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Anthony Boyle

Anthony Boyle

Anthony Boyle (Wikipedia)

Anthony Boyle is an actor from Northern Ireland best known for his role as Scorpius Malfoy in the English play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2016), for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In spring of 2018, Boyle made his Broadway debut in the West End transfer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Lyric Theatre, New York City, and was nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Play at the 72nd Tony Awards.[1]

Boyle was born in West Belfast, and attended De La Salle College until the age of 17. He then went to St Louise’s Comprehensive College, and in 2013, began training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff before graduating in 2016 with a BA(Hons) in Acting.

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Eiko Ando

Eiko Ando

Eiko Ando

Eiko Ando (Wikipedia)

Eiko Ando was born in 1934 and is a Japanese actress best known for her as Okichi opposite John Wayne in The Barbarian and the Geisha in 1958.

Ando was born in HarbinHeilongjiang, in the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo (today Northeast China), to a Japanese industrialist. When the Communists took over the family fled back to Japan. After her father died in 1953, she went to work as a singer and then as a burlesque dancer. At the time of filming for The Barbarian and the Geisha she was 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m) and weighed 115 pounds (52 kg). When director John Huston was looking for an actress for the part of Okichi, a friend of Ando’s who worked in the Tokyo office of 20th Century-Fox recommended Ando to Huston. Once Huston saw her, after auditioning 33 other actresses, he and producer Eugene Frenke were done looking, mainly because of her height over the other women.

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Paul Rhys

Paul Rhys

Paul Rhys (Wikipedia)

Paul Rhys Who was born in 1963 is a Welsh television, film and theatre actor.

Rhys was born in NeathGlamorgan, and studied at RADA, leaving with the Bancroft Gold Medal in 1985. After graduating, he obtained his first major screen role, in Absolute Beginners (1986). Since then he has seldom been off the stage and screen. His first US exposure was when American film director Robert Altman cast Rhys, who was then still a student, as Theo van Gogh in Vincent and Theo opposite Tim Roth as Vincent.

Paul was born to Catholic parents. His mother, Kathryn Ivory, was Irish-Welsh and his father, Richard Charles Rhys, was Welsh. The family moved to the village of Pencoed when Paul was ten. A committed punk during his youth, Rhys was in several bands before leaving for London to study at RADA.

Paul’s first acting job was playing Liverpudlian judo expert Ralph in John Godber‘s hit play Bouncers, before he even went to RADA. In the first summer vacation from RADA, he was spotted by Philip Prowse and was invited to perform in Oscar Wilde‘s A Woman of No Importance at the Glasgow Citizens Theatre, playing the illegitimate son, Gerald. He then returned to RADA for two terms before leaving again, this time to play Dean Swift in Julian Temple‘s Absolute Beginners. Rhys completed his education at RADA by winning the William Pole prize and the Bancroft Gold Medal on graduation.

His first film role was in Franklin J. Schaffner‘s Lionheart. After a brief spell at the Royal Shakespeare Company he played opposite Colin Firth in Richard Eyre‘s award-winning film Tumbledown. Soon after this, he appeared in Vincent & Theo, directed by the legendary American film director Robert Altman, as Vincent van Gogh‘s younger brother Theo van Gogh. Continuing the theme of famous brothers, Paul then played Sydney Chaplin opposite Robert Downey, Jr.‘s Charlie Chaplin in Richard Attenborough‘s Chaplin. He went on to play Massis in Alan Bennett‘s 102 Boulevard Hausmann, after which he played opposite Peter O’Toole in Rebecca’s Daughters. A series of films then followed including From HellFood of LoveLove Lies Bleeding and Hellraiser: Deader.

Running parallel to Rhys’s film work has been a diverse and notable television career, working in leading roles with directors such as Mike HodgesStephen Frears, Sir Richard EyrePhilip MartinChristopher MorahanTom VaughanEdward Hall, Harry Bradbeer in productions including TumbledownA Dance to the Music of TimeThe HeroesGhostsGallowglassThe HealerAnna KareninaThe DealBeethoven, and more recently the television series BorgiaLutherSpooks and Being Human (in which he played the vampire Ivan).[2]

In 1995, he portrayed Simon Templar (aka “The Saint”) for a series of three radio plays for BBC Radio 4.

