Sid Field (1904-1950), Comedian
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Even as a child, Field loved entertaining people, sometimes with Charlie Chaplin impersonations. The revival of variety theatre in the late 1910s and early 1920s allowed the young Field to become a master of sketch comedy and dialect. He worked as a comedian in regional music halls for nearly 30 years before becoming an overnight star following a role in London's West End. He appeared at the Royal Variety Performances in 1945 and 1946. Field inspired a generation of comedians; including Tony Hancock, Eric Sykes, Eric Morecambe, Frankie Howerd and Tommy Cooper.