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101 shining stars of the Belgrade; The new belgrade SOME of the most famous names in showbusiness have trodden the boards at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre. From Sir Ian McKellen to Clive Owen and Monty Python to Alan Bates, many performers began their early careers at the city centre theatre and have entertained Coventry audiences. Theatre writer MARION McMULLEN celebrates the top names to appear on the city stage.


1. Lord of the Rings and X-Men actor Sir Ian McKellen

2. Clive Owen

3. James Bond actor Timothy Dalton

4. EastEnder Barbara Windsor

5. The Royle Family star Liz Smith

6. Monarch of the Glen and The Good Life actor Richard Briers

7. Only Fools and Horses and Vicar of Dibley actor Roger Lloyd-Pack

8. Blackadder actress Patsy Byrne

9. Holby City actor Simon MacCorkindale

10. The Chase actor Keith Barron

11. Peggy Ashcroft

12. Are You Being Served actor John Inman

13. Eartha Kitt

14. Peggy Mount

15. Monty Python

16. Midlands comic Frank Skinner

17. Hi-De-Hi actor Jeffrey Holland

18. Doctor Who actor Jon Pertwee

19. Coronation Street star Ian Reddington

20. Former EastEnders villain Leslie Grantham

21. Comedy star Frankie Howerd

22. Some Mothers Do Have 'Em actor Michael Crawford

23. 'Allo 'Allo star Carmen Silvera

24. Keeping Up Appearances star Patricia Routledge

25. Secrets and Lies and Little Voice actress Brenda Blethyn

26. Rising Damp actor Leonard Rossiter

27. Foyle's War star Michael Kitchen

28. Joan Plowright

29. Poirot star David Suchet

30. Lionel Blair

31. James Bond's Miss Moneypenny Samantha Bond

32. Alan Howard

33. Gosford Park and Women in Love actor Alan Bates

34. Leigh Lawson

35. My Family star Robert Lindsay

36. Jaws and Close Encounters With the Third Kind actor Richard Dreyfuss

37. Gary Wilmot

38. Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables actor Dave Willetts

39. Pink Panther actor Bert Kwouk

40. Are You Being Served actor Trevor Bannister

41. Rita Tushingham

42. Former Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy

43. Roy Hudd

44. Absolutely Fabulous actress June Whitfield

45. David Warner

46. Ex-EastEnder and former Doctor Who assistant Susan Jameson

47. New Tricks actor James Bolam

48. 'Allo 'Allo actor Guy Siner

49. Birds of a Feather actress Lesley Joseph

50. Shirley Ann Field

51. Prime Suspect and The Commander creator Lynda La Plante

52. Gwen Taylor

53. Lynda Bellingham

54. Goodies star Tim Brooke-Taylor

55. Susannah York

56. Steptoe and Son actor Harry H Corbett

57. Irene Handl

58. Former Doctor Who actor Tom Baker

59. Alf Garnett actor Warren Mitchell

60. Monty Python actress Carol Cleveland

61. Anita Harris

62. Minder and New Tricks actor Dennis Waterman

63. Anthony Valentine

64. I Claudius actress Sian Phillips

65. Hayley Mills

66. Jenny Seagrove

67. Dad's Army actor Clive Dunn

68. Steven Berkoff

69. Peak Practice actor Simon Shepherd

70. Morse and Lewis actor Kevin Whateley

71. Are You Being Served actress Mollie Sugden

72. Former Coronation Street actress Amanda Barrie

73. EastEnder Wendy Richard

74. Thin Blue Line and Four Weddings and a Funeral actor David Haig

75. Nigel Havers

76. Star Trek: The Next Generation actress Marina Sirtis

77. East is East, Calendar Girls and Kinky Boots actress Linda Bassett

78. Former Brookside actress Sandra Maitland

79. Comedy star Eric Sykes

80. Film star James Wilby

81. Victor Spinetti

82. Birds of a Feather actor Peter Polycarpou

83. Bread actor Peter Howitt

84. Alvin Stardust

85. Coronation Street's John Savident

86. Star Wars actor Jeremy Bulloch

87. Heartbeat's Geoffrey Hughes

88. Only Fools and Horses and Green, Green Grass actress Sue Holdness

89. Former EastEnder and now local Euro MP Michael Cashman

90. Amanda Holden

91. Brian Glover

92. Linda Lusardi

93. Dinnerladies actor Duncan Preston

94. Aled Jones

95. Tony Britton

96. To the Manor Born and The Good Life actress Penelope Keith

97. Britt Eckland

98. Joe Pasquale

99. Sophie Ward

100. Edward Petherbridge

101. Jeffrey Archer


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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 25, 2007
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