In 2014, he appeared as the lead, traitor Aldrich Ames, in The Assets miniseries.

In 2015, he portrayed Vlad, the Prince of Wallachia aka Dracula in the first and third season of the television series “Da Vinci’s Demons”

Rhys has a reputation for committing so fully to stage roles that on two occasions it has caused him to be taken to hospital, once with pneumonia and the other with mental exhaustion.

In 2000 he performed in the title role of Hamlet at the Young Vic and later in Tokyo and Osaka. He received several awards for this performance. He also played Angelo in Measure for Measure for which he won the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award; Houseman in The Invention of Love; and Edgar in King Lear, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award. These three plays were all staged at the Royal National Theatre. He appeared as Edmund in Long Day’s Journey into Night and Leo in Design for Living at The Donmar Warehouse, performing opposite Rachel Weisz and Clive Owen in the latter. He also briefly played the title role in Howard Brenton‘s play Paul at the National Theatre,

Real-life characters played by Rhys have included Vlad TepesLudwig van Beethoven, Peter Mandelson, Paul McCartneyThomas De QuinceyA. E. HousmanFrédéric Chopin, and Marcus Tullius Cicero.


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Oliver Milburn

Oliver Milburn

Oliver Milburn (Wikipedia)

Oliver Milburn Who was born in 1973 is an English actor.

Born in Dorset, Milburn was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford, and then Eton College.

Milburn played Matthew Bannerman in Families and Liam in Green Wing. He has also been in Me Without YouThe BillBackupTess of the D’UrbervillesDavid Copperfield (as James Steerforth), Sweet MedicineByronBorn and BredThe Forsyte Saga: To Let and Bodies.[1][2] Milburn also joined the cast of Mistresses in 2009. In 2011, he played the role of Edgar Linton in the film adaptation of Emily Brontë‘s Wuthering Heights. In 2013, he lent his voice to the characters of Bartholomew Roberts and John in the video game Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

He is married to the BBC News Newsnight reporter  Katie Razzall, daughter of Liberal Democrat peer Tim Razzall, Baron Razzall. They have a daughter, Matilda.

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Chris Larkin

Chris Larkin (Wikipedia)

Chris Larkin, born in 1967, is the elder son of actors Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Robert Stephens. He revealed in an interview that he changed his stage name in order to distance himself professionally from his famous parents. He chose “Larkin” because he was very fond of the work of poet Philip Larkin.

Larkin trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He is best known for playing Hermann Göring in the film Hitler: The Rise of Evil, but also played Charles Darwinfor the PBS series Evolution and the abolitionist William Wilberforce in the radio production of Grace Victorious. Larkin also played Capt. Howard of the Marines in Peter Weir‘s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World alongside Paul Bettany and Russell Crowe, and appeared in Valkyrie with Tom Cruise playing Sgt. Helm. Other film credits are Angels and InsectsFranco Zeffirelli‘s Jane Eyre and Tea with Mussolini, and Heroes and Villains directed by Selwyn Roberts.

Larkin played Cambridge in three series of John Sullivan’s Roger Roger for BBC1 and George Marsden in Charles Sturridge‘s critically acclaimed Shackleton for Channel Four. Larkin also appeared in the 2007 episode of Doctor Who “The Shakespeare Code” and the 2012 low-budget horror film The Facility (originally titled Guinea Pigs) directed by Ian Clark.

In 2013 he starred in the television revival of Yes, Prime Minister as Bernard Woolley. reprising the role he had played in the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End.

Other theatre credits include: Edgar in The Lady from Dubuque starring his mother, Maggie Smith, and directed by Anthony Page; Jopari in Nicholas Hytner‘s groundbreaking production of His Dark Materials at The National Theatre; The Whisky Taster by James Graham at the Bush Theatre, London; and the nationwide tour of Noises Off, directed by Lindsay Posner.


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Danny Webb

Danny Webb (Wikipedia)

Danny Webb Who was born in 1958 is an English television and film actor. He is best known for his roles as the prisoner Morse in the movie Alien 3, Thomas Cromwell in Henry VIII and as John Maynard Jefferson in the two part Doctor Who story The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit in 2006.

