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Donald Wolfit

Donald Wolfit (1902-1968) was an English actor, knighted in 1957 for his services to the theatre.

Wolfit was born in Newark, Nottinghamshire, and made his stage début in 1920. He first appeared in the West End in 1924, playing The Wandering Jew. His speciality was Shakespeare, and in 1937 he formed his own company to take the Bard to the provinces. The company performed in London during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Wolfit was primarily a stage actor, and, despite taking his famous portrayal of Volpone to television and appearing in a few films, he was never widely known outside the UK.