Anthony Colin Gerald Andrews is an English actor best known for his role as Lord Sebastian Flyte in the 1981 ITV miniseries Brideshead Revisited. Andrews was born in London, the son of Geraldine Agnes, a dancer, and Stanley Thomas Andrews and he grew up in the North Finchley district of London. At the age of eight he undertook dancing lessons, making his debut as the White Rabbit in a stage adaptation of Lewis Carrolls Alice in Wonderland. He auditioned in 1968 for a production of Alan Bennetts new play, Forty Years On, Andrews was cast as Skinner, one of twenty schoolboys, the role gave him the opportunity at an early age of working with Gielgud. Andrews was replaced in the part by Lewis Collins, following this, in 1979, he was the main star of the ITV television series Danger UXB, in which Andrews played a British bomb disposal officer in World War II during the London Blitz. The series first aired in the United States in 1979 on Masterpiece Theatre and his subsequent work includes the leading role of Lord Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited.
In 1982, he won a Golden Globe and BAFTA TV Award for his performance and was nominated for an Emmy Award. In the United States, Andrews is best known for his portrayal of the character in Ivanhoe as well as that of Sir Percy Blakeney in the 1982 film. He played Professor Higgins in a version of My Fair Lady. In 2003 Andrews survived a case of water intoxication, the condition, known as hyponatraemia, is caused by the dilution of sodium in the body. It has similar symptoms to dehydration, such as headaches, whilst performing as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady he would consume up to eight litres of water a day. He lost consciousness and spent three days in intensive care and he married Georgina Simpson of the Simpsons of Piccadilly department store family. Their daughter Amy is a god-daughter of Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, lost in Siberia Haunted Count Fosco in The Woman in White. Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, seasons with The New Shakespeare Company and Chichester Festival Theatre.
Somerset Maughams The Letter at the Wyndhams Theatre, oscar in premiere of Bully Boy at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. Coming In To Land at the National Theatre, anthony Andrews at the Internet Movie Database
Malik Bendjelloul was a Swedish documentary filmmaker and former child actor. He directed the 2012 documentary Searching for Sugar Man, which won an Academy Award, Bendjelloul was born in Ystad in Sweden,55 kilometres east of Malmö, the son of Algerian-born physician Hacène Bendjelloul and Swedish translator and painter Veronica Schildt Bendjelloul. He was the brother of journalist Johar Bendjelloul and the nephew of actors Peter, Bendjelloul grew up in central and southern Sweden and during the 1990s acted in the SVT TV series Ebba och Didrik as Philip Clavelle. The episodes were directed by his uncle, Peter Schildt, Bendjelloul was educated at the Rönne Gymnasium in Ängelholm, where he entered the social science programme. He attended Kalmar University, where he studied journalism and media production, Bendjelloul started his television career as a reporter on Swedish public television, where he worked as a freelancer and journalist for Kobra. His career included working as a host for the breakfast television programme Gomorron Sverige as well as for the radio programme P1-morgon for Sveriges Radio.
Prior to working for SVT, he worked for an independent production company. Subsequently, he left the job to direct documentaries on musicians including Elton John, Rod Stewart, bendjellouls documentary Searching for Sugar Man won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Eventually, the documentary achieved commercial success as well and made $3.6 million at the box office, the film documents the revival of Sixto Rodriguezs musical career. In 2013, Bendjelloul was invited to host a show on the Swedish radio show Sommar i P1, Malik Bendjelloul committed suicide on 13 May 2014 after struggling with depression, as reported by his brother Johar. At the time of his death, he was working on a project based on Lawrence Anthonys book The Elephant Whisperer. Ebba och Didrik Searching for Sugar Man Malik Bendjelloul at the Internet Movie Database Malik Benjellouls Sommar i P1 programme
Andrew James Matfin Jamie Bell is an English actor and dancer who rose to prominence for his debut role in Billy Elliot for which he won the BAFTA for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He is known for his roles in the films King Kong, The Adventures of Tintin and he portrayed the Thing in the 2015 film Fantastic Four. Bell was born in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees, where he grew up with his mother and his father, John Bell, a toolmaker, left before Bell was born. Bell began his involvement with dance after he accompanied his sister to her ballet lessons and he was a pupil at Northfield School and took performing arts classes at the local franchise of Stagecoach Theatre Arts. He was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre, in 1999, he was chosen from a field of over 2,000 boys for the role of Billy Elliot, an 11-year-old boy who dismays his working-class widowed father and elder brother by taking up ballet. He appeared in Close and True, an ITV legal drama shown in 2000, which starred Robson Green, James Bolam, Bell served as Honorary Jury President of the 2001 Giffoni Film Festival.
