1924 – Born on This Day In Rock, Dora Bryan, singer, (1963 UK No.20 single “All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle”).
Dora Bryan was born as Dora May Broadbent in Southport, Lancashire, England. Recognised for her distinctive speaking voice became a trademark of her performances. Her father was a salesman and she attended Hathershaw County Primary School in Oldham, Lancashire. She began her career in pantomime before World War II, during which she joined the ENSA in Italy to entertain British troops.
A petite, blonde with an expressive face and Lancashire accent, adept at wide-eyed innocents whose naivete is played for laughs, Dora Bryan is a much-loved veteran character actress, often cast in films in eccentric or lower-class roles.
Her autobiography “According To Dora” was originally published in 1987 and has since been updated and republished. In 1996, she was awarded the OBE in recognition of her services to acting and awarded a Laurence Olivier Award for her role in the West End production of the Harold Pinter play, “The Birthday Party” the same year.