Sarah Bernhardt (1844–1923): French stage actress referred to as "the most famous actress in the history of the world". She was asked by French composerCharles Gounod if she ever prayed. Bernhadt replied "No, never. I'm an atheist".
Russell Brand (1975–): English comedian, actor, columnist and presenter of radio and television, noted for his flamboyant style and for various controversies that have surrounded him in the British media.
Derren Brown (1971–): English psychological illusionist, mentalist, and skeptic of paranormal phenomena. Professed to being an atheist in his book Tricks of the Mind and described Bertrand Russell's collection of essays Why I Am Not a Christian "an absolute joy."
Luis Buñuel (1900–1983): Spanish film-maker, activist of the surrealist movement. Known for his one-liner, "Thank God I'm still an atheist."
Sir Denis Forman (1917–): British Director (1949–1954) and later Chair (1971–1973) of The British Film Institute, Chairman and Managing Director of Granada Television, and Director of the Royal Opera House in London.
Bruce Lee (1940–1973): martial artist, actor and philosopher. John Little states that Lee was an atheist. When asked in 1972 what his religious affiliation was, he replied "none whatsoever." Also in 1972, when asked if he believed in God, he responded, "To be perfectly frank, I really do not."
Howard Stern (1954–): American radio entertainer. On his Sirius radio show, he has occasionally expressed his belief that, when we die, rather an an afterlife, there is just nothing—an absence of thoughts and feelings. Just nothing.
↑"I am a radical Atheist..." Adams in an interview by American Atheists.
↑"She was a socialist, a romantic communist, and could charm with her charisma, spontaneity, and quick informed intelligence. She was a fervent atheist and advocate of humanism and common sense, accepting her stance without subjecting it to analysis." Sally Adams: 'Adams , Mary Grace Agnes (1898–1984)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004  (accessed April 29, 2008).
↑In a letter by Adams dated August 10, 1993: "I've spent a life-time attacking religious beliefs and have not wavered from a view of the universe that many would regard as bleak. Namely, that it is a meaningless place devoid of deity [sic]".
↑Interviewer: "Has researching subjects such as exorcism and possession forced you to challenge your belief system?" Ahearne: "No I'm a devout atheist and endlessly fascinated with the issue of faith in the impossible. It's true I bought a cross when we were shooting in Rome and I'm still wearing it. And it's true some of the actors had unnerving stories to tell during the shoot. My unfaith remains unshaken however. I need big miracles to make me believe. So far I've just been teased by the paranormal." Interview with writer, Joe Ahearne, BBC Press Office, 31 October 2008 (accessed 28 November 2008).
↑"I do not believe in God. There is too much science now that refutes the existence of a supreme creator, at least for me, and the miracles of old are easily explained today." Allen Smith, Warren (2002). Celebrities in Hell: A Guide to Hollywood's Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Free Thinkers, and More. Barricade Books Inc.. p. 130. ISBN1569802149.
↑"Still, it's worth noting that by the age of 20 this whistle-blower had resisted two of the most powerful institutions - church and army, both. He is an atheist, "And I have been against all of these wars ever since." " Suzie Mackenzie interviewing Altman, 'Still up to mischief', The Guardian, May 1, 2004, Pg. 30.
↑"Of course, Anderson has never avoided controversy, but this show promises to be his most contentious yet. As an out-and-proud atheist, he's asking, "If the world truly does have an intelligent design, why is everything so f---ed?"—Lallo, Michael (April 5, 2007), Wil to Succeed, The Age, Fairfax Media. Retrieved November 15, 2007.
↑"God is a concept by which we can measure our pain. I just believe in me. Yoko and me. And that's reality. The dream is over. What can I say?" Fan Q&A with Asia
↑"I don't believe in God. My sense of awe, wonder and utter insignificance comes from reading the New Scientist, rather than the Bible." Jane Asher interviewed by Allan Burnett, 'A Piece of My Mind', Sunday Herald, 25 January 2009, Magazine, Pg. 4.
↑"The rating furore that surrounded the film is symptomatic, Bacon says, of a particularly repressive period for the arts in America. The film would not, he thinks, have been slammed with such a punitive rating ten years ago. "I think there is a puritanical wind that is blowing. I have never seen such a lack of separation between church and state in America," he says. "I don't believe in God, but if I did I would say that sex is a Godgiven right. Otherwise it's the end of our species." Bacon sounds weary, as if he's been fighting a lot of losing battles over the past couple of years. It can't have escaped his notice that this puritanism will have ramifications for the kind of films that are financed in future." Wendy Ide interviewing Bacon, 'The outsider wants in', The Times (London), 1 December 2005, Features, Pg. 20.
↑"What has stayed with me is the need for and love of ritual, the language of the authorised version of the Bible, the liturgy of the Anglican services, the beauty of its places of worship, the music and painting created to celebrate Christianity's central mystery. I think I remain to this day an unbelieving Anglican.
None of this is rational, or particularly logical. It is how religion happens: a heap of childhood influence, a questing mind as the search begins, a failure to find new or surprising answers, a sound respect for the minds that once shaped doctrine and then the settling for a quiet and untroubled agnosticism. It is merely a timid temperament that inhibits me from declaring a bold, defiant atheism.
Mine has been an outlook evolved from its time, growing from a particular period of history of absolutes and certainties. Everything shifted for devoutly held faith when schools began teaching comparative religion. From then on, the game was up. If each religion, it was now taught, has its own legitimacy, its own beliefs and concept of the divine, what is to say whether one is any better than another?" Joan Bakewell, 'Portrait: Just 70', The Guardian (London), February 20, 2004, G2: Guardian Features Pages, Pg. 7.
↑Hohenadel, Kristin (2001-03-04). "'Don't Call Me Actor,' says a Nominee for Best, Um...". The New York Times. pp. 2A.3. ""I don't believe in God,""
↑ 18.018.1Allen Smith, Warren (2002). Celebrities in Hell: A Guide to Hollywood's Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Free Thinkers, and More. Barricade Books Inc.. p. 130. ISBN1569802149.
