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Russell Napier

Russell Napier

Russell Napier (Wikipedia)

Russell Napier was an Australian actor. He was born in Perth in 1910.

Russell Napier was born in Perth, Western Australia. Originally a lawyer, Napier was active as an actor on the stage as early as 1936; on the screen, from 1947 to 1974, playing both comedic and dramatic roles in both cinema and television. He starred in a live BBC television production of H. G. Wells‘ The Time Machine in 1949; only still photographs of this production survive.

Napier also acted on stage, and in 1936 appeared in a production of T.S. Eliot‘s Murder in the Cathedral at The Old Vic, which later transferred to Broadway.

He was the most frequent star of the Scotland Yard series of short films originally released from 1953 to 1961 for screenings in British cinemas, playing Detective Superintendent Duggan in thirteen films. The series was aired in the United States by the American Broadcasting Company from 1957.

He was the commentator of the official 1962 TV documentary Sound an Alarm, about the United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation and he appeared as Doctor Green in the UFO 1970 TV series episode “A Question of Priorities“. He died in 1974 in Kingston upon ThamesSurrey, England.

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Michael Angelis

Michael Angelis

Michael Angelis (Wikipedia)

Michael Angelis was born in 1952 and is an English actor. He is best known as the former narrator of the British children’s television series Thomas and Friends from 1991 to 2012, as well as several other products and media related to the franchise.

Michael trained at the College of Dramatic Art, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, where, inter alia, he played roles in Brendan Behan‘s The Hostage and The Zykovs by Maxim Gorky. He was featured in Boys from the Black Stuff (1982) and G.B.H.

Michael appeared in comedies such as The Liver Birds (1975–78) and Luv (1993–94) and films such as A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979) and No Surrender (1985). In 1983, he appeared at the Manchester Royal Exchange in Harold Pinter‘s ‘The Caretaker‘. He was a villain in the revived television series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (2002), alongside former fellow Black Stuff star Alan Igbon. He narrated the British language version of Thomas & Friends from 1991 to 2012. 

He narrated John Peel‘s autobiography, Margrave of the Marshes,[3] which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005. In 2006, he starred in Fated, a film set in Liverpool, as well as in episodes of Midsomer Murders and The Bill in 2007. In September 2011, he participated in the BBC Radio 4 programme The Reunion talking with others cast members about his roles in the Boys from the Blackstuff.

Michael was married to the Coronation Street actress Helen Worth, but the couple divorced in 2001.[2] Michael married his second wife Welsh model Jennifer Thomas Khalastchi in 2001.[5]

He is the younger brother of fellow actor Paul Angelis

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Richard Ainley

Richard Ainley

Richard ainley (Wikipedia)

Richard Ainley Who was born in 1910, was a stage and film actor, son of Henry Ainley and half-brother of Anthony Ainley.

Although according to Allmovie his date of birth was 22 October 1910, The Internet Movie Database places it on 22 December. In any case, he was born in StanmoreMiddlesex and made his stage debut in 1928 and initially used the stage name Richard Riddle/Riddell, taking his mother’s maiden name. His first motion picture appearance was in 1936 as Sylvius in As You Like It, which starred his father. Other roles included Ferdinand in the television movie of The Tempest (1939), Dr. Hale in Shining Victory (1941), and a Foreign Office official in the thriller Above Suspicion (1943).

He retired from film work following a disabling wound while he was serving in the army during World War II to return to the stage. He was briefly principal of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the early 1960s. He died in 1967.

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Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant (Wikipedia)

Hugh Grant Who was born in 1960, is a British actor and film producer. Grant has received a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and an Honorary César for his work. As of 2018, his films have grossed a total of nearly US$3 billion worldwide from 29 theatrical releases. He first received attention after earning the Volpi Cup for his performance in the film Maurice (1987) but achieved international success after appearing in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994).  He used this breakthrough role as a frequent cinematic persona during the 1990s, delivering comic performances in films such Notting Hill (1999) and Mickey Blue Eyes (1999). For Four Weddings and a Funeral, Grant won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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Susan Wooldridge

Susan Wooldridge

Susan Wooldridge (Wikipedia)

Susan Wooldridge is a British actress. She won the  BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Hope and Glory (1987). Her television credits include Jewel in the Crown, (1984), All Quiet on the Preston Front (1994–95), and Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky (2005).

