Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy film directed by Mike Newell and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is based on J. K. Rowling's 2000 novel of the same name; the film, the fourth instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman. The story follows Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts as he is chosen by the Goblet of Fire to compete in the Triwizard Tournament; the film is the first of the series to receive a PG-13 certificate in the US, a 12A in the UK, stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. It is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and is followed by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Filming began in early 2004; the Hogwarts scenes were shot at the Leavesden Film Studios. Five days after its release, the film had grossed over US$102 million at the North American box office, the third-highest first-weekend tally for a Harry Potter film behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2.
Goblet of Fire enjoyed an immensely successful run at the box office, earning $897 million worldwide, which made it the highest-grossing film of 2005 and the eighth-highest-grossing film of all-time at that time and the sixth-highest-grossing film in the Harry Potter series. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction, won the BAFTA Award for Best Production Design. Goblet of Fire was the second film in the series to be released in IMAX; the film is one of the best reviewed instalments within the series, being praised for the higher level of maturity and sophistication of its characters, tone and the performances of the lead actors. Harry awakens from a nightmare wherein a man named Frank Bryce is killed after overhearing Lord Voldemort conspiring with Peter Pettigrew and another man. While Harry attends the Quidditch World Cup match between Ireland and Bulgaria with the Weasleys and Hermione, Death Eaters terrorise the camp, the man who appeared in Harry's dream summons the Dark Mark.
At Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore introduces ex-Auror Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody as the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. He announces that the school will host an event known as the Triwizard Tournament, in which three magical schools compete across three dangerous challenges; the Goblet of Fire selects "champions" to take part in the competition: Cedric Diggory of Hufflepuff representing Hogwarts, Viktor Krum representing the Durmstrang Institute from Eastern Europe, Fleur Delacour representing Beauxbatons Academy of Magic from France. The Goblet unexpectedly selects Harry as a fourth champion. Dumbledore is unable to pull the underage Harry out of the tournament, as Ministry official Barty Crouch Sr. insists that the champions are bound by a contract after being selected. For the first task, each champion must retrieve a golden egg guarded by the dragon. Harry succeeds in retrieving the egg. Shortly after, a formal dance event known as the Yule Ball takes place; the second task involves the champions diving underwater to rescue their mates.
Harry finishes third, but is promoted to second behind Cedric due to his "moral fibre", after saving Fleur's sister Gabrielle as well as Ron. Afterwards, Harry discovers the corpse of Crouch Sr. in the forest. While waiting for Dumbledore in his office, Harry discovers a Pensieve, which holds Dumbledore's memories. Harry witnesses a trial in which Igor Karkaroff confesses to the Ministry of Magic names of other Death Eaters after Voldemort's defeat; when he names Severus Snape as one, Dumbledore vouches for Snape's innocence. After Karkaroff names Barty Crouch Jr. a devastated Crouch Sr. imprisons his son in Azkaban. Exiting the Pensieve, Harry realizes. For the final task, the champions must reach the Triwizard Cup, located in a hedge maze. After Fleur and Viktor are incapacitated and Cedric reach the cup together; the two claim a draw and together grab the cup, which turns out to be a Portkey and transports them to a graveyard where Pettigrew and Voldemort are waiting. Pettigrew kills Cedric with the Killing Curse and performs a ritual that rejuvenates Voldemort, who summons the Death Eaters.
Voldemort challenges him to a duel to prove he is the better wizard. A vulnerable Harry tries the Expelliarmus charm to block Voldemort's attempted Killing Curse; the beams from their wands entwine and Voldemort's wand disgorges the last spells. The spirits of the people he murdered are seen in the graveyard: first Cedric Frank Bryce Bertha Jorkins, Harry's parents; this distracts Voldemort and his Death Eaters, allowing Harry to use the Portkey and escape with Cedric's body. Harry tells Dumbledore that Voldemort killed Cedric. Moody takes Harry back to his office to interrogate him about Voldemort, but inadvertently blows his cover by asking Harry whether there were "others in the graveyard", despite Harry not mentioning a graveyard. Moody reveals that he submitted Harry's name to the Goblet of Fire and manipulated Harry throughout the tournament to ensure he would win. Moody attempts to attack Harry, but Dumbledore and Minerva McGonagall intervene and subdue him; the teachers force Moody to drink Veritaserum, he reveals that the real Moody is imprisoned in a magical trunk as his Polyjuice Potion wears off.
