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Jack Birkett

Jack Birkett was born on June 11, 1934 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. He was an actor, mime artist, dancer and singer, a contemporary of Lindsey Kemp and a key member of his troupe. Often billed as Orlando, or The Incredible Orlando, Birkett was born to a Romani family and worked as an arrist's model for David Hockney before finding work as a stage hand at Leeds' Grand Theatre in 1950. He began to lose his sight in 1966, he then gradually became completely blind and was so for more than the last three decades his life. A regular cohort of the arthouse filmmaker Derek Jarman, Birkett appeared in Jubilee, The Tempest, Caravaggio and The Garden for the director. He retired from performing in the 1990s, living with his partner the Spanish artist and writer Nyako Nakar in Barcelona and London. He died on May 10, 2010 in London, aged 75.

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Jun 11, 1934 In Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Looking Glass Murders 1970-07-08
Latest Project:
Movie The Garden 1990-09-06
Known For
Poster of El vent de l'illa
Poster of Caravaggio
Poster of Troilus & Cressida
Poster of Jubilee
Movie The Garden Pontius (Orlando) 1990-09-06
Movie Moon Child Invalid 1989-01-01
Movie El vent de l'illa Gobernador 1988-03-04
Movie Caravaggio The Pope 1986-08-29
Movie The Bride Blind Man 1985-08-16
Movie Troilus & Cressida Thersites 1981-11-07
Movie The Tempest Caliban, a savage and deformed slave 1979-09-13
Movie Jubilee Borgia Ginz (as Orlando) 1978-02-01
Movie The Looking Glass Murders Harlequin 1970-07-08