Webb was born in London on 6 June 1958. He attended The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and graduated in 1977.

Webb has appeared in many British television programmes, including The Young Indiana Jones ChroniclesOur Friends in the NorthA Touch of FrostAgatha Christie’s PoirotThe BillMidsomer MurdersSilent Witness and Shackleton. He also starred in two episodes of Doctor Who – “The Impossible Planet” and “The Satan Pit“.  He has also starred in Britannia High as Jack Tyler and in New Tricks as a DJ.

In 1985 Webb starred alongside Jon Pertwee in a television adaptation of Karl Wittlinger’s Broadway play, Do You Know the Milky Way?playing Kris, a psychiatric patient who believed that he came from another star.

Webb has also had recurring roles in several television series, including BrooksideCardiac Arrest and Life Begins. He also had a role in Honest, playing Mack Carter.

Webb also appeared in the video for the song “Owner of a Lonely Heart” by the band Yes.

In 2008 Webb appeared as the journalist Noel Botham in the BBC Four drama Hughie Green, Most Sincerely, as well as narrating the Games Workshop Black Library audiobook The Lightning Tower/The Dark King and the Gotrek and Felix audiobook Slayer of the Storm God. He also had a small part as a German communications officer in the film Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise.

In September 2009 he had a lead role in the BBC1 five-part drama series Land Girls, playing a sergeant in the Home Guard.

Webb also appeared in Hustle, as Shaun and Emma’s father, in 2010, and has played Kevin Dalton in the BBC drama Holby City.

In 2015 Danny completed the role of Roy in the British crime thriller The Contract which was released in January 2016.

Danny Webb has worked extensively in theatre, including in the Olivier Award-winning production of Blasted by Sarah Kane at the Lyric Theatre in 2011. He also won Best Actor for the role in the Off West End Awards. He has appeared twice at the Royal Court Theatre, in Chicken Soup with Barley by Arnold Wesker (2011) and The Mistress Contract.

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James Villiers

James Villiers obituary in “The Guardian” in 1998.

James Villiers :actor: born London 29 September 1933; married 1966 Patricia Donovan (marriage dissolved 1984), 1994 Lucy Jex; died Arundel, West Sussex 18 January 1998.

One of the country’s most distinctive character actors, with ripe articulation and a flair for displaying supercilious arrogance that put him in the Vincent Price class of screen villains, James Villiers was often cast in such roles in his early years. He was also the most English of actors, and not surprisingly his career was liberally sprinkled with the works of Shaw, Coward, Wilde and dramatists of the Restoration.

Born in London in 1933, Villiers (pronounced Villers) was proud of his aristocratic lineage (his family tree goes back to the Duke of Rockingham). He was brought up in Shropshire and later at Ormeley Lodge in Richmond, more recently the home of James Goldsmith, and educated at Wellington College. He had, however, become stage-struck as a child (his brother John recalls Villiers as a boy begging Colchester Repertory to take him on in any capacity whatever and being heartbroken when they refused) and at prep school he gained a reputation as their best actor.

After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he formed lifelong friendships with fellow students and cricket enthusiasts Peter O’Toole and Ronald Fraser, he made his stage debut at the Summer Theatre in Frinton as William Blore in Agatha Christie’s thriller Ten Little Niggers (1953), and the following year made his first West End appearance with the Shakespeare Memorial Company in Toad of Toad Hall.

In 1955 he started a two-year period with the Old Vic Company, his roles including Trebonius in Julius Caesar and Bushy in Richard II. He made his Broadway debut in the latter role in 1956 during the Old Vic tour of the United States and Canada, then spent a year with the English Stage Company. In 1960 he made his film debut in Tony Richardson’s The Entertainer (which also marked the screen debuts of Alan Bates and Albert Finney), and the following year made his first thriller (in a rare heroic role), The Clue of the New Pin (1961).

He first worked with Losey on The Damned (1961), and for the same director played in Eve (1962) and as an officer in the finely acted pacifist piece King and Country (1964). In Roman Polanski’s Repulsion (1965) he was the friend who ambiguously gives John Fraser a kiss, in Seth Holt’s The Nanny (1965) Villiers and Wendy Craig were the parents of a disturbed child left in the care of Bette Davis at her most neurotic, and in George Sidney’s Half a Sixpence (1968) he was the snobbish father of the society girl Kipps (Tommy Steele) hopes to marry.

