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Alan Bennett is a Actor and Scriptwriter British born on 9 may 1934

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett
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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 9 may 1934 (86 years)
Awards Laurence Olivier Award

Alan Bennett (born 9 May 1934) is an English playwright, screenwriter, actor and author. He was born in Leeds and attended Oxford University where he studied history and performed with the Oxford Revue. He stayed to teach and research medieval history at the university for several years. His collaboration as writer and performer with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe at the 1960 Edinburgh Festival brought him instant fame. He gave up academia, and turned to writing full-time, his first stage play Forty Years On being produced in 1968.

His work includes The Madness of George III and its film adaptation, the series of monologues Talking Heads, the play and subsequent film The History Boys, and popular audio books, including his readings of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Winnie-the-Pooh.

Biography

In September 2005, Bennett revealed that, in 1997, he had undergone treatment for cancer, and described the illness as a "bore". His chances of survival were given as being "much less" than 50%. He began Untold Stories (published 2005) thinking it would be published posthumously, but his cancer went into remission. In the autobiographical sketches which form a large part of the book Bennett writes openly for the first time about his bisexuality (Bennett has had relationships with women as well, although this is only touched upon in Untold Stories). Previously Bennett had referred to questions about his sexuality as like asking a man who has just crawled across the Sahara desert to choose between Perrier or Malvern mineral water.

Bennett lives in Camden Town in London, and shares his home with Rupert Thomas, the editor of World of Interiors magazine. Bennett also had a long-term relationship with his former housekeeper, Anne Davies, until her death in 2009.

In 2010, Bennett described how he was mugged by two women who surreptitiously squirted him with ice cream in Marks & Spencer, Camden Town. As they purported to wipe off the confection with tissues, the robbers stole £1,500 cash he had withdrawn from the bank minutes earlier. Bennett, who initially was grateful the women had helped clean him, said the experience afterwards made him 'less likely to believe in the kindness of strangers'.

Bennett is a lapsed Anglican; raised in the church, he became very religious as a teenager, but has "slowly left it [The Church] over the years," though he still holds a faith, and is often supportive of the restoration of churches through Britain.


Archive
In October 2008 Bennett announced that he was donating his entire archive of working papers, unpublished manuscripts, diaries and books to the Bodleian Library, stating that it was a gesture of thanks repaying a debt he felt he owed to the British welfare state that had given him educational opportunities which his humble family background would otherwise never have afforded.

Best films

The Madness of King George (1994)
(Scriptwriter)

Usually with

Terry Jones
Terry Jones
(4 films)
Jules Bass
Jules Bass
(4 films)
Jim Carter
Jim Carter
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Alan Bennett (17 films)