Wooldridge was born in LondonEngland, and educated at convent schools, the Central School of Speech and Drama, and L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. She is the daughter of actress Margaretta Scott and composer John Wooldridge. Her brother is Hugh Wooldridge.

Wooldridge has been acting since 1971.  Her big break came in 1984 with The Jewel in the Crown, in which she played the pivotal character of Daphne Manners whose affection for the handsome Hari Kumar doomed him. For this role she received a BAFTA nomination and the ALVA Award for Best Actress. She has appeared in many British and co-British film productions, including The Shout (1978), Loyalties (1987), Hope and Glory (1987) for which she won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress 1988, How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989), Bye Bye Blues (1989), Twenty-One(1991), Afraid of the Dark (1991) and Just like a Woman (1992). Her recent film appearances have included Tamara Drewe (2010) and The Lady (2011).

She also appeared in many US/British TV productions, such as Dame Agatha Christie‘s mystery, Dead Man’s Folly (1986) which starred Sir Peter UstinovJean StapletonTim Pigott-Smith, and Constance Cummings and the series, Ticket To Ride.

She has appeared in such British TV shows as two series of Preston Front (Best Comedy Award 1995), Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky (Best mini-series nomination), Underworld (Best Comedy Award 1998), Poirot: Cat Among the Pigeons, Bad Company (the case of The Bridgewater Four miscarriage of justice), Pinochet’s Progress, Mrs Bradley Mysteries, The Hummingbird Tree and Lewis. She continues to work on the British stage playing Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest in London in 2009 as well as plays by new writers.

In 2016, she was cast in the American television period drama series Still Star-Crossed.

In July 2009, her first novel, The Hidden Dance, was published in the United Kingdom by Allison & Busby, and won the Best Red Read for Best Debut Novel 2010.

She lives in London with her partner, the actor and writer, Andy de la Tour.

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Daniel Truhitte

Daniel Truhitte (Wikipedia)

Daniel Truhitte, Who was born in 1943 is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Rolfe Gruber, the young Austrian telegraph delivery boy who performed “Sixteen Going on Seventeen“, in the film The Sound of Music (1965). Truhitte is a singer, actor, dancer, and teacher of young performers.

Daniel Truhitte began dance training at the age of 6 and began taking voice lessons at the age of 10. When he was 15 years old, he received a scholarship to The Sacramento Ballet. After high school, Truhitte received a scholarship to the Pasadena Playhouse. He also attended Ambassador College in Pasadena, California. After filming The Sound of Music, he joined the Marine Corps. In 1989, Truhitte moved to Weddington, North Carolina, and then finally to Concord, North Carolina and began teaching young performers. He appeared in an episode of Entertainment Tonight titled “A Day in the Life of Dan Truhitte” on September 10, 1993, after The Old Courthouse Theatre of Concord, North Carolina asked him to play Captain Von Trapp in their production of The Sound of Music. Truhitte portrayed Captain von Trapp once again in the Hudson, North Carolina Dinner Theatre Production of The Sound of Music in October 2013.

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Chris Walley

Chris Walley

Chris Walley (Wikipedia)

Chris Walley is an Irish stage and screen actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Jock O’Keeffe in the comedy film and BBC Three and RTÉ television series The Young Offenders, for which he received an IFTA Award among other nominations. 

Walley was born Cork, Ireland, and raised in the Glanmire area. He was a pupil of Christian Brothers College, Cork. Walley is a great grandson of William Norton, former Tánaiste

From an early age, Walley took an interest in Drama and Theatre studies, attending classes in the Gaiety School of Acting and the Cork School of Music. As a student in the Cork School of music Walley was a member of their Youth Theatre group, performing in productions such as Anouilh’s Antigone, as well as undertaking individual lessons under the tutelage of Trína Scott. He auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London after completing his secondary education, however, he was unsuccessful in his application and instead began studying full-time at Cork School of Music as part of their BA in Drama and Theatre studies. The following year Walley re-auditioned for RADA, and was offered one of their coveted 28 places, ahead of 3,500 other applicants.

