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1. Alec Clunes

Actor | Quentin Durward

In the 1940s and 50s, there were few greater classical actors in Britain than Alec Clunes. Born into a show business family, he began his career with Ben Greet's company and, later, he worked at the Old Vic Theatre. He played numerous Shakespearian roles and, in 1942, took over the Arts Theatre in ...

2. Alec Pleon

Actor | Up the Chastity Belt

Alec 'Funny Face' Pleon was one of the leading lights of British variety theatres from the 1930s to the 1970s. The son of a well-known music-hall act Daimler and Edie, he made his first stage appearance in 1923 at the Empire, Mile End Road in London's East End. His first West End appearance was at ...

3. Alex Munro

Actor | Z Cars

Diminutive Scottish comedian and actor, Alex 'The size of it!' Munro was a headliner in British variety theatres for many years, eventually making his home in Llandudno in North Wales, where he ran his own show at the Happy Valley for 30 years. Born Alexander Horsburgh in Glasgow, he began, with ...

4. Alfred Black

Producer | Trouble in the Air

One of the most famous theatrical impresarios in British light entertainment Alfred Black produced numerous post war revues and musicals in London's West End and the provinces. Together with his brother George they discovered the comedian Sid Field and brought him to London where he starred in ...

5. Alfred Shaughnessy

Writer | Upstairs, Downstairs

Alfred Shaughnessy was the chief writer and script editor of Upstairs Downstairs, the ITV drama series about the lives of an Edwardian London family and their loyal servants. Much praised and fondly remembered, the series which ran from 1971-5 was widely acclaimed for its shrewd social comment. The...

6. Alice Delysia

Actress | She

The French actress and singer Alice Delysia was from the 1920s until her retirement in the late 1940s, one of the most exciting and alluring stars of the London stage. She first appeared in Paris at the Moulin Rouge and later at the Folies Bergere but it wasn't until 1914 that her provocative looks...

7. Anthony Havelock-Allan

Producer | Romeo and Juliet

Anthony Havelock-Allan produced some of the best known and critically acclaimed films of British cinema, including In Which We Serve (1942), Brief Encounter (1945), Blithe Spirit (1945) and Great Expectations (1946). The films were commercial triumphs for Two Cities and Cineguild production ...

8. Arthur English

Actor | Are You Being Served?

One of Britain's great variety comedians Arthur English was known as 'The Prince of the Wide Boys', a cockney 'spiv' character outrageously dressed on stage and wearing a huge kipper tie.

Born in Aldershot, Hants English started his career at an early age appearing in amateur shows but did not ...

9. Arthur Mullard

Actor | Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

An enigmatic and much loved comedy actor Arthur Mullard carved a unique niche for himself in a host of British comedy films and tv shows. The sterotype Cockney he was born in Islington, North London where he was known by locals as 'The Dook of Islington'.

He left school at 14 to work as a butcher's ...

10. Arthur Tracy

Actor | The Big Broadcast

Arthur Tracy was one of the most famous of all recording stars of the 1930s and '40s. With his suave style and sentimental ballads he captured the hearts of housewives in both America and Great Britain. His voice was both a baritone and a tenor, which he described as "bari-tenor", and he claimed ...

11. Arthur Worsley

Actor | Toast of the Town

Arthur Worsley was known in showbusiness circles as 'The Godfather of Ventriloquism.' A brilliant ventriloquist he topped the bills in the heydays of British variety both on stage and in numerous television shows. Unlike other vent acts who relied on cross-talk with their comic 'dummy' Worsley ...

12. Avril Angers

Actress | The Family Way

Avril Angers was one of Britain's finest comedy actresses. Once dubbed Britain's answer to Lucille Ball she was a great exponent of revue, musicals, cabaret and TV and film comedy. Born in Liverpool, Angers' long and successful career in show-business began in variety. Her father was the comedian ...

