1916 - 1979
Character actor who appeared in many films, often as shady characters but sometimes in more sympathetic roles. On TV in many series, including 'Citizen James'. Married to Joy Shelton (qv).
Frances 1926 - and Stella 1928 -
Duo who sang regularly on radio and TV and made records.
1913 - 2008
Bandleader who formed his own band in 1943 after being with Harry Roy's band, among others, where he played clarinet. He first broadcast on 'Breakfast With Braden' on radio and was on children's TV both on BBC and ITV.
1899 - 1977
North Shields-born violinist who played with Jack Hylton's orchestra. First broadcast from Newcastle, and later was arranger and player with Jack Hylton's orchestra. During the war formed the 3rd BBC Dance Orchestra and was musical director on radio's 'ITMA'. Appeared with Frankie Howerd (qv) in 'Variety Bandbox'. TV apearances included 'Let's Make a Date' and 'Your Kind of Music'. Radio Luxembourg also benefited from his talents, as did the London Palladium. Signature tune, She's My Lovely.
1911 - 1990
Began with amateur dramatics and made some pre-war films and appeared in Stars In Battledress and in variety in early post-war years. Radio and TV including 'How Do You View' and 'Strictly T-T' followed, and he developed his cigarette holder, dressing gown and tooth gap trade-marks. Portrayed the stereotypical upper class cad to perfection.
1904 - 1991
Singer who left London for Australia, later returning to become well-known for his record programmes.
Wynford Vaughan Thomas
1908 - 1987
Welsh-born broadcaster and war correspondent who worked for the BBC and later as a freelance. Made some memorable war-time broadcasts and later made many TV appearances.
Welsh-born orchestra leader who played dance music and first appeared on TV in 'Leisure And Pleasure'.
The Three Monarchs
Harmonica comedy act with Les Henry, known as Cedrick, Eric Yorke and Jimmy Prescott (later replaced by Dave Conway). A fourth member, Johnny Crow, left and The Monarchs became The Three Monarchs. Toured and appeared on television and elsewhere regularly until breaking up in 1981. Their act included every size of harmonica from the tiny to the giant. Les Henry born 1920, died 2007. Eric Yorke is also dead.
1911 - 1955
Irish-born play-wright, novelist and actor. Wrote and acted in 'The McCooeys' a Belfast-set, region-ally broadcast radio series which ran from 1948 to 1954. In many films and some television plays.
Actress who first appeared on TV in 'The Mallory Secret' in 1950, then presented TV afternnon prog-rammes and joined 'In Town Tonight'. Later became a BBC television announcer.
1925 - 2009
Irish-born actor who appeared on stage and on radio and TV. In 'Leslie And Joan' and 'The Randall Touch' (with Leslie and Joan Randall, both qv) and 'The Army Game' on ITV and still appearing on stage and TV into his eighties. Also in many films.
1902 - 1966
Comedian who featured in 'ITMA' on radio and on the panel of 'Twenty Questions' form 1947.
1912 - 1995
Singer who appeared with Jack Hylton's band and with Jack Payne before starring in a West End musical comedy and appearing on radio.
1915 - 1997
Character actress and comedienne who was married to Claude Hulbert (brother of Jack (qv)), with whom she usually appeared. They first broadcast together on pre-war radio.
1909 - 1989
Variety artist and popular radio comedian. First compere of ITV's 'Sunday Night At The London Palladium' and had his own show 'Trinder Box' on BBC in 1959. Catch phrase: 'You lucky people!'.
1920 - 1987
Actor who first broadcast in 1946. In many TV series and a famous second Doctor Who from 1966 to 1969. Also on stage and in some films.
1905 - 1985
Character actor who appeared on TV and in films.
1900 - 1977
Began as a stage actor and was a BBC announcer from 1940 to 1944. On radio and in many film and television roles.
1922 - 2009
Irish-born singer and comedy performer who appeared in various shows, including with Frankie Howerd and Ted Ray (both qv) and regularly seen on TV since 1951. Later had her own radio and TV shows. Also did impressions of famous singers like Gracie Fields and Vera Lynn and appeared in West End musicals and cabaret.
1924 - 1987
Actor who began on the stage and later appeared in some films and in several TV productions, including 'Stryker of the Yard in 1957.
(Dame) Dorothy Tutin
1930 - 2001
Actress who concentrated on stage work but on TV notably appeared in 'The Six Wives Of Henry VIII' and in several plays and series episodes.
1931 - 2011
Actress who appeared in many television plays and series, including 'The Forsyte Saga' and 'I, Claudius'. Also appears in stage plays.
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