Prior to commencing third level education, Walley had auditioned for and won a role in an independent Irish film, set to be based and filmed locally in Cork. The resulting film, The Young Offenders, written and directed by Peter Foott, became the fastest Irish film to break the €1 million mark at the Irish box office in 2016. For his role as Jock, Walley was nominated for numerous awards, including the IFTAfor Best Supporting Actor. With the popularity of the film, on 9 May 2017, it was confirmed that a six-episode television programme, based on the film with the same name, had been ordered by RTÉ.[9] The first series began broadcasting on 1 February 2018, broadcast by RTÉ Two in Ireland and airing through the online television service BBC Three.  With a popular and high reception, the series was recommissioned for a second series, the projected release date was not disclosed.  For his role in the television series, Walley was awarded the IFTA for Best Male Performance – Television.

In 2018 Walley was cast alongside Aidan Turner in a revival of Martin McDonagh’s play The Lieutenant of Inishmore, which opened at the Noël Coward Theatre in June of that same year. For his performance, Walley received exceptional reviews, with TimeOut Londonwriting, ‘in a uniformly strong cast, special praise should go to Walley. A virtual newcomer, he is excruciatingly brilliant as the mullet-clad Davey, who meets each new indignity heaped upon him with an impressive mix of resignation and hysteria’, Broadway World saying that, ‘you would never be able to guess this is his West End debut’, and The New York Times stating, ‘Chris Walley … effortlessly conveys the illogical logic and perverse mundanity of the dialogue’. For this performance Walley was nominated for the Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award, and was selected as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, an initiative established by the British Academy of Film and Television Awards to foster the talents of up-and-coming members of the arts world by offering them mentorship for a year. 

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Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany (Wikipedia)

Paul Bettany is an English actor. He is known for his voice role as J.A.R.V.I.S. and Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, specifically the films Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). He first came to the attention of mainstream audiences when he appeared in the British film Gangster No. 1 (2000), and director Brian Helgeland‘s film A Knight’s Tale (2001). He has gone on to appear in a wide variety of films, including A Beautiful Mind (2001), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World(2003), Dogville (2003), Wimbledon (2004), the adaptation of the novel The Da Vinci Code (2006) and Margin Call (2011). He also portrayed Dryden Vos in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).

He has been nominated for various awards, including BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Bettany is married to American actress Jennifer Connelly, with whom he has two children.

Bettany was born in London, the son of Anne (née Kettle), a stage singer, theatre teacher, and stage manager, and Thane Bettany, a dancer, actor, and drama teacher.When Bettany was 16, his brother Matthew died at age 8 after falling onto concrete from a tennis pavilion roof at Queenswood. Soon after, Bettany dropped out of school, left home, and became a street performer in London. He lived in a small flat and earned money by playing his guitar in the streets as a busker. His parents later divorced. After two years, he found a new job in a home for the elderly.  After working there for a year, Bettany enrolled at the Drama Centre in London. He had dyslexia prior to it being recognised as a learning disability.

In 1990 at the age of 19, Bettany began a three-year course at the Drama Centre London in Chalk Farm. He made his stage debut in Stephen Daldry‘s acclaimed West End revival of An Inspector Calls at the Aldwych Theatre, playing the part of Eric Birling. He also appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company‘s productions of Richard IIIRomeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar (for which he received a Charleson Award nomination). When Bettany was 21 he appeared in a BBC production of Oliver Twist, playing Bill Sikes.

After appearing in the finale of Sean Bean‘s series Sharpe as William II of the Netherlands at the Battle of Waterloo, he made his film debut with a small part in Bent, a Holocaust drama which also featured Clive OwenJude Law, and Ian McKellen. He continued doing work in stage and television: these included Joe Penhall‘s Love and Understanding, which played at London’s Bush Theatre and then ran in Connecticut. He had roles in the television productions Killer Netand Coming Home, during which he met and dated Emily Mortimer. His last stage work was in One More Wasted Year and Stranger’s House at the Royal Court Theatre. He filmed several more movies, including his first leading role in Gangster No. 1. The British Independent Film Awards nominated him for Best Actor, and the London Film Critics’ Circle nominated him for British Newcomer of the Year.

Back in Hollywood, writer/director Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential) was planning a new film called The Sin Eater (also known as The Order). He was impressed by Bettany’s audition tape, though Helgeland eventually decided to film A Knight’s Tale instead. The studio executives were not impressed, but Helgeland was determined to cast him, even writing the part of Chaucer for him. A Knight’s Talewould be Bettany’s first big Hollywood production. He received critical acclaim for A Knight’s Tale, including winning the London Film Critics Circle Award for Best British Supporting Actor. After the movie wrapped, Helgeland, determined that Hollywood should recognize Bettany’s talent, showed the audition tape to many of his peers, including Ron Howard, who promptly cast Bettany in A Beautiful Mind. After A Beautiful Mind, Bettany was offered the role of serial killer Francis Dolarhyde in Red Dragon, opposite Edward Norton and Anthony Hopkins. He turned down the role in favour of accepting a part with Stellan Skarsgård and Nicole Kidman in Lars von Trier‘s Dogville.