He is returned to Azkaban. Dumbledore
Gosford Park is a 2001 British murder mystery film directed by Robert Altman and written by Julian Fellowes. The film stars an ensemble cast, which includes Eileen Atkins, Bob Balaban, Alan Bates, Charles Dance, Stephen Fry, Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Derek Jacobi, Kelly Macdonald, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam, Clive Owen, Ryan Phillippe, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Watson; the story follows a party of wealthy Britons plus an American producer, their servants, who gather for a shooting weekend at Gosford Park, an English country house. A murder occurs after a dinner party, the film goes on to present the subsequent investigation from the servants' and guests' perspectives. Development on Gosford Park began in 1999, when Bob Balaban asked Altman if they could develop a film together. Balaban suggested an Agatha Christie-style whodunit and introduced Altman to Julian Fellowes, with whom Balaban had been working on a different project; the film went into production in March 2001, began filming at Shepperton Studios with a production budget of $19.8 million.
Gosford Park premiered on 7 November 2001 at the London Film Festival. It received a limited release across cinemas in the United States in December 2001, before being released in January 2002 by USA Films, it was released in February 2002 in the United Kingdom. The film was successful at the box office, grossing over $87 million in cinemas worldwide, making it Altman's second most successful film after MASH. Acclaimed by critics, it received multiple awards and nominations, including seven Academy Award nominations and nine British Academy Film Awards nominations; the TV series Downton Abbey – written and created by Fellowes – was planned as a spin-off of Gosford Park, but instead was developed as a stand-alone property inspired by the film, set decades earlier. In November 1932, wealthy industrialist Sir William McCordle, his wife, Lady Sylvia McCordle, along with their daughter, host a weekend shooting party at their country estate, Gosford Park; the guests are predominantly their relations.
After arriving, the guests make small talk at tea, while their servants are directed to their room assignments by head housekeeper, Mrs Wilson. Mrs Wilson takes note when valet, Robert Parks mentions having been raised in an orphanage. Parks takes an interest in maid to Constance, Countess of Trentham. Head housemaid, guides the inexperienced Mary through the gathering. After dinner, a silver carving knife has gone missing. Lady Sylvia, has a sexual encounter with Henry Denton, valet to American film producer, Morris Weissman; the next morning, the men go on a pheasant shoot. A stray shot grazes Sir William's ear; the ladies join the men for lunch where Commander Anthony Meredith pleads with Sir William not to back out of a business scheme. While dressing for dinner, Lady Sylvia tells Lady Trentham. At dinner, Lady Sylvia states. Elsie blurts out her support for Sir William. Mrs Wilson brings him coffee but, annoyed, he knocks the cup from her hand and demands whiskey. In the drawing room, actor Ivor Novello plays the piano to lighten the atmosphere.
Upstairs in the library, Sir William is slumped in his chair. Louisa, Lady Stockbridge finds his body. Bumbling Inspector Thompson and competent Constable Dexter arrive to investigate the murder. No one is permitted to leave the house. Dexter notices the lack of blood from the stab wound, indicating, not the cause of death. Denton reveals that he is an actor, researching for a role in an upcoming film, resulting in the other servants' ire, he again visits Lady Sylvia. The following morning, staff gossip that Sir William was stabbed and poisoned; the head cook, Mrs Croft, shares with kitchen staff Sir William's history of seducing female workers in his factories. Any who became pregnant were offered two choices: leave the factory or give the baby up and remain employed. Women were told. In reality, Sir William paid orphanages to take them; that night, Inspector Thompson releases the guests without having interviewed most of the staff. Parks reveals to Mary that Sir William was his father, saying that a son can hate his father, but that he did not poison Sir William.
