Claire Bloom

Born Feb 15, 1931

Claire Bloom is an English film and stage actress.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Claire Bloom.


1931 Birth Born on February 15, 1931.
1940 9 Years Old After the Germans began bombing London during the Blitz in 1940, her family had a number of narrow escapes as bombs dropped close to their home. … Read More
1941 10 Years Old She recalls, "It was 1941; I was ten, John was nearly six. … Read More


1946 15 Years Old After training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Central School of Speech and Drama, Bloom made her debut on BBC radio programmes. She made her stage debut in 1946, when she was 15, with the Oxford Repertory Theatre. … Read More
1947 16 Years Old Her London stage debut was in 1947, when she was 16 years of age, in the hit Christopher Fry play The Lady's Not For Burning, which starred John Gielgud and Pamela Brown and featured a young Richard Burton. … Read More
1948 17 Years Old Bloom's first film role was a small part in the 1948 film The Blind Goddess. … Read More


1952 21 Years Old Her international screen debut came in the 1952 film Limelight, when she was chosen by Charlie Chaplin, who also directed, to co-star alongside him. … Read More
1959 28 Years Old Bloom has married three times. Her first marriage, in 1959, was to actor Rod Steiger, whom she had met when they both performed in the play Rashomon. … Read More


1969 38 Years Old Steiger and Bloom divorced in 1969. In that same year, Bloom married producer Hillard Elkins. The marriage lasted three years and the couple divorced in 1972.


1990 59 Years Old Bloom's third marriage on 29 April 1990, was to writer Philip Roth, her longtime companion. … Read More


1992 - 2007 6 More Events
2008 77 Years Old In 2008, she guest starred in New Tricks as actress Helen Brownlow. … Read More
2009 78 Years Old In December 2009, she appeared in the BBC's Doctor Who alongside David Tennant in his final story as the Tenth Doctor, as a Time Lord credited only as "The Woman." … Read More
2010 79 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Her most recent appearances in films were her portrayal of Queen Mary of Teck in the 2010 Oscar winning British film The King's Speech and her portrayal of Eva Rose opposite Jerry Lewis in the 2016 film Max Rose.
2012 81 Years Old In September 2012, she appeared in concert at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, as the narrator in a performance of Leonard Bernstein's Kaddish, with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop.
…  She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to drama. … Read More
2015 84 Years Old In 2015 she appeared as Matilda Stowe in ITV's Midsomer Murders episode 17.4, "A Vintage Murder".
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