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1. Adolfo Celi

Actor | Thunderball

Sicilian born actor/writer/director was very popular with European audiences, but largely unknown to the west apart from his portrayal of the villainous SPECTRE agent "Emilio Largo" in the spectacular James Bond film Thunderball (1965). However, due to his heavy accent, Celi's voice was dubbed by ...

2. Albert R. Broccoli

Producer | Dr. No

Albert Romolo Broccoli was born in Astoria, Queens (New York City) on April 5th, 1909. His mother and father, Cristina and Giovanni Broccoli, raised young Albert in New York on the family farm. The family was in the vegetable business, and Albert claimed one of his uncles brought the first broccoli...

3. Albie Keen

Actor | Hope and Keen's Crazy House

Mike Hope and Albie Keen were 1st cousins and formed the comedy duo Hope and Keen, following in the footsteps of their comedian fathers who were the comedy duo Syd and Max Harrison. Mike and Albie were educated at public schools and made their first appearance at Dartmoor. They were trained ...

4. Alice Faye

Soundtrack | Hello Frisco, Hello

As A&E's Biography put it, "She rose from the mean streets of New York's Hell's Kitchen to become the most famous singing actress in the world. When the pressures of fame became too much, she had the courage to leave Hollywood on her own terms". Alice Faye was born Alice Jeanne Leppert in NYC on ...

5. André Previn

Music Department | My Fair Lady

German-American pianist, composer, arranger and conductor André George Previn (born Andreas Ludwig Priwin, in Berlin) was for eight decades a hugely influential and prolific figure in jazz, as well as classical and film music. Being Jewish, Previn's family was forced to leave Hitler's Germany in ...

6. Ann Sears

Actress | The Bridge on the River Kwai

Ann comes from a talented family with her sister Heather being a star actress in her own right and her father being a doctor. Ann made her television debut in 1956 and her film debut a year later. Her television work started in 1956 and includes appearances in such series as 'Emergency Ward 10','...

7. Anthony Nelson Keys

Producer | Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

He was one of four film making sons of comedian Nelson 'Bunch' Keys. Born in London, he was educated at Brighton College. He entered the entertainment world as a recording manager with a record company in the late 1920's In the early 1930's he switched from records to films working at the British ...

8. Anthony Quayle

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

Anthony Quayle was born in Ainsdale in September 1913, the son of a Lancashire lawyer. He completed his education at Rugby School and had a brief spell at RADA, before treading the boards for the first time as the straight man in a music hall comedy act in 1931. Tall, burly, round-faced and ...

9. Anthony Steel

Actor | The Master of Ballantrae

Known primarily in Britain for his many "matinée idol" roles during the 1950s, Anthony Steel is perhaps best remembered in Hollywood and elsewhere as the erstwhile husband of Anita Ekberg. His career never really took off in Hollywood; at one point during his marriage to Ms. Ekberg, he was referred...

10. Antonia Ellis

Actress | The Boy Friend

About 1965 she had been dancing in Beirut when a passing Japanese dance company which had lost it's lead dancer invited her to join them. The problem was that an exit visa was needed to leave Beirut and she didn't have one so the dance company smuggled her into the departure lounge where she sat ...

11. Antonio Moreno

Actor | Creature from the Black Lagoon

A serious rival to Rudolph Valentino as the smouldering 'Latin Lover' type was black-haired Spanish-born Antonio Moreno. One of the most prominent screen stars of the 1920's, he was equally adept at romance, melodrama or comedy and appeared opposite most of the legendary movie queens of the era, ...

12. Art Malik

Actor | The Living Daylights

He was born in Pakistan, the youngest son of an eye surgeon who moved to London to join Moorfields Eye Hospital. Art determined early on that he was English and never learned to speak Urdu or Hindi. He studied at Guildhall Drama School and while there got a part as a Buddist monk in a Peter Hall ...