Other films included Nothing But the Best (1963), Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971), For Your Eyes Only (1981) and Let Him Have It (1991). His many television appearances included Pygmalion (as Professor Higgins), Lady Windermere’s Fan, Fortunes of War and most recently Dance to the Music of Time. Stage successes include the thriller Write Me a Murder (1962), a superbly droll and highly acclaimed performance as Victor Prynne in John Gielgud’s 1972 revival of Coward’s Private Lives, starring Maggie Smith and Robert Stephens, a forceful Earl of Warwick in John Clements’s 1974 production of Saint Joan, and prominent roles in such classics as Pirandello’s Henry IV (with Rex Harrison), The Way of the World and The Last of Mrs Cheyney.

A few years ago he created the role of Lord Thurlow in Nicholas Hytner’s staging for the National Theatre of Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III, and most recently was featured as Mr Brownlow in the hit revival of Oliver! at the London Palladium.

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Robert Vaughan

Robert Vaughan

Robert Vaughn obituary in “The Guardian” in 2016.

Many actors opt for long-term employment in television series, only to find their lucrative association with a “personality” difficult to shake off. Robert Vaughn, who has died aged 83, overcame that problem in not one but seven long-running TV series, beginning with The Lieutenant in 1963.

By far the most substantial of these was The Man from UNCLE, in which he played the suave Napoleon Solo, in more than 100 episodes (1964-68) and eight features cobbled together from the series. Eventually, that too ran out of steam (although it remained a cult, particularly in Britain) and he moved on to create the detective Harry Rule in The Protectors, filmed in London through the early 1970s.

He also starred in episodes of Emerald Point NAS (1983-84), and was General Stockwell in the fifth and final series of The A-Team (1986-87). Late in his career, he was appointed Judge Travis in The Magnificent Seven (1998-2000), a TV spin-off from the western film in which he had played the gunslinger Lee 40 years previously.

An astonishingly prolific actor, he guested in hundreds of television shows, from Gunsmoke to Police Woman and from Wagon Train to Law and Order, as well as scores of TV movies and miniseries, including the prestigious Washington Behind Closed Doors (1977), which won him an Emmy.

Vaughn also appeared in some 50 movies, following his uncredited debut as a spear-carrier in The Ten Commandments (1956). In tandem with acting he maintained an interest in politics, campaigning against the Vietnam war from the late 1960s until the US withdrawal from the conflict in 1973, and supported liberal causes as a Democrat and friend of the Kennedys, especially Robert.

Vaughn was born in New York, son of actors, Marcella (nee Gaudel) and Walter Vaughn. He studied journalism at the University of Minnesota, transferring to Los Angeles City College to take drama and to LA State College for a master’s. His PhD thesis on the aftermath of the House Un-American Activities Committee investigation sympathetically examined its effect on members of the acting profession. It was published in 1972 as Only Victims: A Study of Show Business Blacklisting.

Although he did not begin full-time acting until he was in his mid-20s, he started with stage work, television appearances and uncredited screen roles, and was soon cast as the lead in No Time to Be Young (1957), where the influence of James Dean, killed two years before, was apparent. When he played the title role in Roger Corman’s preposterous Teenage Caveman (1958), his character was promoted as a “prehistoric rebel without a cause”. The actor later described it as “one of the best worst films of all time”.Advertisement

It led to an intriguing western, A Good Day for a Hanging (1959), in which he co-starred as a killer who charms the townsfolk into opposing the sheriff who wants him hanged. He got his break in The Young Philadelphians (1959), receiving an Oscar nomination as best supporting actor for his performance as an alcoholic who is framed for murder and defended by a calculating lawyer (Paul Newman).

That drama established Vaughn, but it was The Magnificent Seven (1960) that consolidated his big-screen stardom, four years before he debuted as Napoleon Solo. He played the gunfighter who has lost his nerve and joins the Seven to defend villagers from marauding bandits, simply for the money. In a climactic shoot-out, the jittery coward redeems himself, returning to help his friends in Ixcatlan, and sacrificing his life in the process.

