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Alan Rickman – British film and theater actor

Alan Rickman - British film and theater actor

Alan Rickman – British film and theater actor

Alan Rickman was a British film and theater actor, film director. He was a winner of the Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA awards.
Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was born on February 21, 1946 in Hammersmith, London to Margaret Doreen Rose (nee Bartlett), a housewife, and Bernard Rickman, a factory worker. Alan had elder brother David (born in 1944), a graphic designer, and younger brother Michael (born in 1947), a tennis coach, and younger sister Sheila (born in 1949). When Alan was eight years old, his father died of lung cancer, and the mother was left alone with four children. She soon married again, but divorced after three years of marriage.
For success in studies Rickman received a scholarship at the prestigious London School Latymer. In the same school, he first appeared on stage. Later he studied at Chelsea College of Arts and Royal College of Art. Rickman worked as a designer for Notting Hill Herald newspaper.
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Mark Rylance – Big Friendly Giant

Mark Rylance - Big Friendly Giant

Mark Rylance – Big Friendly Giant

Mark Rylance is a British theater, television and film actor, theater director and playwright. He is the first artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe in London (1995-2005). In 2015 he played Thomas Cromwell in the TV series Wolf Hall, adaptation of historical novels by Hilary Mantel. He is known for his friendship and cooperation with film director Steven Spielberg. Mark played the role of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in his movie Bridge of Spies, as well as a giant in the movie The Big Friendly Giant. Rylance is the winner of numerous film and theater awards, including Oscar for his role as Rudolf Abel and three BAFTAs. During his theatrical career Mark received three Tony awards and two Laurence Olivier Awards. In 2016 Rylance was recognized one of the hundred most influential people in the world by Time magazine.
David Mark Rylance Waters was born on January 18, 1960 in Ashford, Kent. He is the son of English teachers Anne and David Waters. In 1962 they moved to Connecticut and in 1969 to Wisconsin, where David Waters taught at the University School of Milwaukee. Mark entered the school where he joined the school theater. He appeared in numerous school productions. His first major role was in 1976 in the play Hamlet. He also played the role of Romeo in the school play Romeo and Juliet.
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Kenneth Branagh – British actor

Kenneth Branagh – British actor

Kenneth Branagh – British actor

Kenneth Branagh is a British film and theater actor, film director, screenwriter and producer. He is known for numerous adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays – Henry V (1989, BAFTA Award for Best Director, Oscar nomination), Much Ado About Nothing (1993, Palme d’Or nomination at the Cannes Film Festival), Hamlet (1996) and others. Kenneth is a winner of BAFTA and Emmy awards, four-time Golden Globe and five-time Oscar nominee.
Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960 in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. In 1970, the Branaghs moved to the city of Reading in southern England, where nine-year old Kenneth had to get rid of the Irish accent.
He studied at Grove Primary School, Whiteknights Primary School, Meadway School where he took part in school plays. At the age of eighteen, he entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He graduated in 1981 and received the Bancroft Gold Medal – the award for brilliant achievements in studying.
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Tom Hanks – brilliant American actor

Tom Hanks – brilliant American actor

Tom Hanks – brilliant American actor

Tom Hanks is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer. He began his career in family comedies, but by the age of forty he has achieved universal recognition as a serious dramatic actor and won two Oscar awards for his main roles in the films Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994). Hanks is also known for collaborations with director Steven Spielberg.
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born on July 9, 1956 in Concord, California. His father was a chef at the local restaurant, and his mother worked as a waitress. Tommy was the third of four children in the family. Five years after his birth his parents divorced and the children were brought up by their father.
Tom took judo lessons and participated in Little League. In high school, Hanks, with encouragement from a friend, joined the school’s drama program. He appeared in a number of plays under the direction of the school’s drama teacher, Rawley Farnsworth.
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Emilia Clarke – British actress

Emilia Clarke – British actress

Emilia Clarke – British actress

Emilia Clarke is a British film and theater actress. She is best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the television series Game of Thrones and Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys.
Emilia Clarke was born on October 23, 1986. She was born in London and spent her childhood in Berkshire. Her father worked as a sound engineer in the theater, and her mother was engaged in business. At the age of 3 the girl decided to become an actress. In 2009 she graduated from Drama Centre London.
During her studies she played in several productions of the Center: dramas Awake and Sing, The Hot L Baltimore, Wild Honey – adaptation of Chekhov’s early play, known in Russia as the Fatherless (other names – Play Without a Title and Platonov), tragedies Hamlet, Emilia Galotti, The Changeling, comedies Pygmalion, Midsummer night’s Dream, The Government inspector A Flea in Her Ear.
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Michael Shannon – American actor and musician

Michael Shannon – American actor and musician

Michael Shannon – American actor and musician

Michael Shannon is an American film and theater actor, musician. Shannon began his acting career in 1991. He made his debut in the theater in the city of Chicago. The first film in his career was Groundhog Day where he played a cameo role of the groom at a wedding.
His most famous film is considered Revolutionary Road by Sam Mendes. The actor is also known for his role as General Zod in Man of Steel, as well as for the TV series Boardwalk Empire. He also starred in the film Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Shannon is known for collaborations with filmmaker Jeff Nichols. He starred in all his films, and the most notable are Shelter, Mud and Midnight Special.
Michael is a winner of the US Screen Actors Guild Award, and Saturn, a nominee for Oscar, Golden and Tony.
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Charles Dance – British actor

Charles Dance - British actor

Charles Dance – British actor

Charles Dance is a British actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. In 2006 he became officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Walter Charles Dance was born on October 10, 1946 in Redditch, Worcestershire, England. His father, Walter Dance, worked as a civil engineer, and his mother, Eleanor Perks, was a cook. His father died when Charles was four years old, and he and his mother moved to Plymouth. Charles studied design and photography in Plymouth College of Art and then in art school in Leicester, but later he chose a career of actor.
In the mid ’70s, he became a member of the troupe of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Dance first appeared on screen in 1974, but wide fame came to him only 10 years later, after he starred in the 1984 television series Jewel in The Crown.
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