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Alan Bennett
BirthplaceArmley, Leeds, England
Actor, author

Bennett, Alan,

1934–, British playwright and actor, b. Leeds, England, grad. Exeter College, Oxford (1957). Bennett became a fixture of the British cultural scene as part of the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe (1960), and since then has continued to act and write prolifically for the stage, television, film, and radio, portraying his usually quintessentially English characters with a unique blend of gentle compassion and ironic wit. His more than a dozen stage plays began with Forty Years On (1968). Bennett is also well known for his many teleplays, among them the celebrated monologue series Talking Heads (1987, 1998), which—poignant, revealing, and often very funny—profile ordinary English lives as performed by superb British actors. Among his stage plays, the most celebrated are The Madness of George III (1991; screenplay, The Madness of King George, 1994) and The History Boys (2004; screenplay, 2006). He has also written essays, diaries, novels, and novellas, e.g., The Uncommon Reader (2007) and Smut (2011).


See his Writing Home (1994), Untold Stories (2005), A Life like Other People's (2009), and Keeping On Keeping On (2017); biography by A. Games (2001); studies by P. Wolfe (1999) and J. H. O'Mealy (2001).

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30am roll call): Arthur Young (Bell Green), Danny Edkins (Attleboro), Dave Smith (Dunlop), Stuart Nash (BBC), Peter Davenport (Greville BC), Steve Bennett, Alan Belcher, Mick Chandler, Les Gallimore (Haunchwood), Gary Marsh, Russell Prosser, Andy Wright, Chris Burchin, Ian Gibbs (King George BC), Stuart Bishop, Danny Boyle (Tanworth-in-Arden).
ALERT: Det Chief Insp Tim Godwin (front, left) with Kevin Eastwood and (back, from left) Marion Beldon, PC Tim Bennett, Alan Coulson, Naela Naz, Mala Lingam, Alan Rowe, Barbara Creswell and PC Steve Cleverley when the scheme was launched.
D17671_1 WE'RE WATCHING: DCI Tim Godwin and Kevin Eastwood, executive director of Boss, with (back from left) Marion Beldon, manager of Texaco at Walsgrave, PC Tim Bennett, Alan Coulson, security manager at Asda, Naela Naz, of West Midlands police, Mala Lingam, manager of Texaco in Radford, Alan Rowe, West Midlands police crime prevention officer, Barbara Cresswell, West Midlands police community partnership officer, and PC Steve Cleverley.