Births & Deaths

Feb 082018
 

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1944 – Roger Lloyd-Pack

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.

Died: 15 January 2014

Aged 69


1955 – Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips is an American actor and playwright. He is best known for his television roles as Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager and PR man Pete Downey on Benson.

Age 63


1974 – Seth Green

Seth Benjamin Green (born Seth Benjamin Gesshel-Green) is an American actor, voice artist, comedian, producer, writer and director. Green is the creator, executive producer, writer, director and is the most-frequent voice on Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken. He directed many of the Robot Chicken specials including Robot Chicken: Star Wars and DC Comics Special. His feature films include Airborne, The Italian Job, Party Monster, Can’t Hardly Wait, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Without a Paddle and the Austin Powers series. Green is also known for his role as Chris Griffin on Fox’s Family Guy and previously as Daniel “Oz” Osbourne in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Greg the Bunny. He voices Lieutenant Gibbs in Titan Maximum and Jeff “Joker” Moreau in the Mass Effect video game series. Green has appeared in movies such as Rat Race, America’s Sweethearts, Old Dogs, as a child in Woody Allen’s Radio Days and in the horror films Idle Hands and Stephen King’s It.

Age 44


1976 – Abi Titmuss

Abigail Evelyn “Abi” Titmuss, also known professionally as Abigail Evelyn, is an English actress, television personality, poker player, and former glamour model.

Age 42


1997 – Anton Walkes

Anton Charles Walkes is an English footballer who plays for Portsmouth, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur. Walkes usually plays as a right back.

Age 21


1997 – Kathryn Newton

    

Kathryn Newton is an American actress best known for her role as Louise Brooks in the CBS television series Gary Unmarried as well as for her role as Alex Nelson in the 2012 feature film Paranormal Activity 4, which earned her the 2013 Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film. She is also known for portraying the older version of Claire Novak in the CW series Supernatural.

Age 21


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Feb 072018
 

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1960 – James Spader

James Todd Spader is an American actor. He is best known for portraying eccentric characters in films such as the drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), the action science fiction film Stargate (1994), the controversial psychological thriller Crash (1996), the erotic romance Secretary (2002), and the superhero film Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).

His best-known television roles are those of attorney Alan Shore in The Practice and its spin-off Boston Legal (for which he won three Emmy Awards), and Robert California in the comedy-mockumentary The Office. He currently stars as high-profile criminal-turned-FBI-informant Raymond “Red” Reddington in the NBC crime drama The Blacklist, for which he has earned two Golden Globe Award nominations.

Age 58


1967 – David Nykl

David Nykl (born 7 February 1967) is a Czech Canadian actor of film, television, commercials and theater. He is best known for portraying Dr. Radek Zelenka in the SyFy television series Stargate Atlantis, and Anatoly Knyazev in DC’s comics’ popular series Arrow.

Age 51


1970 – Shaun Murray

Shaun Murray is an English former professional footballer who played in midfield. He made half of his appearances at Bradford City.

Murray played 45 times for Portsmouth scoring 2 goals between 1990 – 1993

Age 48


1979 – Cerena Vincent

Cerina Vincent is an American actress and writer best known for playing Maya the Yellow Galaxy Ranger in the television series Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, as well as her film appearances in Not Another Teen Movie, Cabin Fever, It Waits, and Everybody Wants to Be Italian. She has written three books with Jodi Lipper, and writes a regular column for The Huffington Post.

Age 39


1985 – Tina Majorino

Tina Marie Majorino is an American film and television actress. She started her career as a child actor, starring in films such as Andre, When a Man Loves a Woman, Corrina, Corrina, and Waterworld.

Despite her early success, she took a sabbatical from 1999 to 2004. She returned for one of her best known roles to date, the character Deb in the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite. Since her return to acting, she has been in television series such as Veronica Mars, Big Love, True Blood and Grey’s Anatomy. She returned to the role of Mac in the Veronica Mars movie, and has played the part of Maggie Harris on TNT’s Legends TV series.

Age 33


1989 – Louisa Lytton

Louisa Claire Lytton is an English actress. She is known for her television roles as Ruby Allen in EastEnders (2005–06), and PC Beth Green in The Bill (2007–09). She also finished fourth in series 4 of Strictly Come Dancing in 2006 and represented the UK at the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008, finishing ninth. Her theatre credits include playing Betty Rizzo in the 2017 UK touring production of the musical Grease.

Age 29


Deaths



2017 – Richard Hatch

Born: 21 May 1945

Richard Lawrence Hatch was an American actor, writer and producer. Hatch began his career as a stage actor, before moving on to television work in the 1970s. Hatch is best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series.

Died Aged 71


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Feb 062018
 

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1969 – Tim Sherwood

Timothy Alan Sherwood is an English professional football manager and former midfielder.

As a player, he was a midfielder from 1987 until 2005, notably as captain of Blackburn Rovers’ Premier League title-winning side in 1995. He also played for Watford, Norwich City, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and Coventry City. He made three appearances for the England national team in 1999.

