Author and actor Alan Bennett
was born in Armley in Leeds,
Yorkshire in 1934. He attended
Leeds Modern School and learned
Russian at the Joint Services
School for Linguists during his
National Service, during which
he attended Cambridge
University. After this, he
applied for a scholarship to
Oxford University, from which he
graduated with a first-class
degree in History.
In 1960, after some time teaching and studying at Oxford, Bennett, along with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller, and Peter Cook, achieved instant fame by appearing at the Edinburgh Festival in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe.
Bennett's first stage play, Forty ...