V ivien L eigh Date of Birth: 5 November 1913, Darjeeling, West Bengal, British India. [now India] Date of Death: 7 July 1967, London, England, UK (chronic tuberculosis) Vivien Leigh didn't make many films, but she made movie history with her portrayal of Scarlett in Gone With the Wind (1939), winning her first Oscar. Leigh's affair and marriage to actor Laurence Olivier was just as famous as her ambitious effort to play the lead in what was then -- and maybe still is -- Hollywood's biggest event. Her appearances in film were few and far between, but she won another Oscar in 1951 for A Streetcar Named Desire (Her marriage to Olivier ended in 196 0 , and Leigh's final years were spent battling manic-depression and tuberculosis.
Liz was a leading child star by the age of 12 after her performance in MGM's National Velvet (1944). It wasn't long before she was knocking critics dead as a serious adult actress with films like Giant (1956), Raintree County (1957) and BUtterfield 8 (1960). She reigned the box office from 1958-68 as the quintessential movie star taking the breath away from viewers with her glamorous looks and those velvet eyes. Her film career floundered in the 1970s with a string of unusual and unsuccessful films. Her personal life has been a tempest of love affairs, unsuccessful marriages and multiple medical problems. Upon the death of her friend, Rock Hudson in 1985, she began her crusade on the behalf of AIDS sufferers. In the 1990s, she has also developed a successful series of scents. Her acting career has been relegated to the occasional tv-movie or TV guest appearance. Elizabeth Taylor
Kate Winslet UK-born Kate Winslet is the youngest actress ever to be nominated for two Academy Awards for her performances in "Sense and Sensibility" (1995) and "Titanic" (1997). Kate is renowned for choosing devilish damsels over straightforward pretty girl parts. As a result, her filmography includes everything from "Heavenly Creatures" (1994) to "Hamlet" (1996). She is also said to be devoted to her family. Kate has two sisters, one brother, a husband and a daughter born in October of 2000. Real Name: Kate Elizabeth Winslet Birthday: 10/05/1975 Birthplace: Berkshire, England, UK Occupation: Actor/Singer
Joan Hickson Actress Joan Hickson lived in Wivenhoe for a great many years where she was known as Joan Butler rather than by the name known by those people who enjoyed her 64 year career on the stage, plus over 100 films (not counting films made for television). And of course to millions of television viewers, she had simply become known as Miss Marple, Agatha Christie's famous detective, in which she starred in the series of 12 films. Born August 5, 1906(1906-08-05) Kingsthorpe, Northampton Died October 17, 1998 (aged 92) Colchester, England
Dawn Addams Dawn Addams was a pretty leading lady of several romantic films of the 1950s, very much in the Audrey Hepburn-Shirley MacLaine gamin vein of that era (as opposed to the Marilyn Monroe-Jane Russell-Jayne Mansfield school). Educated in several countries, she moved to Hollywood in 1950, played several supporting role in films top-lining the likes of Spencer Tracy and Gene Tierney ("Plymouth Adventure" 1952) and David Niven and William Holden ("The Moon Is Blue" 1953) before attaining leading lady status. Probably her best known lead was opposite Charlie Chaplin in his satire "A King in New York" (1957), but she also acted in Fritz Lang's "The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse" (1960), in which the director revisited the character he had immortalized on film four decades earlier. Adda Ms also decorated a number of comedies and adventures made in France and Italy (e.g. "Secrets d'Alcove" 1954), but by the early 60s slipped to occasional supporting roles and later did British TV work.
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson Comic actor and writer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE England, UK. He studied electrical engineering at the universities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Oxford, first appeared in Oxford University revues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and in 1981 became the youngest performer to have had a one-man show in the West End. Subsequent appearances include The Nerd (1984), The New Revue (1986), and The Sneeze (1988). Television work includes Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979–82), Blackadder (1983–9), The Thin Blue Line (1995–6), and Mr Bean (from 1990–4, 1996 in the USA), and among his film credits are Bean: the Ultimate Disaster Movie (1997), Johnny English (2003), and Keeping Mum (2005).
