Births & Deaths

Jan 212018
 

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1924 – Benny Hill

Alfred Hawthorne “Benny” Hill was an English comedian and actor, best remembered for his television programme The Benny Hill Show, an amalgam of slapstick, burlesque and double entendre in a format that included live comedy and filmed segments, with him at the focus of almost every segment.

A prominent figure in British culture for nearly four decades, his show proved to be one of the great success stories of television comedy. Among the most watched programmes in the UK, the audience peaked at over 21 million in 1971. The show generated impressive revenues for Thames Television, and retains a following in much of the world decades after Hill’s death.

Died: 20 April 1992

Aged 68


1945 – Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw is an English actor. He is known for his roles in the television series The Professionals, The Chief, Judge John Deed and Inspector George Gently. He has also acted on stage and in film, and has narrated numerous audiobooks and presented various television series, including the 2006 series Martin Shaw: Aviators.

Age 73


1981 – Izabella Miko

Izabella Anna Mikołajczak, better known as Izabella Miko, is a Polish actress, dancer, producer, and environmental activist. While a dance student in Poland, Miko was recruited to study at the New York City Ballet at age fifteen and later studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute. She made her American film debut in Coyote Ugly (2000), followed by a starring part in the vampire thriller The Forsaken (2001).

Miko has also had recurring roles on the television series Deadwood, The Cape, and Chicago Fire, in addition to roles in dance films such as Save the Last Dance 2 (2006), Make Your Move (2013), and Step Up: All In (2014). She made her debut as a film producer on the British biographical drama Desert Dancer in 2014.

Age 37


1994 – Laura Robson

Laura Robson is a British tennis player. She debuted on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior tour in 2007, and a year later won the Wimbledon Junior Girls’ Championship at the age of 14. As a junior, she also twice reached the final of the girls’ singles tournament at the Australian Open, in 2009 and 2010. She won her first professional tournament in November 2008.

Robson was the first British woman since Samantha Smith at Wimbledon in 1998 to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament, doing so at the 2012 US Open and the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. She won a silver medal in the mixed doubles at the 2012 London Olympics playing with Andy Murray, with whom she also reached the 2010 Hopman Cup final. At the 2012 Guangzhou Women’s Open, Robson became the first British woman since Jo Durie in 1990 to reach a WTA main-tour final, where she lost to Hsieh Su-wei. Robson was named WTA Newcomer of the Year for 2012 and reached a career high singles ranking of world No. 27 on 8 July 2013.

Since then, Robson has suffered from various injuries which have caused a prolonged absence from the WTA tour. After losing in the first round of the 2013 HP Open on 7 October 2013, she has played just 33 matches: two in 2014, 11 in 2015 and 20 in 2016, winning just eight of them. She dropped out of the world rankings in early 2015, returning at 906 in July 2015, and on 18 September 2017 is ranked at 247. She has a career-high doubles ranking of No. 82 (July 2013).

Age 24


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Jan 202018
 

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1920 – DeForest Kelley

Jackson DeForest Kelley, known to colleagues as “Dee”, was an American actor, screenwriter, poet and singer known for his roles in Westerns and as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy of the USS Enterprise in the television and film series Star Trek.

Died: 11 June 1999

Aged 79


1934 – Tom Baker

Thomas Stewart Baker is an English actor. He is known for his portrayal of the fourth incarnation of the Doctor in the science fiction series Doctor Who from 1974 to 1981, a longer tenure than any other actor, and for the narration of the comedy series Little Britain. Baker’s voice, which has been described as “sonorous”, was voted the fourth-most recognisable in the UK.
At the age of 15 Baker began study as a monk. However, he gradually lost his vocation and at 21 he left monastic life and undertook National Service in the Royal Army Medical Corps. On leaving the army, he joined the Merchant Navy and then became an actor, joining the Royal National Theatre Company under Laurence Olivier.

Baker was in his thirties when his professional acting career began, and his first major film role was as Grigori Rasputin in Nicholas and Alexandra in 1971, when he was 37. He went on to play the villainous Prince Koura in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad in 1973, which led to his casting in Doctor Who. During his period as its star, the series was distinguished by high viewing figures and many stories which became regarded as classics. He remains one of the most instantly recognisable incarnations of the character. He continued to win regular roles in TV later in his career, most notably in the series Medics and Monarch of the Glen. In addition to performing acting roles, Baker has narrated commercials, video games, audiobooks and television series.