Sherwood began his coaching career at Tottenham Hotspur, progressing from assistant first team coach to manager in a five-year spell, then managing the club from December 2013 to his dismissal in May 2014. He resumed his managerial career at Aston Villa in February 2015, taking them to that season’s FA Cup final and saving them from relegation from the Premier League, until being sacked in October 2015. In November 2016, Sherwood was appointed as director of football at Swindon Town.

Sherwood played 33 times for Portsmouth scoring 3 goals in 2003

Age 49


1981 – Alison Haislip

Alison Fesq Haislip is an American actress and former TV correspondent for Attack of the Show! on G4 and the NBC reality competition series The Voice.

Age 37


1982 – Alice Eve

Alice Sophia Eve is an English actress.

Eve has appeared in television dramas such as the BBC’s The Rotters’ Club, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Hawking and starred in the film Stage Beauty (2004).

In 2006, she starred in two comedy films: Starter for 10 and Big Nothing (in which she and co-star Simon Pegg put on American accents). She spent the early part of 2006 in India working on a drama mini-series Losing Gemma about backpackers.

On the stage, Eve has appeared in two plays directed by Trevor Nunn. In 2006, she played young Esme/Alice in the new Tom Stoppard play Rock ‘n’ Roll, at the Royal Court Theatre, later reprising her role for the 2007 Broadway transfer. For this performance, she was nominated for the best supporting actress award at the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards.

Age 36


1985 – Crystal Reed

Crystal Marie Reed is an American actress and model. She is best known for her roles as Allison Argent in the 2011 MTV show Teen Wolf and Sofia Falcone on Gotham. She also starred in the 2013 direct-to-video film Crush.

Age 33


1987 – Joe Devera

Joseph Devera is an English footballer who plays as a defender.

Devera played 80 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 2013 – 2015

Age 31


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Feb 052018
 

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1948 – Christopher Guest

Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest, usually simply known as Christopher Guest, is an American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian who holds dual British and American citizenship. Guest is most widely known in Hollywood for having written, directed and starred in his series of comedy films shot in mock-documentary (mockumentary) style. Many scenes and character backgrounds in Guest’s films are written and directed, although actors have no rehearsal time and the ensemble improvise scenes while filming them. The series of films began with This Is Spinal Tap (directed by Rob Reiner), and continued with Waiting for Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, and Mascots.

He holds a hereditary British peerage as the 5th Baron Haden-Guest, and has publicly expressed a desire to see the House of Lords reformed as a democratically elected chamber. Though he was initially active in the Lords, his career there was cut short by the House of Lords Act 1999, which removed the right of most hereditary peers to a seat in the parliament. When using his title, he is normally styled as Lord Haden-Guest. Guest is married to the actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis.

Age 70


1951 – Robin Sachs

Robin David Sachs was an English actor and voice actor. He is known for his voice over work in video games, movies and TV shows. He is also known for voicing Zaeed Massani in the Mass Effect franchise, Admiral Saul Karath in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Sergeant Roderick in SpongeBob SquarePants and Xoloti in Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom.

Died: 01 February 2013

Aged 61


1960 – Micky Hazard

Micky Hazard, sometimes spelled Mickey, is an English former professional footballer, best remembered for his time at Tottenham Hotspur.

Hazard played 8 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal in 1990

Age 58


1976 – John Aloisi

John Aloisi is a retired Australian association football player and the manager of A-League club Brisbane Roar. In a professional career that spanned 20 seasons, with league totals of 459 games and 127 goals, he was the first Australian ever to play and score in La Liga, the Premier League and Serie A.

He returned to Australia in 2007, with four seasons in the A-League. Aloisi was an integral member of the Australia national team for more than a decade, and represented the nation at the 2006 World Cup, being an essential figure in the qualifying stages. He also appeared for the Socceroos in two Confederations Cups. A former striker, Aloisi was described as a goal poacher who was able to “hold the ball up well and create opportunities for his teammates.”

Aloisi played 66 times for Portsmouth scoring 29 goals between 1997 – 1998

Age 42


1981 – Nora Zehetner

Nora Angela Zehetner is an American film and television actress.

At the age of 18 Zehetner started an acting career, something she had been interested in since she was 8, and moved to Los Angeles. She appeared in Tart (2001), American Pie 2 (2001), R.S.V.P. (2002), May (2002), and The Song of Rose (2003), as well as in other films and several TV series and commercials. Zehetner is best known for her role as Laynie Hart on the WB’s show Everwood.

In Brick, which won the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, Zehetner plays the femme fatale Laura. The soundtrack CD of this film, released by Lakeshore Records on March 21, 2006, features Zehetner’s full, unedited performance “The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze”.

Age 37


1986 – Manuel Fernandes

Manuel Henrique Tavares Fernandes is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Russian club FC Lokomotiv Moscow as a midfielder.

He started his professional career with Benfica at only 18, then went on to compete in England and Spain, mainly at the service of Everton and Valencia. He signed with Beşiktaş in January 2011, spending the following three-and-a-half seasons with the club.

