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Barker, Ronald William George (1929–2005)  

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Barker, Ronald William George [Ronnie] (1929–2005), actor and comedian  

Edward Leeson

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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Beckman, Sir Martin (1634/5–1702), pyrotechnist and military engineer  

Piers Wauchope

Beckman, Sir Martin (1634/5–1702), pyrotechnist and military engineer, was born in Stockholm, Sweden, the son of Melcher Beckman and his wife, Christiana van Benningen. Their names and his profession suggest a Dutch origin.

By his own account Beckman left his native Sweden about 1645 in order to serve the English crown. His brother served as a royalist captain in the civil war and was royal engineer to the exiled ...

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Bucknell, Robert Barraby [Barry] (1912–2003), television presenter  

Anthony Hayward

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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Bucknell, Robert Barraby [Barry] (1912–2003)  

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Bukht, (Mirza) Michael John [pseud. Michael Barry] (1941–2011), broadcasting executive, television presenter, and cookery writer  

Michael Leapman

Bukht, (Mirza) Michael John [pseud. Michael Barry] (1941–2011), broadcasting executive, television presenter, and cookery writer, was born on 10 September 1941 at Ynysarwed Farm, Resolven, Glamorgan, the elder son of Mirza Jawan Bukht (1908–1973), an Indian (later a Pakistani) diplomat, and his wife, ...

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Butlin, Sir William Heygate Edmund Colborne [Billy] (1899–1980), fairground proprietor and founder of holiday camps  

Douglas A. Reid

Butlin, Sir William Heygate Edmund Colborne [Billy] (1899–1980), fairground proprietor and founder of holiday camps, was born in Cape Town, Cape Colony, where his parents had emigrated, on 29 September 1899, the elder child of William Butlin and Bertha Hill (d. 1933)...

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Butlin, Sir William Heygate Edmund Colborne [Billy] (1899–1980)  

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Sir William Heygate Edmund Colborne Butlin (1899–1980) by Elliott & Fry, 1961 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Careless, Elizabeth [Betty] (d. 1752), actress and prostitute  

Alison Oddey

Careless, Elizabeth [Betty] (d. 1752), actress and prostitute, was known as Mrs or Miss Betty Careless. It is probable that she was acting before her name first appeared in the extant bills for the role of Polly in John Gray's The Beggar's Opera...

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Cleverdon, (Thomas) Douglas James (1903–1987), bookseller and radio producer  

John Wells

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Cleverdon, (Thomas) Douglas James (1903–1987), bookseller and radio producer, was born on 17 January 1903 in Bristol (he retained all his life a faint trace of a Bristol accent), the elder son (there were no daughters) of Thomas Silcox Cleverdon, master wheelwright, and his wife, ...

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Davies, Thomas (b. 1713?, d. 1785), bookseller and actor  

O. M. Brack

Davies, Thomas (b. 1713?, d. 1785), bookseller and actor, is of uncertain origins, but has been identified with Thomas Davice, born on 22 October 1713, ‘begotten in fornication’, the son of Anne Bizet and John Davice, ‘a Souldier now in Ireland’ (old parish registers, births, Dalkeith...

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Ebers, John (bap. 1778, d. 1858), bookseller and opera manager  

John Rosselli

Ebers, John (bap. 1778, d. 1858), bookseller and opera manager, was born in Hertford, where he was baptized at St Andrew's Church on 24 July 1778, the son of John Henry Ebers and his wife, Sarah. At some time between 1808 and 1811 he took over from his father a fashionable bookshop in ...

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Evans, Rudolph Bayfield [Rudy] [performing name André de Dakar] (1897–1987), singer, actor, and entrepreneur  

Val Wilmer

Evans, Rudolph Bayfield [Rudy] [performing name André de Dakar] (1897–1987), singer, actor, and entrepreneur, was born at Monkey Hill, Panama, on 23 February 1897, the eighth son and ninth of the ten children of Edward John Rhodes Evans (b. 1853), a land and property owner, and his wife, ...

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Fagon, Alfred (1937–1986)  

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Fagon, Alfred (1937–1986), actor, playwright, and poet  

Stephen Bourne

Fagon, Alfred (1937–1986), actor, playwright, and poet, was born on 25 June 1937 in Clarendon, Jamaica, where his parents were smallholders and also kept a post office and store. He had eight brothers and two sisters. After leaving school at thirteen he worked with his father as a cultivator on his orange plantation....

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Floyd, Keith (1943–2009)  

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Floyd, Keith (1943–2009), restaurateur, food writer, and broadcaster  

Paul Levy

Floyd, Keith (1943–2009), restaurateur, food writer, and broadcaster, was born at Folly Farm, Sulhamstead, Berkshire, on 28 December 1943, the younger child and only son of Sydney Albert Floyd (1915–1985), a meter repairman for the electricity board, and his wife, Winifred Phyllis Lorraine, ...

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Freud, Sir Clement Raphael (1924–2009)  

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Freud, Sir Clement Raphael [Clay] (1924–2009), restaurateur, journalist, and politician  

Stuart Mole

Freud, Sir Clement Raphael [Clay] (1924–2009), restaurateur, journalist, and politician, was born Clemens Raphael Freud in Berlin on 24 April 1924, the third and youngest son of Ernst Ludwig Freud (1892–1970), architect, and his wife, Lucie, née Brasch (1896–1989). He was the grandson of the founder of psychoanalysis, ...