Births & Deaths

Feb 232018

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1932 – Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry (born Majel Leigh Hudec) was an American actress and producer. She is best known for her roles as Nurse Christine Chapel in the original Star Trek series and Lwaxana Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as for being the voice of most onboard computer interfaces throughout the series. She became the second wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

As the wife of Roddenberry and given her ongoing relationship with Star Trek—participating in some way in every series during her lifetime—she was sometimes referred to as “the First Lady of Star Trek”. She married Roddenberry in Japan on August 6, 1969, after the cancellation of the original Star Trek series. They had one son together, Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, Jr., born in 1974.

Died: 18 December 2008

Aged 76

1983 – Emily Blunt

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is a British-American film and stage actress and singer. Blunt made her professional debut in a 2001 London production of the play The Royal Family. Two years later, she appeared on screen for the first time in the 2003 television film Boudica (Warrior Queen) and portrayed ill-fated queen consort Catherine Howard in the miniseries Henry VIII. Her performance in the 2004 drama film My Summer of Love garnered her the Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer. For her performance in the TV film Gideon’s Daughter (2006) she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. The same year, she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and a nomination for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Devil Wears Prada.

In 2009, Blunt received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. She received more acclaim for portraying Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria (2009), receiving a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. 2009 also saw Blunt appear in the crime caper comedy Wild Target with Bill Nighy and Rupert Grint. She found commercial success for roles in the romantic science-fiction thriller The Adjustment Bureau (2011), the science-fiction action thriller Looper (2012), and the science-fiction military film Edge of Tomorrow (2014).

Blunt received her fourth and fifth Golden Globe Award nominations for her roles in the romantic comedy-drama Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) and the musical fantasy Into the Woods (2014) in the Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical category. In 2016, Blunt starred in the fantasy-action film The Huntsman: Winter’s War and The Girl on the Train, the latter based on the international best-selling novel of the same name, and a performance that earned her nominations for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. She is set to portray Mary Poppins in the upcoming musical fantasy film Mary Poppins Returns (2018).

Age 35

1992 – Danny Alfei

Daniel Mark Alfei is a Welsh footballer who plays as a defender for League Two club Yeovil Town.

Alfei played 15 times for Portmouth in 2014

Age 26

1994 – Dakota Fanning


Hannah Dakota Fanning is an American actress and model. She rose to prominence at age seven for her performance as Lucy Dawson in the drama film I Am Sam (2001), for which she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age eight, making her the youngest nominee in history. Thereafter, Fanning received additional recognition for appearances in the films Uptown Girls (2003), The Cat in the Hat (2003), Man on Fire (2004), War of the Worlds (2005), Dreamer (2005), and Charlotte’s Web (2006).

Fanning then began to transition to more adult roles with Hounddog (2007) and The Secret Life of Bees (2008). Her recent film roles have included the eponymous character in Coraline (2009), Cherie Currie in The Runaways (2010), Annie James in The Motel Life (2013), and Jane Volturi in The Twilight Saga (2009–12).

Although the focus of Fanning’s career is acting, she also has fashion-related jobs. Her debut in modeling came in 2009 when she made the cover of various magazines like Elle, Vanity Fair, and Cosmopolitan, among others. She also appeared in the fashion week in New York in 2014 and at the opening ceremony of Fashion Week New York S/S 2015.

Age 24

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1926 – Kenneth Williams

Kenneth Charles Williams was an English actor, best known for his comedy roles and in later life as a raconteur and diarist. He was one of the main ensemble in 26 of the 31 Carry On films, and appeared in many British television programmes and radio comedies, including series with Tony Hancock and Kenneth Horne.

Williams grew up in Central London to a working class family. He served in the Royal Engineers during World War II, where he first became interested in becoming an entertainer. After a short spell in repertory theatre as a serious actor, he turned to comedy and achieved national fame in Hancock’s Half Hour, appearing throughout the radio series’ run. He sustained continued success throughout the 1960s and ’70s with his regular appearances in Carry On films, and subsequently kept himself in the public eye with chat shows and other television work.

Though Williams was fondly regarded in the entertainment industry, he suffered from depression and found it hard to come to terms with his homosexuality, leading to his death in 1988 after an overdose. He kept a series of diaries throughout his life that achieved posthumous acclaim.

Died: 15 April 1988

Aged 62

1944 – Tucker Smallwood

Tucker Smallwood is an American actor, author and vocalist. Best known for his role in Space: Above and Beyond

Age 74

1953 – Nigel Planer

Nigel George Planer is an English actor, comedian, novelist and playwright who is best known for his role as Neil in the cult BBC comedy The Young Ones and as Ralph Filthy in Filthy Rich & Catflap. He has appeared in many West End musicals, including original casts of Evita, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Wicked, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He has also appeared in Hairspray. He won a BRIT award in 1984 and has been nominated for Olivier, TMA, What’s On Stage, and BAFTA awards.

