A giant among vampire killers. Endlessly professional, with just enough of a sense of humour creeping in under the floorboards, Cushing more than anyone else defines British horror, with a hundred films of that nature to his credit, ranging in quality from The Blood Beat Terror to your actual Dracula.
FINEST HOUR: He’s one of those actors it’d be almost churlish to pick a single defining moment for. This man’s worked with Laurel and Hardy, for goodness’ sake! But the sight of him really going for it as the harassed widower Arthur Grimsdyke – at a time when he was still mourning his own wife – and turns in a top notch performance in the much-denigrated portmanteau genre demonstrates his selfless dedication as well as his skill.