↑"I was brought up Catholic. I'm lapsed. From the age of three I was with the nuns. Now I'm an atheist. I think religion does a lot for us but I can't quite believe it, alas... It's just a personal choice. I love the idea of heaven though. Who doesn't? It's lovely." Paul Bettany, Bettany the Non-Believer, Movie & Entertainment News, WENN.com, May 10, 2006 (accessed June 10, 2008).
↑Brady had a Catholic upbringing but now considers herself an atheist. Allen Smith, Warren (2002). Celebrities in Hell: A Guide to Hollywood's Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Free Thinkers, and More. Barricade Books Inc.. p. 130. ISBN1569802149.
↑"According to Brand, he was on the News At Ten so often that he began to think it was his show. If further proof of his big head was needed, Brand tells us he doesn't believe in God but is fairly convinced that he actually is God. To be fair, Brand is the first to acknowledge how vain he is, but his ego is so out of control that it's almost beyond his power to stop himself hogging the limelight." Jonathan Trew reviewing Brand's stand-up show, Daily Record, 27 February 2009, Pg. 74.
↑"Does the prospect of his own inevitable death frighten him? 'I don't think it does. I don't fret about it. I think it was partly to do with seeing my father go. It didn't frighten him. Upset him a bit but not ... I think if you are an atheist, what's there to be frightened of? ... But I don't want to die yet.' " Nigel Farndale, 'The Heartbreak Kid: Jim Broadbent', Sunday Telegraph, September 23, 2007, Section 7, Pg.8.
↑" Nor does organised religion emerge with honour, and Brock says he has been an atheist for many years. "My father was an intelligent and articulate advocate for old-fashioned notions of kindness and liberalism, but in the end I just did not feel that loving him was a justification for believing in a whole theocratic system. Religion in certain circles has become increasingly exclusive and aggressive. Fundamentalist attitudes pervade, and that, in its most extreme form, means you can kill anybody you want to because they're an unbeliever." " A very British charmer, Daily Telegraph August 18, 2006 (accessed April 22, 2008).
↑"Yeah, that's right. I'm an atheist defending moderate Christians. Wanna make something of it?" . The Guardian August 23, 2008
↑"Father Julian... and I often talk about faith and the existence of God, but... he's forever coming up against the stone wall of my atheism..." Luis Bunuel (1982, 1985). My Last Breath: p.254.
↑"I spent five years in the seminary and I suppose it was assumed that you had a vocation. I have realised subsequently that I didn't have one at all. I don't believe in God. But I did believe at the time in this notion that you were being called." 'Coming out as atheist: Noel Gallagher & Gabriel Byrne', National Secular Society (accessed July 15, 2008).
↑"Born in Dublin in 1949, Caffrey enjoyed acting in school plays but subsequently went to a seminary for two years with a view to becoming a priest (he later played one in Coronation Street). He came out an atheist and studied English at University College, Dublin, before teaching at a primary school for a year." Anthony Hayward, 'Peter Caffrey; Padraig in 'Ballykissangel' ', The Independent (London), January 4, 2008, Obituaries, Pg. 42.
↑"I don't believe in God, Satan, angels, an afterlife, a creator, or any of those dangerous myths. I trust in science, objective truth, wonder, and mankind." Allen Smith, Warren (2002). Celebrities in Hell: A Guide to Hollywood's Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Free Thinkers, and More. Barricade Books Inc.. p. 130. ISBN1569802149.
↑"Where do you go when you die? The same place you were before you were born; nowhere! It's over!" Billy Connolly Live: Was It Something I Said?, 2007
↑Reviewing The Letters of Noel Coward edited by Barry Day, Simon Callow noted: "His unashamed patriotism galvanised the nation. One wonders whether these admirers would have laughed so heartily or wept so freely if they had thought that they were being entertained and moved by a homosexual atheist of the most militant kind. A letter to his mother on the early death of his brother out-Dawkinses Dawkins: "I'm saying several acid prayers to a fat contented God the Father in a dirty night gown who hates you and me and every living creature in the world." " The Guardian, December 15, 2007, Review pages, Pg. 7.
↑"Cronenberg's parents were atheists who encouraged him to experiment spiritually, convinced that sooner or later he'd find his own path to godlessness. And he did. This lack of belief, which became a belief system in itself, informs so much of his work: the primacy of the body, the finality of death, the lack of consolation. "It was apparent to me that religion was an invented thing," he says, "a wish-fulfilment thing, a fantasy thing. It was much more real, dangerous, to accept that mortality was the end for you as an individual. As an atheist, I don't believe in an afterlife, so if you're thinking of murder, if your subject is murder, then that's a physical act of absolute destruction because you're ending something, a body, that is unique. That person never existed before, will never exist again, will not be karmically recycled, will not go to heaven, therefore I take it seriously." " Simon Hattenstone interviewing Cronenberg, 'Gentleman's relish', The Guardian, October 6, 2007 (accessed June 9, 2008).
↑"I don't believe in life after death. I'm a staunch atheist and I know when I die that will be it, I'll just blink out of existence. It's not an incredibly comforting thought but I'm completely at peace with that idea and it just makes me appreciate this life all the more. It's almost a panic to get as much done and to have as much experience as possible." Mackenzie Crook interviewed by Teddy Jamieson, The Herald (Glasgow), April 19, 2008, Magazine, Pg. 12.
