Category:20th-century male actors from Northern Ireland
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The following 41 pages are in this category, out of 41 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 41 pages are in this category, out of 41 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Colin Blakely – Colin George Blakely was a Northern Irish character actor. He was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for the Academy Award-nominated film Equus, born in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland, Blakely attended Sedbergh School in Yorkshire. At 18 he started work in his familys sports goods shop, in 1957, after a spell of amateur dramatics with the Bangor Operatic Society, he turned professional with the Group Theatre, Belfast. In 1957, at the age of 27, Blakely made his debut as Dick McCardle in Master of the House. He also appeared in several Ulster Group Theatre productions, including Gerard McLarnons Bonefire, from 1957 to 1959 he was at the Royal Court Theatre, appearing in Cock-A-Doodle Dandy, Serjeant Musgraves Dance and, to critical approval, The Naming of Murderers Rock. In 1961, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon, in 1969, Blakelys controversial role as Jesus Christ in Dennis Potters Son of Man gained him wide recognition. From that time onwards, he was a regular on British television, among the many stage plays in which he appeared were The Recruiting Officer, Saint Joan, Royal Hunt of the Sun, Filumena, Volpone and Oedipus. He returned to the Royal Shakespeare in 1972 in Harold Pinters Old Times and was subsequently in many West End plays, in the 1975 British film, It Shouldnt Happen to a Vet, derived from the James Herriot books, Blakely played the eccentric Siegfried Farnon. He also appeared in A Man for All Seasons, Young Winston, The National Health, Murder on the Orient Express, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, Equus, The Dogs of War, Nijinsky and Evil Under the Sun. Other television appearances included Loophole, Red Monarch, The Beiderbecke Affair, Operation Julie, Blakely was married to British actress Margaret Whiting for 26 years and had three sons, including twins. He died of leukaemia at the peak of his career, aged 56, Colin Blakely at the Internet Movie Database Colin Blakely at the TCM Movie Database
2. Stephen Boyd – Stephen Boyd was an actor from Glengormley, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He appeared in some 60 films, most notably as Messala in Ben-Hur and he received his second Golden Globe Award nomination for Billy Roses Jumbo. Boyd was born William Millar in 1931, one of nine siblings, he attended Ballyclare High School. At the age of seven he became known in Belfast for his contributions to the Ulster Radios Children Hour. At the age of sixteen, Boyd quit school and joined the Ulster Group Theater, Boyd learned the behind the scenes tasks of the theater, and eventually worked his way up to character parts and leads, touring both Canada and the United States with stock companies. By the time he was twenty, Boyd had a range of theater experience. In 1952 Boyd moved to London and worked in a cafeteria, Boyd caught his first break as a doorman at the Odeon Theatre. The Leicester Square Cinema across the street recruited him to usher attendees during the British Academy Awards in the early 1950s, during the awards ceremony he was noticed by actor Sir Michael Redgrave, who used his connections to introduce Boyd to the director of the Windsor Repertory Group. Boyds first role which brought him acclaim was as an Irish spy in the movie The Man Who Never Was, the movie was released in 1956. Shortly thereafter he signed a contract with 20th Century Fox, Boyd starred in two Rank productions after this film. Hell in Korea was a role for Boyd, but an interesting movie which featured several renowned actors in early roles, such as Michael Caine. The Beast of Marseilles was a World War II romance set in Nazi-occupied Marseilles with Boyd as the main star, for Twentieth Century Fox, Boyd would be cast in the racially provocative film Island in the Sun, based on the Alec Waugh novel. For Columbia pictures he was cast in the nautical, ship-wreck adventure Abandon Ship. starring Tyrone Power, in early 1957 Brigitte Bardot was given the opportunity to cast her own leading man after her success in Roger Vadims And God Created Woman, and she chose Boyd. Being in the Bardot spotlight added much to Boyds film credit, Boyds first true Hollywood role came as a renegade cowboy in the Fox western The Bravados, which starred Gregory Peck and Joan Collins. It was during the making of film in Mexico in the early part of 1958 that Boyd was finally persuaded to audition for the coveted role of Messala in MGMs upcoming epic Ben-Hur. Many other actors had tried for the role, and Boyd initially wasnt interested, but he eventually signed and began filming in the summer of 1958. Boyd was required to wear contact lenses as Messala, which irritated his eyes. Despite this, Boyd described the experience of Ben-Hur, as the most exciting experience of his life
