Well known great British talent

by cookemd | created - 02 Jun 2013 | updated - 15 Jun 2013 | Public

well known on British tv

1. Clive Dunn

Actor | Dad's Army

Clive Dunn was born on January 9, 1920 in Brixton, London, England as Clive Robert Benjamin Dunn. He was an actor and writer, known for Dad's Army (1968), The Avengers (1961) and Dad's Army (1971). He was married to Priscilla Morgan and Patricia Kenyon. He died on November 6, 2012 in Faro, Algarve,...

2. Bill Pertwee

Actor | Dad's Army

Bill Pertwee was born on July 21, 1926 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England as William Desmond Anthony Pertwee. He was an actor and writer, known for Dad's Army (1968), Dad's Army (1971) and Two in Clover (1969). He was married to Marion Pertwee. He died on May 27, 2013 in Truro, Cornwall, England.

3. Harry H. Corbett

Actor | Carry on Screaming!

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 ...

4. Tommy Trinder

Actor | Sailors Three

An amiable, beloved Cockney cut-up from the 1930s on, London-born Tommy Trinder, the son of a tram driver, quit school and sought the stage, milking laughs at the tender age of 13 in a musical revue that was touring South Africa. Following that he became a boy vocalist at Collins' Music-Hall. The ...

5. Harry Corbett

Writer | Sooty

Harry Corbett was born on January 28, 1918 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. He is known for his work on Sooty (2011), Sooty: Learn the Alphabet (2015) and The Sooty Show (1968). He was married to Marjorie Corbett. He died on August 17, 1989 in Child Okeford, Blandford Forum, Dorset, England.

6. Arthur Lowe

Actor | Dad's Army

Lowe, rotund and professionally indefatigable, rightly gained acclaim as an accomplished comedy character actor; fondly remembered as the irascible "Captain Mainwaring" in the Home Guard comedy series Dad's Army (1968-1977), and as Coronation Street (1960)'s "Leonard Swindley". The only child of a ...

7. Norman Wisdom

Actor | The Early Bird

Norman Wisdom has become the great British clown very much in the mould of Charles Chaplin with his "little man" in the ill fitting suit and cloth cap. His character is "everyman", much put upon but struggling through to a (usually) happy ending. He was brought up in an orphanage after his mother ...

8. Bob Grant

Actor | On the Buses

Bob Grant was trained at Rada after spending some time as a Lieutenant with the Royal Artillery. He plied his trade to begin with in Repertory and appeared on stage for many years all around the UK. His work in rep continued up to the mid-90s. He will be best remembered for his role of Jack Harper,...

9. Anna Karen

Actress | Holiday on the Buses

Anna Karen was born on September 19, 1936 in Durban, South Africa. She is an actress, known for Holiday on the Buses (1973), On the Buses (1971) and EastEnders (1985). She was previously married to Terry Duggan.

10. Des O'Connor

Soundtrack | Kraft Music Hall Presents: The Des O'Connor Show

Des O'Connor was born on January 12, 1932 in Stepney, London, England as Desmond Bernard O'Connor. He has been married to Jodie Brooke Wilson since September 23, 2007. They have one child. He was previously married to Jay Rufer, Gillian Vaughan and Phyllis Gill.

11. Ken Dodd

Actor | Hamlet

Ken Dodd was born on November 8, 1927 in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, England as Kenneth Arthur Dodd. He was a writer, known for Hamlet (1996), The Ken Dodd Laughter Show (1979) and Alice in Wonderland (1999). He was married to Anne Jones. He died on March 11, 2018 in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, Merseyside, ...

12. Charles Hawtrey

Actor | Carry On... Up the Khyber

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 ...

13. Frankie Howerd

Actor | Up Pompeii

Francis Alick Howerd, who grew up to become popular British comedian Frankie Howerd, was born in 1917 and first set foot on stage at age 4. A Sunday school teacher as a teen, his father, who died in 1934, had been an Army man for most of his life. Not long after Frankie was invited to audition for ...

14. Matthew Corbett

Actor | Doctor Who

Matthew Corbett was born on March 28, 1948 in Yorkshire, England as Peter Graham Matthew Corbett. He is an actor and writer, known for Doctor Who (1963), The Sooty Show (1968) and Sooty & Co. (1993). He is married to Sallie Corbett.

15. Bruce Forsyth

Actor | Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Veteran entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth had a career spanning eight decades, in which he went from struggling variety performer to Saturday night TV stardom. On the way, he became one of the most recognisable entertainers in the business, driven by what appeared to be inexhaustible energy. He became ...

