Distinguished British stage actress with inimitable voice and clarity of diction; her films have been fewer than one would like.
British leading lady, on stage and screen from 1936; her youthful appearance enabled her to continue in juvenile roles for many years.
British ‘blonde bombshell’ who played good-time girls from the 1940s.
Diminutive (5ft 2ins) British comedian with music-hall and concert hall experience.
Distinguished British stage actress.
British comedian with inimitable gap-toothed manner; became Hollywood’s favourite idea of the English silly ass. Also on stage and TV.
British leading actress of the 1940s; on stage and screen.
British-born leading lady with a well-publicised private life.
Welsh leading actor whose dark, brooding good looks did not bring him immediate film success either in Britain or Hollywood.
Distinguished British actor (of Polish descent) with an inimitably melodious voice; he made some impressive films despite asthma, which blighted his career.
Dignified British character actor. Married actress Joan Greenwood.
Blonde, British leading actress, a big star of the 1940s.
Debonair British leading actor, on stage from 1932
British leading lady, married to actor Jimmy Hanley and Rank chairman Sir John Davis.
Welsh-born light leading man of ready smile and equable disposition.
Distinguished British stage actor and director, for whom cinema was a secondary matter.
British cockney music-hall comedian, in occasional films. He was noted for his ability to ad-lib.
British character comedian, one of the screen’s greats; after many years in the music halls, starred in several incomparable farces playing variations on his favourite role of an incompetent, seedy schoolmaster.
Demure-looking but spirited British leading lady with stage experience; married to Bill Travers. With Travers she founded in 1984 the Born Free Foundation, which campaigns for wild animals that are suffering, imprisoned or in danger.
Inimitable, garrulous, shapeless, endearing British comedy actress, who usually seemed to be playing somebody’s slightly dotty spinster aunt.
Distinguished British stage actor, in occasional films. Despite his splendid theatrical voice and thespian mannerisms he was at his best playing ordinary chaps, though his gallery included plenty of eccentrics.
Lugubrious Scottish actor of stage and screen; his diction and gestures were inimitable.
English stage and film comedienne, specialising in warm-hearted tarts of the Northern or Cockney variety.
Debonair British leading actor of pleasant, if limited, range, on stage since 1924; films only occasionally gave him the right material.
Mild-mannered British light comedy actor, on stage from 1920, films from 1931; became well known with Basil Radford in many films as Englishmen abroad.