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Archive for August, 2018

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Joanna Barnes

Joanna Barnes

Joanna Barnes moved to Los Angeles soon after finishing her education, and took up a contract with Columbia Pictures. She went on to have roles in more than 20 films.

Among her most remembered roles is the snooty Gloria Upson in the film Auntie Mame(1958), which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for New Star of the Year.[7]

Barnes became the 13th actress to play Jane when she appeared in Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959), with Denny Miller as Tarzan.

In Disney’s original 1961 version of The Parent Trap starring Hayley Mills, Barnes played gold-digger Vicki Robinson, who temporarily comes between Maureen O’Hara and Brian Keith. In the 1998 remake starring Lindsay Lohan, she played Vicki Blake, the mother of the child-hating gold-digger and fiancee Meredith Blake (Elaine Hendrix).

In the 1960s, she appeared in The War Wagon, a western movie starring John Wayne and Kirk Douglas.

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Charlie De Melo

Charlie De Melo

Charlie De Melo stars in “Coronation Street”.

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Ryan Clayton

Ryan Clayton

Ryan Clayton

Ryan Clayton was born 6th August 1992 in Hyde and appeared on Coronation Street between January and October 2018 as Josh Tucker.

Graduating from ALRA with a BA Hons in Acting, his other television credits include Exile and Young Dracula, along with the short films I Shall Remember ThemHard Time and Two Wrongs.

On stage he has appeared in productions of All in Good TimeThree SistersGuiding StarTwelfth NightElectraCandideVernon God Little and The Box of Tricks.

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Paul Maxwell

Paul Maxwell

Paul Maxwell (Wikipedia)

Paul Maxwell was born in 1921 and was a Canadian actor who worked mostly in British cinema and television, in which he was usually cast as American characters.  In terms of audience, his most notable role was probably that of Steve Tanner, the ex-GI husband of Elsie Tanner in the soap opera Coronation Street from 1967 until 1968.

During World War II, Maxwell served in the Royal Canadian Artillery. He studied at Yale University, and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts.

Maxwell started as an actor in the U.S., appearing in series such as Dragnet and Alfred Hitchcock Presents before emigrating to Britain in 1960. In the next decade, Maxwell appeared in many TV series produced by ITC Entertainment, such as Danger Man and The Baron. He also voiced North American characters in series filmed by Gerry Anderson‘s production company Century 21, most prominently the leading character of Colonel Steve Zodiac in Fireball XL5 (1962) and the supporting character of Captain Grey in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967). Maxwell also made several appearances in UFO (1970).

Maxwell also starred as the “Man with the Panama Hat” in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989),  as a C.I.A chief in The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), and as General Maxwell Taylor in A Bridge Too Far (1977). His real passion, however, was theatre; he starred in the West End several times, with roles in Twelve Angry Menand the musical Promises, Promises.[2]

After the Second World War, Maxwell married Mary Lindsay. The couple had one daughter, named Lindsay. He died in 1991 at the age of 70.


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Samuel Robertson

Samuel Robertson

Sam Robertson (Wikipedia)

Sam Robertson was born in 1985 and is a Scottish actor and model best known for his roles as Flynn on E4 comedy-drama Beaver Falls, and as Adam Barlow in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street.

Robertson was born in DundeeScotland. He studied Drama and English at the University of Manchester, but dropped out at 18 to focus on his role as Adam Barlow in Coronation Street.

He is a keen follower of his local football team, Dundee Football Club.

In 2005 and 2006, he took part in the second and third series of Sky One‘s The Match.

In 2009, Sam joined the BBC Scotland soap opera River City as new character Innes Maitland.

Robertson played Flynn in the E4 series Beaver Falls, which aired in July 2011 in the UK.

When he was eighteen, he joined the cast of Coronation Street as Adam Barlow.

In January 2013, Robertson was a housemate in the eleventh series of Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5 in the UK.[3] He was the second evictee of the series.

In 2016, Robertson reprised his role as Adam Barlow in Coronation Street.

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Damien Lewis

Damien Lewis

Damien Lewis (Wikipedia)

Damien Lewis was born in 1971 is an English actor and producer. He played U.S. Army Major Richard Winters in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, and also portrayed U.S. Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brodyin the Showtime series Homeland (which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award).  His performance as King Henry VIII in Wolf Hall earned him his third Primetime Emmy nomination and fourth Golden Globe nomination. He currently plays Bobby Axelrod in the Showtime series Billions (2016–present), and portrays actor Steve McQueen in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Lewis was born in St John’s Wood, London, the elder son of Charlotte Mary (néeBowater) and John Watcyn Lewis, a City insurance broker with Lloyd’s.[2][3][4][5] His paternal grandparents were Welsh.

