John Stride Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in London, England, UK
Died  (undisclosed)
Birth NameJohn Edward Stride

Mini Bio (1)

Studied at Alleyn;s school in London obtaining 'A' levels in English, French, and German.. Chose acting as a profession as he found it more enjoyable and easier than studying. Won a scholarship to R.A,D.A although his parents disapproved. Spent 2 years doing National Service in the army becoming a 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Artillery by the time he was demobbed. He then joined the Liverpool Repertory appearing in 'The Diary of Anne Frank', 'Look Back in Anger' got a 3 year contract with H.M.Tennant touring England in various plays then joined the Old Vic taking the lead in 'Romeo and Juliet' directed by Franco Zeffirelli which was a big success. He then went to Hollywood where he was offered a number of 7 year contracts which he thought would have been too restrictive and not lead anywhere.He then went on Broadway signing again with Zeffirelli for 'Lady of the Camellias' which only ran for 10 days. He returned to England to star in 'The Ides of March' with John Gielgud which was seen by Laurence Olivier who asked him to join the National Theatre Company for 4 years. After that he moved to television making the pilot and 6 episodes of 'The Main Chance which shot him to fame.

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Spouse (2)

April Wilding (1972 - 2003) ( her death) ( 1 child)
Virginia Stride (1958 - ?) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (6)

Became an Associate Member of RADA.
Graduated from RADA.
Best known as the star of TV's The Main Chance (1969) (as solicitor David Main) and Wilde Alliance (1978) (as writer/sleuth Rupert Wilde).
On the West End stage from the age of eighteen.
Founding member of Lawrence Olivier's Old Vic company.
Pictured with Judi Dench on one of a set of eight British commemorative postage stamps celebrating the 200th anniversary of The Old Vic Theatre, issued 30 August 2018. The stamp shows Stride and Dench in a 1960 performance of "Romeo and Juliet". Other performers appearing on stamps in this set are Laurence Olivier, Glenda Jackson, Albert Finney, Maggie Smith, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Sharon Benson, and Richard Burton.

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