3. Kenneth Branagh – Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh is a Northern Irish actor, director, producer, and screenwriter originally from Belfast. Branagh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and he has directed or starred in several film adaptations of William Shakespeares plays, including Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Hamlet, Loves Labours Lost, and As You Like It. He also narrated the BBC documentary miniseries Walking with Dinosaurs, Walking with Beasts, Branagh has been nominated for five Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, and has won three BAFTAs, and an Emmy. He was appointed a knight bachelor in the 2012 Birthday Honours and was knighted on 9 November 2012, at the age of nine, he moved with his family to Reading, Berkshire, to escape the Troubles. He was educated at Grove Primary School, Whiteknights Primary School, then Meadway School, Tilehurst, at school, he acquired Received Pronunciation to avoid bullying. On his identity today he has said, I feel Irish, I dont think you can take Belfast out of the boy, and he attributes his love of words to his Irish heritage. He is known to have attended the Reading Cine & Video Society as a member and was a member of Progress Theatre for whom he is now the patron. Branagh went on to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, Branagh was part of the new wave’ of actors to emerge from the Academy. Others included Jonathan Pryce, Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman, Anton Lesser, Bruce Payne, in 1984 he appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Henry V, directed by Adrian Noble. The production played to full houses, especially at the Barbican in London and it was this production that he adapted for the film version of the play in 1989. This Twelfth Night was later adapted for television, on the negative side, he has not got the magnetism of Olivier, nor the mellifluous voice quality of Gielgud nor the intelligence of Guinness. A year later in 1989 Branagh co-starred with Emma Thompson in the Renaissance revival of Look Back in Anger, Judi Dench directed both the theatre and television productions, presented first in Belfast then at the London Coliseum and Lyric Theatre. In 2002, Branagh starred at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield as Richard III, in 2003 he starred in the Royal National Theatres production of David Mamets Edmond. Branagh directed The Play What I Wrote in England in 2001, from September to November 2008, Branagh appeared at Wyndhams Theatre as the title character in the Donmar West End revival of Anton Chekhovs Ivanov in a new version by Tom Stoppard. His performance was lauded as the performance of the year by several critics and it won him the Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best Male Performance but did not get him a Laurence Olivier Award nomination, to the surprise of critics. In July 2013 he co-directed Macbeth at Manchester International Festival with Rob Ashford, with Branagh in the title role, Alex Kingston played Lady Macbeth and Ray Fearon featured as Macduff. The final performance of the sold out run, was broadcast to cinemas on 20 July as part of National Theatre Live. He repeated his performance and directorial duties opposite Ashford and Kingston when the production moved to New York Citys Park Avenue Armory in June 2014, the production marked his New York stage debut
4. Martin Crosbie – Martin Crosbie was an Irish tenor and older brother to Paddy Crosbie of The School Around the Corner. Martin, who was known as The Millers daughter, a song he made his own. The eldest in a family of four, he was christened John Martin but was known as Mossy to his family and his mother and father came from Wexford town. His father, Martin Crosbie, was a foreman-fitter and turner on the Permanent way, before coming to Dublin, his father had earned quite a reputation in his native town, both as a singer and comedian. He won the Wexford Feis gold medal in 1904 in the tenor competition, martins paternal grandmother was a Bolger. She was reputed to have had a voice, and used sing