13. Basil Hoskins

Actor | The Prisoner

A popular British film actor, Basil Hoskins also had a distinguished career on the London stage appearing opposite such stars as Vivien Leigh (in "Duel of Angels" [1958]) and Alec Guinness (in Terence Rattigan's "Ross" [1960]) and had a long run in the musical "Applause" opposite Lauren Bacall (...

14. Brian Finch

Writer | Doctor Who: the Sixth Doctor Adventures

Brian Finch was one of Britain's leading TV scriptwriters and notably wrote over 150 episodes of the soap Coronation Street. In 1999 he won critical acclaim for his dramatisation of Michelle Magorian's Goodnight Mister Tom, the wartime story of a crusty widower and a boy evacuee, starring John Thaw.


15. Brian Hall

Actor | Fawlty Towers

Actor Brian Hall was best known for his role as Terry the cook in the BBC comedy series Fawlty Towers (1975). He began acting while still in his teens in amateur shows where his burly frame made him ideal casting for villains and heavies.

After leaving school he worked as a taxi driver before he was...

16. Brook Williams

Actor | Where Eagles Dare

Actor Brook Williams appeared in several London stage shows and numerous films. He was the younger son of the famous actor and playwright Emlyn Williams and the brother of the novelist Alan Williams.

Born in 1938, he was educated at Stowe School. As a child, he was befriended by the actor Richard ...

17. Christopher Fry

Writer | Festival

Christopher Fry was one of the most celebrated playwrights of the 20th century whose dazzling verbal invention led many to regard him as the Shakespeare of his time for his poetry and wit. Plays such as "The Lady's Not For Burning", "Venus Observed" and "The Dark Is Light Enough" have deservedly ...

18. Cora Goffin

Actress | Down Under Donovan

Cora Goffin was one of Britain's most famous pantomime princpal boys and musical comedy stars. At the height of her fame during the 1920s and 30s she was a household name and her picture adorned chocolate boxes, cigarette cards and magazine covers.

Married to the powerful impresario Emile Littler ...

19. Cyril Fletcher

Actor | The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

Cyril Fletcher enjoyed something of a renaissance in his long comedy career in 1972 when TV producer and presenter Esther Rantzen asked him to join the consumer program That's Life and recite some of his 'Odd Odes'. He proved such a success with the audience that he became a fixture of the show for...

20. Dave King

Actor | The Long Good Friday

Few British comedians were as successful in the 1950s and early 60s as Dave King. A hit recording singer, he was one of the few British comics to top the bill at the London Palladium as well as having top rating TV shows in both Britain and America. Although his success was relatively short as a ...

21. Dennis Kirkland

Director | The Benny Hill Show

Dennis Kirkland was one of Britain's top television comedy producers and directors and best-known for his long association with Benny Hill. He worked with Hill for more than 18 years, first as a floor manager, then as a director and producer. He was, finally, Hill's best friend and confidant and ...

22. Dennis Selinger

Actor | Long Shot

Dennis Selinger was one of Britain's most powerful theatrical agents who numbered among his clients such stars as David Niven, Peter Sellers, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Bob Hoskins and Ben Kingsley.

Selinger was born in Brighton in 1921, the youngest child of an entrepreneur, and his eldest sister ...

23. Dennis Van Thal

Producer | The Scapegoat

For over fifty years Dennis Van Thal's name as a film producer, casting and theatrical agent was linked to some of the biggest names in cinema and theatre. At various periods of their career he represented such luminaries as Sir Alec Guinness, Franco Zefferelli, Sir Dirk Bogarde, Roger Moore, ...

24. Dick Bentley

Actor | And the Same to You

A stalwart from the great days of radio comedy, actor Dick Bentley is best remembered as the gormless Ron in the Denis Norden and Frank Muir's fifties series Take It From Here.

Bentley was born in Australia and during his teens played the saxophone in local dance bands. He came to Britain in 1939 ...

25. Donald Wolfit

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

One of the great British stage actors of his era Donald Wolfit was noted for his magnificent portrayals of King Lear and Tamburlaine. Yet no actor of his generation was surrounded by more controversy. He was temperamental and difficult to deal with, enraged by criticism and tyrannical with the ...

