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Actors

This page covers things about actors (and other figures from the Entertainment industry) that don't fit in anywhere else. It includes personal and biographical details, but it also covers roles that just don't all fit into the same page elsewhere.

Starred in the TV sitcoms Home Improvement (1991–9) and Last Man Standing (2011–), and also voiced Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story films Click to show or hide the answer
Starred as Rebecca Howe in the TV sitcom Cheers, and went on to appear in films such as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Look Who's Talking Click to show or hide the answer
Played Estella in Great Expectations (BBC, 1967), Lady Macbeth in Roman Polanski's Macbeth (1971, including a famous nude scene), Lillie Langtry in Edward the Seventh (ITV, 1975) and the follow–up Lillie Click to show or hide the answer
Charged with the rape and murder of Virginia Rappe, 5 September 1921 Click to show or hide the answer
RKO Pictures screen test report (according to legend) read "Can't act. Can't sing. Balding. Can dance a little" (or similar). Later described by George Balanchine and Rudolf Nureyev as 'the world's greatest dancer' Click to show or hide the answer
First Blue Peter presenter to have his contract terminated in mid–season, after the News of the World published a report of him taking cocaine and cannabis (1998) Click to show or hide the answer
African–US singer and dancer, caused a sensation at the Folies Bergere in Paris, 1926, with her Danse Sauvage – wearing just a skirt made from artificial bananas Click to show or hide the answer
Played Sam Beckett in the sci–fi television series Quantum Leap (1989–93) and Captain Jonathan Archer in Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–5) Click to show or hide the answer
Starred as Joshua Rush in the US TV soap Knots Landing, and went on to appear in films such as The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross and The Aviator Click to show or hide the answer
Played Denzel in Only Fools & Horses, and Horse in The Full Monty Click to show or hide the answer
Wrote comedy sketches (in which he appeared) under the name Gerald Wiley Click to show or hide the answer
Turned down a proposal of marriage from Winston Churchill Click to show or hide the answer
Sued for breach of contract in 1993, for refusing to play the title role in Boxing Helena Click to show or hide the answer
Keen fan of Sheffield United FC – has "100% Blade" tattooed on his arm Click to show or hide the answer
Named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 Click to show or hide the answer
Starred in Rising Damp and Porridge; died of a heart attack, 1979, aged 31 Click to show or hide the answer
Actor–manager, founded RADA; brother of Max Beerbohm Click to show or hide the answer
Silent movie actor; brother Wallace an Oscar–winning director, son a famous supporting actor who died in 1994 Click to show or hide the answer
Withdrew from playing Cat Woman in Batman Returns (1992) when she became pregnant Click to show or hide the answer
Trinidad–born presenter of Play School and Play Away: awarded a life peerage in 2010, supporting the Lib Dems Click to show or hide the answer
Most famous for his role as a bank manager in the Nationwide adverts – "that's for new customers only", etc. Also played Eddie in Early Doors, Howard in Northern Lights, and Martin Pond in Barbara Click to show or hide the answer
Said to have received a $500,000 bonus for baring her beasts in Swordfish (2001) Click to show or hide the answer
Designed a famous handbag for the Hermès fashion house, named after her Click to show or hide the answer
Comedian: raised £3.4 million for Comic Relief in 2012 by completing a "triathlon" from Paris to London Click to show or hide the answer
Lead vocalist of the comedy rock duo Tenacious D (formed 1994 with his friend Kyle Gass) Click to show or hide the answer
Former EastEnders actress (played homewrecker Frankie Pierre, 1996–7): found dead along with her two sons at their home in south–east London in January 2016, 23 days after they were last seen alive; her partner (the boys' father) later pleaded guilty to all three murders Click to show or hide the answer
Yorkshire–born actor, went on three expeditions to Mount Everest, getting to within 1,000 feet of the summit in 1993; wrote a book, The Turquoise Mountain (1991), about his first attempt Click to show or hide the answer
Oscar–winning actor, born on Christmas day 1899: in his first play, his only line was "Tennis, anyone?" Click to show or hide the answer
Star of The Likely Lads, When the Boat Comes In, Only When I Laugh, The Beiderbecke Affair, and New Tricks Click to show or hide the answer
Born in Florence, 1926, the daughter of the Marchese (Marquis) Demetrio Imperiali di Francavilla; married the 9th Earl of Shannon in 1947; they divorced in 1955, but she kept his surname; became a BBC TV continuity announcer in the 1950s, and went on to star as a panel member on What's My Line; also presented the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1974 (all hosted in the UK) Click to show or hide the answer
Founder of the Renaissance Theatre Company, 1987 (British actor) Click to show or hide the answer
Female singer: paid $52 million in 2014 to become the world's eighth space tourist (possibly in search of a starship trooper); later postponed the flight until further notice, citing personal reasons Click to show or hide the answer
Played DCI Roy Slater in Only Fools and Horses; won an Oscar for his portrayal of Iris Murdoch's husband John Bayley in Iris; played Lord Longford in a 2006 Channel 4 TV play about his relationship with Myra Hindley Click to show or hide the answer