Fernandes represented the Portugal under-21 team in two European Championships. He made his debut with the full side in 2005.

Fernandes played 12 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal in 2006

Age 32


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Feb 042018
 

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1940 – George A. Romero

George Andrew Romero was an American-Canadian filmmaker, writer and editor, best known for his series of gruesome and satirical horror films about an imagined zombie apocalypse, beginning with Night of the Living Dead (1968), which is often considered a progenitor of the fictional zombie of modern culture. Other films in the series include Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985). Aside from the Dead series, his works include The Crazies (1973), Martin (1978), Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines (1988), The Dark Half (1993) and Bruiser (2000). He also created and executive-produced the television series Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988).

Romero is often noted as an influential pioneer of the horror film genre, and has been called an “icon” and the “Father of the Zombie Film”.

Died: 16 July 2017

Aged 77


1953 – Kitaro

Kitaro, born Masanori Takahashi, is a Japanese recording artist, composer, record producer and arranger noted for his electronic-instrumental music, and is often associated and regarded as one of the most prominent musical acts of New-age music. He is the winner of a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album (Thinking of You (1999); with record 16 nominations in the same category) and a Golden Globe Award for the Heaven & Earth (1993) original score.

Age 65


1960 – Tim Booth

Timothy John “Tim” Booth is an English singer, dancer and actor best known as the lead singer from the band James.

Age 58


1962 – John Gordon Sinclair

John Gordon Sinclair is a Scottish actor most notable for playing Gregory in Gregory’s Girl. He was born as Gordon John but took the stage name John Gordon Sinclair because Equity already had a Gordon John registered.

Age 56


1975 – Natalie Imbruglia

Natalie Jane Imbruglia is an Australian singer-songwriter, model and actress. In the early 1990s, she played Beth Brennan in the Australian soap opera Neighbours. Three years after leaving the programme, she began a singing career with her successful hit cover of Ednaswap’s song, “Torn”.

Her subsequent album, Left of the Middle (1997), sold 7 million copies worldwide. Further releases include White Lilies Island (2001), Counting Down the Days (2005), a hits compilation, Glorious: The Singles 97–07 (2007), Come To Life (2009), and a cover album of songs originally performed by male artists, Male (2015). Since 1997, Imbruglia has sold 10 million records worldwide, and received several accolades, including eight ARIA Awards, two Brit Awards, one Billboard Music Award, and three Grammy nominations.

In addition to her singing career, Imbruglia has appeared in several films, including 2003 film Johnny English and an Australian indie film, Closed for Winter (2009). She has also modeled for several brands, such as L’Oreal, Gap, and Kailis.

Since 2005, Imbruglia has been a spokesperson of Virgin Unite and campaigns to raise awareness of obstetric fistula.

Age 43


Deaths



1984 – Paul Gardiner

Born: 01 May 1958

Paul Mark Gardiner was a British musician who played bass guitar with Gary Numan and Tubeway Army, as well as creating material under his own name.

Died Aged 25


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Feb 032018
 

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1976 – Isla Fisher

Isla Lang Fisher is an Australian actress, voice actress, and author. Born to Scottish parents in Oman, she moved to Australia at age six. She appeared on the children’s adventure series Bay Cove and the short-lived soap opera Paradise Beach, before playing Shannon Reed on the soap opera Home and Away. She has since been known for her comedic roles in Scooby-Doo (2002), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Wedding Crashers (2005), Hot Rod (2007), Definitely, Maybe (2008), Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), Rango (2011), Bachelorette (2012), Rise of the Guardians (2012), and Arrested Development (2013).

In 2013, Fisher starred as Myrtle Wilson in The Great Gatsby and as Henley Reeves in Now You See Me.

Age 42


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Feb 022018
 

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1949 – Brent Spiner

Brent Jay Spiner is an American actor, comedian, and singer best known for his portrayal of the android Lieutenant Commander Data in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and four subsequent films. In 1997, he won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Data in Star Trek: First Contact, and was nominated in the same category for portraying Dr. Brackish Okun in Independence Day, a role he reprised in Independence Day: Resurgence. He has also enjoyed a career in the theatre and as a musician.

Age 69


1956 – Philip Franks

Philip Franks is an English actor and theatre director, known to the public chiefly for his roles in British television series.

Franks was born in London and is the only child of Patricia and Robert Franks. His father was a squadron leader pilot in the Royal Air Force. Franks maintains that he first fell in love with theatre at age six, when his parents took him along to see a production of The Tempest. The following year, his parents were going to a production of Hamlet, and Franks insisted on going with them; at age seven, he was hooked for life.

Franks is best known for his role as the tax inspector Cedric “Charley” Charlton in the British sitcom The Darling Buds of May, and also as Sgt. Raymond Craddock on Heartbeat. He has also been a guest star in Absolutely Fabulous, Pie in the Sky, Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War, Bleak House, Martin Chuzzlewit, The Buddha of Suburbia, The Green Man and To Serve Them All My Days. For the role of his character in Martin Chuzzlewit (Tom Pinch), Franks shaved off all of the hair on his head leaving wispy strands at the sides. When he was recognized in the street by fans they asked if he had done it for religious reasons.