In 2002, he appeared as the disabled servant Smike in an adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby, in 2005, he starred opposite Evan Rachel Wood in the Green Day video Wake Me Up When September Ends, directed by Samuel Bayer. He had roles in two 2008 films, the sci-fi film Jumper and the World War II drama Defiance, in the second film he plays Asael Bielski, the third of the Bielski Brothers – leaders of a partisan group that saved some 1,200 lives during the Holocaust. In 2009, it was announced Bell would play the role in the motion capture film The Adventures of Tintin, alongside British double act Simon Pegg. The film was released in 2011 and he starred in the 2011 films The Eagle as Esca and Jane Eyre as St. John Rivers. In 2013, he starred alongside James McAvoy in the film Filth, since 2014, Bell has appeared as Abraham Woodhull in Turn, Washingtons Spies, the fourth and final season will begin airing in April 2017. In 2015, he played the Thing in the Fantastic Four reboot, Bell began dating American actress Evan Rachel Wood after they met while co-starring in the music video for Green Days 2005 song Wake Me Up When September Ends.
After a year together, the broke up in 2006. Five years later, in mid-2011, it was reported that Bell, the couple married in a small ceremony on 30 October 2012. They have one son, born in July 2013, Bell and Wood announced that they had separated on 28 May 2014. In late 2015, Bell began dating his Fantastic Four co-star Kate Mara and in January 2017, Jamie Bell at the Internet Movie Database Jamie Bell at AllMovie People in Film, Jamie Bell – Focus Features Jamie Bell on Twitter
Dame Julia Elizabeth Julie Andrews, DBE is an English actress, author, theatre director and dancer. Andrews, an actress and singer, appeared on the West End in 1948. She rose to prominence starring in Broadway musicals such as My Fair Lady, playing Eliza Doolittle, in 1957, Andrews starred in the premiere of Rodgers and Hammersteins written-for-television musical Cinderella, a live network broadcast seen by over 100 million viewers. Andrews made her film debut in Mary Poppins, and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the title role. She starred in The Sound of Music, playing Maria, between 1964 and 1986, she starred in The Americanization of Emily, Torn Curtain, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Star. The Tamarind Seed,10, Victor/Victoria, Thats Life. in 2000, Andrews was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the performing arts. In 2002, she was ranked #59 in the BBCs poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, in 2003, she revisited her first Broadway success, this time as a stage director, with a revival of The Boy Friend.
From 2001 to 2004, Andrews starred in The Princess Diaries, The Princess Diaries 2, from 2004 to 2010, she lent her voice to the Shrek animated films, and Despicable Me. She is an author of books and has published her autobiography, Home. Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on 1 October 1935 in Walton-on-Thames and her mother, Barbara Ward Wells was born in Chertsey and married Edward Charles Ted Wells, a teacher of metalwork and woodwork in 1932. However, Andrews was conceived as a result of an affair her mother had with a family friend. Andrews discovered her true parentage from her mother in 1950, although it was not publicly disclosed until her 2008 autobiography, with the outbreak of World War II, Barbara and Ted Wells went their separate ways and were soon divorced. Ted Wells assisted with evacuating children to Surrey during the Blitz, Andrews lived briefly with Ted Wells and her brother John in Surrey. In 1940, Ted Wells sent young Julia to live with her mother and stepfather, the Andrews family was very poor and we lived in a bad slum area of London, Andrews recalled, That was a very black period in my life.