Born Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, 1923; famous for her impressions of Margaret Thatcher; died in 2011, aged 84 Click to show or hide the answer
Only actor to appear in The Magnificent Seven and The Dirty Dozen (also appeared in The Great Escape Click to show or hide the answer
English television presenter, model and actress: best known (according to Wikipedia) for her roles in the 2010 horror comedy film Piranha 3D and the American TV sitcom One Big Happy; previously appeared in the video for Pulp's 1997 single Help the Aged; Click to show or hide the answer
Played Dr. Watson to Basil Rathbone's Holmes, in 14 films from 1939 to 1946 Click to show or hide the answer
Won both Best Actress Oscar and Worst Actress Razzie in the same year (2010 – for The Blind Side and All About Steve respectively) – first person to do this Click to show or hide the answer
Heather Huntingdon in Brookside 1982–6, Sam Ryan (central role) in Silent Witness 1996–2004, Clare Blake (title role) in The Commander 2003– Click to show or hide the answer
Godfather to Anthony Worrall Thompson; narrated Jeff Wayne's concept album War of the Worlds (based on H. G. Wells's novel); died 5 August 1984 – two months before the release of his last film (whose title was also the year of its release and his death) Click to show or hide the answer
Co–owner of Langham's Brasserie (London restaurant) Click to show or hide the answer
George Bernard Shaw is said to have created the role of Eliza Doolittle (in Pygmalion) for Click to show or hide the answer
Overweight Canadian actor: died in 1994, aged 43, of a heart attack in his sleep in Durango, Mexico, while filming the Western parody Wagons East! Click to show or hide the answer
American entertainer, known for his "banjo eyes"; had hits with songs such as Makin' Whoopee, If You Knew Susie, Ma! He's Making Eyes at Me, and How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm Click to show or hide the answer
Played Dr. Chris Anderson in the TV soap Emergency – Ward 10 (1957–67); presented a weekly evening show on BBC Radio 2, The Music Goes Round, from 1981 to 2016; died in 2017, aged 90 Click to show or hide the answer
Pianist on Have a Go; went on to star in Coronation Street Click to show or hide the answer
Commemorated by a blue plaque on the wall of the Angel public house, Highgate, London (died of cancer, 1989, aged 48) Click to show or hide the answer
Insured his feet for $150,000 Click to show or hide the answer
Played her own grandmother, in a 1992 bio–pic starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role Click to show or hide the answer
Former model, leapt to fame in a series of adverts for Campari in the 1970s; starred in the ITV sitcom The Other 'Arf, 1980–4; appeared in Emmerdale, 2002–6 Click to show or hide the answer
Former American football star: played explosives expert Basher in the Ocean's trilogy; also starred in Hotel Rwanda (2004) Click to show or hide the answer
Daughter of a British prime minister: best known for her role in the 1951 film Royal Wedding – playing Anne Ashmond, romantic interest of Fred Astaire as Tom Bowen Click to show or hide the answer
TV presenter: recipient, along with his sister, of one of the first two Paddington Bear stuffed toys, in 1972 (a prototype, made by his parents' company) Click to show or hide the answer
Developed an interest in lemurs, after a ring–tailed one played a key role in one of his films; donated funds to a project to reintroduce them to their natural habitat, as a result of which he had one named after him Click to show or hide the answer
Played Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale (2005–9), Clara Oswald (assistant to Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi) in Doctor Who, and the title role in Victoria (ITV, 2016) Click to show or hide the answer
Comedian, born in Hull on Christmas Day 1925: known for his trademark "broken microphone" routine; died in 2013, aged 87 Click to show or hide the answer
Voted the world's sexiest man in 1992, at the age of 62 Click to show or hide the answer
Collapsed and died onstage at Her Majesty's Theatre, London, 15 April 1984 Click to show or hide the answer
Starred in Rock Follies on TV, then played the title role in the original studio recording of Evita; had an international No. 1 hit with Don't cry for me, Argentina Click to show or hide the answer
First came to prominence in the video for Dancing in the Dark, Bruce Springsteen's biggest hit (1984), as a fan pulled onto the stage by Springsteen to dance with him Click to show or hide the answer
Olympic gold medallist (swimming): played Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers and Tarzan Click to show or hide the answer
Won an Oscar in 1950 for his leading role in All the King's Men, and also starred as Chief Dan Matthews in the TV series Highway Patrol Click to show or hide the answer
Born out of wedlock in Salisbury, in 1942, and named Michael Patrick Smith Click to show or hide the answer
Narrator of The Wombles; voiced Tufty the road safety squirrel, and Buzby the GPO bird; played Perks the station porter in The Railway Children, Mr. Hutchinson the spoon salesman (mistaken by Basil for the hotel inspector) in Fawlty Towers, Wally Bannister on Coronation Street (2003); appeared 111 times (more than anyone else) as the storyteller on Jackanory Click to show or hide the answer
Irish comedian (1980s), had 'L' and 'R' painted on his wellies (the wrong way round) Click to show or hide the answer
Married theatre director Sophie Hunter in 2015, having announced the engagement in The Times in November 2014 – when it was revealed that his middle name is Timothy Click to show or hide the answer