After the tongue-in-cheek The Man from UNCLE series, to which David McCallum as his sidekick Illya Kuryakin contributed a cheery breeziness, the darker-toned Vaughn needed a change and moved back into movies with Bullitt (1968). Cast, in Pauline Kael’s words, as “the slimy Mr Big”, he was memorable as Chalmers, a crooked politician, who is a thorn in the side of the bullish detective (Steve McQueen). He was equally persuasive as the Nazi officer in The Bridge at Remagen (1969) and made a credible Casca in the dull 1970 version of Julius Caesar. He was a bossy senator in The Towering Inferno (1974) and a caring neurosurgeon in The Mind of Mr Soames, bringing his patient (Terence Stamp) out of a 30-year coma with terrifying consequences.

Soon after appearing in René Clément’s last picture, La Baby Sitter (AKA Scar Tissue, 1975), Vaughn was used to devastating effect as the voice of the rebellious computer Proteus in Demon Seed (1977), where his off-screen voice was a coolly intelligent reflection of his often menacing on-screen persona.

In Corman’s Battle Beyond the Stars (1980), he reworked his gunslinger Lee in space, and a year later played a philistine studio executive (allegedly based on Robert Evans) in S.O.B. (1981), Blake Edwards’s blistering attack on Tinseltown. Few such literate scripts or talented directors were available during the later 1980s and 1990s and Vaughn contented himself with guesting as authoritarian figures, including judges, ambassadors and senior army personnel.

Often that was in movie dross, although television was kinder to him in prestige miniseries such as Backstairs at the White House (1979) and The Blue and the Gray (1982) or in lighter material such as Murder, She Wrote.

Throughout four busy decades he had reinvented himself as required by age and changing fashion. His early roles as outsiders, troubled lovers, cowards and alcoholics gave way to a mild debunking of his persona, particularly his well-groomed heroes. His somewhat cerebral acting style proved a perfect antidote to spoofs and he established a cult following, partly as the sole redeeming aspect in such later movies as Joe’s Apartment (1996, as a corrupt senator), Motel Blue (1997, as a police chief) and the sports spoof BASEketball (1998).

Despite a steady stream of work, Vaughn announced, aged 70, that he was “going to take it a little easier” and promised to complete his autobiography, tentatively titled, Christ, Shakespeare, Ho Chi Minh: As I Knew Them. This emerged in 2008 as A Fortunate Life and declared his enjoyment of a long and profitable career, his work as a liberal activist (even playing three Democratic presidents on screen) and a happy marriage.

He continued working steadily on television and occasional features, playing a judge in Cottonmouth (2002), villains in Happy Hour (2003) and Hoodlum and Son (2003), and a doctor in Scene Stealers (2004). However, it was in yet another successful TV series that he returned to form. Vaughn starred in 48 episodes of Hustle, produced by the BBC between 2004 and 2012, as the debonair Albert Stroller, member of a disparate group of con artists. Elegant and assured, he showed that he had retained his sense of humour and lack of pretension, something confirmed by his appearance in The Magnificent Eleven (2012), about a football team who go the aid of an Indian restaurant, harassed by local thugs. He had a recurring role, too, in the soap Coronation Street in 2012 as the businessman Milton Fanshaw, love interest of Sylvia Goodwin (Stephanie Cole), mother of Roy Cropper.

Vaughn is survived by his wife, Linda (nee Staab), whom he married in 1974, and their two children, Caitlin and Cassidy.

• Robert Vaughn, actor, born 22 November 1932; died 11 November 2016

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Juliet Stevenson

Juliet Stevenson
Juliet Stevenson

Juliet Stevenson (Wikipedia)

Juliet Stevenson was born in 1956 and is an English actress of stage and screen. She is known for her role in the film Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991), for which she was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Her other film appearances include Emma (1996), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Being Julia (2004), and Infamous (2006).

Stevenson has starred in numerous Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatreproductions, including Olivier Award nominated roles in Measure for Measure (1984), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1986), and Yerma (1987). For her role as Paulina in Death and the Maiden (1991–92), she won the 1992 Olivier Award for Best Actress. Her fifth Olivier nomination was for her work in the 2009 revival of Duet for One. She has also received three nominations for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress: for A Doll’s House(1992), The Politician’s Wife (1995) and Accused (2010). Other stage roles include The Heretic (2011) and Happy Days (2014).

