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1. Benny Hill Benny Hill Writer, The Benny Hill Show He was born Alfred Hawthorn Hill. It was his grandfather who introduced him to Burlesque Shows and the theatre from where the young Benny Hill was to draw much of his comic inspiration. After his national service with the army during WW2, Benny came to London, adopted the stage name Benny Hill (in homage to his all time favourite comedian Jack Benny) and began appearing in variety shows...
2. Kenneth Connor Kenneth Connor Actor, 'Allo 'Allo! 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...
3. Jessie Matthews Jessie Matthews Actress, Strauss' Great Waltz Born to a huge, poor family in Soho in London's West End, Jessie Matthews became a big stage star in the late 1920s and 1930s, enjoying some crossover success in musical films. Her career never quite relaunched after the war, though, but she staged a comeback when she replaced the lead actress in the radio soap "Mrs Dale's Diary" in the 1960s...
4. Thora Hird Thora Hird Actress, Last of the Summer Wine In a career than spanned eight decades, Thora Hird was widely-regarded as one of Britain's finest character actresses. She made over 100 films as well as starring in a host of TV comedies and, as a straight actress, excelled in the works of playwright Alan Bennett. Even in her 90s, she was working almost daily...
5. Freddie Francis Freddie Francis Cinematographer, The Elephant Man During his last years at school he spent most of his time writing a thesis on 'the future of film' On leaving school he joined Gaumont British Studios at Lime Grove as an apprentice to a stills photographer for a year. He claimed this taught him more about the art of photography than any other form of training could...
6. Rose Hill Rose Hill Actress, 'Allo 'Allo! British character actress, best known as Fanny La Fan in the long-running sit-com 'Allo 'Allo. She continued to act until her eighties before spending her final years living at Denville Hall, the actors retirement home in Middlesex.
7. Henry McGee Henry McGee Actor, The Worker
8. Gerard Kelly Gerard Kelly Actor, Ae Fond Kiss...
9. Susan Shaw Susan Shaw Actress, Fire Maidens of Outer Space The lovely blonde actress, Susan Shaw, was groomed by the Rank Organisation in England for a career in film in the 40s and 50s. She was born on August 29, 1929 in West Norwood, England. Susan was at her best when cast in a role as a pretty young slip of a girl with her nose in the air. After a marriage to actor Albert Lieven...
10. Philip Jones Philip Jones Producer, As Time Goes By
11. Gustav Holst Gustav Holst Soundtrack, Invictus
12. Charles Simon Charles Simon Actor, Shadowlands
13. Ronald Leigh-Hunt Ronald Leigh-Hunt Actor, Freewheelers Ronald Leigh-Hunt trained for acting at the Italia Conti School. He made his debut in regional repertory theatre. In films from 1950, he was rarely out of work, usually cast in subtle authoritarian or aristocratic roles. Cultured and dapper, latterly white-haired, he was particularly noted for his resonant voice (outside of acting...
14. George Murcell George Murcell Actor, Cutthroat Island
15. Charlie Drake Charlie Drake Actor, The Worker
16. Derek Seaton Derek Seaton Actor, Coriolanus
17. Harold Goodwin Harold Goodwin Actor, The Bridge on the River Kwai
18. Terence Conoley Terence Conoley Actor, Fierce Creatures
19. Robert James Robert James Actor, Cold Comfort Farm Robert James was a Scottish actor whose gift for subtle characterisation meant that he was rarely out of work in a career on stage, television and in film which spanned over five decades. He was recognisable stalwart of British television drama, a prolific "I know the face, but" performer of intelligence...
20. Penelope Bartley Penelope Bartley Actress, The Big Chance
21. Leslie Henson Leslie Henson Actor, Broken Bottles Leslie Henson, comedian born in London in 1891. Famous for his bulging eyes, malleable face and raspy voice. He studied with 'the Cairns James School of Musical and Dramatic Art as a child, he was writing and producing theatrical pieces while still at school. Became popular in Music Hall from 1910, his first West End role in 1912 was 'Nicely...
22. Colin McCormack Colin McCormack Actor, First Knight Colin McCormack was born on December 2, 1941, in Cardiff, Wales. His father was a railway worker. He was educated at King's College in Cardiff, then studied at the Cardiff Art College before training at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. There, he met his future wife, the actress Wendy Allnutt...
23. Arthur Ibbetson Arthur Ibbetson Cinematographer, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
24. Aimée Delamain Aimée Delamain Actress, Santa Claus: The Movie
25. Emily Perry Emily Perry Actress, The Dame Edna Experience
26. Diana Morgan Diana Morgan Writer, Emergency-Ward 10
27. William K.L. Dickson William K.L. Dickson Cinematographer, Newark Athlete Born in France to British parents, William Kennedy-Laurie Dickson stayed in that country until age 19, when he, his mother and sisters (their father had died sometime before) returned to Great Britain. Once there, Dickson--in an early indication of his lifelong fascination with science and mechanics--began a correspondence with Thomas A. Edison in the US...
28. Michael Segal Michael Segal Actor, Candleshoe
29. Molly Weir Molly Weir Actress, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
30. Douglas Camfield Douglas Camfield Director, Doctor Who
31. W.S. Gilbert W.S. Gilbert Writer, The Pirate Movie William Schwenck Gilbert was born in London on November 18, 1836, to William Gilbert, a retired naval surgeon, and his wife Anne. The Gilberts would add three younger girls to the brood: Jane, Maud and Florence. His parents were cold and distant, with prickly characters. Stern and unyielding, they did not show affection for their son...
32. Anthony Dutton Anthony Dutton Actor, Firelight
33. Stuart Sherwin Stuart Sherwin Actor, Fear of Fanny
34. Walter Henry Walter Henry Actor, Lolita
35. Avice Landone Avice Landone Actress, The Leather Boys
36. Jocelyn Britton Jocelyn Britton Actress, Sapphire
37. Frank Atkinson Frank Atkinson Actor, Great Expectations
38. Alan Freeman Alan Freeman Self, All Systems Freeman
39. Pauline Letts Pauline Letts Actress, The Trojan Women
40. Elliot Scott Elliot Scott Production Designer, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
41. Desmond Rayner Desmond Rayner Actor, Copy Boy
42. Sheila Dunn Sheila Dunn Actress, Doctor Who
43. Margery Withers Margery Withers Actress, Secrets & Lies
44. Cecil M. Hepworth Cecil M. Hepworth Cinematographer, Alice in Wonderland Born in London, England, in 1874, Cecil Hepworth was one of the founders of the British film industry, directing and producing many films from 1898 into the late 1920s. Developing an early interest in films from following his father on lecture tours about the magic-lantern, he patented several photographic inventions and wrote possibly the earliest handbook on the film medium...
45. Tony Cyrus Tony Cyrus Actor, The Living Daylights
46. Althea Parker Althea Parker Actress, The Suffragette
47. Claude Dampier Claude Dampier Actor, Remember When
48. Roy Hines Roy Hines Actor, Carry on Teacher
49. S.D. Onions S.D. Onions Cinematographer, Romeo and Juliet
50. Edgar Wreford Edgar Wreford Actor, The Knack... and How to Get It
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