Famous British TV & Movie Producers

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The quality of television shows and movies has increased by leaps and bounds over the past two decades. One of the reasons behind this drastic change is the mindset of the average producer. Producers these days are willing to spend a huge chunk of money on funding promising scripts, as the rewards commensurate. Amongst the famous producers of the world today, many hail from Great Britain. One such producer of English origin is David Barron, who is known for funding two movies of the popular ‘Harry Potter’ franchise. Barron has also produced dozens of movies belonging to the ‘fantasy’ and ‘drama’ genres. John Forrest is a man who has produced many television shows, and has been known for being associated with the channel ‘BBC’ for a really long time. Other producers from Britain who have revolutionized cinema and television over the years are Charles Denton, Robert Baker, Johnny Goodman and David Bell. These people were responsible for the creation of shows such as ‘Copy Cats’, ‘The Stanley Baxter Show’, ‘The Saint’ and ‘The Persuaders’. Here is an interesting collection of biographies based on the lives of famous Briton TV and movie producers. Find out more details about their timelines, life stories, and interesting trivia & facts related to them.
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Tom Hardy
(Known for His Roles in the Movies 'Inception', 'The Revenant' and 'Venom')
Tom Hardy
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Birthdate: September 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

English actor and producer, Tom Hard,y has been active in the entertainment industry for more than two decades. Starting his career as a model, he soon branched out into acting and did not take long to become a beloved TV actor. He has performed in theaters as well. In the 2000s, he made his film debut.

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Gerard Butler
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Birthdate: November 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Gerard Butler is one of the most popular and successful actors from Scotland. He came into prominence with the portrayal of King Leonidas in the fantasy war film 300. Apart from acting, he participates in fundraising events and charity programs. Interestingly, Butler tried his hand at acting only after being fired a week before becoming a qualified lawyer!

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Kiefer Sutherland
(Actor Best Known for His Role in the Fox Drama Series '24;)
Kiefer Sutherland
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Birthdate: December 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England

The son of famous Canadian actors, Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland followed in his parents' footsteps to become a famous actor. Apart from being a respected and decorated actor, Kiefer is also one of the controversy's favorite children, having been on the wrong side of the law several times.

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Sarah Ferguson
(Author, Producer and Former Wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York)
Sarah Ferguson
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Birthdate: October 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England

Sarah Ferguson is one of the members of the British royal family. She started working with several charity organizations after marrying Prince Andrew, Duke of York. Even after her divorce, she has continued working with organizations like the American Cancer Society. In 2020, she set up her own foundation called Sarah's Trust.

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Keeley Hawes
(Actress)
Keeley Hawes
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Birthdate: February 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England
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David Jason
(Best Known for His Role as Derek "Del Boy" Trotter in the BBC sitcom 'Only Fools and Horses')
David Jason
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Birthdate: February 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edmonton, London, England
David Jason is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and executive producer who is famous for his role in the sitcom Only Fools and Horses. His other popular works include TV series A Touch of Frost, Open All Hours and Still Open All Hours and The Darling Buds of May. He was knighted in 2005 for services to acting and comedy.
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Tony Scott
(Director Known for His Successful Thriller Films: ‘Top Gun’, ‘Beverly Hills Cop II’ and ‘Days of Thunder')
Tony Scott
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Birthdate: June 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tynemouth, England
Died: August 19, 2012

Tony Scott was an English actor, film director, and producer. He directed several highly successful action and thriller films including Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop II. He graduated from the Royal College of Art and began his career directing commercials. He soon shifted to films and enjoyed tremendous success. He died by suicide in 2012.  

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Suranne Jones
(Actress and Producer Known for Her Role as ‘Karen McDonald’ in ‘Coronation Street’)
Suranne Jones
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Birthdate: August 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chadderton, Greater Manchester, England
Suranne Jones is best known as Karen McDonald from Coronation Street. Fans also loved her in the series Vincent, Strictly Confidential, and Unforgiven, and in stage productions such as A Few Good Men and Frozen. She won a BAFTA for playing Gemma Foster in Doctor Foster.
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Roger Daltrey
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Birthdate: March 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hammersmith Hospital, London, England

Roger Daltrey is an English actor, film producer, singer, and songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band The Who. Renowned for his soulful voice, Daltrey was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 greatest singers of all-time list in 2010. Also known for his charity work, Daltrey has been a patron of the Children's Respite Trust since 2011.

