Penelope Wilton was born on June 3, 1946 in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England as Penelope Alice Wilton. She is an actress, known for Match Point (2005), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and Shaun of the Dead (2004). She was previously married to Ian Holm and Daniel Massey. Penelope Wilton enjoyed enormous success in the TV series “Downton Abbey”, She was made a Dame in the New Yer’s Honours List 2016.
Langley was born to Australian parents in Somerset, but grew up in Buxton, Derbyshire.[ He attended Harpur Hill Primary School and Buxton Community School. He trained at the North Cheshire Theatre School[ in Heaton Moor. Along with his sisters he was a member of a number of junior string orchestras in which he played the cello.
From 2001 to 2004, Langley played the character of Todd Grimshaw in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. As the first openly gay character on the show, Langley developed a large gay following. He also appeared in Coronation Street on 4 August 2000 as Danny, then boyfriend of Candice.
Since leaving Coronation Street, he has played roles such as the part of Adam Mitchell in the 2005 series of Doctor Who with Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper, appearing in two episodes, “Dalek” and “The Long Game“, and provided an audio commentary for the DVD of these episodes. He also filmed a small role in the feature film The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse, released in June 2005, as well an episode of Dalziel and Pascoe and the little-seen film Halal Harry in 2006, and read Horace for BBC Radio 7.
He returned to Coronation Street for a twelve episode guest stint in 2007]
In April 2011 Langley returned to Coronation Street for a one episode appearance.[
In June 2013 it was announced that Langley was returning to Coronation Street as a regular character.Todd Grimshaw returned in the episodes screened on Monday, 4 November.
In the summer of 2005, Langley made his stage debut in an acclaimed run of Romeo and Juliet opposite fellow ex-soap actress Scarlett Alice Johnson at Stafford Castle. Taking on the role of Romeo, The British Theatre Guide described Langley as, ‘immediately comfortable with the verse, finding no difficulty in being the lovesick youngster before he’s gripped with passion for Juliet. Later he convincingly shows a tantrum-like immaturity at his banishment.’
In the spring of 2006, Langley appeared in Life Imitates Art at the Camden People’s Theatre, Camden.[ Also in 2006 he was seen in a production of A Taste of Honey, taking on the role of repressed gay art student, Geoffrey. In his role as Geoffrey, Langley was described as, ‘quietly impressive, poignantly conveying Geoffrey’s unending loyalty with ease.’ The production toured the UK extensively and played a short run at the Richmond Theatre.
Langley also appeared in the stage show Flashdance the Musical. with Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Bernie Nolan and Noel Sullivan. Langley received positive reviews for his role as Jimmy Kaminsky, with What’s On Stage stating, ‘Bruno Langley also fares well as Jimmy, particularly when he has the chance to showcase his fine voice in the second act.’  and Lindsay Corr stating in the Edinburgh Guide that, ‘Bruno Langley as Jimmy shows acting doesn’t have to take a back seat in musical theatre, as he twitches about the stage in his grey hoodie and delivers his number, ‘You Can’t Keep Me Down’, with understated aplomb.’
In 2010-11 he joined the tour of Calendar Girls, in the role of the young photographer, Lawrence. In reviewing the Liverpool Empire Theatre production of the show, Liverpool Sound and Vision said Langley, ‘gave outstanding moments of beautiful comic timing as young photographer Lawrence that it’s no wonder he was asked back to reprise his role from last year.’
Langley played the cello until the age of 16 when he decided to pursue a career as an actor. In addition, he plays the piano. In 2010 he formed a band, Bruno Langley and the Wonderland Band. In a 2011 interview with Dianne Bourne of the Manchester Evening News, he stated, “I’ve been acting on and off ever since the age of 17, but always in between jobs I’d sit at the piano and write songs, and sing different songs. A year and a half ago I got a band together, we had a few rehearsals, I had fun doing it and it’s gone from there really.” The band performs songs from the 1950s as well as taking modern tracks and arranging them into jazz, blues and swing styles. Langley has stated he does the arrangements himself.
