Sir Felix Edward Aylmer Jones, OBE, known as Felix Aylmer, was an English stage actor who appeared in the cinema and on television. Aylmer made appearances in films with such as Will Hay. Felix Aylmer was born in Corsham, the son of Lilian and he trained under the Victorian-era actress and director Rosina Filippi before securing his first professional engagement at the London Coliseum in 1911. He appeared in the premiere of The Farmers Wife by Eden Phillpotts at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1917. He acted with Sir Laurence Olivier in Shakespearean films, appearing as Polonius in Hamlet and he played the Archbishop of Canterbury in the film adaptation of Becket, with Richard Burton and Peter OToole and gave elocution lessons to the young Audrey Hepburn. His memorable style of delivery—dignified and learned— was frequently mimicked by comedians such as Peter Sellers, indeed, as dramatist and barrister John Mortimer noted, the mannerisms Aylmer brought to bear in his roles came to be imitated in the real-life performances of judges on the bench.
Aylmer was President of Equity from 1950 to 1969 and he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1950 Kings Birthday Honours and knighted in the 1965 Queens Birthday Honours. At the age of 80 Felix Aylmer played a villain in an episode of Randall and his last major screen role was as the Abbot in the sitcom Oh, Brother. He appeared as a doctor in an episode of the TV series Jason King called If Its Got To Go, Aylmer died in a nursing home in Pyrford, Surrey in 1979. One of his siblings was Air Chief Marshal Sir John Whitworth-Jones
James Jim Broadbent is an English actor. His early stage work included appearances as Patrick Barlows assistant in the mock National Theatre of Brent and he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Iris and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Moulin Rouge. He had a sister who died at birth. And All The Worlds A Globe and these were hits at the Edinburgh Fringe, in London, and on tour. Later stage work included the productions of Kafkas Dick and Our Countrys Good at the Royal Court Theatre. Work on the stage with Mike Leigh includes Goosepimples and Ecstasy and he had worked with Stephen Frears in The Hit and Terry Gilliam in Time Bandits and Brazil before establishing himself in Mike Leighs Life Is Sweet. He played The Shy Doctor in the 1999 Comic Relief parody Doctor Who sketch, Doctor Who, in 2001, Broadbent starred in three of the years most successful films, Bridget Joness Diary, Moulin Rouge. For which he won a BAFTA, and Iris, for which he won an Oscar for his portrayal of John Bayley, Broadbent voiced Madame Gasket in the 2005 film Robots.
Broadbent appeared as DCI Roy Slater, a character in the enormously popular sitcom Only Fools. The character appeared in three episodes over an eight-year period and he had originally been offered the lead role of Del Boy in the series, but he turned it down due to other commitments. He has played a role in the Inspector Morse series, other comic roles include the lead role in the sitcom The Peter Principle and occasional guest appearances in Not The Nine OClock News, Only Fools and Horses, and Victoria Wood As Seen on TV. He portrayed Don Speekingleesh in The Queen of Spains Beard in the first series of The Black Adder in 1983 and he played the role of Prince Albert in Blackadders Christmas Carol, first broadcast in 1988. He joined Rowan Atkinson in his Spider-Man spoof Spider-Plant Man, as a disgruntled Batman, Broadbent played the lead role of the TV film Wide-Eyed and Legless. Based on a story, the drama tells of Deric Longdens wife, Diana. It began as a type of flu but it grew progressively worse and she was subject to blackouts and became so debilitated that she could barely get out of her wheelchair.