↑http://www.avclub.com/articles/david-cross,13617/ "He's coming at me with all this, saying that I'm a self-loathing Jew, and I said I was raised Jewish but I don't believe in God, I'm not Jewish, and I don't hold those beliefs." Accessed on 2009-08-24
↑[...] The argument continued in the next episode, when atheist Adrianne, commenting on the apartment's cleanliness, said, "The Christians think they're better than everybody and they're holier than thou. But I clean up their messes all the time." God and Woman at America's Next Top Model, John Bowman]
↑"Why do people believe all this stuff, Stephen? (...) Bronze age mythology and they believe it all! (...) Why do they believe it all? Can't they just go: 'all that was mad. I thought it was true for a minute'"  retrieved August 16, 2008
↑"As writer and executive producer of Doctor Who, Davies often plays with religious imagery (from a cross-shaped space station to robot angels with halos), but he's a fervent believer in [Richard] Dawkins. "He has brought atheism proudly out of the closet!" " Russell T Davies: Return of the (tea) Time Lord, The Independent, April 6, 2008 (accessed April 7, 2008)
↑"A fervently Roman Catholic child - he talks of his "dogged piety" and of "years wasted in useless prayer" - Davies has now embraced atheism with a born-again zeal." Wendy Ide, 'A regret-filled love letter to a changing city', The Times (London), May 20, 2008, Features, Pg. 23.
↑Interviewed by American Atheist "AA: You're a second generation Atheist. While in college, did you have a skeptical attitude toward the paranormal? Was it something you thought about at the time? DAVIS: I was always skeptical of ghosts, or aliens, or whatever it might be." American Atheist Interview with William B. Davis (accessed April 14, 2008)
↑"Gentleman, frankly I'm an atheist,..."Enough Rope', 25 July 2005.
↑"I have given up belief in a God." Allen Smith, Warren (2002). Celebrities in Hell: A Guide to Hollywood's Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Free Thinkers, and More. Barricade Books Inc.. p. 130. ISBN1569802149.
↑Stephen M. Silverman, Dancing on the Ceiling: Stanley Donen and His Movies, Alfred A. Knopf: New York (1996), page 312.
↑Speaking about her role in the film The Lair of the White Worm, Donohoe said: "I'm an atheist, so it was actually a joy. Spitting on Christ was a great deal of fun. I can't embrace a male god who has persecuted female sexuality throughout the ages. And that persecution still goes on today all over the world." Biography of Amanda Donohoe, Internet Movie Database (accessed April 24, 2008).
↑"Well, if humans are to develop as a species, we have to stand on our own two feet. If we do not do that, then we are destined to repeat the errors of history, we are destined to repeat the problems ... hhhh [sigh] ... we see emerging, the Zeitgeist that's blowing through on either sides of the divide at the moment. This is destined to repeat itself, unless we can evolve towards a secular, moral compass, that enables us to respect each other, and respect our ideas, and respect the accidental, biological genius of humankind, that has come about largely not through design, but through accident, and not to piss it up against the wall by demeaning ourselves into imagining that there is some divine master plan that gives the earth and gives the world 'sense'..., if we can accept that all we have is each other, that's all we have, then we may respect each other a little more. Impossible, utterly impossible, but you can only try, you can only try." The Songlines Conversations: John Doyle show transcript, 9 July 2006
↑"I'm an atheist. My mother is very religious, a churchgoer. She would often encourage me to go to church as well, but never forced it upon me, which I thought was quite decent of her. [...] There was no defining moment in which I decided there was no god for me, it was more of a growing process. I do feel that whatever religious beliefs I had as a child were foisted upon me. It's like when you ask where Grandma went when she died, and you'd be told that she went to heaven. I wouldn't necessarily view that as a bad thing, but it was stuff like that which I think hindered my intellectual development. Now that I've grown, I prefer a different interpretation." Christopher Eccleston, The Heaven and Earth Show, BBC1, Sunday April 3, 2005, 10:30.
↑"Earlier this year David Edgar wrote an unforgettable account of the death of his wife, Eve Cook, for a BBC radio talk during Easter week. An avowed atheist, Edgar said that he was trying to express 'that most human need to tell the dead what we would want to say - but know we couldn't say - if they were still alive'." Sean French, 'Dust to dustjacket', The Guardian, April 30, 1999, Pg. 18.
↑"For Lent, when I was younger, I gave up Happy Days. Now I'm an atheist."
↑McKinley, Jesse (2005-01-02). "Fierstein As Tevye: Sounds Crazy, No?". The New York Times. pp. 2.5. ""I mean, I don't believe in God, I don't believe in heaven or hell, but I pray three or four times a day.""
↑Interviewer: "At what point did you realize you were an atheist?" Flemming: "I kind of realized it gradually. At first it was like, OK, clearly fundamentalist Christianity is wrong, but Christianity is probably right. Then the more I actually thought about it, the more I deduced my way to atheism." Finding My Religion, SF Gate (San Francisco Chronicle), February 13, 2006 (accessed April 14, 2008).
↑"The more significant was Granada's Adam Smith the following year, with Keir as a bereaved Church of Scotland minister seeking the meaning of life. Though written by Trevor Griffiths under a nom-de-plume, it owed much of its character to Sir Denis Forman, by this time Granada's chairman and himself a son of the manse - Adam was his father's first name. Sir Denis is also a convinced atheist, and the series, which at first went out on Sunday evenings as a religious offering, became so doubting that it had to be switched to an ordinary outlet." Philip Purser, 'Obituary: Andrew Keir', The Guardian, October 7, 1997, Pg. 14.
↑"I knew I couldn't believe in God, because I was fundamentally Hellenic in my outlook." Fry, Stephen (2004 (1997)). Moab is my washpot. Arrow books. pp. 382. ISBN9780099457046.
↑"Sometimes belief means credulity, sometimes an expression of faith and hope which even the most sceptical atheist such as myself cannot but find inspiring." Stephen Fry, Spectator Lecture at the Royal Geographical Society, reprinted as 'Would I live in America? In a heartbeat', The Spectator, 9 May 2009, Pg. 28.
↑""I never saw Russell lose it on set..."". TotalFilm.com. 2006-02-08. "I’m an atheist..."
↑" "I'm agnostic. I don't believe there is a God around, but if anybody else wants to believe and that does them good and keeps them right, then go for it. I would love to have that faith that some people have. I like the whole moral education and sense of community and friendship that churches have, but there's just too much badness in the world. I can't accept that whole thing of a benign God." Dan, who admits to being a workaholic, even wrote a play about his lack of faith. " Gail Edgar interviewing Gordon, 'I found a lump and thought, that's it the party's over', Belfast Telegraph, 26 October 2008 (accessed 25 March 2009).
