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Aherne, Caroline Mary (1963–2016)  

Maker: Trevor Leighton

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Caroline Aherne (1963–2016), by Trevor Leighton, 1999

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Aherne, Caroline Mary (1963–2016), comedian, actress, and writer  

Jeff Evans

Aherne, Caroline Mary (1963–2016), comedian, actress, and writer, was born on 24 December 1963 at Perivale maternity hospital, London, the second child of Bartholomew Edmond (Bert) Aherne (1933–1994), a railwayman with London Transport, and his wife Mary Frances (Maureen), née Regan...

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Alan, Ray [real name Raymond Alan Whyberd] (1930–2010), ventriloquist, writer, and television presenter  

Cy Young

Alan, Ray [real name Raymond Alan Whyberd] (1930–2010), ventriloquist, writer, and television presenter, was born on 18 September 1930 at 83 Dutton Street, Greenwich, London, the fourth son of Albert William Whyberd (1895–1984), shipping clerk, later a local government officer, and his wife, ...

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Ray Alan (1930–2010) by Monty Fresco, 1979 [with puppet Lord Charles] © Monty Fresco / Rex Features

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Allen, Dave [real name David Edward John Archer Cullen Tynan-O'Mahony] (1936–2005), comedian  

Dennis Barker

Allen, Dave [real name David Edward John Archer Cullen Tynan-O'Mahony] (1936–2005), comedian, was born on 6 July 1936 at Merrion House, Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, the youngest of three sons of (Gerard John) Cullen Tynan-O'Mahony (b. 1900), journalist and managing editor of the ...

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Dave Allen (1936–2005) by Trevor Leighton, 1999 Camera Press, London

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Allen, William Ernest (Chesney) (1894–1982), comedian and singer  

David Goldie

Allen, William Ernest (Chesney) (1894–1982), comedian and singer, was born at 7 Hamballa Road, Battersea, London, on 5 April 1894, the son of Edwin Allen, a prosperous builder, and his wife, Louisa, née Cridland. Allen's first employment on leaving school was as a solicitor's clerk. In 1912, at the age of eighteen, he made his début as an actor in repertory at the ...

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Angel, Edward (d. 1673), actor and comedian  

Charles Brayne

Angel, Edward (d. 1673), actor and comedian, first came to public notice in winter 1659–60, when he joined the troupe assembled by John Rhodes at the Cockpit in Drury Lane. Angel's earliest recorded appearance was as Florimel in Fletcher and Rowley's The Maid in the Mill...

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Baker [married name Pearson], Hylda (1905–1986), comedian  

Eric Midwinter

Baker [married name Pearson], Hylda (1905–1986), comedian, was born on 14 February 1905 at Farnworth, Bolton, Lancashire, the eldest of the seven children (three boys, four girls) of Harold (Chukky) Baker (1884–1966), comedian, and Margaret Halliwell, seamstress, both of Farnworth. She was chiefly educated at ...

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Barker, Ronald William George (1929–2005)  

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Ronald William George Barker (1929–2005) by unknown photographer, 1975 Getty Images

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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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Bartley, George (bap. 1784, d. 1858), comedian  

Joseph Knight

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Bartley, George (bap. 1784, d. 1858), comedian, was born in Bath where he was baptized on 7 March 1784. His father was box-keeper at the Bath theatre, and he thus had early opportunities of acquiring some stage experience, appearing in such characters as the page in ...

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Bennett, Billy [real name William Robertson Russell] (1887–1942), comedian  

Eric Midwinter

Bennett, Billy [real name William Robertson Russell] (1887–1942), comedian, was born William Robertson Russell at 337 Cathcart Road, Glasgow, on 21 November 1887, the only son (there were two younger daughters) of John Russell, a slipper maker, and his wife, Catherine, ...

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Bentine, Michael (1922–1996)  

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Michael Bentine (1922–1996) by unknown photographer, 1992 Rex Features

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Bentine [formerly Bentin], Michael (1922–1996), comedian  

David Nathan

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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Brown, Janet McLuckie (1923–2011)  

Maker: Denis Jones

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Janet McLuckie Brown (1923–2011) by Denis Jones, 1979 © Denis Jones / Associated Newspapers / Rex Features

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Brown, Janet McLuckie (1923–2011), actress and impressionist  

Ian Brown

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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Cairoli, (Humbert Jean) Charles [performing name Charlie Cairoli] (1910–1980), clown  

Nigel Male

Cairoli, (Humbert Jean) Charles [performing name Charlie Cairoli] (1910–1980), clown, was born in Affori, near Milan, Italy, on 15 February 1910, the son of Jean Marie Cairoli, who was Italian, and his wife, Eugenie Ricono, who was French. His parents, who were circus performers, were descendants of circus families with a solid background in circus skills and music. As the youngest child (he had a brother ten years his senior) ...

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Carson, Hugh Francis [Frank] (1926–2012), comedian  

Oliver Double

Carson, Hugh Francis [Frank] (1926–2012), comedian, was born at 46 Great Georges Street, Belfast, on 6 November 1926, the son of John Carson, a dustman and newspaper seller, and his wife, Josephine, née Augusta. He was of part Italian descent, his grandmother having emigrated from ...

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