Never before seen Aylesbury photograph of trailblazing actor Earl Cameron who passed away this week

Earl Cameron, the first black actor to star in a British film has died at the age of 102.

Monday, 6th July 2020, 5:01 pm
Updated Monday, 6th July 2020, 5:04 pm
Earl Cameron on his 100th birthday with members of the Aylesbury Bah community

And this never before seen picture shows the screen legend, who starred alongside the likes of Helen Mirren, Sean Connery and Nicole Kidman in his illustrious career, celebrating his 100th birthday here in the Aylesbury Vale with his friends from the Bahá’í community.

The party, August 2017, was organised by Bahá’í friends of Earl — who was himself a member of the Bahá’í community — it was hosted by Gerald and Margaret Knight at their home in Marsh.

The party was attended by forty guests.

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Gerald Knight, who attended the party and is featured top left in the image, said “I first met Earl in 1973, when he was Chairman of the UK Committee of the Black Arts Festival, which my company had been asked to promote. Earl was an impressive man of great warmth and dignity who quickly won my respect, admiration and affection. Our first meeting was the start of a friendship that lasted almost 50 years.”

Following his breakthrough role in the 1951 film Pool of London, Earl enjoyed a long and distinguished movie and TV career.

Among many other roles, he played James Bond’s assistant in Thunderball, with Sean Connery, a fictional African dictator in The Interpreter, starring Nicole Kidman, and a cameo role with Helen Mirren in The Queen.