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Alan Bennett is an English author and actor noted for his work, his boyish appearance and his sonorous Yorkshire accent.
In August 1960, Bennett, along with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller, and Peter Cook, achieved instant fame by appearing at the Edinburgh Festival in the satirical revue “Beyond the Fringe”. He also appeared in “My Father Knew Lloyd George”. Bennett’s first stage play, “Forty Years On”, was produced in 1968. Many television, stage and radio plays followed, along with screenplays, short stories, novellas, a large body of non-fictional prose and broadcasting, and many appearances as an actor. The recordings of Bennett’s highly regarded 1966 television comedy sketch series “On the Margin” are notorious for having been erased.
Bennett’s critically-acclaimed “The History Boys” won three Olivier Awards in February 2005, for Best New Play, Best Actor (Richard Griffiths), and Best Direction (Nicholas Hytner), having previously won Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Actor and Best Play. Bennett himself received an Olivier Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre.