Boris Karloff (1887-1969) emigrated to Canada in the 1910s and is best known for playing Frankenstein's monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Son of Frankenstein (1939). Born in London, he attended both Uppingham and the Merchant Taylors' School. He was successful as an actor despite his lisp.
John Richard Schlesinger (1926-2003) moved on from Uppingham school to Balliol College, Oxford. Upon graduation he worked as an actor; he began his career as a director for film and television in 1956. He was an associate director of the Royal National Theatre from 1973. He was openly gay. His films include A Kind of Loving (1962), Billy Liar (1963), Darling (1965), Far From the Madding Crowd (1967), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) and more recently The Next Best Thing (2000).
In Notes on the English Character (read here or below) E M Forster (1879-1970) investigated class differences and hypocrisy as well as attitudes towards homosexuality. His 1910 'condition-of-England' novel Howards End explored the interaction of families from different social classes, its motto being 'only connect'.
Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer.
E M Forster published five novels in his lifetime, the others being: Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), The Longest Journey (1907), A Room with a View (1908), and his greatest success, A Passage to India (1924). Maurice was published posthumously in 1972 and is a gay love story. E M Forster struggled with his homosexuality for much of his life, though recent publications indicate that he developed a surprisingly active sex life (given his reputation) in his late thirties.