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1. Adolfo Celi

Actor | Thunderball

Sicilian born actor/writer/director was very popular with European audiences, but largely unknown to the west apart from his portrayal of the villainous SPECTRE agent "Emilio Largo" in the spectacular James Bond film Thunderball (1965). However, due to his heavy accent, Celi's voice was dubbed by ...

2. Alan Bennett

Actor | The Lady in the Van

Alan Bennett is an award-winning dramatist and screenwriter who is best known as a member of Beyond the Fringe (1964) (a satirical review that was a hit on both the London stage and on Broadway and featured fellow members Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore) and for his plays The Madness ...

3. Alan Price

Soundtrack | O Lucky Man!

At one time he was playing in three bands and at the same time holding down a job as a tax inspector. He and Eric Burdon used to go round the clubs as if they were in a Western. Eric used to sit in the band and sing the blues while Alan would play the piano and before long the five piece Alan Price...

4. Albert Lieven

Actor | Frieda

Born in Hokenstein near the Prussia/ Poland border his mother was German and his father a French doctor. He studied biology at Berlin University but gave it up for banking then despite family protests he turned to the stage at 23 doing walk on parts in theatre's around Europe .In 1937 he moved to ...

5. Albert R. Broccoli

Producer | Dr. No

Albert Romolo Broccoli was born in Astoria, Queens (New York City) on April 5th, 1909. His mother and father, Cristina and Giovanni Broccoli, raised young Albert in New York on the family farm. The family was in the vegetable business, and Albert claimed one of his uncles brought the first broccoli...

6. Albie Keen

Actor | Hope and Keen's Crazy House

Mike Hope and Albie Keen were 1st cousins and formed the comedy duo Hope and Keen, following in the footsteps of their comedian fathers who were the comedy duo Syd and Max Harrison. Mike and Albie were educated at public schools and made their first appearance at Dartmoor. They were trained ...

7. Alex Cord

Actor | Airwolf

Born Alexander Viespi, Jr. in Floral Park, New York in 1933, handsome, often mustachioed Alex Cord was stricken with polio at the age of 12. Confined to a hospital and iron lung for a long time, he overcame the illness after being sent to a Wyoming ranch for therapy. He soon regained his dream and ...

8. Alexander Korda

Director | The Private Life of Don Juan

One of a large group of Hungarian refugees who found refuge in England in the 1930s, Sir Alexander Korda was the first British film producer to receive a knighthood. He was a major, if controversial, figure and acted as a guiding force behind the British film industry of the 1930s and continued to ...

9. Alfred Marks

Actor | Gaslight Theatre

He was a boy soprano in his school's pierrot troupe and on leaving school became an auctioneer in London's Petticoat Lane Market. In WWII he joined the Royal Air Force for five years attaining the rank of flight sergeant. Finding himself in Italy he had his voice checked at the Italian ...

10. Ali MacGraw

Actress | Love Story

Ali was educated at Wellesley College, where she studied art history. After graduating, she worked on fashion magazines. Her interest in fashion photography led her to become a top model, a profession she carried on until 1968, when she made a late start in what was to be a sporadic film career, ...

11. Alice Faye

Soundtrack | Hello Frisco, Hello

As A&E's Biography put it, "She rose from the mean streets of New York's Hell's Kitchen to become the most famous singing actress in the world. When the pressures of fame became too much, she had the courage to leave Hollywood on her own terms". Alice Faye was born Alice Jeanne Leppert in NYC on ...

12. Angela Baddeley

Actress | Upstairs, Downstairs

Angela and her actress sister Hermione were born of a wealthy family with Angela making her stage debut at the age of 8 as a little orphan girl in The Dawn of Happiness. One night a police officer said that she was too young and wouldn't allow her to perform, The following year she auditioned at ...

13. Anita Dobson

Actress | Red Dwarf

She was born in the district of Bow in London to her parents Anne, a seamstress and father, a cutter in a dress factory and had a younger sister. She left school at 16 with 4 O levels and had a string of jobs including insurance clerk, and model for C and A (a clothes chain.) When young she'd ...

14. Ann Sears

Actress | The Bridge on the River Kwai

Ann comes from a talented family with her sister Heather being a star actress in her own right and her father being a doctor. Ann made her television debut in 1956 and her film debut a year later. Her television work started in 1956 and includes appearances in such series as 'Emergency Ward 10','...

15. Anna Wing

Actress | Son of Rambow

Anna Wing was a highly experienced film and stage actress who had appeared on television since the late 1930s. She appeared in numerous television series throughout her career, including The Wednesday Play (1964), Anna Karenina (1977) and Z Cars (1962). However, she became a household name when she...

16. Anne Fine

Writer | Mrs. Doubtfire

Anne is a prolific writer having written well over 40 books since her debut with The Summerhouse Loon which she wrote while expecting her first daughter. Her book Flour Babies was awarded the Carnegie Medal as the Best Childrens Book of the Year, and the 'Best Children's Novel in the Whitbread ...

