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English actor, author, playwright, and screenwriterwd:Q654730
country of citizenship: United Kingdom
language of expression: English
educated at: Exeter College
occupation: actor, screenwriter, playwright, diarist, writer, stage actor, film director, comedian
award received: Laurence Olivier Award, Bodley Medal
Alan Bennett (born 9 May 1934) is an English actor, author, playwright and screenwriter. 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 of The History Boys, and audio books, including his readings of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Winnie-the-Pooh.
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1960s British revue/playwd:Q4900133