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Alfred Hitchcock
Director, Psycho
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and Eileen Hitchcock (born 1892)...
 
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Alan Ford
Actor, Snatch
 
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'Weird Al' Yankovic
Actor, UHF
Alfred Matthew Yankovic was born on October 23, 1959, in the Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood, to Mary Elizabeth (Vivalda) and Nick Louis Yankovic. He is of Serbian, Italian, and English descent. He first took up the accordion when a salesman came around to solicit business for a music school. His parents decided on the accordion because of polka king Frankie Yankovic (no relation)...
 
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Adam Deacon
Actor, Kidulthood
Adam Deacon is an actor and rapper from Hackney, East London. His father is from Morocco, and walked out on the family when Adam was just 2 years old. At the age of 12 Deacon began to act and trained at the Anna Scher Theatre. His early career included work with Y Touring Theatre Company, with whom he appeared in a number of tours including Cracked by Nicola Baldwin...
 
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Adam Sandler
Adam Richard Sandler was born September 9, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York, to Judith (Levine), a teacher at a nursery school, and Stanley Alan Sandler, an electrical engineer. He is of Russian Jewish descent. At 17, he took his first step towards becoming a stand-up comedian when he spontaneously took the stage at a Boston comedy club...
 
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Adrian Edmondson
Adrian Edmondson was born in Bradford, Yorkshire. He went to Manchester University to study drama. Whilst he was there he met Rik Mayall, and the pair began performing as 20th Century Coyote. The act continued after university when Adrian & Rik moved to London, and they became two of the leading lights in the new 'alternative comedy' scene...
 
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Adrian Lester
Actor, Hustle
Adrian Lester OBE was born on August 14, 1968 in Birmingham, England as Adrian Anthony Lester. He is a multi award winning actor and director, known for seven seasons of the hit TV show Hustle, The Day After Tomorrow and Primary Colors and his extensive classical work in the theatre playing Othello...
 
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Al Pacino
Al Pacino received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for Serpico; he was also nominated for The Godfather: Part II, Dog Day Afternoon and ...And ...and justice for all. and won the award in 1993 for his performance as a blind Lieutenant Colonel in Scent of a Woman. For his performances in The Godfather...
 
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Alain de Botton
Alain de Botton was born on 20 December 1969 in Zurich, Switzerland. He is the only son of Gilbert de Botton and Jacqueline Burgauer. He has one sister named Miel. Alain spent his childhood in Switzerland, where he learned to speak French and German. In 1981, Alain and his family moved to London, where he was primarily educated...
 
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Alan Davies
Self, QI
Alan lived in Loughton, Essex for most of his life, until he left to pursue a career in comedy. He now lives in Islington in north London. He is the second of three children, born in Essex, and has an older brother and a younger sister. He was raised by his father, an accountant when his mother died when he was just 6 years old...
 
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Alex Macqueen
Actor, Youth
Alex Macqueen was born in 1974 in Epsom, Surrey. He was in the National Youth Theatre in the 1990's while studying English at Durham University and International Relations at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He is best known for his roles as Julius Nicholson in 'The Thick of It' and Neil's Dad in 'The Inbetweeners'...
 
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Alex Zane
Writer, Rude Tube
Alex was born in Leeds, England in 1979. At school he was something of a geek, a studious young man who carried his books around in a briefcase, which was a source of constant amusement to school bullies. During a stint as the lead singer of a student band while studying for his A-Levels, Alex discovered...
 
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Alistair McGowan
Alistair McGowan, the master of mimicry, was born Alistair Charles McGowan in Evesham, Worcestershire, Great Britain. He is an actor, writer and producer. He attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the Barbican in London. There he studied alongside Ewan McGregor and Daniel Craig, among others...
 
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Andy Serkis
Andrew Clement G. Serkis was born April 20, 1964, in Ruislip Manor, West London, England. He has three sisters and a brother. His father, Clement Serkis, an ethnic Armenian whose original family surname was "Serkissian", was a Medical Doctor working abroad, in Iraq; the Serkis family spent a lot of time traveling around the Middle East...
 
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Angus Deayton
Gordon Angus Deayton known professionally as Angus Deayton, is an English actor, writer, musician, comedian, and broadcaster. He was the original presenter of the satirical panel game Have I Got News for You, a job from which he was dismissed in October 2002 after a second round of tabloid allegations about his personal life...
 
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Anthony Hopkins
Actor, Hannibal
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...
 
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Arnold Schwarzenegger
With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and one day be the Governor of California!...
 
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Ash Atalla
Producer, Trollied
 
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Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley is an English actor. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He is known for his starring role as Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film Gandhi, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also known for his performances in the films Schindler's List...
 