In a poll for the BBC Homes and Antiques magazine in January 2006, Baker was voted the world’s fourth-most eccentric star. He was beaten by Björk, Chris Eubank and David Icke. Married three times, the second to Doctor Who co-star Lalla Ward, Baker has two sons from his first marriage.

Age 84


1991 – Ciara Hanna

Ciara Chantel Hanna is an American actress and model. She is known for playing the roles of Gia Moran in Power Rangers Megaforce and Nicole Parker in Blood Lake.

Age 27


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2015 – Edgar Froese

Born: 06 June 1944

Edgar Willmar Froese was a German artist and electronic music pioneer, best known for founding the electronic music group Tangerine Dream. Although his solo and group recordings prior to 2003 name him as “Edgar Froese”, his solo albums from 2003 onwards bear the name “Edgar W. Froese”.

Died Aged 70


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Jan 192018
 

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1949 – Robert Palmer

Robert Allen Palmer was an English singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. He was known for his distinctive, soulful voice, eclectic mix of musical styles on his albums, combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae, blues, and sartorial acumen. He found success both in his solo career and with the Power Station, and had Top 10 songs in both the UK and the US.

His iconic music videos directed by British fashion photographer Terence Donovan for the hits “Addicted to Love”, “Simply Irresistible” and “I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On” featured identically dressed dancing women with pale faces, dark-eye makeup and bright-red lipstick, which resembled the women in the art of Patrick Nagel, an artist popular in the 1980s. Palmer’s involvement in the music industry commenced in the 1960s, covered four decades and included a spell with Vinegar Joe. Palmer received a number of awards throughout his career, including two Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, an MTV Video Music Award, and two Brit Award nominations for Best British Male.

Died: 26 September 2003

Aged 54


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Jan 182018
 

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1946 – Nicky Jennings

Nicholas Jennings was an English professional association football player whose 15-year career ran from the early 1960s to the mid-1970s. Born in Wellington, Somerset he played nearly 100 league games for his first club Plymouth Argyle. A speedy winger, he moved to Portsmouth in January 1967 and was to prove such a popular player that in 1971 he was awarded the title of Pompey’s Player of the Year. In all he made over 200 appearances for Pompey (and 4 during a loan spell at Aldershot) before moving to Exeter on a free transfer in the 1974 close season, making his final league appearance in 1978. Jennings also played the summer of 1973 in the NASL with the Dallas Tornado. He was named an All-Star Honorable Mention and help Dallas to the league final, which they lost 0–2.

Jennings played 227 times for Portsmouth scoring 51 goals between 1967 – 1974

Died: 04 June 2016

Aged 70


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Jan 172018
 

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1959 – Susanna Hoffs

Susanna Lee Hoffs is an American vocalist, guitarist and actress. She is best known as a co-founder of The Bangles.

Age 59


1980 – Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Claire Deschanel is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She made her film debut in Mumford (1999), followed by a supporting role in Cameron Crowe’s film Almost Famous (2000). Deschanel became known for her deadpan comedy roles in the films The Good Girl (2002), The New Guy (2002), Elf (2003), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Failure to Launch (2006), Yes Man (2008), and (500) Days of Summer (2009). She also did dramatic turns in the films Manic (2001), All the Real Girls (2003), Winter Passing (2005) and Bridge to Terabithia (2007). Since 2011, she has played Jessica Day on the Fox sitcom New Girl, for which she has received an Emmy Award nomination and three Golden Globe Award nominations.

For a few years starting in 2001, Deschanel performed in the jazz cabaret act If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies with actress Samantha Shelton. Besides singing, she plays keyboards, percussion, banjo, and ukulele. In 2006, Deschanel teamed up with M. Ward to release a debut album, Volume One, under the name She & Him in March 2008. They released a follow-up album, Volume Two, in March 2010, with their Christmas album A Very She & Him Christmas being released in 2011, Volume 3 in 2013, and Classics in 2014. She also received Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media nomination for her song “So Long”, which featured in the Winnie the Pooh soundtrack.

Deschanel is also a co-founder of the female-focused website HelloGiggles, which was acquired by Time, Inc. in 2015.

Age 38


1982 – David Blue

David Blue is an American actor, writer, producer and director. He is known for his portrayal of Cliff St. Paul on Ugly Betty and Eli Wallace on the Syfy series Stargate Universe.

Age 36


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Jan 162018
 

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1948 – John Carpenter

John Howard Carpenter is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, musician, editor and composer. Although Carpenter has worked with various film genres, he is associated most commonly with horror, action and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s.

