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Famous Willesden Ex-Pupils
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War II bomber ace, who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air
Force Cross. He gained his matriculation in 1934, became a prefect
and Saxon House Captain.
1933-38; wrote the original series of scripts for the 'Carry-On' films.
of ‘Ron Goodwin and his Concert Orchestra' fame
Born 1925, he was at Willesden County in the 30's
when he first took up the trumpet, before transferring to Pinner County
a vast range of musical contributions in records, radio, television and
films, he won three 'Ivor Novello' Awards in 1972 and in 1994 he received
the coveted 'Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music'.
Click on the picture on the left, for his obituary from the Harrow
Observer, Thursday January 16th 2003. His death was noted, amongst
other luminaries, during the 2004 BAFTA ceremony.
John Neville, OBE 1963;
actor stage, film and TV; director and artistic director
1925, he had many stage roles at Bristol Old Vic, Nottingham Playhouse
Company and the London Theatre. Hon. Professor in Drama, Nottingham
University since 1967; Artistic Director, Festival Theatre, Stratford,
picture on the left shows John Neville as Hamlet and (now Dame) Judi Dench
as Ophelia in Benthall's 1957 Hamlet.
of ‘Thunderbirds’ fame
He went to Braintcroft Junior School, Neasden and
then progressed to Willesden County School. He left ‘County’ aged 17 in
1936, he was at post-war Willesden County when he excelled in the School
Plays in 1951-54 (see arts photos section). He took a BSc (Econ.) at
University College, London and a PhD in Economic History at the London
School of Economics before training at the Nottingham Playhouse and ABC
He has directed plays for all the main stream TV Channels and has been a
BAFTA award winner. Some of the most notable recent productions
include 'Touch of Frost', 'Active Defence', 'Cracker', 'Between the Lines'
and 'Inspector Morse' . He is married to actress Judy Loe and is
step-father to film star Kate Beckinsale.
AC Milan and England centre-forward star during the early 80's.
Phil DeFreitas & Chris Lewis
cricketers during the 90's;
High School became the first state school to supply two England
internationals in the same match. See the picture on the left for
Goalie when they beat Liverpool in the Cup during the '80s and last season
played for Nottingham Forest
Celebrity and currently starring in 'Eastenders'
also, did you know that
Smith's book 'White Teeth' is set in the school. She has also
used our motto as the motto of her fictional school