He also makes regular appearances alongside Susie Dent in the ‘Dictionary Corner’ on the British quiz show Countdown (having applied to be a contestant on the show before becoming better known). From December 2012 Franks will play The Narrator in the 40th anniversary UK touring production of Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show.

Franks is also a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. In addition, he has directed many plays including “Kafka’s Dick” and “The Kiss of the Spiderwoman” (Nottingham Playhouse); “The Cocktail Party” (Edinburgh Festival); “Rebecca” (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); “Hamlet” (Greenwich and tour); “Macbeth” (Sheffield Crucible) and “The Duchess of Malfi” (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Greenwich and West End); “Private Lives” and “The Heiress” (Royal National Theatre); “The White Devil” (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith); “Nicholas Nickleby” (Chichester Festival Theatre); and “The Tempest” (Liverpool Playhouse).

Age 62


1977 – Shakira

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, and record producer. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, demonstrating Latin American, Arabic, and rock and roll influences and belly dancing abilities. Shakira’s first studio albums, Magia and Peligro, failed to attain commercial success in the 1990s; however, she rose to prominence in Latin America with her major-label debut, Pies Descalzos (1996), and her fourth album, Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998). As of 2001, before releasing her best seller Laundry Service, she has sold over 10 million albums alone in Latin America.

Shakira entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service. Its lead single, “Whenever, Wherever”, became one of the most successful singles of 2002. Her success was solidified with her sixth and seventh albums Fijación Oral, Volumen Uno and Oral Fixation, Volume Two (2005), the latter of which spawned the best selling single of the 2000s, one of the best-selling songs of the 21st century, “Hips Don’t Lie”, selling over 13 million only counting downloads (not including any other forms of digital sales, streams and physical copies). Shakira’s eighth and ninth albums, She Wolf (2009) and Sale el Sol (2010), received critical praise. Her official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time with 10 million downloads. With over 1.6 billion views, it is one of the most viewed music videos on YouTube. She has four of the twenty top-selling hits of the last decade (2000 – 2009), more than any other artist. Shakira served as a coach on the fourth and sixth seasons of the American version of The Voice in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Her tenth album, Shakira (2014), is preceded by its lead single, “Can’t Remember to Forget You”.

Shakira has received numerous awards, including 5 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 Grammy Awards, 13 Latin Grammy Awards, 7 Billboard Music Awards, 33 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and sold over 125 million records worldwide (over 70 million albums sold) with 25.4 million record sales in the United States (as of 2014), making her the best selling South American singer and one of the best selling artists of all time. She carries out well-known philanthropic activities through charity work most notably through her Pies Descalzos Foundation. In 2011, she was appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics – a four-person group that advises the president and Education Secretary. In 2014, she was listed as the 58th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.

Age 41


1986 – Gemma Arterton

Gemma Christina Arterton is an English actress. Arterton made her film debut in the comedy film St Trinian’s (2007). Her breakthrough role was in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace (2008), playing Bond Girl Strawberry Fields, which won her an Empire Award for Best Newcomer. She was the title star of the film The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009). She is known for her roles in the fantasy films Clash of the Titans (2010), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Byzantium (2013), and as the character Gretel in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013). She played Joan in Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan at Donmar Warehouse, December 2016. She plays the lead role in the film Their Finest (2017).

Age 32


1994 – Michael Drennan

Michael Joseph ‘Mikey’ Drennan is an Irish footballer who last played professionally as a striker for Shamrock Rovers. Drennan has represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level and won the Football Association of Ireland’s Under-16 International Player of the Year in 2010. Drennan was scouted by then Premier League side Aston Villa and spent five years in their youth and reserve sides where he was loaned out to English Football League sides Carlisle United and Portsmouth.

Drennan played 14 times for Portsmouth scoring 3 goals in 2014

Age 24


1997 – Ellie Bamber

Ellie Bamber is an English actress

Her TV debut in 2012 was in the ITV two-part miniseries A Mother’s Son, where she played alongside Martin Clunes and Hermione Norris. In 2015, she appeared in the BBC costume drama The Musketeers. Her film debut was in The Falling (2014). In the same year she starred as Lydia Bennett, the youngest of the Bennett sisters in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, starring alongside Lily James, Douglas Booth, Sam Riley and Matt Smith. In 2015, she was chosen as one of the British Film Institute and Screen Daily – Screen Stars of Tomorrow.

In 2016, she appeared in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, playing the daughter of Jake Gyllenhaal and Isla Fisher’s characters, in a film also starring Amy Adams. Also that year, she filmed the feature film Extracurricular Activities, in which plays a lead role alongside Timothy Simons and Colin Ford. In 2017 she also filmed Taipei by Tao Lin and directed by Jason Lester also starring Justin Chon. In parallel with her musical theatre, TV and film career she has collaborated in the creation of the band Annoy the Boy, co-writing original numbers and releasing an EP on Union Records.