Stevenson was born in Kelvedon, Essex, England, the daughter of Virginia Ruth (née Marshall), a teacher, and Michael Guy Stevenson, an army officer. Stevenson’s father was assigned a new posting every two and a half years. When Stevenson was nine, she attended Berkshire’s Hurst Lodge School, and she was later educated at the independent St Catherine’s School in Bramley, near Guildford in Surrey, and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Sevenson was part of the ‘new wave’ of actors to emerge from the Academy. Others included Jonathan PryceBruce PayneAlan RickmanAnton LesserKenneth BranaghImelda Staunton and Fiona Shaw. This led to a stage career starting in 1978 with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Although she has gained fame through her television and film work, and has often undertaken roles for BBC Radio, she is known as a stage actress. Significant stage roles include her performances as Isabella in Measure for Measure, Madame de Tourvel in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, as Anna in the UK premiere of Burn This in 1990, and as Paulina in Death and the Maiden at the Royal Court theatre and the West End (1991–92). For the latter, she was awarded the 1992 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress.

In the 1987 TV film Life Story, Stevenson played the part of scientist Rosalind Franklin, for which she won a Cable Ace award. She played the leading role in the Anthony Minghella film Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991) and her roles in The Secret Rapture (1993), Emma(1996), Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and Mona Lisa Smile (2003). She has more recently starred in Pierrepoint (2006), Infamous (2006) as Diana Vreeland and Breaking and Entering (2006) as Rosemary, the therapist. In 2003, she played the mother of an autistic child in the television film Hear the Silence, a film based on the now debunked claims of Andrew Wakefield that the MMR vaccine was responsible for autism.[7] The film and Stevenson were criticised for “trying to influence parents against MMR and dressing up science as entertainment.”

In 2009, she starred in ITV’s A Place of Execution. The role won her the Best Actress Dagger at the 2009 Crime Thriller Awards.[8] She performs as a book reader, and has recorded all of Jane Austen‘s novels as unabridged audiobooks, as well as a number of other novels, such as Lady Windermere’s FanHedda GablerStories from Shakespeare, and To the Lighthouse. She received lifetime achievement prize at Women In Film And TV awards.

Stevenson lives with anthropologist Hugh Brody, her partner since 1993. The couple live in HighgateNorth London. They have two children, both born in Camden, London: Rosalind Hannah Brody (born 1994) and Gabriel Jonathan Brody (born late 2000/early 2001).

In 2008 she campaigned on behalf of refugee women with a reading of ‘Motherland’ at the Young Vic. She is patron of the UK registered charity LAM Action, which provides support, information and encouragement to patients with Lymphangioleiomyomatosis(LAM) and their families, and raises funds to advance research into LAM.

On 12 September 2016 Stevenson, as well as Cate BlanchettChiwetel EjioforPeter CapaldiDouglas BoothNeil GaimanKeira KnightleyJesse EisenbergKit Harington and Stanley Tucci, featured in a video from the United Nations’ refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness of the global refugee crisis. The video, titled “What They Took With Them”, has the actors reading a poem, written by Jenifer Toksvig and inspired by primary accounts of refugees, and is part of UNHCR’s #WithRefugees campaign, which also includes a petition to governments to expand asylum to provide further shelter, integrating job opportunities and education.

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Susan George

Susan George (Wikipedia)

Susan George was born in 1950 is an English film and television actress, film producer, and Arabian horse breeder.

She has recalled many holidays at the caravan park in Font-y-Gary in South Wales as a child. She trained at the Stage School, Corona Theatre School and has acted since the age of four, appearing on both television and film.

She is perhaps best known for such films as Straw Dogs (1971) with Dustin HoffmanDirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974) with Peter Fonda and Mandingo (1975) with Ken Norton.

Her lighter side was apparent in some of her TV appearances, such as in an episode (“The Gold Napoleon”) of The Persuaders (1971) with Roger Moore and Tony Curtis. In 1988, George marked her film-producing debut with Stealing Heaven.

Susan George was married to British actor Simon MacCorkindale from 5 October 1984 until his death on 14 October 2010.