Age 65

1959 – Kyle MacLachlan

Kyle Merritt MacLachlan is an American actor. MacLachlan is best known for his role as Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks (1990–1991; 2017) and its film prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), as well as roles in two of David Lynch’s films: Paul Atreides in Dune (1984) and Jeffrey Beaumont in Blue Velvet (1986). MacLachlan’s other film roles include Lloyd Gallagher in The Hidden (1987), Ray Manzarek in The Doors (1991), Clifford Vandercave in The Flintstones (1994), Zack Carey in Showgirls (1995), and the voice of Riley’s dad in Inside Out (2015).

He has had prominent roles in television shows including appearing as Trey MacDougal in Sex and the City (2000–2002), Orson Hodge in Desperate Housewives (2006–2012), The Captain in How I Met Your Mother (2010–2014), the Mayor of Portland in Portlandia (2011–2017) and Calvin Zabo in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014–2015).

MacLachlan has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1990), and was nominated in the same category in 2017, for playing the role of Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks. He has also been nominated for two Emmy Awards for Twin Peaks.

Age 59

1967 – Paul Cook

Paul Anthony Cook is an English professional football manager and former player who is the manager of League One club Wigan Athletic.

Cook played as a central midfielder during a playing career that spanned 23 years from 1983 until 2006, notably in the Premier League for Coventry City. He also played in the Football League for Wigan Athletic, Norwich City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tranmere Rovers, Stockport County and Burnley. He also played Non-league football for Marine and Accrington Stanley. He moved into management in 2006 with Southport and later Sligo Rovers. In February 2012, he returned to English management with Accrington before moving to Chesterfield in October of the same year. In May 2015, he was appointed manager of League Two outfit Portsmouth after a release clause was met in his Chesterfield contract. In May 2017, he was appointed manager of League One club Wigan Athletic.

Cook was Portsmouth manager between 2015 – 2017

Age 51

1968 – Jeri Ryan

Jeri Lynn Ryan (born Jeri Lynn Zimmermann) is an American actress best known for her role as the Borg Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager, for which she was nominated four times for a Saturn Award and won in 2001.

Ryan is also known for her role as Veronica “Ronnie” Cooke on Boston Public (2001–2004). She was a regular on the science fiction series Dark Skies (1997) and the legal drama series Shark (2006–2008). In 2009 she guest starred on the series Leverage as Tara Cole. From 2011 to 2013, she starred as Dr. Kate Murphy in the ABC drama series Body of Proof. In 2016, she began appearing as Veronica Allen on the Amazon Prime series Bosch.

Age 50

1969 – Shaka Hislop

Neil Shaka Hislop CM is a retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. The majority of his career was spent in the top division in England where he was a part of the Newcastle United team which finished second in the Premier League for two successive seasons under Kevin Keegan’s first tenure. Before this, he played for Reading where he was on the losing side in the 1st Division play-offs despite finishing second overall (which became an automatic promotion slot the following season). He later played for West Ham United on two separate occasions (receiving an FA Cup Runner-up medal during his second term in 2006) and also for Portsmouth (where he won the 1st Division in 2002/03).

Hislop was eligible to play for both England and Trinidad and Tobago. He initially played for the England U-21 team and was on the bench for a full International against Chile, but in the end opted to play for Trinidad and Tobago. A dispute with the national team ruled him out of contention for several years, but he returned to play and starred in the country’s first ever World Cup appearance in 2006.

Hislop is now working for sports news and broadcasting service ESPN where he is most often seen as a commentator on ESPN FC. He also regularly provides commentary on Eredivisie, Serie A, and Mexican Liga MX matches. He had also briefly worked as a goalkeeping coach for the football team at Quinnipiac University.

Hislop played 100 times for Portsmouth between 2002 – 2005

Age 49

1975 – Drew Barrymore

Drew Blythe Barrymore is an American actress, author, director, model and producer. She is a member of the Barrymore family of American stage and film actors, and a granddaughter of actor John Barrymore. Beginning as a child actress on television, she soon transitioned to feature films, including her biggest box office success, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

Following a highly publicized, turbulent childhood marked by drug and alcohol abuse with two stints in rehab, she released her autobiography, Little Girl Lost (1991). Barrymore appeared in a string of successful films, including Poison Ivy (1992), Scream (1996), and Ever After (1998). She is also known for co-starring with Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer (1998), 50 First Dates (2004) and Blended (2014).

In 1995, she and Nancy Juvonen formed a joint production company, Flower Films,[5] and it went on to produce several films in which Barrymore also starred, such as Never Been Kissed (1999), Charlie’s Angels (2000), Donnie Darko (2001) and her directorial debut Whip It! (2009). Barrymore won a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Grey Gardens (2009). She currently stars in the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet (2017).

