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Adams, (Wilfred) Robert (c. 1900–1965), actor, was born in Georgetown, British Guiana, the son of Robert Adams, boat builder. He was educated at St Stephen's Scots School, later St Joseph's Intermediate. In 1920 he won a government scholarship to be trained as a teacher at ...

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Ashcroft, Dame Edith Margaret Emily [Peggy] (1907–1991), actress, was born on 22 December 1907 in Croydon, Surrey, the second of two children of William Worsley Ashcroft (1878–1918), a land agent, and his wife, Violetta Maud, née Bernheim (1874–1926), a keen amateur actress of Danish and German-Jewish descent. Known from childhood as ...

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Askey, Arthur Bowden (1900–1982), actor and entertainer, was born on 6 June 1900 at 29 Moses Street, Liverpool, the elder child and only son of Samuel Askey (d. 1958), secretary of the firm Sugar Products of Liverpool, and his wife, Betsy Bowden (...

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Attenborough, Richard Samuel, Baron Attenborough (1923–2014), actor, film director, and film producer, was born at 9 Brunswick Walk, Cambridge, on 29 August 1923, the eldest son of Frederick Levi Attenborough (1887–1973), historian and academic administrator, first at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and subsequently as principal of the ...

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Baddeley, Hermione Youlanda Ruby Clinton (1906–1986), actress, was born on 13 November 1906 in Broseley, Shropshire, the youngest of four daughters (there were no sons) of William Herman Clinton-Baddeley, composer and journalist, and his wife, Louise Rosalie Bourdin. A descendant both of Sir Henry Clinton (1738?–1795)...

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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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Baker, Sir (William) Stanley (1928–1976), actor and film producer, was born at 32 Albany Street in Ferndale, a village in the Rhondda valley in south Wales, on 28 February 1928, the third of the three children of John Henry Baker and his wife, ...

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Balcon, Jill Angela Henriette (1925–2009), actress, was born on 3 January 1925 at 50 Ashley Gardens, Westminster, the elder child and only daughter of Sir Michael Elias Balcon (1896–1977), film producer, and his wife, Aileen Freda, formerly Jacobs, née Leatherman (1904–1988), both of Baltic–Jewish descent. Educated at ...

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Balfour, Betty (b. 1902?, d. 1977), actress, was, according to her death certificate, born in London on 23 March 1902, though other sources give 27 March 1903 (1939 register). There is no evidence to corroborate these dates, or to identify her parents. In later interviews she stated that her mother had died when she was nearly two and that she had been brought up by her uncle and aunt, Colonel and Mrs ...

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Bartholomew, Frederick Llewellyn [Freddie] (1924–1992), actor, was born on 28 March 1924 in Harlesden, London, the son of Cecil Llewellyn, a civil servant, and his wife, Lillie Mae. He was only three when he was sent to live in Warminster, Wiltshire, with his grandparents and aunt, ...

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Bates, Sir Alan Arthur (1934–2003), actor, was born at Queen Mary Nursing Home, Derby, on 17 February 1934, the eldest of the three sons of Harold Arthur Bates, an insurance superintendent, and his wife, Florence Mary, née Wheatcroft. At the time of his birth his parents lived at ...

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Beaton, Norman Lugard (1934–1994), actor, was born on 31 October 1934 in Georgetown, British Guiana, the son of William Solomon Beaton (d. 1983), civil servant, and his wife, Ada, née Mackintosh (d. 1962). He was educated at St Stephen's School and ...

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Bellingham, Lynda [née Meredith Lee Hughes] (1948–2014), actress, broadcaster, and writer, was born on 31 May 1948 in Montreal, Canada, the daughter of Carl Seymour Hutton (1896/7–1959) and Marjorie Bond, née Hughes (1917–2012). At the age of four months she was adopted by an English couple, Capt. ...

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Bennett, (Nora Noel) Jill (1929?–1990), actress, was born, possibly on 24 December 1929, in Penang, Malaya, the only child of (James) Randle Bennett, an owner of rubber plantations, and his wife, Nora Adeline Beckett. Her death certificate claims that she was born in 1931, but she was reticent about her date of birth. In ...

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Bogarde, Sir Dirk [real name Derek Niven van den Bogaerde] (1921–1999), actor and author, was born on 28 March 1921 in a taxi in Hampstead, the son of Ulric van den Bogaerde (d. 1973), the Dutch-born arts editor of The Times...

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Brambell, (Henry) Wilfrid (1912–1985), actor, was born on 22 March 1912 at 6 Edenvale Road, Rathgar, co. Dublin, one of at least two sons of Henry Lytton Brambell, a cashier at the Guinness brewery, and his wife, Edith Marks (b. c.1879)...

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Briers, Richard David (1934–2013), actor, was born on 14 January 1934 at the Nelson Hospital in Merton, south London, the elder child (his sister, Jane, was born in 1939) of Joseph Benjamin Briers (1901–1980), a 'commission agent' or bookmaker, and Morna Phyllis Richardson (1909–1992)...

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Brown, Janet McLuckie (1923–2011), actress and impressionist, was born on 14 December 1923 at 26 Hamilton Road, Rutherglen, near Glasgow, the daughter of Andrew Brown, a sheet-iron worker in the Clyde shipyards, and his wife, Helen McLuckie, née Russell. She was educated at ...

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Brown, Pamela Mary (1917–1975), actress, was born at 45 Howitt Road, Hampstead, London, on 8 July 1917, the daughter of George Edward Brown, a journalist, and his wife, Helen Blanche Ellerton. She was educated at St Mary's Convent, Ascot, and subsequently studied at the ...

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Burton, Richard [formerly Richard Walter Jenkins] (1925–1984), actor, was born on 10 November 1925 at Pont-rhyd-y-fen, a village in the Afan valley, 4 miles from Port Talbot, the sixth son and twelfth of the thirteen children of Richard Jenkins, a miner, and his wife, ...