Happy 100th Birthday Earl Cameron!

Happy 100th Earl!

As Earl Cameron presumably receives his telegraph today from The Queen, Art & Hue would like to join Her Majesty in wishing him a very happy 100th birthday.

Not only has Earl reached the milestone of 100 years, he broke new ground in his long career as an actor.

Born in Bermuda, Earl joined the British Merchant Navy and found himself stuck in London when the Second World War started in 1939. Starting his acting career with parts in theatrical productions, his breakthrough film role was his first and marked an important step in the representation of black actors in British film.

Pool of London” was the first British film to cast a black actor in a main role with Earl Cameron making his film debut as merchant seaman Johnny who gets caught up in a smuggling crime gang.

Additionally, “Pool of London” portrayed the first interracial relationship in British film between Earl Cameron’s character Johnny and Pat, played by Susan Shaw (who appeared in “Carry On Nurse“).

Cameron went on to have a long and varied career after his debut in “Pool of London” and is still active in film & television, appearing in “Inception” and “The Queen”.

With appearances in the James Bond film “Thunderball” with Sean Connery, and cult projects including “The Prisoner” and “Danger Man”, Earl Cameron is the oldest living actor to have appeared in “Doctor Who”.

The original poster for “Pool of London” didn’t show Earl Cameron, despite his main featuring role in the film, presumably because of the social mores of 1951, so Art & Hue has reimagined the film artwork to make Earl Cameron the star with top billing. His endearing portrayal of a merchant sailor caught up in crime and an unfulfilled relationship steals the film.

Happy 100th Earl!

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