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Name: Gilbert Harding  
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Date of Birth: 5th June 1907
Place of Birth: Hereford, England, UK
Profession: Actor
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Gilbert Charles Harding (born in Hereford, 5 June 1907-16 November 1960) was a famous journalist, radio and television personality. His many careers were those of school master, journalist, police officer, disc jockey, interviewer and television presenter. His father was killed at an early age and so his mother enrolled him into the Royal Wolverhampton School as a boarder. He went on to attended Cambridge University before teaching English in Canada and France.

Harding returned to Britain and worked as a police officer in Bradford. He then took up a position as The Times correspondent in Cyprus. In 1936 he once again returned to England and began a long-term career with the BBC.

He regularly appeared on the television programme What's My Line as a panellist; and also on the programme as the presenter for the very first episode.

Harding was infamous for bullying his interviewees and was at one time known as "the rudest man in Britain." However the tables were briefly turned in 1960 when he was reduced to tears on the live show Face to Face, after being questioned about the recent death of his mother. This was commonly seen as a tactless attempt to expose his homosexuality. He died soon after the program was broadcast, aged 53.

The Face to Face interview was re-broadcast for the first time on BBC Four, on the 18th October, 2005; following a repeated episode of What's My Line.

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