In 2017, Bamber appeared in the music video for Shawn Mendes’ song “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”.

Age 21


Deaths



2014 – Philip Seymour Hoffman

Born: 23 July 1967

Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor, director, and producer. Best known for his distinctive supporting and character roles – typically lowlifes, eccentrics, bullies, and misfits – Hoffman acted in many films from the early 1990s until his death at age 46.

Drawn to theater as a teenager, Hoffman studied acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He began his screen career in a 1991 episode of Law & Order and started to appear in films in 1992. He gained recognition for his supporting work, notably in Boogie Nights (1997), Happiness (1998), Patch Adams (1998), The Big Lebowski (1998), Magnolia (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Almost Famous (2000), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), and Along Came Polly (2004). He began to occasionally play leading roles, and for his portrayal of the author Truman Capote in Capote (2005), won multiple accolades including the Academy Award for Best Actor. Hoffman’s profile continued to grow, and he received three more Oscar nominations for his supporting work as a brutally frank CIA officer in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), a priest accused of pedophilia in Doubt (2008), and the charismatic leader of a Scientology-type movement in The Master (2012).

While he mainly worked in independent films, including The Savages (2007) and Synecdoche, New York (2008), Hoffman also appeared in Hollywood blockbusters, such as Twister (1996) and Mission: Impossible III (2006), and in one of his final roles, as Plutarch Heavensbee in the Hunger Games series (2013–15). The feature Jack Goes Boating (2010) marked his debut as a filmmaker. Hoffman was also an accomplished theater actor and director. He joined the off-Broadway LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995, where he directed, produced, and appeared in numerous stage productions. His performances in three Broadway plays – True West in 2000, Long Day’s Journey into Night in 2003, and Death of a Salesman in 2012 – all led to Tony Award nominations.

Hoffman struggled with drug addiction as a young adult, and relapsed in 2013 after many years of sobriety. In February 2014, he was found dead with a syringe of heroin still in his arm – an unexpected event that was widely lamented in the film and theatre industries. Remembered for his fearlessness in playing reprehensible characters, and for bringing depth and humanity to such roles, Hoffman was described in his New York Times obituary as “perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation”.

Died Aged 46


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Feb 012018
 

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1921 – Peter Sallis

Peter John Sallis, OBE was an English actor, known for his work on British television. He was the voice of Wallace in the Academy Award-honored Wallace and Gromit films and played Norman “Cleggy” Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine from its 1973 inception until its final episode in 2010, making him the only actor to appear in all 295 episodes.

Although Sallis was born and brought up in London, his two best remembered roles required him to adopt the accent and mannerisms of a Northerner. He also voiced Rat in The Wind in the Willows, appeared in Danger Man in the episode “Find and Destroy” (1961) as Gordon, appeared in the BBC Doctor Who serial “The Ice Warriors” (1967), playing renegade scientist Elric Penley, and appeared in an episode of The Persuaders! (“The Long Goodbye”, 1971). Other appearances include The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), and Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970). He retired from acting in 2010 and died in 2017, aged 96.

Died: 02 June 2017

Aged 96


1942 – Terry Jones

Terence Graham Parry Jones is a Welsh actor, writer, comedian, screenwriter and film director. He was a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe.

Age 76


1946 – Elisabeth Sladen

Elisabeth Clara Heath-Sladen was an English actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in the British television series Doctor Who. She was a regular cast member from 1973 to 1976, alongside both Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, and reprised the role many times in subsequent decades, both on Doctor Who and its spin-offs, K-9 and Company and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Sladen was interested in ballet and theatre from childhood, and began to appear on stage in the mid-1960s, although more often as a stage manager at this time. She moved to London in 1970 and an appearance in the police drama Z-Cars led to her being selected for a part in Doctor Who. She stayed as a regular cast member alongside Pertwee and Baker until 1976. She subsequently starred in other roles on both television and radio, before semi-retiring to bring up a family in the mid-1980s.

She returned to the public eye in the 2000s with more Doctor Who related appearances, which culminated in taking a regular lead role in The Sarah Jane Adventures. The show earned the Royal Television Society 2010 award for Best Children’s Drama. She also made regular guest appearances on the main television series, and provided voice-over commentaries for its releases to DVD.

Her death made national and international news headlines, and major television stations and newspapers paid her tribute.

Died: 19 April 2011

Aged 65


1959 – Dave Bamber

John David “Dave” Bamber is an English former professional footballer.

Bamber played 4 times for Portsmouth in 1985

Age 59


1965 – Sherilyn Fenn

Sherilyn Fenn is an American actress. She came to attention for her performance as Audrey Horne on the 1990 cult TV series Twin Peaks (1990–1991, 2017) for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award. She is also known for her roles in Wild at Heart (1990), Of Mice and Men (1992), Boxing Helena (1993) and the television sitcom Rude Awakening (1998–2001).

Age 53


1993 – Nicke Kabamba

Nicke Kabamba is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Aldershot Town on loan from Portsmouth.

