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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd February 1982 Michael Frayn's Noises Off, premieres in London
23rd February 1981 Princess Diana moves out of her flat ahead of her announcement the following day.
23rd February 1973 Gold goes up $10 overnight to record $95 an ounce in London
23rd February 1950 Born today: Steve Priest, London, rock bassist (Sweet Hayes)
23rd February 1945 2nd Dutch govt of Gerbrandy forms in London
23rd February 1918 Magician Chung Ling Soo's Catch the Bullet With Your Teeth goes wrong and he is killed on stage.
23rd February 1910 George Bernard Shaw's Misalliance, premieres in London
23rd February 1895 Born today: Richard Goolden, London England, actor (School for Husbands)
23rd February 1886 London Times publishes world's 1st classified ad
23rd February 1817 Born today: George Watts, London, painter
23rd February 1792 Artist Sir Joshua Reynolds died in his house in Leicester Fields, London.
23rd February 1776 Born today: John Walter II, London, chief proprietor (The Times, 1812-47)
23rd February 1633 Born today: Samuel Pepys, London England, navy expert/composer (Diary, Memoirs)
One Sexy Beast
Ray Winstone schooled here and an acting legend is born
Location: Green Street, EN3 7NA
Description: It's quite simple really...'Ray Winstone' is the daddy...an acting legend who brings that special something to a role, a play, a drama, a film.
Born on the 19 February 1957 as Raymond Andrew 'Ray' Winstone, Jr, in Homerton, Hackney - his family was originally from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, half of them moved to London, the other half to Wales.
And it was at this primary school - 'Brimsdown Junior School' - that perhaps the seed of acting was sowed. Which ever way you look at it, we have this school to thanks for a great British actor.
Indeed, Ray had an early affinity for acting; his father would take him to the cinema every Wednesday afternoon. Later, he would witness Albert Finney in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and the bug would bite: ;'I thought 'I could be that geezer' he said later.
Later in his teenage years, he decided to pursue drama and enrolled at the Corona Stage Academy in Hammersmith. At 900 pounds a term, it was expensive, considering the average wage was then about 36 pounds a week.
He landed his first major role in 'What a Crazy World' at Theatre Royal Stratford East, although he danced and sang badly, he never lost the faith and had his first TV appearance was in the 1976 'Loving Arms' episode of the popular police series The Sweeney where he was credited as 'Raymond Winstone' and played a minor part as an unnamed young thug.
And from here of course his career blossomed...Hollywood, TV...Ray has done it all and continues to play great roles in superb productions - plus - he was the star of 'Sexy Beast' - perhaps the greatest British Gangster movie ever! Amen