The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum was renovated in 2007 and gets up to 1,000 visitors a day. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty

Shanghai is one of the world’s great Jewish cities, and the history of refugees in the Chinese financial hub is a tale of both high glamour and bitter(...)

Derek Hill painting a portrait of playwright and songwriter Sir Noël Coward

Derek Hill may not be a household name but he is one of a select few Englishmen granted honorary Irish citizenship. President Mary McAleese conferred (...)

‘Although we sometimes have to work harder to assure people of our ability to do a flawless English accent, many leading British roles are being won by Irish talent.’

Rory Fleck-Byrne moved from Kilkenny to London in 2009 to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada). Since then he has been performing incr(...)

Is there an antonym for “seamless”? What word does a tailor use when three pieces of cloth come together in a particularly ugly knotted mess? Anywa(...)

Funny bones: Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in the Skeleton Twins

Craig Johnson’s serious comedy is very much the type of the film that Generation X members make as, following trips to the Sundance lab, they ponde(...)

Laugh out loud: Imelda Staunton has a girls’ night in Pride

One terrific scene among many terrific scenes in the consistently terrific Pride finds a political activist entering a record label’s offices to reque(...)

British actor and director Lord Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. Photograph: EPA

Lord Richard Attenborough, who has died at the age of 90, was never all that keen on his frequent satiric representation as a sort of endlessly lachry(...)

Richard Attenborough in 2008: the film Gandhi marked the pinnacle of his career. Photograph: Getty Images 0:50

Richard Attenborough, the film director who chronicled the end of British colonial rule in India with his Oscar-winning epic Gandhi and performed in m(...)

The actor and comedian Dora Bryan, who has died aged 91, was perhaps best known for her role as Ros Utterthwaite in the sitcom Last Of The Summer Wine(...)

Let’s get the excuses out of the way first. Shot for a mere €14,000, Jamie Adams’s feature debut took just a few busy days to film. This doesn’t make (...)