The London borough of Ealing was formed in 1965 when the Municipal Borough of Ealing, the Municipal Borough of Southall and the Municipal Borough of Acton from Middlesex were merged to form a single borough as a result of the London Government Act 1963. The borough has more than 300,000 inhabitants, almost a quarter of whom are of south Asian origin alongside large Afro-Caribbean and Chinese communities, representing the diversity London is famed for.
Ealing is inescapably linked with the dawn of cinema as Ealing Studios is the oldest film studio in the world. The studios are very much still active, and have a rich history having survived two world wars and the influx of competition brought about by globalisation and recent technological advances in film and TV. Ealing Studios catapulted the likes of Peter Sellers and Alec Guiness to stardom.
In recent years Ealing studios has celebrated it's centenary, making them the oldest film studios in the world still in production. As well as the legendary Ealing comedies of the 40's and 50's putting the borough on the map, it has more recently been immortalised in the books of comic fantasy writer Robert Rankin, as well as being home to both Brentford and Queens Park Rangers football clubs.