Tom Bell

Tom Bell (2 August 1933 – 4 October 2006) was an English actor on stage, film and television. He was dark-haired, lean, and in his later years often played characters having a sinister side to their nature. Thomas George Bell was born on 2 August 1933 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Evacuated as a child during the Second World War, he lived with three different families in Morecambe, Lancashire. In 1948, at age 15, Bell began to act in his first school plays and though he never dominated the performances he nonetheless demonstrated an obvious acting ability. On leaving school he trained under the renowned Esme Church at the Bradford Civic Theatre; fellow pupils included Billie Whitelaw and Robert Stephens. He later worked in repertory in Liverpool and Dublin. Bell made his first film appearances in the 1960s in so-called "kitchen sink dramas", including The Kitchen and The L-Shaped Room (opposite Leslie Caron). As a young actor, he had a rebellious streak and gained somewhat of a reputation for being a hellraiser who liked a drink.


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