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West is the son of Tim West and Prunella Scales, has starred in plays including 'Hamlet', 'Arcadia', 'Enron' and 'Betrayal', and was artistic director of Sheffield Theatres from 2005 to 2007

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Peake is a stage, film and television actor, who has starred in 'Dinner Ladies', 'Shameless' and 'The Village'

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That next week's 'biggest fight in boxing history' features a would-be president of the Philippines only adds to its lustre

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The actor and the singer met through Savoretti's wife, the actress Jemma Powell

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Aderin-Pocock is a space scientist and runs Science Innovation Ltd, which aims to engage schoolchildren in space science

Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
Col Needham conceived of IMDB in 1981, and has devoted most of his 48 years to tirelessly listing cast and crew information of every film and television show ever made

Cruise, DiCaprio, Travolta ... Needham? British film fan behind IMDb is the biggest name in Hollywood you've never heard of

Col Needham's Internet Movie Database is one of the most popular websites in the world but he isn't your typical Weinstein-esque Hollywood power broker

Exclusive book extract: Mortician Caitlin Doughty reveals what life is like as the grimmest of reapers in her life-affirming memoir

Caitlin Doughty has loved the macabre since childhood. But, as she reveals in her new memoir, it was only when she began working as a mortician in San Francisco, aged 23, that she realised what it meant to be confronted by 19-stone corpses, cockroaches – and family members who really don’t want to let go

Michael Asante & Kenrick Sandy: 'When Danny Boyle called about working on the Olympics, we were in shock. Things snowballed after that'

Asante and Sandy are co-directors of Boy Blue Entertainment, an award-winning hip-hop dance company

Hans Ulrich Obrist interview: The globe-trotting curator on skipping sleep, the ritual of running and why the internet is good for art

Obrist is co-director at London's Serpentine Gallery and author of 'Lives of the Artists, Lives of the Architects'

Nicky Clarke interview: The celebrity hairdresser on politicians' dos, the return of the crop, and what he'd advise Prince William

Clarke began working as a hairdesser as a teenager and opened his own salon in 1991, becoming the country’s most well-known hair stylist

El Sistema 40th anniversary: Conductor Gustavo Dudamel says Venezuela project is "the most important thing apart from my family"

The widely-admired national programme -which was set up in 1975 by José Antonio Abreu - exposes hundreds of thousands of children to music, teaching them instruments and letting them play in orchestras

Lars Mikkelsen interview: The Danish actor on playing a Putin-like president in House of Cards, and facing-off against Sherlock

Mikkelsen reveals there's only one person stopping him from becoming TV's go-to bad guy - his brother

Activist and author Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaks at the National Press Club

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Islam's most devastating critic

Unbowed by death threats, this apostate turned author is once again ruffling feathers with calls for religious reform

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