in Bride Street Church in Wexford. So, quite a history of singers in his family, before his singing career began Martin worked as a fitter / mechanic in CIEs Summerhill depot. One night in the late 1930s himself and the legendary Billy Morton went to a show in the Olympia, in the bar during the interval Billy and other friends talked him into singing a song. One song led to another and soon there were people in the bar than in the audience. The manager came in and said if he could keep an audience away from the show he should be able to keep them in their seats the following week, thats how he joined Lorcan Bourke Productions. Martin caused a bit of stir the next Monday night when he cycled to the Olympia, walked through the door, hung up his bicycle clips. I didnt know anything then about using dressing-rooms and make-up he had laughed and it was when he was playing Belfast with Harry Bailey that he met a young girl, just left school, called Thelma Ramsey. When he came back to the Royal in Dublin, Thelma was the accompanist, pretty soon they were walking out They toured with some of showbizs big names, including famous comic Max Miller. They missed out on playing the London Palladium with Max as he was allowed to bring only one other act, a halfpenny was tossed and they lost. Imagine losing the Palladium with a halfpenny… wouldnt have minded had it been half-a-crown and he was a regular in the Clontarf Castle Cabaret from 1964 where he continued to perform six nights a week even when his health started to fail him in the early 80s. In 1979, he received the Variety Artists Trust Society award for his contribution to Irish show-business and he made numerous Television appearances, some of which still survive on R. T. E. and Ulster Television etc. He was a member of Equity and appeared in parts in most of the Films made in Ireland at that time. Of human bondage – Lab Technician A Bus Ride To Success - He played a bus conductor Young Cassidy – - 2nd Hearseman Young Cassidy clips Underground – R. A. F and he is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery Dublin
5. J. G. Devlin – James Gerard Devlin was a Northern Irish actor who made his stage debut in 1931, and had long association with the Ulster Group Theatre. In a career spanning sixty years, he played parts in TV productions such as Z-Cars, Dads Army, The New Avengers. He also guest starred, alongside Leonard Rossiter, in an episode of Steptoe and Son, The Desperate Hours. The writers of Steptoe and Son - Ray Galton and Alan Simpson - have since revealed that Devlin was second choice to play the part of Albert Steptoe in the series, behind Wilfrid Brambell. He also appeared as Father Dooley, a Catholic priest, in episodes of Carla Lanes Bread. In 1969 he was in the Abbey Theatre production of Macooks Corner 1969 where he played the part of Neal Macook. G, Devlin at the Internet Movie Database J. G. Devlin at the Teresa Deevy Archive J. G. Devlin at the Abbey Theatre Archive
6. Richard Dormer – Richard Dormer is an actor, playwright and screenwriter from Northern Ireland. He is best known for his role as Beric Dondarrion in HBO series Game of Thrones, Dormer was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. He was accepted by the Royal College of Art, but chose a scholarship at the RADA school of acting in London, after living and working in London, he returned to Northern Ireland. He lives in Belfast and is married to director Rachel ORiordan, Dormer gained notice following his performance as Northern Irish snooker star Alex Higgins in Hurricane in 2003, which he wrote and starred in. Critics and even Higgins himself praised the production, and Dormer won The Stage award for best actor in 2003, since, Dormer has written a number of plays including The Half and Gentlemans Tea Drinking Society which were produced through Belfasts Ransom theatre company. In 2012 Dormer was commissioned by the Abbey Theatre to write a production, the film was well received by critics gaining consistent reviews, most of which highlighted Dormers performance as a strength. Dormers portrayal of Terri Hooley saw him nominated in the Best Actor award in the 2013 Irish Film and he has since played roles in Yann Demanges critically acclaimed film 71 alongside Jack OConnell and forthcoming Gerard Johnson directed Hyena,2014. Dormer has become a well known actor, more recently playing key roles in the Cinemax drama series Hunted. 