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THE KRAYS  |  overview of their life story  |  roundup w/links

*There are many conflicting narratives. This one comes via BBC + wiki.

A history of violence

The Krays were the most notorious criminals of the 1960s, heading an organised underworld empire of protection rackets, violence and murder.

• Ronnie and Reggie Kray were identical twins, born and raised in the East End of London - their brother Charlie was born seven years earlier.

• The family moved from Hoxton to Bethnal Green when they were small, and the twins were soon involved in juvenile crime.

• Both were promising amateur boxers, but the sport - and National Service in the Army - did little to instil discipline or control the violence which was to become a hallmark of their lives.

• In the 1950s they set up an East End protection racket and in 1960 moved into the West End to open a gambling club, Esmerelda’s Barn, in Knightsbridge.

• With Charlie providing the business brainpower behind the operations the twins became the public face of The Firm, as they called their gang.

• Obsessed with celebrities, they entertained actors, pop stars and sportsmen and anyone else with a claim to fame in the club. [They were photographed by David Bailey on more than one occasion, and socialised with lords, MPs, socialites and show business characters including actors George Raft, Judy Garland, Diana Dors, Barbara Windsor and singer Frank Sinatra.]

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anonymous asked:

Which is your favorite character that Colin played?

 Thank you for this question! :) 

I can’t really choose a specific character played by Colin because I love them all: Colin played each one of them with sheer talent and he put so much hardwork into each role; but I’m specially in love with:

* Merlin

* Cathal in the movie Parked:

* Calum in the movie Island:

* Jethro Cane in Doctor Who (Series 4 Episode 10):

* Vernon in the play Vernon God Little:

* Jimmy Rosario in the play A Prayer For My Daughter :

* Esbeban in the play All About My Mother:

* Carlos in the play Our Private Life :

* Ariel in Shakespeare’s play The Tempest:

* Skinny Luke in the play Mojo:

* Gary in Old Vic Theatre’s 24 Hour Musical:

* Jimmy Minor in Quirke:

* Victor Richardson in the movie Testament Of Youth:

* Detective Sergent Tom Anderson in The Fall:

* Newt Pulsifer in Good Omens:

* Leo in Humans:

And I already love:

* Seàn MacDiarmada in the upcoming movie The Rising:

* Frankie Shea in the movie Legend:

* The Leading Role in the upcoming short movie The Laughing King:

* Paul Ashton in the upcoming movie Waiting For You:

And much more…

I admire the diversity of the roles Colin Morgan chooses to play. He is a real actor, the most talented of his generation!

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