Search the Collection

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier (1907-1989), Actor, producer and director

Sitter in 109 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.

List Thumbnail

P1126

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Carl Van Vechten
vintage gelatin silver print, 17 June 1939
NPG P1126

P236

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Laszlo Willinger
bromide print, 1940
NPG P236

5481a

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Peter Lambda
cold cast bronze bust, 1950
NPG 5481a

P253

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1954
NPG P253

P490(59)

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1954
NPG P490(59)

P150(29)

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1978
NPG P150(29)

P1226

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 15 June 1978
NPG P1226

P1227

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 15 June 1978
NPG P1227

P1228

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 15 June 1978
NPG P1228

P1229

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 15 June 1978
NPG P1229

P364

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Alistair Morrison
bromide print, 1987
NPG P364

x45063

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Sasha (Alexander Stewart)
modern bromide print from original negative, 1929
NPG x45063

x45059

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by George Hurrell
bromide print, circa 1930
NPG x45059

x45132

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Unknown photographer
modern bromide print from original negative, circa 1930
NPG x45132

x45062

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Sasha (Alexander Stewart)
modern bromide print from original negative, 1930
NPG x45062

x46504

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Dorothy Wilding
vintage bromide proof print, circa 1930
NPG x46504