With a lot of encouragement and advice from RunPee C.O.O. Jill I’ve been doing occasional biographical articles about British talent and what they bring to the big — nay — huge blockbuster franchises.
It’s one of those mysteries lost in the depths of time…how did this actually start? My recollection is that I saw somewhere that Sir Patrick Stewart’s 80th birthday was imminent and just decided to have a go at writing a mini-biography. Then there was the sad passing of Sir Ian Holm, so I did a similar piece for him. Then things started to snowball and I began doing mini-biographies quite regularly; I’ve even got a few requests! Leave me a comment below if you have anyone else in mind.
It’s a work in progress with a new Brit Bio posted each month, so feel free to check back. This post will keep every bio handy before I write it all up into my first book.
Just to make things a bit easier to find, here we have a mini index of every bio article. Enjoy!
A warm resonant voice and a career that covers all genres
A legend. The first cinematic James Bond and much more too.
The latest scion of an acting dynasty.
Hobbits, Holmes, Hitchhiker, and more!
So much more than Obi-Wan Kenobi
Hobbits again! But with a range from Besson to the Bard.
I wanted to say the Maesteg Maestro but he comes from Port Talbot!
Some things make me embrace my Welshness; Under Milk Wood is one…
One of the most ubiquitous character actors working today.
A franchise straddling behemoth of stage and screen; see Patrick Stewart.
A national treasure. A very rude one but a national treasure all the same.
When most of us are thinking of retirement he reinvents himself as an action hero!
Just goes to show that RADA doesn’t know everything!
Sadly missed and so much more than Severus Snape.
One of the four grand dames of British acting.
Because you’re allowed to pick your favourites when you’re writing the pieces!
A franchise-straddling behemoth of stage and screen; see Ian McKellen.
One of the most visionary directors ever.
No guarantees! These are some of the people who I’m thinking of writing about. If you have a particular favourite, or someone I haven’t mentioned, please add them in the comments.
Helena Bonham-Carter CBE
Sir Kenneth Branagh
Brian Cox CBE
Dame Judi Dench
Denholm Elliott CBE
Sir Alfred Hitchcock
Sir John Hurt
Sir Ben Kingsley
Adrian Lester CBE
Anna Maxwell Martin
Dame Helen Mirren
Sir Ridley Scott
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Former teacher, lecturer, homelessness administrator, pharmacy dispenser now happily retired, happily married, and a very happy granddad. I live next to the Mersey but on the side Daniel Craig and Taron Egerton come from rather than the side the Beatles came from!