17. Anne Reid

Actor | Hot Fuzz

Anne was born in the Jesmond area of Newcastle Upon Tyne but at a very young age her family moved to Redcar near Middlesborough, She was educated at a Welsh boarding school and started acting because her Geordie accent was so out of place in Wales. Enjoying acting encouraged her to train at RADA ...

18. Anthony Nelson Keys

Producer | The Curse of Frankenstein

He was one of four film making sons of comedian Nelson 'Bunch' Keys. Born in London, he was educated at Brighton College. He entered the entertainment world as a recording manager with a record company in the late 1920's In the early 1930's he switched from records to films working at the British ...

19. Anthony Steel

Actor | The Master of Ballantrae

Known primarily in Britain for his many "matinée idol" roles during the 1950s, Anthony Steel is perhaps best remembered in Hollywood and elsewhere as the erstwhile husband of Anita Ekberg.

His career never really took off in Hollywood; at one point during his marriage to Ms. Ekberg, he was referred ...

20. Antonia Ellis

Actress | The Boy Friend

About 1965 she had been dancing in Beirut when a passing Japanese dance company which had lost it's lead dancer invited her to join them. The problem was that an exit visa was needed to leave Beirut and she didn't have one so the dance company smuggled her into the departure lounge where she sat ...

21. Art Malik

Actor | The Living Daylights

He was born in Pakistan, the youngest son of an eye surgeon who moved to London to join Moorfields Eye Hospital. Art determined early on that he was English and never learned to speak Urdu or Hindi. He studied at Guildhall Drama School and while there got a part as a Buddist monk in a Peter Hall ...

22. Arthur Crabtree

Director | Don't Ever Leave Me

Arthur Crabtree (1900-1975) was born in Shipley, Yorkshire where he gave up a safe job with a local firm of engineers to become a clapper boy at Elstree Studios. He had always been interested in photography and at the age of 29 he took a calculated risk, which paid off, when sound hit the British ...

23. Arthur J. Jefferson

Writer | Duck Soup

Arthur who was known as AJ and would later become known as Stan Laurel's father, arrived in Bishop Auckland in 1889 with running a tent theatre but in Bishop he revived the Eden Theatre and developed a chain of theatres while writing his own plays and touring with his own company. He did well ...

24. Arthur P. Jacobs

Producer | Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

Arthur P. Jacobs is best known for producing the "Planet of the Apes" series. He bought the rights to Pierre Boulle's novel Monkey Planet in 1963. Many film studios passed on the project, stating that the concept was unfilmable. Jacobs persevered, and the film was released in 1968 to wide popular ...

25. Arthur Pentelow

Actor | The Man in Room 17

Arthur started off as a cadet clerk in the police force before spending 4 years in the navy during the war after which he became a student teacher then changed course and joined the Bradford Civic Theatre School to train as an actor, He was in repertory at Bristol Old Vic, Northampton and ...

26. Barbara Hicks

Actress | Brazil

The youngest of three daughters born to iron and steel merchant William 'Copper' Hicks and Hester, She was educated at a girls school in Shrewsbury where she appeared as the Duke of Gloucester in Richard of Bordeaux and as Bottom in A Midsummer Nights Dream, She served as a land girl during WWII ...

27. Barbara Knox

Actress | Coronation Street

Barbara was born in Oldham, Lancashire and left school at 15 to work as a post office telegraphist them in offices, factories and shops, After some amateur acting she joined Oldham Repertory and spent many years with them and touring companies plus work on radio and television. After quite a bit of...

28. Barbara Miller

Actress | Love and Kisses

Although born in London the family moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne where she started acting at the age of 4 and led to her doing repertory with Harry Hanson which gave her a complete mastery of drama, comedy, singing, dancing and accents giving her the keys to versatility, adaptability and humour as ...

29. Barry Unsworth

Writer | Losing Nelson

Born in Wingate, County Durham on the 10th August 1930 he was educated at Stockton on Tees Grammar School and Manchester University then spent a number of years in the Eastern Mediteranean region teaching English in Athens and Istanbul. He turned to writing with his first novel, 'The Partnership' ...

30. Basil Dearden

Director | Sapphire

A former stage director, Basil Dearden entered films as an assistant to director Basil Dean (he changed his name from Dear to avoid being confused with Dean). Dearden worked his way up the ladder and directed (with Will Hay) his first film in 1941; two years later he directed his first film on his ...

31. Belinda Sinclair

Actress | Bright's Boffins

It could be said that she was born into show business as her uncle was the film director Nicholas Roeg and her parents the actors Barry Sinclair and Nicola Sinclair. So it never occurred to do anything else other than act particularly when he was educated at the Arts Educational School although she...

32. 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 (1957) had done earlier). He was beginning to extend himself through stage work when, in 1993, just before a performance in "The Taming Of...

33. Bernard Horsfall

Actor | Braveheart

He was educated at Rugby where he became interested in acting. He spent a year in Canada studying agriculture then returned to England and taught at a prep school in Surrey. In 1950 he joined the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and on completing the course joined and toured with Dundee ...