Age 43

1982 – Dichen Lachman

Dichen Lachman is a Nepali-born Australian actress and producer of German and Tibetan descent. She appeared in the soap opera Neighbours as Katya Kinski and in Joss Whedon’s science fiction drama television series Dollhouse as Sierra. Lachman portrayed Suren in the American remake of Being Human as a main character during the show’s second season. Lachman has also starred in the 2014 film Lust for Love and had a recurring role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Jiaying, Skye’s Inhuman, ageless mother.

Age 36

1990 – Damien McCrory

Damien Paul McCrory is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a defender for EFL League One side Portsmouth, on loan from EFL Championship club Burton Albion.

First signing professional forms with Plymouth Argyle in 2008, he spent the next two years on loan at Port Vale and Grimsby Town, before joining Dagenham & Redbridge in 2010. He played for the “Daggers” in their victory in the 2010 League Two play-off final. He also won international caps for his country at under-18 and under-19 levels. In June 2012, he signed a two-year deal with Burton Albion. He helped Burton to the League Two title in 2014–15 and then to promotion out of League One in 2015–16. He joined Portsmouth on loan in August 2017.

McCrory played 3 times for Portsmouth in 2017

Age 28



2011 – Nicholas Courtney

Born: 16 December 1929

William Nicholas Stone Courtney was a British actor, most famous for playing Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who.

Director Douglas Camfield originally considered Courtney for the role of Richard the Lionheart in the Doctor Who serial The Crusade (1965), a role that ultimately went to Julian Glover. Camfield made sure to keep Courtney in mind for future casting, however. Courtney would make his first appearance in the series, when Camfield cast him in the 1965 serial The Daleks’ Master Plan, where he played Space Security Agent Bret Vyon opposite William Hartnell as the Doctor.

Camfield liked Courtney’s performance, and when the director was assigned the 1968 serial The Web of Fear, he cast Courtney as Captain Knight. However, when David Langton gave up the role of Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart to work elsewhere, Camfield recast Captain Knight and gave the part to Courtney instead. The Lethbridge-Stewart character returned in the next season in “The Invasion”, promoted to the rank of brigadier, and in charge of British contingent of UNIT. The organisation had been charged with protecting the Earth from alien invasion. Years later actor and writer Ian Marter (who played UNIT medical officer Harry Sullivan alongside Tom Baker) named a Russian military base used in The Invasion, but unnamed on screen, “Nykortny” in his novelisation of the story.

Courtney has played Lethbridge-Stewart, either on television or in spin-off audio plays, alongside every subsequent Doctor up to and including Paul McGann, as well as substitute First Doctor Richard Hurndall. He did not act in the revived series, although he did so in the spin-off, The Sarah Jane Adventures and appeared in archival footage in Doctor Who proper. While he has acted with Tenth Doctor actor David Tennant in the Big Finish audio dramas Sympathy for the Devil and UNIT: The Wasting, Tennant was playing a different character, Colonel Ross Brimmicombe-Wood, on both occasions.

Following Courtney’s death, Lethbridge-Stewart was written out as having died roughly concurrently with him. Gone but far from forgotten, the Brigadier cast a long shadow across the series’s golden anniversary episode, “The Day of the Doctor”, being referred no fewer than five times and quoted once; and, with a prominent close-up of his archival portrait, Courtney is the only individual to appear in all the Doctor Who anniversary stories prior to “The Day of the Doctor”.

Died Aged 81

2018 – Billy Wilson

Born: 10 July 1946

Billy Wilson was an English footballer who played professionally in England for 15 years before retiring to run The Pompey public house just outside Fratton Park. Born in Seaton Delaval Wilson was a tough tackling left back who made nearly 250 league appearances for the Ewood Park club. An ever-present during their 1967-68 and 69-70 campaigns he was part of a close knit defence that lived far more modest lives than today’s top stars .

In January 1972 he moved to Portsmouth F.C for £25,000 and promptly scored his first league goal. He was to be a regular for four seasons until he lost his place to Keith Viney during the 1976/77 campaign, after which he was very much more of a squad player.

Wilson played 219 times for Portsmouth scoring 6 goals between 1972 – 1979

Died Aged 71

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1946 – Alan Rickman

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).

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: 14 January 2016

Aged 69

1978 – Helen Marnie

Helen Marnie is a Scottish musician, known as the lead vocalist and one of the keyboardists and songwriters of the electronic band Ladytron. In 2012, she started a solo career as Marnie and released her debut solo album Crystal World on 11 June 2013. Her second solo album, Strange Words and Weird Wars, was released on 2 June 2017.