Bettany’s next major project saw him starring again alongside Russell Crowe in Peter Weir‘s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. His portrayal of surgeon and naturalist Stephen Maturin brought him a BAFTA nomination, and he was named British Actor of the Year (London Film Critics’ Circle), and Best Actor (Evening Standard).

On 28 June 2004, Bettany and 13 other actors were included in the 2004 invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesDogville and The Reckoning were released in limited cinemas in 2004. In September of that year, Bettany made his leading-man debut in Wimbledon, a romantic comedy with Kirsten Dunst. The film’s cast would also introduce him to Jon Favreau, playing his manager, a relationship that would return when Favreau cast him as the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. in Iron Man. In mid-2005, Bettany filmed Firewall in Vancouver, Canada, a thriller also starring Harrison Ford and Virginia Madsen, which reunited him with Wimbledon director Richard Loncraine. He spent the autumn of 2005 filming The Da Vinci Code, based on Dan Brown‘s best-selling novel and starring Tom HanksAudrey Tautou and Ian McKellen. In the film, he played an Opus Dei monk named Silas.

In 2007, Bettany went to London to star in There For Me, written by his friends Dan Fredenburgh and Doraly Rosen.  In 2008, he appeared in the New Line Cinema family fantasy Inkheart, playing the part of a fire-eater named Dustfinger.  In 2009, he appeared as Charles Darwin in Creation, starring opposite wife Jennifer Connelly. In 2010, Bettany appeared alongside Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in The Tourist and portrayed the archangel Michael in Legion, a movie based on God’s vengeance against humanity. He starred in the films Priest and Margin Call, both released in 2011.

Bettany reprised his voice role as J.A.R.V.I.S. in 2010’s Iron Man 2, 2012’s The Avengers, 2013’s Iron Man 3, and Disneyland‘s Innoventions attraction.[19] In 2014, Bettany starred alongside Johnny Depp and fellow British actor Rebecca Hall in the feature film Transcendence. He was once again paired with Depp in Mortdecai, a 2015 motion picture also starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor. He played the Vision in the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron,  and reprised his voice role as J.A.R.V.I.S. again in the same film. Bettany portrayed The Vision again in the sequels Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.

Bettany also stars as Ted Kaczynski in the Discovery Channel television show, Manhunt: Unabomber. Bettany replaced Michael K. Williams in Solo: A Star Wars Story,[23] after Williams was removed from the final film, as he was unable to return to set during the film’s reshoots. Bettany was cast in his place, with the character being reworked from a motion-capture alien, to a human.[24]

On 20 January 2018, it was reported that Bettany was nearing a deal to play Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on the Netflix series The Crown succeeding Matt Smith.[. Days later on 25 January, it was reported by TVLine that Bettany was ultimately unable to sign on due to scheduling conflicts.

In late 2018, Disney confirmed a Marvel television series starring Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen would be aired on their upcoming Disney+streaming service; the title of the show, WandaVision, was confirmed in April 2019.

On 1 January 2003, Bettany married American actress Jennifer Connelly in Scotland; they met when they starred together in A Beautiful Mind. She was his childhood crush since he first saw her as a teenager in the film Labyrinth. The September 11 attacks motivated him to act on his feelings for her, and after two days of attempting to contact her, he proposed. Soon after, they moved to Brooklyn Heights after having lived together in Tribeca. The couple have also had two children together, a son and a daughter.

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Gene Barry

Gene Barry

Gene Barry obituary in “The Independent” in 2010.

For any regular television viewer in the 1960s and 70s, the elegant actor Gene Barry, who has died aged 90, was inescapable. Most prominent was his portrayal of the Los Angeles police captain Amos Burke in 81 episodes of Burke’s Law (1963-66). No ordinary cop, Burke was an immaculately dressed, jet-setting millionaire bachelor who left his Beverly Hills mansion in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce to investigate a murder. Barry as Burke, a wisecracking, sophisticated ladies’ man, was the nearest thing on TV to Cary Grant.