Orlando Bloom At the age of 16, he joined the National Youth Theatre in London, spending two seasons there and gaining a scholarship to train with the British American Drama Academy. Like many young actors, he also auditioned for a number of television and film roles to further his career, landing bit parts in the TV series "Casualty" and the critically acclaimed movie "Wilde". He then attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for 3 years. It was there, in 1998, where the accident prone Orlando fell three stories from a rooftop terrace and broke his back. Despite very real fears that he would be permanently paralyzed, he quickly recovered. After graduating from Guildhall, Orlando began work on the Lord of the Rings, spending 18 months in New Zealand bringing to life "Legolas", a part which would make him a household name.
Hugh Grant born: 09-09-1960 birth place: London, England Equally famous and infamous, actor Hugh Grant is compelling whether playing the stuttering romantic lead or cynical rogue. The BAFTA-award winning English actor was born in Hammersmith, West London, in 1960.
Jeremy Brett Jeremy Brett (3 November 1933 – 12 September 1995), born Peter Jeremy William Huggins, was an English actor famous for his portrayal of the detective Sherlock Holmes in four British television series: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Born Peter Jeremy William Huggins 3 November 1933(1933-11-03) Berkswell Grange in Berkswell, Warwickshire, England Died 12 September 1995 (aged 61) London, England
Anthony Hopkins Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE (born December 31, 1937) is an Academy Award-, Golden Globe-, double Emmy-, triple BAFTA- and Saturn Award-winning Welsh film, stage and television actor. He is arguably best known for his portrayal of cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 blockbuster The Silence of the Lambs, its sequel, Hannibal, and its prequel, Red Dragon. Other notable film credits include The Elephant Man, Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Remains of the Day, The Mask of Zorro, Hearts in Atlantis, Nixon and Fracture. Hopkins was born and raised in Wales, and also became a U.S. citizen on 12 April 2000. He was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2008.
Sean Connery Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born August 25, 1930) is a Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Award-winning Scottish actor and producer who is perhaps best known as the first actor to portray James Bond in cinema, starring in seven Bond films. In 1988 he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables. Sir Sean Connery was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in July 2000. Connery is known for retaining his Scottish accent in films, regardless of the nationality of the character played, his rugged good looks and his height. He has repeatedly been named as one of the most attractive men alive by various magazines, despite the fact that he is older than most sex symbols.
Vanessa Redgrave Vanessa Redgrave, CBE (born 30 January 1937) is an Academy Award, two-time Cannes Best Actress, Coppa Volpi, Screen Actors Guild Award, two-time Golden Globe and Emmy winning English actress and member of the Redgrave family, one of the enduring theatrical dynasties. She is also a social activist for human rights. Born January 30, 1937 (1937-01-30) (age 71) London, England Years active 1958 - present
Geraldine Chaplin Chaplin was born in Santa Monica, California, the first child of actor/director Charlie Chaplin and Oona O'Neill (who was the daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill and author Agnes Boulton). Chaplin was educated at a boarding school in Switzerland where she learned French & Spanish to a fluent level, the former being standard in any Swiss school, with the later being aptly demonstrated during her many performances for her Spanish director/ husband. Chaplin had a twelve year relationship with Spanish director Carlos Saura, and she has starred in nine of his movies, including Cría cuervos (1976), Elisa, vida mía (1977), and Mama Turns a Hundred (1979). She also appeared in several of Robert Altman's films during the 1970s. She married a long time companion, Chilean movie operator Patricio Castilla in 2006. She has two children, Shane (b. 1974, by Carlos) and Oona (b. 1986, by Patricio). From time to time, she makes Miami, Florida her home as she has a home by the beach.
Catherine Zeta-Jones Catherine Zeta-Jones (born September 25, 1969) is an Academy Award-winning Welsh actress based predominantly in the United States. She began her career on stage at an early age. After starring in a number of UK and US television films and small roles in films, she came to prominence with roles in Hollywood movies such as The Phantom, The Mask of Zorro, and Entrapment in the late 1990s. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for portraying Velma Kelly in the 2002 film adaptation of Chicago, making her the first and only Welsh actress to win in that category. Zeta-Jones is married to Michael Douglas, with whom she shares a birthday. They have two children - Dylan (named after Dylan Thomas) and Carys.