John Shrapnel

  John Shrapnel. Obituary in “The Guardian” in 2020 Richly variegated and utterly plausible, with a distinctively weak “r”, the voice of the actor John Shrapnel, who has died aged 77 after suffering from cancer, was instantly recognisable on stage or screen over the past 50 years. He was therefore much in demand for voiceover […]

Phoebe Nichols

Phoebe Nichols (Wikipedia) Phoebe Nichols was born in 1957) & is an English film, television, and stage actress. She is known for her roles as Cordelia Flyte in Brideshead Revisited and as the mother of John Merrick in The Elephant Man. Nicholls is the daughter of actors Anthony Nicholls and Faith Kent. She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Nicholls married […]

Aisling O’Sullivan

Aisling O’Sullivan (Wikipedia) Aisling O’Sullivan was born in 1968 in Tralee, Co Kerry. O’Sullivan attended the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin and joined the Abbey Theatre in 1991. She garnered major acclaim for her performance as Widow Quin in Druid Theatre Company‘s 2004 production of The Playboy of the Western World, which toured throughout Ireland including her native Kerry, and […]

Eric Porter

Eric Porter obituary in “The Independent” in 1995. When television producers were casting demons and po-faced characters in the Sixties and Seventies, Eric Porter seemed to be on all their shortlists, becoming a star as Soames Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga in 1967, after more than 20 years in acting. The role of the brutal […]

Gary Whelan

Gary Whelan (born 1953 in Dublin) is an Irish actor who sporadically appeared as detective Terry Rich in EastEnders from the shows interception in February 1985 to May 1987.  Dublin-born, he moved with his family to London at the age of ten. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and was also a successful property developer during the 1980s. He is the owner of the […]

Valene Kane

Valene Kane (Wikipedia) Valene Kane is best known for playing Rose Stagg, the ex-girlfriend of serial killer Paul Spector, in The Fall on BBC Two and for her role as Lyra Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  She is also known for her role in the BBC drama Thirteen. She starred as DS Lisa Merchant, described as “superb” […]

Lorraine Pilkington

Lorraine Pilkington (Wikipedia) Lorraine Pilkington was born 18 April 1974 & is an Irish actress from Dublin, who is best known for her role as Katrina Finlay from Monarch of the Glen.  Born in Dublin, Pilkington grew up in the affluent suburban village of Malahide, and attended Manor House School, Raheny. Trained at the Gaiety School of Acting, Pilkington began her career at […]

Jane Griffiths

Jane Griffiths (Wikipedia) Jane Griffiths was born in 1929 and was an English actress who appeared in film and television between 1950 and 1966. She died in 1975. She played the female lead opposite Gregory Peck in The Million Pound Note (1954), but never appeared in another major film, and spent the rest of her career in B movies. However, the film historians Steve Chibnall […]

Peter Gilmore

Peter Gilmore obituary in “The Guardian” in 2013. James Onedin, the protagonist of the long-running BBC television series The Onedin Line, gained his splendid name from a sea nymph. After the programme’s creator, Cyril Abraham, had read about mythological figure Ondine, he transposed the “e”, thus making her a man. And what a man: Peter Gilmore, who […]

Sybil Thorndyke

Sybil Thorndyke (Wikipedia) Sybil Thorndyke was born in 1882 and was an English actress who toured internationally in Shakespearean productions, often appearing with her husband Lewis Casson. Bernard Shaw wrote Saint Joan specially for her, and she starred in it with great success. She was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1931, and Companion of Honour in 1970. She was […]