Famous British Theater Personalities

Have you ever seen a stage performance? If you have, you would know how much goes into to bring up a show on stage. And mind it, though actors walk away with all the appreciation and love, a stage play is an outcome of a collaborative effort by a lot of people including actors, art directions, action directors, choreographers, music directors, set designers, costume designers, stage crew and backup team. All of them work hard creatively to convert a vision into a stage show that is purely for the infotainment needs of the audience. Britain has had a long history of theatre. Since Roman times, theatre flourished and prospered in the country and has become an integral part of its culture and tradition. Early on, stage plays enacted popular folklore and tales. Actors travelled from town to town performing these shows in return for money and hospitality. Though British theatre has come off age today, its soul remains in the renaissance period when William Shakespeare, the most famous playwright in the world, dominated British theatre scene. The Victoria age of British theatre saw the likes of James Planche, Oscar Wilde, and George Bernard Shaw ruling the theatre scene. With this section, know about some of the most magnificent British theatre personalities, their life and their works on stage.

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 1 Anna Friel

Anna Friel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rochdale, Lancashire, England, UK

Anna Friel is a British actress who gained international recognition after portraying Charlotte "Chuck" Charles on the popular American fantasy mystery TV series Pushing Daisies. After starting her professional acting career at the age of 13, Friel went on to establish herself as a successful adult actress. Friel also serves as an ambassador for The World Wide Fund for Nature.

 2 Richard C Armitage

Richard C Armitage
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Huncote, Leicestershire, England

Richard Crispin Armitage is an English actor whose portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit film series earned him international recognition and a Saturn Award. Well-known for his baritone voice, Richard Armitage has also recorded many audiobooks; in 2014, he won an Audiobook of the Year award for his work on Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel.

 3 Albert Finney

Albert Finney
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Charlestown, Pendleton, England
Died: February 8, 2019

Albert Finney was an English actor known for his contribution across all the three major acting mediums: films, television and theatre. A recipient of Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, and Emmy awards, Albert Finney also received nominations for prestigious awards, such as the Academy Award and Tony Award

 4 Deborah Kerr

Deborah Kerr
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: October 16, 2007

Deborah Kerr was a Scottish actress who holds the record for having the most Academy Award nominations under the Best Actress category without a win. However, she received an Academy Honorary Award in 1994 for her contribution to the entertainment industry. Deborah Kerr was made a CBE in 1998 and also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 5 Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes
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Famous As: Actor, Director
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.

 6 Elaine Paige

Elaine Paige
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Radio personality
Birthdate: March 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chipping Barnet

 7 Paul Scofield

Paul Scofield
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Died: March 19, 2008
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 8 Carrie Hope Fletcher

Carrie Hope Fletcher
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London
Carrie Hope Fletcher is best known for her performances as Éponine and Fantine in different productions of the play Les Misérables. She also experimented with music and manages a popular YouTube vlogging channel. She has also authored a bestselling memoir, and several novels, including a children’s book.

 9 John Schlesinger

John Schlesinger
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: February 16, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 25, 2003

 10 Joe Yule

Joe Yule
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Famous As: Putita
Birthdate: April 30, 1892
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow
Died: March 30, 1950

 11 Frank Benson

Frank Benson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 4, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alresford, England
Died: December 31, 1939

 12 John Dennis

John Dennis
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Famous As: Writer, Playwright, Literary critic
Birthdate: September 16, 1658
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: January 6, 1734

 13 Annie Horniman

Annie Horniman
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Famous As: Theatre manager
Birthdate: October 3, 1860
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Forest Hill, England
Died: August 6, 1937

 14 John Lamb

John Lamb
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 13, 1916
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bishop Auckland, England
Died: February 13, 2010

 15 Julia Trevelyan Oman

Julia Trevelyan Oman
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Famous As: Theatre designer
Birthdate: July 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: October 10, 2003

 16 Oscar Lewenstein

Oscar Lewenstein
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Famous As: Theatre Producer
Birthdate: January 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hackney, London, England
Died: February 23, 1997

 17 Hesketh Pearson

Hesketh Pearson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 20, 1887
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hawford, England
Died: April 9, 1964

 18 Stephen Kemble

Stephen Kemble
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Famous As: Theatre actor
Birthdate: April 21, 1758
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kington, Herefordshire, England
Died: June 5, 1822

 19 Lena Ashwell

Lena Ashwell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 28, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: River Tyne, England
Died: March 13, 1957

 20 Steven Pimlott

Steven Pimlott
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: April 18, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stockport, England
Died: February 14, 2007

 21 George Black

George Black
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Famous As: British theatrical manager
Birthdate: April 20, 1890
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: March 4, 1945

 22 Colin Graham

Colin Graham
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Famous As: Stage director
Birthdate: September 22, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hove, England
Died: April 6, 2007

 23 William Poel

William Poel
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 22, 1852
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1934 AD

 24 Laura Hopper

Laura Hopper
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: England