13. Arthur P. Jacobs

Producer | Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Arthur P. Jacobs is best known for producing the "Planet of the Apes" series. He bought the rights to Pierre Boulle's novel Monkey Planet in 1963. Many film studios passed on the project, stating that the concept was unfilmable. Jacobs persevered, and the film was released in 1968 to wide popular ...

14. Barbara Miller

Actress | Love and Kisses

Although born in London the family moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne where she started acting at the age of 4 and led to her doing repertory with Harry Hanson which gave her a complete mastery of drama, comedy, singing, dancing and accents giving her the keys to versatility, adaptability and humour as ...

15. Barbara Windsor

Actress | EastEnders

Legendary EastEnders actress and Carry On star Barbara Windsor was born Barbara Ann Deeks in Stepney, London, the daughter of Rose (Ellis), a dressmaker, and John Deeks, a costermonger. She was a bright pupil at school and her parents wanted her to go to university, but after her first taste of ...

16. Barry Unsworth

Writer | Pascali's Island

Born in Wingate, County Durham on the 10th August 1930 he was educated at Stockton on Tees Grammar School and Manchester University then spent a number of years in the Eastern Mediteranean region teaching English in Athens and Istanbul. He turned to writing with his first novel, 'The Partnership' ...

17. Basil Dearden

Director | Sapphire

A former stage director, Basil Dearden entered films as an assistant to director Basil Dean (he changed his name from Dear to avoid being confused with Dean). Dearden worked his way up the ladder and directed (with Will Hay) his first film in 1941; two years later he directed his first film on his ...

18. Belinda Sinclair

Actress | Bright's Boffins

It could be said that she was born into show business as her uncle was the film director Nicholas Roeg and her parents the actors Barry Sinclair and Nicola Sinclair. So it never occurred to do anything else other than act particularly when he was educated at the Arts Educational School although she...

19. Bernard Bresslaw

Actor | Krull

A RADA scholar who was spotted by Laurence Olivier, Bernard Bresslaw got professional security from the "Carry On" films but was typecast (as TV's The Army Game (1957) had done earlier). He was beginning to extend himself through stage work when, in 1993, just before a performance in "The Taming Of...

20. Bernard Horsfall

Actor | Braveheart

He was educated at Rugby where he became interested in acting. He spent a year in Canada studying agriculture then returned to England and taught at a prep school in Surrey. In 1950 he joined the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and on completing the course joined and toured with Dundee ...

21. Bernard Youens

Actor | Coronation Street

He was in a play at Stockport's Theatre Royal when he met 'Teddy', who had been training at the Manchester Ballet School, and had gone back stage . They were married some months later when he was in rep in Halifax. He was called up for war service in June 1940, just after their 3rd child had been ...

22. Beryl Reid

Actress | The Killing of Sister George

Beryl Reid was the daughter of Scottish parents and grew up in industrial Manchester, England. She left home at the age of 16 to go and work in a shop. She lasted 6 weeks. She applied for and was accepted in a revue in the Summer season in Bridlington. She had no formal training but joined the ...

23. Bill Owen

Actor | Last of the Summer Wine

This English actor was born of humble, working class beginnings and became well-known for playing the same kind of blokes on both film and TV. Born William Rowbotham, he was the son of a tram driver and laundress. He knew early on that entertaining was the life for him. He worked in odd jobs as a ...

24. Billy Cotton

Actor | Music Hall Parade

Billy Cotton, a Londoner, started his musical career as a drummer boy in the army at the age of 14 and formed his first band in 1926. His association with the BBC began in the days of 2 L O and he started his Bandbox series in 1951. In the years that followed his shouted battle cry of 'Wakey Wakey'...

25. Bob Monkhouse

Writer | Dentist in the Chair

One of British TV's most popular performers with a career that spanned over four decades, funny-man Bob Monkhouse started off as a radio broadcaster (1947) and stand-up comic. He earned success early on as a gag writer, partnering with Denis Goodwin.