Age 40

1979 – Jennifer Love Hewitt


Jennifer Love Hewitt is an American actress, singer, songwriter, producer and director. Hewitt began her career as a child actress and singer, appearing in national television commercials before joining the cast of the Disney Channel series Kids Incorporated (1989–1991) as well as performing as a backup singer before recording her debut studio album at the age of 12, Love Songs (1992), which was released exclusively in Japan. Hewitt received her breakthrough role as Sarah Reeves Merrin on the Fox teen drama Party of Five (1995–1999), and rose to fame as a teen star for her role as Julie James in the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) and its 1998 sequel.

Hewitt released her second and third studio albums with Atlantic Records, Let’s Go Bang (1995) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (1996), both of which saw little commercial success. Thereafter, she starred alongside Sigourney Weaver in the romantic comedy film Heartbreakers (2001) and alongside Jackie Chan in the action comedy film The Tuxedo (2002). Hewitt released her fourth studio album and most recent to date with Jive Records in 2002, BareNaked, which became her first album to chart in the United States, peaking at number 37 on the Billboard 200 chart. Her most successful single on the Billboard Hot 100 was the 1999 release “How Do I Deal”, which peaked at number 59.

From 2005 to 2010, Hewitt starred as Melinda Gordon on the CBS supernatural drama Ghost Whisperer, for which she received two Saturn Awards in 2007 and 2008. She later starred on the Lifetime drama series The Client List from 2012 to 2013, and was previously nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the pilot film. From 2014 to 2015, she starred as Special Agent Kate Callahan on the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. In addition to acting, she has served as a producer on some of her film and television projects. Hewitt was identified as the “number one reader choice” on the November 1999 and May 2009 covers of Maxim magazine. TV Guide named her the sexiest woman on television in 2008.

Age 39

1980 – Elize du Toit

Elize du Toit is a South African-born British actress best known for playing the role of Izzy Davies in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks from 2000 to 2004, with a brief return in 2007.

Age 38

1983 – Katie McGrath

Katie McGrath is an Irish actress. In television, she is best known for portraying Morgana on the BBC One series Merlin (2008–2012), Lucy Westenra on the British-American series Dracula (2013–2014), Sarah Bennett in the first season of the Canadian horror anthology series Slasher (2016), and currently portrays Lena Luthor, in the American superhero series Supergirl (2016–present). In film, she starred as Lady Thelma Furness in the drama film W.E. (2011) and Zara Young in the science fiction adventure film Jurassic World (2015).

Age 35

1986 – Charlotte Church

Charlotte Maria Church (born Charlotte Maria Reed) is a Welsh singer-songwriter, actress, television presenter and political activist.

She rose to fame in childhood as a classical singer before branching into pop music in 2005. By 2007, she had sold more than 10 million records worldwide including over 5 million in the United States. In 2010, she was reported to be worth as much as £11m (though one 2003 report quoted her worth at £25m). She hosted a Channel 4 chat show titled The Charlotte Church Show. Church released her first album in five years, titled Back to Scratch, on 17 October 2010. Church is a soprano.

Age 32

1987 – Tuppence Middleton


Tuppence Middleton is an English actress. She was nominated for the London Evening Standard Film Awards 2010 for Most Promising Newcomer. Since 2015, she portrays Riley Blue in the Netflix webseries Sense8.

She has appeared in feature films such as Tormented (2009), Chatroom (2010), Cleanskin (2012), Trance (2013), The Lady Vanishes (2013), The Imitation Game (2014), and Jupiter Ascending (2015), as well as in television series such as Bones (2008), New Tricks (2010), Friday Night Dinner (2011), Sinbad (2012), Spies of Warsaw (2013), Black Mirror (2013), and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (2017).

She starred in two British period dramas screened around the same time, Dickensian (2015–16), playing Miss Havisham, and War & Peace (2016), in which she played Russian princess and villain Hélène Kuragina.

Age 31

1988 – Danny Rose

Daniel Stephen Rose is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Portsmouth. He also captained the England C team in 2012.

A former captain of Manchester United Reserves, he joined Oxford United in 2007 following a four-month loan spell. He switched to Newport County the following year, and helped Newport to the Conference South title in 2009–10. He was sold to Fleetwood Town in January 2012, and was part of the side that won the Conference Premier title in 2011–12, before returning to Oxford in June 2013.

Age 30

1994 – Hayley Orrantia


Sarah Hayley Orrantia known professionally as Hayley Orrantia, is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for portraying Erica Goldberg on the ABC comedy series The Goldbergs. She was a member of Lakoda Rayne, a country-pop girl group assembled by Paula Abdul during the first season of The X Factor.

Age 24

1996 – Sophie Turner


Sophie Turner is an English actress. Turner made her professional acting debut as Sansa Stark on the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–present), which brought her international recognition.

Turner has also starred in the television film The Thirteenth Tale (2013) and she made her feature film debut in Another Me (2013). She has also starred in the action comedy Barely Lethal (2015) and portrays a young Jean Grey / Phoenix in the X-Men film series.

