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Vanessa Redgrave
On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, Vanessa Redgrave...
 
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Claire Stansfield
Actress, The Doors
Claire was born in London, England. Her father is English and her mother is German. They moved to Canada when she was very young so even though she has a British passport she considers herself a Canadian. She went to school in Toronto and grew up around the High Park area. She worked as a model in her teens but was not really that good at it...
 
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Betsy Blair
Actress, Marty
Betsy Blair was born in Cliffside, New Jersey, a child model before finding work as a chorus dancer at the early age of 15. She received her first mini-break on Broadway in "Panama Hattie" in 1940 delivering a single line, but by the next year she had copped the ingénue lead in William Saroyan's "The Beautiful People." At around the same time...
 
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Jack Shepherd
Jack Shepherd was born in Leeds, on October 29th, 1940. His father was a cabinet maker and his mother an infant school teacher. He was educated at Roundhay School, Leeds and went on to study fine art at Kings College, Newcastle. After gaining a BA in Fine Art, he first studied acting at the Central School and then at the Drama Centre London, a drama school he helped found...
 
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Naomi Chance
Naomi Chance attended Central School of Drama. After a short period in repertory and on tour she obtained a small screen part and followed this with some starring roles in films opposite some American stars appearing in British films. She became well-known on British TV for her appearances as Amelia Huntley in The Newcomers...
 
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Andrew Garfield
Andrew Russell Garfield was born in Los Angeles, California, to a British-born mother, Lynn (Hillman), and an American-born father, Richard Garfield. When he was three, he moved to Surrey, U.K., with his parents and older brother. Andrew was raised Jewish. He went to a private school, the City of London Freemen's School...
 
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Martin Freeman
Martin Freeman is an English actor, best known for portraying Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy, Tim Canterbury in the original UK version of sitcom mockumentary The Office, Dr. John Watson in the British crime drama Sherlock and Lester Nygaard in the dark comedy-crime drama TV series Fargo...
 
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Carrie Fisher
Carrie Frances Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, to singers/actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She is an actress and writer, known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (aka Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Fisher is also known for her book...
 
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Natasha Richardson
Natasha Jane Richardson was born in Marylebone, London, England, to director and producer Tony Richardson and actress Vanessa Redgrave. She was the sister of actress Joely Richardson, the niece of actors Corin Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave, and the granddaughter of actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson...
 
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Gael García Bernal
Gael García Bernal was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, to Patricia Bernal, an actress and model, and José Ángel García, an actor and director. His stepfather is cinematographer Sergio Yazbek. Bernal began his acting career as a child, working with his parents in a variety of plays. When he was fourteen...
 
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Joseph Morgan
Morgan was born in London, UK and spent his childhood with his family in Swansea, Wales, where he attended Morriston Comprehensive School before moving back to London in his late teens to study acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Upon graduation from Central School, Morgan was hired by...
 
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Rupert Everett
Actor, Shrek 2
Rupert James Hector Everett was born in Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, to Sara (Maclean) and Anthony Michael Everett, a Major in the British Army, who later worked in business. He is of mostly English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Everett grew up in privileged circumstances, but the wry, sometimes arrogant...
 
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Kathleen Turner
Kathleen Turner was born June 19, 1954 in Springfield, Missouri, to Patsy (Magee) and Allen Richard Turner, a U.S. Foreign Service officer. She graduated from American School in London in 1972. After the death of her father, the Turner family moved back to the United States where Kathleen later enrolled at Missouri State University for two years...
 
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Laurence Olivier
Actor, Rebecca
Laurence Olivier could speak William Shakespeare's lines as naturally as if he were "actually thinking them", said English playwright Charles Bennett, who met Olivier in 1927. Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England, to Agnes Louise (Crookenden) and Gerard Kerr Olivier, a High Anglican priest. His surname came from a great-great-grandfather who was of French Huguenot origin...
 
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Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins was born on October 26, 1942, in Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk, where his mother was living after being evacuated as a result of the heavy bombings. He is the son of Elsie Lillian (Hopkins), a nursery school teacher and cook, and Robert William Hoskins, Sr., who drove a lorry and worked as a bookkeeper...
 
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Judi Dench
Actress, Skyfall
Judi Dench was born in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre...
 
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Julian Sands
Tall, gaunt, and particularly effective in horror and drama films--British actor Julian Sands was born in Otley, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Brenda and William Sands. He came to the attention of NBC when the network cast him in the made-for-TV The Sun Also Rises and then with Anthony Hopkins in the television film A Married Man...
 
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Ben Browder
Actor, Farscape
Ben Browder was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Myers Park High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, earned a BS in psychology at Furman University, and then went on to study drama at Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England, where he met his wife, Francesca Buller. As of 2002, he resides in Australia...
 
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James Nesbitt
James Nesbitt was born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, to May, a civil servant, and James Nesbitt, a primary school headmaster. He was educated at Coleraine Academical Institution (also the school of Brian Campbell & Brian McAlister). He originally planned to be a French teacher. It...
 
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Joss Ackland
Joss Ackland, the distinguished English actor who has appeared in over 100 movies, scores of plays and a plethora of television programs in his six-decade career, was born Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland on February 29, 1928, in North Kensington, London. After attending London's Central School of Speech and Drama...
 
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Oliver Chris
Oliver was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. After studying there since 1997, he graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2000 and he soon appeared in the BBC big-budget adaptation of the classic novel Lorna Doone. He followed this with another BBC Show, The Office, where he appeared as "Ricky Howard" for the first series...
 
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Kenneth Connor
The son of a naval officer who ran what were called "concert parties", Kenneth Connor made his stage debut at age two, and by 11 was performing in both a solo act and a doubles act with his brother in various revue shows. He later decided to become a serious actor rather than just a revue performer...
 