It led to years of pain and paralysis that ended in her death, Broadbent appeared as Inspector Frank Butterman in Hot Fuzz in 2007. He appeared in the radio production of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. He was a regular in Stephen Frys radio comedy show Saturday Night Fry, in 2008, he starred as pro-Newtonian physicist Sir Oliver Lodge in the fact-based single drama Einstein and Eddington for the BBC
Simeon Japhet Asher is an English film and television producer and director who has worked in the United States for most of his career. Asher wrote and produced his first television film for the American Broadcasting Company, Peace on Borrowed Time, the 1985 HBO documentary Soldiers in Hiding, of which Asher was a producer and writer, was nominated for an Academy Award. He was a producer and writer for Æon Flux. Born in London, Asher attended Winchester College for five terms, before moving to San Francisco and he graduated from New Yorks Tisch School of the Arts and worked extensively alongside director Malcolm Clarke during the 1980s. Ashers sole release as a director, the television documentary Trouble on Big Mountain, were not interested in boring TV, Asher told the Los Angeles Times soon after its première on 2 June that year, its zap-free TV. If youre not liking something youre watching, wait two minutes and youll see something else, wait till you see Madonna doing Express Yourself. He elaborated on this in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Its part fun house and its a mix of dozens of different animation styles.
Theres never been a TV show quite like it before, Liquid Television was described by Los Angeles Times reporter Lauren Litpon as state-of-the-art animation. Unlike anything else television has to offer and it crammed about 15 unrelated, mostly animated segments into each half-hour slot at a vastly accelerated pace, linking them together with yet more animation. Æon Flux became a series in 1992 and ran until 1995. Asher appeared as an actor on each of these shows and performing the recurring Psychogram skit on Liquid Television. Judge was being interviewed by the British magazine loaded in 1997 when the subject turned to the dislike of anything British by the characters of Beavis. You know, Judge said, This just now occurred to me, there was this guy called Japhet Asher who was sort of in charge of Liquid Television. He struck me as one of these British people who come over here and he would say things like, A bit of criticism, if I may, Mike. I wonder if a lot of that is just down to him, Asher was placed in charge of producing original programming for the service, an unenviable task, said Tele-TV chairman-CEO Howard Stringer.
However, Tele-TV failed in 1997 because of conflicts between the phone companies and technical difficulties regarding national co-ordination and distribution. Following this, Asher wrote for the MTV animated series Downtown in 1999 and edited stories for Roughnecks and he wrote for the computer-animated series Pet Alien in 2005 and for the documentary film Koryo Saram – the Unreliable People two years later. Having relocated back to England, he joined the BBC in the late 2000s as the producer for interactive at CBBC
Mark Ian Addy is an English actor. Addy was born in the Tang Hall area of York and his ancestors have lived in York since at least 1910, when his great-grandfather was living there. His father Ian spent his life as a glazier at York Minster. From 1982 to 1984, Addy attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Addy made his first TV appearance in 1987 in The Ritz, followed in 1988 by A Very Peculiar Practice, followed by TV performances in shows such as Heartbeat, Band of Gold, Married. With Children, Peak Practice, The Thin Blue Line, Too Much Sun, Sunnyside Farm, Trollied and he played Bill Miller in Still Standing and played Detective Boyle in the second series of the British sitcom The Thin Blue Line. He appeared on ITV1s comedy drama series Bonkers, and another ITV comedy drama, Bike Squad, since 2009, Addy has starred with Fay Ripley in a series of adverts for the relaunched Tesco Clubcard. He played Robert Baratheon in the HBO series Game of Thrones and he played Hercules, one of the main characters in the BBC One fantasy drama series Atlantis, which started airing on 28 September 2013 in the UK.