In 1953, the duo won their own TV show called ...

26. Bryan Johnson

Actor | BBC Sunday-Night Theatre

The brother of singer Teddy Johnson and brother in law of Pearl Carr he started his career with Westminster Cathedral choir then studied at LAMDA. After a number of years in classical theatre he relaunched himself as a singer and had a hit with 'Looking High High High which took 2nd place in the ...

27. Burt Kwouk

Actor | Kiss of the Dragon

Burt Kwouk was a British actor, he was best known for his role as Cato in the Pink Panther films, and for play Mr Ling in the third James Bond film Goldfinger.

Kwouk was born in Warrington, but was brought up in Shanghai. He made his film debut in the 1957 film Windom's Way. In Goldfinger (1964) he ...

28. C.M. Pennington-Richards

Director | Double Bunk

Cyril Montague Pennington-Richards was born in London. He began his film career producing religious films for J. Arthur Rank's Religious Film Society. He entered the "mainstream" film industry as a cinematographer with Ireland's Border Line (1938), a low-budget vehicle for Irish comic actor Jimmy ...

29. Cantinflas

Actor | Around the World in 80 Days

Cantinflas, born Mario Mareno as the son of a Mexican postal employee, was a prolific and productive Mexican comedian/producer/writer/singer who also knew a fair bit about agriculture and medicine. He was married to Valentina Ivanova from 1936 until her death. He appeared in more than 55 films, ...

30. Carey Harrison

Writer | Take Three Girls

Batteries of guns saluted Noel's birth because he was born in the middle of an air raid in February 1944 to his parents Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer. The slim six footer was educated at Harrow and Cambridge and became a resident writer for Granada Television's experimental Theatre, The Stables ...

31. Carey Lowell

Actress | Licence to Kill

A former leading fashion model, almost 5'8'' tall Carey was a favourite with top American designers such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. Her father is a distinguished geologist who was voted Scientist of the Year in 1979 at the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists. As a result of his career ...

32. Carole Ashby

Actress | Octopussy

She had boarding school education and always wanted to act but her parents were against it.. She did a grooming course in modeling during school holidays and was subsequently offered a modeling course. Her parents refused to let her attend a drama school in London so she accepted the modeling ...

33. Charles 'Buddy' Rogers

Actor | Wings

Charley was a long time friend of Stan Laurel and both worked on the Music Hall stages of England and Scotland before moving to America. His ability to write comedy took him to the Hal Roach Studios in 1928. While he appeared in bit parts in many films his main ability was in writing and directing....

34. Charles Middleton

Actor | Duck Soup

Charles Brown Middleton was born 7th October 1879. His father was a military man with a strong sense of discipline which conflicted with Charles' own outlook on how to live his life so when 12 he ran away to join a circus and looked after the elephants before moving into performing in dramatic ...

35. Chris Quinten

Actor | RoboCop 2

Christopher, whose real name is Christopher Bell, was born in 1957 in Station Street, Middlesborough has an older sister, Sue and a younger sister, Terry. He did judo at 10, gymnastics at 13. He was educated at Brookside Scool in Middlesborough and did drama at night classes at Kirby College.. He ...

36. Claude Lelouch

Director | Un homme et une femme

He started off by making short films for television on which he was producer,screenwriter and cameraman. This was interrupted by military service in the army but only partly as he was put into the army film unit where he made over 100 films. Demobbed in 1960 he used family money for his first ...

37. Colin Blakely

Actor | A Man for All Seasons

For a while he worked on the management side of his father's sporting goods firm in Belfast but by the mid 70's he was in the chorus of an amateur dramatic and operatic society.He'd fallen for a girl member so joined the society to get to know her. While he soon got over her he'd become fascinated ...

38. Cristina Raines

Actress | Nashville

While at high school she wanted to be a vet. She moved to New York to earn money for medical school by modeling and was soon appearing in magazines and advertisements. An agency sent her for a film audition resulting in her getting a role in 'Grasslands' filmed in South Dakota in 1971. The title ...

