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Arthur, John (bap. 1708?, d. 1772), actor and designer of stage machinery, was most probably the son of Thomas and Mary Arthur who was baptized at St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London, on 23 April 1708. In September 1730 he made an appearance at ...

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Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge (1932–2010) by Eamonn McCabe, 2002 © Eamonn McCabe

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Bainbridge, Dame Beryl Margaret (1932–2010), actress, writer, and artist, was born on 21 November 1932 at 294 Menlove Avenue, Allerton, Liverpool, the younger child of Richard Bainbridge, commercial agent, and his wife, Winifred, née Baines. Her father was a self-made man who left school at ten, established himself successfully in business, but then went bankrupt as a result of the 1929 financial crash. His wife, who considered that her husband had married above himself, was disappointed and embittered by the family's reduced circumstances, and the young ...

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Cane, Andrew (c. 1589–1656x61), goldsmith and actor, was the son of Robert Cane of Windsor, butcher; he may be the otherwise unnamed ‘Keane’, son of Robert Kene and Lucresia Andrews, who was baptized at the parish church of St John, Windsor, on 2 March 1589. He was apprenticed to ...

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William Cartwright (1606–1686) by John Greenhill, mid-1660s by permission of the Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery

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Cartwright, William (1606–1686), actor and art collector, was born at the end of December 1606, the son of William Cartwright, actor, and was baptized at St Mary Magdalen, Old Fish Street, London, on 1 January 1607. The elder Cartwright was playing for the ...

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Green, (Phyllis) Pamela (1929–2010), model and actress, was born on 28 March 1929 at 209 Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, the only child of Leonard Henry Green (1902–1971), architect, and his Dutch wife, Catherine Hermance, née Dagevos (1903–1985). She left school at fourteen. From 1945 to 1947 she attended ...

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(Phyllis) Pamela Green (1929–2010) by George Harrison Marks, 1959-62 © estate of George Harrison Marks; image courtesy of Yahya El-Droubie

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See Grossmith, George

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Henry Harris (1633/44–1704) by John Greenhill, 1664 [as Cardinal Wolsey in Henry VIII by William Shakespeare] The President and Fellows of Magdalen College Oxford

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W. W. Wroth

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Harris, Henry (1633/4–1704), actor and engraver, was said on 12 November 1691 to be fifty-seven, which means that he was born in 1633 or 1634. Although his early career is obscure, it is clear that by the Restoration he had already acquired considerable standing, for in 1660 he was party to the formation of the ...

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See Laguerre, Louis

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See McIan [née Whitaker], Frances Matilda [Fanny]

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Peer, William (d. in or before 1713), actor and property man, whose origins are obscure, served as a property man in London in 1659–60, according to The Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses … and other Stage Personnel in London. His earliest known role was with the ...

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Phillips, Robin (1940–2015), director, designer, and actor, was born on 28 February 1940, in Haslemere Hospital, Surrey, the son of James William Phillips, a gardener, and his wife, Ellen Annie, née Barfoot, a cook and housekeeper. His parents worked at the country home of the swashbuckling film star ...

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Joseph Knight

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Pope, Alexander (1763–1835), actor and painter, was born in Cork. Both his father and his elder brother, Somerville Stevens Pope, were miniature-painters, and Alexander was trained as an artist under Francis Robert West at the Dublin Art School, and, for a time, under ...

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Rees, Roger John William (1944–2015), actor and theatre director, was born on 5 May 1944 at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, Hammersmith, London, the son of William John Albert Rees, police constable, and his wife Doris Louise, née Smith, shop worker. At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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Rooker, Edward (bap. 1724, d. 1774), engraver and actor, was baptized on 24 November 1724 at St Lawrence's Church, Towcester, Northamptonshire, the son of Michael Rooker, later a coroner, and his wife, Ann. After serving as a pupil of the engraver and printseller ...

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William George Rushton (1937–1996) by Tim Cuff Apex Photo Agency Ltd

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Rushton, William George [Willie] (1937–1996), cartoonist, comedian, and author, was born on 18 August 1937 at 3 Wilbraham Place, Chelsea, the only child of John Atherton Rushton (d. 1958), a publisher, and his Welsh wife, Veronica Hannah Gilbert James. Willie Rushton was educated at ...