According to Andrews, her stepfather was violent and an alcoholic, Ted Andrews twice, while drunk, tried to get into bed with his stepdaughter, resulting in Andrews fitting a lock on her door. The Andrews family took up residence at the Old Meuse, in West Grove and she had an enormous influence on me, Andrews said of Stiles-Allen, She was my third mother – Ive got more mothers and fathers than anyone in the world. In her memoir Julie Andrews – My Star Pupil, Stiles-Allen records, The range and she had possessed the rare gift of absolute pitch. According to Andrews, Madame was sure that I could do Mozart and Rossini, of her own voice, she says I had a very pure, thin voice, a four-octave range – dogs would come for miles around
Andrea Arnold, OBE is an English filmmaker and former actress. Most recently, she directed three episodes of the Emmy-winning series Transparent, Arnold was born in Erith Kent, the eldest of four children. She was born when her mother was only 16 years old and her father was 17 and her mother had to bring up all four children alone, which is reminiscent of Arnolds own directorial debuted short, Wasp. When people are asked if the story is in any way biographical, Arnold replies I grew up in a working class family, as a young girl, she was writing dark stories about human experience. All the other kids would just bung on some pop music, I remember the examiners sitting there looking at me, perplexed. Arnold left high school when she was 16, when she was drawn to becoming an actress, when Arnold was 18 years old she began working as a host and actress for a childrens TV show called No.73. She worked in TV for the next 10 years, while writing on the side. Arnold realised she could turn her stories into films, so she studied at the American Film Institute of Los Angeles where she gained experience in the film industry, after finishing school and returning to Britain she had her daughter and began making short films for TV.
After leaving school in the late 1970s, Arnold got her first TV jobs as a dancer on shows that included Top of the Pops. She first came to prominence as an actress and television presenter alongside Sandi Toksvig, Nick Staverson and Neil Buchanan in the 1980s childrens television show No.73. In addition to parts, the show had the usual mix of music. After a couple of years of experience in front of the camera, Arnold realised, Television was great fun and I went along for the ride, but I never felt that comfortable in front of the camera. In 1988 No.73 had morphed into 7T3, with the set being moved from the Maidstone house to that of a theme park. This revamp would only last the season, but Arnold would be seen for two years in the same timeslot as part of the Motormouth presenting team. In 1990 she presented and wrote for the environmental awareness show for teens and this featured Benjamin Zephaniah and gave exposure to The Yes/No People of Stomp fame. After retiring from her career as a presenter, Arnold studied directing at the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles.
Her early short films included Milk and Dog and she won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for Wasp, in 2004. She was named a Screen International Star of Tomorrow, in 2003, she directed an episode of the Channel 4 series Coming Up titled Bed Bugs, though she is sometimes erroneously credited as Andrew Arnold for the work
Ronald William George Ronnie Barker, OBE was an English actor and writer. He was known for roles in British comedy television series such as Porridge, The Two Ronnies, Barker began acting in repertory theatre and decided he was best suited to comic roles. He had his first success at the Oxford Playhouse and in roles in the West End including Tom Stoppards The Real Inspector Hound, during this period, he was in the cast of BBC radio and television comedies such as The Navy Lark. He got his break with the satirical sketch series The Frost Report in 1966. He joined David Frosts production company and starred in ITV shows including a short film, after rejoining the BBC, Barker found fame with the sketch show The Two Ronnies, with Ronnie Corbett. He starred in the sitcoms Porridge, its sequel Going Straight and he wrote comedy under his own name, though for much of his written material after 1968 he adopted pseudonyms to avoid pre-judgments of his writing talent. He won a BAFTA for best light entertainment performance four times, among other awards, television sitcoms such as The Magnificent Evans and Clarence were less successful and he retired in December 1987.