Married actor Christopher Guest, 1984. He was heir to the 4th Baron Haden–Guest; when he succeeded to the title 1996 she became Lady Haden–Guest (the 4th baron was a British UN diplomat, and his son was born in New York) Click to show or hide the answer
Comedian known as 'Parrot Face' – after the first joke he told on TV (Opportunity Knocks, 1964) Click to show or hide the answer
Lost his left eye in a car accident in 1954, and wore a glass eye for the last 35 years of his life (died in 1990) Click to show or hide the answer
Played Tristan Farnon, Dr. Who and Albert Campion (all on BBC TV) Click to show or hide the answer
US comedian and talk show host, "came out" as a lesbian on the Oprah Winfrey show 1997; her character in her eponymous TV sitcom followed suit shortly afterwards Click to show or hide the answer
Had the Latin motto CARPE DIEM ("seize the day") tattooed on her right wrist on her 81st birthday, in 2016 – a present from her daughter, actress Finty Williams Click to show or hide the answer
Made his directorial debut with A Bronx tale, 1993 Click to show or hide the answer
Handed back his French passport in December 2012, and was granted Russian citizenship in January 2013; his gripes with the French government included what he viewed as excessive taxation Click to show or hide the answer
First ever winner of the Golden Raspberry award for Worst Actor (for the 1980 remake of The Jazz Singer) Click to show or hide the answer
Comedian, charged with tax evasion in 1989, but acquitted; knighted in 2017 Click to show or hide the answer
Described herself as "the only sex symbol that Britain has produced since Lady Godiva" Click to show or hide the answer
Played Ellie May Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies (1961–72), and Frankie to Elvis Presley's Johnny (1966); died 1 Jan 2015 aged 82 Click to show or hide the answer
Addressed the House of Commons, 2000, on nuclear disarmament Click to show or hide the answer
Co–producer of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (with Saul Zaentz)
Star of the Marvel Universe series of films, named by Forbes magazine as the highest–paid actor in Hollywood for the second year running in 2014 Click to show or hide the answer
Achieved international fame through her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker's love interest in the Spider Man movies (2002, 2004, 2007) Click to show or hide the answer
Became Mayor of Carmel, California, in 1986 Click to show or hide the answer
Starred in The Good Life and Yes, Minister; died in 1995, aged 68, of skin cancer Click to show or hide the answer
Played glamorous attorney Jordan Roberts in Falcon Crest, and guested as Chandler's mother in Friends Click to show or hide the answer
Achieved notoriety over her opposition to US policies in the Vietnam war and her support of the Viet Cong – visited North Vietnam – became known as Hanoi Jane; said in 2015 that "the Hanoi Jane photo" would haunt her for the rest of her life Click to show or hide the answer
Lancastrian entertainer: deported from South Africa in 1946 after refusing to perform before an all–white audience Click to show or hide the answer
John Hinckley Jr. shot Ronald Reagan in 1981 in a misguided attempt to impress Click to show or hide the answer
Announced 1999 that he was suffering from Parkinson's disease Click to show or hide the answer
Comedian, actor, media personality and British National Treasure: admitted, in his 2014 memoir More Fool Me, that he'd once smuggled a hip flask of vodka into Windsor Castle Click to show or hide the answer
Advertised Schweppe's drinks on TV for many years Click to show or hide the answer
Stripped of Miss Hungary title, 1936 – too young to enter (under 16); jailed for 3 days, 1989, for slapping a policeman Click to show or hide the answer
Hitler's favourite actress, but spied for the Allies; believed, or rumoured, to have had affairs with Leopold Stokowski, Erich Maria Remarque and Cecil Beaton – but never married Click to show or hide the answer
"She can't talk, she can't act, she's terrific." Louis B. Mayer on Click to show or hide the answer
18th–Century actor: according to Pope, 'never had an equal and never will have a rival' Click to show or hide the answer
Made his directorial debut with The Man Without a Face, 1993 Click to show or hide the answer
The only member of the Monty Python team not born in Britain: born in Minneapolis, he became a naturalised British subject in 1968 and formally renounced his American citizenship in 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
Wrestled professionally under the name of Leon Arras; died 1997 Click to show or hide the answer
Charlie Chaplin's third wife, of four (1936–42) – starred opposite him (uncredited) as the street urchin in Modern Times (1936) Click to show or hide the answer
Comedian, set out to find other people around the world with the same name as him – in a stage show, book and TV series (2000–1) Click to show or hide the answer
Legs insured (at Lloyd's of London) for $1,000,000 each, by her studio (20th Century Fox) Click to show or hide the answer
Played his first credited film role in 1939; changed his name to avoid confusion with an American actor; made his Hollywood debut as Allan Quartermain in King Solomon's Mines (1950), alongside Deborah Kerr Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Convicted of committing a lewd act with prostitute Divine Brown in Los Angeles (1995) Click to show or hide the answer
Began acting while in prison for the murder (by shooting) of a German taxi driver, while serving with the army Click to show or hide the answer