↑"I don’t waste any time thinking about the beyond, reincarnation or whether or not we are transported to another realm. I try to live life from moment to moment. What happens next doesn’t occupy a single atom of thought... I took a comparative religion course when I was at university to get an overview, but it had no impact whatsoever. As far as I’m concerned, Darwin has come up with the best theory of how, when and why we are here — nothing else has convinced me otherwise.""Coming Out as Atheist: Richard E. Grant". secularism.org.uk. http://www.secularism.org.uk/comingoutasatheistricharde.grant.html.
↑"I have no religion. I wasn't raised that way, and I have nothing now" - Eva Green to Total Film magazine. December, 2007.
↑"My films show that I am a true atheist, although I always had the highest marks in Religious Education"  retrieved January 15, 2008
↑"A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. He didn't help me a bit." She went on to hold up her Emmy and say, "Suck it, Jesus, this award is my god now!"
↑"Although I'm not a Christian, I was raised Christian. I'm an atheist, with a slight Buddhist leaning." Allen Smith, Warren (2002). Celebrities in Hell: A Guide to Hollywood's Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Free Thinkers, and More. Barricade Books Inc.. p. 130. ISBN1569802149.
↑"I've never believed in God. If I've made a mistake and there is a God, I'll say: 'Sorry, Guv'nor, I never believed in you but I'm glad you're here. Can I come in?' If it's just The Big Sleep, that will be OK too - I've always enjoyed a nice kip." Brian Hall, quoted in Chris Hughes, 'Fawlty Towers Chef Dies of Cancer at 59', The Mirror (UK), 18 September 1997, Pg. 19.
↑Reviewing When the Wind Changed: The Life and Death of Tony Hancock by Cliff Goodwin, Michael Mellow wrote: "No diary is left unopened to reconstruct the complex life of a man whose public appearance was 'shabbily endearing' but who was privately a superstitious but philosophical atheist, prone to violence and depression. This is exhaustive, but never exhausting, with plenty of light relief in the form of transcribed interviews and sketches." The Observer, November 19, 2000, Review Pages, Pg. 14.
↑Reviewing Hare's collection Obedience, Struggle and Revolt, Nicholas Blincoe noted: "Hare's willingness to engage openly with traditions and institutions he respects can be heard in his speeches about Osborne and Williams, and in a speech to the Anglican Church, delivered at Westminster Abbey [...] the address to the Church is openly atheist." 'Turning his back on revolution', Daily Telegraph, August 6, 2005, Books section, Pg. 004.
↑"I believe strongly in the heritage of Jews as educators. I feel very proud of the fact that if it weren't for the Jews, half the world would still be illiterate. I would like to know about Jewish religion as history, but as an atheist, I see no reason to practice any religion... because it is organized superstition... the opiate of the masses." Allen Smith, Warren (2002). Celebrities in Hell: A Guide to Hollywood's Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Free Thinkers, and More. Barricade Books Inc.. p. 130. ISBN1569802149.
↑"But this Austin high school dropout (who went on to get a diploma through a home-study program) soon reveals herself to be a well-read young woman who despises television and declared herself an atheist after losing her best friend in a car crash." Amber Heard will be heard
↑Hepburn stated "I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for people" in the October 1991 issue of Ladies' Home Journal
↑"Horne had recently been cast in another BBC sitcom, called Roman's Empire, and when G&S came along, the corporation wouldn't let him take on both roles. "So I said, 'I'm doing Roman's Empire'," recalls Horne. " Now I don't believe in God, but someone was looking over me at that point. Because on Monday morning, I get a call, and the BBC has changed its mind. They say: 'You can do both.'" " Brian Logan interviewing Horne, 'Bye Stacey, hello Joe', The Times, 10 January 2009, The Knowledge, Features, Pg. 14-17.
↑" Perhaps it is having to listen to Thought for the Day on the Today programme every morning, but John Humphrys, an atheist, appears to be having doubts about his doubts. "I know that I don't believe in God," he says. "I might, however, wake up tomorrow morning and find a shimmering figure in the corner of my bedroom calling me to Jesus." "
Tim Walker, 'Doubting John', The Daily Telegraph (London), 31 January 2009, News, Mandrake, Pg. 10.
↑"I don't believe in God, but I don't believe either that the whole thing is just a bizarre accident. Or at least, if it is, something has to explain our spirituality, which clearly does exist." Humphrys interviewed by Kay Parris, On death and doubting, Reform, February 2009 (accessed 25 March 2009).
↑"That character had such a weird internal life." What help could Huston give you? "Not much. I was on my own there. I think Huston was baffled by the script, which was very Catholic, whereas he was a devout atheist." Brad Dourif interviewed by Ryan Gilbey, 'How Weird is Brad?', The Independent (London), December 20, 2002, Features, Pg. 12.
↑On December 12, 2006, in an interview on Skepticality, the official podcast of Skeptic, Hyneman said, "[A]ctually I'm pretty adamant about, you know, the whole God thing and it seems that skeptics are by and large atheists or something approaching that, which I strongly identify with. So it turned out to be a good thing and I have become enthusiastically part of it."
↑Talking to Richard Dawkins, James said: "... and it leaves you feeling good, which I suppose is something that religions have always tried to do. Let me get into that now, because, I'm an atheist myself, but it's not something that I would make a point of, because to me it seems perfectly obvious. But it didn't seem obvious to the man who was in charge of the Kogarah Presbyterian Church when I was in the Bible class, and when he found out that I had become an atheist he thought I was condemning myself and my family to the flames, he reacted very badly, but it just did seem to me very clear." Discussion between Richard Dawkins and Clive James, Edinburgh Book Festival, August 2008.