Each episode – bursting with Hollywood guest stars, one of whom was revealed as a murderer – allowed Burke to deliver an aphorism such as “never drink martinis with beautiful suspects: Burke’s Law”, or “never ask a question unless you already know the answer. Burke’s Law”.

Before playing Burke, Barry had triumphed in the western TV series Bat Masterson (1958-61). The opening song says it all: “Back when the west was very young, there lived a man named Masterson. He wore a cane and derby hat … A man of steel, the story says, but women’s eyes all glanced his way. A gambler’s game he always won. His name was Bat. Bat Masterson!” Stylishly dressed in a black derby, fancy waistcoat and jacket, and preferring to use his gilt-tipped cane rather than a gun to defend himself, Barry played the western hero with his tongue firmly in his cheek. “The costume dictated my performance,” Barry remarked. “It changed my life. Every role I’ve done since has been a guy who looked good in clothes.”

Despite coming so early on in his long career in films, TV and stage, Bat Masterson and Burke’s Law were his greatest successes, though almost two decades later, Barry, still the dandy, almost topped them with his performance as the gay owner of a drag nightclub in the Broadwaymusical La Cage aux Folles (1983).

Barry was born Eugene Klass into a Russian-Jewish family in New York. His parents, who worked in the jewellery trade, sent him for singing and violin lessons as a child. While attending high school in Brooklyn, the young Eugene won a singing contest and consequently a scholarship to the Chatham Square school of music in Manhattan.

Changing his last name to Barry, in homage to his idol, John Barrymore, he began his career as a singer in leading roles in Broadway operettas, using his rich baritone in a revival of Sigmund Romberg’s New Moon (1942); in Rosalinda (1942-43), an English-language version of Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus; and in Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow (1943-44). He met his future wife, Betty, during rehearsals for Catherine Was Great (1944-45), written by and starring Mae West (Betty was fired before the opening night as West could not tolerate another blonde in her show).

After being offered a contract by Paramount, Barry left New York for Hollywood, where he had leading roles in 14 movies, bringing as much charm as he could to rather dull roles. Many of his films were products of cold war paranoia. In his debut feature, the low-budget thriller Atomic City (1952), Barry is a nuclear physicist whose young son is kidnapped by Russian agents who demand the secrets of the H-bomb as ransom. Evil Martians attacking the Earth were, more or less, surrogates for the Soviet Union in the producer George Pal’s impressive The War of the Worlds (1953), an updating of HG Wells’s novel to contemporary California. Intermittently bespectacled – always a Hollywood signifier of intelligence – Barry was again the hero scientist who survives to see the defeat of the godless enemy, mainly through prayer. His final part was to be in the 2005 remake.

In Edward Dmytryk’s Soldier of Fortune (1955), Barry had the thankless role of a photojournalist held prisoner and tortured in China, waiting to be rescued by Clark Gable. The main interest in Sam Fuller’s simplistic China Gate (1957) is the racist character played by Barry, an American explosives expert helping the French defeat the Chinese communists. In a studio backlot cheapie, Hong Kong Confidential (1958), he played a US spy, posing as a nightclub singer, sent to rescue a kidnapped Arab prince from the Russkies. Barry also appeared in two minor Technicolor musicals, as a saloon owner in Those Redheads from Seattle (1953) and as a stereotypical Latin lover in Red Garters (1954). His last film, before working almost exclusively on TV, was as a tough treasury agent who proved to be the nemesis of the moonshine trader Robert Mitchum in Thunder Road (1958).

After his long stint on Burke’s Law, Barry played another debonair millionaire in 44 episodes of The Name of the Game (1968-71). This time, he was a magazine owner. Many years later, Barry said regretfully: “I have not been able to play just an ordinary human being … a man who is not the elegant head of an industry. I didn’t like it much – the fact that I trapped myself or got entrapped in that type of performance.”

He gave variations of “that type of performance” in scores of TV roles over the next 30 years, including appearances in Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Charlie’s Angels and The Twilight Zone, plus a reincarnation of Captain Burke in Burke’s Law (1994), now a widower working with his detective son.

However, Barry was highly praised for his creation of Georges in the Jerry Herman musical La Cage aux Folles in 1983. As the suave partner of the flamboyant drag queen Albin (George Hearn), Barry was nominated for a Tony. He had the less showy part but brought realism and humanity to the proceedings, and delivered two nostalgic songs. “I was not playing a homosexual. I was playing a person who cares deeply about another person,” he recalled. “I didn’t camp him up, and that’s what the gay community loved. I played him sensitively, caringly.”

