1913 - 1989
This U.S. comedy actor played opposite Joan Davis (qv) in TV's 'I Married Joan', starred in Gilligan's Island and voiced Mr Magoo in the film cartoon series of that name.
1908 - 1986
Manchester comed-ienne who did an act with her silent stooge Cynthia, and was in 'Nearest And Dearest' with Jimmy Jewel (qv). Also did film and stage drama. Catch phrases: 'She knows, y'know!' and 'Be So-ooon'.
(Sir) Stanley Baker
1927 - 1986
Welsh-born actor, mainly in films, made a notable TV appearance on BBC in 1956 as Mr Rochester in 'Jane Eyre' with Daphne Slater (qv) in the title role.
1911 - 1989
Star of long-running television hit show 'I Love Lucy' shown on ITV from 1951 to 1957 in which she appeared with husband Desi Arnaz (qv).
Australian-born film and TV actor in 'Compact' soap in 1960s, also introduced children's programmes on ATV in the 1950s.
(Sir) Roger Bannister
While studying medicine in 1954 became the world's first runner to run the mile in four minutes. Did some athletics commentaries on BBC.
1912 - 1990
Popular radio ('Merry-Go-Round') and television ('The Eric Barker Half-Hour') comedy performer who often appeared with his wife Pearl Hackney (qv). Their shows also included 'Waterlogged Spa', 'Just Fancy', and 'Rooftop Rendezvous'.
1918 - 1980
Scottish-born Lady Isobel Barnet was a former doctor of medicine who joined the panel of 'What's My Line' in 1953 and was a popular panellist for several years.
1908 - 1985
This Indian-born actor, appeared regularly on radio and TV and made several films.
1885 - 1979
Actress who made numerous TV appearances in everything from 'Quatermasss' to 'Dixon of Dock Green'.
1920 - 1987
Radio, television, stage and film actor who appeared in TV's popular comedy series 'The Army Game' and its spin-off 'Bootsie and Snudge'.
1922 - 2006
Ex-RAF fighter pilot who became a well-known face on television as a commentator who covered a wide variety of events, including state occasions, as well as motor sport. Also presented BBC TV's popular 'Tomorrow's World.
Stage and TV actress. On TV in 'The Crimson Rambler' and 'Ups And Downs' and many other productions.
1909 - 1992
Canadian-born film and TV actor who also introduced BBC TV's 'Saturday Night Out' which was a 1950's live outside broadcast featuring a different event every week.
1931 - 1990
Malayan-born actress who after an appearance on radio's 'Dick Barton' appeared in many films and on televison.
1911 - 1983
Welsh-born actor seen on stage, television and in films.
1922 - 1996
Original Goon Show performer and writer who developed his own brand of humour in 'It's A Square World' on TV, and later with the 'Telegoons' and 'The Bumblies'.
1907 - 1995
Australian-born comedian who came from straight-acting to comedy shows like radio's 'Take It From Here'. Also appeared in a few films.
1903 - 1995
Scots-born comedy actor who appeared in 'Ignorance Is Bliss' on radio and in 'It Pays To be Ignorant' on TV in the 1950s. Appeared in many films too.
One of the first magicians to appear on TV and one of the most sophisticated and accomplished perfomers of magic.
1906 - 1983
Former singer who became famous as Doris Archer in radio's long-running serial 'The Archers' from 1951 to 1980.
The Beverley Sisters
Teddie 1921 - ;Joy 1924-2015 - ;Babs 1921 -
Britain's singing sisters, centre is the eldest, Joy, with Teddie and Babs identical twins. On radio, televison, cabaret and on records they were the most popular UK singing group of the 1950's.
1913 - 2002
Pianist and band-leader, appearing with the BBC Dance Orchestra who made many records. Also composed and arranged music, including the music scores for many films.
Film and TV actress who was starred as John Steed's first female partner Cathy Gale in 'The Avengers' series on TV opposite Patrick Macnee'.
1916 - 1994
Daughter of comedian Fred Bluett went with her parents to Australia as a baby where she became a radio star with Dick Bentley (qv) and a successful disc-jockey. Returned to Britain in 1948 and played Ted Ray's wife in the long-running series of 'Ray's A Laugh' on BBC radio.
