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BHA mourns Faith Brook (1922-2012), actress and distinguished supporter of humanism

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has expressed its sorrow at the death of the actress and BHA distinguished supporter Faith Brook.

Faith Brook was born into a family of actors in York in February 1922. Her family soon moved to Hollywood where she spent her childhood. At the age of 18, she returned to England and attended RADA. Her first West End success was in Deep are the Roots at Wyndams and this was followed by a season at the Old Vic where her parts included Millamant in The Way of the World, Olivia in Twelfth Night, and Charlotta in The Cherry Orchard.

Her stage credits include Hamlet at Cambridge Theatre London with Ian McKellen, Mornings at Seven at the Westminster Theatre, The Old Country at Queen’s Theatre with Alec Guinness, Marguerite Duras’s Savannah Bay at the Edinburgh Festival, The Women at the Old Vic, El Cid at the National Theatre, Coriolanus at the Mermaid Theatre with Steven Berkoff, and Good at the Donmar Warehouse with Charles Dance for which she received the Clarence Derwent Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Her films included Chase a Crooked Shadow, The Eye of the Needle, North Sea Hijack. TV credits include War and Peace, The Irish RM, Cream in my Coffee, Gentlemen and Players, Miss Marple, and Elgar’s Tenth Muse.

BHA Chief Executive Andrew Copson said: ‘Although a dedicated member for many years, Faith never made a big public fuss about her membership of the BHA. In her life, however, she embodied so many of the qualities that humanists hold dear: tremendous emotional understanding and depth, personal resilience (even in the face of the failing eyesight that made her enjoyable letters to the office on faith schools and other topics sadly less frequent in later years) and hard work. She was an extraordinary actress who enriched the lives of viewer and audiences worldwide.’

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