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Clive Francis (born 1946)

Clive Francis divides his time between being an actor, artist and writer. He has appeared with the RSC and the National Theatre and many West End theatres. His most recent film and television appearances being The Crown, Official Secrets and Anatomy of a Scandal. He began caricaturing when at school and then went on to pepper the backs of scripts throughout years. His first exhibition was held at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith in 1984, followed in 1988 at the National theatre and again at the National to coincide with the publication of his first book, Laughlines. Over the years he has illustrated several books including the cover to Alec Guinness’ autobiography, Blessings in Disguise. Recent publications include illustrating the memoirs of comedy writers, Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement; More than Likely and Robert Pennant Jones’; First Act Shakespeare. His work can be seen hanging around the Gielgud Theatre, Coward Theatre and recently The Sondheim Theatre. Clive Francis works mainly in brush and gouache.