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Mary Ure

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Scottish Actress Mary Ure
Mary Ure - beautiful, talented and ultimately tragic Academy Award nominated actress: The Scottish Marilyn

Eileen Mary Ure was born on February 18, 1933 in Glasgow, Scotland to civil engineer Colin McGregor Ure and his wife Edith Swinburne.

Colin’s father, and Eileen’s grandfather, was the prosperous flour merchant John Ure, who lived in the magnificent Leiper designed Cairndhu House in Helensburgh, and served for three years as the Lord Provost of Glasgow and was also the City’s first chairman of the Health Committee.

Laura Grieve

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Laura Grieve - Digital Artist
From Helensburgh to Madagascar via Shrek! A true Artist of the Digital Age

Laura Grieve was born in Glasgow on August 5th 1969, but spent 16 formative years of her life in Helensburgh. Laura was a pupil at Hermitage, sharing a class at the Academy with future Film Director, Tom Vaughan.

On leaving the Academy, Laura continued her education at Oxford Brookes University, where she studied Fine Art & Anthropology, also managing to spend time at the University of the Aegean, on an Erasmus Scholarship and the University of Northern Colorado.

Martin Smith

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Martin Smith
BAFTA Award winning Director

Born in 1975, and brought up in Helensburgh, the former Hermitage Primary and Hermitage Academy pupil, Martin had always desired to be an artist.

David Clyde

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Helensburgh Hero - David Clyde actor
Solid & Dependable Hollywood Supporting Actor

David was born on 27th May 1887 in Glasgow and moved to Helensburgh with his parents John and Mary when he was very young.

Ken Cameron

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Ken Cameron
Sound Engineer for Crown Film Unit & Director

Ken Cameron was born 1st December 1915 in Wendover, Buckinghamshire where he spent his early childhood. But his mother died when he was nine, and the family broke up.

His father moved to Dundee, home of the Sunday Post, to which he contributed serial stories. His brother James (who was to become celebrated as a journalist and broadcaster) was sent to work as an office boy at the Sunday Post’s Manchester offices.

Stephen McLaughlin

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Stephen McLaughlin Music Producer Helensburgh Hero
Grammy Award Winning Music Producer

Grammy Award-winning Producer/Engineer Steve McLaughlin has produced, recorded and mixed the scores for over 100 major feature films, including the “Die Hard” series, the “Lethal Weapon” series, and the Academy Award nominated scores for “Interview With The Vampire” and “Michael Collins”.

James Copeland

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James Copeland
Talented Scots character actor of stage and screen.

James was born in Helensburgh on the 1st May 1918. He made his professional debut in 1953 in the UK production Laxdale Hall (known in the US as “Scotch on the Rocks”. During a career spanning four decades, James has appeared in many films and TV shows.

Tom Vaughan

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TV & Feature Film Director who was orginally inspired by Star Wars and progressed to direct Han Solo some thirty years later.

Tom Vaughan was born in Glasgow on the 9th October 1969, to Peter and Susan Vaughan, but spent his formative (first 17) years in Helensburgh. Tom attended Hermitage Academy, where he was a classmate of digital artist Laura Grieve.

Andy Clyde

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Andy Clyde
Comedic Actor & Hopalong’s Sidekick!

Born in Rattray, Blairgowrie, Perthshire on the 25th March 1892, actor Andy Clyde was brought up in Helensburgh where his family, he was brother to actor David Clyde and actress Jean Clyde, had a shop.

At the invitation of his close friend James Finlayson, Clyde went to the United States in the early 1920s to join producer Mack Sennett's roster of comedians.

Deborah Kerr

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Deborah Kerr
Legendary Actress. Star of stage and screen. 6 time Academy Award® Nominee

Deborah Jane Kerr Trimmer was born on September 30th 1921 to Captain Arthur ("Jack") Charles Trimmer and Kathleen Rose Trimmer, nee Smale at a private nursing home in 7 St James Terrace, Hillhead, Glasgow. Although she was born in Glasgow, her parents were residing in Helensburgh at the time of her birth.

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