Age 22


2004 – Les Gray

Born: 09 April 1946

Thomas Leslie “Les” Gray was an English musician best known for his work with glam rock pop band Mud. Gray was also known for his distinctive vocal impersonation of Elvis Presley.

Gray was born in Carshalton, Surrey. He was a self-taught musician, and during his school years, he played trumpet with a jazz band, and then, with a younger brother, went on to form the skiffle unit, The Mourners. After leaving school he worked for Pearl & Dean, writing commercials, and later for Moss Bros before finding success with Mud.

With a few line-up changes, The Mourners evolved into Mud in February 1966, with Gray on vocals, Dave Mount on drums, Rob Davis on guitar, and Ray Stiles on bass, and won the Search for Sound song contest the same year. After a few unsuccessful singles including “Flower Power”, they were signed to Mickie Most’s RAK record label, and gained television exposure via an appearance on The Basil Brush Show. They toured in support of Tom Jones in 1973. Mud had a string of hits written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, including two which topped the UK Singles Chart in 1974, “Lonely This Christmas”, and “Tiger Feet”, and a chart topping cover of “Oh, Boy!” (originally performed by Buddy Holly). They disbanded in 1979.

Gray had a Top 40 solo hit (#32) in 1977 with his cover version of “A Groovy Kind of Love.” He later toured with backing musicians under the name ‘Les Gray’s Mud’, but never found the same level of success as he had enjoyed with the original outfit.

Died Aged 57

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1950 – Peter Marinello

Peter Marinello is a former Scottish football player.

Marinello started his career at Hibernian, and could play either as a centre forward or right winger. He was regarded as being talented enough there that he was dubbed “the next George Best” by the British press.

Marinello played 110 times for Portsmouth scoring 10 goals between 1973 – 1975

Age 68

1953 – David Kemp

David Michael Kemp is an English former professional footballer and manager. And is currently Assistant Manager at Middlesbrough FC.

Kemp began his career with Harrow Borough, subsequently playing for Maidenhead United and Slough Town before joining Crystal Palace in April 1975. He moved to Portsmouth in November 1976 and was their leading goalscorer in both the 1976–77 and 1977–78 seasons, despite not playing a full season for the club. A hugely popular player whilst at the club he even featured in Roy of the Rovers magazine photographed alongside his fictional goalscoring counterpart

During the time he played for Pompey, a song was sung in his honour, to the tune of Lily The Pink. It is a song that is still sung today (2017). Kemp’s reputation as a fans’ favourite was further enhanced when he was inducted into the Portsmouth Hall of Fame in April, 2016

He moved to Carlisle United in March 1978, moving to Plymouth Argyle in September 1979 for a then club record fee of £75,000. He had loan spells with Gillingham (December 1981) and Brentford (March 1982) before joining NASL side Edmonton Drillers in June 1982. He spent the 1983 NASL season with Seattle Sounders and also played for San José Earthquakes before leaving the sinking ship of the NASL in 1984 for the Oklahoma City Stampede of the short-lived United Soccer League (he accrued the 2nd-highest points total in the league).

Kemp played 74 times for Portsmouth scoring 38 goals between 1976 – 1978

Age 65

1954 – Anthony Stewart Head

Anthony Stewart Head is an English actor and musician. He rose to fame in the UK following his role in the Gold Blend couple television advertisements for Nescafé Gold Blend, and is known for his roles as Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Uther Pendragon in Merlin, the Prime Minister in Little Britain, and as Herc Shipwright in BBC Radio 4’s Cabin Pressure.

Age 64

1964 – Rodney Rowland

Rodney G. Rowland is an American actor. He is credited as Rod Rowland in more recent productions, given his predilection to being called Rod. Rowland’s most noted appearances to date were as 1st Lieutenant Cooper Hawkes in 1995’s Space: Above and Beyond and P. Wiley in The 6th Day, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Age 54

1978 – Lauren Ambrose

Lauren Ambrose (born Lauren Anne D’Ambruoso) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her television roles as Claire Fisher in Six Feet Under (2001–2005), for which she won two Screen Actors Guild Awards; and as Jilly Kitzinger in Torchwood: Miracle Day (2011). Her film credits include Can’t Hardly Wait (1998), Psycho Beach Party (2000) and Where the Wild Things Are (2009).

She is the lead singer of the ragtime band Lauren Ambrose and the Leisure Class.

Age 40

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1915 – Dick Emery

Richard Gilbert Emery was an English comedian and actor. Beginning on radio in the 1950s, an eponymous television series ran from 1963 to 1981.

Died: 02 January 1983

Aged 67

1972 – Lisa Faulkner

Lisa Tamsin Faulkner is an English actress and celebrity chef. She played the role of Fi Browning in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders in 2017.

Age 46

1981 – Nicky Shorey

Nicholas Robert Shorey is an English former professional footballer who played as a left back or a defensive midfielder. He is a coach at League Two club Stevenage.

