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1. Laurence Olivier 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...
2. Alec Guinness Alec Guinness Actor, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Alec Guinness was an English actor. After an early career on the stage, he was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets in which he played eight different characters. He is also known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946)...
3. Boris Karloff Boris Karloff Actor, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Along with fellow actors Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, Boris Karloff is recognized as one of the true icons of horror cinema, and the actor most closely identified with the general public's perception of the "monster" from the classic Mary Shelley book, "Frankenstein". William Henry Pratt was born on November 23...
4. Desmond Llewelyn Desmond Llewelyn Actor, The World Is Not Enough Desmond Llewelyn was born in South Wales in 1914, the son of a coal mining engineer. In high school, he worked as a stagehand in the school's productions and then picked up sporadic small parts. His family would not give up their effort to prevent him from a life on stage, so an uncle who was a high ranking police officer arranged for Llewelyn to take the department's physical exam...
5. Jon Finch Jon Finch Actor, Frenzy Dark, broodingly handsome Jon Finch was the son of a merchant banker. His first stage role was in elementary school at age 13 playing a Roman noblewoman(!). After gaining experience in amateur theatre groups and following a short stint with a folk singing group, he suddenly left for military service at age 18...
6. Tom Bell Tom Bell Actor, The Krays Tom Bell was one of the UK's finest actors but he never achieved the star billing or recognition he so richly deserved. His career spanned some 50 years. Time and time again, Bell gave memorable performances. From the able seaman ordered to be flogged by a sadistic officer, played by Dirk Bogarde, in the film...
7. Maurice Evans Maurice Evans Actor, Planet of the Apes A grand, robust, highly theatrical British classical actor, Maurice Evans was the son of a justice of the peace who enjoyed amateur playwriting on the side. In fact, his father adapted several adaptations of Thomas Hardy's novels and Evans would often appear in them. Early interest also came in London choirs as a boy tenor...
8. Paul Scofield Paul Scofield Actor, A Man for All Seasons Though his number of film roles amount to a bit over 30, Paul Scofield has cast a giant shadow in the world of stage and film acting. He grew up in West Sussex, the son of a schoolmaster. He attended the Varndean School for Boys in Brighton. The love of acting came early. While still high school age...
9. Kate O'Mara Kate O'Mara Actress, Triangle Kate O'Mara was born Frances Meredith Carroll on August 10, 1939 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. A hard-looking brunette with high cheekbones, Kate was the daughter of actress Hazel Bainbridge and John Carroll and prodded into performing as a child. Educated at the Aida Foster School, she began an early career as a speech therapist at a Sussex Girls' School...
10. Alexandra Bastedo Alexandra Bastedo Actress, Batman Begins
11. Nigel Green Nigel Green Actor, The Ipcress File The character actor Nigel Green, born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1924, was educated in England and studied chemical engineering before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. By age 24, he was appearing on stage at both the Old Vic and Stratford-on-Avon, and in the early 1950s...
12. Sebastian Shaw Sebastian Shaw Actor, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Though primarily a stage actor, Sebastian Shaw appeared in some forty film and television productions from 1930 to 1991. Born on May 29, 1905 in Holt, Norfolk, England, he first appeared on stage as a child in 1913, graduating to lead roles by the late 1920s. It was in 1930 that he made his first film appearance in Caste...
13. Harry Andrews Harry Andrews Actor, Battle of Britain British character actor Harry Andrews had the sort of massive granite face and square jaw that would stamp that career, but he set himself apart with brilliant stage and screen work. He had graduated from Wrekin College in Shropshire and then moved on to the stage, appearing with Liverpool Repertory in 1933 and focusing on Shakespearean roles...
14. Sydney Bromley Sydney Bromley Actor, The NeverEnding Story
15. Anthony Dawson Anthony Dawson Actor, Dr. No Long-faced, emaciated-looking character actor with a thin mustache and an impeccable English accent, Anthony Dawson was typecast in a variety of villainous roles in the 1950s and 1960s. He was born Anthony Douglas Gillon Dawson in Edinburgh, Scotland, to Ida Violet (Kittel) and Eric Francis Dawson...
16. Spike Milligan Spike Milligan Actor, Q5 Spike was born an 'Army Brat', the son of an Irish Captain in the British Raj in India. Educated in a series of Roman Catholic schools in India and at Lewisham Polytechnic in England, he spent his formative years playing the fool and playing the trumpet in local jazz bands. He joined the British Army himself (under protest if you believe his auto-biogs) as a conscript at the outbreak of WWII...
17. Virginia North Virginia North Actress, On Her Majesty's Secret Service The daughter of an American Army Officer and a British mother, Virginia Anne Northrop spent her childhood travelling and growing up in whatever country her father happened to be posted. By the age of twenty, she settled in London and became a fashion model with Europe's leading agency, Models 1. Despite having little or no acting experience...
18. Flora Robson Flora Robson Actress, Black Narcissus Flora Robson knew she was no beauty, but her wise and sympathetic face would become a familiar - indeed, shining - ornament of the 1930s and 40s silver screen. Though not sure of acting as a career in her early years, she nevertheless appeared on stage for the first time at 5 years old. She was educated...
19. Arthur Conan Doyle Arthur Conan Doyle Writer, Sherlock Holmes
20. Margaret Leighton Margaret Leighton Actress, The Go-Between British theatre actress Margaret Leighton made her classical stage debut at age 16. The daughter of a businessman, she joined the Old Vic Company under the direction of Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson and in the late 40s and 50s earned kudos for her theatrical endeavors on both the London and Broadway stages...
