Category:Male actors from Bristol
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The following 30 pages are in this category, out of 30 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 30 pages are in this category, out of 30 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. John Challis – John Challis is an English actor. He played Aubrey Boycie Boyce in the long-running BBC television comedy series Only Fools and Horses, more recently he has played semi-regular character Monty Stains from the seventh series onwards in the hit ITV comedy Derren Littens Benidorm. An only child, Challis was born in Bristol but brought up in South East London and his father James Alec, from Sheffield, was a Civil Servant. Challis attended the state boarding Ottershaw School near Woking, Surrey, upon leaving school he worked as a trainee estate agent before becoming a professional actor. An early television role, in 1969, was in the gangster drama Big Breadwinner Hog. He played Aubrey Boycie Boyce for many years in Only Fools and Horses, the outdoor scenes of The Green Green Grass were filmed at his then home, surrounding fields and local villages. Four series were broadcast by BBC One from 2005–2009, in the 2008 series of Last of the Summer Wine he guest-starred as a fake jewel thief, trying to impress the ladies. Challis appeared on the Channel 4 mockumentary television programme Brass Eye, on BBC radio, he played an interrogator in the play Rules of Asylum by James Follett, broadcast by BBC Radio 4 in 1973. He also played Dibden Purlew in Getting Nowhere Fast from 2001 to 2004, Challis has had a number of stage roles. He starred in pantomime at the Plaza Theatre in Stockport as Captain Hook in Peter Pan, in 2006 he took a cameo role in BBCs The Impressionists as Station Master Garre Saint Lézasr. He also flicked the switch in Weston Super Mare on 1 December 2011, in 2013 Challis occasionally contributed to the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy Live Tour as the narrator. Challis has written two volumes of autobiography, Being Boycie and Boycie & Beyond, in 2014, Challis began a theatre tour of his one-man show titled Only Fools and Boycie, which charted his life before, during and after his time as Boycie. In February 2016 Challis performed An Evening With John Challis in Derby, on 19 February 2016 Challis was cast in the role of Captain Peacock taking over the role originally played by the late Frank Thornton in a remake of Are You Being Served. The episode aired on BBC in August 2016, Challis is currently married to his fourth wife Carol. They married in 1993 and live in the former house of Wigmore Abbey. Challis is a patron of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, John Challis at the Internet Movie Database The Manning Close Christmas Light ShowJohn Challis – Challis pictured in Shrewsbury, November 2007.
2. Lee Evans (comedian) – Lee John Martin Evans is an English retired stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and musician. He is a director of Little Mo Films, which he had co-directed with the late Addison Cresswell, Evans has become one of Britains highest selling and legendary stand-up comedians, with his Roadrunner tour grossing £12.9 million. He is also an actor, having appeared in the Hollywood films The Fifth Element, Mouse Hunt, Theres Something About Mary, The Ladies Man. He lent his voice to Zippo the Troodon in the Emmy-nominated miniseries Dinotopia and he had made his cinema debut with the Jerry Lewis comedy Funny Bones, earning the Paris Film Festival Award for Best Actor. In 2008, Evans Big tour DVD became the highest-selling Christmas DVD in the United Kingdom, in the midst of the latter tour, Evans officially announced his retirement on The Jonathan Ross Show. Evans was born in Avonmouth, Bristol, the son of an Irish mother, Shirley Hunt, and he has an older brother, Wayne. His father was a nightclub performer and his family left Bristol in 1975, moving to Essex, where he attended Billericay School and reportedly was the victim of bullies. After a spell as a boxer and two years at Thurrock Art College, also in Essex, Evans followed his father into entertainment. During his teenage years, he moved to Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Evans rose to fame during the 1990s with loud, hot, sweaty, energetic stage performances and physical observational comedy. His slapstick humour has led to comparisons with Sir Norman Wisdom, in his earlier work, he used a dysfunctional character called Malcolm to illustrate unusual characters. In 1993, he won the Perrier Comedy Award for his work at the Edinburgh Festival, Evans sweat drenches him on stage. During most of his performances, he often takes an intermission, during which he has a quick shower. He has also said that his suits are regularly thrown away after three performances, mainly because of the sweat, with dry-cleaners refusing to handle them. In November 2005, Evans broke the record for a solo act performing to the biggest comedy audience. Evans toured the UK in autumn 2008 with his stand-up act entitled Big, during his Big tour he performed in front of over 500,000 people on 59 dates. This was scheduled to involve the first ever performance by a comedian at the O2 Arena in London until Chris Rock announced dates that would place at the venue prior to Evans. The DVD was filmed at the O2 arena and was released on 24 November 2008, Evans appeared on the Channel 4s Comedy Gala for Great Ormond Street Hospital on 30 March 2010. He was the last act on stage and he received a comedy award, Evans toured the UK again in 2011 with a new stand-up act entitled Roadrunner, with 50 dates starting with Bournemouth in August, running until November in CardiffLee Evans (comedian) – Lee Evans in 2004.