Mary tells Parks that Sir William was dead when he was stabbed, which means someone else murdered him. Parks says; the next day, Lady Trentham and Lady Sylvia, while in Mary's presence, talk about Mrs Croft and Mrs Wilson. Lady Sylvia says that Mrs Wilson was known as Parks, Parker, or Parkinson. Mary realizes. Mary confronts Mrs Wilson, who says that she and Mrs Croft are sisters, that Parks is her illegitimate son by Sir William, though she will never tell Parks. Mrs Wilson killed Sir William to protect her son, because she realized that he had arranged to come to Gosford Park to murder him, she says. In private, Mrs Wilson grieves never having known her son. Mrs Croft comforts her, saying that her son is alive and, what matters, while she herself lost her infant son, also
Eragon is a 2006 British-American action-fantasy film directed by Stefen Fangmeier and written by Peter Buchman, based on Christopher Paolini’s 2002 novel of the same name. The film stars Ed Speleers in the title role as well as Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory, Robert Carlyle, Djimon Hounsou, Garrett Hedlund, Joss Stone and John Malkovich, with Rachel Weisz as the voice of Saphira the dragon. Principal photography took place at the Mafilm Fót Studios in Hungary, starting on August 1, 2005. Visual effects and animation were by Industrial Light & Magic. Eragon was December 15, 2006 by 20th Century Fox, it was the 10th worst reviewed film of 2006 on Rotten Tomatoes, but the 31st highest-grossing film of 2006 in the US. The film was released for home entertainment on March 20, 2007, it is notable for being the last film to be released on VHS in the United States. Eragon was supposed to be the first in a franchise based on Paolini's Inheritance Cycle book series with Fangmeirer shooting both Eldest and Brisingr back-to-back.
However, due to negative reception from critics and book fans, the planned franchise was cancelled. Arya, elf princess of Ellesméra, flees with a strange stone, pursued by Durza, a dark sorcerer under king Galbatorix; when Durza corners Arya, she uses magic to send the stone away. Eragon, a farm boy living in the country of Alagaësia with his uncle, is hunting for food when he witnesses the stone appearing. Hoping to trade it for food, Eragon brings the stone home, finds a blue dragon hatching from it; as he touches the dragon, a magical mark is burned into his palm. A few people are shown reacting to this incident, including Arya, an old man named Brom, Galbatorix himself. Eragon shelters and feeds the dragon teaches her to fly and she magically grows to full size, she calls herself Saphira. When they are out, Durza's monstrous minions, the Ra'zac, arrive at the village to look for the dragon and the rider, killing Eragon's uncle in the process. Blaming Saphira for his uncle's death, Eragon sends her away.
Brom shows up, takes Eragon away from the village, warns him of Saphira's importance, urges him to call her back. Eragon calls Saphira with his thoughts, she hears everything that Eragon says and comes back, forgiving him for what he said. Brom is leading the group to the Varden, rebel freedom fighters opposing Galbatorix. On the way, Brom fills Eragon in on the knowledge of dragon riders, Galbatorix and the Ra'zac, he trains Eragon's sword-fighting. In a small village Eragon meets a fortune-teller named Angela who tells him of a girl awaiting his help, of his dangerous path ahead; when Brom and Eragon are attacked by Galbatorix's servants, the Urgals, Eragon attempts to mimic Brom and wipes out the whole group with a magic attack of blue fire falls unconscious from the strain. Saphira saves him. Brom teaches Eragon to control his bond his powers with Saphira. After flying for the first time Eragon and Saphira help Brom kill the Ra'vac, Brom reveals he was once a rider before his dragon was killed by Morzan, a rogue rider allied with Galbatorix.
Durza sets a trap for Eragon. Hearing her telepathic calls, Eragon is ambushed by Durza. Eragon is outmatched, Brom arrives to help him, getting mortally wounded in the process. Eragon vengefully shoots an arrow into Durza's head; the trio escapes, Brom dies of his wounds while flying on Saphira. Eragon confronts a hooded figure, following them, he reveals himself to guides them to the Varden. Soon after and his men surround the rebel camp. Eragon, Saphira and the Varden prepare for battle. Arya and the Varden fight Galbatorix's forces as Eragon and Saphira duel in the skies with Durza who rides his own beast. Eragon and Saphira kill Durza, but Saphira is injured. Eragon uses magic to heal her and once again passes out from the strain; the following morning, Eragon awakes with Murtagh at his side. He fears Saphira may be dead but finds her healed, they catch up with Arya, on her way to Ellesméra to lead the elves in the coming war against Galbatorix's revenge. She calls Eragon "The great Shadeslayer" and they part ways promising.
