Colin Welland - British actor and writer, born 4th July 1934, Leigh, Lancashire, England. Became a familiar face on British television in the BBC TV drama series 'Z-Cars' (1962), and then went on to appear in various plays and television movies, often also contributing the scripts. Films include 'Kes' (1969), TV work includes Dennis Potter's award-winning play 'Blue Remembered Hills' (1979), and writing credits include 'Yanks' (1979), and 'Chariots of Fire' (1981), for which he received an Academy Award for best writing.