We lost some good Brits this year


Sir Norman Wisdom
London-born comedian and actor Sir Norman Wisdom had a very long life on the silver screen and on stage. Some of his more well-known roles include 1953's Trouble in Store(which earned him a BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer), 1968's The Night They Raided Minsky's and the BBC's Last of the Summer Wine. He died on October 4 at the age of 95. 


Gerard Kelly 
Scottish television star Gerard Kelly is most recognized for portraying the flamboyant theater director Ian "Bunny" Bunton in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's Extras between 2005 and 2007. Other standout acting stints include roles on Brookside andEastEnders, both of which showcased Kelly's edgier side. He suffered a brain aneurysm on October 26 and died two days later. He was 51. 


Simon MacCorkindale
Simon MacCorkindale was the sort of high-end matinée idol that Britain used to produce in much larger quantities. From his his breakout role in 1978 Death on the Nile, to the ridiculous 1980s action-adventure series Manimal, to his recent long-running part as Dr. Harry Harper on the British nighttime drama Casualty, he always exuded class and intellect. And he aged into one hot Daddy. MacCorkindale died of cancer at age 58 on October 14. 

Beryl Bainbridge

Renowned English novelist Dame Beryl Bainbridge was hailed by The Times as one of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945" and that she was. Some of the Liverpool native's best work includes The DressmakerInjury TimeEvery Man for Himself and An Awfully Big Adventure. The latter was eventually turned into a major motion picture in 1995 and featured Alan RickmanHugh Grant and Georgina Cates. She passed away July 2at the age of 75. 


Lynn Redgrave
While sister Vanessa was the lovely, iconic star, Lynn was the bold comedienne and character actress, turning out portrayals of real, often desperately awkward women. She received her first Oscar nomination for her performance as the overweight, romantically challenged lead character in 1964's Georgy Girl, but her stage and screen roles in the next 45 years showed the depth of her talent. Redgrave, 67, lost her longtime battle with cancer on May 2, one month after the passing of her brother Corin and a year after the sudden death of her niece, Natasha Richardson.

Alan Sillitoe
Aligned with Britain's late 1950s "Angry Young Man" movement, Sillitoe wrote two working-class novels that were very much of their moment, 1958's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and 1959's The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.
Both were made into hit films, and a line from Saturday Night — "Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not" — was used nearly 50 years later by the Arctic MonkeysSillitoe died at age 82 on April 25

Malcolm McLaren

As manager of The Sex Pistols, McLaren had a hand in the very creation of punk rock, with all of its musical and political implications. After McLaren's passing at age 64 on April 8, music journalist Jon Savage told BBC News, "Without Malcolm McLaren there would not have been any British punk. He's one of the rare individuals who had a huge impact on the cultural and social life of this nation." 

Alexander McQueen

As fashion designer to the stars, McQueen was equally adept at the dramatic avant-garde costumes that appealed to outré music icons like Björk and Lady Gaga and the hip, quirky looks that attracted style mavens like Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate MossHis tragic suicide at age 40 on February 11 left a profound hole in our culture that won't easily be repaired. A loss almost too sad to speak about.


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