3. Cary Grant – Cary Grant was a British-American actor, known as one of classic Hollywoods definitive leading men. He began a career in Hollywood in the early 1930s, and became known for his accent, debonair demeanor. He became an American citizen in 1942, Born in Horfield, Bristol, Grant became attracted to theatre at a young age, and began performing with a troupe known as The Penders from the age of six. After attending Bishop Road Primary School and Fairfield Grammar School in Bristol, he toured the country as a stage performer and he established a name for himself in vaudeville in the 1920s and toured the United States before moving to Hollywood in the early 1930s. Along with the later Arsenic and Old Lace and I Was a Male War Bride, having established himself as a major Hollywood star, he was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Actor, for Penny Serenade and None but the Lonely Heart. In the 1940s and 1950s, Grant forged a relationship with the director Alfred Hitchcock, appearing in films such as Suspicion, Notorious, To Catch a Thief. Hitchcock admired Grant and considered him to have been the actor that he had ever loved working with. His comic timing and delivery made Grant what Premiere magazine considers to have quite simply. Grant was married five times, three of his marriages were elopements with actresses—Virginia Cherrill, Betsy Drake and Dyan Cannon and he has one daughter with Cannon, Jennifer Grant. After his retirement from acting in 1966, Grant pursued numerous business interests, representing cosmetics firm Fabergé. He was presented with an Honorary Oscar by his friend Frank Sinatra at the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970, in 1999, the American Film Institute named Grant the second greatest male star of Golden Age Hollywood cinema, after Humphrey Bogart. Grant was born Archibald Alec Leach on January 18,1904 at 15 Hughenden Road in the northern Bristol suburb of Horfield and he was the second child of Elias James Leach and Elsie Maria Leach. Elias, the son of a potter, worked as a tailors presser at a factory, while Elsie. Grants elder brother, John William Elias Leach, died of tuberculous meningitis, Grant considered himself to have been partly Jewish. He had an upbringing, his father was an alcoholic. Wanting the best for her son, Elsie taught Grant song and dance when he was four and she would occasionally take him to the cinema where he enjoyed the performances of Charlie Chaplin, Chester Conklin, Fatty Arbuckle, Ford Sterling, Mack Swain and Broncho Billy Anderson. Grant entered education when he was four-and-a-half and was sent to the Bishop Road Primary School, Bristol, another biographer, Geoffrey Wansell, notes that Elsie blamed herself bitterly for the death of Grants older brother John, and never recovered from it. Grant later acknowledged that his experiences with his fiercely independent mother affected his relationships with women later in lifeCary Grant – Promotional photo of Cary Grant for Suspicion (1941)
4. Mitch Hewer – Mitchell Scott Mitch Hewer is an English actor, best known for the role of Maxxie Oliver in the E4 teen drama, Skins. He has also starred in Britannia High as the all-round talent Danny Miller, at the end of the second season of Skins, his character — along with the rest of the main cast — was written out of the show. Born in Bristol, Hewer trained at South West Academy of Dramatic Arts, in 2007, Hewer was cast as Maxxie Oliver, a gay character, in the teen drama, Skins. He also appeared nude in the June 2008 issue of Cosmopolitan in aid of cancer research. Hewer starred in the drama, Britannia High, in the role of Danny Miller. In December 2009, Hewer appeared in the musical Never Forget and he played stripper Dirty Harry alongside Michelle Collins. The show took place at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, London, in 2014, he appeared as Ben in Nightlight and as Steven Stevens in Behaving Badly, the film adaptation of Ric Browdes novel While Im Dead Feed the Dog. Hewer joined the cast of Casualty as Mickey Ellisson in 2017, Mitch Hewer at the Internet Movie Database Mitch Hewer on Twitter Mitch Hewer on InstagramMitch Hewer – Hewer in 2007
5. Tom Hollander – Thomas Anthony Hollander is an English actor. He began his career in theatre, winning the Ian Charleson Award in 1992 for his performance as Witwoud in The Way of the World at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. He is known for his roles in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean and In the Loop and drama films such as Enigma, Pride & Prejudice, Gosford Park. He played the role in the sitcom Rev. which won the British Academy Television Award for best sitcom in 2011. He also starred in the BBC series The Night Manager and ITVs Doctor Thorne and he is currently appearing as Henry Carr in a revival of Tom Stoppards play Travesties at the Apollo Theatre in London, directed by Patrick Marber. The play transferred to the West End, with the same cast, after