THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

by datamatyc | created - 19 Jan 2013 | updated - 25 Mar 2013 | Public

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1. Laurence Olivier

Actor | Sleuth

Laurence Olivier could speak William Shakespeare's lines as naturally as if he were "actually thinking them", said English playwright Charles Bennett, who met Olivier in 1927.

Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England, to Agnes Louise (Crookenden) and Gerard Kerr Olivier, a High ...

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2. Al Pacino

Actor | Serpico

One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of cinema's most vibrant decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies.

Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940 in Manhattan, New York City, to an ...

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3. Anthony Nicholls

Actor | The Omen

Anthony Nicholls was born on October 16, 1902 in Windsor, Berkshire, England as Sydney Horace Nicholls. He was an actor, known for The Omen (1976), Battle of Britain (1969) and The River Flows East (1962). He was married to Faith Kent. He died on February 22, 1977 in London, England.

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4. Jeremy Irons

Actor | Dead Ringers

British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. He visited mainland England only once a year. He wound up ...

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5. Jeremy Brett

Actor | My Fair Lady

The refined and debonair English actor Jeremy Brett will forever be best remembered for his long-running and critically acclaimed portrayal of Sherlock Holmes for Britain's Granada Television. From a privileged background, Brett was educated at England's most prestigious independent school, Eton ...

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6. Joseph Fiennes

Actor | Shakespeare in Love

Joseph Alberic Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is one of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Ralph Fiennes, an actor; Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes, a...

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7. Joan Plowright

Actress | Dennis the Menace

Dame Joan Ann Plowright, the Baroness Olivier, is one of the most distinguished actors of her generation. She may be best remembered as the third wife and widow of Laurence Olivier, generally considered the greatest anglophone actor of the 20th Century, but she had a distinguished career of her own...

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8. Lynn Collins

Actress | X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Viola Lynn Collins was born in Houston, Texas, to Patricia Lynn (Campbell) and Phillip Dean Collins. She attended the Juilliard School for Drama and had a great deal of Shakespearean training before being cast as "Portia" in "The Merchant of Venice". She also played "Ophelia" in a production of "...

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9. Michael Jayston

Actor | Nicholas and Alexandra

Michael Jayston was born on October 29, 1935 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England as Michael James. He is an actor, known for Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Doctor Who (1963) and The Wednesday Play (1964). He has been married to Elizabeth Ann Smithson since 1978. They have two children. He was ...

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10. Kris Marshall

Actor | Love Actually

Kris Marshall was born on April 1, 1973 in Bath, Somerset, England. He is an actor, known for Love Actually (2003), The Merchant of Venice (2004) and Death at a Funeral (2007). He has been married to Hannah Dodkins since February 4, 2012. They have two children.

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11. Louise Purnell

Actress | Clayhanger

Louise Purnell was born on May 29, 1942 in Purley, Surrey, England. She is an actress, known for Clayhanger (1976), Three Sisters (1970) and The Merchant of Venice (1973). She has been married to Andrew Roberston since 1974.

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12. Zuleikha Robinson

Actress | Hidalgo

Zuleikha Robinson was born on June 29, 1977 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Hidalgo (2004), The Merchant of Venice (2004) and Homeland (2011). She was previously married to Sean Doyle.

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13. Malcolm Reid

Actor | Nicholas Nickleby

Malcolm Reid is an actor, known for Nicholas Nickleby (1977), The Merchant of Venice (1973) and Caught in the Act (1997).

as lorenzo

14. Charlie Cox

Actor | The Theory of Everything

Charlie Thomas Cox was born in London, England, to Patricia C. A. (Harley) and Andrew Frederick Seaforth Cox, a publisher. He has English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, and descends from several prominent forebears (Baronets of Agnew and Carnegie, an Earl of Findlater, and a Colonial Governor of ...

as lorenzo

15. Anna Carteret

Actress | Poirot

Anna Carteret was born on December 11, 1942 in Bangalore, India as Annabelle Susan Wilkinson. She is an actress, known for Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989), The Plank (1967) and Juliet Bravo (1980). She was previously married to Christopher Morahan.

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16. Heather Goldenhersh

Actress | The Pleasure of Your Company

Heather Goldenhersh was born on March 26, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is an actress, known for Wedding Daze (2006), The Merchant of Venice (2004) and Nicholas Nickleby (2002).

