Cary Grant’s 120th Birthday
The Rendezvous, Denmark Street, Bristol
Thursday 18 January, 6pm GMT

We celebrated Cary Grant’s 120th Birthday in style with chips at the Rendezvous Fish and Chip Shop, Denmark Street. Did you know that Cary Grant’s favourite meal was FISH AND CHIPS? – whenever he came home to Bristol, he had to have them – sometimes out of the paper in his Silver Cloud Rolls Royce. Often from THE RENDEZVOUS on Denmark Street.

Cary Grant – Archie Leach – was born in Bristol on 18 January 1904. And Denmark Street – Bristol’s Soho – was Archie and Cary’s stomping ground. The Rendezvous is opposite the Hippodrome stage door, where Archie worked backstage aged 14. Years later movie icon Cary Grant lunched at Harvey’s Restaurant in Denmark Street and bought his spectacles from Dunscombe’s on the corner with St Augustine’s Parade.

We were joined by Chris Yapp, one of the actors leading RAISING CARY GRANT, Show of Strength’s new theatre walk, and UWE’s Professor Charlotte Crofts, director of CARY COMES HOME festival, and hearing about Archie and Cary on Denmark Street.


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Professor Charlotte Crofts (UWE Bristol), director of the Cary Comes Home Festival and Sheila Hannon, creative producer of Show of Strength Theatre Company.
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Reporters from ITV West Country preparing to go live. Watch the video here.

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Cary Comes Home is a biennial festival which aims to celebrate Cary Grant’s Bristol roots, develop new audiences for his work and recreate the golden age of cinema-going, directed by Dr Charlotte Crofts (Professor of Cinema Arts, UWE Bristol). Learn more at


In Association with UWE Bristol Moving Image Research Group

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Celebrating Bristol’s status as a UNESCO City of Film, in recognition of the city’s vibrant screen heritage, of which Cary Grant is one of our brightest stars.