↑"Sarah became an atheist, her writing fired by the cruelties carried out in the name of God. "God, the bastard," was one of her favourite Beckett quotes. "I think she looked at the world around her, and thought it was unsustainable to think there is an all-powerful, all-caring God who made the world as it is," says Simon [Kane, her brother]." Simon Hattenstone, 'A Sad Hurrah', The Guardian, July 1, 2000, Pg. 26.
↑"28.Do you have a religion and if so what is it? I am an Atheist. I know the film's really Christian and everything but it doesn’t really affect me. Oh and you know I’m related to Charles Darwin." 
↑"I love to call myself an atheist. By atheist, I don't mean I would stand up and start delivering speeches on the non-existence of God. I am the kind of person who doesn't like wasting time on visiting religious places or performing rituals. They don't help me in any way." Rajeev Khandelwal, 'I Am', The Times of India, 10 Jun 2008 (accessed June 10, 2008).
↑"Once I stayed up for three weeks in a row because I felt I was called upon to write a new religion for women. I was reading all these books, including the Bible... and I'm an atheist." Allen Smith, Warren (2002). Celebrities in Hell: A Guide to Hollywood's Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Free Thinkers, and More. Barricade Books Inc.. p. 130. ISBN1569802149.
↑"Kawalerowicz, a professed atheist, had no interest in demonology per se, only as a symbol of repressed sexuality and of the power of authority, be it the Roman Catholic Church or - though it is never spelt out - Communism." 'Obituary of Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Polish director of 'Mother Joan of the Angels' who fell out with his fellow film-makers over the Solidarity movement', Daily Telegraph, January 1, 2008, Pg. 23.
↑"Arguably the world's most influential theatre critic, Jan Kott was a man of glittering contradictions - Don Juan and globetrotter, atheist and Jew, anarchist and Communist - and a controversially brilliant polemicist. Fascinated by the dark side of the psyche, he adhered consistently to his own brand of enlightened rationalism, studying Jacques Maritain and the Thomists, and empathising with Andre Breton and Surrealism." Nina Taylor-Terlecka, 'Obituary: Jan Kott, The Independent (London), January 9, 2002, Pg. 6.
↑"A self-described atheist, Lancaster had turned down the role in the remake of Ben-Hur (1959) played by Charlton Heston, but followed in Heston's footsteps when he played the title role in Moses the Lawgiver [...]. When a reporter asked him if he was following in Heston's sandal-clad steps, Lancaster replied, "If Charlton was trapped in Biblical films, it was his own fault - he accepted the limitation." Though Lancaster claimed he was an atheist, some of his friends doubted him." Biography for Burt Lancaster, The Internet Movie Database (accessed June 9, 2008).
↑"I don't believe in God, but I have this idea that if there were a God, or destiny of some kind looking down on us, that if he saw you taking anything for granted he’d take it away. So he'll be like: 'You think this is going pretty well?' Then he'll go and send down some big disaster." Stargazing: Heather's angry, Jane is ill, Hugh is anxious[dead link], Kansas City Star, Wed, Oct. 31, 2007 (accessed November 1, 2007).
↑"I was brought up an atheist and have always remained so. But at no time was I led to believe that morality was unimportant or that good and bad did not exist. I believe passionately in the need to distinguish between right and wrong and am somewhat confounded by being told I need God, Jesus or a clergyman to help me to do so. More: I'm offended. And one is constantly being told how offensive is a lack of faith to believers." Nigella Lawson, 'We atheists know right from wrong', The Times, June 26, 1996, Features section.
↑ 99.099.1Little, John (1996). The Warrior Within - The philosophies of Bruce Lee to better understand the world around you and achieve a rewarding life. Contemporary Books. pp. 128. ISBN0809231948.
↑"An atheist himself, Macdonald describes Touching the Void as a religious film in a post-religious age. 'It is about realising there is nothing but the void. Uncaring nature. Emptiness.' " Nigel Farndale interviewing Kevin Macdonald, Sunday Telegraph, January 7, 2007, Section 7, Pg. 18.
↑"I do not believe in God. I'm an atheist. I consider myself a critical thinker, and it fascinates me that in the 21st century most people still believe in, as George Carlin puts it, 'the invisible man living in the sky' " - Seth MacFarlane to [[Steppin' Out (magazine)|]] magazine. October 18, 2007 
↑"I don't want a church service or anything or any mourners. I don't believe in God - that's a load of nonsense because people can't accept that there is no life after death. [...] "Religion and God is just all a big fairy tale made up to try to control people. If you actually look at all the big problems and wars and terrible things that have happened in the world they have been down to people believing in God and thinking their way is the only way. I blame these religious schools for brainwashing people into believing their way is the only way. All schools should be mixed and that way you get rid of the ignorance and prejudice from a young age." McCririck interviewed by Paul Martin, The Mirror (Éire Edition), 7 March 2009, Pg. 16.
↑" Time for some quick-fire questions, I say. Are you religious? "No, I'm an atheist." Is religion a positive or negative force in the world? "I hate that as a glib question. It's much more complicated than that. " When did you last think about mortality? "This morning." " Teddy Jamieson interviewing McDiarmid, 'Return of the emperor', The Herald (Glasgow), 3 January 2009, Arts Books Cinema, Pg. 2.
↑"I was brought up a Christian, low church, and I like the community of churchgoing. That's rather been replaced for me by the community of people I work with. I like a sense of family, of people working together. But I'm an atheist. So God, if She exists, isn't really a part of my life." - from a January 19, 1996 profile by Tim Appelo found in Mr. Showbiz.
↑"As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery of religion." A lifelong atheist, she donated her body to medical science and remembered the Freedom From Religion Foundation in her will.
↑"No, I don't believe in God" "Series 1, Episode 2". The Ricky Gervais Show. 2005-12-12.
