I was born on New Years Eve 1937 to parents Murial and Richard Arthur. My father was a man of immense, sometimes violent energy, whose eyes would change colour when he was excited. I was a sensitive child, happier drawing, painting and playing the piano than hanging with the other kids. I was dyslexic and very poor academically. I loved watching films and idolised stars like Bogart, Cagney, Jack Palance and Richard Burton.
Following my dream I left school to enrol in the Cardiff College of music and drama and after graduation I took a job with the Arts Council. Following a stint of National Service I returned to my parentsÂ’ new place, near Bridgend and, getting back into drama, I appeared in several local plays, making my professional debut in at the Palace Theatre, Swansea, in 1960.
My inherited characteristics made me intense, and my years as a lonely outsider fuelled the fire. I won a place at RADA and spent the 70Â’s and 80Â’s fleeting between theatre and the big screen.
In the 90Â’s, out of the blue, came the big one and I won an Oscar. It was a far cry from my modest roots in Port Talbot. Who am I?
LAST MONTHS WINNER WAS: Debbie Archer from San Pedro who was the first person to spot the error on edition 120
The most complete answer: Margaret Mead