Legs appeared in the poster for The Graduate (1967 film starring Dustin Hoffman; the legs belonged to Mrs. Robinson, who was played by Anne Bancroft); went on to play Sue Ellen Ewing in Dallas Click to show or hide the answer
Starred in both stage and screen versions of Cabaret Click to show or hide the answer
Nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for A Horse's Mouth, 1958 Click to show or hide the answer
Born Birmingham 1924; committed suicide by overdose in Sydney, 1968 (while working on a series for Australian TV) Click to show or hide the answer
TV chef and presenter: was half of a comedy duo called The Calypso Twins, and later became head chef at the Long Room restaurant at Lord's Cricket Ground. He then became the resident chef on Good Morning with Anne and Nick, and later the main presenter of Can't Cook? Won't Cook and Ready, Steady, Cook Click to show or hide the answer
Performed the first concert at the Concert Hall of Sydney Opera House, in 1973 Click to show or hide the answer
Father was commanding officer of HMS Coventry when it was sunk during the Falklands War (he was badly burned while trying to escape) Click to show or hide the answer
Son of the barrister who defended Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on drug charges, was chief prosecutor in the trial of Peter Sutcliffe, was an MP 1970–87, and served briefly as Lord Chancellor in 1987 Click to show or hide the answer
Voiced Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider video game series; played Zoe Reynolds in Spooks (2002–4), Alex Drake in Ashes to Ashes (2008–10), Lady Agnes in the remake of Upstairs Downstairs (2010) Click to show or hide the answer
Played Col. Reynolds in It Ain't Half Hot Mum, and Lord Meldrum in You Rang M'Lord Click to show or hide the answer
First came to popular notice as an actor and writer on The Fast Show; had previously fronted a punk–style band – The Higsons; wrote a series of books for young readers, about James Bond's schooldays at Eton (Young Bond), 2005–8 Click to show or hide the answer
Henry McGee and Bob Todd were closely associated with (popular TV entertainer) Click to show or hide the answer
Came to fame playing tomboy Joey Potter in Dawson's Creek; married Tom Cruise after giving birth to his baby in April 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
Played Joey Boswell in Bread; went on to direct films such as Sliding Doors and Johnny English Click to show or hide the answer
Played Eddie Yates in Coronation Street (1974–83), Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances (1990–5), and Twiggy in The Royle Family (1998–2000); voiced Paul McCartney in Yellow Submarine (1968) Click to show or hide the answer
Won an Oscar in 1998 for her leading role in As Good as it Gets, and also starred in the 1990s TV comedy series Mad About You Click to show or hide the answer
American comedian, accused of racism by the Professional Footballers' Association, after his performance at one of their events in 2013 Click to show or hide the answer
Hugh Grant's girlfriend at the time of Four Weddings and a Funeral; shot to fame after wearing "that dress" to the premiere; then became the "face" of Estée Lauder Click to show or hide the answer
Described by director David Lynch as "simply the greatest actor in the world"; notable roles included Timothy Evans in 10 Rillington Place, Caligula in I, Claudius, John Merrick in The Elephant Man, Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, and Kane in Alien – his death scene being named by several publications as one of the most memorable in cinema history; died of cancer in 2017, aged 77 Click to show or hide the answer
First actor to be knighted Click to show or hide the answer
Ran 43 marathons in 51 days, for Sport Relief, 2009; in 2016, ran 27 marathons in 27 days in South Africa (27 being the number of years that Nelson Mandela spent in prison) Click to show or hide the answer
Played Eric Sykes's sister in his long–running TV comedy series; appeared in 14 Carry On films, playing the matron in four of them Click to show or hide the answer
American actor: described by his former mother–in–law (his daughter's grandmother – Tippi Hedren) as being "very upset" about his daughter playing the lead role in the 2015 film Fifty Shades of Grey Click to show or hide the answer
Cricket commentator, 1912–94: awarded the Military Cross during World War II, the citation stating "His own dynamic personality, coupled with his untiring determination and cheerfulness under fire, have inspired those around him always to reach the high standard of efficiency." Click to show or hide the answer
Underwent a preventive double mastectomy in 2013, aged 37, after learning that she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene Click to show or hide the answer
Played Karen McDonald in Coronation Street (2000–4), and the title role in Doctor Foster (BBC1, 2015 and 2017) Click to show or hide the answer
Presented the nominating speech, at the 2000 Democratic National Convention, for Al Gore, who was described as "his college roommate" (they lived "across the hall" from each other at Harvard) Click to show or hide the answer
Bore 10 illegitimate children to William IV; David Cameron is descended from one of them Click to show or hide the answer
Came to fame in a TV ad where he took off his Levi's 501s in a launderette, and put them in a machine, to the tune of Marvin Gaye's I heard it through the grapevine Click to show or hide the answer
Bought his mum a £150,000 bungalow after the end of his sellout 'Mum Wants a New Bungalow' tour (2004) Click to show or hide the answer
Plays Winston Wolfe in the £40 million Direct Line Insurance adverts – a reprise of his role in Tarantino's Pulp Fiction Click to show or hide the answer
