Moira Lister

Moira Lister obituary in “The Guardian” in 2016. Moira Lister, who has died aged 84, was an elegant, intelligent and funny actor who enchanted connoisseurs of postwar comedy on stage, screen and television. Although she worked at first for London actor-managers such as John Gielgud, John Clements and Robert Atkins at Stratford-upon-Avon and in the […]

Adrian Lukas

Adrian Lukis. Wikipedia. Adrian Leonard Fellowes Lukis (born 28 March 1957, Birmingham) is an English actor who has appeared regularly in British television drama since the late 1980s. He trained in acting at Drama Studio London. His most recent notable appearances have been as Sergeant Douglas ‘Doug’ Wright in the police drama series The Bill, and as Marc Thompson in the BBC legal […]

Ciaran Madden

Ciaran Madden. Wikipedia entry Ciaran Anne Magdalene Madden  (born 27 December 1942) is a retired English stage, film, and television actress, who was professionally active from the late 1960s through the late 1990s. She is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), and is an Associate Member of the academy. Madden is best known […]

Jean Hagen

Jean Hagen. TCM Overview Here is the biography of Jean Hagen by Lorraine LoBianco for TCM: To movie audiences, Jean Hagen will forever be Lina Lamont, the shrill-voiced silent movie star who Debbie Reynolds has to dub in Singin’ in the Rain (1952). It was a tour de force performance that earned Hagen an Academy […]

Stella McClusker

Stella McClusker interview in “Belfast Telegraph”. A few minutes into my interview with one of Northern Ireland’s most accomplished leading actresses Stella McCusker I quickly learn there are two words which were banned from the conversation – age and retirement. “I don’t give out my age,” she told me matter-of-factly, “and we definitely don’t speak […]

Mavis Villiers

Mavis Villiers. Wikipedia. Mavis Villiers (born Mavis Clare Cooney; 18 January 1911, Sydney – March 1976, Paddington, London), was an Australian-born British actress of stage, film and television. Her parents were John and Clara (née Villiers) Cooney. Her brother, Cecil Cooney, was a camera operator and cinematographer. Her stage name, Villiers, was taken from her maternal grandfather. Mavis emigrated to the United […]

Tessie O’Shea

Tessie O’Shea. Exuberant, ebullient, effervescent – even elephantine: as Tessie O’Shea herself declared in her signature song, “I’m Two-Ton Tessie From Tennessee” She wasn’t from Nashville, Tennessee, as the lyric claimed; nor was she from Lancashire, as her accent implied; nor from Ireland, as her surname suggested. She was a Welsh girl born in Cardiff […]