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Sir Alec Guinness

(1914-2000), Actor

Sitter associated with 32 portraits
A stage actor of distinction, in the late 1940s Alec Guinness extended his range to films and won acclaim with the eight roles he played in Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). A string of successes followed, including a number of Ealing Studio films. Notable roles included Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and Dr Zhivago (1965). He became an international star when he reluctantly appeared as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the first three Star Wars films (1977-83). He is the author of three autobiographical works: Blessings in Disguise (1985), My Name Escapes Me (1996) and A Positively Final Appearance (1999).

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Sir Alec Guinness, by Lee Miller - NPG P1079

Sir Alec Guinness

by Lee Miller
modern archival-toned gelatin silver print from original negative, 1947
NPG P1079

Sir Alec Guinness, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(156)

Sir Alec Guinness

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(156)

Sir Alec Guinness, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(157)

Sir Alec Guinness

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(157)

Sir Alec Guinness, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(158)

Sir Alec Guinness

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(158)

Sir Alec Guinness, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(159)

Sir Alec Guinness

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(159)

Sir Alec Guinness, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(160)

Sir Alec Guinness

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(160)

Sir Alec Guinness, by Arnold Newman - NPG P150(18)

Sir Alec Guinness

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1978
NPG P150(18)

Sir Alec Guinness, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1177

Sir Alec Guinness

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 10 May 1978
NPG P1177

Sir Alec Guinness, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P1880

Sir Alec Guinness

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 4 June 1979
NPG P1880

Sir Alec Guinness, by Derek Hill - NPG 6422

Sir Alec Guinness

by Derek Hill
oil on board, 1998
NPG 6422

John Gielgud; Sir Alec Guinness, by Howard Coster - NPG x14507

John Gielgud; Sir Alec Guinness

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x14507

The cast of 'As You Like It', by Madame Yevonde - NPG x11654

The cast of 'As You Like It'

by Madame Yevonde
Vivex colour print on card mount, 1936-1937
NPG x11654

Sir Alec Guinness as Hamlet, by Angus McBean - NPG x127700

Sir Alec Guinness as Hamlet

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1938
NPG x127700

Sir Alec Guinness, by Gordon Anthony - NPG x40997

Sir Alec Guinness

by Gordon Anthony
bromide print, 1946
NPG x40997

Sir Alec Guinness, by Gordon Anthony - NPG x44753

Sir Alec Guinness

by Gordon Anthony
bromide fibre print, 1946
NPG x44753

Sir Alec Guinness, by Gordon Anthony - NPG x137052

Sir Alec Guinness

by Gordon Anthony
vintage print, 1946
NPG x137052

Sir Alec Guinness, by Anthony Buckley - NPG x75962

Sir Alec Guinness

by Anthony Buckley
modern bromide print from original negative, 1948
NPG x75962

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