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Ben Miller
Halfway through a PhD in physics at Cambridge University, Ben met Alexander Armstrong (who was also studying there) in 1992. Instead of finishing his PhD, Ben chose to scrap science for comedy and started playing at the Comedy Club Footlights, Cambridge. After four years of touring pubs and underground comedy clubs...
 
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Ben Stiller
Producer, Zoolander
Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry (she converted to Judaism). It's not surprising that...
 
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Bernard Bresslaw
Actor, Krull
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.
 
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Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey is known for his sharp wit and classic sense of humor. he is most famous for being in Never Mind The Buzzcocks, celebrity game-show in which he is a team captain. Bill is a stand up comedian, and has also starred in cult comedies such as Spaced and of course Black Books. He was given the award for the "best stand-up" at the British comedy awards.
 
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Bill Hicks
Born in Georgia but raised in Houston since the age of 7, this self-described "Prince of Darkness" was compelled to use the comedy stage as his philosophic soapbox. At 13, he would sneak out of his suburban house to hustle his way onto open-mike night rosters. In two brief decades, Hicks worked his way up the sweat-stained comedy ladder to national exposure on The Tonight Show...
 
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Bill Maher
Bill Maher was born William Maher in New York City, New York, and grew up in River Vale, New Jersey. His father, William Aloysius Maher, Jr., who was of Irish descent, was a radio announcer and news editor. His mother, Julie (Berman), was a nurse, who was from a Jewish family. Maher was raised in his father's Catholic faith...
 
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Billy Murray
Actor, EastEnders
Billy Murray has entertained British Television audiences for over thirty years. He is perhaps best known for his role as DS Don Beech in ITV series The Bill, and has also appeared in EastEnders as the crime boss "Johnnie Allen". His on-screen presence is very much underrated and thanks...
 
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Blake Harrison
Blake attended the Brit School from 2003 and then the East 15 Acting School from 2007. He made his first appearance in The Inbetweeners for E4 as Neil and also appeared in two episodes of The Bill for ITV as Pete Monks in 2008. He has also appeared in fringe theater productions, such as The Accidental Lives of Memories as well as Market Boy and Richard III, whilst still training...
 
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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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Brad Pitt
An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club. However, his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball, and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, also loom large in his filmography...
 
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Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Pat and Frank Gleeson. From a very young age, he loved to learn, especially reading classical text in and outside the classroom. He took great attention to Irish play writers such as Samuel Beckett, which eventually led to him performing in his high school play production of "Waiting for Godot"...
 
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Brian De Palma
Director, Scarface
Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the script writers Paul Schrader...
 
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Bruce Willis
Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts. Walter Bruce Willis was born on March 19...
 
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Cavan Clerkin
Cavan Clerkin is a professional actor and filmmaker. As an actor his credits include roles in; The Trials of Jimmy Rose, Babylon, The Inbetweeners, The IT Crowd, Dead Set, He Kills Coppers and Pierrepoint. He played Vincent Mann in Morgana Robinson's The Agency, Karl in BAFTA nominated comedy Pulling...
 
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Charles Dance
Charles Dance is an English actor, screenwriter, and film director. Dance typically plays assertive bureaucrats or villains. Some of his most high-profile roles are Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones, Guy Perron in The Jewel in the Crown, Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child, Dr. Jonathan Clemens in Alien³...
 
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Charles Hawtrey
Coming from a theatrical family (although not related to the famous Edwardian actor Sir Charles Hawtrey, he did "borrow" his last name), Charles Hawtrey made his stage debut at age 11 after having spent several years in a prestigious acting school. A string of stage roles followed, and by 1929 his success led him to move into radio...
 
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Billy Connolly
Actor, Brave
Billy Connolly was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. He left school to work in the shipyards becoming a welder and joined the Territorial Army (in the parachute regiment) at around the same time. He developed an interest in folk music, eventually becoming an accomplished banjo player and a member of the band Humblebums with Gerry Rafferty (later of Baker Street fame)...
 
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Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett) and Bernard Rickman, who worked at a factory. He had English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Alan had an older brother David, a younger brother Michael and a younger sister Sheila. When Alan was 8 years old...
 
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Benicio Del Toro
Actor, Snatch
Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-'90s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican cop in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic. Born on February 19...
 
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Brian Blessed
Actor, Tarzan
Boisterous British actor Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television. A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and booming, operatic voice, Brian was born in 1936 and grew up in the mining village of Goldthorpe in South Yorkshire. His father was a miner who wanted a better life for his son; Brian lost three uncles in the pit...
 
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Bob Monkhouse
One of British TV's most popular performers with a career that spanned over four decades, funny-man Bob Monkhouse started off as a radio broadcaster (1947) and stand-up comic. He earned success early on as a gag writer, partnering with Denis Goodwin. In 1953, the duo won their own TV show called Fast and Loose...
 