First actress to appear on a postage stamp Click to show or hide the answer
Played Assumpta Fitzgerald, the licensee of Fitzgerald's, in Ballykissangel (series 1–3), and Phoebe in Goodnight Sweetheart (Series 1–3); later was the sultry voice of the M&S "this is not just food" television adverts Click to show or hide the answer
First person to have a million followers on Twitter Click to show or hide the answer
Glamorous Austrian–born Hollywood actress, said to have invented a system for guiding torpedoes by radio Click to show or hide the answer
Hollywood star and former circus acrobat, died in 1994 aged 80 Click to show or hide the answer
Actress and mistress of Edward VII Click to show or hide the answer
Played Elvis's mother in Blue Hawaii (1961); best known for playing Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote (1984–96) Click to show or hide the answer
Comic actor and comedian who rowed for Cambridge in 1980 Click to show or hide the answer
Australian–born Oscar winner, found dead in his New York flat (from an overdose of prescribed drugs), January 2007 Click to show or hide the answer
Hong Kong Cha–Cha champion, 1958 (born in 1940 in San Francisco, of Chinese parents; the family returned to Hong Kong when he was 3 months old, but when he was 18 his parents decided to send him back to San Francisco) Click to show or hide the answer
Born in an elevator (lift) in a hospital in a suburb of Boston (1925) Click to show or hide the answer
US Army Major Richard Winters in Band of Brothers (2001); Soames Forsyte in the ITV remake of The Forsyte Saga (2002–3); US Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody in Homeland (2011–) Click to show or hide the answer
Played Blakey (Inspector Blake) in On the Buses, and Clem "Smiler" Hemmingway in Last of the Summer Wine Click to show or hide the answer
Trademark was his horn–rimmed spectacles; famous for daring stunts such as hanging from a clock on a skyscraper in Safety Last; lost the thumb and index finger of his right hand in an accident with a prop bomb, 1919 Click to show or hide the answer
Played Trigger in Only Fools & Horses, Owen Newitt in The Vicar of Dibley, and Barty Crouch Sr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; died 2014 aged 69 Click to show or hide the answer
Sammy Joe Dean in Dynasty, Stacy Sheridan in T. J. Hooker, Amanda Woodward in Melrose Place Click to show or hide the answer
First winner, along with her husband Trevor (according to Wikipedia, with no citation – retrieved June 2015) on the television game show 3–2–1, in 1978 – four years before joining Radio 1 as a presenter Click to show or hide the answer
"Endorsed" the Coty fragrance Glow, introduced in 2002, which became the USA's best–selling perfume – as part of a "lifestyle line" Click to show or hide the answer
Served 18 days imprisonment in 1982 after being convicted of tax evasion Click to show or hide the answer
Star of the 1972 porn film Deep Throat; later became an anti–porn campaigner Click to show or hide the answer
Horror actor, actually born in (or at least on the borders of) Transylvania, 1882 Click to show or hide the answer
Opera singer and actor, 1906–2001; best known for playing J. R. Hartley in the TV ads Click to show or hide the answer
First starring TV role in The Prince and the Pauper, 1974 Click to show or hide the answer
Radio 2 presenter and former rock journalist: claimed to have started the urban myth that Blockbusters presenter Bob Holness played the saxophone solo on Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street Click to show or hide the answer
Pulled off the stage during the 2015 Brit awards, due to a "wardrobe malfunction" (her Armani–designed cape failed to come off, when it was pulled by the foot of a dancer as she climbed the steps onto the stage) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Played Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, and Maria in The Sound of Music (both on Broadway); mother of Larry Hagman Click to show or hide the answer
Won a Grammy in 2002 for his collaboration on banjo with bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs, and another for his 2009 album The Crow: New Songs for the 5–String Banjo Click to show or hide the answer
Married to Neil Simon, 1973–81; played Paula McFadden in The Goodbye Girl (1977) opposite Richard Dreyfuss – a character that was said to be based on her Click to show or hide the answer
Described the only film he ever directed (The Gangster Story, 1960) as "the worst film ever made" Click to show or hide the answer
Seriously injured in a quad bike accident on his Devon estate, 1998 Click to show or hide the answer
Said to have turned down the role of James Bond (in Dr. No) as, being a practising Catholic, he disapproved of Bond's relentless womanising Click to show or hide the answer
Became Greek minister of Culture Click to show or hide the answer
(Died 2002 aged 83; had an inscription in Irish Gaelic on his tombstone in Sussex, translating into English as "I told you I was ill" Click to show or hide the answer
Appeared with her mother, aged 3, in The Good Old Summertime (1949) Click to show or hide the answer
Appeared nude on the cover of Radio Times, in 1996 (aged 51) Click to show or hide the answer
Playboy's first centrefold – also appeared on the front cover; Madonna has her signature tattooed on her bottom Click to show or hide the answer
Appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair while seven months pregnant, in 1991 Click to show or hide the answer
Played Ivanhoe, The Saint, and James Bond Click to show or hide the answer