its run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Hollander has been nominated for an Olivier Award for Best actor for his role in Travesties and he will play Dr. Sorgh in the film Tulip Fever which is due for U. S. release in 2017. The screenplay, also by Stoppard, is an adaptation of Deborah Moggachs historical novel and he will also appear as Garin in Terry Georges historical drama The Promise, his third collaboration with George who also directed him in Some Mothers Son and Whole Lotta Sole. In January 2016, he became an Honorary Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge, Hollander was born in Bristol, the son of teachers, and was raised in Oxford. His father is descended from Czech Jews who converted to Catholicism and he attended the Dragon School and then Abingdon School, where he was chief chorister. As a youngster, he was a member of the National Youth Theatre, in 1981, at the age of 14, he won the lead role in a BBC dramatisation of Leon Garfields John Diamond. Hollander read English at Selwyn College, Cambridge and he was actively involved in stage productions as a member of the Footlights and was president of the Marlowe Society. Sam Mendes, a friend and fellow student, directed him in plays while they were at Cambridge. He has worked repeatedly with Michael Gambon and Bill Nighy and is a friend of James Purefoy. Although highly respected as an actor and the recipient of several awards. Hollander portrayed Lord Cutler Beckett, the heavy in Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Mans Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean and he also appeared in the TNT miniseries The Company as Kim Philby, having previously played Guy Burgess in the BBCs Cambridge Spies. He returned to the stage in 2007 with the premiere of Joe Penhalls play Landscape with Weapon at the Royal National Theatre. In 2008 he made a cameo appearance as King George III in the HBO mini-series John AdamsTom Hollander – Hollander in May 2007
6. Theo James – James was born on 16 December 1984, in Oxford, England. He is the son of Jane, who worked for the National Health Service, and Philip Taptiklis and his other ancestry is English and Scottish. The youngest of five children, James has two brothers and two sisters and he attended Aylesbury Grammar School and went on to earn his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Nottingham. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, James made his television debut in A Passionate Woman, starring opposite Billie Piper. He played Turkish diplomat Kemal Pamuk in an episode of the first season of Downton Abbey, James starred in Bedlam, playing the lead role of Jed Harper. He appeared in the 2012 adaptation of John Braines Room at the Top as Jack Wales and his film credits include You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and The Domino Effect. James was cast in Stranger while still in his year at drama school. He played James, a night club rep, in The Inbetweeners Movie. In 2011, James was chosen to play the character of David in the installment of Underworld, Awakening, released in 2012. In 2012 he appeared in ITVs Case Sensitive starring Olivia Williams and he was named a Star of Tomorrow in 2009 by Screen International. James played the lead, Tobias Four Eaton, in the film adaptation of Veronica Roths Divergent. James reprised the character in the sequel to Divergent, The Divergent Series, Insurgent, James starred alongside Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton and Jim Sturgess in the film adaptation of London Fields, and in the indie drama Franny, alongside Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning. He returned in two more Divergent films, The Divergent Series, Allegiant, and the upcoming The Divergent Series and he reprised his character David in the fifth Underworld film, that time as the films lead. Outside his acting career, James was the singer and guitarist of the London-based band Shere Khan, on 21 November 2012, the band announced on their Facebook page that they were no longer actively playing as a band and that members would be pursuing other musical endeavours. List of British actors and actresses List of English people List of University of Nottingham people Theo James at the Internet Movie DatabaseTheo James – Theo James at the Divergent film premiere in Westwood, California on 18 March 2014
