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George Cole: The World Was My Lobster

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The World was my Lobster tells the story of George Cole's more than 70 years in the acting profession that began with a walk-on part at the age of 14 in the stage musical The White Horse Inn in 1939, and continues today having included such roles as David Bliss in the radio and television versions of A Life of Bliss, Flash Harry in the St. Trinian's films, and Arthur Daley in television's Minder. Adopted when he was only 10 days old, George Cole grew up in south London in the 1920s. On the day he left school he saw a newspaper advertisement seeking a small boy to join the cast of The White Horse Inn and was selected the following day. A year later, he found himself in the West End play Cottage to Let playing a cheeky wartime evacuee. Here he met legendary comic actor Alastair Sim who, with his wife, took him as an evacuee to their country house and coached him in the finer skills of acting. A flurry of films and theatre performances in the late 1940s, after his RAF service, culminated in a memorable role as a young Ebenezer Scrooge in the classic 1951 film Scrooge alongside Sim.

Henry V, Cleopatra (with Elizabeth Taylor), Don't Forget to Write, Blott on the Landscape, Henry Root, and Dad are among other titles for which he is well known. But it was in 1979 that he landed the role that would elevate him to international recognition when he was offered the role of Arthur Daley in Thames Television's new series Minder alongside Dennis Waterman. In The World was my Lobster, a title taken from a classic line in a Minder episode, George Cole talks candidly, humorously and sensitively about his adoption, his life, his roles and many of the people he has worked with throughout his long career.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: arts & entertainmentFilm, TV & DramaActors & Acting techniquesActing techniquesFilm, TV & DramaActors & Acting techniquesIndividual actors & performersFilm, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaFilm, TV & DramaTelevision Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd Publication Date: 04/09/2014 ISBN-13: 9781782199939  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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After more than seven decades in the acting profession, George Cole, OBE remains one of Britain's most recognisable faces. His first walk-on part at the age of 14 in a stage musical, and his subsequent coaching by well loved actor Alastair Sim, led to more than 60 stage plays, 60 film titles and close to 300 episodes of more than 80 television shows. George still does the occasional radio play and television episode but spends most of his time these days reading, doing The Times crossword and watching horse-racing on television. He lives in a secluded part of Oxfordshire along with his wife, actress Penny Morrell, and their Newfoundland dog, Lincoln. They have two children together and three grandchildren.

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