Students and faculty of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England.
Lord Richard Attenborough was born in Cambridge, England, the son of Mary (née Clegg), a founding member of the Marriage Guidance Council, and Frederick Levi Attenborough, a scholar and academic administrator who was a don at Emmanuel College and wrote a standard text on Anglo-Saxon law. Attenborough...
An English actor active in the theater since 1961, having made few theatrical movies, none of which particularly outstanding, with the exception of John Boorman
and Nigel Cole
's popular Calendar Girls
, John Alderton has become famous thanks to British television. Appearing in approximately two hundred TV series episodes...
Jane Asher (born 5 April 1946) is an English actress, author and entrepreneur, who achieved early fame as a child actress, and has worked extensively in film and TV throughout her career. She has appeared in TV shows and films such as The Masque of the Red Death
, Deep End
, The Mistress (1985-1987)...
British actor Luing Andrews began his career as a stunt man and directly after training was offered his first feature 'Called Home', daring Luing not only acted in this exciting film but also performed his own stunts including a cliff fall and car crash! After being offered a place at the prestigious...
Born in Rhodesia, Miles' childhood as the son of Major-General John Anderson and writer Daphne Anderson placed him at the heart of historical change in Africa in the 1950s and 60s. In 1964, his father was removed by the then-Prime Minister, Ian Smith, for his opposition to the Unilateral Declaration of Independence and...
John Edwin Arnatt was born in Petrograd on the eve of the Russian Revolution, the son of a manager for Vauxhall Motors. Forced to leave Russia during the turmoil, his family returned to England where John was schooled at Epworth College and later trained for acting at RADA. On stage from 1936, he made his debut at the London West End in 1938 (in the revue "Happy Returns")...
Gemma Christina Arterton was born in Gravesend, Kent, England, where she was raised. She is the daughter of Sally-Anne (Heap), a cleaner, and Barry J. Arterton, a welder. Her mother's cousin is singer-songwriter Eric Goulden
. Her parents divorced when she was age five, and Gemma subsequently lived with her younger sister and her mother...
Having left Marlborough College early, Robert went to London to follow up his ambition of becoming an actor by auditioning for and joining the National Youth Theatre. He then moved into film and television work. He went to R.A.D.A. for a year. His hobbies were polo and gardening.
Born in Siena, Italy and immigrated to the United States from London, England. A true polyglot, fluent in several languages, he is known for an astonishing facility with a variety of accents. A Harriet Hale Wooley Scholar, Alexi-Malle studied in Paris, Moscow and in London at RADA, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art...
French and English actor, Mark Antoine was born in France and studied at RADA, after an intensive and profound work with his Bulgarian mentor Radka Riaskova - think Le Chiffre in Casino Royale in a lady version and much nicer... sometimes. Mark Antoine is the host of the kid's TV show Artzooka : a half hour series blending live action and animation to show kids that art is everywhere...
Lived in North Africa till age of 5, educated at The International School in Tanzania. Active member of Cambridge University drama scene. Approached by talent scout whilst playing Cleopatra open air at age 19 - but turned them down to complete degree. Offered "Midnights Children" (RSC) Tour 2 months out of RADA, turned it down to avoid being pigeon-holed...
Charles Aitken was born in England but grew up in America. He studied History at Duke University, obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2001. Whilst at university he joined their drama group the Dukes Players and, after graduating, he played the lead in musical productions with several American regional theatres...
Ayckbourn trained for three years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). In 1998, he and fellow RADA alum Judi Armstrong founded Quorum Theatre Company for which Ayckbourn has written and directed many of his own one act plays. In 2009 he and Kristina Anne Howell founded PCK Productions which tours Ayckbourn's plays in the UK...
Age has not taken the flower off this Bloom. The well-known and respected stage, screen and television actress Claire Bloom, originally named Patricia Claire Blume, continues to be in demand as a septuagenarian actress and looks as beautiful as ever. She was born Patricia Claire Bloom on February 15...
Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She was nominated for the 2008 Tony Award (New York City) for Best Actress in a Drama for "The Homecoming". She was nominated for the 2007 Tony Award (New York City) for Best Actress in a Drama for "A Moon for the Misbegotten". She won the 2005 Olivier...
Robert Beatty graduated with a B.A. from the University of Toronto and started in amateur dramatics with the Hamilton Player's Guild. For a while, he made a living as a cashier for a gas and fuel company. In order to further hone his acting skills, he made his way to London in 1936 (on the advice of Leslie Howard
) to train for acting at RADA...
Chubby-cheeked British comedy actor, famed in his own country as one half of TV's "Likely Lads". In recent years he has been active mostly in the theatre (he was appearing in London's West End in the farce "Funny Money" early in 1996).
Theodore Bikel is one of the most versatile and respected actors and performers of his generation. A master of languages, dialects and accents, he has played every sort of film villain and semi-bad guy imaginable, and always adds depth, dimension and even sympathy to characters that would end up as cardboard cutouts in the hands of lesser actors...
