Radio and Television Personalities K

Miriam Karlin
1925 - 2011

This comedienne's first major appearance was in 'East End - West End' on ITV in 1958. She had made a few films previously and later became well-known as Paddy in 'The Rag Trade' in 1961 with her catch phrase 'Everybody Out'. Two further series followed in 1977/78.

Miriam Karlin

Boris Karloff
1887 - 1969

Actor best known in film roles, but appeared in the ITV series 'Col. March of Scotland Yard' in 1954.

Boris Karloff

Kaye Sisters

Though not actually sisters, Carol Lindsey Young, Shirley Palmer and Sheila Jones were identically dressed and appeared in their harmony act on stage, in cabaret and TV. Made records and one with Frankie Vaughan (qv) was a hit.

Kaye Sisters

Barbara Kelly
1924 - 2007

Canadian-born actress who made some films and who appeared regularly on 'What's My Line', the TV panel game from the 1950s. Married to Bernard Braden (qv) with whom she appeared on radio in 'Bedtime with Braden' and on television in 'An Evening At Home With Bernard Bradem and Barbara Kelly' in 1951 and in 'B-And-B' in 1968.

Barbara Kelly

Ludovic Kennedy

(Sir) Ludovic Kennedy
1919 - 2009

Scottish-born writer and broadcaster, he presented the ITV programme 'Sunday Afernoon' and later was on ITN News and presented 'Panorama' on BBC TV.

Jean Kent

Jean Kent
1921 - 2013

Actress who had leading roles in Britsh films but who appeared mainly on stage and TV after 1950. In radio's 'ITMA' as Tommy Handley's secretary and as Queen Elizabeth I in televisions 'Sir Francis Drake'.

The Ken-Tones

The Ken-Tones

Celia Wright, Ken Flower, Vincent O'Hagan and Leslie Want who were Scots, Welsh, Irish and English respectively, made up this quartet from the 1950s.

Bill Kerr

Bill Kerr
1922 - 2014

South African-born of Australian parents while on tour in that country, he acted in films and radio before coming to the UK. On radio in 'Variety Bandbox' and in 'Hancock's Half Hour'. In many films and also appeared in 'Citizen James' on BBC TV in 1960 with Sidney James (qv).

The Keynotes

Formed in 1948 they were the vocal group on BBC radio's 'Take It From Here'. Johnny Johnston (1919-1998) led the group, with Alan Dean, Irene King, Terry Devon, Pearl Carr, Cliff Adams and Denny Vaughan (all original members who later left). The five regular members were, Jimmy Johnston, Jean Campbell, Harry (Miff) King, Eddie Lester, and Frank Holmes. Often recorded as a backing group for other artists. The men, without Jean, sang as The Johnston Brothers, while Jean Campbell (1926-2003) made several records as a solo singer, worked with Benny Lee (qv), and with Bill Fannings band. Johnny Johnston later composed many TV advertising jingles.

The Keynotes

Dave King
1929 - 2002

As a harmonica player was invited to join the Harmonica Gang. Toured as a comedian and his first TV appearance was in 1954 in 'Music Hall'. Had his own BBC series the following year, later moving to ITV. Made some popular records, but his career faded and he became a successful character actor in films and TV, notably in 'Pennies From Heaven'.

Dave King

The King Brothers
Michael 1935 - Tony 1937 - Denis 1939 -

Brothers (Michael on guitar, Tony on bass, and Denis on banjo and later piano) who started out as solo artists but joined up to eventually appear on TV in BBC's 'Shop Window' after an initial appearance on the children's programme 'All Your Own' with Huw Weldon (qv). Made many TV appearances and had hit records, but their style faded and they disbanded in the 1960s.

The King Bros
Pat Kirkwood

Pat Kirkwood
1921 - 2007

Began her career at the age of 14 and first broadcast in 1938 in 'They're Off'. She had many West End successes and alos appeared in radio and television plays and several films and musicals. Married to Hubert Gregg (qv).

The Kordites

The Kordites

Ella Melling, Kevin McEnttee, Marie Howarth (wife of manager Jack Howarth) and Geoff Whitaker (who replaced Laurie Bates) were the four members of this vocal group. Ron Haseldine was also a member of the group at one time. Made TV appearances and records in the 1950s and appeared in Variety Fanfare. The name was from a combination of 'chords' and 'cordite'.

David Kossoff

David Kossoff
1919 - 2005

Character actor who appeared in num-erous films and stage plays. Became known on televsion through his parts in TV plays. Best known on TV for the role of Alf Larkin in ATV's 'The Larkins'. On radio had a featured role in 'Journey Into Space' in the 1950s.

Charlie Kunz

Charlie Kunz
1896 - 1958

American-born pianist who came to England in 1922 and while playing in clubs made his first broadcast in 1934. A regular on radio, where his own inimitable style won him many followers, and his records sold steadily.



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