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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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Barker, Ronald William George [Ronnie] (1929–2005), actor and comedian, was born on 25 September 1929 at 70 Garfield Street, Bedford, the only son and second of the three children of Leonard William Barker, a clerk for Shell, and his wife, Edith Eleanor, née...

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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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Bentine [formerly Bentin], Michael (1922–1996), comedian, was born on 26 January 1922, in Watford, Hertfordshire, the second of two sons of Adan (later Adam) Bentin, aeronautical engineer, and his wife, Florence (d. 1949), daughter of James Dawkins, a Southend Water Board...

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Black, Cilla [real name Priscilla White] (1943–2015), singer and television presenter, was born on 27 May 1943 at 380 Scotland Road, Liverpool, the daughter of John Patrick White (1904–1971), dock labourer, and his wife, Priscilla, née Blythen (1911–1996...

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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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Browne, Coral Edith (1913–1991), actress, was born Coral Edith Brown (she later added the ‘e’ to her surname for stage purposes) on 23 July 1913 in Melbourne, Australia, the only child of Leslie Clarence Brown, restaurateur, and his wife, Victoria Elizabeth Bennett. Her father ran a successful restaurant in ...

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Bryant, Michael Dennis (1928–2002), actor, was born on 5 April 1928 at 22 Odessa Road, Harlesden, London, the son of William Frederick Bryant, civil engineer and later bookmaker, and his wife, Mary Agnes (Ann), née Jackson. He was educated at Battersea grammar school...

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Bucknell, Robert Barraby [Barry] (1912–2003), television presenter, was born at 61 King Henry's Road, Hampstead, London, on 26 January 1912, the elder son and eldest of four children of Arthur Thomas Bucknell, surveyor and valuer, and his wife, Dora Isabel, née Bromby. He was educated at ...

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Calvert, Phyllis [real name Phyllis Hannah Bickle] (1915–2002), actress, was born on 18 February 1915 at 3 Wellington Street, Chelsea, London, the second of the two children (both daughters) of Frederick Bickle, blacksmith, and his wife, Annie, née Williams. By her own account a 'skinny, shy' child (...

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Cooper, Thomas Frederick [Tommy] (1921–1984), comedian, was born on 19 March 1921 at Caerphilly, Glamorgan, the elder of the two sons of Thomas Cooper, coalminer, and his wife, Catherine Gertrude Wright. Although born in Wales, Cooper was brought up mainly in Exeter (where he attended ...

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Corbett, Harry [known as Harry H. Corbett] (1925–1982), actor, was born in Rangoon, Burma, on 28 February 1925, the youngest of seven children of George Corbett (1885/6–1943), a staff sergeant in the South Staffordshire regiment stationed in Burma, and his wife, Caroline Emily, ...

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Coren, Alan (1938–2007), humorous writer, was born on 27 June 1938 at 2 Queensdown Road, Hackney, London, the son of Samuel Coren, builder and plumber, and his wife, Martha, née Coren, hairdresser. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Cushing, Peter Wilton (1913–1994), actor, was born at Normandy, Godstone Road, Kenley, Surrey, on 26 May 1913, the second son of George Edward Cushing (1881–1956), quantity surveyor, and his wife, Nellie Maria, née King (1880–1961). His grandfather Henry Cushing had been a member of ...

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Davies, John Howard (1939–2011), actor and television producer and director, was born on 9 March 1939 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, the elder son of John Bernard Henry Leslie (Jack) Davies [see below], scriptwriter, and his wife, Dorothy Leonora, née...

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Dawson, Leslie [Les] (1931–1993), comedian, was born on 2 February 1931 in Thornton Street, Collyhurst, Manchester, the only child of Leslie Dawson (1905–1970), bricklayer, and his wife, Julia (c.1914–1957), daughter of David and Ellen Nolan. A small, chubby, solitary child, he grew up in some poverty in a ...

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Denham, (William) Maurice (1909–2002), actor, was born on 23 December 1909 at 29 Albemarle Road, Beckenham, Kent, the son of Norman Denham, dentist, and his wife, (Eleanor) Winifred, née Lillico. He was educated at the Abbey School, where he made his stage début at the age of five as the Spirit of 1917, and at ...