Age 25


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2013 – Robin Sachs

Born: 05 February 1951

Robin David Sachs was an English actor and voice actor. He is known for his voice over work in video games, movies and TV shows. He is also known for voicing Zaeed Massani in the Mass Effect franchise, Admiral Saul Karath in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Sergeant Roderick in SpongeBob SquarePants and Xoloti in Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom.

Died Aged 61


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1947 – Jonathan Banks

Jonathan Ray Banks is an American actor. He has had notable roles in the films Airplane! (1980), 48 Hrs. (1982), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001) and Mudbound (2017). He has received critical acclaim for his role as Frank McPike in Wiseguy (1987–1990), as well as Mike Ehrmantraut in the television series Breaking Bad (2009–2012) and its spin-off, Better Call Saul (2015–). He has received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Age 71


1966 – Dexter Fletcher

Dexter Fletcher is an English actor and director. He has appeared in the Guy Ritchie film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, crime comedy Smoking Guns as well as television roles in such shows as the comedy-drama Hotel Babylon, the HBO series Band of Brothers, and earlier in his career, the children’s show Press Gang, and the film Bugsy Malone. He also had a short-lived stint at presenting the third series of Channel 4’s GamesMaster that aired between 1993 and 1994. He is known for directing Wild Bill, (2011), Sunshine On Leith (2013) and Eddie the Eagle (2016). Fletcher is currently directing Bohemian Rhapsody (2018).

Age 52


1974 – Anna Silk

Anna Silk is a Canadian actress most commonly known for her role as Bo from the Showcase television series Lost Girl.

In 2009, she landed the principal character role of Bo Dennis, a Succubus, in the Canadian television series Lost Girl. Silk became pregnant during production of the third season finale episode and broke the news to fans of the series in a Showcase pre-show Season Three special on January 6, 2013. On June 4, 2013, Showcase and Prodigy Pictures announced the start of production on the fourth season; and on June 20, 2013, Silk announced via Twitter that she was ready to return to work on the show.

Her portrayal of Bo together with Lauren (Zoie Palmer) as same-sex lovers on Lost Girl was named one of its all-time Favorite TV Couples by CNN (Cable News Network); and declared Top TV Couple of 2013 by E! Entertainment Television. As a result of the show’s popularity, Silk has garnered a prominent online following on social media.

Age 44


1988 – Brett Pitman

Brett Douglas Pitman is a Jersey-born professional footballer who plays for English club Portsmouth. He spent most of his career at Bournemouth in two separate spells, totalling 102 goals in 301 games.

After starting his career on his native island, he moved to Bournemouth as a 16-year-old and went on to become a regular in their first team, helping them avoid relegation from The Football League in 2009 and earn promotion a year later. In August 2010, he moved to Championship side Bristol City. In November 2012 he was loaned back to Bournemouth, until making the deal permanent in January 2013, and contributed to them winning the Football League Championship title in 2015. He then signed for Ipswich Town, and Portsmouth two years later.

Age 30


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1951 – Bobby Stokes

Bobby Stokes was an English footballer, well known for scoring the winning goal in the 83rd minute of the FA Cup Final for Southampton F.C. against Manchester United in 1976.

Stokes played 29 times for Portsmouth scoring 3 goals between 1977 – 1978

Died: 30 May 1995

Aged 44


1963 – Daphne Ashbrook

Daphne Lee Ashbrook is an American actress.

Known for both her comic timing and deep emotional portrayals, she has appeared in many television and film roles including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (as the titular character in “Melora”) and the Doctor Who telemovie, in which she played the role of Doctor Grace Holloway. Her portrayal as Grace in Doctor Who caused consternation among some of that show’s fans because she was the first character to romantically kiss the Doctor, setting a precedent for the more sexually charged nature of the new Doctor Who series that began in 2005.

A 2004 trip to the United Kingdom was filmed for the 2005 documentary Daphne Ashbrook in the UK. This DVD documentary followed her work with Doctor Who, including her role as Perfection in the Big Finish Productions audio play The Next Life. She performed opposite Paul McGann for first time since the 1996 telemovie. In 2006, she played Charlotte Howell in the audio drama Dark Shadows: The Book of Temptation for the same company. She has been to the UK twice thus far for Doctor Who convention events. She was featured in extensive interviews on the Doctor Who podcast Doctor Who: DWO Whocast and Doctor Who podcast Doctor Who: Podshock. Additionally, she featured in other podcasts including “The Happiness Patrol”.

Age 55


1973 – Paige Moss

Paige Moss is an American stage, film and television actress

Moss has had numerous roles in film and on television since 1995, and is best known for her portrayal of Tara Marks, the crazy girl who tried to kill Kelly Taylor on Beverly Hills, 90210 in its 1996 season, and for her performance as the female werewolf Veruca in three episodes of the cult TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1999. Creator and show runner, Joss Whedon, originally intended for Oz, Willow and Veruca to be involved in a love triangle spanning most of the fourth season. However, Seth Green’s abrupt decision to leave the show ultimately prevented these plans from coming to fruition. She is also known for her work as Maddy O’Neil in 20 episodes of the ABC show It’s All Relative from 2002 through 2004, and for voice roles in the animated series American Dragon: Jake Long (2007) and Random! Cartoons (2008).