After beginning his career at Leyton Orient, Shorey moved to Reading in 2001, where he made just under 300 appearances over seven years while helping the team reach the Premier League. He joined Aston Villa in 2008, but was limited to fewer than 40 appearances over two seasons. While with Villa, Shorey was loaned out to Nottingham Forest and Fulham. He joined West Bromwich Albion for £1.3 million in July 2010, making 53 Premier League appearances over two seasons with the club. After four years away from the club, Shorey rejoined Reading in July 2012, but could only manage 21 appearances when he joined Bristol City the following season. He spent just five months with City before joining Portsmouth in January 2014, and then Indian Super League club Pune City in the summer of 2015 for the forthcoming season. After playing in every match for Pune City, Shorey returned to England in January 2016 with League One club Colchester United. He finished his playing career with National League South club Hungerford Town.

Shorey has represented England at full international level on two occasions, with both appearances made at Wembley Stadium in 2007 against Brazil and Germany. He also made one appearance for the England B team.

Shorey played 44 times for Portsmouth between 2014 – 2015

Age 37

1985 – Arielle Kebbel

Arielle Caroline Kebbel is an American model and actress. She is known for her television roles on The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Life Unexpected, 90210, Gilmore Girls, UnREAL, and Ballers. As of 2015, she has been featured in three Hallmark Channel movies.

On the big screen, Kebbel has starred in a number of films which made their debuts at prestigious films festivals, such as The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best, directed by Ryan O’Nan which premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival; I Melt With You, starring Rob Lowe and Jeremy Piven which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival; and Supporting Characters, directed by Daniel Schecter, which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca International Film Festival. Other film appearances include John Tucker Must Die (2006), The Grudge 2 (2006), The Uninvited (2009), and Think Like A Man (2012).

Age 33

1986 – Ophelia Lovibond

Ophelia Lucy Lovibond is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Kitty Winter in the American television series Elementary, as Izzy Gould in the BBC’s W1A, and as Lady Alex Lindo-Parker in Sky 1’s in Hooten & the Lady.

Age 32

1993 – Victoria Justice


Victoria Dawn Justice is an American actress and singer. In 2003, she began an acting career, appearing in films, television shows and commercials. She rose to fame on Nickelodeon, starring as Lola Martinez in the television series, Zoey 101 (2005-2008), and Tori Vega in the sitcom, Victorious (2010-2013). She starred in the films The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (2010), Fun Size (2012), The First Time (2012) and Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List (2015).

In 2015, she starred in the MTV series Eye Candy.

Aside from acting, Justice has pursued a musical career. She recorded several songs for the soundtrack to the Nickelodeon musical Spectacular!, in which she starred, as well as a number of songs for the Victorious series.

Age 25

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1943 – Graeme Garden

David Graeme Garden OBE is a British comedian, actor, author, artist and television presenter, best known as a member of The Goodies and for being a cast member on I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.

Age 75

1984 – Genelle Williams

Genelle Williams is a Canadian actress, who is best known for her roles as Kim Carlisle in Radio Free Roscoe, as DJ in The Latest Buzz, and as the innkeeper Leena in Warehouse 13.

Age 34

1992 – Kal Naismith

Kal Naismith is a Scottish footballer who plays for Portsmouth as a winger.

A Rangers youth graduate, Naismith made his breakthrough into the first team in the 2012–13 season, after loan spells at Cowdenbeath and Partick Thistle. He has represented Scotland at under-16 and under-17 level. He plays either as an out and out striker, as a winger or in an attacking midfield position. His main attributes are his ball control and skill.

Age 26


1993 – Jacqueline Hill

Born: 17 December 1929

Grace Jacqueline Hill was a British actress known for her role as Barbara Wright in the BBC science-fiction television series Doctor Who. As the history teacher of Susan Foreman, the Doctor’s granddaughter, Barbara was the first Doctor Who companion to appear on-screen in 1963, with Hill speaking the series’ first words. She played the role for nearly two years, leaving the series in 1965 at the same time as fellow actor William Russell (who played the companion Ian Chesterton).

Hill returned to Doctor Who in 1980 for an appearance in the serial Meglos, as the Tigellan priestess Lexa.

Died Aged 63

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1996 – Sasha Pieterse

Sasha Pieterse is a South African-born American actress and singer-songwriter. She is known for her role as Alison DiLaurentis in the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars. Upon the success of the series, Pieterse earned a supporting role as Amy Loubalu in the 2011 Disney Channel film Geek Charming. In 2013, she starred in the teen comedy film G.B.F.. She also starred in the Netflix Original film Coin Heist, which premiered in 2017.

