Colin Welland accepts a best screenplay Oscar for Chariots of Fire in 1982 from writer Jerzy Kosinski. Photograph: AP

When Colin Welland, who has died aged 81, was handed the Oscar for his screenplay of Chariots of Fire in 1982, he waved it in the air like a battle ma(...)

Marina Carr: “If society is always saying no to you, that rejection has to go somewhere. It turns dark, and it erupts. So you have all these raging middle-aged women.” Photograph: Sara Freund

Over the course of a dozen plays since the absurdist gender-bending experiment of Low in the Dark, from 1989, Marina Carr has developed a voice that c(...)

“I could as easily have become a nun, or a prostitute, or both,” said Billie Whitelaw, who has died aged 82. Instead, she claimed that acting had all(...)

Paddington Bear and Mr Brown (Hugh Bonneville) in a scene from ‘Paddington’

As Lord Downton, Hugh Bonneville has dominated Christmas telly since 2011. Now, as lovable, sure-fire hit Paddington makes its way into the multiplexe(...)

Manon, starring Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli

On Thursday, the Royal Ballet’s 2014-15 Live Cinema Season kicks off with a 40th-anniversary staging of Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, starring Mariane(...)

epa04400631 (FILE) A file pictrue dated 03 March 2006 shows Sir Donald Sinden attending a memorial service in honour of late comedian Ronnie Barker at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain. According to media reports on 14 September Sir Donald Sinden died aged 90 at his home.  EPA/Lindsey Parnaby *** Local Caption *** 00658659

“To hear him in full spate is not unlike being shot between the eyes by the world’s largest plum,” said the journalist John Preston of Donald Sinden, (...)

Donald Sinden: made his name on stage as a Shakespearean actor. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Theatre and film actor Donald Sinden has died at his home, aged 90.Sinden made his name on stage as a Shakespearean actor and also had more than 70 cr(...)

Camille O’Sullivan and Feargal Murray. Photograph: Alan Betson

Camille O’Sullivan is a singer and actor. She became an architect and, after a near-fatal car crash in 1999, a full-time performance artist. She now t(...)

Spiced girl: Helen Mirren at a photocall for her new film The Hundred-Foot Journey in Le Cordon Bleu restaurant in London. Photograph: Ian West/PA

‘I never read my own interviews,” Helen Mirren proclaims with a slight shudder. She pulls herself up. “Oh, I shouldn’t say that to you. Should I? S(...)

 Patsy Byrne playing the role of Nursie in Blackadder II. PhotographL BBC

Veteran actor Patsy Byrne – who achieved small screen fame playing the role of Nursie in Blackadder II – has died aged 80.Denville Hall, a care home (...)