7. Kevin McNally – Kevin Robert McNally is an English actor who has worked in theatre and radio as well as in film and television. He is best known for portraying Joshamee Gibbs in Disneys Pirates of the Caribbean film series, born in Bristol, McNally spent his early years in Birmingham, attending Redhill Junior School on Redhill Road in Hay Mills and Mapledene Junior School on Mapledene Road in Sheldon. He went to Central Grammar School for Boys on Gressel Lane in Tile Cross and his first professional job, at the age of 16, was at the Birmingham Rep. In 1973 he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where, in 1975, from 1991 to 1994, he wrote nine episodes of Minder under the pseudonym Kevin Sperring with writing partner Bernard Dempsey. He played Joshamee Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, in 2011, he was cast in the American television series Supernatural, as Frank. In 2012, he performed as an actor for the best-selling video game Assassins Creed III, providing the likeness. In 2013 he began working on an animation project called Sam Sweetmilk. McNally met actress Phyllis Logan in 1994, and they married on 15 August 2011 and their son David was born in 1996. Other TV credits include, Z-Cars, The Bill, Casualty, The New Statesman, McNally also co-wrote several episodes of the television series Minder and Boon in the 1980s. Kevin McNally at the Internet Movie DatabaseKevin McNally – McNally at the MagicCity Comic Con, January 2015
8. Stephen Merchant – Stephen James Merchant is an English writer, director, radio presenter, comedian, and actor. The Ricky Gervais Show in radio form won a bronze Sony Award and he is also known for his voice role as Wheatley in the 2011 video game Portal 2. Merchant appeared as himself in the BBC series Lifes Too Short and he also appeared in the episode The Girl Code of The Simpsons as the computer program ConRad, co-developed the Sky1 travel series An Idiot Abroad, and performs as a stand-up comedian. He has won three BAFTA Awards, four British Comedy Awards, and an Emmy Award, in 2013 he created, wrote, and directed HBO series Hello Ladies. He starred in his first play by English playwright Richard Bean, The Mentalists, Merchant was also cast as the mutant Caliban in the 2017 X-Men spin off Logan. Merchant was born in Hanham, Avon, the son of Jane Elaine, a nurse, and Ronald John Merchant. He attended Hanham High School and later the University of Warwick in Coventry from 1993 to 1996, Merchant was a former film reviewer on the student radio station Radio Warwick, where he began his broadcasting career. The stations 1995/1996 yearbook tipped him for things, Members of Merchants posse included film critic James King, Dan Warren, Neil the Maskell. Recently, a number of tapes of The Steve Show, recorded at the time, have been rediscovered and are being distributed on various Merchant fansites. Merchant began his career performing comedy at Bristols Comedy Box. The second week I died on my arse, I realised that stand-up was not that easy after all. He also appeared as a contestant on a 1997 episode of the TV game show Blockbusters, Merchant met Ricky Gervais for the first time in 1997, when Gervais hired Merchant as his assistant. Merchant and Gervais hosted a Saturday afternoon radio show together from January through to August 1998, in the same year, Merchant was a finalist at the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Awards. Merchant worked for seven years at XFM104.9, the Saturday show never had a large audience, Gervais says Its a tin pot radio station. Its not even the biggest radio station in the building and he created the features Hip Hop Hooray, Make Ricky Gervais Laugh and Song for the Ladies. After leaving XFM, Merchant began a course at the BBC. As part of his coursework, he enlisted Gervais to perform in a 30-minute short film, Seedy Boss, Merchant also directed a sitcom pilot called The Last Chancers, which aired on Comedy Lab in November 2002 and became a five-part series broadcast in December on E4. Merchant and Gervais continued to host The Ricky Gervais Show through 2003, taking another break to film the Office Christmas special, the radio show went off the air indefinitely in January 2004Stephen Merchant – Merchant in November 2009
9. David Prowse – David Prowse, MBE is an English bodybuilder, weightlifter and character actor in British film and television. Worldwide, he is best known for physically portraying Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, Prowse played the physical form of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. Prowse claims he was told that he would be seen. Instead, actor Sebastian Shaw was used, Prowse reprised his role of Darth Vader for the video games Monopoly Star Wars and Star Wars, The Interactive Video Board Game. Prowse continues to associate himself with his role in the Star Wars films and is involved in the convention circuit. Despite this, he has not been included in recent reunions of the original cast, such as those for the Empire of Dreams documentary and the 2005 Vanity Fair cover. In July 2007, Prowse joined many others from the Star Wars films for the first ever Star Wars Celebration event held outside the United States and it was run by Lucasfilm Ltd. and the Cards Inc. Group, at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London, the occasion was to mark the 30th anniversary of Star Wars. Prowse played a cameo role in Star Wars fan films Order of the Sith, Vengeance and its sequel Downfall – Order of the Sith – alongside Jeremy Bulloch. These fanfilms were made in Britain in support of the