Who: Colin Welland, the writer of Oscar winning Chariots of Fire
What: Died at 81
Why: 2 November 2015
Colin Welland, the actor and writer who won an Oscar for the Chariots of Fire screenplay, died on 2 November 2015. He died at the age of 81 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years.
Welland collected his Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1982 for his script for Chariots of Fire. The film narrated the story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.
He was famous for his warning ‘the British are coming!’ while collecting his 1982 Academy Award.
Welland also acted in the film Kes, thriller Straw Dogs, BBC police drama Z-Cars, The Sweeney and Trial & Retribution.