Charlie Chaplin(1889-1977), Film actor and director
Sir Charles ('Charlie') Chaplin
Sitter in 15 portraits
Comic genius of the early cinema; Charlie Chaplin dubbed the world's greatest clown, began his career in London's music halls. Celebrity came with his portrayal in film of the little tramp, with bowler hat and cane, in a series of films from1910 to the 1920s. Films featuring his tramp character such as The Kid (1920), The Gold Rush (1925) and Modern Times (1936) became worldwide classics; later films included The Great Dictator (1940) and Limelight (1952) for which he also wrote the scripts and music.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below