Emmy Award-nominated Jennifer Bassey became a contract player on ABC TV's All My Children
in the summer of 1998, after having portrayed borderline nymphomaniac "Marian Colby", since the early eighties. Jennifer was born in Chicago. Her first job in entertainment was as a singing Playboy bunny in the very first Playboy Club...
Actor, writer, director, producer, teacher, and coach Susan Batson has been called a "technician of the spirit" by the New Yorker. In private consultation on film sets all over the world, and in her New York- and Hollywood- based Black Nexxus acting studios, Susan Batson has enjoyed the privilege of working with Nicole Kidman
Diane Beck was born in Stockport, 28th February 1976. Aged 18 Diane attended RADA and studied on the 3 year Acting course. Her stage career including work at the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Young Vic London, Statford Upon Avon, Tokyo Japan, New Haven NY Festival; Jo in 'The Good Hope' at National Theatre...
Alan Bates decided to be an actor at age 11. After grammar school in Derbyshire, he earned a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Following two years in the Royal Air Force, he joined the new English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre. His West End debut in 1956, at 22...
David Bailie was born in 1937 in South Africa, going to boarding school in Swaziland and emigrating to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) with his family in 1952. His first acting experience soon after school in 1955, was an amateur production of 'Doctor in the House' which persuaded him he wanted to be an actor...
Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter born in 1930, and Frances (Harper) Branagh, also born in 1930. His brother, William Branagh Jr., was born in 1955 and sister, Joyce Branagh
, was born in 1970...
Born and raised in North Carolina, Brendan graduated with Honors from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. To further hone his skills, Brendan spent time in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). When not on stage or in class, Brendan dedicated himself to developing and producing independent films and theater throughout New York City...
A RADA scholar who was spotted by Laurence Olivier
, Bernard Bresslaw got professional security from the "Carry On" films but was typecast (as TV's The Army Game
had done earlier). He was beginning to extend himself through stage work when, in 1993, just before a performance in "The Taming Of The Shrew" in Regent's Park, London, he had a heart attack and died at the age of 59.
trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Her first appearance was as "Juliet" in "Romeo and Juliet" at Stratford-on-Avon in 1936. She followed this with a variety of roles for the Old Vic Company in London. She appeared on Broadway in the 1947 production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde
Ekaterina Botziou is a British actress and writer of mixed European background; her father is Greek and her mother is English with Irish, French and distant Russian and Polish ancestry. Born in Leigh-on-Sea, Ekaterina began showing an interest in performing arts from a young age, writing and performing various plays and studying ballet and singing...
John Barron was born on Christmas Eve, 1920. A kind godfather paid his training fees at RADA in 1938. During the war, he served in the Navy, then returned to acting after demob, mostly in rep. productions. He soon became a theatre director, and directed Leonard Rossiter
in numerous productions throughout the 1950s...
Will was always interested in Acting but some say he went round the houses to get there. After a Modelling career that took him all over the world, where he ended up working with such prestigious photographers such as Bruce Weber and Arthur Elgort. Eventually after living out of a suitcase for numerous years he decided to settle in New York...
Featured in BAFTA Academy Magazine's 'Best of British Talent', dubbed as 'the British Jack Nicholson' and represented both in USA (Hollywood) and UK, British & International Actor David Bowles is an established and recognizable face in both film and television as well as stage. Based primarily in UK and having trained in UK (inc...
Heinz Bernard grew up as a Jewish child in Nuremburg in Nazi Germany. He attended a school in Furth which was the only Jewish school allowed to operate in the region. Henry Kissinger's father taught Biology at the school and Henry was in the year above Heinz at school. Following a parliamentary question directed at the Home secretary by the MP Josiah Wedgewood...
Christopher H. Bidmead
Christopher H. Bidmead was born in 1941. He trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and pursued this career for a number of years, winning many roles on stage, television (he was a regular in "Emergency Ward 10") and radio (including numerous episodes of the BBC's "Waggoner's Walk")...
Sylvie was born December 20, 1964 in Menton (France) where she spent her childhood. She started her career in show business at an early age. She wrote, directed, produced and acted in her first play when she was only nine years old. She then joined the "Jeune Theatre du Soleil" where she toured the South of France performing Greek classics...
Sean Bean's 20 year career spans theater, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and appeared in a number of West End stage productions including RSC's "Fair Maid of the West" (Spencer)...
Iain Glen is a Scottish actor, he was born on June 24, 1961 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy, an independent school for boys (now co-educational), followed by the University of Aberdeen. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he was the winner of the Bancroft Gold Medal...
David Matthew Macfadyen was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, to Meinir (Owen), a drama teacher and actress, and Martin Macfadyen, an oil executive. He is of Scottish and Welsh descent. Because of his father's career, he spent at least part of his childhood in Indonesia, before finishing his education back in England and winning a place at RADA in 1992...
Ciaran Hinds was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on February 9, 1953. He was one of five children and the only son. His father was a doctor who hoped to have Ciaran follow in his footsteps, but that was not to be. It was his mother Moya, an amateur actress, who was the real influence behind his decision to become an actor...