Meanwhile, in his castle, a furious Galbatorix slashes at his hanging map of Alagaesia, revealing his immense pitch black dragon, Shruikan. Plans to create a film based on Christopher Paolini's best-selling novel were first announced in February 2004. 20th Century Fox purchased the rights to Eragon. Screenwriter Peter Buchman, whose credits included Jurassic Park III, wrote the screenplay. Buchman, a fan of fantasy and science fiction literature and films, says he was "blown away" by the author's precociousness, his mastery of plot lines and characters, his ability to create several imaginary worlds. Speleers was selected for the title role after a worldwide casting search. "Ed came in, we just looked at each other and said, "That's Eragon, that's the guy from the book," said director Stefen Fangmeier: "I got a strong sense of Ed's sparkle, of his life. It's the kind of thing. Speleers won the role. Others considered for the role included Alex Pettyfer but since production took place in central Europe and Pettyfer is afraid of flying, he declined the role.
On July 15, 2005, in an official press release from 20th Century Fox, it was confirmed that Speleers had signed on to the project. Over the following months, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Chris Egan, Djimon Hounsou wer
Sir Derek George Jacobi is an English actor and stage director. A "forceful, commanding stage presence", Jacobi has enjoyed a successful stage career, appearing in such stage productions as Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, Oedipus the King, he has twice been awarded a Laurence Olivier Award, first for his performance of the eponymous hero in Cyrano de Bergerac in 1983 and the second for his Malvolio in Twelfth Night in 2009. He received a Tony Award for his performance in Much Ado About Nothing in 1984 and a Primetime Emmy Award in 1988 for The Tenth Man, his stage work includes playing Edward II, Richard III and Thomas Becket. In addition to being a founder member of the Royal National Theatre and winning several prestigious theatre awards, Jacobi has enjoyed a successful television career, starring in the critically praised adaptation of Robert Graves's I, for which he won a BAFTA. Jacobi portrayed a version of The Master in the long running science fiction series Doctor Who. Though principally a stage actor, Jacobi has appeared in a number of films, including The Day of the Jackal, Henry V, Dead Again, Gosford Park, The Riddle, The King's Speech, My Week with Marilyn and Murder on the Orient Express.
He was knighted in 1994 and has been made a member of the Danish Order of the Dannebrog. Jacobi, an only child, was born in Leytonstone, England, the son of Daisy Gertrude, a secretary who worked in a drapery store in Leyton High Road, Alfred George Jacobi, who ran a sweet shop and was a tobacconist in Chingford, his patrilineal great-grandfather had emigrated from Germany to England during the 19th century. His working-class family was of Huguenot origin. Jacobi describes his childhood as happy. In his teens he went to Leyton County High School for Boys, now known as the Leyton Sixth Form College, became an integral part of the drama club, The Players of Leyton. While in the sixth form, he starred in a production of Hamlet, taken to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and well regarded. At 18 he won a scholarship to the University of Cambridge, where he read history at St John's College and earned his degree. Younger members of the university at the time included Trevor Nunn. During his studies at Cambridge, Jacobi played many parts including Hamlet, taken on a tour to Switzerland, where he met Richard Burton.
As a result of his performance of Edward II at Cambridge, Jacobi was invited to become a member of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre upon his graduation in 1960. Jacobi's talent was recognised by Laurence Olivier, who invited the young actor back to London to become one of the founding members of the new National Theatre though at the time Jacobi was unknown, he played Laertes in the National Theatre's inaugural production of Hamlet opposite Peter O'Toole in 1963. Olivier cast him as Cassio in the successful National Theatre stage production of Othello, a role that Jacobi repeated in the 1965 film version, he played film of Three Sisters, both featuring Olivier. On 27 July 1965, Jacobi played Brindsley Miller in the first production of Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy, it was presented by the National Theatre at Chichester and subsequently in London. After eight years at the National Theatre, Jacobi left in 1971 to pursue different roles. In 1972, he starred in the BBC serial Man of Straw, an adaptation of Heinrich Mann's book Der Untertan, directed by Herbert Wise.
Most of his theatrical work in the 1970s was with the touring classical Prospect Theatre Company, with which he undertook many roles, including Ivanov, Prince of Tyre and A Month in the Country opposite Dorothy Tutin. Jacobi was busy with stage and screen acting, but his big breakthrough came in 1976 when he played the title role in the BBC's series I, Claudius, he cemented his reputation with his performance as the stammering, twitching Emperor Claudius, winning much praise. In 1979, thanks to his international popularity, he took Hamlet on a theatrical world tour through England, Greece, Australia and China, playing Prince Hamlet, he was invited to perform the role at Kronborg Castle, known as Elsinore Castle, the setting of the play. In 1978, he appeared in the BBC Television Shakespeare production of Richard II, with Sir John Gielgud and Dame Wendy Hiller. In 1980, Jacobi took the leading role in the BBC's Hamlet, made his Broadway debut in The Suicide, joined the Royal Shakespeare Company.