As a child, Lewis made several visits to the U.S. to visit relatives during his summers.  He first decided to become an actor at age 16. He was educated at the independent Ashdown House School in Forest RowEast Sussex, and at Eton College. He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1993, after which he served as a stage actor for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

During his time with the RSC, he played Borgheim in Adrian Noble‘s production of Henrik Ibsen‘s Little Eyolf and Posthumus in William Shakespeare‘s Cymbeline. He also starred in another of Ibsen’s plays, as Karsten Bernick in Pillars of the Community at the National Theatre in November 2005.

Lewis once worked as a telemarketer selling car alarms, a job he detested.[13] He appeared in Robinson Crusoe (1997) as Patrick Conner. He appeared in Jonathan Kent‘s production of Hamlet, playing Laertes. This production was seen by Steven Spielberg, who later cast Lewis as Richard Winters in Band of Brothers, the first role of several that required him to have a credible American accent.

Subsequently, Lewis portrayed Soames Forsyte in the ITV series The Forsyte Saga, which earned him rave reviews. He returned to the US to star in Dreamcatcher, a Stephen King film about a man who becomes possessed by an evil alien. The character is American but when possessed he takes on a British accent.[10] On the heels of this role, he starred in Keane as a Manhattanite with a fragile mental state who is searching for his missing daughter. Despite the film’s poor box-office performance, the role won Lewis rave reviews.

He played Jeffrey Archer in the TV special Jeffrey Archer: The Truth. Since 2004, he has appeared in a number of films, as well as the 2005 BBC TV adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing, as part of the ShakespeaRe-Told season. Lewis played the role of Yassen Gregorovich in the film Stormbreaker. In 2006, he appeared in Stephen Poliakoff‘s BBC drama Friends and Crocodiles. He has appeared on BBC’s Have I Got News for You as guest host several times; on 10 November 2006, 1 May 2009, 18 November 2010, 27 April 9 November 2012 and 31 October 2014.

In 2008, Lewis starred as the main character Charlie Crews in the US television series Life on NBC. The show premiered in the U.S. on 26 September 2007 and was affected by the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike. Only half of the first season’s shows were produced. Regardless, the show won a 2008 AFI Award for best television series. Although the show received critical acclaim, when it returned the following television season, it was shuffled from night to night, and eventually cancelled by NBC to clear its time slot for the less expensive  nightly programme, The Jay Leno Show.

Lewis appeared, the following year, in the lead role in The Baker, a film directed by his brother, Gareth. Damian took a supporting role of Rizza in The Escapist, which he also helped produce. He led the cast in Martin Crimp‘s version of Molière‘s comedy, The Misanthrope, which opened in December 2009 at the Comedy Theatre, London. Other cast members included Tara FitzgeraldKeira Knightley and Dominic Rowan.

Since 2010, Lewis has played Tory Prime Minister Simon Laity in two seasons of Number 10 on BBC Radio 4.

He played Gareth, the father of an 11-year-old Liverpool F.C. fan, in the 2011 film Will.

From 2011 to 2013, Lewis had a starring role as Gunnery Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the Showtime series Homeland.[23] In 2013, he narrated poetry for The Love Book App, an “interactive anthology of love literature developed by Allie Byrne Esiri“.

Since 2016, he stars as billionaire Bobby Axelrod in the Showtime series Billions.

Lewis was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to drama.

On 4 July 2007, Lewis married actress Helen McCrory. They have a daughter, Manon (born 8 September 2006), and a son, Gulliver (born 2 November 2007).  Lewis and his family left England in the latter half of 2007 to live in Los Angeles, California, while he worked on the NBC-TV crime drama Life. However, after the completion of that series’ final episode in early 2009, he, his wife, and children returned to England to reside in a Victorian townhouse located in Tufnell Park, in north London. He is a cousin of Alderman William Russell, Lord Mayor-elect.

In March 2010, Lewis became a trade justice ambassador for the charity Christian Aid.  In May 2006 and June 2018, he played for England in Soccer Aid, and played golf for Europe in the All*Star Cup in August 2006, both shown on ITV.

Damian Lewis is an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club.