26. Doris Speed

Actress | Coronation Street

Doris Speed was one of Britain's best-loved soap actresses, fondly remembered for her portrayal of Annie Walker, the snooty landlady of the Rovers Return pub in ITV's Coronation Street (1960). She played the role for 23 years and was dubbed by the press as 'The Queen Mother of Soap.'

Born in ...

27. Dorothy Hyson

Actress | A Cup of Kindness

Dorothy Hyson was one of the British cinema and theatre's most gifted players. Noted for her great beauty and striking looks, the songwriters Rogers and Hart dedicated their song, "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World", to her. Her second husband, the actor Anthony Quayle, described her as "the ...

28. Duggie Byng

Actor | Opening Night

Douglas Byng was one of the most redoubtable entertainers of the 20th century whose long career spanned theatre, pantomime, cabaret, film and television. Billed as 'Bawdy - But British' he was a prolific comic songwriter and a master of the double-entendre, often appearing in drag or as a noted ...

29. E.M. Smedley-Aston

Producer | Assignment Foreign Legion

Film producer Michael Smedley-Aston worked with MGM's British organisation at Denham Studios in the thirties and forties and later with both the Rank Organisation, 20th Century Fox and United Artists. During his long career he was involved with more than 40 films and with several companies, ...

30. Ernest Clark

Actor | Gandhi

A distinguished stage actor, Ernest Clark was best known to British television viewers for his role as the crusty "Sir Geoffrey Loftus" in the long running "Doctor" comedy series during the 1970s.

Born in Maida Vale, Clark was the son of a master builder and was educated at Marylebone Grammar School...

31. Francis Durbridge

Writer | The Vicious Circle

Between 1952 and 1980 Durbridge wrote 17 TV serials for the BBC. Until 1959 they were shown under the umbrella title "A Francis Durbridge Serial" which was then changed to "Francis Durbridge Presents".

32. Geoffrey Toone

Actor | Zero Hour!

Distinguished character actor and one time matinée idol Geoffrey Toone appeared in some of London's most famous stage productions of the 20th century. A stalwart of the Old Vic Theatre since the early 1930s, he worked with stars such as Ralph Richardson and Roger Livesey, and went on to appear in ...

33. George Roper

Actor | Here Comes Channel 8

Comedian George Roper was best known for his television appearances on ITV's long running series The Comedians, first shown in the UK in the early 1970s. Roper's jokes were clean, inoffensive and usually centres around 'wellies' (wellington boots). His fascination for 'wellies' stemmed from a brief...

34. Gerard Glaister

Producer | The Expert

One of Britain's foremost television producers, Gerard Glaister was responsible for a string of top rating hit series including Dr Finlay's Casebook, Secret Army, Colditz, The Expert and Howard's Way.

His biggest success was the road haulage family drama The Brothers (1972-76), which he both devised...

35. Graham Greene

Writer | The Fallen Idol

Graham Greene was one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century and his influence on the cinema and theatre was enormous. He wrote five plays and almost all of his novels, including "Brighton Rock", "The Ministry of Fear" and "The End of the Affair", have been brought to the screen. A superb ...

36. Harry Secombe

Actor | Oliver!

Harry Secombe was one of Britain's best loved comic entertainers. Born in Swansea, South Wales he began singing as a child in local church choirs. His first job was as a clerk although he had considered a career in opera. During World War Two he served in the Army in North Africa and Italy. He met ...

37. Hugh Hastings

Writer | It Started in Paradise

Actor and playwright Hugh Hastings wrote one of the British theatre's most successful post-war comedies, Seagulls Over Sorrento, which opened in London in 1950 and ran for 1551 performances. The play subsequently became staple fare for repertory companies throughout the world and was filmed in 1954...

38. Ivor Cutler

Actor | Magical Mystery Tour

Eccentric entertainer, poet, playwright and recording artist Ivor Cutler was a master of off-beat humor championed by such diverse fans as Bertrand Russell, disc jockey John Peel, Billy Connolly, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The Beatles cast him as the bus conductor in their Magical Mystery Tour...