Revealed in 2012 that the two small swallows tattooed in the small of her back were the work of Lucian Freud, who had told her that he used to tattoo his fellow–sailors during his service in the merchant navy; his nude portrait of her, painted while she was pregnant, sold at Christie's in 2005 for £3.9 million (he died in 2011) Click to show or hide the answer
Denis Norden's comedy writing partner, and one of the original team captains on Call My Bluff: remembered for his speech defect and his pink bow ties (died in 1998, aged 77) Click to show or hide the answer
Most–decorated US serviceman of World War II; played himself in To Hell and Back (1955) Click to show or hide the answer
Born in Northern Ireland, in 1947, while his father was serving with the Irish Guards; real first names Nigel John Dermot; family returned to New Zealand in 1954; film credits include Omen III: the Final Conflict (1981), The Hunt for Red October (1990) and Jurassic Park (1993); also played Cardinal Wolsey in the television series The Tudors (2007–10) Click to show or hide the answer
US comedian famous for sketches performed as monologues, such as The Driving Instructor and Introducing Tobacco To Civilization Click to show or hide the answer
Advertised Fairy Liquid throughout the 1980s, telling us how far a bottle would stretch Click to show or hide the answer
Formed a food production company, starting in 1982 with salad dressing, giving all the proceeds to charity; once finished second in the Le Mans 24–hour race Click to show or hide the answer
Born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1905; his hard–drinking lifestyle is said to have made him a role model for the likes of Oliver Reed and Keith Moon; played Long John Silver in Disney's Treasure Island (1950), when his exaggerated West Country accent is said to have popularised the stereotypical "pirate voice"; died in Beverly Hills from a heart attack in 1956, aged 50 Click to show or hide the answer
Played leading roles in Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and Grease, on the London stage; best known for the BBC TV sitcom Just Good Friends (1983–6) Click to show or hide the answer
Daughter of a Conservative MP and MEP, later a life peer, and therefore entitled to be addressed as "the Honorable …"; played Marilyn Gates in Crossroads (1964–8), secretary Joan Greengross in Reggie Perrin, Nadia Popov in Rentaghost, Mrs. Muddle in Pipkins, Audrey Potter/Roberts in Coronation Street (since 1979) Click to show or hide the answer
Starred in the video for Oasis's The Importance of Being Idle Click to show or hide the answer
Sang "P–P–P–Pick up a P–P–P–Penguin;"" (affecting a stammer that he used in the sitcom All Gas and Gaiters) Click to show or hide the answer
Dubbed the singing parts of Deborah Kerr in The King and I, Natalie Wood in West Side Story, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. Also the top notes in Diamonds are a girl's best friend for Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen prefer blondes. Appeared in The Sound of Music (as Sister Sophia) Click to show or hide the answer
First Director of the National Theatre (1963–73) Click to show or hide the answer
Subject of the biography Life of Michael (Jeremy Novick, 2001); elected as President of the Royal Geographical Society (for a three–year term), 2009 Click to show or hide the answer
Starred as 'Nice Guy Eddie' (Cabot) in Reservoir Dogs (1992); found dead from heart disease in 2006, aged 40 Click to show or hide the answer
Originally cast as Blake Carrington in Dynasty, but left during filming of the pilot episode (replaced by John Forsythe) Click to show or hide the answer
Children's TV presenter, associated with Edd the Duck Click to show or hide the answer
Coronation Street actress: left in 1984, appeared on the sleeve of The Smiths' 1985 single Shakespeare's Sister (as her Coronation Street character, Elsie Tanner); died in 1986 of lung cancer Click to show or hide the answer
Founded the Make it Right Foundation in 2007 (along with designer William McDonough), to build 150 safe, energy–efficient and affordable homes in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina (2005) Click to show or hide the answer
Born Warrington, 1946; Oscar nominated for In the Name of the Father (1993); described by Steven Spielberg as "probably the best actor in the world today", after working with him on The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997 – a.k.a. Jurassic Park II); died in 2011, aged 64 Click to show or hide the answer
Most famous as a Blue Peter presenter; previously appeared in Doctor Who; later presented BBC coverage of Cruft's Click to show or hide the answer
Government advisor who became a TV and radio personality in the 1970s: appeared on Don't Ask Me, Don't Just Sit There (both Yorkshire TV) and Any Questions? (BBC radio); in 1975, came third (behind Newton and Einstein) in a New Scientist poll to find "the best–known and most characteristic scientist"; appeared in the video for Thomas Dolby's 1983 single She Blinded Me with Science Click to show or hide the answer
José Dinis Aveiro's favourite actor (that's why he named his son after him – allegedly) Click to show or hide the answer
Played Hercule Poirot in The Alphabet Murders (1965 film), and Felix Unger in the TV version of The Odd Couple Click to show or hide the answer
First film was appearance in Hello London (1958); died of a heart attack in 1999, aged 61, in Valletta, Malta, during a break from filming of Gladiator; several of his scenes in the film were completed using CGI; his final drinking session was said to have amounted to 8 lagers, 12 double rums and half a bottle of whisky Click to show or hide the answer
Member of rock group Dogstar in the 1990s (the early years of his Hollywood career); first name means 'coldness' or 'a cool breeze' in Hawaiian Click to show or hide the answer