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Richard Osman
(Television Presenter)
Richard Osman
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Birthdate: November 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: BBillericay, Essex, England, United Kingdom

Richard Osman is an English writer, television presenter, comedian, and producer. He is credited with creating the popular British TV quiz show Pointless. He is also renowned for his work as creative director of the famous TV production company Endemol UK. Also an influential writer, Richard Osman's novel The Thursday Murder Club is expected to be adapted into a film.

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Danny Boyle
(Director and Producer)
Danny Boyle
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Birthdate: October 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, England

Danny Boyle is best known for his Academy Award-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire. He also amazed audiences with his deft direction in Trainspotting, 127 Hours, and 28 Days Later. He won a BAFTA with his debut film, Shallow Grave. He was the artistic director of the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.

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Simon Monjack
(Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer)
Simon Monjack
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Birthdate: March 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London Borough of Hillingdon
Died: May 23, 2010

Simon Monjack was an English filmmaker, screenwriter, and make-up artist. Much of his professional life was overshadowed by his personal life, which included his marriage to American actress Brittany Murphy. Monjack's death attracted the attention of media as he died five months after Murphy's death due to complications similar to Murphy's undoing. 

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Peter Lawford
(Actor and a Member of the 'Rat-Pack' Group of Entertainers)
Peter Lawford
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Birthdate: September 7, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 24, 1984

Peter Lawford, a member of the "Rat Pack,” appeared in quite a few MGM films such as Son of Lassie and Two Sisters from Boston. He also appeared in series such as The Thin Man. His first wife, Patricia Helen Kennedy, was the sister of John F. Kennedy.

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Jonathan Nolan
(Creator of TV series 'Person of Interest', 'Westworld' & Co-writer of Movies 'The Presitige', 'The Dark Knight')
Jonathan Nolan
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Birthdate: June 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England

Jonathan Nolan is a British-American television producer, director, screenwriter, and author. He is credited with creating the CBS science fiction crime drama Person of Interest. He is also credited with co-creating HBO's popular science fiction Western television series Westworld. Along with his brother Christopher Nolan, Jonathan has co-written popular films, such as The Dark Knight and Interstellar.

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Jackie Collins
(Novelist)
Jackie Collins
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Birthdate: October 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Died: September 19, 2015
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Christopher Nolan
(Film Director - Known for His Ambitious & Visually Impressive Films)
Christopher Nolan
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Birthdate: July 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England

British-American writer and director, Christopher Nolan is known for his distinctive kind of films which are often intelligent, deep and nonlinear. He gained international recognition with Memento and further reached greater heights with big budget movies like The Dark Knight film series, Inception, Interstellar and Dunkirk. The multiple award winning director began shooting short films at the age of seven.

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Ralph Fiennes
(English Actor Best Known for His Films: 'Schindler's List', and 'The English Patient' )
Ralph Fiennes
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Birthdate: December 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ipswich, England

A Tony Award recipient, Ralph Fiennes is one of the most respected English actors of the current generation. He is known for playing important roles in notable films, such as the Harry Potter and James Bond film series. A Stanislavsky Award recipient, he is also known for his work behind the camera.

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Joanne Froggatt
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Birthdate: August 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England, UK
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Clive Barker
(Playwright)
Clive Barker
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Birthdate: October 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

Clive Barker is an English playwright, novelist, visual artist, and film director. He gained prominence in the 1980s as a horror writer and has since written many novels and other works. As an illustrator, he has created original characters and series for comic books. He also creates costume designs. He is a recipient of the Inkpot Award. 

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Andrea Riseborough
(Actress and Producer)
Andrea Riseborough
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Birthdate: November 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, England

Andrea Riseborough is an English actress best known for her roles in the films Shadow Dancer and Birdman. Interested in acting from a young age, she graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She is also a member of the National Youth Theatre. She made her film debut in 2006 and has since appeared in many popular movies.  

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Sean Pertwee
(Actor, Narrator and Producer Known for His Role as ‘Sergeant Wells’ in the Film ‘Dog Soldiers’)
Sean Pertwee
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Birthdate: June 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

Sean Pertwee is an English actor and narrator. The son of actor, Jon Pertwee, Sean followed in the footsteps of his father to establish himself in the entertainment industry. Apart from playing important roles in films like Dog Soldiers, he is also known for his work as a narrator in TV shows, such as Zero Hour and MasterChef: The Professionals.