Most films of Carpenter’s career were initially commercial and critical failures, with the notable exceptions of Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), and Starman (1984). However, many of Carpenter’s films from the 1970s and the 1980s have come to be considered as cult classics, and he has been acknowledged as an influential filmmaker. The cult classics that Carpenter has directed include the films Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987), They Live (1988) and In the Mouth of Madness (1995).

Carpenter is also notable for having composed or co-composed most of his films’ music; some of them are now well-known, with the main theme of Halloween being considered a part of popular culture. He won a Saturn Award for Best Music for the film Vampires (1998). Carpenter has released three studio albums, titled Lost Themes (2015), Lost Themes II (2016), and Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 (2017).

Age 70


1949 – Caroline Munro

Caroline Munro is an English actress and model known for her many appearances in horror, science fiction and action films of the 1970s and 1980s.

Age 69


1951 – Alex Cropley

Alexander James Cropley is a retired footballer who featured as a midfielder. As so he played with clubs Hibernian, Aston Villa, Arsenal, Newcastle United and Portsmouth. Cropley was also capped for the Scottish national football team.

Cropley played 14 times for Portmouth scoring 2 goals between 1981 – 1982

Age 67


1957 – Trevor Ross

Trevor William Ross is a former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. Ross played for English clubs Arsenal, Everton, Portsmouth, Sheffield United and Bury. He also featured for AEK Athens of the Greek First Division.

Ross played 5 times for Portsmouth in 1982

Age 61


1975 – Tsianina Joelson

Tsianina Joelson is an American actress, fitness model, and former beauty queen.

Joelson was born in 1975 in Coquille, Oregon to Ken and Betty Means. She was crowned Miss Coos County in 1993. She was married to fellow Oregonian Greg Joelson (played 4 games in NFL in 1991) when she won Fitness America’s Miss Fitness USA competition in 1997. She married Michael Lohmann in 2004.

Joelson was the co-host of the short-lived summer 1998 MTV series The Daily Burn. Her most recognized movie role is for the 2000 film Bring It On, where she played wealthy cheerleader Darcy. She also had four appearances in the role of Varia, an Amazon, on Xena: Warrior Princess.

Age 43


1985 – Renee Felice Smith

Renée Felice Smith is an American actress. She is known for portraying Nell Jones on NCIS: Los Angeles, since joining the series that began in 2010.

Age 33


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Jan 152018
 

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1936 – Richard Franklin

Richard K. Franklin is an English actor, writer, director and political activist. Principally a stage actor, he has also appeared as a regular character in several high-profile British television programmes, including Crossroads, Emmerdale Farm, and most notably in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, in which he portrayed Captain Mike Yates of UNIT. Franklin initially played the part from 1971 until 1974, but has returned to the role on a number of occasions both on television and in Doctor Who spin-off media. Franklin is a prolific dramatist and author of books such as “Forest Wisdom: Radical Reform of Democracy and the Welfare State” reflecting his left-wing political views and activism, as well as novels based in the Doctor Who universe. Franklin has stood as an independent candidate for Parliament several times and founded the Silent Majority Party.

Age 82


1976 – Kevin Harper

Kevin Patrick Harper is a Scottish footballer, who played for Hibernian, Derby County, Walsall, Portsmouth, Norwich City, Leicester City, Stoke City, Carlisle United and Dunfermline Athletic. At the age of thirty-nine, he came out of retirement to play for Scottish Junior Football Association, West Region side Thorniewood United.

Harper played 128 times for Portsmouth scoring 9 goals between 2000 – 2004

Age 42


1996 – Dove Cameron

    

Dove Olivia Cameron (born Chloe Celeste Hosterman) is an American actress and singer, best known for playing a dual role as both title characters in the Disney Channel teen sitcom Liv and Maddie and playing Mal, daughter of Maleficent in Descendants. She reprised her role as Mal in Descendants 2, which premiered on July 21, 2017, on Disney Channel.

Age 22


1998 – Ally Ioannides

Alexia “Ally” Ioannides is a Greek-American actress, best known for playing Dylan Jones in the NBC drama series Parenthood from 2014–15, and Tilda in the 2015 AMC martial arts drama series Into the Badlands.

Age 20


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1990 – Gordon Jackson

Born: 19 December 1923

Gordon Cameron Jackson, OBE was a Scottish Emmy Award-winning actor best remembered for his roles as the butler Angus Hudson in Upstairs, Downstairs and as George Cowley, the head of CI5, in The Professionals. He also portrayed Flt. Lt. Andrew MacDonald, “Intelligence”, in The Great Escape.