↑"I've been reading Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion. It's his polemic against religion and even for an avowed atheist like myself, it's quite strong." "Office Boy", Q, May 2007
↑ "As I was saying before, it was so hard for me to be a Catholic. It wound my spring almost to the breaking point. The spring is still uncoiling from those early years. I'm a thoroughly virulent atheist."September 2004 Interview in The Believer
↑"Sometimes I feel like a farmer during a war, someone who doesn't know very much about it and carries on digging, hoping for rain. But just the last few days I've had this terrible feeling of... doom. It's a, er, biblical, kind of Old Testament feeling. I'm an atheist, but I was suddenly thinking of those stories of the flood and punishment. Because we've become unbelievably greedy and destructive." Helen Mirren interviewed by Simon Garfield, The Independent (London), November 25, 1990, The Sunday Review Pages, Pg 27.
↑" No kosher food, but he [Warren Mitchell] feels Jewish. "I can't define it, I just am." It is not spiritual. "I am an atheist, thank God," he quips. " The pride of prejudice, Scotland on Sunday, October 10, 2004 (accessed April 22, 2008).
↑Interviewer: "You said that your experiences on Sunshine, and particularly the time you spent with the scientists turned you from an agnostic to an atheist – what changed your perception?" Murphy: "I did a lot of reading, I spoke to those guys a lot, and I was always an agnostic, which I think is a very safe place to be in terms of your faith or lack of... It just seems to me to be irrational that there’s an omnipotent, omnipresent being who was there at the beginning, and will be there forever, it’s not logical, it doesn’t help me as a person..." April 2007 interview in Total Film (Accessed November 20, 2007)
↑"The Miracle Maker didn't have songs or animals (give or take the fishes with the loaves), wasn't playschool Plasticene, and told a serene, grave and majestic version of Christ's life. Animated with latex puppets (by a Moscow studio), this was the most credible Jesus I have ever seen. Why? Because I hadn't seen him before. He wasn't that actor I had seen last week in a Lynda La Plante, nor was he in a Bond movie before that. Yes, he had Ralph Fiennes' voice but few would recognise it. And when he fell to his knees in Gethsemane, I (diehard atheist) was there, this was Him, an unadulterated Messiah, unmodified by anything else creeping into my response. It was pure." Jonathan Myerson, 'How to bring poetry to motion', The Independent (London), April 10, 2001, Features, Pg. 12.
↑"Questioned about the spiritual content of the film, Noe told a press conference he was a hard-and-fast atheist, but was drawn by the challenge of representing a spiritual journey in images." Emma Charlton, 'Tokyo trips join Cannes line-up', Agence France Presse -- English, 23 May 2009.
↑"I’m staunchly atheist, I simply don’t believe in God. But I’m still Catholic, of course. Catholicism has a much broader reach than just the religion. I’m ethnically Catholic, it’s the box you have to tick on the census form: ‘Don’t believe in God, but I do still hate Rangers.’"  retrieved August 11, 2008
↑"I don't believe in God, but I pray like everybody else. Silly, isn't it? I used to pray that I would do a good interview, that the children would be looked after. It's a way of reaffirming the subconscious desire that things are going to be all right. I don't see the incompatibility." Michael Parkinson, 'This much I know', The Observer, 17 May 2009
↑"Newly tolerant Parry is a "post-Deist" - "basically I'm an atheist but reluctant to admit it." Cassandra Jardine interviewing Bruce Parry, Daily Telegraph, September 19, 2007, Features, Pg. 25.
↑"Islam as we are experiencing it in the west at the moment is having difficulties examining areas of criticism. All religions should face criticism. As an atheist, I believe it is a healthy society that does criticise religions. What happened to Salman Rushdie was absolutely shameful. It takes us back to the middle ages." Julia Pascal, interviewed for the article 'Sikh theatre row: Can censorship ever be justified?', The Guardian, December 22, 2004, Pg. 7.
↑"On The Burns and Allen Show, he [George Balzer] was paired with the more experienced scripter Sam Perrin. The two writers were a natural team, despite the fact that Balzer was a devout Catholic and Perrin a Jewish atheist." Dick Vosburgh, 'George Balzer: Veteran comedy writer', The Independent (London), November 4, 2006, Obituaries, Pg. 44.
↑"Religion makes me angry but I don't get overheated about it but I really dislike it and am a confirmed atheist and I believe most of the world's troubles are caused by people who have some abounding faith in some stupid superstition. It also makes me sad and depresses me immensely that people can be so stupid. Defending this, that and the other based on total myths and nonsense." Peter Purves, interviewed by 'Digger'.
↑"Both her parents came from Russian Jewish backgrounds, but Julia was brought up as an atheist and an avid reader in Brooklyn, before the family moved, first to Great Neck, Long Island, and then to Milwaukee." Obituary of Julia Phillips, Daily Telegraph, January 4, 2002, Pg. 25.
↑"BILD: Do you believe in God? Brad Pitt (smiling): 'No, no, no!' BILD: Is your soul spiritual? Brad Pitt: 'No, no, no! I’m probably 20 per cent atheist and 80 per cent agnostic. I don’t think anyone really knows. You'll either find out or not when you get there, until then there’s no point thinking about it.'" Brad Pitt interview: "With six kids each morning it is about surviving!" By Norbert Körzdörfer, Bild.com, 23 July 2009
↑"Does Pitt think suicide is selfish? 'I see why people think it is, and sometimes I do. And sometimes I don't think it's selfish. I'm probably an atheist, though I was raised a Catholic " and that whole religion is based on the first suicide, in many ways.'" Roger Clarke interviewing Pitt, 'Film: Nearly Nirvana', The Independent (London), August 26, 2005, Features, Pg. 8-9.
↑"When asked what directors she admires, Polley talks about Ingmar Bergman and Terrence Malick (she says his Thin Red Line "single-handedly brought me out of a deep depression. It shifted something in me. I'm an atheist, but it was the first time that it gave me faith in other people's faith")." Woman on the Verge by Mark Pupo, Toronto Life Magazine, October 2006.
↑"I wear a crucifix that cost a tenner. I don't believe in God. I don't believe in fancy jewellery either." Gail Porter, 'This much I know', The Observer, 19 March 2006, Observer Magazine, Pg. 10.
