Father’s Day special – inherited talents!

In honour of Father’s Day, we take a look at just a few of the dads who have passed on their creative genes to their children…

Michael, his wife Rachel and their three children

Michael, Corin, Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave

Actor Michael (1908-1985) was a key member of the famous Redgrave acting dynasty, and father to actors Corin (1939-2010), Lynn (1943-2010) and Vanessa (born 1937).

Michael’s grandchildren include actresses Joely Richardson, Jemma Redgrave and the late Natasha Richardson; his grandson, Carlo Gabriel Nero, is a screenwriter and film director.

Evelyn and Auberon Waugh

Auberon, Alexander and Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) was a writer and biographer, best known for his novels A Handful of Dust and Brideshead Revisited.

His son, Auberon Alexander Waugh (1939-2001), continued the family’s literary tradition, writing five novels and various collections throughout his career. He had four children, including writer Alexander and the novelist and Times‘ columnist Daisy Waugh.

Simone and John Rocha

John and Simone Rocha

Fashion designer John Rocha (b 1953) is best known for his embellished pieces, which often feature beading, neat outlines and lots of attitude.

Daughter Simone (b 1986) has followed in her dad’s footsteps and is now carving her own reputation as a designer, launching her debut collection at London Fashion Week in September 2010.

Gerald, Angela and Daphne Du Maurier

Gerald and Daphne Du Maurier

Gerald Du Maurier (1873-1934) was the son of cartoonist and writer Gerald, and found fame as an actor and stage manager. Gerald appeared in numerous  plays, and originally made his name by starring in the stage adaptations of two of J. M. Barrie’s novels (The Admirable Crichton and Peter Pan).

He had three daughters with actress Muriel Beaumont, the two eldest of whom,  Angela and Daphne, went on to become successful authors. Daphne achieved global acclaim for her writing, and is often considered to be one of the best writers of the 20th century; her novels and short stories include RebeccaJamaica Inn and The Birds.

Charles Sr and Jr

Charles and Charles Jr Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was a prolific writer, novelist and social commentator, and is one of the most widely-loved writers in English literature. He turned the living conditions of the people of London in to fodder for his books, managing to combine highlighting of issues with a sense of humour.

His eldest son, Charles (1837-1896), became the editor of All The Year Round – the magazine which Charles Sr founded in 1859 – and also had a successful career as a dictionary writer, including Dickens’ Dictionary of London. He also wrote a sequel to his father’s unfinished final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood; he collaborated on the book with Wilkie Collins and it was entitled John Jasper’s Secret: Sequel to Charles Dickens’ Mystery of Edwin Drood.

John, Juliet and Hayley Mills

Juliet, John and Hayley Mills

John Mills (1908-2005) was a Norfolk-born actor whose distinguished film career spanned an incredible seven – yes, really – decades.

He had three children; his two daughters, Juliet (b 1941) and Hayley (b 1946), both followed him into film. Hayley shot to fame as a child, starring in numerous Disney productions including The Parent Trap and Pollyanna; she won a BAFTA aged just 13 years old. The trio acted together in just one movie: 1947’s So Well Remembered.

Roald and Tessa Dahl

Roald and Tessa Dahl

Author Roald Dahl (1916-1990) is still one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors, with his novels – including the likes of Matilda, James and the Giant Peach and The BFG – proving enduringly popular.

Tessa (b 1957) is Roald and actress Patricia Neal’s eldest surviving child, and is a writer and author herself. As well as writing several successful novels, she regularly contributes to various newspapers and magazines. She has four children, including the model, cook and author, Sophie Dahl.

Will, Willow and Jaden Smith

Willow, Jaden, Jada and Will Smith

Actor Will (b 1968) shot to fame after his starring role in hit TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Ever since the show ended in 1996, Will has been one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, with his movies including the Men in Black series, The Wild Wild West, Hancock and I Am Legend… to name but a few.

His two youngest children (he has a son, Trey, with first wife Sheree Zampino), 13-year-old Jaden and 11-year-old Willow are both now stars in their own rights. Jaden has followed in his dad’s footsteps, starring in the likes of the Karate Kid remake, whilst Willow is set on conquering the music charts (and getting everyone to whip their hair…)

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