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Anthony Newley

Date of Birth: 24th September 1931
Details of Death: 14th April 1999
Country of Birth: UK



Born in London in 1931, and brought up by his uncle and aunt, Anthony Newley was a bright boy who, however, was uninterested in school, and by the age of fourteen was working as an office boy for an insurance company. When he read an ad in 'The Daily Telegraph', headed "Boy Actors Urgently Wanted", he applied to the advertisers, the prestigious Italia Conti Stage School, only to discover that the fees were too high. Nevertheless, after a brief audition, he was offered a job as an office boy on a salary of 30 shillings a week plus tuition at the school. Whilst serving tea one afternoon he caught the eye of producer Geoffrey de Barkus, who cast Newley as 'Dusty' in the children's serial, "The Adventures of Dusty Bates" (1947). This was followed by major roles in the films "Vice Versa" (1948) and in David Lean's "Oliver Twist" (1948), in the latter of which he played the Artful Dodger. Newley was to continue to act into the 1990s, as well as pursuing a successful career in singing and songwriting.

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