Age 22


2013 – Richard Briers

Born: 14 January 1934

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 Aged 79

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1957 – Levar Burton

Levardis Robert Martyn “LeVar” Burton Jr. is an American actor, presenter, director and author. He is best known for his roles as the host of the long-running PBS children’s series Reading Rainbow, Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the young Kunta Kinte in the 1977 award-winning ABC television miniseries Roots. He has also directed a number of television episodes for various iterations of Star Trek, among other programs.

Age 61

1957 – Malcolm Shotton

Malcolm Shotton is an English former professional footballer and manager. He was on the books of Leicester City as an apprentice but failed to make the break into senior football there. He played for Atherstone United and Nuneaton Borough in non-league football before signing for Oxford United in 1980. He formed a notable defensive partnership with Gary Briggs and went on to become captain of the side as they rose from Division Three to Division One. His finest moment as captain was lifting the Milk Cup at Wembley Stadium in April 1986. At the end of the following season he was transferred to Portsmouth. He later played for Huddersfield Town, Barnsley, Hull City and Ayr United and, after his playing career ended, served as assistant manager at Barnsley.

In 1998 he returned to Oxford as manager, replacing Malcolm Crosby. His appointment was popular and initially successful, as he led the team out of relegation danger to a creditable 12th-place finish in Division One. However, United were relegated to Division Two at the end of the following season, and Shotton resigned in October 1999, with the club in serious danger of a second successive relegation.

Shotton later served as assistant manager at Bradford City, Director of Football at Loughborough University and manager of Barnsley College Academy Team.

Shotton plaued 12 times for Portsmouth in 1987

Age 61

1958 – David Crown

David Ian Crown is a retired English professional football forward who played in the Football League, most notably for Cambridge United and Southend United. He also played for Reading, Gillingham, Brentford, Portsmouth and Exeter City. He later player-managed Purfleet in non-league football and after retiring, was assistant manager at former club Southend United.

Crown played 31 times for Portsmouth scoring 3 goals between 1981 – 1982

Age 60

1964 – Christopher Eccleston

Christopher Eccleston is an English actor. He is known for portraying the Ninth Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who and Matt Jamison in the American drama series The Leftovers on HBO. He has also appeared on stage and in films such as Let Him Have It, Shallow Grave, Jude, Elizabeth, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Others, 28 Days Later, The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, and Thor: The Dark World. Other British television series he has appeared in include Cracker, Fortitude, and The Shadow Line. More recently, Eccleston is starring in the 2016 drama The A Word about a young boy with autism, in which he plays the boy’s grandfather. Series 2 began airing in November 2017. The show also airs in the U.S. on SundanceTV; season 2 also began airing in November 2017.

Age 54

1989 – Elizabeth Olsen


Elizabeth Chase Olsen is an American actress. Her breakthrough came in 2011 when she starred in the independent thriller drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, for which she was nominated for the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress and Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, among other awards. She subsequently starred in the films Silent House (2011), Liberal Arts (2012), Oldboy (2013), Godzilla (2014), I Saw the Light (2015), and Wind River (2017). Since 2014, she has portrayed Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Age 29

1997 – Conor Chaplin

Conor Mark Chaplin is an English professional footballer who plays for Portsmouth of the EFL League One as a striker or winger.

Age 21

2001 – Chloe East


Chloe East is an American actress and dancer. She stars in the 2017 ABC television series Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.

Age 17

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1953 – Ernie Howe

Ernie Howe is an English football manager and former player who is currently no longer managing a team after he mutually parted company with Sutton United on 30 March 2008, having failed to pull them out of the Conference South relegation zone. He was Basingstoke Town’s manager for 13 years until 2006, winning the Hampshire Senior Cup and promotion during his tenure.

A defender in his playing career, Howe turned out for Fulham alongside the likes of George Best and Rodney Marsh. He was a member of the Fulham squad beaten 2–0 by West Ham United in the 1975 FA Cup Final but did not make the team. He was subsequently transferred to Queens Park Rangers and then Portsmouth. Although not known for his goal scoring Howe scored on his Pompey debut at home to Sheffield United in August 1982. He helped Portsmouth win the Division Three championship that season. The following season before leaving Pompey he also scored in his final home game.

After leaving Portsmouth he was appointed coach at Wokingham Town.

Howe played 41 times for Portsmouth scoring 5 goals between 1982 – 1983

Age 65

1971 – Renee O’Connor

Evelyn Renee O’Connor is an American actress, producer, and director known for the role of Gabrielle on the television series Xena: Warrior Princess.

Age 47

1992 – Greer Grammer

Kandace Greer Grammer is an American actress and former beauty queen. She is best known for her role as Lissa Miller in the hit MTV series Awkward.

Age 26


2002 – Kevin Smith

Born: 16 March 1963

Kevin Tod Smith was a New Zealand actor and musician, best known for starring as the Greek god of war, Ares, in the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and in its two spin-offs – Xena: Warrior Princess and Young Hercules.

