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Acres, Birt (1854?–1918), film-maker  

Stephen Herbert

Acres, Birt (1854?–1918), film-maker, was born in Richmond, Virginia, USA, most probably on 23 July 1854, to British parents who had emigrated to America as prospective farmers. No record of his early life has been found; we know only that his father's name was ...

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Adam, Sir Kenneth Hugo (Ken) (1921–2016)  

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Sir Ken Adam (1921–2016), by unknown photographer, 1979

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Adam, Sir Kenneth Hugo [Ken] (1921–2016), art director and production designer for film  

Christopher Frayling

Adam, Sir Kenneth Hugo [Ken] (1921–2016), art director and production designer for film, was born Klaus Hugo Adam on 5 February 1921 in Berlin, one of four children of Fritz Adam (1880–1936) and his wife Lilli, née Saalfeld (...

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Adams, (Wilfred) Robert (c. 1900–1965), actor  

Stephen Bourne

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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Adams, (Wilfred) Robert (c. 1900–1965)  

Maker: Frank Lilley

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(Wilfred) Robert Adams (c. 1900–1965) by Frank Lilley, 1949 Getty Images – Frank Lilley

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Adrian, Max [real name Max Bor] (1903–1973), actor  

John Elsom

Adrian, Max [real name Max Bor] (1903–1973), actor, was born on 1 November 1903 in northern Ireland, the son of Edward Norman Cavendish Bor and his wife, Mabel Lloyd, née Thornton. He was educated at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, renowned for its teaching of English, whose past pupils included ...

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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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Aherne, (William) Brian de Lacy (1902–1986), actor  

David Parkinson

Aherne, (William) Brian de Lacy (1902–1986), actor, was born on 2 May 1902 at The Pleasaunce, King's Norton, Worcestershire, the son of William Lacy Ahern (1867–1945) (who later amended his name to Willoughby de Lacy Aherne), architect, and his wife, Annie ...

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Alexander, Jean [real name Jean Margaret Hodgkinson] (1926–2016), actress  

Jeff Evans

Alexander, Jean [real name Jean Margaret Hodgkinson] (1926–2016), actress, was born on 11 October 1926 at 18 Rhiwlas Street, Toxteth, Liverpool, the second child of Archibald Alexander (Archie) Hodgkinson (1895–1969), electrician, and his wife Ellen Frances (Nell), née Hill...

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Allan, Sir Anthony James Allan Havelock-, fourth baronet (1904–2003)  

Maker: Lenare

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Sir Anthony James Allan Havelock- Allan, fourth baronet (1904–2003) by Lenare, 1939 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Allan, Sir Anthony James Allan Havelock-, fourth baronet (1904–2003), film producer  

Alan Burton

Allan, Sir Anthony James Allan Havelock-, fourth baronet (1904–2003), film producer, was born on 28 February 1904 at Blackwell Manor, Blackwell, Darlington, co. Durham, the third son of Allan Havelock-Allan (1874–1949), army officer and landowner, and his first wife, Anne Julia, née Chaytor (...

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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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Anderson, Lindsay Gordon (1923–1994)  

Maker: Lewis Morley

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Lindsay Gordon Anderson (1923–1994) by Lewis Morley, 1960 © Lewis Morley, courtesy of The Akehurst Bureau; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anderson, Lindsay Gordon (1923–1994), film and theatre director  

Gavin Lambert

Anderson, Lindsay Gordon (1923–1994), film and theatre director, was born on 17 April 1923 at King Lodge, Bangalore, India, the second of the three sons of Major-General Alexander Vass Anderson (1895–1963) and his first wife, Estelle Bell, née Gasson (1898–1973). Both parents were Scottish, although his mother was born in ...

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Anderson, Michael Joseph (1920–2018), film director  

Neil Sinyard

Anderson, Michael Joseph (1920–2018), film director, was born at Inglewood nursing home, Grove Park, Camberwell, London, on 30 January 1920, the son of Lawrence Anderson (1893–1939) and his wife, Beatrice Gwendoline, née Topping (b. 1899). His parents were both actors, as was his great-aunt, ...

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Andrews, Henry Stewart Fleetwood [Harry] (1910–1989), actor  

Robert Sharp

Andrews, Henry Stewart Fleetwood [Harry] (1910–1989), actor, was born on 10 November 1910 at St Mary's, Pembury Road, Tonbridge, Kent, the son of Scottish doctor Henry Arthur Andrews and his wife, Amy Diana Frances Horner. He was educated at Tonbridge School and at ...

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Annakin, Kenneth Cooper (1914–2009)  

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Kenneth Cooper Annakin (1914–2009) by unknown photographer, c.1959 © by kind permission of the Annakin family

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Annakin, Kenneth Cooper [Ken] (1914–2009), film director  

Andrew H. Spicer

Annakin, Kenneth Cooper [Ken] (1914–2009), film director, was born on 10 August 1914 in Grovehill Road, Beverley, Yorkshire, the only child of Edward Cooper Annakin (1882/3–1941), government surveyor and valuer, and his wife, Jane Hannah, née Gains (1885–1930), daughter of a farmer. He was educated at ...