From 1982 to 1985, he played four demanding roles simultaneously: Benedick in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, for which he won a Tony for its Broadway run. In 1986, he made his West End debut in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore, starring in the role of Alan Turing, written with Jacobi in mind; the play was taken to Broadway. In 1988, Jacobi alternated in West End the title roles of Shakespeare's Richard II and Richard III in repertoire, he appeared in the television dramas Inside the Third Reich, where he playe
Golden Globe Award
The Golden Globe Awards are accolades bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association beginning in January 1944, recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. The annual ceremony at which the awards are presented is a major part of the film industry's awards season, which culminates each year in the Academy Awards; the eligibility period for the Golden Globes corresponds to the calendar year. The 76th Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and television in 2018, were held on January 6, 2019; the 77th Golden Globe Awards will take place on January 5, 2020. In 1943, a group of writers banded together to form the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and, by creating a generously distributed award called the Golden Globe Award, they now play a significant role in film marketing; the 1st Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best achievements in 1943 filmmaking, were held in January 1944, at the 20th Century-Fox studios. Subsequent ceremonies were held at various venues throughout the next decade, including the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
In 1950, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made the decision to establish a special honorary award to recognize outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry. Recognizing its subject as an international figure within the entertainment industry, the first award was presented to director and producer, Cecil B. DeMille; the official name of the award thus became the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Beginning in 1963, the trophies commenced to be handed out by one or more persons referred to as "Miss Golden Globe", a title renamed on January 5, 2018 to "Golden Globe Ambassador"; the holders of the position were, the daughters or sometimes the sons of a celebrity, as a point of pride, these continued to be contested among celebrity parents. In 2009, the Golden Globe statuette was redesigned; the New York firm Society Awards collaborated for a year with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to produce a statuette that included a unique marble and enhanced the statuette's quality and gold content.
It was unveiled at a press conference at the Beverly Hilton prior to the show. Revenues generated from the annual ceremony have enabled the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to donate millions of dollars to entertainment-related charities, as well as funding scholarships and other programs for future film and television professionals; the most prominent beneficiary is the Young Artist Awards, presented annually by the Young Artist Foundation, established in 1978 by Hollywood Foreign Press member Maureen Dragone, to recognize and award excellence of young Hollywood performers under the age of 21 and to provide scholarships for young artists who may be physically or financially challenged. The qualifying eligibility period for all nominations is the calendar year from January 1 through December 31. Voice-over performances and cameo appearances in which persons play themselves are disqualified from all of the film and TV acting categories. Films must be at least 70 minutes and released for at least a seven-day run in the Greater Los Angeles area, starting prior to midnight on December 31.
Films can be released on pay-per-view, or by digital delivery. For the Best Foreign Language Film category, films do not need to be released in the United States. At least 51 percent of the dialogue must be in a language other than English, they must first be released in their country of origin during a 14-month period from November 1 to December 31 prior to the Awards. However, if a film was not released in its country of origin due to censorship, it can still qualify if it had a one-week release in the United States during the qualifying calendar year. There is no limit to the number of submitted films from a given country. A TV program must air in the United States between the prime time hours of 11:00 p.m.. A show can air on basic or premium cable, or by digital delivery. A TV show must either be made in the United States or be a co-production financially and creatively between an American and a foreign production company. Furthermore and non-scripted shows are disqualified. For a television film, it cannot be entered in both the film and TV categories, instead should be entered based on its original release format.
If it was first aired on American television it can be entered into the TV categories. If it was released in theaters or on pay-per-view it should instead to be entered into the film categories. A film festival showing does not count towards disqualifying. Actors in a TV series must appear in at least six episodes during the qualifying calendar year. Actors in a TV film or miniseries must appear in at least five percent of the time in that TV film or miniseries. Active HFPA members need to be invited to an official screening of each eligible film directly by its respective distributor or publicist; the screening must take place in the Greater Los Angeles area, either before the film's release or up to one week afterwards. The screening can be a regular screening in a theater with a press screening; the screening must be cleared with the Motion Picture Association of America so there are not scheduling conflicts with other official screenings. For TV programs, they must be available to be seen by HFPA members in any common format, including the original TV broadcast.
