Colin Welland

Colin Welland(4 July 1934 – 2 November 2015), bornColin Edward Williams, was a British actor and screenwriter. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his script forChariots of Fire(1981). He won a BAFTA Award for his performance as the empathetic teacher Mr Farthing in the 1969 filmKes.

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 Colin Welland's Early life

he studied at Goldsmiths College and Bretton Hall College of Education , where he gained a teaching diploma and qualified as a teacher.

Afterwards he became an assistant stage manager at Manchester Library Theatre .

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 Colin Welland's Personal life

producer David Puttnam said Welland was "an unswervingly good man; a fine actor, and a seriously gifted screenwriter". Nigel Havers , who had appeared in the film, told BBC News: "I remember him being great fun with a great sense of humour and a very honest man. He had a tremendous honesty about everything he wrote. I'm just very surprised he never made more films in Hollywood. It's a great loss to us all."Z Carsco-star Brian Blessed described Welland as "a great writer and a very natural actor," adding "He had a tremendous ability for writing. He could write anything, any style."

Desert Island Discsin 1973 he said that most of his own plays "usually champion the individual against the system". He said: "I usually find that it's one man's effort to break through what is usually expected of an individual."

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 Colin Welland's Notes

  1. ^abWelland's birthplace was erroneously given as Leigh in obituaries and on the Internet Movie Database prior to 5 November 2015.

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 Colin Welland's References

  1. Roberts, Sam. "Colin Welland, Oscar-Winning Writer of Chariots of Fire, Dies at 81". New York Times. 3 November 2015.
  2. "Colin E Williams, 1934. England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008". Birth Registration, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England. From "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006" database,, 2012. database. Accessed 6 April 2016.
  3. Birth Registry, Liverpool Registration District, County of Lancashire, July–September 1934, Volume 8B, p. 89.
  4. "Colin Welland Biography (1934-)". Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  5. "From Urchin to Oscar winner: Colin Welland" by Ray Connolly Daily Mail. Retrieved 8 November 2015
  6. Colin Welland Obituary at The Guardian Film Retrieved 4 November 2015
  7. Boyle, Danny (3 November 2015). "Colin Welland, actor and Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire writer, dies at 81". The Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group Limited). Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  8. "Actor and writer Colin Welland dies". BBC News. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  9. "Yahoo Movies UK - Yahoo". 30 October 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  10. Welland, Colin (22 October 2011). "Hard. Honest. Beautiful". The Independent. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 

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