16. Michael Parkinson

Actor | Love Actually

Michael Parkinson was educated at Barnsley Grammar School. He left at the age of 16 and his ambition of becoming a professional cricketer was dashed when he was rejected by Yorkshire County Cricket Club. He turned to journalism, worked on several local newspapers in Yorkshire before joining the ...

17. Terry Wogan

Actor | Ashes to Ashes

Terry Wogan was born on August 3, 1938 in Limerick, Ireland as Michael Terence Wogan. He was an actor, known for Ashes to Ashes (2008), Moone Boy (2012) and The Goodies (1970). He was married to Helen Joyce. He died on January 31, 2016 in Buckinghamshire, England.

18. Val Doonican

Soundtrack | Ring of Bright Water

Val Doonican was born on February 3, 1927 in Waterford, Co. Waterford, Republic of Ireland as Michael Valentine Doonican. He was a writer and actor, known for Ring of Bright Water (1969), The Val Doonican Show (1970) and Saturday Variety (1972). He was married to Lynette Rae. He died on July 1, ...

19. Bernard Manning

Actor | The Impressionable Jon Culshaw

Bernard Manning was born on August 13, 1930 in Ancoats, Manchester, Lancashire, England as Bernard John Manning. He was an actor and writer, known for The Impressionable Jon Culshaw (2004), The Great British Striptease (1980) and The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club (1974). He was married to ...

20. Arthur English

Actor | Are You Being Served?

One of Britain's great variety comedians Arthur English was known as 'The Prince of the Wide Boys', a cockney 'spiv' character outrageously dressed on stage and wearing a huge kipper tie.

Born in Aldershot, Hants English started his career at an early age appearing in amateur shows but did not ...

21. Warren Mitchell

Actor | The Trollenberg Terror

Warren Mitchell was born on January 14, 1926 in Stoke Newington, London, England as Warren Misell. He was an actor, known for The Crawling Eye (1958), Jabberwocky (1977) and Carry on Cleo (1964). He was married to Constance Wake. He died on November 14, 2015 in Highgate, London.

22. James Beck

Actor | Dad's Army

Londoner James Beck took to the Theatre at the end of his National Service, playing roles as diverse as Shylock to Archie Rice in "The Entertainer". His role as Cockney spiv Private Walker in Dad's Army made him a familiar face, if not a familiar name. His life was cut short before a potentially ...

23. John Le Mesurier

Actor | The Italian Job

The son of a solicitor, British character actor John Le Mesurier attended public school in Dorset, England, before embarking on a career in law. However, acting was his true calling, and at age 20, with his parents' approval, he began his acting career by studying drama at the Fay Compton School of...

24. John Laurie

Actor | The 39 Steps

John Laurie was a Scotsman who would play many character roles in his long career - a lot of Scotsmen to be sure - but an enthusiastic and skilled actor in nearly 120 screen roles. He was the son of a mill worker, and studied for a career in architecture which he indeed began. But with World War I ...

25. Arnold Ridley

Actor | Dad's Army

Having sustained injuries during World War I , the young Arnold Ridley was forced to give up a budding acting career and turn to writing. He hit the jackpot with 'The Ghost Train' which was a great West End success and has been filmed several times. This was followed by a number of other plays ...

26. Danny La Rue

Actor | Our Miss Fred

Danny La Rue was born on July 26, 1927 in County Cork, Irish Free State as Daniel Patrick Carroll. He was an actor, known for Our Miss Fred (1972), BBC Play of the Month (1965) and ITV Play of the Week (1955). He died on May 31, 2009 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.

27. Ian Lavender

Actor | Dad's Army

Ian Lavender attended Bournville Technical College in the West Midlands and then studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He graduated in 1967. Acting on the stage at Canterbury followed and his first television work was the ATV play "Flowers At My Feet" in 1968. He then became the youngest ...

28. Tommy Cooper

Actor | The Plank

After leaving the army Tommy Cooper took up show business in 1947 and so started his long career of comedy derived around visual humour, magic tricks that didn't work and his trademark red fez, a prop that started from his days in the army. The BBC described him as an "Unattractive young man with ...

29. Keith Harris

Self | The Good Old Days

Keith Harris was born on September 21, 1947 in Lyndhurst, Hampshire, England as Keith Shenton Harris. He was married to Sarah Metcalf, Shari Wright and Jacqui Scott. He died on April 28, 2015 in Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, Lancashire, England.

30. Richard Gibson

Actor | 'Allo 'Allo!

Richard Gibson was born on January 1, 1954 in Kampala, Uganda. He is an actor, known for 'Allo 'Allo! (1982), The Go-Between (1971) and Wainwright's Law (1980). He is married to Kate. They have two children.