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Laurence Olivier

(1907-1989), Actor, producer and director

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

Sitter in 111 portraits
Born in Dorking and educated at St Edward's School Oxford, he won a scholarship to the Central School, and in 1927 joined Birmingham Rep. Olivier established his reputation through Shakespearean stage roles and film performances including Heathcliffe in Wuthering Heights (1939) and Maxim de Winter in Rebecca (1940). He directed and starred in Henry V (1943-4), and became actor-manager of the Old Vic. He was knighted in 1947. He later formed his own company, directing and co-starring with his wife Vivien Leigh, and found equal success with contemporary theatre, particularly John Osborne's The Entertainer (1957). In 1962 he became the first director of the National Theatre.

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Laurence Olivier as Romeo in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1936
NPG x23966

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Laurence Olivier as Romeo in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1936
NPG x23967

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Laurence Olivier as Romeo in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1936
NPG x23968

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Laurence Olivier as Mercutio in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1936
NPG x23969

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Laurence Olivier as Mercutio in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1936
NPG x23970

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Laurence Olivier as Mercutio in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1936
NPG x23971

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Vivien Leigh; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier in 'That Hamilton Woman'

by Robert Coburn
modern bromide print from original negative, 1941
NPG x139689

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Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Paul Tanqueray
half-plate glass negative, 1942
NPG x180372

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Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Unknown photographer
modern bromide print from original negative, 1944
NPG x45133

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Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Unknown photographer
modern bromide print from original negative, 1944
NPG x45135

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Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Unknown photographer
modern bromide print from original negative, 1944
NPG x45136

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Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Unknown photographer
cibachrome print, 1945
NPG x29992

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Laurence Olivier as Henry V in 'Henry V'

by Hans Wild
vintage print, 1946
NPG x194151

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Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Unknown photographer
modern bromide print from original negative, 1948
NPG x45139

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Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Unknown photographer
modern bromide print from original negative, 1948
NPG x45140

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Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Unknown photographer
modern bromide print from original negative, 1948
NPG x45141

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Laurence Olivier as Hamlet in 'Hamlet'

by Unknown photographer
postcard print, 1948
NPG x137989

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