Arts
Ian Ball
House:Fairwater
Class Of:1930
Deceased:
Photographer

Photographer for The Independent newspaper. Most famous picture....the use of mirrors to take a photograph face-on of a bullet emerging from the barrel of a pistol.
Gwynne Edwards
House:Fairwater
Class Of:1929
Deceased:
One of the leading viola players of his era, renowned for his rich and vibrant tone. He was Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the Royal Academy of Music, where he taught for 36 years, and in a long playing career had been principal violist with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia of London as well as co-principal of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic.
Alexandra 'Binky' Felstead
House:Weirfield
Class Of:2008
Star of 'Made in Chelsea'
Gerry Glaister DFC
House:Fairwater
Class Of:1933
Deceased:
TV Producer - one of the most successful television drama producers who devised and developed 'Colditz', 'Secret Army' and 'Howards’ Way'. 'Colditz' drew audiences of 18.5 million whilst 'Howards’ Way' had replaced 'Dynasty' at the top of the ratings by its third episode.
Hermione Gulliford
House:Weirfield School
Class Of:1982
Royal Shakespearean Actress - Television credits include the role of Kim in 'Oktober', Sophie in 'Jane Eyre', and Hermione Trumpington-Bonnet in 'Monarch of the Glen'.
Peter Haddon
House:Wills West
Class Of:1915
Deceased:
1930s Moustachioed English character actor. A member of Footlights, acting on stage from 1920. In films, he usually appeared as top-hatted 'silly ass' types. Brother-in-law of actress, Cicely Courtneidge.
Chris Harris
House:Fairwater
Class Of:1960
Deceased:
Actor whose rapport with audiences and expert knowledge of pantomime is what made his reputation as one of the UK's favourite Dames
Peter Hayman
House:Somerset
Class Of:1949
British Ornithologist & Illustrator - His richly illustrated book with 3,500 water colour paintings, 'The Complete Guide to the Birdlife of Britain & Europe', was translated into several languages and is a definitive bird guide in Europe.
Christopher Headington
House:School House
Class Of:1944
Deceased:
English composer and pianist. Senior Assistant for Music Presentation for the BBC. In 1965 he became the Staff Tutor in Music for the Oxford University Department for External Studies. He was piano soloist on the soundtrack of the 1978 film 'The Thirty Nine Steps'. He was Professional Music Advisor to the Estate of the late JRR Tolkien with whom he had been a friend.
Diana Hoddinott
House:Weirfield School
Class Of:1959
Actress best known for playing Annie Hacker, the wife of Jim Hacker, in 'Yes Minister' and 'Yes, Prime Minister'
Barbara Jefford OBE
House:Weirfield School
Class Of:1945
Deceased:
Actress - In 2013, she played Sister Hildegard in Stephen Frears' Philomena with Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. She is the voice (uncredited) of the Russian heroine of the James Bond film 'From Russia with Love'. Provided additional voice work in later Bond films, dubbing Mollie Peters in 'Thunderball' and Caroline Munro in 'The Spy Who Loved Me'. Appeared in several television dramas including 'Midsomer Murders' has also appeared in episodes of 'The Ruth Rendell Mysteries', and the 'Inspector Alleyn Mysteries'.
Ian McNeice
House:Wills West
Class Of:1969
Actor who features in popular films such as 'The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain', 'Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls', and Frank Herbert's 'Dune'. He plays Bert Large inTV's 'Doc Martin', and The Newsreader in historical drama 'Rome'. He has also applied his distinctive voice and accent to voice-acting roles: the Vogon character Kwaltz (director of the Vogon Constructor Fleet) in the 2005 film adaptation of Douglas Adams' multi-format creation 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'
Sir Jonathan Miller CBE
House:Thone
Class Of:1942
Deceased:
Theatre and Opera Director, Actor, author, television presenter, humourist, sculptor and medical doctor.
Patrick Newell
House:Wills East
Class Of:1951
Deceased:
Actor known for his large size, it is reputed he gained weight as a deliberate attempt to boost his career. His most notable role was as 'Mother' - the spymaster in The Avengers. Other cult television appearances included roles in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and episodes of Doctor Who. He also turned up as a Playboy Bunny in one of the Benny Hill comedy specials. Film appearances include the Gluttony segment of The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (1971).
Peter Redgrove
House:Fairwater
Class Of:1950
Deceased:
Writer and Poet whose work included around 50 collections of verse, 27 plays, 7 novels and a set of short stories.
Denis Shaw
House:Fairwater
Class Of:1937
Deceased:
Character actor specialising in slimy villains. Most remembered as the German guard Priem in The Colditz Story (1955). Also starred in Jack the Ripper (1959), The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959) and The Day of the Triffids (1962). His many television credits include, The Avengers, Dixon of Dok Green and Z-Cars.
Reginald Somerville
House:Senior Day Boys
Class Of:1884
Deceased:
Composer who wrote many drawing-room ballads such as 'God Sends the Night', 'Yestereve', 'Zaida: A Song of the Desert' and 'The Lark and the Nightingale', as well as a handful of operas.
William Trood
House:
Class Of:1876
Deceased:
English Artist who specialised in painting dogs in particular. His work is characterised by a highly finished, sympathetic quality with great attention to detail. Exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1879-98.
David Webster
House:Somerset
Class Of:1949
Deceased:
BBC Producer - his commitment to the content of programmes and to the producers, cameramen, film editors and reporters who produced them won him their loyalty and respect. He was a big spender - staying in the best hotels, eating at the finest restaurants and flying, if possible, by Concorde.
John Whiting
House:Wills West
Class Of:1936
Deceased:
Actor, Dramatist and Critic. Acted in Sir John Gielgud's company. In 1951, he won first prize in the Festival of Britain play competition. He was drama critic for the London magazine and a very active member of the Arts Council in encouraging new writing for the theatre. He died from cancer at the age of 45. In 1965, the John Whiting Award was established to commemorate the writer's contribution to post-war British theatre.
Peter Lawrence Wood
House:School House
Class Of:1944
Deceased:
In a long and illustrious career, the stage director Peter Wood etched his name in the history books, not only by directing Harold Pinter’s first major play, The Birthday Party, in 1958 – it was reviled by the critics and closed after eight performances at the Lyric, Hammersmith – but also by collaborating with Tom Stoppard on 10 world premieres.
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