2012 also saw Dormer taking over the role of Lord Beric Dondarrion, known as the Lightning Lord, in 2016, Dormer reprised his role as Dondarrion in the sixth season of the series. Dormer is the voice of the Dad on the animated series Lilys Driftwood Bay. The series aired in May on Nick Jr. in the UK and it will also air on RTÉ in Ireland, ABC Australia, KiKa in Germany, MTV in Finland, NRK in Norway, SVT in Sweden, and HOP. in Israel later this year. Broadcasters in Australia and the US are keeping the voices to the series. In 2014 Dormer began filming on Sky Atlantics Fortitude, described as their most ambitious project to date, he takes the role of Sheriff Dan Anderssen and stars alongside Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston and The Killings Sofie Gråbøl. Fortitude aired on 29 January 2015, the series is set in the fictional Arctic Norwegian settlement of Fortitude. On 9 April 2015, Sky Atlantic recommissioned the show for a series consisting of 10 episodes. Also in 2015, Dormer starred in the BBC drama Were Doomed, the Dads Army Story as TV producer David Croft. The comedy drama retells the creation of the popular BBC sitcom Dads Army as well as the relationship between Croft and Jimmy Perry who became successful TV comedy writers, richard Dormer at the Internet Movie Database
7. Conleth Hill – Conleth Seamus Eoin Croiston Hill is a Northern Irish film, stage and television actor. He has performed on stage in productions in the United Kingdom and he won the 2001 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor and has received two Tony Award nominations. He is best known for his role as Varys in the HBO series Game of Thrones, conleth Hill was born in Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. His siblings are also in the entertainment business and his older brother is a cameraman, his sister is a producer and his younger brother Ronan Hill has won three Emmy Awards for his sound mixing on Game of Thrones. Hill graduated from the program of Guildhall School of Music. He maintains a head of hair when he is on hiatus from Game of Thrones. Hill made his Broadway debut in Marie Jones Stones in His Pockets, Hill played German professor Max Staefel in a 2002 television adaptation of Goodbye, Mr Chips. Since April 2011, he has appeared as Lord Varys in the television series Game of Thrones, based on the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. Martin hinted, in a February 2013 post on his website, that he thought Hill would be a good choice to play the title character in a TV show based on Martins science fiction novel Tuf Voyaging
8. Patrick Magee (actor) – He was born in Armagh, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Born into a family, McGee was the first born of five children and was educated at St. Patricks Grammar School. His first stage experience in Ireland was with Anew McMasters touring company and it was here that he first worked with Pinter. He was then brought to London by Tyrone Guthrie for a series of Irish plays and he met Beckett in 1957 and soon recorded passages from the novel, Molloy, and the short story, From an Abandoned Work, for BBC radio. Impressed by the quality of Magees distinctly Irish voice, Beckett requested copies of the tapes. First produced at the Royal Court Theatre in London on 28 October 1958, a televised version with Magee directed by McWhinnie was later broadcast by BBC2 on 29 November 1972. Becketts biographer Anthony Cronin wrote that there was a sense in which, as an actor, in 1965 he appeared in Peter Weisss Marat/Sade, and when the play transferred to Broadway he won a Tony Award. He also appeared in the 1966 RSC production of Staircase opposite Paul Scofield, early film roles included Joseph Loseys The Criminal and The Servant, the latter an adaptation scripted by Pinter. He also appeared as Surgeon-Major Reynolds in Zulu, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, Anzio, but he is perhaps best known for his role as the victimised writer Frank Alexander, who tortures Alex DeLarge with Beethovens music, in Stanley Kubricks film A Clockwork Orange. His other role for Kubrick was as Chevalier de Balibari in Barry Lyndon, Magee also appeared in Young Winston, The Final Programme, Galileo, Sir Henry at Rawlinson End, The Monster Club and Chariots of Fire, but was most often seen in horror films. Magee married Belle Sherry, also a native of County Armagh in 1958, in February 1961, their twins, Mark and Caroline McGee, were born in London. Patrick Magee died in his London flat of natural causes on 14 August 1982 at the age of 60, according to obituaries in the Glasgow Herald and the New York Times
