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Ivor Novello

Ivor Novello (born David Ivor Davies) was a Welsh composer and actor who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the first half of the 20th century, on both screen and stage. He was born into a musical Cardiff family and his mother, Clara Novello Davies, was an internationally known singing teacher and choral conductor. As a child, Novello was a successful singer in various eisteddfodau throughout the country. He was educated privately in Cardiff and then in Gloucester and later won a scholarship to Magdalen College School in Oxford. The family moved to London in 1913 and here Novello's career flourished. In 1914, at the start of World War II, he wrote the words to his most popular song, "Keep the Home Fires Burning". Novello lived in a flat above the Strand Theatre, where he remained until his death in 1951. Since 1955 the internationally prestigious The Ivor Novello Awards ("The Ivors") for songwriting and composing are annually awarded by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).

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Jan 15, 1893 In Cardiff, Wales, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Carnival 1921-03-01
Latest Project:
Movie Autumn Crocus 1934-02-01
Known For
Poster of The Vortex
Poster of The Man Without Desire
Poster of Bonnie Prince Charlie
Movie Autumn Crocus Andreas Steiner 1934-02-01
Movie I Lived with You Prince Felix Lenieff 1933-06-13
Movie Sleeping Car Gaston 1933-06-06
Movie The Phantom Fiend Michel Angeloff 1932-09-08
Movie Once a Lady Bennett Cloud 1931-11-07
Movie The Return of the Rat Pierre Boucheron 1929-05-30
Movie The Gallant Hussar Lieutenant Stephen Alrik / Feri von Noszty 1928-08-29
Movie The Vortex Nicky Lancaster 1928-03-25
Movie The Constant Nymph Lewis Dodd 1928-02-20
Movie Downhill Roddy Berwick 1927-10-24
Movie The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog The Lodger 1927-02-14
Movie The Triumph of the Rat Pierre Boucheron, 'the Rat' 1926-03-21
Movie The Rat Pierre Boucheron 1925-09-07
Movie The Man Without Desire Count Vittorio Dandolo 1923-12-01
Movie Bonnie Prince Charlie Prince Charles Stuart 1923-11-01
Movie The White Rose Joseph 1923-05-21
Movie The Bohemian Girl Thaddeus 1922-07-27
Movie Carnival 1921-03-01