charity Save the Children, in 2008, he was one of the cast members featured on Justin Lee Collinss Bring Back. Star Wars. In the film, Prowse commented that he had a dispute with George Lucas after he allegedly leaked reports of Darth Vaders death to the press, Prowse had previously suggested that Darth Vader could be Luke Skywalker’s father in a speech he gave to UC Berkeley in 1978. However, this was shortly after the release of Star Wars, gary Kurtz, the producer of The Empire Strikes Back, said in the 2015 documentary I Am Your Father that Prowses apparent plot spoiler was simply a good guess. Due to Hollywood accounting, the profits are sent as distribution fees to the studio. In July 2010, Prowse was banned by George Lucas from attending official Star Wars fan conventions, Lucas has reportedly given Prowse no reason, other than stating that Prowse burnt too many bridges between Lucasfilm and himself. A2015 Spanish documentary, by filmmaker Marcos Cabotá, entitled I Am Your Father, details Prowses current life and his blackballing by LucasFilm, the leaks featured in the documentary originated from a technician working on the films. Since 2002 Prowse has been an Honorary Member / Honorary Leader of the 501st Legion, within the United Kingdom, Prowse is also well known as the Green Cross Code Man, a superhero invented to promote a British road safety campaign for children in 1975. As a result of his association with the campaign, which ran between 1971 and 1990, he received the MBE in 2000. He had a role as F. Alexanders bodyguard Julian in the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange and he played a circus strongman in 1972s Vampire Circus, a Minotaur in the 1972 Doctor Who serial The Time Monster, and an android named Copper in The Tomorrow People in 1973David Prowse – David Prowse in 2013
10. Michael Redgrave – Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave CBE was an English stage and film actor, director, manager and author. Redgrave was born in Bristol, England, the son of the silent film actor Roy Redgrave and he never knew his father, who left when the boy was six months old to pursue a career in Australia. He died when Redgrave was fourteen and his mother subsequently married Captain James Anderson, a tea planter. He studied at Clifton College and Magdalene College, Cambridge, Clifton Colleges theatre, The Redgrave Theatre, was later named after him. He was a schoolmaster at Cranleigh School in Surrey before becoming an actor in 1934 and he directed the boys in Hamlet, King Lear and The Tempest, but played all the leading roles himself. The Redgrave Room at the school was named after him, in the new Guildford School of Acting building, which opened in January 2010, the Sir Michael Redgrave Studio was named for him. They married on 18 July 1935, offered a job by Tyrone Guthrie, Redgrave made his first professional debut in London at the Old Vic on 14 September 1936, playing Ferdinand in Loves Labours Lost. During 1936–37 he also played Mr Horner in The Country Wife, Orlando in As You Like It, Warbeck in The Witch of Edmonton and his hit of the season was Orlando. Edith Evans was his Rosalind and the two fell very much in love, as he later explained, Edith always had a habit of falling in love with her leading men, with us it just went rather further. As You Like It transferred to the New Theatre in February 1937 and Redgrave again played Orlando. At the Apollo in June 1955 he played Hector in Tiger at the Gates, appearing in the role at the Plymouth Theatre. While in New York he directed A Month in the Country at the Phoenix Theatre in April 1956, returning to London in January 1958, Redgrave appeared as Philip Lester in A Touch of the Sun at the Saville Theatre. He won Best Actor in the Evening Standard Awards 1958 for this role and he rejoined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company in June 1958, to play Hamlet and Benedick, also playing Hamlet with the company in Leningrad and Moscow in December 1958. At the Queens Theatre in London in August 1959, he played H. J. in his own adaptation of the Henry James novella The Aspern Papers and his play was later successfully revived on Broadway in 1962, with Dame Wendy Hiller and Maurice Evans. The 1984 London revival featured his daughter, Vanessa Redgrave, along with Christopher Reeve and Hiller, while still at the National in June 1964 he also played Halvard Solness in The Master Builder, which he said went wrong. At this time he had incipient Parkinsons disease, although he did not know it and he again played Rakitin in September 1965, when his production transferred to the Cambridge Theatre in London. For the Glyndebourne Festival Opera he directed Werther in 1966 and La bohème in 1967, nevertheless, he successfully took over the part of Father in John Mortimers A Voyage Round My Father at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, also touring Canada and Australia in the role in 1972–73. Redgraves final theatre appearance came in May 1979 when he portrayed Jasper in Simon Grays Close of Play and it was a silent, seated role, based on Grays own father, who had died a year before he wrote the playMichael Redgrave – Portrait of Redgrave taken by Allan Warren in 1978
