Julie Walters set for Richard Harris honor at the BIFAs

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LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Actress Julie Walters is to be honored at Sunday's Moet British Independent Film Awards in London, organizers announced.

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Gambon, Law to receive BIFA honor

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LONDON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Actors Jude Law and Michael Gambon are to be honored at next month's British Independent Film Awards ceremony in London, organizers said.

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Gambon returns to West End stage

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LONDON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Irish actor Michael Gambon has returned to London's West End stage a year after dropping out of Alan Bennett's "The Habit of Art" due to illness.

Gambon mourns death of playwright Pinter

LONDON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Irish actor Michael Gambon has called British playwright Harold Pinter, who died of cancer this week, a "god" for actors.

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LONDON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The girlfriend of married Irish-born actor Michael Gambon is pregnant with their second child, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Walliams makes West End debut

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LONDON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- British television star David Walliams reportedly has made his West End debut in a new production of Harold Pinter's drama "No Man's Land."

Casting complete for 'Half-Blood Prince'

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- British film stars Jim Broadbent and Helen McCrory have joined the cast of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

Actors react to Dumbledore's outing

LONDON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The stars of the "Harry Potter" films seem amused and supportive of British author J.K. Rowling's decision to reveal her Dumbledore character is gay.

Helena Bonham Carter to join 'Potter' cast

BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Actress Helena Bonham Carter will join the cast of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," Warner Bros. Pictures announced in Burbank, Calif.

Silence speaks louder than words on stage

LONDON, July 17 (UPI) -- London stage actors have replaced dialogue with subtle facial expressions, gestures and posturing to communicate their thoughts to the audience.

Lawrence Oliver in film, posthumously

LOS ANGELES, July 26 (UPI) -- Lawrence Olivier has joined the cast of Hollywood's "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" 15 years after his death via footage from the actor's archives.
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Michael Gambon
British actor Michael Gambon attends the World premiere of "Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince" at the Odeon and Empire Cinemas at Leicester Square in London on July 7, 2009. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)

Sir Michael John Gambon, CBE (born 19 October 1940) is an Irish actor who has worked in theatre, television and film. A highly respected theatre actor, Gambon is recognised for his role as Philip Marlow in the BBC television serial The Singing Detective and for his role as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series, replacing the late actor Richard Harris.

Gambon was born in Cabra, Dublin during World War II. His father, Edward Gambon, was an engineer, and his mother, Mary (née Hoare), was a seamstress. His father decided to seek work in the rebuilding of London, and so the family moved to Mornington Crescent in North London, when Gambon was five. His father had him made a British citizen - a decision that would later allow Gambon to receive an actual, rather than honorary, knighthood and CBE (although, under the British Nationality Act 1981 anyone born in Ireland before 1949 can still register as a British subject and, after five years' UK residence, as a British citizen).

Brought up as a strict Roman Catholic, he attended St Aloysius Boys' School in Somers Town and served at the altar. He then moved to St Aloysius' College in Hornsey Lane, Highgate, London, whose former pupils include Peter Sellers and Joe Cole. He later attended a school in Kent, before leaving with no qualifications at fifteen. He then gained an apprenticeship with Vickers Armstrong as a toolmaker. By the time he was 21 he was a fully qualified engineer. He kept the job for a further year - acquiring a fascination and passion for collecting antique guns, clocks, watches, and classic cars.

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