George Alexander

George Alexander

Biography Sir George Alexander (1858-1918) became an actor in 1879 – rather than becoming a financier as his parents had wished. He joined Henry Irving at the Lyceum in 1881 and stayed until 1889. Shortly after leaving, he became the lessee of the St. James’s Theatre where he was the first British producer of many […]

Simon Callow

Simon Callow

Biography Simon Callow, the British actor and director, was born in 1949. He attended Queen’s College, Belfast, for a year but left to train at London’s Drama Centre. After various provincial work, including small parts in Edinburgh and two months in repertory at Lincoln, he made his London debut in a Traverse Theatre production of […]

Shirley Booth

Shirley Booth

Biography Shirley Booth (1898-1992) was a distinguished and versatile actor. After working in stock companies for six years, she made her New York with Humphrey Bogart in Hell

Sheila Gish

Sheila Gish

Biography Sheila Gish (born 1942) has, since the early 1980s, been in the front rank of British actresses. She was born in Lincoln and made her acting debut at school in the role of the psychotic Jonathan Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace. She trained at RADA and then played in repertory at Birmingham and […]

Seymour Hicks

Seymour Hicks

Biography Sir Seymour Hicks (1871-1949) was a distinguished actor-manager, playwright and early film star, whose theatrical career extended for more than 60 years.

Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee

Biography Ruby Dee was born in 1924 and brought up in Harlem. In the mid-1940s, she was performing with the American Negro Theatre and, in 1946, made a spectacular Broadway debut in Anna Lucasta. Shortly afterwards, she started appearing in films and quickly began to be given many of the few acting parts then written […]

Rosemary Harris

Rosemary Harris

Biography Rosemary Harris (born 1930) has been a enormously popular and versatile star of the theatre on both sides of the Atlantic for over 50 years.She was born in England but, shortly afterwards, the family moved to India, returning six year later. After school she enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where she […]

Robert Beatty

Robert Beatty

Biography Robert Beatty (1909-1992) was born in Canada. After graduating from the University of Toronto, he had a variety of jobs before deciding to move to London where he entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He made his first London stage appearance in Idiot

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