1920 - 2006
Scots-born actor who appeared on stage, in films and on television where he presented Picture Parade with Peter Haigh (qv).
1893 - 1977
Singer with several best-selling records, who broadcast frequently in variety shows. Appears behind Paul McCartney on the famous Beatles album cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
With wife Anne Ziegler (qv), sang duets and intro-duced their act with the song 'Only a Rose'.
Sir Robert Boothby
1900 - 1986
Scots born, gravel-voiced politician and veteran of many radio and TV broadcasts, including 'Brains Trust'. Later Lord Boothby.
1909 - 2000
Danish-born comedian and classically trained pianist, whose popularity followed him to America on radio shows, became world famous for his comedy-with-music routine.
1924 - 1998
Popular South African-born singer who had some hit records, Sugar Bush and Pickin' A Chicken, in the 1950s and who broadcast regularly.
Catherine 'Katie' Boyle
Italian-born, she appeared on quiz shows and on 'What's My Line' and 'Juke Box Jury' as well as presenting the Eurovision Song Contest in the 1960s and 1970s.
Stage actress who also appeared in 'Mrs Dale's Diary'.
1916 - 1993
Canadian-born, married to Barbara Kelly (qv). Originally a straight actor who succeeded as a comedian in 'Breakfast With Braden' and other radio and TV shows.
1908 - 1973
Annitsford, Northumberland-born operatic bass who sang at Sadler's Wells, Glyndebourne and Covent Garden, also appearing on radio and television. Sang in a popular (and much requested) TV commercial for Newcastle Brown Ale on Tyne Tees Television.
1909 - 1980
Classically trained vocalist with Billy Cotton (qv) for 40 years, appearing on 'The Billy Cotton Bandshow' on radio and TV.
Popular actor who appeared on stage, radio and television playing many leading roles, especially in comedy, and still acting. (2009)
Dr Jacob Bronowski
1908 - 1974
Polish-born, Cam-bridge graduate (mathematics), later receiving a doctorate. App-eared on 'The Brains Trust' and gave talks on scientific sub-jects, making the important BBC television series 'The Ascent Of Man', broadcast in 1973.
1904 - 1978??
Actor who later joined the BBC as a studio manager, eventually becoming an announcer on the Light Programme.
1916 - 1999
Ventiloquist who achieved fame in the 1950s with his popular radio show 'Educating Archie'.Catch-phrase,(referring to comedian Robert Morton who also appeared on the show) 'Oh! Get in there, Morton'. The show later transferred to TV. Also presented radio's 'Children's Favourites' record show in the 1950's. Peter Brough quit show business in 1961.
1933 - 1992
Appeared many times singing in 'Variety Parade' and 'The Jack Jackson Show'. Remembered for her role as Nancy in the stage musical 'Oliver'. Was also seen in the 1970s television production of 'The Roads To Freedom'.
1924 - 2011
Scots-born comedienne and a leading lady impersonator who worked in radio and TV with her own three shows in 1953. Also had some acting roles. Married to Peter Butterworth (qv)
1913 - 1991
Australian-born actress, on stage, radio, televison and films.
1896 - 1961
Newcastle-born actor from where he broadcast on station 5NO in radio's early days. Many stage and television roles, also in films. Played Ted Ray's (qv) boss in 'Ray's A Laugh' on radio.
1918 - 1996
Well-known actress who made many film and television appearances.
1923 - 2014
Stage actress who had many successes, also appearing as character actress in several films and broadcasting regularly. On television in 'Our Dora' in 1956 and 'Happily Ever After' in 1961.
1923 - 2006
Actor who played the role of Jack Grove in the popular 1950s television soap 'The Grove Family'. Later became a successful TV producer and director.
1913 - 1985
Sri Lankan-born actor and playwright with many radio, television and film appearances.
1896 - 1996
Legendary American comedian/actor/singer who came from vaudeville to radio, television and films. Married Gracie Allen (qv) with whom he starred in 'The George Burns And Gracie Allen Show'.
1919 - 1979
Comedian who appeared in children's TV in the 1950s, later a stalwart of the 'Carry On' films. Married to Janet Brown (qv).
1922 - 2012
Popular entertainer who appeared on radio's 'Educating Archie' in 1950 which made his name and he became famous on stage and television, also making popular records and appearing in some films.
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