The following year, he opened a shop with his wife. After 1999, he appeared in smaller, non-comic roles in films and he died of heart failure on 3 October 2005, aged 76. Barker was born on 25 September 1929 in Bedford, Barkers elder sister Vera was born in 1926 and his younger sister Eileen was born in 1933. His father was a clerk for Shell-Mex, and this job saw the move to Church Cowley Road in Cowley. Barkers biographer Bob McCabe described his childhood as a time, marred by no ructions or family tensions. As a child, Barker enjoyed dressing up, particularly in his fathers pierrot outfit, as well as films, comics and he developed a love of the theatre, often attending plays with his family. The first play he saw was Cottage to Let and he skipped school to see Laurence Olivier in Henry V. He frequently stood outside stage doors to collect autographs, his first being the actress Celia Johnson, Barker grew up in the Florence Park area of Oxford, and went to Donnington Junior School, and the City of Oxford High School for Boys.
Barkers chemistry textbook at Oxford was previously used by T. E. Lawrence and he found his talent for humour at school and developed his musical ability by singing in the choir at St Jamess, his local church. He got into the form a year early after gaining the School Certificate but he felt what he was learning would be of no use to him in life. After leaving school he trained as an architect but gave it up after six months, Barker took his sister Veras job as a bank clerk at the Westminster Bank after she had left to become a nurse
Joe Alves is an American film production designer, perhaps best known for his work on three of the Jaws films. Alves has designed three features for Steven Spielberg, firstly for The Sugarland Express and he designed the three mechanical sharks for the movie Jaws with mechanical effects man Bob Mattey supervising their physical construction in Sun Valley CA. After the sharks were completed, they were trucked to the shooting location and he was nominated for the Academy Award and won the BAFTA for Best Art Direction for his work on Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Alves worked on Jaws 2 in the capacity of production designer and as second unit director. After John D. Hancock, the director of Jaws 2, was sacked. Jeannot Szwarc was hired, however, to complete the film, the model of New York he created for John Carpenters Escape from New York has been described as memorably derelict, and he was visual consultant on Carpenters Starman. He directed Jaws 3-D, which took advantage of the revival in popularity of 3-D at the time, the film received generally weak critical reception, with Variety criticising Alves for failing to linger long enough on the Great White.
He was nominated as worst director in the 1983 Golden Raspberry Awards, Jaws 3-D was his only film as director. Joe Alves at the Internet Movie Database
Fred Astaire was an American dancer, actor and television presenter. His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films and several television specials, Astaire was ranked by the American Film Institute as the fifth greatest male star of Classic Hollywood cinema in 100 Years. Gene Kelly, another star in filmed dance, said that the history of dance on film begins with Astaire, later, he asserted that Astaire was the only one of todays dancers who will be remembered. Astaire was born in Omaha, the son of Johanna Ann, Astaires mother was born in the United States to Lutheran German immigrants from East Prussia and Alsace. Astaires father was born in Linz, Austria, to Jewish parents who had converted to Roman Catholicism, Astaires mother dreamed of escaping Omaha by virtue of her childrens talents, after Astaires sister, Adele Astaire, early on revealed herself to be an instinctive dancer and singer. She planned a brother and sister act, which was common in vaudeville at the time, although Astaire refused dance lessons at first, he easily mimicked his older sisters steps and took up piano and clarinet.
