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Armstrong, William (1882–1952), actor and theatre producer, was born at Edinburgh on 30 November 1882, the eldest son of John Armstrong, a grocer, and his wife, Annie Tait. Descended from schoolmasters and ministers, young William was brought up to be a devout Baptist and a teetotaller, and as raconteur and humorist would recall singing at ...

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Asche, (Thomas Stange Heiss) Oscar (1871–1936), actor and theatre producer, was born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, on 24 January 1871, the son of Thomas Asche (1826–1898), a Norwegian by birth. Asche referred to his mother as being 'a Kentish woman of farming stock...

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Alan Fernand Badel (1923–1982) by Vivienne, 1950s © Vivienne; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Badel, Alan Fernand (1923–1982), actor and theatre producer, was born in Rusholme, Manchester, on 11 September 1923, the son of Auguste Firman Joseph Badel (1891–1962), a shipping clerk and office manager of French birth, and his wife of Huguenot descent, Elizabeth Olive Till (...

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Banbury, (Frederick Harold) Frith (1912–2008), actor, theatre director, and producer, was born on 4 May 1912 at 8 The Terrace, The Hoe, Plymouth, the elder child of Captain Frederick Arthur Frith Banbury (1874–1951), naval officer, and his wife, Winifred, née Fink (1876/7–1960). His sister ...

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Farley, Charles (1771–1859), actor and theatre producer, was born in London. He is said by John Doran to have appeared on stage at Covent Garden as early as 1782, but the first documented record of him is as Prince Edward in Richard III...

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Fay, William George (1872–1947), actor and theatre producer, was born on 12 November 1872 in Dublin, the younger son of William Patrick Fay, a civil servant, and his wife, Martha, née Dowling. He was educated at Belvedere College, Dublin. Fay, with his brother ...

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Hulbert, John Norman [Jack] (1892–1978), actor and theatre producer, was born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, on 24 April 1892, the elder son (there were no daughters) of Henry Harper Hulbert MRCS LRCP and his wife, Lilian Mary Hinchliffe. His younger brother, Claude Noel Hulbert...