actor whose long stage career was perhaps overshadowed by the celebrity of his television role of Soames Forsyte in the landmark series The Forsyte Saga (1967). Porter made ...

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