Despite Adele and Freds teasing rivalry, they acknowledged their individual strengths, his durability. Fred and Adeles mother suggested they change their name to Astaire, Family legend attributes the name to an uncle surnamed LAstaire. They were taught dance and singing in preparation for developing an act and their first act was called Juvenile Artists Presenting an Electric Musical Toe-Dancing Novelty. Fred wore a top hat and tails in the first half, in an interview, Astaires daughter, Ava Astaire McKenzie, observed that they often put Fred in a top hat to make him look taller. The goofy act debuted in Keyport, New Jersey, in a tryout theater, the local paper wrote, the Astaires are the greatest child act in vaudeville. As a result of their fathers salesmanship and Adele rapidly landed a contract and played the famed Orpheum Circuit in the Midwest, Western. Soon Adele grew to at least three inches taller than Fred and the pair began to look incongruous. The family decided to take a break from show business to let time take its course and to avoid trouble from the Gerry Society.
In 1912, Fred became an Episcopalian, the career of the Astaire siblings resumed with mixed fortunes, though with increasing skill and polish, as they began to incorporate tap dancing into their routines. Astaires dancing was inspired by Bill Bojangles Robinson and John Bubbles Sublett, from vaudeville dancer Aurelio Coccia, they learned the tango and other ballroom dances popularized by Vernon and Irene Castle. Some sources state that the Astaire siblings appeared in a 1915 film titled Fanchon, the Cricket, starring Mary Pickford, by age 14, Fred had taken on the musical responsibilities for their act. He first met George Gershwin, who was working as a song plugger for Jerome H. Remicks music publishing company, Fred had already been hunting for new music and dance ideas
Paul Abbott BAFTA award-winning English television screenwriter and producer. Born into a dysfunctional Burnley family, Paul Abbott is the seventh of eight children, when he was nine his mother left home to pursue a relationship with another man, his father, who Abbott describes as having been bone idle, departed two years later. His mother had supported the family from three jobs and his siblings were in the care of their pregnant seventeen-year-old sister. His father didnt claim benefits for the family, for fear of alerting social services to their abandonment, although a compulsive truant, Abbott cites his English teacher at Barden High School as an early positive influence. Age 11 he was raped by a stranger, leading to him jumping from the roof of a car park in an attempt to commit suicide. Two years after another failed attempt he was sectioned into an adult mental hospital for a short while. At the same time he began attending a local Sixth Form College, Abbott enrolled at Manchester University in 1980 to study Psychology but decided to leave to concentrate on writing when a radio play was accepted by the BBC.
Abbott entered the Radio Times drama competition at the age of 22 which had the requirement to find a professional sponsor and this made him at the time the youngest-ever person to occupy such a role on the programme. He worked on Coronation Street for the eight years as a story editor. He worked on programmes for Granada. In 1988, he co-wrote his first televised drama script, a play for the Dramarama anthology. In 1994, he worked as the producer on the season of Granadas drama series Cracker. The following year he switched to writing scripts for the programme and he made his first breakthrough with a programme of his own creation, the police drama serial Touching Evil in 1997. The series, starring popular actor Robson Green, was a success, most recently, in 2004, the series was re-made for American television by the USA Network. After writing another serial starring Green, Reckless and a few other productions for Granada, he began in 1999 a collaboration with the independent Red Production Company.
He contributed an episode to their anthology series Love in the 21st Century, screened on Channel 4, and in 2000 created and wrote the series Clocking Off for them, set in one factory in Lancashire, the series focused on a different member of factory staff each episode. The first season won the BAFTA award for Best Drama Series, Clocking Off ran for four seasons, although Abbotts contributions to the final two runs were minimal as he was by this time busy working on other projects. In 2001, he created another Red series screened on BBC One, in 2000, he was due to adapt the D. H. Lawrence novel Sons and Lovers as a four-part television serial but pulled out due to work commitments
Alan Bennett is a British playwright, screenwriter and author. He was born in Leeds and attended Oxford University where he studied history and he stayed to teach and research medieval history at the university for several years. His collaboration as writer and performer with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe at the 1960 Edinburgh Festival brought him instant fame. He gave up academia, and turned to writing full-time, his first stage play Forty Years On being produced in 1968, Bennett was born in Armley in Leeds. The youngest son of a butcher and his wife Lilian Mary, Bennett attended Christ Church, Upper Armley, Church of England School. He learned Russian at the Joint Services School for Linguists during his service before applying for a scholarship at Oxford University. He was accepted by Exeter College, from which he graduated with a degree in history. While at Oxford he performed comedy with a number of successful actors in the Oxford Revue.
