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Filming for 'Churchil'ls Secret'

Michael Gambon - Filming for 'Churchil'ls Secret' - Kent, United Kingdom - Thursday 25th June 2015

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Michael Gambon and ROMOLA GARAI
Michael Gambon and ROMOLA GARAI
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Michael Gambon to Play Winston Churchill in 'Churchill's Secret'


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The acclaimed British actor Michael Gambon is to play British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in a new film commissioned by ITV. The series goes into production in the UK next month and forms part of the "Masterpiece" series.

Michael GambonMichael Gambon is to play Winston Churchill

Though most celebrated for his theatre work, Gambon is probably best known for playing Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies. In the new movie titled Churchill's Secret, he will be joined by Lindsay Duncan, who plays his wife Clementine.

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Sir Michael Gambon To Play Winston Churchill In ITV Drama


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Sir Michael Gambon will play Winston Churchill in a newly-announced ITV drama about his final years as Prime Minster in the 1950s. He’ll be starring alongside Lindsay Duncan, who portrays Churchill’s long-suffering wife, Clementine.

Entitled ‘Churchill’s Secret’, the two-hour feature-length special will be based on the recently published book by Jonathan Smith, ‘The Churchill Secret: KBO’. It’s to be set during the summer of 1953 when the Prime Minister, during his second term in office, suffered a stroke. His condition was kept a secret from the world.

Sir Michael GambonSir Michael Gambon will be taking the role of Winston Churchill in a forthcoming ITV drama special

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Tragedy, Rivalry And Mystery: JK Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' Finally Hits The Small Screen [Spoilers]


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The BBC adaptation of Jk Rowling's first grown-up novel 'The Casual Vacancy' aired on Sunday night (February 15th 2015) following much anticipation from fans of the book, and it certainly wasn't a disappointment.

Rory Kinnear as Barry Fairbrother in 'The Casual Vacancy'
 Rory Kinnear plays friendly neighbour Barry Fairbrother in 'The Casual Vacancy'

Starring Michael Gambon and Rory Kinnear as political rivals, the first episode of the 3-part BBC miniseries saw a mixture of respectful adherence to the novel coupled with some artistic nuances that turned up the suspense tenfold. Screenwriter Sarah Phelps ('Great Expectations', 'The Crimson Field') was seamless in her translation from book to small-screen and director Jonny Campbell ('Alien Autopsy', 'Phoenix Nights') will no doubt draw in a lot more recognition with this nail-biting series.

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Michael Gambon Retires From Stage Acting Due To Memory Loss


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Veteran actor Michael Gambon, best known for playing Professor Albus Dumbledore in the remaining six 'Harry Potter' films after the death of actor Richard Harris, has been forced to retire from stage acting due to issues with his memory.

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Gambon has retired from stage acting due to memory loss

The 74-year-old actor, who is a three-time Olivier Award winner, first starred onstage in a 1962 production of 'Othello' at Dublin's Gates Theatre and last appeared in 2013's Off-Broadway play 'All That Fall' in New York City. He was eventually knighted for "services to drama" in 1998.

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Michael Gambon Bows Out Of Theatre For Good After Memory Struggles


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Celebrated British actor Michael Gambon has been forced to retire from the theatre, owing to his ever worsening memory for lines and accepting that he couldn't maintain a stage career while someone prompted him through an earpiece.

Michael Gambon in 2009
Michael Gambon quits theatre

While very well known for his illustrious film career, including a seven year stint as Albus Dumbledore in the 'Harry Potter' movies and further appearances in 'The King's Speech', 'The Omen' re-make, 'Gosford Park' and 'Sleepy Hollow' among many others, Sir Michael Gambon has also had quite an impact in the world of live theatre.

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'Fortitude' Starts Tonight - But Is It Just 'The Killing' MK 2?


Sofie Grabol Michael Gambon Stanley Tucci

Fortitude, Sky Atlantic's big-budget crime drama  set in the Arctic Circle, begins tonight after a heavy marketing campaign playing on its key stars, Sofie Grabol, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston and Stanley Tucci. It's a rich and hugely talented line-up - but will Fortitude push the envelope or retire into the clichés seen so often in murder-investigation-in-frosty-setting.

Sofie GrabolSofie Grabol leads the cast in Sky Altantic's Fortitude

Of course Grabol is best known as Sarah Lund from The Killing - the pioneering Nordic drama that has inspired countless terrible imitations since. She plays Governor Odegard, who's busy opening an ice hotel carved out of the side of a glacier in Svalbard. However, when the crimeless community is rocked by a grisly murder, detective DCI Morton (Tucci) is flown in to restore calm and solve the mystery.