In the BBC TV drama, New Blood featuring young detectives from the Serious Fraud Office, in film, Addy had a leading role in The Full Monty, and played Fred Flintstone in the 2000 film The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. In that role, as well as in Still Standing, he played a blue-collar American and he played Mac McArthur in the 1998 film Jack Frost. In 2001, he played Roland in A Knights Tale and a butler to Chris Rocks character in the film Down to Earth, in Down to Earth, his character was an American who was pretending to be British. In 2016, Addy appeared in Richard Beans The Nap at Sheffield Crucible with Jack OConnell and Ralf Little, Mark Addy at the Internet Movie Database Mark Addy at Rotten Tomatoes
Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English actor. He has starred both in films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses. Bale first caught the eye at the age of 13. Based on the story by J. G. Ballard, Bale played an English boy who is separated from his parents. In 2000, he garnered acclaim for his portrayal of serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. He is known for going to lengths to portray characters in films, notably for the psychological thriller The Machinist. Bale went on to greater commercial recognition for his starring role as Batman in Christopher Nolans Batman Begins, The Dark Knight. His portrayal of Dicky Eklund in the David O. Russell-directed biographical film The Fighter, earned him critical acclaim, Bale was born in Haverfordwest, the son of Jenny, a circus performer, and David Bale, an entrepreneur, commercial pilot and talent manager. His mother is English and his father was born in South Africa, to English parents, Bale has remarked, I was born in Wales and he spent his childhood in Wales and Dorset in England, and Portugal.
Bale acknowledged that the frequent relocation had a influence on his career choice. He attended Bournemouth School, but left at age 16 and his first acting role was a commercial for the fabric softener Lenor in 1982. A year later, he appeared in a Pac-Man cereal commercial playing a rock star. In 1984, he made his debut in The Nerd on Londons West End with Rowan Atkinson. Bales parents divorced in 1991, and while his mother and sister Sharon stayed in Bournemouth, in 1990, he played the role of Jim Hawkins opposite Charlton Heston in Treasure Island, an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevensons classic book. Bale starred in the musical films Newsies and Swing Kids, the latter about teenagers who secretly listened to jazz during the rise of Nazi Germany. Bale was recommended by actress Winona Ryder to star in Gillian Armstrongs 1994 film Little Women, Bale voiced Thomas, a young compatriot of Captain John Smith, in Disneys Pocahontas and in 1997 played Arthur Stuart in Velvet Goldmine, Todd Haynes tribute to glam rock.
In 1999, Bale played serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, Bale was briefly dropped from the project in favour of Leonardo DiCaprio, but DiCaprio eventually dropped out to star in The Beach, and Bale was cast once again. He went so far as to himself from the cast
Nick Blood is an English actor. He is best known for his role as Kieran in Trollied, Blood is co-creative director and writer for Good, Better and is developing a short film & TV series. Blood was born in London, England and he joined his local drama club at the age of 7 and soon realized that he wanted to become an actor. Blood went to local school Wingrave C&E before he was a pupil at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School in Aylesbury, Blood subsequently attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Bloods first acting role came in the 25th series of The Bill in a story of an armed robbery at a toy shop. He had a role as Alex, Alis gay flatmate who works as a designer, in 2011, he appeared in the Channel 4 drama Misfits as the coma victim, Jens boyfriend. In 2011, he was announced to play the role of Kieran, Blood left the show in the finale of Season 3. In 2012, Blood gained his first feature film role as Davy Famous in Spike Island, in 2013, he appeared in the final season of Him & Her as Beckys ex-boyfriend, Lee.
Him & Her appears on BBC Three, Lee is a charming young lad which Beckys parents adore very much and prefer to be Beckys boyfriend more than Steve, who is played by Russell Tovey, and is Beckys fiancé. In 2014, Blood appeared in ITVs mystery drama The Bletchley Circle, as Ben, Blood appeared in the Channel 4 police comedy-satire Babylon. He provides a voice in the video game Dragon Age, Inquisition. Blood became a regular on the season of Marvels Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D. as Lance Hunter, a mercenary whom Coulson turns to for help. His character is forced to retire from S. H. I. E. L. D. Prior to the season 3 finale, in 2009, Blood formed a theater company called WE. GOLD with his friend at LAMDA, Tom McCall, GOLD. s debut show, Inches Apart, which was co-written and starred Blood, was entered into the Old Vic New Voices Theatre 503 Award, which it subsequently won. The Old Vic produced a professional production at the theatre503, it opened 12 May. Blood made his stage debut in 2009 in The Priory as Adam.