Display filmography as list

Actor

The Lady in the Van, 1h44
Directed by Nicholas Hytner
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Frances de la Tour, Gwen Taylor, Dominic Cooper, James Corden
Roles Alan Bennett (2014)
Rating66% 3.347043.347043.347043.347043.34704
The Lady in the Van tells the true story of Alan Bennett's strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric house-less woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s before allowing her to temporarily park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home. She stayed there for 15 years.
The Wind in the Willows, 1h39
Directed by Terry Jones, Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Rachel Talalay
Genres Drama
Themes Children's films
Actors Matt Lucas, Mark Gatiss, Lee Ingleby, Bob Hoskins, Michael Murphy, Imelda Staunton
Rating63% 3.198443.198443.198443.198443.19844
Matt Lucas comme un crapaud merveilleux, Mark Gatiss comme un rat hérissés, Lee Ingleby comme une taupe nerveux, et Bob Hoskins comme un vieux grincheux Badger faire un casting de classe à l'intérieur une autre version du livre classique de Kenneth Grahame.
The Wind in the Willows, 1h27
Directed by Terry Jones, Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Rachel Talalay
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Children's films
Actors Steve Coogan, Bob Hoskins, Eric Idle, Mark Gatiss, Terry Jones, Matt Lucas
Rating62% 3.146123.146123.146123.146123.14612
Mole's (Steve Coogan) underground home is knocked in when the field above it is bulldozed by the Weasels; the field was owned by Mr. Toad (Terry Jones), who has sold it to finance his latest fad: caravanning. Mole flees to the river and meets the Water Rat (Eric Idle), who is preparing to embark on a picnic. Seeing Mole's distress, Rat decides to take Mole to see Toad. Toad encourages them to travel with him on the open road, in his newly bought canary-coloured cart. Disaster strikes when a pair of joyriders in a motor car knock over the cart. Rat calms Toad's horse instead of Mole. Toad, however, instantly discards the cart and becomes obsessed with motoring. He is a reckless driver, however, and ends up needing more money from the Weasels. Their volatile Chief (Antony Sher) tries to persuade him to sell Toad Hall.
In Love and War, 1h53
Directed by Richard Attenborough
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Political films
Actors Mackenzie Astin, Chris O'Donnell, Sandra Bullock, Alan Bennett, Carlo Croccolo, George Rossi
Roles Porter
Rating59% 2.999832.999832.999832.999832.99983
Été 1918 en Italie. La guerre va bientôt se terminer mais de féroces batailles opposent toujours les armées italienne et autrichienne. Ernest Hemingway, jeune journaliste Américain engagé dans la Croix-Rouge Italienne, est gravement blessé lors d'une mission dans une tranchée. Il se réveille à l'hôpital, sous les yeux d'Agnès, une belle infirmière américaine, qui parvient à convaincre le chirurgien de ne pas amputer ce gamin. Entre eux, et malgré leur différence d'âge, va naître une véritable passion amoureuse dans un monde pris de folie...
The Wind in the Willows, 1h13
Directed by Terry Jones, Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Rachel Talalay
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Children's films
Actors Alan Bennett, Bob Hoskins, Michael Gambon, Mark Gatiss, Rik Mayall, Matt Lucas
Roles Mole
Rating76% 3.835093.835093.835093.835093.83509
Tired from spring cleaning, Mole ventures out of his hole for the first time and stumbles across a river and a new-found friend Ratty. The two friends enjoy themselves then call on Mr. Toad, who takes them for a trip on the open road by gypsy caravan until a passing motor car causes the caravan to crash and Toad to develop a mania for driving motor cars. Back at the riverbank Ratty gets a temporary phase of a desire to emigrate but Mole snaps him out of it.
The Madness of King George, 1h47
Directed by Nicholas Hytner
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Historical
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Films about psychiatry, Political films, Films based on plays, Films about royalty
Actors Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Amanda Donohoe, Rupert Graves, Anthony Calf
Roles 2nd MP
Rating71% 3.597653.597653.597653.597653.59765
The film depicts the relatively primitive medical practices of the time and the suppositions that physicians made in their efforts to understand the human body. After King George III begins to go mad, his doctors attempt cures such as blistering and purges, led on particularly by the Prince of Wales' personal physician, Dr. Warren. Meanwhile, another of the King's physicians, Dr. Pepys, analyses the King's stool and urine believing that body wastes may contain some clue to the Royal malady; of course, none of these attempts to cure the King actually works. Finally, Lady Pembroke, attendant to the Queen, recommends Dr. Willis, an ex-minister who attempts to cure the insane through behaviour modification, and who begins his restoration of the King's mental state by enforcing a strict regime of strapping the King into a waistcoat and restraining him whenever he misbehaves.
The Wind in the Willows, 1h36
Directed by Terry Jones, Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Rachel Talalay
Origin USA
Genres Animation
Themes Musical films, Children's films
Actors Charles Nelson Reilly, Bob Hoskins, Roddy McDowall, Mark Gatiss, José Ferrer, Matt Lucas
Rating73% 3.682643.682643.682643.682643.68264
The "well-known and popular" Mr. Toad of Toad Hall (voice of Charles Nelson Reilly), a conceited and impulsive animal, embarks on a madcap river voyage in a paddleboat, nearly shipwrecking his friend Ratty (voice of Roddy McDowall) who is out for a leisurely row. At the same time, Toad whelms the entrance to the subterranean home of Moley (voice of Eddie Bracken). So disturbed, Moley comes above ground for the first time in his life, and is positively amazed by the surface world. At once he meets Ratty, who invites him to come along on his river cruise ("Wind in the Willows"). All too soon, Toad returns and recklessly overturns Ratty's boat, nearly drowning Moley, but Ratty saves him and pushes him along to shore.
Little Dorrit, 6h
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Derek Jacobi, Joan Greenwood, Max Wall, Patricia Hayes, Alec Guinness, Miriam Margolyes
Roles l'évêque
Rating74% 3.7383353.7383353.7383353.7383353.738335
Le film est présenté en deux parties. Dans la première, sous-titrée "La faute à personne" (une allusion à un des titres auxquels avait pensé Dickens pour le roman), l'histoire est présentée en fonction du personnage d'Arthur Clennam. La seconde, sous-titrée "L'histoire de la petite Dorrit", reprend une grande partie des mêmes événements, mais cette fois selon le point de vue de l'héroïne.
Dreamchild
Dreamchild (1985)
, 1h34
Directed by Gavin Millar
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Fantasy
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Monde imaginaire, Films about cats, Mise en scène d'un lapin ou d'un lièvre, Films based on Alice in Wonderland, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Coral Browne, Ian Holm, Peter Gallagher, Nicola Cowper, Jane Asher, Amelia Shankley
Roles Mock Turtle (voice)
Rating67% 3.3966553.3966553.3966553.3966553.396655
The film begins on the ship bearing Alice (Coral Browne) and Lucy from England to New York. As she and Lucy (Nicola Cowper) disembark, they are set upon by several journalists, all trying to get a story or quote from her. Clearly bewildered by all the excitement, she is befriended by an ex-reporter, Jack Dolan (Peter Gallagher), who helps her and Lucy through the legions of the press. Dolan quickly becomes her agent and finds endorsement opportunities for her. Throughout it all, a romance develops between Jack and Lucy.
Afternoon Off
Directed by Stephen Frears
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Benjamin Whitrow, Philip Jackson, Pete Postlethwaite, Stan Richards, Peter Butterworth, Alan Bennett
Roles Mr Petty
Rating69% 3.4961753.4961753.4961753.4961753.496175
Lee, a Chinese waiter in a large hotel in Hartlepool, England, has various adventures in trying to locate the elusive Iris, whom he has been led to believe will have sex with him. His inability to speak fluent English and the varying degrees of assistance or confusion several individuals offer lead him on a wild goose chase. He finally encounters Iris in bed with one of his waiting staff colleagues at the very hotel at which he started off.
Every Home Should Have One, 1h34
Directed by Jim Clark
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Marty Feldman, Judy Cornwell, Patrick Cargill, Julie Ege, Jack Watson, Shelley Berman
Roles Defence Solicitor
Rating51% 2.575442.575442.575442.575442.57544
An advertising man is tasked by his boss with trying to come up with a sexy new image for porridge. He is also struggling with his chaotic home life, where his wife has become involved in a campaign to "clean up" television.

