Harold Pinter(1930-2008), Playwright, actor and director
Sitter in 21 portraits
Playwright, director and (from 1949-57) actor. Born in Hackney, East London, Pinter studied at RADA and then the Central School of Speech and Drama. The Birthday Party (1957), The Caretaker (1960) and The Homecoming (1965) are among his best-known plays and established his reputation as a writer. Pinter also wrote several volumes of poetry, and among his screenplays are those for The Servant (1962), and The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981). He received numerous awards including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005, for which his acceptance speech included a powerful denouncement of American foreign policy, and the French Légion d'honneur in 2007.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
by John Hedgecoe
bromide print, 1960
by Unknown photographer
gelatin silver print, November 1963
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