Age 45


1974 – Olivia Colman

Sarah Caroline Olivia Colman is an English actress. She has won three BAFTA Awards, three BIFA Awards, one Golden Globe Award, and has been nominated twice for an Emmy Award.

Colman first came to prominence for her supporting role as Sophie Chapman in the Channel 4 comedy series Peep Show (2003–2015). Her other TV comedy roles include Green Wing (2004–2006), Beautiful People (2008–2009), Rev. (2010–2014) and Twenty Twelve (2011–2012). She also played various roles in That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006–2008), alongside her Peep Show co-stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb. Colman’s move to drama saw her receive critical acclaim for her performance in Paddy Considine’s film Tyrannosaur (2011). Her other film roles include PC Doris Thatcher in Hot Fuzz (2007), Carol Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011), Queen Elizabeth in Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), Bethan Maguire in Locke (2013), Margaret Lea in The Thirteenth Tale (2013), and the Hotel Manager in The Lobster (2015). Colman will portray Queen Elizabeth II in the third and fourth season of the original Netflix series The Crown.

A three-time BAFTA TV Award winner, she won Best Female Comedy Performance for Twenty Twelve and Best Supporting Actress for Accused in 2013, before winning Best Actress in 2014 for her role as DS Ellie Miller in the ITV crime series Broadchurch. Colman was also nominated for the International Emmy Award for Best Actress for Broadchurch. For her performance in the AMC/BBC miniseries The Night Manager, she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

Age 44


1981 – Peter Crouch

Peter James Crouch is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Stoke City. He was capped 42 times by the England national team between 2005 and 2010, scoring 22 goals for his country in that time, and appearing at two World Cups.

Crouch is one of 26 players to have scored 100 or more Premier League goals, holding the record for the most headed goals in Premier League history. In cumulative transfer fees, Crouch is the fifth most expensive British footballer of all-time.

Crouch began his career as a trainee with Tottenham Hotspur. He failed to make an appearance for Spurs and after loan spells at Dulwich Hamlet and Swedish club IFK Hässleholm he joined Queens Park Rangers. After QPR were relegated at the end of the 2000–01 season, Portsmouth acquired Crouch on a transfer deal worth £1.5 million. He had a strong first season at Fratton Park, and after scoring 19 goals for the club, he joined Aston Villa in March 2002 for £5 million. He had a relatively poor spell at Villa, however, and was loaned out to Norwich City in 2003 before making a move to Southampton, where he re-gained his form, which would ultimately prompt his joining of Liverpool in July 2005. At Liverpool, Crouch enjoyed considerable success, winning the FA Cup and FA Community Shield in 2006 and also gained a runners-up medal in the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final.

After scoring 42 goals in three seasons at Anfield, Portsmouth re-acquired him for £11 million, where he forged an effective partnership with fellow England international Jermain Defoe. He spent just one season in his second spell at Portsmouth and left for Tottenham Hotspur, where he again linked up with Defoe and Harry Redknapp. He scored a vital goal for Tottenham against Manchester City which earned the club a place in the UEFA Champions League. He scored seven goals in ten European matches for Spurs in 2010–11, but was unable to replicate this form in the Premier League. He joined Stoke City on 31 August 2011 for a club record fee of £10 million. In his first season with Stoke, he scored 14 goals and won the club’s Player of the Year award. He scored eight in 2012–13 and then hit ten in both the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons.

Crouch played 88 times for Portsmouth scoring 35 goals between 2001 – 2009

Age 37


1995 – Danielle Campbell

Danielle Campbell is an American actress. She is known for film and television work including the lead roles of Jessica Olson in the Disney Channel Original Movie StarStruck and Simone Daniels in the Disney film Prom. She is best known for her lead role as Davina Claire on the television series The Originals.

Age 23


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1953 – Peter Baumann

Peter Baumann formed the core line-up of the pioneering German electronic group Tangerine Dream with Edgar Froese and Christopher Franke in 1971. Baumann composed his first solo album in 1976, while still touring with the band, and embarked on a solo career in 1977. He founded the record label Private Music. Since the early 2000s, Baumann has devoted his time to studying and promoting initiatives in science and philosophy that shed light on the human condition.

Age 65


1961 – Dave Baynton-Power

David Baynton-Power is a musician, best known as drummer of the long-existing English rock band James. He has a recognisable and characteristic way of playing the drums, moving his sticks in a circular motion as the songs build up.

Progressive rock was his first real venture into playing drums, but Baynton-Power became a huge fan of punk rock and was part of the new wave movement with his first real band, The Modernaires. They played some decent sized gigs for a new band, but they soon split after moving to Chester as their vocalist, who was schizophrenic, announced he was leaving.

