Beatrice/Benedick

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Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson was born in London on April 15, 1959, into a family of actors - her father was Eric Thompson, who has passed away, and her mother, Phyllida Law, has co-starred with Thompson in several films (her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well). Her father was English-born and her mother is Scottish-born...
 
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Kenneth Branagh
Actor, Valkyrie
Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter, and Frances (Harper), both born in 1930. He has two siblings, William Branagh, Jr. (born 1955) and Joyce Branagh (born 1970). When he was nine, his family escaped The Troubles by moving to Reading...
 
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JD Cullum
Actor, Glory
JD Cullum is the son of two-time Tony Award-winning actor John Cullum (Northern Exposure) and noted modern dancer/choreographer, playwright and novelist Emily Frankel. Cullum is a member of The Antaeus Company, a group of experienced and talented actors whose goal is to form a permanent resident classical ensemble for the City of Los Angeles (http://antaeus.org/)...
 
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David Tennant
David Tennant was born David John McDonald in West Lothian, Scotland, to Essdale Helen (McLeod) and Sandy McDonald, who was a Presbyterian minister. He is of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. When he was about 3 or 4 years old, he decided to become an actor, inspired by his love of Doctor Who...
 
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Damian Lewis
Actor, Homeland
Damian Lewis was born on February 11, 1971, in St. John's Wood, London, England, to Charlotte Mary (Bowater), from an upper-class background, and J. Watcyn Lewis, a city broker whose own parents were Welsh. He was raised on Abbey Road in London until the age of 8 with his siblings Gareth, William, and Amanda...
 
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Amy Acker
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas where she graduated Lake Highlands High School, Amy Acker is the oldest of four children; she has two sisters and one brother. An acting major at Southern Methodist University, Amy acted in several college theater productions. She appeared in various roles during the fantasy segments for the popular award-winning children's TV series Wishbone...
 
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Richard Monette
Richard Monette played in small theatre roles, including the British staging of "Oh, Calcutta" in 1967. Achieved great success as a theatre director, becoming first Canadian-born artistic director of the Stratford Festival (Ontario) in 1993. He retired from that role in 2007. He suffered from vascular disease, and was going into hospital for tests when he suffered a pulmonary embolism.
 
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Kathleen Widdows
Casting Department, The Messengers
 
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Derek Jacobi
Actor, Gladiator
Preeminent British classical actor of the first post-Olivier generation, Derek Jacobi was knighted in 1994 for his services to the theatre, and, in fact, is only the second to enjoy the honor of holding TWO knighthoods, Danish and English (Olivier was the other). Modest and unassuming in nature, Jacobi's...