OBITUARIES

Ronnie Carroll performing at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1962. Photo: Ezarate via Wikimedia Commons

Ronnie Carroll was a Belfast-born singer whose style owed much to American crooners and who enjoyed considerable popularity in the 1960s. The son of...
Claire Gordon

Spotted by a photographer at the age of 16, Claire Gordon was signed to a five-year film contract by an industry keen to find...
Vince Starr

Although never a headliner, Vince Starr was part of the backbone of the old-time variety theatre. Together with his wife, Rita, he was a...
Dennis Marks. Photo: BBC

As the BBC’s head of music and general director of English National Opera, Dennis Marks was a passionate and occasionally provocative advocate for the...
Chris Hardman, centre, with Loserville director Steven Dexter and cast member Lauren Hall.

As a prodigiously self- confident 15-year-old drummer, guitarist and singer in Channel 4’s Rock School, Chris Hardman already had sufficient charisma to outshine the...

Born in Bishop’s Stortford and raised in Leighton Buzzard, Alistair Smith trained in technical and production management at the Central School of Speech and...
Helen Landis

The contralto Helen Landis died peacefully in the entertainers’ rest home Denville Hall on March 22, just two days after reaching her 92nd birthday,...
Gerald Sim with his wife Deirdre Benner in 1974

Of the more than 130 television and film credits he acquired in a career spanning six decades, it was his last role as the...

As co-founder of DubbelJoint Theatre Company and head of the BBC’s radio drama department in Belfast, Pam Brighton was a significant and often controversial...
Pamela Cundell

Family legend had it that Pamela Cundell was a distant relative of Henry Condell, the manager of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men theatrical troupe while...
Alan Howard with Katherine Parkinson in The School for Scandal at the Barbican Theatre in 2011. Photo: Tristran Kenton

Blessed with an imposing physique and a voice as powerful as it was poetic, Alan Howard was a towering figure in British theatrical life...

Lance Percival found fame singing topical political songs in a calypso style on the BBC’s pioneering satire show That Was the Week That Was...