9. Declan Mulholland – Thomas Declan Mulholland was a Northern Irish character actor of film and television. Born in Belfast, his first role was in H. M. S and he also played Jabba the Hutt in a deleted scene of the original Star Wars. The scene was placed back into the movie for the films twentieth anniversary re-release in 1997 replacing Mulholland with a computerized Jabba. He had a part in the 1975 Amicus Productions film The Land That Time Forgot. His many TV appearances included the Doctor Who stories The Sea Devils and The Androids of Tara, The Bill, The Onedin Line, Mulholland died of a heart attack on 29 June 1999, aged 66. Declan Mulholland at the Internet Movie Database
10. Liam Neeson – Liam John Neeson, OBE, is an actor from Northern Ireland. In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players Theatre in Belfast for two years and he then acted in the Arthurian film, Excalibur. Between 1982 and 1987, Neeson starred in five films, most notably alongside Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins in The Bounty and Robert De Niro and he landed a leading role alongside Patrick Swayze in Next of Kin. He rose to prominence when he starred in the role in Steven Spielbergs 1993 Oscar winner Schindlers List. Empire magazine ranked Neeson among both the 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History and The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time. Neeson was born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, the son of Katherine Kitty Neeson, a cook, and Bernard Barney Neeson and he was raised as a Roman Catholic and was named Liam after the local priest. He said growing up as a Catholic in a predominately Protestant town made him cautious, the third of four siblings, he has three sisters, Elizabeth, Bernadette and Rosaleen. At age nine, Neeson began boxing lessons at the All Saints Youth Club, Neeson first stepped on stage at age 11 after his English teacher offered him the lead role in a school play, which he accepted because the girl he was attracted to was starring in it. He continued to act in school productions over the following years, Neesons interest in acting and decision to become an actor was also influenced by minister Ian Paisley, into whose Free Presbyterian church Neeson would sneak. Neeson has said of Paisley, He had a magnificent presence and it was acting, but it was also great acting and stirring too. In 1971, Neeson was enrolled as a physics and computer science student at Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland, at Queens, he discovered a talent for football and was spotted by Seán Thomas at Bohemian F. C. There was a trial in Dublin and Neeson played one game as a substitute against Shamrock Rovers F. C. After leaving the university, Neeson returned to Ballymena where he worked in a variety of casual jobs and he also attended teacher training college for two years in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, before again returning to his hometown. In 1976, Neeson joined the Lyric Players Theatre in Belfast where he performed for two years and he got his first film experience in 1977, playing Jesus Christ and Evangelist in the religious film Pilgrims Progress. Neeson moved to Dublin in 1978 after he was offered a part in Ron Hutchinsons Says I, Says He and he acted in several other Project productions and joined the Abbey Theatre. In 1980, filmmaker John Boorman saw him on stage as Lennie Small in Of Mice and Men and offered him the role of Sir Gawain in the Arthurian film, Excalibur. After Excalibur, Neeson moved to London, where he continued working on stage, in small budget films and he lived with the actress Helen Mirren at this time, whom he met working on Excalibur. Between 1982 and 1987, Neeson starred in five films, most notably alongside Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins in 1984s The Bounty and Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons in 1986s The Mission
11. James Nesbitt – William James Nesbitt, OBE is an actor and presenter from Northern Ireland. Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Nesbitt grew up in the village of Broughshane, before moving to Coleraine. He wanted to become a teacher like his father, so he began a degree in French at the University of Ulster and he dropped out after a year when he decided to become an actor, and transferred to the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. After graduating in 1987, he spent seven years performing in plays that varied from the musical Up on the Roof to the political drama Paddywack and he made his feature film debut playing talent agent Fintan ODonnell in Hear My Song. His first significant film role came when he appeared as pig farmer Pig Finn in Waking Ned, with the rest of the starring cast, Nesbitt