Scriptwriter

The Lady in the Van, 1h44
Directed by Nicholas Hytner
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Frances de la Tour, Gwen Taylor, Dominic Cooper, James Corden
Roles Writer
Rating66% 3.347043.347043.347043.347043.34704
The Lady in the Van tells the true story of Alan Bennett's strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric house-less woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s before allowing her to temporarily park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home. She stayed there for 15 years.
The History Boys, 1h44
Directed by Nicholas Hytner
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about education, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Films based on plays, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison, Frances de la Tour, Stephen Campbel Moore, Samuel Anderson, Samuel Barnett
Roles Author
Rating67% 3.3997253.3997253.3997253.3997253.399725
In a boys' grammar school in Sheffield in 1983, students Crowther, Posner, Dakin, Timms, Akthar, Lockwood, Scripps, and Rudge have recently obtained the school's highest ever A-level scores and are hoping to enter Oxford or Cambridge, taking a seventh-term entrance exam in History. The General Studies teacher, known by staff and boys alike by his nickname "Hector" (Richard Griffiths), is their favourite, and works alongside their deputy head and regular History teacher, Mrs Lintott (Frances de la Tour). The Headmaster, known by all as Felix, appoints a temporary contract teacher, Tom Irwin (Stephen Campbell Moore), who had been at Oxford, to help the boys along in their quest. Irwin is only a few years older than his students but proves to be a bold and demanding teacher, and particularly difficult to impress.