Died Aged 66


2014 – Roger Lloyd-Pack

Born: 08 February 1944

Roger Lloyd-Pack was an English actor. He was best known for the role of Trigger in Only Fools and Horses from 1981 to 2003. He had a supporting role of Owen Newitt in The Vicar of Dibley from 1994 to 2007, and as Tom in The Old Guys with Clive Swift. He was also well known for his appearance as Barty Crouch, Sr. in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and his appearances in Doctor Who as John Lumic in the episodes “Rise of the Cybermen” and “The Age of Steel”. He was sometimes credited without the hyphen in his surname. He died early in 2014 from pancreatic cancer.

Died Aged 69


2018 – Dolores O’Riordan

Born: 06 September 1971

Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan was an Irish musician and singer-songwriter. She led the rock band the Cranberries for 13 years before the band took a break starting in 2003, reuniting in 2009.

Her first solo album, Are You Listening?, was released in May 2007 and was followed up by No Baggage in 2009. O’Riordan was known for her lilting mezzo-soprano voice, her emphasised use of yodeling and for her strong Limerick accent. She appeared as a judge on RTÉ’s The Voice of Ireland during the 2013–14 season. In April 2014, O’Riordan joined and began recording new material with the trio D.A.R.K.

O’Riordan died unexpectedly while she was in London, England, for a recording session.

Died Aged 69


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Jan 142018
 

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1934 – Richard Briers

Richard David Briers CBE was an English actor. His fifty-year career encompassed television, stage, film and radio.

Briers first came to prominence as George Starling in Marriage Lines (1961–66), but it was a decade later, when he narrated Roobarb and Noah and Nelly in… SkylArk (1974–76) and when he played Tom Good in the BBC sitcom The Good Life (1975–78), that he became a household name. Later, he starred as Martin in Ever Decreasing Circles (1984–89), and he had a leading role as Hector in Monarch of the Glen (2000–05). From the late 1980s, with Kenneth Branagh as director, he performed Shakespearean roles in Henry V (1989), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Hamlet (1996), and As You Like It (2006).

Died: 17 February 2013

Aged 79


1962 – Patricia Morrison

Patricia Morrison is an American bass guitarist, singer and songwriter. She worked with Bags, The Gun Club, The Sisters of Mercy and The Damned.

Age 56


1965 – Jemma Redgrave

Jemma Rebecca Redgrave is a fourth-generation English actress of the Redgrave family.

Age 53


1968 – Marc Keller

Marc Keller is a French former professional footballer who played primarily as a midfielder. In his club career he played in France, Germany and England. For the national side he played seven times, scoring one goal against Brazil. He later became Director-General of RC Strasbourg and AS Monaco.

Keller played 3 times for Portsmouth in 2000

Age 50


1992 – Aaron McCarey

Aaron McCarey is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Scottish Premiership club Ross County.

McCarey joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Monaghan United in January 2010 before having loan spells with AFC Telford United, Walsall, York City, Portsmouth and Bury.

McCarey played 6 times for Portsmouth in 2015

Age 26


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2016 – Alan Rickman

Born: 21 February 1946

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director known for playing a variety of roles on stage and on screen. Rickman trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in modern and classical theatre productions.

His first big television role came in 1982, but his big break was as the Vicomte de Valmont in the stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman gained wider notice for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988) and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series.

Rickman’s other film roles included the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), for which he received the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Jamie in Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991), Colonel Brandon in Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility (1995), the title character in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996), which won him a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, Harry in Love Actually (2003), P.L. O’Hara in An Awfully Big Adventure (1995), Dr. Alfred Blalock in the Emmy-winning HBO film Something the Lord Made (2004), Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest (1999), and Judge Turpin in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007).

Rickman died of pancreatic cancer on 14 January 2016 at age 69. His final film roles are as Lieutenant General Frank Benson in the thriller Eye in the Sky (2015), and the voice of Absolem, the caterpillar in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016).

Died Aged 69


On This Day   .   Alan Rickman Obituary

Jan 132018
 

Olivia Holt

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Olivia Hastings Holt (born August 5, 1997) is an American actress and singer. She starred in the Disney XD series Kickin’ It, Disney Channel Original Movie Girl vs. Monster, and the Disney Channel Original Series I Didn’t Do It. Her debut EP, Olivia, was released on Hollywood Records on July 15, 2016.