Barry was almost fired during rehearsals, but, finally, the director, Arthur Laurents, asked him to look into Hearn’s eyes more often to convey a greater sense of tender affection and to introduce the club acts with more panache.

Barry, whose wife of almost 60 years died in 2003, is survived by two sons and a daughter.

• Gene Barry (Eugene Klass), actor; born 14 June 1919; died 9 December 2009

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Siobhan Hewlett

Siobhan Hewlett

Siobhan Hewlett (Wikipedia)

Siobhan Hewlett is an Irish film, television, radio and theatre actress. She is also a producer, poet and artist. Siobhán and her film director brother, Patrick, started the production company Rabbit in the Moon productions in early 2015.

Hewlett is to start shooting the leading role of journalist Faith Harrington in The Show, a feature film created by comic book writer Alan Moore. Hewlett is also producing and starring in a feature length adaptation of short story, The Thing About Cassandra by Neil Gaiman.

Hewlett, alongside family friend Benedict Cumberbatch was chosen to represent The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity as one of their ambassadors in 2017.

Hewlett was born in London and grew up between the west coast of Ireland and Whitstable in Kent. Her father was the comedy sitcom actor Donald Hewlett, known for his roles in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum and You Rang, M’Lord?. Her mother is the actress Therese McMurray. Hewlett attended Wellesley House SchoolDowne House School and The King’s School, Canterbury on art scholarships. Whilst at The King’s School, Canterbury, she was spotted in a production by the theatrical agent Lorraine Hamilton and subsequently studied acting at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, graduating in 2003.

Hewlett’s grandmother was the last Captain of The Bluebells, a high-kicking dance troupe who performed around Europe and South America in the 1920s and ’30s, working with MistinguettJosephine Baker and Jacques Tati. Siobhan’s grandfather was a renowned vaudeville knockabout comic. Her maternal grandparents were variety artists represented by Lew Grade who met whilst performing for the judges and diplomats at the Nuremberg War Trials. Her great-grandmother was the world-famous contortionist Cochranes “Eve”.

Whilst still at drama school at 19, Hewlett was chosen by French film director Antoine de Caunes to play the leading role in Monsieur N, a role that required she learnt French.

She starred at the Donmar Warehouse opposite Simon Russell Beale in Christopher Hampton‘s play The Philanthropist to critical acclaim. “The luscious and accomplished Araminta was played by the luscious and accomplished Siobhan Hewlett, whose electrifying stage presence would have stolen any other show.” -The independent “And can there have been a funnier seduction scene when Siobhan Hewlett, who gives the vamp the perfect amount of boisterous blankness, ruffles Simon Russell Beale’s hair.”- The Times

Hewlett starred in the British comedy series Fortysomething opposite Hugh Laurie and Benedict Cumberbatch for ITV.

Hewlett played the leading role in Irina Palm, the indie hit at the Berlin international Film Festival, opposite Marianne Faithfull and Kevin Bishop.

In 2012, Hewlett started working with comic book writer Alan Moore and photographer/director Mitch Jenkins on a series of films “Showpieces”. The first starred her solely in the role of “Faith,” a journalist from Northampton. “Showpieces” is part of a vast new occult noir fiction called The Show. The first part of the story is told through three episodic short films – ‘Show Pieces’. Show Pieces’ are the first films by Alan Moore written specifically for the screen. The development of the short films led to the creation of a book featuring the full colour storyboards, the original screenplays and additional background material written by Alan Moore about the universe of The Show. Set in the town of Northampton, UK, Show Pieces is an occult noir thriller starring Hewlett, Darrell D’Silva and Andrew Buckley. Alan Moore also appears playing a small but important part in the story. Hewlett worked as executive producer on “Showpieces”.

Hewlett is a singer, published artist and poet. Her first exhibition was at The Osborne Studio Gallery, Belgravia, London in 2008.

Hewlett’s theatre credits include Kitty in Etta Jenks and the Finborough Theatre with Chris O’DowdDaniela Nardini and Clarke Peters, directed by Che Walker; Ginny in Relatively Speaking with Peter BowlesThe Waltz of the Toreadors at Chichester Festival Theatredirected by Angus Jackson; and Donny’s Brain by Rona Munro at Hampstead Theatre opposite Ryan Early.