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Emma Thomas
(Film producer)
Emma Thomas
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Birthdate: December 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
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Dexter Fletcher
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Birthdate: January 31, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Enfield, London, England, UK
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Paul W. S. Anderson
(Director, Producer)
Paul W. S. Anderson
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Birthdate: March 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne
Paul W. S. Anderson is best known for directing sci-fi movies based on video games, such as the Resident Evil franchise and Mortal Kombat. His Event Horizon was panned by critics initially but went on to achieve a cult following later. He also created the Death Race series of films.
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Rachel Khoo
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Birthdate: August 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Croydon, United Kingdom

Renowned British cook Rachel Khoo was born to a Malaysian Chinese father and an Austrian mother. Trained at the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, she started her own restaurant at her small Belleville apartment. She later gained fame for her cookbook and her BBC series named The Little Paris Kitchen.

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Luke Goss
(Actor)
Luke Goss
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Birthdate: September 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
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Jane Fallon
(Novelist)
Jane Fallon
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Birthdate: December 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England, UK
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Roma Downey
(Actress)
Roma Downey
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Birthdate: May 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Derry, Northern Ireland
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Ida Lupino
(Actress)
Ida Lupino
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Birthdate: February 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England, UK
Died: August 3, 1995
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Robson Green
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Birthdate: December 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hexham, Northumberland, England, UK
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Keiran Lee
(Actor)
Keiran Lee
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Birthdate: January 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Derby, Derbyshire, England, UK
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Jack Lowden
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Birthdate: June 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chelmsford, Essex, England, UK
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Guy Ritchie
(Producer and Director Known for His Crime and Action Films)
Guy Ritchie
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Birthdate: September 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom

As a 15-year-old who left school to take up entry-level jobs in the entertainment industry, Guy Ritchie has turned out pretty well. As a filmmaker, he has made some high-grossing films, such as Aladdin and The Gentlemen. Apart from being a filmmaker and writer, Guy Ritchie also practices Shotokan karate, Judo, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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Kathy Burke
(Actress)
Kathy Burke
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Birthdate: June 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Camden, London, England, UK
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Curtis Armstrong
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Birthdate: November 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
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David Heyman
(Film producer)
David Heyman
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Birthdate: July 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London
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Ewen Bremner
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Birthdate: January 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
 38 
Mary McCartney
(Photographer)
Mary McCartney
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Birthdate: August 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

Mary McCartney is a British photographer best known as the daughter of Linda and Paul McCartney. McCartney is credited with capturing portraits of popular personalities like Jude Law, Ralph Fiennes, and Sam Taylor-Wood. Apart from being a photographer, Mary McCartney is also an animal rights activist. She is a Global Ambassador for initiatives like Green Monday and Meat Free Monday.

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Susan Tully
(Producer)
Susan Tully
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Birthdate: October 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Highgate, London, England
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Simon MacCorkindale
(British Actor, Director and Producer)
Simon MacCorkindale
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Birthdate: February 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ely, Cambridgeshire, England
Died: October 14, 2010

Simon MacCorkindale was a British actor, writer, and filmmaker. Although he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father to become an officer with the Royal Air Force, MacCorkindale had to pursue a theatre career due to poor eyesight. As it turned out, poor eyesight was a blessing in disguise as he became a prominent film and TV personality.  

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Paul O'Grady
(Comedian)
Paul O'Grady
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Birthdate: June 14, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birkenhead, Cheshire, England
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Gareth Edwards
(Film director)
Gareth Edwards
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Birthdate: June 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
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Juliet Rylance
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Birthdate: July 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
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Tony Richardson
(An Influential and Inventive Film Director Who Specialized in Literary Adaptations)
Tony Richardson
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Birthdate: June 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shipley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: November 14, 1991
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Nick Knowles
(Television presenter)
Nick Knowles
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Birthdate: September 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Southall, Middlesex, England
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Tim Bevan
(Film producer)
Tim Bevan
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Birthdate: December 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand-British film producer Tim Bevan co-chairs the production company Working Title Films, which has indirectly won 12 Academy Awards through its various films. He has co-produced the West End musical Billy Elliot and hit films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Atonement, Bridget Jones's Diary, and Frost/Nixon
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David Lean
(Film Director, Producer & Screenwater)
David Lean
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Birthdate: March 25, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Croydon, Surrey, England
Died: April 16, 1991
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Leslie Grantham
(English Actor Best Known for His Role of 'Dirty Den Watts' from the BBC Soap Opera 'EastEnders')
Leslie Grantham
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Birthdate: April 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England, UK
Died: June 15, 2018
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Michael Kitchen
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Birthdate: October 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK
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Steve Pemberton
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Birthdate: September 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Blackburn, Lancashire, England, UK