Actors

ActingHere you can find actors and other people from the acting profession who have a connection to Bournemouth or the surrounding area.

Bournemouth has been home to a number of actors and actresses, whether it be in film, television or radio, as well as people who were involved in the production of some of our best loved movies and television shows.


Alison Newman is an actress, born in Bournemouth in 1968, and best known for her role as Hazel Bailey in the UK television series Footballer’s Wives. Her parents, both school teachers, encouraged her to have an interest in acting, but did not enourage her to go to stage school when […]

Alison Newman


Amanda Holden is a well known actress and television presenter in the UK, and has appeared in television shows that include the ITV drama series Wild At Heart, Big Top, The Grimleys, Hearts And Bones as well as being a judge on Britain’s Got Talent. She was born in Bishops […]

Amanda Holden


One of the UK’s best known commedians and known worldwide, Benny Hill also has a connection with Bournemouth. Although Benny Hill was born in Shirley in Southampton in 1924, during the Second World War he was evacuated to Bournemouth School in Bournemouth, to avoid the bombing, since Southampton is a […]

Benny Hill



Tony Hancock is one of the best known British comedians and actors, whose shows like Hancock’s Half Hour are now British comedy classics. He was born in Birmingham in 1924, but three years later his family moved south to Bournemouth, where his father worked as an entertainer at the Railway […]

Tony Hancock


Charles Gray was an actor who will be remembered for his roles in a number of classic movies, but he is best known for playing Blofeld in the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever. He was born in Bournemouth in 1928, being christened Donald Marshall Gray, and went to Bournemouth […]

Charles Gray


Lawrence Grant was a well known supporting actor who appeared in a number of classic movies between 1924 and 1941, including The Mask Of FuManchu, Bulldog Drummond and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He was born in Bournemouth in 1870 and christened Percy Reginald Lawrence-Grant. Growing up he was a […]

Lawrence Grant



Jayne Atkinson was born in Bournemouth in 1959 but at the age of 9 she moved to Hollywood in Florida with her parents and was the Homecoming Queen at Pine Crest School in 1977. She studied communications at Northwest University, and became involved with the Yale Drama School. After various […]

Jayne Atkinson