39. Curd Jürgens

Actor | The Spy Who Loved Me

Curd Jürgens (commonly billed as "Curt Jurgens" in anglophone countries) was one of the most successful European film actors of the 20th Century. He was born Curd Gustav Andreas Gottlieb Franz Jürgens on December 13, 1915, in Solln, Bavaria, in Hohenzollern Imperial Germany, a subject of Kaiser ...

40. Dan Dailey

Actor | The Governor & J.J.

Born in New York City, Dan Dailey started his career in vaudeville, later making his Broadway debut in the stage version of "Babes in Arms".

When signed to MGM, the studio initially casted him as a Nazi in The Mortal Storm (1940). The studio realized their mistake and cast him in musical films, ...

41. Danny La Rue

Actor | ITV Play of the Week

After his first start in show business he quit because he was only getting about £7 a week and he went into the rag trade. Later a friend asked him to make a two week appearance at a theatre to help him out. In the show he impersonated a woman and found that he had a talent for female impersonation...

42. David A. Stewart

Soundtrack | Alfie

When his parents, Jack and Sadie separated when he was 14 he lived with his father, a prosperous accountant but it was his mother who had the greatest impact on him. At 19 he married Pam soon after leaving Sunderland but in 1977 she was replaced by Annie Lennox who he met in 1977 after she'd ...

43. David Butler

Writer | Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy

David did his national service in the RAF and started to train as a pilot officer but his eye sight wasn't good enough. He ended up being posted to Singapore where he led jungle patrols against terrorists in Malaya in 1953. He became an actor and had a long running part as Dr Nick Williams in the ...

44. David Deutsch

Producer | The Day of the Jackal

It could be said that David was born into the film world as his father David founded the Odeon Cinemas. After the war David became assistant editor at Gainsborough. In 54 he was personal assistant to Sydney Box and the following year was associate producer on the films 'The One That got Away' and '...

45. David Frost

Producer | Retreat

David's father was the Rev. W.J. Parradine Frost who died in 1967, his mother Mona, born in 1903, lived in Beccles, Suffolk. He had a sister ,Mrs Margaret Bill who lived in Whitby. He owned 'Sweet Briar Cottage in Eastbridge near Theberton, Norfolk. a Georgian town house in Knightsbridge, London ...

46. David Hedison

Actor | Live and Let Die

Albert David Hedison Jr. was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the elder son of Albert and Rose Hedison, naturalized United States citizens from Armenia. His father owned a jewelry enameling business and his son was expected to follow in his footsteps. Young Al had other ideas, having put his ...

47. David Mamet

Writer | House of Games

Born in 1947 in Chicago, he was educated at Goddard College, in Vermont, and studied drama at New York's Nieghbourhood Playhouse, before returning to Chicago and establishing the St Nicholas Theatre Company in 1972. He remained their resident writer for four years. The first of his plays to secure ...

48. Derek Nimmo

Actor | Casino Royale

Born in Liverpool in 1930, among the jobs Nimmo held before switching to acting was sales manager in a paint factory. He made his stage debut at Bolton Repertory in 1951 before moving to repertory theatres at Worcester, Oldham, Rotherham, Crewe, Clacton and Nottingham. For a while he worked as an ...

49. Des O'Connor

Soundtrack | Kraft Music Hall Presents: The Des O'Connor Show

Brought up on Northampton where he had his first job and played football for Northampton Town. He joined the RAF and on completing his service became a Butlin Redcoat and began to learn the rudiments of comedy which led him to become a professional. After 6 years he got his first big television ...

50. Diane Grayson

Actress | The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Diane's career began at 14 playing Louisa in 'The Sound of Music' at the Palace Theatre in London. She was then a dancer at The London Palladium before playing Penny Richardson in the television series 'Crossroads' for 18 months. Best known for playing Jenny in the film 'The Prime of Miss Jean ...


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