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17. Denis Lawson

Actor | Star Wars

Denis Lawson was born on September 27, 1947 in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland as Denis Stamper Lawson. He is an actor and director, known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and The Machine (2013).

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18. Mackenzie Crook

Actor | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Mackenzie Crook, one of British comedy's best-known faces, who collected Star Wars figurines as a child, is now immortalized in plastic as a six-inch-high pirate action figure. He was born Paul Mackenzie Crook on September 29, 1971, in Maidstone, Kent, England, UK. His father worked for British ...

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20. John Sessions

Actor | The Good Shepherd

Actor and comedian known for his various roles on film, TV and stage. He was born in Largs, Scotland, in 1953. He has an older brother and a twin sister. His debut film was The Sender (1982), a horror feature in which he played a patient. His next film was The Bounty (1984) with Mel Gibson and ...

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21. Michael Tudor Barnes

Actor | EastEnders

Michael Tudor Barnes was born on August 25, 1945 in London, England. He is an actor, known for EastEnders (1985), The Last Place on Earth (1985) and Second Verdict (1976).

as solanio

22. Gregor Fisher

Actor | Love Actually

Gregor Fisher, born Gregor McKenzie, was raised in Neilston by adoptive parents Cis and John Leckie. His first regular television appearance was in 1979 when he appeared alongside Rikki Fulton in the BBC sketch show 'Scotch & Wry'. As he became more recognized, he was in demand for more television ...

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23. Kenneth MacKintosh

Actor | Othello

Kenneth MacKintosh was born on November 19, 1919 in Dorset, England. He was an actor, known for Othello (1965), Three Sisters (1970) and Kidnapped (1963). He was married to Anne Butchart. He died on October 29, 2006 in London, England.

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24. Allan Corduner

Actor | Defiance

Born in Stockholm, Sweden to a German mother and Russo-Finnish father, Allan Corduner moved to England with his parents at the age of one year old, growing up in London. His parents were artistic and encouraged his early ambition to become a concert pianist - he is still extremely accomplished on ...

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25. Benjamin Whitrow

Actor | Chicken Run

Benjamin Whitrow was a softly-spoken, RADA-trained English actor who performed on stage from 1959. He worked for seven years in the 1960s under the direction of Laurence Olivier at the National Theatre. He was also a prolific actor on screen, usually seen in avuncular roles. He is probably best ...

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26. Anton Rodgers

Actor | Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Anton Rodgers was born on January 10, 1933 in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England as Anthony Rodgers. He was an actor, known for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), The Merchant of Venice (2004) and The Prisoner (1967). He was married to Elizabeth Garvie and Morna Watson. He died on December 1, 2007 in ...

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27. Stephen Greif

Actor | Spartan

Stephen Greif was born on Aug 26, 1944 in Highgate, London. He is an Honours graduate from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He is also a recent and past Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and a Laurence Olivier and London Critics Circle award winning nominee for his work at The National ...

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28. David Harewood

Actor | Blood Diamond

David Harewood was born on December 8, 1965 in Birmingham, England. He is an actor and director, known for Blood Diamond (2006), The Merchant of Venice (2004) and Supergirl (2015). He has been married to Kirsty Handy since February 26, 2013. They have two children.

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29. Charles Kay

Actor | Amadeus

Charles Kay was born on August 31, 1930 in Coventry, West Midlands, England as Charles Piff. He is an actor, known for Amadeus (1984), Henry V (1989) and Fall of Eagles (1974).

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30. Antonio Gil

Actor | Quantum of Solace

Antonio Gil was born as Antonio Gil Martínez. He is an actor, known for Quantum of Solace (2008), The Merchant of Venice (2004) and Chocolat (2000).

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31. Peter Anthony Rocca

Actor | Mousehunt

Peter Anthony Rocca is an actor, known for Mousehunt (1997), NYPD Blue (1993) and The Merchant of Venice (1973).

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32. Al Weaver

Actor | Doom

Al Weaver was born in 1981 in Bolton, Lancashire, England as Alex Weaver. He is an actor and writer, known for Doom (2005), The Merchant of Venice (2004) and Marie Antoinette (2006).

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