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Adil Ray
Writer, Citizen Khan
Adil's background, outlook and brave style makes him a favourite among viewers and listeners. Adil is a stand out performer in today's comedy scene. Born in Birmingham on 26th April 1974 Adil made his comedy debut in 2010 on BBC2's Bellamy's People which included characters such as the self appointed Muslim community leader...
 
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Andy Samberg
Andy Samberg was born in Berkeley, California, to Marjorie (Marrow), a teacher, and Joe Samberg, a photographer. With Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, Samberg is one of three Los Angeles, California-based writer-performer-filmmakers--all childhood friends--dubbed the Lonely Island, whose short films were showcased on the popular untelevised television network show and Web site Channel 101.com...
 
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Bradley Cooper
Bradley Charles Cooper was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother, Gloria (Campano), is of Italian descent, and worked for a local NBC station. His father, Charles John "Charlie" Cooper, who was of Irish descent, was a stockbroker. He has a sister, Holly. Immediately after Bradley graduated from the Honors English program at Georgetown University in 1997...
 
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Anthony Head
Anthony Stewart Head was born on February 20, 1954 in Camden Town, north London, England. He grew up in Hampton, near Richmond upon Thames in London. He's the youngest son of his parents, Seafield Head (a documentary filmmaker) and Helen Shingler (an actress). He is the younger brother of musical...
 
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Bobby Ball
Robert Harper (Bobby Ball) and Thomas Derbyshire (Tommy Cannon) were both born in Oldham. They met in the early 1960s while working as welders in the same factory. Becoming friends, they formed a club act known as Bobby and Stevie Rhythm, which became the Sherrell Brothers then The Harper Brothers...
 
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Aml Ameen
Aml Ameen is a British actor in film, theatre and television. Hailing from North London, the son of Caribbean parents, Aml burst onto UK cinema screens with his standout performance as "Trife" in the cult classic, feature indie film, Kidulthood. His performance earned him a nomination for 'Best Newcomer" 2006 Screen Nation Awards...
 
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Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born and raised in London, England. His parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton (Timothy Carlton Congdon Cumberbatch), are both actors. He is a grandson of submarine commander Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, and a great-grandson of diplomat Henry Arnold Cumberbatch CMG...
 
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Alec Baldwin
Raven-haired, suavely handsome and prolific actor Alec Baldwin was born on April 3, 1958 in Massapequa, New York, and is the oldest, and easily the best-known, of the four Baldwin brothers in the acting business (the others are Stephen Baldwin, William Baldwin and Daniel Baldwin). Alexander Rae Baldwin III is the son of Carol Newcomb (Martineau) and Alexander Rae Baldwin...
 
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Andrew Collins
Andrew Collins is an author, journalist and broadcaster whose first BBC1 sitcom, Not Going Out (co-written with star Lee Mack) won the Breakthrough Award at the Royal Television Society Awards and the Rose D'Or for Best Sitcom. He began his journalistic career at the NME, going on to edit Q magazine and Empire...
 
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Ashley Thomas
Actor, 24: Legacy
Ashley Thomas is an English television, theatre, and film actor. He was selected as part of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow 2012. He attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts. He was born in London. His mother is Jamaican and his father is Dominican. He is also an award winning musician whereby he performs under the name Bashy.
 
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Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy is an award-winning British character actor. He was born William Francis Nighy on December 12, 1949 in Caterham, Surrey, England, to Catherine Josephine (Whittaker), a psychiatric nurse from Glasgow, and Alfred Martin Nighy, who was English-born and managed a garage in Croydon. At school...
 
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Carl Weathers
Actor, Predator
Carl Weathers was born on January 14, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana. A famous and successful football star at San Diego State, he played with the Oakland Raiders and retired from the sport in 1974, in order to give full attention to his goal: to be a real actor. Weathers first played small parts in two blaxploitation flicks...
 
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Alex Horne
Alex was born on September 10 1978. He studied at Cambridge University where he became a member of the Footlights Revue. In 2000 he made his debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his show How To Avoid Huge Ships and was nominated for the Perrier award for best new comic with his show How To Make Fish Laugh...
 
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Ben Chaplin
With charm to spare and dark, unassumingly handsome looks, British actor Ben Chaplin arrived on the Hollywood scene in smart and sexy fashion with the comedy The Truth About Cats & Dogs. While his habit for avoiding mainstream artificiality in favor of small, intense, independent vehicles is quite intact, in retrospect it looks as if he has purposely avoided glossy Hollywood stardom in search of quality work...
 
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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Born and raised in London, England, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje began his career as a model in Milan. He graduated with a masters degree in Law from London's prestigious Kings College, before moving to Los Angeles to make the transition to acting. Fluent in several languages, including English, Italian...
 
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