In 2010, he went on to perform as Sordido in the adaptation of the Jacobean tragedy Women Beware Women at The National Theatre
John Abbott (actor)
John Albert Chamberlain Kefford was an English character actor professionally known as John Abbott. His memorable roles include the invalid Frederick Fairlie in the 1948 film The Woman in White and he played Sesmar on an episode of Lost in Space, The Dream Monster. Abbott was known as a Shakespearean actor and he was born in Stepney, London on 5 June 1905. He had a sister, Ivy Skeates of Cambridge and a brother, in 1934 he began his long career in show business when he made his professional stage debut in a revival of Drydens Aureng-zebe with Sybil Thorndike. His first Broadway role was that of Count Mancini in He Who Gets Slapped in 1946 and he appeared on Broadway in Monserrat and The Waltz of the Toreadors. He made his debut in Mademoiselle Docteur and went on to act in scores of films in the next 30 years. Among his film credits are Mission to Moscow, Jane Eyre, A Thousand and One Nights and his television appearances in that time were even more numerous, beginning with pioneering broadcasts by the BBC before the Second World War.
In the early days of the Second World War, Abbott worked at the British Embassy in Moscow, when the time came to leave, he had to go by way of the United States. While in the U. S. he was offered a part in Hollywood in 1941, on American television during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, he had roles in a wide variety of shows, from Gunsmoke to Washington Square to Tender Is the Night to Star Trek. Although he was blacklisted during the Red Scare of the 1950s, eventually, in his final years, Abbott taught acting students for free. Abbott died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from natural causes on 24 May 1996 at the age of 90
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, CBE is an English actor and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder and Mr. Bean. His work in theatre includes the 2009 West End revival of the musical Oliver, Atkinson was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest actors in British comedy, and amongst the top 50 comedians ever, in a 2005 poll of fellow comedians. In addition to his 1981 BAFTA, he received an Olivier Award for his 1981 West End theatre performance in Rowan Atkinson in Revue. He has had success with his performances in the Mr. Bean movie adaptations Bean and Mr. Beans Holiday. Atkinson, the youngest of four brothers, was born in Consett, County Durham and his parents were Eric Atkinson, a farmer and company director, and Ella May, who married on 29 June 1945. His three older brothers are Paul, who died as an infant, Rodney, a Eurosceptic economist who narrowly lost the United Kingdom Independence Party leadership election in 2000, and Rupert. Atkinson was brought up Anglican, and was educated at Durham Choristers School a preparatory school, St.
Bees School, and Newcastle University, Atkinson starred in a series of comedy shows for BBC Radio 3 in 1978 called The Atkinson People. It consisted of a series of interviews with fictional great men. The series was written by Atkinson and Richard Curtis, and produced by Griff Rhys Jones, after university, Atkinson toured with Angus Deayton as his straight man in an act that was eventually filmed for a television show. After the success of the show, he did a pilot for London Weekend Television in 1979 called Canned Laughter. Atkinson went on to do Not the Nine OClock News for the BBC and he featured in the show with Pamela Stephenson, Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith, and was one of the main sketch writers. The success of Not the Nine OClock News led to him taking the role in the medieval sitcom The Black Adder. After a three-year gap, in due to budgetary concerns, a second series was broadcast. Blackadder II followed the fortunes of one of the descendants of Atkinsons original character, the same pattern was repeated in the two more sequels Blackadder the Third, and Blackadder Goes Forth.
The final scene of Blackadder Goes Forth has been described as bold, during the 2014 centennial of the start of World War I, Michael Gove and war historian Max Hastings complained about the so-called Blackadder version of history. Atkinsons other creation, the hapless Mr. Bean, first appeared on New Years Day in 1990 in a special for Thames Television. The character of Mr. Bean has been likened to a modern-day Buster Keaton, several sequels to Mr. Bean appeared on television until 1995, and the character appeared in a feature film. Bean was directed by Mel Smith, Atkinsons colleague in Not the Nine OClock News, a second film, Mr. Beans Holiday, was released in 2007