34. Bernard Youens

Actor | Coronation Street

He was in a play at Stockport's Theatre Royal when he met 'Teddy', who had been training at the Manchester Ballet School, and had gone back stage . They were married some months later when he was in rep in Halifax. He was called up for war service in June 1940, just after their 3rd child had been ...

35. Beryl Reid

Actress | The Killing of Sister George

Beryl Reid was the daughter of Scottish parents and grew up in industrial Manchester, England. She left home at the age of 16 to go and work in a shop. She lasted 6 weeks. She applied for and was accepted in a revue in the Summer season in Bridlington. She had no formal training but joined the ...

36. Betty Grable

Actress | How to Marry a Millionaire

Elizabeth Ruth Grable was born on December 18, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Lillian Rose (Hofmann) and John Charles Grable, a stockbroker. She had German, English, Irish, and Dutch ancestry. Her mother was a stubborn and materialistic woman determined to make her daughter a star. Elizabeth, who ...

37. Bill Owen

Actor | Last of the Summer Wine

This English actor was born of humble, working class beginnings and became well-known for playing the same kind of blokes on both film and TV. Born William Rowbotham, he was the son of a tram driver and laundress. He knew early on that entertaining was the life for him. He worked in odd jobs as a ...

38. Billie Whitelaw

Actress | The Omen

Billie Whitelaw first appeared on the radio aged 11. She made her theatrical debut in 1950 and in films from 1953. She has made a speciality of playing intense, single-purposed women. Also, (on stage), she has appeared in many of the stranger plays by Samuel Beckett.

39. Billy Cotton

Actor | Music Hall Parade

Billy's first contact with music was as a boy chorister at St Margarets, Westminster, When the first world war came along he gave a false age to a recruiting sergeant and found himself in the Dardenelles at the age of 15 but when this was discovered he was shipped back home where he went off and ...

40. Bob Monkhouse

Writer | Dentist in the Chair

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 ...

41. Brian Murphy

Actor | Man About the House

In 1952 he did his National Service as an aircraftsman attaining 2nd class, Also in his company was Richard Briers. On being demobbed he joined RADA but after a year he had to leave as his money had run out. He then auditioned for Joan Littlewood in 1963 and was taken on for Oh! What a Lovely War ...

42. Bryan Johnson

Actor | BBC Sunday-Night Theatre

The brother of singer Teddy Johnson and brother in law of Pearl Carr he started his career with Westminster Cathedral choir then studied at LAMDA. After a number of years in classical theatre he relaunched himself as a singer and had a hit with 'Looking High High High which took 2nd place in the ...

43. Bryan Mosley

Actor | Get Carter

After leaving the RAF he trained for the theatre with Esme Church of the Northern Theatre School between 1951 -52, He became an expert swordsman to such an extent that he arranges fights for stage, film and television and is a founder member of the British Fight Arrangers, He was the first actor to...

44. Burt Kwouk

Actor | Kiss of the Dragon

Burt Kwouk was a British actor, who was best known for his role as Cato in the Pink Panther films, and for playing Mr Ling in the third James Bond film, Goldfinger.

Kwouk was born in Warrington, but was brought up in Shanghai. He made his film debut in the 1957 film Windom's Way. In Goldfinger (1964...

45. C.M. Pennington-Richards

Director | Double Bunk

Cyril Montague Pennington-Richards was born in London. He began his film career producing religious films for J. Arthur Rank's Religious Film Society. He entered the "mainstream" film industry as a cinematographer with Ireland's Border Line (1938), a low-budget vehicle for Irish comic actor Jimmy ...

46. Cantinflas

Actor | Around the World in 80 Days

Cantinflas, born Mario Moreno as the son of a Mexican postal employee, was a prolific and productive Mexican comedian/producer/writer/singer who also knew a fair bit about agriculture and medicine. He was married to Valentina Ivanova from 1936 until her death. He appeared in more than 55 films, ...

47. Carey Harrison

Writer | Orson Welles' Great Mysteries

Batteries of guns saluted Carey's birth because he was born in the middle of an air raid in February 1944 to his parents Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer. The slim six footer was educated at Harrow and Cambridge and became a resident writer for Granada Television's experimental Theatre, The Stables ...

48. Carey Lowell

Actress | Licence to Kill

A former leading fashion model, almost 5'10'' tall, Carey was a favorite with top American designers such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. Her father is a distinguished geologist who was voted Scientist of the Year in 1979 at the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists. As a result of his career ...

49. Carole Ashby

Actress | A View to a Kill

She had boarding school education and always wanted to act but her parents were against it.. She did a grooming course in modeling during school holidays and was subsequently offered a modeling course. Her parents refused to let her attend a drama school in London so she accepted the modeling ...

50. Carole Bouquet

Actress | For Your Eyes Only

Carole Bouquet is a French actress and fashion model. She is best known for played Bond girl Melina Havelock in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only (1981).

She also starred in That Obscure Object of Desire (1977), Nemo (1984), The Bridge (1999) and Do Not Disturb (2014).

In 2017 she starred in the...


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