Entry forms for films need to be received by the HFPA within ten days of the
Dame Judith Olivia Dench is an English actress. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years, she performed in several of Shakespeare's plays, in such roles as Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. Although most of her work during this period was in theatre, she branched into film work and won a BAFTA Award as Most Promising Newcomer, she drew strong reviews for her leading role in the musical Cabaret in 1968. Over the next two decades, Dench established herself as one of the most significant British theatre performers, working for the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company, she received critical praise in television during this period, in the series A Fine Romance from 1981 until 1984, As Time Goes By from 1992 until 2005, in which she held a starring role. Her film appearances were infrequent, included supporting roles in major films, such as A Room with a View, before she rose to international fame as M in GoldenEye, a role she continued to play in James Bond films until Spectre.
A seven-time Oscar nominee, Dench won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love, has received nominations for her roles in Mrs Brown, Iris, Mrs Henderson Presents, Notes on a Scandal, Philomena. She has received many other accolades for her acting in theatre and television, she has received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2001, the Special Olivier Award in 2004. In June 2011, she received a fellowship from the British Film Institute. Dench is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Dench was born in North Riding of Yorkshire, her mother, Eleanora Olive, was born in Ireland. Her father, Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor, was born in Dorset and moved to Dublin, where he was brought up, he met Dench's mother while he was studying medicine at Dublin. Dench attended the Mount School, a Quaker independent secondary school in York, became a Quaker, her brothers, one of whom was actor Jeffery Dench, were born in Lancashire. Her niece, Emma Dench, is a historian of ancient Rome and professor at Birkbeck, University of London, at Harvard University.
In Britain, Dench has developed a reputation as one of the greatest actresses of the post-war period through her work in theatre, her forte throughout her career. She has more than once been named number one in polls for Britain's best actor. Through her parents, Dench had regular contact with the theatre, her father, a physician, was the GP for the York theatre, her mother was its wardrobe mistress. Actors stayed in the Dench household. During these years, Judi Dench was involved on a non-professional basis in the first three productions of the modern revival of the York Mystery Plays in 1951, 1954 and 1957. In the third production she played the role of the Virgin Mary, performed on a fixed stage in the Museum Gardens. Though she trained as a set designer, she became interested in drama school as her brother Jeff attended the Central School of Speech and Drama, she applied and was accepted by the School based at the Royal Albert Hall, where she was a classmate of Vanessa Redgrave and being awarded four acting prizes, including the Gold Medal as Outstanding Student.
In September 1957, she made her first professional stage appearance with the Old Vic Company, at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, as Ophelia in Hamlet. According to the reviewer for London Evening Standard, Dench had "talent which will be shown to better advantage when she acquires some technique to go with it." Dench made her London debut in the same production at the Old Vic. She remained a member of the company for four seasons, 1957–1961, her roles including Katherine in Henry V in 1958, as directed and designed by Franco Zeffirelli. During this period, she toured the United States and Canada and appeared in Yugoslavia and at the Edinburgh Festival, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in December 1961, playing Anya in The Cherry Orchard at the Aldwych Theatre in London and made her Stratford-upon-Avon debut in April 1962 as Isabella in Measure for Measure. She subsequently spent seasons in repertory both with the Playhouse in Nottingham from January 1963, with the Playhouse Company in Oxford from April 1964.
In 1964, Dench appeared on television as Valentine Wannop in Theatre 625's adaptation of Parade's End, shown in three episodes. That same year, she made her film debut in The Third Secret, before featuring in a small role in the Sherlock Holmes thriller A Study in Terror with her Nottingham Playhouse colleague John Neville, she performed again on BBC's Theatre 365 in 1966, as Terry in the four-part series Talking to a Stranger, for which she won a BAFTA Television for Best Actress. The 1966 BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles was made to Dench for her performance in Four in the Morning and this was followed in 1968 by a BAFTA Television Best Actress Award for her role in John Hopkins' 1966 BBC drama Talking to a Stranger. In 1968, she was offered the role of Sally Bowles in the musical Cabaret; as Sheridan Morley reported: "At first she thought they were joking. She had never done a musical and she has an unusual croaky voice which sounds as if she has a p
Richard E. Grant
Richard E. Grant is a Swazi-English actor, he made his film debut as Withnail in the comedy Withnail and I. He's appeared in other films such as Hudson Hawk, Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Age of Innocence, Gosford Park, The Iron Lady, Logan, he won several critics' awards and was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting performance as Jack Hock in Can You Ever Forgive Me?. On television, Grant has appeared in the HBO series Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, in the critically acclaimed Downton Abbey, he will appear in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in a undisclosed part. Grant was born Richard Grant Esterhuysen in Swaziland, he is the son of Leonne and Henrik Esterhuysen, head of education for the British government administration in the British Protectorate of Swaziland. He has English, Dutch/Afrikaner, German ancestry, he has Stuart, a tour guide in Johannesburg, from whom he is estranged. As a boy, Grant went to primary school at St Mark's, a local government school in Mbabane that had only become racially integrated.