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Kathryn Drysdale
Kathryn Drysdale is known from playing series lead Louise Brooks for 8 seasons in TV sitcom "Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps" as Taylor in British Feature "St Trinians" and as mixed race heiress Rhoda Swartz in period feature Vanity Fair . She is also well known as "Lizzie" in co Australian series"Tripping Over" directed by Sam Miller and as Natalie in the British TV sitcom Benidorm...
 
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Demetri Goritsas
From Greek and Norwegian parentage, Demetri Goritsas was born in the US, grew up in British Columbia and has lived his adult life in London, England. Aside from television and film he's had quite a presence on the London stage performing at the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Court working with such acclaimed writers as Edward Albee...
 
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Jack Gwillim
Although he did not turn to the stage until middle age after two decades in the Royal Navy, Jack Gwillim was a notable actor on both sides of the Atlantic. During the 1950s he was a member of the Royal Shakespeare company in Stratford, England, for three years during Sir Anthony Quayle's stint as artistic director...
 
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Michael Elphick
Michael Elphick was a fantastic and very popular actor. He will be best remembered for his role as Ken Boon in the hit series Boon. He died tragically at the early age of 55. He had been in ill-health for some years, caused by a long-running battle with alcohol, which was exacerbated by the early death of his partner of many years...
 
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Bruce Robinson
Such is the mythology that has sprung up around Bruce Robinson's first film, the openly autobiographical Withnail & I, that it's often hard to separate fact from fiction. But the facts appear to be these: trained as an actor at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, he got off to a good early...
 
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Hannah New
Actress, Maleficent
Born in London, England, Hannah insisted at age 4 to attend ballet school, setting her on a performing path in life. She later turned her focus to acting and joined The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Her interest in other cultures led her to travel around the world, including Bolivia where she did volunteer work in children's homes...
 
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Rufus Sewell
Actor, Dark City
Rufus Sewell was born on the 29th of October 1967 in Twickenham, England. His mother, Jo, was Welsh, and was an artist and painter. His father, Bill, was an Australian animator who died when Rufus was 10. He has one brother, Caspar. He attended London's Central School of Speech and Drama and left in June of 1989 after completing three years of training...
 
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Rose Keegan
Actress, Match Point
Rose studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She grew up at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. She is the daughter of Sir John Keegan, the military historian and commentator. Her mother is the biographer Susanne Keegan. Theatre includes: Alan Ayckbourn's The Revengers Comedies. A Message for the Broken Hearted by Gregory Motton...
 
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Selina Griffiths
Actress, Marigold
Selina Jane Griffiths was born to the popular actress Annette Crosbie (with whom there is a strong vocal similarity) and actor Michael Griffiths and has a brother Owen, two years older, who is a sound engineer. Brought up in Kingston-upon-Thames, Selina attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and...
 
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Christopher Neame
Born in London, in 1947, he was educated at independent school "King's School" in Canterbury, Kent. He started his film career at the beginning of 70s, as he debuted in Lust for a Vampire (1971), after some TV work, he was noticed in Dracula AD (1972), where he played Christopher Lee's (Dracula) personal assistant Johnny Alucard...
 
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Camille Mitchell
Director, By the Fountain
Camille Mitchell has garnered extraordinary acclaim for her versatility onstage and onscreen. A leading lady at the Stratford and Shaw festivals, The London Times hailed her as "a gift to the theater." In 2011, she appeared as Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate" at Vancouver's Arts Club Theatre. For her...
 
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Ben Price
Ben began his career in theatre as an actor and director, running his own theatre company in the North East of England. On moving to London, Ben studied acting at the Drama Centre and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. For the past twenty years his career has been predominantly in film and television, where he has played leading roles in a number of major long-running UK dramas...
 
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Sandy Powell
Costume Designer, The Departed
 
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Ann Todd
Ann Todd was a beautiful English actress best known as Gregory Peck's wife in Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case. Her third husband was the legendary director David Lean, for whom she appeared in three films, The Passionate Friends, Madeleine, and Breaking the Sound Barrier.
 
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Maureen O'Brien
Actress, Doctor Who
After studying for a teaching diploma at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Maureen O'Brien became a founding member of the Everyman Theatre in her native Liverpool. About three months later she was persuaded to audition for the part of Vicki on Doctor Who. She was reluctant to accept the role...
 
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Khalid Laith
Originally from Bahrain, Khalid grew up and was educated between the Middle East, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He trained as an actor at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD) in London. He is fluent in both English and Arabic, has a keen interest in etymology, and is a published play script translator.
 
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Gabriella Licudi
Actress, Casino Royale
Gabriella Licudi was born Gabrielle Carmen Stuttard, the only child of Wilfred James Stuttard, a naval engineer from Northern Ireland, and Olga Maria Licudi of Gibraltar, from whom she took her stage name. After seeing a film dealing with the education of deaf mutes, Gabriella was so moved she decided to become a teacher of elocution...
 
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Jason Wong
Actor, Push
 
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Eddie Ruiz
Eddie Ruiz is an award nominated actor and multi winning producer who was born and raised in Boyle Heights, California, near downtown Los Angeles. He quickly landed a guest-star on "That's So Raven" which Fred Savage directed. He attended C.S.U.,Fullerton where he received hi B.A. in Acting. He flew overseas to London...
 
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Maurice Colbourne
Tall, lean, dark and well-spoken, Maurice Colbourne had a strong line in tough guys and villains before achieving his greatest fame as the sympathetic Tom Howard in the BBC's expensive and hugely popular soap opera Howards' Way. Born Roger Middleton in Sheffield, he trained as an actor at the Central...