↑"I'm an atheist, but I'm very relaxed about it. I don't preach my atheism, but I have a huge amount of respect for people like Richard Dawkins who do." by Anita Singh, Telegraph.co.uk, July 2009.
↑"I'm not a believer, I call myself an atheist. It was man who invented God. I once wrote that there are 15 things I know about God, and one is that he is allergic to shellfish. There are far too many commandments and you really only need one: Do not hurt anybody." Carl Reiner interviewed by Tom Tugend, 'No Joke: Carl and Rob Reiner Honored by Israeli Film Festival', San Francisco Sentinel, June 17, 2008 (accessed June 17, 2008).
↑"[...] Semi-Detached [...] also shows Jones to be an emotional hoarder; a pragmatic atheist, who thinks little of the passage of time and scorns himself out of unhappiness, but who is still ashamed for misleading a girl 30 years earlier." Will Cohu, reviewing Semi-Detached by Griff Rhys Jones, Daily Telegraph, November 18, 2006, Books, Pg. 30.
↑"I read the whole of the Chronicles of Narnia when I was little and I grew up an atheist. My problem, I realise, was that I just didn't believe in Aslan." Griff Rhys Jones, 'Darling how thoughtful: a voucher for buttock reshaping', Sunday Telegraph, December 11, 2005, Features section, Pg.19.
↑Asked by interviewer Laura Deeley: "Do you find any solace in anything religious or spiritual?" Richardson replied: "My mother is an RE teacher and my dad is a canon. But, no, I'm not religious myself. I don't believe in God; more in a creative force." 'Try this for size', The Times (London), 3 January 2009, Body & Soul, Pg. 23.
↑In response to the question 'Is there a God?' Richter replied: "I don't think so. I don't know. I don't think about it much, because I figure, what's the point? I don't know if it's agnosticism. There are things that are beyond our comprehension, so why bother? That's sort of my spiritual feelings. I feel like there might be some design. You can't think, like, "Well, how did everything get here?" I don't know. That's how it is. "I don't know, next, now what's for lunch?" When you pray, I don't think anyone's listening. Besides other people, I don't think anyone cares if you murder people or masturbate or shove things up your butt. I don't think there's anybody sitting in the sky watching you. You're on your own. All you have is other people around you, and how you treat them. I actually think that not having a focus on God would make life better, because there would be more of an imperative to be nice to each other. There would be no more brand-name wars over stuff, and pointless arguments over east side/west side, go-fight-win. But I don't know. People have got to worry about something, and there's obviously some kind of anthropological, almost zoological need. This particular animal does this particular thing. Instead of constructing a hive out of paper that they chew up, they create a God. It's just something that they do." 
↑"Strikingly, there is no religious or mystical dimension to the "Star Trek" universe at all, at least until much later in its development. (Roddenberry regarded himself as an "agnostic atheist," and banned any religious references from the show.)" Andrew O'Hehir, 'Why the original "Star Trek" still matters', Salon.com, May 13, 2009 (accessed 26 May 2009). See also 'Gene Roddenberry', Humanist Mar/Apr91, Vol. 51 Issue 2, p5-38.
↑"Richard became an atheist, and as a parent he resisted religious instruction for his children." Richard Rodgers By WILLIAM G. HYLAND Yale University Press
↑"Serkis has been an atheist since his teens [...]" Catherine Shoard, 'Beastie Boy', The Sunday Telegraph March 16, 2008, Section 7, pg.22.
↑"Yes, I am an atheist. [...] In terms of spirituality, I don't want to ram any of my belief systems down my children's throats. What we both say to them is "This is what some people believe, this is what other people believe," and again, allow them to make their own decisions. Absolutism in anything is death. I hope to keep things as open for them as possible, so they question things and examine things for themselves." Andy Serkis, 5-Minute Time Out: Andy Serkis, 30 January 2009 (accessed 6 March 2009).
↑"His first chance came in 1944, when after a long period of feuding with Warner, Warner offered him a short. Siegel himself is a Jewish-born atheist. "I wondered what I could do which would most annoy Warner as a Jew; and decided on a present-day retelling of the story of the nativity. To my surprise he liked the idea, and it was a big success. So then I wondered what else I could do which would irritate him and tried something quite different, which was Hitler Lives." David Robinson, 'Don Siegel's stories', The Times, May 1, 1975; pg. 11; Issue 59384; col E.
↑" Ian himself is the longest-serving member of the cast, and fans are often shocked when they meet him, expecting him to be an old fuddy duddy like his famous alter ego. "I can't argue with any of his morals on life," Ian says. "He believes in honesty, in not doing anybody any harm, and doing an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. "As far as those things go, I pretty much base him on my own values, but I swear, I drink booze and I'm an atheist, so I am different to Harold." " Gemma Quaid interviewing Smith, 'Blue skies over Erinsborough', Birmingham Post, 9 February 2008, Features, TV & Radio, Pg. 32.
↑" Interestingly, however, Snow is no fan of Christianity per se: "I'm an atheist," he says, "so I'm fairly harsh on the idea that Christianity is a self-evidently brilliant creed that everyone adopts as soon as they're told about it." " Matt Warman interviewing Snow, 'Dan Snow: How Britain nearly became the Irish Isles', Daily Telegraph, 22 May 2009 (accessed 26 May 2009).
↑"Like a lot of atheists, Starkey can seem a little obsessed with religion. [...] 'Personally, I find the inclusiveness and uncertainty of the Church of England as horrible as the brittle, iron-edged certainties of Islam and I would much rather the chairman of the National Secular Society held up the Coronation sword. But I can't see that happening. Although I am an atheist, unlike a Richard Dawkins, I understand the importance of religious motive and, broadly, I am sympathetic to it - except when it is fused with the political, which is what Henry does, and which modern Islam wants to do, and also what Tony Blair and George Bush flirt with.' " Nigel Farndale interviewing David Starkey, Sunday Telegraph, November 5, 2006, Secion 7, Pg. 18.