“Independent” obituary from 2006:
Hilary Lavender Mason, actress: born Birmingham 4 September 1917; married Roger Ostime; died Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire 5 September 2006.
Although a prolific television character actress for almost half a century, Hilary Mason will be best remembered on screen as the blind, psychic Heather in the macabre supernatural thriller “Don’t Look Now”. The 1973 film starred Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland as John and Laura Baxter, a grieving couple holidaying in a wintry Venice after the death of their daughter, Christine, who was drowned in the garden pond while wearing a shiny, red mackintosh. When Laura meets the two spinster sisters in a restaurant toilet, she is shocked to be told that Heather has seen her daughter. “I’ve seen her and she wants you to know that she’s happy,” says the old woman: I’ve seen your little girl, sitting between you and your husband, and she was laughing. Yes, oh, yes, she’s with you, my dear, and she’s laughing. She’s wearing a shiny little mac. She’s laughing, she’s laughing – she’s happy as can be. Later, Laura attends a seance with the sisters and – when Heather gets what she claims to be a message from Christine – is disturbed to be told that her husband, John (Sutherland), is in danger. A sceptical John fails to heed the warning and in the final scenes of the film is murdered by a female dwarf in a red, hooded coat. Throughout this eerie film, based on a Daphne du Maurier short story, the director, Nicolas Roeg, leaves us unsure whether Mason’s chilling character really is a psychic or a con artist, particularly in a scene showing the sisters laughing after convincing Laura that they have contacted her daughter.
Born in Birmingham in 1917, Mason won a scholarship to the London School of Dramatic Art before gaining repertory theatre experience in Preston, Southport, York and Guildford. During the Second World War she performed with the troops entertainment organisation Ensa. Mason made her television début as Mrs Drummond in the drama series Thunder in the West (1957), and played Mrs Yapp in the Midlands-based local council serial Swizzlewick (1964) and Mrs Timothy in the soccer soap United! (1965-67), as well as taking two roles in Coronation Street. Following a bit-part as Mrs Ainsworth (1965), she was Derek Wilton’s mother (1976), who disapproved of her son’s relationship with the dithering Mavis Riley and insisted it must end – to no avail. Adept at character roles, Mason took eight different parts in Z Cars (1962-71) and another three in Dixon of Dock Green (1965, 1966, 1967), before playing Lady Boleyn in the acclaimed, six-part drama The Six Wives of Henry VIII (starring Keith Michell in the title role, 1970), Mrs Nickleby in Nicholas Nickleby (1977), Mrs Gummidge in David Copperfield (1986) and Mrs Fagge in Great Expectations (1989).
In comedy, she acted Mrs Booth, exasperated mother to the chalk-and-cheese twin brothers, in My Brother’s Keeper (1975-76) and Gladys (1990-94) in Maid Marian and Her Merry Men, the children’s series written by Tony Robinson – with Mason’s real-life husband, the actor Roger Ostime, taking the role of Gladys’s father in one episode. She also played Michael Palin’s mother in the Ripping Yarns episode “The Curse of the Claw” (1977). After her part in “Don’t Look Now”, Mason was cast in the horror films I Don’t Want To Be Born (acting Mrs Hyde, alongside Joan Collins as a stripper who gives birth to a “possessed” baby, 1975), Dolls (1987), Afraid of the Dark (1991) and Haunted (1995).
The above “Independent” obituary can also be accessed online here.
Joan Benham was born in 1918 in London. She is best known for her role as Lady Prudence Fairfax in ITV’s long running classic TV series “Upstairs, Downstairs”. Movie roles include “The Man Who Loved Redheads” and “The V.I.P.’s ” in 1963. She died in 1981.
“Independent” obituary by Dick Vosburgh from 1993:
The above “Independent” obituary can also be accessed online here.
John Cronin was born in 1967 in Dublin. He was part of the cast of “The Commitments” in 1989.