He was to remain at the university for several years, where he researched and taught Medieval History, in August 1960 Bennett, along with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook, achieved instant fame by appearing at the Edinburgh Festival in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe. After the festival, the show continued in London and New York and he appeared in My Father Knew Lloyd George. His highly regarded television comedy sketch series On the Margin was unfortunately erased, however, in 2014 it was announced that copies of the entire series had been found. Bennetts first stage play Forty Years On, directed by Patrick Garland, was produced in 1968, many television and radio plays followed, with screenplays, short stories, novellas, a large body of non-fictional prose, and broadcasting and many appearances as an actor. Bennetts distinctive, expressive voice and the humour and evident humanity of his writing have made his readings of his work very popular. Bennetts readings of the Winnie the Pooh stories are widely enjoyed.
Many of Bennetts characters are unfortunate and downtrodden, life has brought them to an impasse or else passed them by. In many cases they have met with disappointment in the realm of sex and intimate relationships, largely through tentativeness and a failure to connect with others. Despite a long history both the National Theatre and the BBC - Bennett never writes on commission, declaring I dont work on commission. If people dont want it its too bad, Bennett is both unsparing and compassionate in laying bare his characters frailties
Wesley Wales Wes Anderson is an American film director, film producer and actor. His films are known for their visual and narrative style. He received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Director and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014 and he received the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2015. His films are produced under his American Empirical Pictures banner, Anderson is regarded by many as a modern-day example of the auteur. Wesley Wales Anderson was born on May 1,1969, in Houston, the son of Texas Ann, a realtor and archaeologist, and Melver Leonard Anderson and he is the second of three boys, his parents divorced when he was eight. His elder brother, Mel, is a physician, and his brother, Eric Chase Anderson, is a writer and artist whose paintings. Anderson is of Swedish and Norwegian ancestry and he graduated from St. Johns School in Houston in 1987, which he used as a prominent location throughout Rushmore.
As a child, Anderson made silent films on his fathers Super 8 camera, starring his brothers and friends, Anderson attended college while working part-time as a cinema projectionist. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in philosophy in 1990, Andersons first film was Bottle Rocket, based on a short film that he made with Luke and Owen Wilson. It was a crime caper about a group of young Texans aspiring to achieve major heists and it was well reviewed but performed poorly at the box office. Andersons next film was Rushmore, a comedy about a high school students crush on an elementary school teacher starring Bill Murray. Murray has since appeared in every Anderson film to date, in 2000, filmmaker Martin Scorsese praised Bottle Rocket and Rushmore. The Royal Tenenbaums was Andersons next comedy-drama film, about a successful artistic New York City family and it represented his greatest success until Moonrise Kingdom in 2012, earning more than $50 million in domestic box office receipts.
The Royal Tenenbaums was nominated for an Academy Award and ranked by an Empire poll as the 159th greatest film ever made, Andersons next feature was The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou about a Jacques Cousteau-esque documentary filmmaker played by Bill Murray. It serves as a example of Andersons style, but its critical reception was less favorable than his previous films. They offered Anderson their soundtrack services for his The Darjeeling Limited, the Darjeeling Limited was about three emotionally distant brothers traveling together on a train in India. It reflected the dramatic tone of The Royal Tenenbaums but faced criticisms similar to The Life Aquatic. Anderson has acknowledged that he went to India to film the 2007 movie, the film starred Anderson staples Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson in addition to Adrien Brody, and the script was co-written by Anderson and Roman Coppola