↑"Two works created during the last year complete the bill. In the Beginning is a joke that doesn't come off. The story, filtered through Taylor's profound atheism, is that of the book of Genesis." Luke Jennings, 'Sure touch of an old master', The Daily Telegraph, May 1, 2003, Pg. 21.
↑"Thompson is equally vociferous on matters of faith. [...] "I'm an atheist; I suppose you can call me a sort of libertarian anarchist. I regard religion with fear and suspicion. It's not enough to say that I don't believe in God. I actually regard the system as distressing: I am offended by some of the things said in the Bible and the Koran, and I refute them." She knows she's being controversial, but she believes passionately in what she says, and passionately believes it needs saying. "I think that the Bible as a system of moral guidance in the 21st century is insufficient, to put it mildly, she continues, frowning a little. I feel quite strongly that we need a new moral lodestone if we can't rely on what is inside our own selves. Which I think, actually, is pretty reliable." " Jane Cornwell interviewing Thompson, 'Acting on outspoken beliefs', The Australian, 15 October 2008, Features, Pg. 19 (accessed 11 February 2009).
↑"I've never believed in God, but I did enjoy the theatrical side so I was always keen to be in Mum's little plays." Wendy Turner in the item 'Stars of Bethlehem: Nativity Springboard to Fame', The Mirror (UK), 19 December 2000 (byline: Richard Barber), Features, Pg. 12, 13.
↑" "A lifelong atheist, he needed a belief, a philosophy, a cause," noted his first wife." Charles Spencer, 'Starstruck critic with a sting in his tail', Daily Telegraph, September 29, 2001, Pg. 07.
↑"This book is called "Allah knows best" because it is my dark suspicion we are on the verge of the new Middle Ages of Mecca; and because I feel, as a professional atheist, very unsafe in a climate that is dominated by ambitious mayors who are happily busy "keeping things together". Since September 11, the knives are sharpened and the fifth column of goatfuckers marches ahead unhindered." Theo van Gogh, 'What they have said about Islam', in 'Netherlands braced for Muslim anger as politician releases 'anti-Islam' film', The Independent (London), January 25, 2008, Pg. 32.
↑"If Jaya Bachchan is in the film, I will go to hell. But then I am an atheist, and do not believe in god." Jaya Bachchan in Sarkar Raaj?, India Times, April 18, 2008 (accessed April 21, 2008)
↑Mr Vaughan-Thomas says he is the only Welshman brought up as a trained atheist: "I am totally irreligious, but I can understand why religious people are concerned about the disintegration of Christian ethics. [...] I am a sympathetic atheist and I go to services from time to time and enjoy the great sense of history." Trevor Fishlock, 'Regional notebook: A feeling for history in one man's abiding devotion to a landscape', The Times, January 8, 1973; pg. 3; Issue 58675; col C.
↑"But then, this auteur has no hauteur; nor, more importantly, is he Jewish. Rather, he is an atheist who had a bout of Pentacostalist fervour in his mid-20s that still inflects his work and thinking: he still reads widely about Christian history; he considers RoboCop to be a Christ-like story of resurrection." Stuart Jeffries interviewing Verhoeven, 'Of course there are nude scenes... I'm Dutch!', The Guardian, January 12, 2007, Film and Music Pages, Pg. 6.
↑"I am an atheist but I am sure a divine zone exists, where certain special machines like Fellini work." Paolo Villaggio, 'Tributes to a rare talent: Ciao, Federico', The Guardian (London), November 1, 1993, Features Pages, Pg. 3.
↑"I will explore [theology] only in so much as people will tend to use it as a metaphor for the way they talk. As an atheist, I'm not going to spend a huge amount of time with it, unless there is a point about the way religion interacts with our humanity that I think needs to be made. You can't stop the Garden of Eden stuff. It keeps coming up because that is the mythos that I was brought up with, and it's very powerful in this place. But, I would say that I'm more interested in the philosophy than the theology of the thing." Whedon interviewed by Christina Radish, 'Joss Whedon on Developing 'Dollhouse'' Media Blvd Magazine, 12 February 2009 (accessed 6 March 2009).
↑As well as being apparently happily married to Richard Dawkins since 1992, Ward contributed an 'in the same spirit' footnote to Dawkins's The God Delusion, and jointly read that book with Dawkins for the audiobook version.
↑"In the 60s Tom Lehrer introduced me to the idea that you can be totally irreverent about anything. I realised nothing was sacred. I don't like authority. My atheism is very genuine. If God does exist, I don't think he's a very nice bloke." 'Pieces of me: Peter White: Radio presenter', The Guardian (London) July 26, 2006, G2 Features Pages, Pg. 16.
↑ In his 2006 book Unintelligent Design: Why God isn't as smart as she thinks she is, Williams states: "Atheists like me don't think about God at all—unless provoked. We think about everything else that life's rich burden thrusts upon us. But God doesn't arise." (p.14; Allen & Unwin, Australia, ISBN 978-1-74114-923-4)
↑"LORD WILLIS (Lab.) said that although an atheist or humanist, he was not opposed to the teaching of religion in schools. What he objected to was the way in which it was presented. Except in rare instances, children were not taught about religion but about one religion and in a one-sided untruthful, dogmatic and prejudiced way." 'The Lords: contemporary approach to teaching religion in schools', The Times, November 16, 1967; pg. 5; Issue 57100; col A.
↑" Broadcaster Terry Wogan has spoken of the grief of losing his first daughter - and revealed that he has never believed in God. [...] He revealed how - despite a very Catholic upbringing in Ireland - he is actually an atheist. "I'm afraid I don't believe in God," he said. "My mother was devout and so is my wife. But I have the intellectual arrogance that makes it very hard to believe in him. I don't have the gift of faith. I remember at school I used to make up sins at confession - what we were told were sins by priests were not sins at all." " Larissa Nolan, 'I Have Never Believed in God: Wogan', The Sunday Independent (Ireland), 8 May 2005.