was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. In Lucky Break, he made his debut as a film lead, the next year, he played Ivan Cooper in the television film Bloody Sunday, about the 1972 shootings in Derry. A departure from his previous cheeky chappie roles, the film was a point in his career. He won a British Independent Film Award and was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor, Nesbitt has also starred in Murphys Law as undercover detective Tommy Murphy, in a role that was created for him by writer Colin Bateman. The role twice gained Nesbitt Best Actor nominations at the Irish Film & Television Awards, in 2007, he starred in the dual role of Tom Jackman and Mr Hyde in Steven Moffats Jekyll, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination in 2008. Nesbitt has since appeared in more dramatic roles, he starred alongside Liam Neeson in Five Minutes of Heaven. He also starred in the movies Outcast and The Way and he portrayed Bofur in Peter Jacksons three-part film adaptation of The Hobbit. In 2014, Nesbitt starred in the role as the father character Tony Hughes in the acclaim BBC One drama series The Missing. Nesbitt was married to former actress Sonia Forbes-Adam, with whom he has two daughters and he is an advocate of numerous charities, and in 2010 he accepted the ceremonial position of Chancellor of the University of Ulster. James Nesbitt was born on 15 January 1965 in Ballymena, County Antrim and his father, James Jim Nesbitt, was the headmaster of the primary school in Lisnamurrican, a hamlet near Broughshane, while his mother, May Nesbitt, was a civil servant. Jim and May already had three daughters—Margaret, Kathryn and Andrea, the family lived in the house adjoining the one-room school where Nesbitt was one of 32 pupils taught by Jim, the other pupils were all farmers children. Nesbitt grew up completely around women, and spent a lot of time alone and he had ambitions to play football for Manchester United, or to become a teacher like his father. The family was Protestant, and Lisnamurrican was in Paisley country, the Nesbitts spent Sunday evenings singing hymns around the piano. Jim marched in the Ballymena Young Conquerors flute band and Nesbitt joined him playing the flute, after the Drumcree conflicts, they stopped marching with the band
12. Stephen Rea – Stephen Rea is an Irish film and stage actor. Rea has appeared in films such as V for Vendetta, Michael Collins, Interview with the Vampire. Rea was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as Fergus in the 1992 film The Crying Game. He has during later years had important roles in the Hugo Blick TV series The Shadow Line and The Honourable Woman, Rea was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to Protestant parents, his father was a bus driver and his mother a housewife. He attended Belfast High School and the Queens University Belfast, taking a degree in English, Rea trained at the Abbey Theatre School in Dublin. In the late 1970s, he acted in the Focus Company in Dublin with Gabriel Byrne and he is a frequent collaborator with Irish film-maker Neil Jordan. Rea has long associated with some of the most important writers in Ireland. His association with playwright Stewart Parker, for example, began when they were together at the Queens University of Belfast. Rea helped establish the Field Day Theatre Company in 1980 with Tom Paulin, Brian Friel, Seamus Heaney, in recognition for his contribution to theatre and performing arts, Rea was given honorary degrees from both the Queens University Belfast and the Ulster University in 2004. Rea returned to the Abbey in 2009 to appear in the world première of Sebastian Barrys Tales of Ballycumber, Rea was hired to speak the words of Gerry Adams when Sinn Féin was under a 1988–94 broadcasting ban. In 2011, Rea featured in the BBC crime drama The Shadow Line, in April 2012, Rea read James Joyces short story The Dead on RTÉ Radio 1. He also narrated for the BBC Radio 4 production of Ulysses for Bloomsday,16 June 2012, Rea starred in Enda Walshs 2014 play Ballyturk and portrayed Jordan in Out of the Dark, in which he co-stars Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman and Alejandro Furth. Rea was married for 17 years to Dolours Price, a former Provisional Irish Republican Army bomber and hunger striker who later became a critic of Sinn Féin and they had been divorced when she died on 23 January 2013. Rea is an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland, Stephen Rea at the Internet Movie Database Stephen Rea at the Internet Broadway Database Stephen Rea at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