21. Cecil Parker Cecil Parker Actor, The Lady Vanishes An air of almost smug disdain would hang over his characters like a grey cloud. Yet he could end up being a ray of sunshine with that cloud. Stage or screen, comedy or drama, playing butler or Lord Commander, Englishman Cecil Parker was born in 1897 and took an avid interest in performing following his discharge from World War I military service...
22. Patsy Rowlands Patsy Rowlands Actress, The Squirrels Born in 1931, she attended a succession of Convent Schools without any sense of direction until a new elocution teacher recognised her potential, and encouraged her to apply for a Guildhall School of Speech and Drama scholarship. She won it when she was just 15, coming top in the whole of England. ...
23. James Villiers James Villiers Actor, For Your Eyes Only Character actor James Villiers was of an aristocratic background - you could half tell, not only from his sardonic looks and precisely modulated voice, but from the roles he played. More often than not, he was typecast as a snobbish, supercilious upper-class twit, effete weakling or comic second-string villain...
24. Dora Bryan Dora Bryan Actress, A Taste of Honey
25. Harry H. Corbett Harry H. Corbett Actor, Steptoe and Son Harry H Corbett (he added the "H" to avoid being confused with Sooty's friend) was born in Burma in 1925. His father was an officer in the army. His mother died when he was very young and he moved to England as a child and was brought up in Manchester by an aunt. After his war service, he joined a repertory company and during the 1950s appeared in many stage productions...
26. Alfred Lynch Alfred Lynch Actor, The Hill Alfred Lynch was born in the East End of London in 1931. Born the son of a plumber, he quit school to become a draughtsman's apprentice. After doing his National Service in the Army he began to train as an actor, coming out as a real talent of British cinema with critically acclaimed roles in Coventry and the Royal Court in London...
27. Gabrielle Brune Gabrielle Brune Actress, The Titfield Thunderbolt
28. Tony Steedman Tony Steedman Actor, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
29. Edward Chapman Edward Chapman Actor, Things to Come
30. Brenda de Banzie Brenda de Banzie Actress, The Man Who Knew Too Much The daughter of a musical conductor, fair-haired, slightly plump Brenda de Banzie appeared in just a handful of films. As the result of two outstanding performances, she became an unexpected star when well into her middle age. Brenda first came to public notice as a sixteen year old chorine on the London stage in "Du Barry Was a Lady"...
31. Anna Cropper Anna Cropper Actress, Cromwell
32. Michael Trubshawe Michael Trubshawe Actor, The Pink Panther
33. Brian Hall Brian Hall Actor, The Long Good Friday Actor Brian Hall was best known for his role as Terry the cook in the BBC comedy series Fawlty Towers. He began acting while still in his teens in amateur shows where his burly frame made him ideal casting for villains and heavies. After leaving school he worked as a taxi driver before he was spotted by theatrical agent Richard Ireson who persuaded him that his talent lay in theatre...
34. Ursula Howells Ursula Howells Actress, Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced Ursula Howells was educated at St Paul's Girls' School in London, where her father Herbert Howells, a doyen of English church music taught music for 26 years. Following the death of her brother Michael from polio in 1935, her father composed his great choral masterpiece "Hymnus Paradisi". She was evacuated to Scotland during the Second World War and made her stage debut in 1940 with Dundee rep...
35. Cyril Raymond Cyril Raymond Actor, Brief Encounter
36. Mike Pratt Mike Pratt Actor, My Partner the Ghost
37. Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff Actor, From Russia with Love
38. Louis Mansi Louis Mansi Actor, 'Allo 'Allo!
39. Marius Goring Marius Goring Actor, The Red Shoes The son of Dr. Charles Buckman Goring M.D. and Kate Winifred (nee MacDonald). Marius Goring was educated at Perse School, Cambridge, England and at the Universities of Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna and Paris. He studied for the stage under Harcourt Williams at the Old Vic dramatic school, London. His first stage appearance was at Cambridge in 1925 in "Crossings"...
40. Paul Bhattacharjee Paul Bhattacharjee Actor, Casino Royale
41. Brian Jones Brian Jones Self, Sympathy for the Devil Jones was born on 28 February, 1942, to Lewis and Louise Jones. He had two sisters, Pamela and Barbara. Pamela died when Brian was still a child. He fathered his first of several children in high school and was subsequently made to leave. In the early 1960s, Brian formed the legendary group, The Rolling Stones...
42. Ralph Michael Ralph Michael Actor, Empire of the Sun
43. Peter Williams Peter Williams Actor, Shadow Squad Peter was born in New Orleans, USA, but moved to England, where he lived his entire life, as a child. He married Helen Irving, and they had two children, David (1940) and Diana (1943). Peter was a very talented musician, he was especially good at playing the organ. After the death of his wife in the 1990's he continued to live in their apartment in Little Common...
44. Valentine Dyall Valentine Dyall Actor, The Haunting He could have been described as the "British Vincent Price". This distinguished actor was probably best known for his voice work. His low, resonant and mellifluous tones were employed to chill and excite for at least half a century. His most famous radio role was as "The Man In Black", back in the late 1940s...
45. Peter Madden Peter Madden Actor, From Russia with Love
46. Hugh Lloyd Hugh Lloyd Actor, Hugh and I
47. M.E. Clifton James M.E. Clifton James Writer, Hell, Heaven or Hoboken Served in WWI, and was badly gassed. After the war, took up acting, and was on the London stage in WWII, where he came to the attention of MI5 (British Military Intelligence) by accident. At the end of one nightly performance, he couldn't find the hat that he would normally wear, and so he donned a beret and walked onstage; the audience...
48. Elizabeth Allan Elizabeth Allan Actress, A Tale of Two Cities
49. Bob Anderson Bob Anderson Stunts, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
50. John Bentley John Bentley Actor, African Patrol
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