Played Valerie Barlow in Coronation Street (1961–71), Jean in dinnerladies (1998–2000), and Celia Dawson in Last Tango in Halifax (2012–16) Click to show or hide the answer
Born Georgia 1936; 25% Cherokee Indian, first nude centrefold in Cosmopolitan; said "There are no awards in Hollywood for being an idiot", after turning down the role of Garrett Breedlove in Terms of Endearment, to appear in The Cannonball Run instead Click to show or hide the answer
Played Wednesday Addams in the 1991 Addams Family film, and also played air hostess Maggie Ryan in the TV series Pan Am Click to show or hide the answer
Appeared in EastEnders (the last but one original character to leave – died on screen in 2006) and Are You Being Served?; previously had provided spoken interjections on Mike Sarne's 1962 No. 1 hit Come Outside Click to show or hide the answer
Daughter of Vanessa Redgrave: died in 2009 after a skiing accident Click to show or hide the answer
Dad's Army cast member: saw active service in both world wars, and wrote the play Ghost Train (1923) Click to show or hide the answer
Won a legal battle with Top Shop in January 2015, after they sold a T–shirt bearing her image without permission Click to show or hide the answer
Presenter and star of the hugely popular Whitehall Farces (1950–66); became Chairman of Mencap in 1988, and President in 1998 (his daughter Shelley was born in 1951 with Down syndrome) Click to show or hide the answer
Won a libel action in 1992 against The Sun which said he was as boring as the character he portrayed; declared bankrupt in 1999 Click to show or hide the answer
Commemorated by a blue plaque in the ticket office of Mornington Crescent underground station Click to show or hide the answer
Jailed in 1978 for drunk driving Click to show or hide the answer
The only actor to appear in every episode of Last of the Summer Wine; spoke the last line in the final episode (2010); also voiced Wallace in the Wallace & Gromit films; born in Twickenham, Middlesex in 1921, died in a nursing home near Holmfirth, aged 96 Click to show or hide the answer
Born St. Petersburg 1906; married to Zsa Zsa Gabor 1949–54, and to her older sister Magda for six weeks (1970–1); committed suicide in Barcelona, 1972 Click to show or hide the answer
Starred in Please Sir! and After Henry; also played Mrs. Richards (the guest who complains about not having a sea view) in Fawlty Towers Click to show or hide the answer
Godfather to Jennifer Aniston Click to show or hide the answer
Took over from Donald Trump as presenter of The Celebrity Apprentice (USA) – but resigned after one series, saying he didn't like the "baggage" attached to the show by dint of Trump's involvement Click to show or hide the answer
Most famous for sitcoms in partnership with June Whitfield; made a novelty record called My Brother (1962); advertised Curly–Wurly dressed as a schoolboy (essentially the same character as on the record); voiced Penfold the hamster in DangerMouse; died in 1994, aged 67, from cancer Click to show or hide the answer
Most famous of the Lord Chamberlain's Men Click to show or hide the answer
Colombian entertainer: became the first person to reach one hundred million likes on Facebook, in 2014 Click to show or hide the answer
Oscar–nominated actor, and a world–ranked bridge player; born Alexandria 1932, died 2015 (aged 83) Click to show or hide the answer
Starred in the films Platoon (1986) and Wall Street (1987), and also appeared in the TV series Spin City, Two and a Half Men, and Anger Management Click to show or hide the answer
Starred as President Josiah Bartlett in the TV series The West Wing (1999–2006), and played Peter Parker's Uncle Ben in the 2012 film The Amazing Spider–Man Click to show or hide the answer
Has played Tony Blair in three films (one for TV), and Kenneth Williams, David Frost and Brian Clough in others (Williams for TV) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Was on the shortlist for the title role in Terminator (1984), but director David Cameron didn't feel that "such a nice guy could be a ruthless killer" Click to show or hide the answer
Turned down the role of Dirty Harry, which was originally written for him – either because he couldn't handle the gun after breaking his wrist ten years earlier, or because he chose to take lighter roles following the death of his father Click to show or hide the answer
Playboy's Playmate of the Year 1993: married octogenarian oil billionaire Howard Marshall in 1994; he died in 1995, she died in 2007 from an accidental overdose of legal drugs Click to show or hide the answer
Essex–born broadcaster and Radio 1 DJ: most famous for his work on Noel Edmonds's Late, Late Breakfast Show; a qualified helicopter pilot, married to Sarah Greene, who was injured along with him in a helicopter crash in 1988; died in 2014, aged 59, from complications following heart surgery Click to show or hide the answer
Formerly known as the Fresh Prince – in rap outfit DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (1985 onwards), also in TV sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel–Air (1990–6) Click to show or hide the answer
Best known for playing the title role in the Marvel Comics Blade trilogy; jailed for three years in 2010 for tax offences Click to show or hide the answer
Had two UK No. 1 hits: Don't Give Up On Us (1976) and Silver Lady (1977) Click to show or hide the answer
US actor, stood down 2015 after 14 years as artistic director of London's Old Vic theatre Click to show or hide the answer