When Grant was 10, he witnessed his mother commit adultery in the back seat of a car with his father's best friend, which subsequently led to his parents' divorce. This event inspired Grant to keep a daily diary, which he has continued to do since. Grant used to wear a watch on each wrist, one given to him by his dying father, permanently set on Swaziland time, he is a dual citizen of Swaziland. Grant attended secondary school at Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa, an independent school just outside Mbabane, where he was a day scholar. Grant studied drama at the University of Cape Town, he adopted his stage name when he registered with Equity. Grant was a member of the Space Theatre Company in Cape Town before moving to London in 1982, he stated, "I grew up in Swaziland when it was mired in a 1960s sensibility. The kind of English spoken where I grew up was a period English sound and when I came to England people said,'how strange'. Charles Sturridge, who directed Brideshead Revisited for TV, said,'you speak English like someone from the 1950s'."
Grant's first film role was the perpetually inebriated title character in Withnail and I, considered a classic. Following this film, Grant started appearing in Hollywood films establishing himself as a powerful character actor in a wide array of films, from blockbuster studio movies to small independent projects. Over the past 20 years, Grant has had strong supporting roles in the films Henry & June, L. A. Story, The Player, The Age of Innocence, The Portrait of a Lady, Spice World, Gosford Park, Bright Young Things, Penelope. While filming L. A. Story with Steve Martin, the pair communicated by fax in what became for both a hilarious dialogue: "I kept these faxes, which grew to a stack more than 2 inches thick, because they entertained me, because I thought they were valuable aesthetic chunks from a screeching mind, a stream-of-consciousness faucet spewing sentences – sometimes a mile long – none of it rewritten, bearing just the right amount of acid and alkaline."In 1995, Grant starred as the titular character in Peter Capaldi's short film Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life.
The film won the 1995 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. In 1996, he portrayed a hilarious Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Trevor Nunn's film of Twelfth Night, he released a single and accompanying video "To Be Or Not To Be" with Orpheus in 1997. Grant has twice portrayed the Doctor both outside the main continuity. In the comedy sketch Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death, he portrayed a version of the Tenth Doctor, referred to as the Quite Handsome Doctor, he voiced a version of the Ninth Doctor for the BBC original animated webcast Scream of the Shalka. The latter had intended to be the official Ninth Doctor prior to the revival of the TV series. Grant made his first official Doctor Who appearance in the 2012 Christmas special, titled "The Snowmen", in which he plays the villain, Walter Simeon. During the episode Simeon is erased from his body and it is taken over by the Great Intelligence, voiced in that episode by Ian McKellen until the takeover; the Great Intelligence is one of the Second Doctor's most infamous villains and, was last seen in The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear.
Grant reprises the role in "The Bells of Saint John" and in the series 7 finale, "The Name of the Doctor". On 1 December 2006, Grant turned real life investigator when, with the help of the BBC's Newsnight, he exposed a $98 million scam to sell a bogus AIDS cure. Grant appeared as "The Voice" in 2+2+2 at American Nights at The King's Head Theatre, from 3 to 29 July 2007, in 2008 co-starred in the London-based comedy Filth and Wisdom. On 22 November 2007, he gave a keynote speech at North London Collegiate School in north London as part of their Performing Arts Centre Opening Festival, presented the 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards. In 2008, he made his musical theatre debut with Opera Australia, playing the role of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, at the Theatre Royal, Sydney, a role he reprised in 2017 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In 2009, he played Alain Reille in Yasmina Reza's one-act play God of Carnage at the Theatre Royal, Bath: and subsequently at Cheltenham, Richmond and Milton Keynes.
In 2010 he made an appearance in a music video, when short lived Bristol band The Chemists hired him to appear in their video for "This City". This appearance followed up his previous involvement with the b