OBITUARIES

Derek Walcott decided to become a poet at the age of eight and published his first poem at 14 – to find it denounced...

A seasoned performer on stage and screen, Tony Haygarth was a character actor of enormous resource and variety, whose lived-in face and direct, unfussy...

Patricia Yardley is synonymous with Birmingham School of Acting, the school founded in 1936 by her mother, Pamela Chapman. Working at the school from...

A singer-songwriter and pianist who eventually became a priest, Peter Skellern’s most famous song was the 1972 hit single You’re a Lady. Cloyingly sentimental,...

One of the most innovative directors of his generation, Philip Saville was responsible for a number of television firsts and the era-defining serials Boys...

An aspiring journalist who turned her theatregoing “hobby” into a successful career as one of the leading casting directors of her generation, Maggie Lunn...

Victor Platt was an unsung hero of television and film in the second half of the last century. A conscientious and reliable character actor,...

In 1948, aged 16, Keith Salberg left school, spent six months in a variety of jobs at the King’s Theatre, Gainsborough, and promptly booked...

Together with Ray Galton, Alan Simpson helped define the tone of television comedy for 20 years with the hugely popular Hancock’s Half Hour and...

A leading figure in Irish theatre, Barry Cassin’s career spanned seven decades as both an actor and director. As co-founder of Dublin’s 37 Theatre Club...

Trish Arnold pioneered an innovative approach to the teaching of movement and dance specifically designed for actors that is now widely employed across the...

Few actors were as consistently intelligent and engagingly relaxed on stage and screen as Alec McCowen. They were qualities that shone through a career...
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