13. Maxwell Reed – Maxwell Reed was a Northern Irish actor who became a matinee idol in several British films during the 1940s and 1950s. His early years included work as a merchant seaman and minor stage experience in Ireland and London, before being auditioned by Rank and joining The Company of Youth’ at the age of 27. Reed moved to the U. S. in the late 1950s and portrayed the role in the 1950s television series Captain David Grief. He also made three films in the U. S. and appeared as a guest star in series such as Bonanza, Perry Mason. He was the first husband of actress Joan Collins, who he married on 24 May 1952, the marriage ended in divorce in 1956. He died from cancer, aged 55, in London
14. Joseph Tomelty – Joseph Tomelty was an Irish character actor and playwright. He worked in film, television, radio and on the stage, joseph Tomelty was born in Portaferry, the eldest of seven children. His father was known as Rollickin James for his skill on the fiddle and he left his local primary school aged 12 and was apprenticed to the trade of housepainter, his fathers trade. He moved to Belfast and attended classes at Belfast Technical College, Tomelty first acted with St Peters Players and with others in 1937 and 1938 took part in discussions which led to the formation of the Northern Ireland Players on a more professional basis. Radio plays Barnum is Right and Elopement were broadcast in December 1938, the Northern Ireland Players chose the stage version of Barnum is Right for their first major commercial venture at the Empire Theatre in June 1939. His play, Idolatry at Innishargie, enjoyed a run at the Group Theatre in 1942, but The End House. The play dealt with, what he described as the inhumanity that resulted from the Special Powers Act and it was however performed at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 1944. Meanwhile, his career as an actor had rapidly developed. In 1948 he was commissioned by the BBC in Belfast to write the radio comedy drama series The McCooeys. This radio series lasted for seven years with Tomelty writing 6,000 word scripts for each episode and he continued to write plays, including his masterpiece, and a modern Irish theatre classic, All Souls Night in 1948. In England in 1954 he suffered a car accident and, while he recovered and his brother, Peter Tomelty, was a tenor and recording artist. His daughter, Frances Tomelty, is an actress and the first wife of singer and his daughter, Roma Tomelty, is also an actress. Barnum Was Right Idolatry at Inishargie Poor Errand Right Again Barnum The End House All Souls Night The Singing Bird Down the Heather Glen April in Assagh The Drunken Sailor Is the Priest at Home
15. Austin Trevor – Claude Austin Trevor was a Northern Irish actor who had a long career in film and television. He played the parson in John Galsworthys 1927 Broadway production Escape and he was the first actor to play Agatha Christies detective Hercule Poirot on screen in three British films during the early 1930s, Alibi, Black Coffee and Lord Edgware Dies. He subsequently turned up in a part in a later Poirot adaptation The Alphabet Murders in 1965. He stated that he only got the Poirot role because he could speak with a French accent, during the 1960s he worked largely in television, appearing in series such as The First Churchills in which he played Lord Halifax. He appeared in an episode of the legal drama The Main Chance and he died in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Austin Тrevor at the Internet Movie Database
16. Noel Willman – Noel Willman was a Northern Irish actor and theatre director. Born in Derry, Ireland, Willman died aged 70 in New York City, willmans films included The Man Who Knew Too Much, Carve Her Name with Pride, The Kiss of the Vampire, Doctor Zhivago, The Reptile, and The Odessa File. He was also a director and actor, and won a Tony Award in 1962 for his direction of the original Broadway production of Robert Bolts A Man For All Seasons. According to Bolt, he was instrumental in many aspects of the plays development, in 1966 he was nominated in the same category for James Goldmans The Lion in Winter. He later directed Katharine Hepburn and Christopher Reeve in A Matter of Gravity in 1976 and he frequently collaborated with Bolt, directing The Tiger and the Horse and Gentle Jack. Willman studied for the stage at the London Theatre Studio which had set up by Michel St Denis. Prompted by Guthrie, he became a director, in 1942 presenting his debut production Ah, the Pickwick Papers - Mr. Perker Androcles and the Lion - Spintho The Net - Dr. Ravna Doctor Zhivago - Razin The Reptile - Dr