Born Dukinfield, near Manchester, 1928; played Nora Batty in Last of the Summer Wine, Vera Hopkins in Coronation Street (1974–5), Mrs. Blewett in Open All Hours, Doris Luke in Crossroads (1978–85 and 2000–1); died in 2008 aged 80 Click to show or hide the answer
Appeared on stamps of Gambia, Ghana, Uganda, St. Vincent and Grenada in 1996; received a record 14 nominations for the Worst Actor Razzie award ("won" 4); broke a finger whilst trying to save a penalty kick from Pelé (1981, while filming Escape to Victory) Click to show or hide the answer
US photographer and actress, real forenames Kathleen Dee–Anne – appeared nude in the 1976 soft porn film Emily; reported to have had a relationship with Prince Andrew (before his marriage); won £300,000 damages from Robert Maxwell's Sunday People which alleged that the affair had continued after her marriage in 1984 Click to show or hide the answer
Accused by a famous headline in The Sun, 1986, of eating a live hamster in a sandwich. Max Clifford later admitted that there was no truth in the story (although Starr is said to have made a joke about eating a hamster in a sandwich) Click to show or hide the answer
Regular panel member in early editions of Juke Box Jury; best remembered as a presenter of Magpie (previously appeared in films The Blue Lagoon – 1949, aged 10 – and The 39 Steps, 1959) Click to show or hide the answer
Comedy actor and writer, born Oldham 1923; became partially deaf following an illness in adulthood; also registered partially sighted due to macular degeneration in old age (possibly exacerbated by smoking); died in 2012 aged 89 Click to show or hide the answer
Given the number plate COM 1C, by a Birmingham garage in 1968, to go on his Rolls–Royce (believed still to own it in 2017) Click to show or hide the answer
Convicted of performing an indecent act in a lay–by off the A1, 1994 Click to show or hide the answer
Had Disneyland closed for a day, February 1992, for her 60th birthday party Click to show or hide the answer
Failed an audition for the Our Gang series; became US Ambassador to Ghana, 1974 (under her married name of Black) Click to show or hide the answer
The persona, teeth and voice of Basil Brush were said to be based on Click to show or hide the answer
First found fame on The Dick van Dyke Show, before starring in her own self–titled sitcom in the 1970s, which was named by Time magazine as one of 17 programmes that changed TV; died in 2017, aged 80 Click to show or hide the answer
Died 1926, aged 31, of complications from a gastric ulcer – one month after being incensed by an editorial in the Chicago Tribune (entitled Pink Powder Puffs) which blamed him for the feminisation of the American male; funeral attended by 100,000 people Click to show or hide the answer
Made the world's first withdrawal from an automatic teller machine – Barclays Bank, Enfield branch, 1967 Click to show or hide the answer
Last survivor of the "Magnificent Seven", following Bronson's death in August 2003 (Buchholz d. March 2003, Coburn and Dexter 2002, Brynner 1985, McQueen 1980) Click to show or hide the answer
Comedian: sold his wedding photographs to Viz magazine for £1 in 2002 Click to show or hide the answer
Swam the English Channel in 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
Played Mrs. Overall in Acorn Antiques, Victoria Wood's mother (Petula Gordino) in dinnerladies, Adrian Mole's mother in the TV series, title role in Educating Rita, Ron Weasley's mother (Molly) in the Harry Potter films Click to show or hide the answer
Driving force behind the reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, re–opened 1997 Click to show or hide the answer
Won Lassie in a poker game (gave her back next morning) Click to show or hide the answer
Born in Germany, 1974: moved to England in 2002 to work in the marketing department of Wycombe Wanderers FC; decided to try stand–up comedy, and became the self–styled "German Comedy Ambassador in London" Click to show or hide the answer
Olympic swimmer (5 gold medals) who played Tarzan Click to show or hide the answer
Born Liverpool, 1934; appeared in Z Cars, and the film Kes, before going on to be an award–winning screenwriter; died 2015 aged 81 Click to show or hide the answer
An early act was as male impersonator Sis Hopkins; famous walk inspired or influenced by female impersonators; Salvador Dali was commissioned to design a sofa based on the shape of her lips, 1937 Click to show or hide the answer
Starred in the TV series Moonlighting (1985–9), and went on to star in films such as the Die Hard series, Pulp Fiction, and The Expendables Click to show or hide the answer
Accompanied on stage by Schnorbitz the St. Bernard, after splitting with his brother Mike Click to show or hide the answer
English comedian, awarded the Freedom of Tirana, 2000 – said to be the only Western comedian whose works were allowed to be shown under Enver Hoxha's Communist regime in Albania Click to show or hide the answer
Made Britain's first mobile phone call (1 January 1985 – from St. Catherine's Dock to Vodafone headquarters) Click to show or hide the answer
Sank a 100ft putt at Gleneagles in 1981 – then a record, but broken by swimmer Michael Phelps in 2012 Click to show or hide the answer
First seen on New Faces in 1974; appeared as a novelty act on That's Life (1976); her first major series (... as Seen on TV, 1985–7) included the spoof soap opera Acorn Antiques; wrote and starred in dinnerladies (1998–2000); died in 2016 aged 62 Click to show or hide the answer
Best remembered for the role of Ann Darrow, the actress that King Kong falls in love with (in the original 1933 version) Click to show or hide the answer
Stockport–born impressionist, famous for 'doing' Harold Wilson and Edward Heath Click to show or hide the answer

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