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Sky Atlantic's 'Fortitude' - Premiere

Michael Gambon - Sky Atlantic's 'Fortitude' - Premiere - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 14th January 2015

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Paddington Review


Excellent

It's difficult not to go into a movie like this with a sense of dread, as the beloved children's book becomes a live-action movie with a digitally animated, eerily realistic-looking bear. Thankfully, the task of filmmaking was given to the inventive Paul King (of Mighty Boosh fame), who made the charmingly surreal 2009 comedy Bunny and the Bull and brings a refreshingly unexpected comical sensibility to liven up this film's family-friendly formula.

It starts in darkest Peru, where a young bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) has been raised by his aunt and uncle (Imelda Staunton and Michael Gambon), who learned about London from a British explorer. Now in need of a new home, the youngster heads across the sea and takes the name of Paddington Station when he meets the Brown family: over-cautious dad (Hugh Bonneville), over-curious mum (Sally Hawkins), sulking teen Judy (Madeleine Harris), inventive pre-teen Jonathan (Samuel Joslin) and feisty relative Mrs Bird (Julie Walters). As they help him find the explorer, he has a series of adventures, unaware that the taxidermist Millicent (Nicole Kidman) is on his trail, determined to add him to the species on exhibition at the Natural History Museum.

This Cruella De Vil-style subplot would be seriously annoying if King ever let it take over the movie, but it always remains secondary to Paddington's mayhem-causing behaviour and his bonding with the Browns. It also provides some genuine tension in a climactic action sequence in the museum. But most of the film is dedicated to Paddington's comically ridiculous antics, and Whishaw voices him with just the right mixture of curiosity and hapless mischief to make him irresistible.

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'Harry Potter' Star Michael Gambon Cast In JK Rowling's New BBC Miniseries 'Casual Vacancy'


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Two familiar faces are teaming up once again for a brand new project.

Michael Gambon, who Dumbledore in the 'Harry Potter' film series', has been cast to star in JK Rowling's brand new BBC and HBO miniseries 'Casual Vacancy.'

The 73 year-old actor, who took over the role of the Hogwarts headmaster after the death of Richard Harris in 2004, leads a cast that includes Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie and newcomer Abigail Lawrie, Variety reports.

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'Quirke' Screenwriter Vindicates Sound Complaints After Admitting The Subtitles Went On


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The BBC received 243 complaints after Quirke’s first episode on 25 May. There wasn’t any inappropriate content; people just couldn’t hear anything, and that’s a story corroborated by screenwriter Andrew Davies who admitted his wife asked: “Do you mind if we have the subtitles on?'"

QuirkeQuirke - photo credit: BBC.

“I could hear it because I knew what the words were," explained Andrew Davies to The Radio Times. But his wife, Diana, didn't have the same luxury. "She said, 'Do you mind if we have the subtitles on?'”

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Roger Lloyd-Pack as Barty Crouch in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'

Michael Gambon and Alan Rickman - Roger Lloyd-Pack as Barty Crouch, Michael Gambon as Professor Albus Dumbledore and Alan Rickman as Professor Severus Snape in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' directed by Mike Newell (2005) - Thursday 16th January 2014

National Theatre In London Celebrates 50 Years With A Shining Cast And Star-Studded Guest List


Judi Dench Maggie Smith Helen Mirren Michael Gambon Derek Jacobi

The National Theatre in London celebrated five decades of quality productions yesterday with the aid of some of the brightest and most experienced stars of UK theatre. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Derek Jacobi, Michael Gambon, Simon Russell Beale and plenty of others gave their best performances to represent the distinguished institution.

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Last year, the National celebrated the London Olympics with a fire garden of lit candles.

The guest list was also sufficiently star-studded, with attendees like playwrights Tom Stoppard, Peter Shaffer and David Hare alongside directors Richard Eyre and Peter Hall and actresses Prunella Scales and Juliet Stevenson. The guest of honor was Joan Plowright, the widow of the late first director of the National’s first director and distinguished actor in his own right Lawrence Olivier.

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London Evening Standard British Film Awards 2013

Sir Michael Gambon - London Evening Standard British Film Awards 2013 London United Kingdom Monday 4th February 2013

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Quartet is a 'Labrador' of a Film: Average Reviews for Dustin Hoffman's Directorial Debut


Dustin Hoffman Maggie Smith Sheridan Smith Michael Gambon Billy Connolly

Very little of the criticism levied at Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut, Quartet, are serious. Largely because it's not a particularly serious film. The whole thing is lighthearted fun, behaving like a bit of a playground for the above-middle-age cast and director, all of whom who have enjoyed successful careers and don't necessarily need to push themselves in anything dark and mysterious. 

Quartet is the story of a quartet of ageing musicians, living in a home together. In their younger days they had performed together, and they would like to again. Starring Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay and Sheridan Smith as support. Reviews have been fairly average so far. 

The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw gave it a desultory 2/5 stars saying that it "is stale, lifeless and often weirdly humourless," but praising Sheridan Smith, who he says "actually steals the film, just a little, with a quietly affecting final speech."

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