39. Jack Barton

Producer | Crossroads

Jack Barton was the producer of the UK soap opera, Crossroads (1964), during the 1970s. Barton was noted for tackling controversial subjects and during his tenure the soap covered subjects such as rape, racism, bigamy, test-tube pregnancies, physical handicap and Downs Syndrome.

Born in Manchester ...

40. Jane Baxter

Actress | Drake of England

A distinguished stage and film actress Jane Baxter was one of the most glamorous performers on the London stage. Winston Churchill, an ardent fan, once described her as, "that charming lady who grace personifies all that is best in British womanhood". Her stage career spanned half a century and she...

41. Jean Sablon

Soundtrack | Chocolat

An internationally known French singer Jean Sablon was a throwback to the days of music hall and vaudeville. Despite being openly gay he was a housewife's pin-up and especially famous for songs such as "Aimer je t'aime", "Sur le Pont d'Avignon" and "Les Arbres de Paris". He topped bills in London ...

42. Jill Summers

Actress | This Year Next Year

Jill Summers was best known to British TV viewers for her role as the gravel-voiced battleaxe Phyllis Pearce in ITV's Coronation Street but before winning fame in the soap she had a long career as a singer in revue and variety.

Born in Eccles, Lancashire, the daughter of actress Marie Santoni, her ...

43. John Brabourne

Producer | Romeo and Juliet

A director of Thames Television, Euston Films and Thorn EMI, John Brabourne's entrepreneurial skills were crucial to creating some major successes in the British cinema. In the sixties he produced two celebrated Shakespeare adaptations, the film of Othello (1965) starring Laurence Olivier and ...

44. John Junkin

Actor | A Hard Day's Night

An influential figure in the world of British television comedy during the 1960s and 70s, actor and comedian John Junkin wrote scripts for such shows as The Army Game, The World of Beachcomber, Queenie's Castle, plus scripts for many comedians, including Ted Ray, Jim Davidson, Bob Monkhouse and ...

45. Keith Beckett

Director | The Benny Hill Show

Keith Beckett was one of Britain's leading light entertainment television producers and for over thirty years succeeded in attracting a host of star name to both Thames TV and London Weekend Television (LWT).

Born in 1929 he originally trained as a classical dancer and went on to appear in lead ...

46. Ken Hoare

Writer | Turnbull's Finest Half-Hour

One of Britain's most respected comedy scriptwriters Ken Hoare won a string of awards for his Stanley Baxter television shows. The shows were televised in Britain every Christmas and attracted record viewing figures. Born in Torquay, Devon, Hoare was a keen theatregoer as a child and as a teenager ...

47. Ken Platt

Actor | Wild, Wild Women

With his flat cap, droll line in delivery and catch-phrase "I won't take me coat off - I'm not stopping!" Ken Platt was one of the last links with music hall and variety in Great Britain. Born in Leigh, Lancashire, Platt decided to become a comedian at the age of just 15. He bought a ukelele and ...

48. Lyndon Brook

Actor | The Brothers Karamazov

A distinguished stage and screen actor, Lyndon Brook was the son of the silent British film star Clive Brook, and the actress, Mildred Evelyn. His elder sister, Faith Brook, is one of Britain's best known stage and TV actresses. Brook was best-known to cinema-goers of the 1950s and 60s for his ...

49. Malcolm Muggeridge

Actor | Heavens Above!

A controversial media figure for half a century, Malcolm Muggeridge seemed destined to live out his life on British television screens. Journalist, author, radio and TV personality, soldier-spy and Christian apologist, Muggeridge became a household name during the 1960s and 70s, famed for his ...

50. Marti Caine

Actress | Family Fortunes

Britain's clown queen of comedy during the 1980s, Marti Caine's brand of humour combined an appealing dizziness with an endearing vunerability. Often compared to America's Phyllis Diller, she paved the way for women working in British light entertainment, both in nightclubs and in television.

Born ...

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