Proclaimed by many critics as one of the best young actors of his generation, Benjamin John Whishaw was born in Clifton, Bedfordshire, to Linda (Hope), who works in cosmetics, and Jose Whishaw, who works in information technology. He has a twin brother, James. He is of French, German, Russian (father) and English (mother) descent...
Ioan Gruffudd was born on October 6, 1973 in Cardiff, Wales, UK to educators Gillian (James) and Peter Gruffudd. He has a brother, Alun, who is two years younger and a sister, Siwan, who is seven years younger. He got got his start at age 13 in the Welsh soap opera People of the Valley
. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from 1992 to 1995...
Mem Ferda is an established British Screen Actor and International Award Winning Film Producer with over 20 years industry experience. Born October 1963, in South West London, this talented son of a Turkish Agricultural Minister became fascinated with the art of acting from a very young age. Having landed many TV roles and commercial work through a local agent whilst still in education...
At a consistently lean 6' 2", green-eyed Timothy Dalton may very well be one of the last of the dying breed of swashbuckling, classically trained Shakespearean actors who have forged simultaneous successful careers in theater, television and film. He has been comparison-shopped roundly for stepping into roles played by other actors...
David Morrissey started acting at Everyman's Youth Theatre in Liverpool, where he was born and raised. He made an auspicious debut in One Summer
, a series about two Liverpool runaways. Following a degree at RADA, he worked with the theatre company Cheek By Jowl. He has also worked at theatre such as the Manchester Royal Exchange and the National Theatre...
Abigail Thaw was born in London to John Thaw
and Sally Alexander
in October 1965. She was brought up by her mother in a large house in Pimlico. Alexander was an active member of the women's movement and Abigail would often go on marches with her mother and the other families in the house. She would visit her father regularly...
Nigel Whitmey was born in Alberta, Canada, his family having emigrated there from Liverpool, England, where his father had been employed as a dock worker. He came to London in the mid-1980s to study drama at RADA and here he met actress Abigail Thaw, daughter of John, whom he married in 1986. He has...
Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style...
Janet McTeer was born on August 5, 1961 in Newcastle, England, UK to parents Jean and Allan McTeer. She was raised in York from the age of 6. She attended Queen Anne Grammar School for Girls, where there was not much opportunity for drama. She became interested in acting at age 16, when she saw "She Stoops to Conquer" at the York Theater...
From Holywell to Hollywood Jonathan Pryce, CBE is a critically acclaimed and award winning actor from North Wales. Renowned for his immense versatility and powerful presence he has transcended the industry, effortlessly moving between Hollywood studio films and the classical West End to bold independent cinema and the broadway musical...
Gugu, short for Gugulethu which is Zulu for "Our Pride", was born in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England. Her mother, Anne Raw, is a Caucasian English nurse, and her father, Patrick Mbatha, is a Black South African doctor. Her parents separated when she was a year old, and she was brought up by her mother in the town of Witney...
Timothy Leonard Spall was born in Battersea, London, to Sylvia R. (Leonard), a hairdresser, and Joseph L. Spall, a postal worker. He was raised in London. Spall auditioned and earned a spot with the National Youth Theatre and later showed great promise at RADA where he portrayed the title roles in "Macbeth"...
David Hattersley Warner was born July 29, 1941 in Manchester, England, to Ada Doreen (Hattersley) and Herbert Simon Warner. He has described his childhood as "messy". His father changed jobs often and moved from town to town. David attended eight schools and "failed his exams at all of them". His parents separated when he was a teenager and he only saw his mother again seven years later...
RADA-trained Laurence Fox is the third son of the actor James Fox
and his wife Mary. He is a rising British actor who has appeared in several important films, plays, and television programs. He comes from a theatrical family and promises to have an illustrious career ahead of him.
Ben Cross was born Harry Bernard Cross on December 16, 1947, in London, England. He began acting at a very young age and participated in grammar school plays -- most notably playing "Jesus" in a school pageant at age 12. Ben left home and school at age 15 and worked various jobs, including work as a window washer...
Sir John Gielgud is a highly distinguished and prolific performer who is considered to be one of the finest actors of his generation. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Gielgud played his first Hamlet in 1930 and quickly established himself as one of the most eminent Shakespearean interpreters of his time...
Few in modern British history have come as far or achieved as much from humble beginnings as Glenda Jackson has. From acclaimed actress to respected MP (Member of Parliament), she is known for her high intelligence and meticulous approach to her work. She was born to a working-class household in Birkenhead...
Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton
, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, he moved to London and joined the National Theatre...
Cheshire-born - in 1986 - Tom Hughes attended Upton High School and even before going to RADA had a wealth of acting experience with the Cheshire Youth Theatre, the Jigsaw Music Group, the Liverpool Everyman Youth Theatre and the Belgian company Victoria. He even managed to find time to play in a band Safehouse...
L. R. Raven is an American born (international) actor, composer, writer, bronze sculptor and oil painter. As an actor (theater, television and film), he is renowned for his ability to combine both drama and empathy into a disarming charm. As a composer, his music's character ranges between a dark atmospheric sound-scape and a longing for the nostalgia of an antiquarian period...