11. Robert Stephens – Sir Robert Graham Stephens was a leading English actor in the early years of Britains Royal National Theatre. He was one of the most respected actors of his generation and was at one time regarded as the successor to Laurence Olivier. Stephens was born in Shirehampton, Bristol, Gloucestershire, in 1931, at age 18 he won a scholarship to Esme Churchs Bradford Civic Theatre School, Yorkshire. The London director Tony Richardson saw a performance at the Royalty and his early films included A Taste of Honey, Cleopatra and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie with his then wife Maggie Smith. Stephens played Atahuallpa in the original 1964 National Theatre production of The Royal Hunt of the Sun. Stephens and Maggie Smith appeared together on stage and in film, notably in The Recruiting Officer at the Old Vic and the film version of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in 1969. However, following his departure from the National Theatre in 1970 and the breakup of their marriage in 1973 he suffered a slump, not helped by heavy drinking. He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1993 for Best Actor, for his performance as Falstaff, Stephens provided the voice of Aragorn in the 1981 BBC Radio serialisation of The Lord of the Rings. In 1985, he directed the British premiere production of Danny, Stephens was married four times,1951, to Nora Ann Simmons, they had one child, Michael Stephens, and divorced 1952. 1956, to Tarn Bassett, they had a daughter Lucy Dillon and divorced 19671967, to Maggie Smith, they had two sons, the actors Toby Stephens and Chris Larkin, and divorced in 1974. 1995, to Belfast-born Patricia Quinn, they met in 1975, following years of ill health, he died on 12 November 1995 at the age of 64 due to complications during surgery, eleven months after having been knighted. According to his last wife Patricia Quinn, the hard work, born Brilliant, The Life of Kenneth Williams. Methuen, 2nd edition Robert Stephens at Find a Grave Robert Stephens at the Internet Movie Database Robert Stephens at screenonline Portraits of Stephens at the National Portrait GalleryRobert Stephens – Sir Robert Stephens
12. Tricky (musician) – Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws, better known by his stage name Tricky, is an English record producer, vocalist, director, actor, and musician. Born and raised in Bristol, he began his career as a collaborator of Massive Attack before embarking on a solo career with his debut album, Maxinquaye. The release won Tricky popular acclaim and marked the beginning of a collaborative partnership with vocalist Martina Topley-Bird. He released four studio albums before the end of the decade, including Pre-Millennium Tension. He has gone on to release six albums since 2000. He has collaborated with a range of artists over the course of his career, including Terry Hall, Björk, Gravediggaz, Grace Jones. Tricky was born in the Knowle West neighbourhood of Bristol, to a Jamaican father and his mother, Maxine Quaye, committed suicide when Tricky was four due to epilepsy complications. His father, Roy Thaws, who left the family before Tricky was born, operated the Studio 17 sound system with his brother Rupert, Bristol musician Bunny Marrett claimed in 2012, It became the most popular sound system in Bristol at the time. Tricky experienced a childhood in Knowle West, a white ghetto in Southern Bristol. He became involved in crime at an age, and joined a gang that was involved in car theft, burglary, fights. Tricky spent his youth in the care of his grandmother, who let him watch old horror films instead of going to school. At the age of 15, he began to write lyrics, at 17, he spent some time in prison after he purchased forged £50 notes from a friend, who later informed the police. Tricky stated in an interview afterward, Prison was really good, in the mid-1980s, Tricky met DJ Milo and spent time with a sound system called the Wild Bunch, which by 1987 evolved into Massive Attack. He received the nickname Tricky Kid and at age eighteen became a member of the Fresh 4 and he also rapped on Massive Attacks acclaimed debut album Blue Lines. In 1991, before the release of Massive Attacks album Blue Lines, some time later she came to his house, and mentioned to Tricky and Mark Stewart that she could sing. Martina was only fifteen years old, but her honey-coated vox impressed them, Tricky showed Aftermath to Massive Attack, but they were not interested. So in 1993 he decided to press a few hundred copies of the song. He cut it directly off the tape, so that the song is basically just bassline, finally, a white label got him a contract with Island Records and he started to record his first solo albumTricky (musician) – Tricky in 2009