Holt was born in Germantown, Tennessee, to Mark and Kim Holt. She has two siblings. At age three, her family moved to Nesbit, Mississippi, where she grew up after briefly living in Memphis, Tennessee. Growing up, she took gymnastics classes for seven years. In 2011, she moved to Los Angeles with her family.


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1964 – Bill Bailey

Mark Robert “Bill” Bailey is an English comedian, musician, actor, TV and radio presenter and author. Bailey is well known for his role in Black Books and for his appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News for You and QI, as well as his extensive stand-up work.

Bailey was listed by the The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy in 2003. In 2007, and again in 2010, he was voted the seventh greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups.

Age 54


1997 – Natalia Dyer

    

Natalia Dyer is an American actress known primarily for her role as Nancy Wheeler in the Netflix science fiction horror series Stranger Things.

Age 21


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Jan 122018
 

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1962 – Noel Blake

Noel Lloyd George Blake is a retired footballer and current coach. He was formerly the head coach of the England national under-19 football team. He played in the Football League for Aston Villa, Shrewsbury Town, Birmingham City, Portsmouth, Leeds United, Stoke City, Bradford City and Exeter City, and in the Scottish Football League for Dundee.

Blake played 173 times for Portsmouth scoring 13 goals between 1984 – 1988

Age 56


1969 – Robert Prosinecki

Robert Prosinečki is a Croatian football manager and former football midfielder, who last worked as a manager of Azerbaijan national team. He is one of the few footballers to have played for both the Spanish rival clubs Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

After retiring from active football he worked as assistant manager of the Croatia national football team between 2006 and 2010, before being appointed manager of Red Star Belgrade in December 2010. In August 2012, Prosinečki left Red Star and took over Turkish club Kayserispor two months after. He was appointed as manager of Azerbaijan national football team in December 2014. After 3 years spent in Azerbaijan, it was announced that he will not extend his contract for two more years with Azerbaijan football federation.

Prosinecki played 35 times for Portsmouth scoring 9 goals between 2001 – 2002

Age 49


1974 – Ivica Mornar

Ivica Mornar is a retired Croatian footballer.

He started as striker, but was mostly deployed as a winger during his career.

Mornar began his career with Hajduk Split before going on to play for Eintracht Frankfurt, Sevilla, CD Ourense, Standard Liège, Anderlecht and Portsmouth.

He played 22 matches and scored once for the Croatian national team, representing them at Euro 2004.

Mornar played 12 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 2004 – 2005

Age 44


1991 – Pixie Lott

Victoria Louise “Pixie” Lott is an English singer, songwriter, and actress. Her debut single, “Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)”, was released in June 2009 and went straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart. Her second single, “Boys and Girls”, also topped the UK Singles Chart in September 2009.

Lott’s debut album, Turn It Up, was released in September 2009. It reached number six on the UK Albums Chart, spawned five consecutive top twenty singles, and sold over 1.5 million copies. Her second album, Young Foolish Happy, was released on 14 November 2011. The lead single, “All About Tonight”, debuted atop the UK Singles Chart, becoming her third UK number-one hit. The album also produced the top ten singles “What Do You Take Me For?” and “Kiss the Stars”. Lott’s self-titled third studio album was released on 1 August 2014. Its lead single “Nasty” released on 7 March 2014 peaked at number nine on the UK Singles Chart, making it her sixth Top 10 single in the United Kingdom.

Age 27


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2014 – Alexandra Bastedo

Born: 09 March 1946

Alexandra Lendon Bastedo was a British actress, best known for her role as secret agent Sharron Macready in the 1968 British espionage/science fiction adventure series The Champions. She has been cited as a sex symbol of the 1960s and 1970s. Bastedo was a vegetarian and animal welfare advocate.

Died Aged 67


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Jan 112018
 

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1972 – Marc Blucas

Marcus Paul “Marc” Blucas is an American actor, known for playing Riley Finn in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Matthew Donnelly in Necessary Roughness and recently, abolitionist John Hawkes in Underground.

Age 46


1986 – Rachel Riley

   

Rachel Annabelle Riley is an English television presenter and mathematician who currently co-presents the Channel 4 daytime puzzle show Countdown and its comedy spin-off 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Age 32


1988 – Simon Ferry

Simon William Ferry is a Scottish professional footballer, who currently plays for Peterhead.

Ferry played 22 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 2013 – 2014

Age 30


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