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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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Bone, Stephen (1904–1958), artist, writer, and broadcaster, was born on 13 November 1904 in Chiswick, Middlesex, the first of two sons of the engraver Sir Muirhead Bone (1876–1953) and of Gertrude Helena Dodd (1876–1962), writer. His Scottish father's successful career as an engraver brought rigour rather than comfort to ...

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Ellenshaw, Peter (1913–2007), special effects artist and landscape painter, was born William Samuel Cook Ellenshaw at 76 Chatham Road, Battersea, London, on 24 May 1913, the son of Adeline Eyles. His mother was named on his birth certificate as Alice Ellenshaw, formerly Eyles...

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Fraser, (Claud) Lovat (1890–1921), artist and designer, was born in London on 15 May 1890, the elder son of Claud Fraser (1862–1929), solicitor, and his wife, Florence Margaret Walsh (b. 1854), amateur harpist and watercolour artist. He was baptized Lovat Claud Fraser...

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See Grossmith, George

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Hamermesh, Mira (1923–2012), painter and documentary film-maker, was born Mirjam Hamermesz in Łódź, Poland, on 15 July 1923, the third and youngest child of Josef Meir Hamermesz, manufacturer, and his wife, Fajga, née Lerer. Her brother, Mordechai, was born in 1918, and her sister, ...

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Hart, Norman Antony [Tony] (1925–2009), artist and television presenter, was born at 90 Hastings Road, Maidstone, Kent, on 15 October 1925, the son of Norman Chandler Hart (1890–1970), a local government clerk and amateur cartoonist, and his wife, Evelyn Emma, née Dyke (1897–1981)...

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Norman Antony Hart [Tony] (1925–2009) by T. Topsham, 1993 © TV Times / Scope Features

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Messel, Oliver Hilary Sambourne (1904–1978), artist and stage designer, was born on 13 January 1904 at 27 Gloucester Terrace, Hyde Park, London, the youngest of the three children of Lieutenant-Colonel Leonard Charles Rudolph Messel (1872–1953), of Nymans, Cuckfield, Sussex, a soldier and stockbroker of German extraction, and his wife, ...

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Jeffrey Addison Nuttall (1933–2004) by Layle Silbert, 1972 © Layle Silbert; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Nuttall, Jeffrey Addison [Jeff] (1933–2004), artist and author, was born on 8 July 1933 at 8 York Street, Clitheroe, Lancashire, the son of Kenneth Nuttall, schoolteacher, and his wife, Hilda Mary, née Addison. His younger brother, Anthony David (Tony) Nuttall (1937–2007), became a distinguished Shakespearian scholar. He grew up near the Welsh border, in ...

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Cordelia McIntyre Oliver (1923–2009) by David Gibson, 2008 © David Gibson

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Oliver [née Patrick], Cordelia McIntyre (1923–2009), artist and art and theatre critic, was born at 101 Pollok Street, Glasgow, on 24 April 1924, the daughter of Robert Patrick, marine engineer, and his wife, Flora McCallum, née Matchett. She was educated at Hutcheson's Grammar School...

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Piper, John Egerton Christmas (1903–1992), artist and designer, was born on 13 December 1903 at Alresford, Ashley Road, Epsom, Surrey, the youngest of the three sons of Charles Alfred Piper (1862–1927), solicitor, and his wife, Mary Ellen Mathews (1866/7–1957).

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John Egerton Christmas Piper (1903–1992) by Ida Kar, 1954 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Routh, John Reginald Surdeval [Jonathan] (1927–2008), television presenter, author, and painter, was born at Northwoods, Gosport Road, Bridgemary, near Gosport, Hampshire, on 24 November 1927, the only son of Captain (later Colonel) Herbert Charles Edric Routh (1894–1984), Royal Artillery officer, and his wife, ...

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John Reginald Surdeval Routh (1927–2008) by unknown photographer Rex Features

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See Ternan [married name Robinson], Ellen Lawless [Nelly]

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Topolski, (Felician) Feliks (1907–1989), artist and stage designer, was born Felicjan Tylpel-Topolski in Warsaw on 14 August 1907, the only child of Edward Topolski, actor and manager, and his wife, Stanislawa Drutowska, who later divorced her husband and married an army officer. Topolski...