They soon re-formed with a new singer however, they realised that with the arrival of the Welsh TV station S4C, if they changed the lyrics of their songs from English to Welsh they could make some profit. They changed their name to Brodyr Y Ffin (Welsh for ‘Brothers on the Border’) as their house in Chester was right on the Anglo-Welsh border, and quickly rose to the top of the Welsh scene, staying there for a few years.

However, their existence came to an abrupt end with a massive house fire, which resulted in the death of one of their members. Not long after, Baynton-Power was linked to James through another band’s keyboardist, who was a friend of Andy Dodd – Dodd initially booked all the bands at the Band on the Wall venue in Manchester. Dodd suggested Baynton-Power as a replacement for James previous drummer Gavan Whelan in 1989. According to the band’s biography Folklore by Stuart Maconie, the band was particularly keen to hire Baynton-Power after lead singer Tim Booth’s psychic medium advised him to look out for a “Dave from Wrexham” as the band’s new drummer. Although Baynton-Power was initially uninterested in the offer of an audition, he finally relented after the band members offered to pay his train fare to Manchester. Following the audition they immediately offered him the role of drummer.

Baynton-Power endured, remaining in James from that time through to their farewell tour in December 2001. He also played a big part in the production side of the later James albums, from Whiplash onwards.

From 2002 Baynton-Power toured with the Welsh rock band The Alarm, spent more time with his family, and also worked as a freelance sound engineer in television. In early 2007, he was confirmed as a member of the reformed James and joined them on their tour in April of that year, then played on their comeback album Hey Ma, released in April 2008.

Age 57


1970 – Heather Graham

Heather Joan Graham is an American actress. After appearing in television commercials, her first starring role in a feature film came with the teen comedy License to Drive (1988), followed by the critically acclaimed film Drugstore Cowboy (1989), which gained her initial industry notice. She then played supporting roles in films such as Shout (1991), Diggstown (1992), Six Degrees of Separation (1993), Swingers (1996) and on the television series Twin Peaks (1991) and its prequel film Fire Walk with Me (1992), before gaining critical praise in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997) as porn starlet Brandy / Rollergirl. In 1999, she co-starred in Bowfinger and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

In the 2000s, Graham starred in films Committed (2000), Say It Isn’t So (2001), Mary (2005), Gray Matters (2007), The Hangover (2009) and its sequel, The Hangover Part III (2013). She also had a role on the television series Scrubs in 2004, before playing the title character on the short-lived series Emily’s Reasons Why Not in 2006. She also had recurring roles on Showtime’s Californication (2014) and Netflix’s Flaked (2016).

Noted for portraying characters with sex appeal, she often appears in magazine lists of “Most Beautiful” and “Sexiest” women. Graham is a public advocate for Children International, and supported the climate change campaign Global Cool in 2007.

Age 48


1985 – Craig Westcarr

Craig Naptali Westcarr is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Alfreton Town.

He began his career at Nottingham Forest, becoming the youngest player ever to play for the club when he made his first team debut in October 2001 at the age of 16. He was loaned out to Lincoln City and Milton Keynes Dons in 2005, before he left the Football League to spend the 2005–06 season in the Conference with Cambridge United. He then spent three seasons with Kettering Town, helping the club to win the Conference North title in 2007–08. He signed with Notts County in May 2009, and helped the club to win the League Two title in 2009–10. He was sold on to Chesterfield in August 2011, and won the Football League Trophy with the club in 2012, scoring a goal in the final. He joined Walsall, initially on loan, in November 2012. He finished as the club’s top-scorer in the 2013–14 campaign, but was released in May 2014. On 17 June 2014 Westcarr joined Portsmouth on a free transfer after leaving Walsall, penning a two-year contract.

He represented England at under-15, under-16, under-17, under-18, and under-21 level.

Westcarr played 37 times for Portsmouth scoring 7 goals between 2014 – 2015

Age 33


1988 – Catrin Stewart

Catrin Stewart is a Welsh actress. She is best known for portraying Emma in the Sky1 comedy drama series Stella and Jenny Flint in Doctor Who. She also portrayed Lily in Misfits. Her theatrical performance as Juliet in Headlongs Romeo and Juliet has been acclaimed by The Observer as “one of the most captivating and touching I have seen.”

Age 30


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1952 – Kenny Swain

Kenneth “Kenny” Swain is an English former footballer who played in numerous positions, including striker, midfielder and full back.

Swain played 134 times for Portsmouth between 1985 – 1988

Age 66


1979 – Angelique Cabral

Angelique Cabral is an American actress, known for her roles in The Perfect Family, Friends with Benefits, Enlisted, and currently in the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces.

Age 39


1998 – Ariel Winter

    

Ariel Winter Workman, better known as Ariel Winter, is an American actress, voice actress, and singer[citation needed]. She is known for her role as Alex Dunphy in the comedy series Modern Family, as well as the voice of the title character in the Disney Junior show Sofia the First and the voice of Penny Peterson in the 2014 animated film Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Winter and her Modern Family cast mates have won four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Age 20


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