Died Aged 38

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Feb 142018

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1963 – Enrico Colantoni

Enrico Colantoni is a Canadian actor, best known for portraying Elliot DiMauro in the sitcom Just Shoot Me!, Keith Mars on the television series Veronica Mars, and Sergeant Greg Parker on the television series Flashpoint. He has also had supporting roles in such films as The Wrong Guy, Galaxy Quest, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and Contagion, and guest appearances on Monk, Numb3rs, Party Down, Stargate SG-1 and Bones. More recently, he starred as Allen Conner in Remedy, and played crime boss Carl Elias in a recurring role on Person of Interest. He played Laura Hollis’ father in season three of the online web series Carmilla. He most recently appeared as Vincent Ingram in Travelers.

Age 55

1970 – Simon Pegg

Simon John Pegg is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He co-wrote and starred in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy of films: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World’s End (2013). He and Nick Frost wrote and starred in the sci-fi film Paul (2011). Pegg portrayed Benji Dunn in the Mission: Impossible film series (2006–present) and Montgomery Scott in Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek Beyond (2016), co-writing the latter.

Age 48

1983 – Julia Ling

Julia Ling, born Xiao Wei, is an American actress. Her television work includes recurring roles on NBC series such as ER, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and as a series regular on Chuck.

Age 35

1984 – Stephanie Leonidas


Stephanie Leonidas is an English actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Helena in the fantasy film MirrorMask and as Irisa on the American science fiction television series, Defiance.

Age 34

1997 – Madison Iseman

Madison Iseman is an American actress. She is known for her role on the CMT comedy television series Still the King, where she played the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus’ character. She went through four auditions over a period of several months for her role on Still The King.

Iseman is from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Iseman has appeared on the series Modern Family and Henry Danger. In 2017, she played Bethany in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

Age 21

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1956 – Peter Hook

Peter Hook is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is best known as the bassist and co-founder of English rock bands Joy Division and New Order.

Hook formed the band which was to become Joy Division with Bernard Sumner in 1976. Following the death of lead singer Ian Curtis in 1980, the band reformed as New Order, and Hook played bass with them until 2007.

Hook has recorded one album with Revenge (One True Passion), two albums with Monaco (Music for Pleasure and Monaco) and one album with Freebass (It’s a Beautiful Life), serving as bassist, keyboardist and lead vocalist. He is currently the lead singer and bassist for Peter Hook and the Light.

Age 62

1959 – Dave Pullar

David Pullar  is an English former footballer who played as a winger.

Pullar began his career at Portsmouth before moving to Exeter City in 1979. He played a role in the Grecians’ most successful period in the Third Division, including an 8th-place finish in 1980 and a famous FA Cup run in 1981, before joining Crewe Alexandra in 1983 where he spent four years.

Pullar played 105 times for Portsmouth scoring 7 goals between 1976 – 1979

Age 59

1962 – Hugh Dennis

Peter Hugh Dennis, known professionally as Hugh Dennis, is an English comedian, actor, writer, impressionist and voice-over artist, best known for being one half of Punt and Dennis with comedy partner Steve Punt, and playing Pete Brockman, the father in the BBC One sitcom Outnumbered. Since 2005, Dennis has been a regular panellist on the BBC Two satirical comedy show Mock the Week. Since October 2014, Dennis has appeared in the sitcom Not Going Out as Toby.

Age 56

1968 – Kelly Hu

Kelly Ann Hu is an American actress, voice artist, former fashion model and beauty queen. She was Miss Teen USA 1985 and Miss Hawaii USA 1993. Hu starred as Dr. Rae Chang on the American television soap opera Sunset Beach and as Michelle Chan on the American television police drama series Nash Bridges. She has also starred in numerous films including The Scorpion King (2002) as Sorceress Cassandra, Cradle 2 the Grave (2003) as Sona, X2 as Yuriko Oyama/Lady Deathstrike (2003), The Tournament (2009) as Lai Lai Zhen, and White Frog (2012).

Hu has had recurring roles as Pearl on the CW series The Vampire Diaries, as China White on the CW series Arrow, as Abigail Cho on the Syfy series Warehouse 13, as Stacy Hirano in the animated series Phineas and Ferb, and as Oroku Karai/Hamato Miwa on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Age 50

1979 – Lucy Brown

Lucy Brown is an English actress best known for dual roles in the TV series Primeval.

Age 39

1979 – Mena Suvari

Mena Alexandra Suvari is an American actress, fashion designer, and model. Shortly after beginning her career as a model, she appeared in guest roles on such 1990s television shows as Boy Meets World and High Incident.

She made her film debut in the drama Nowhere (1997). She achieved international fame for her roles as Angela Hayes in American Beauty and Heather Gardner in American Pie (both 1999), the former earning her a BAFTA Award nomination. She reprised her role as Heather in American Pie 2 (2001) and American Reunion (2012). She also appeared in The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999), Loser (2000), Sugar & Spice (2001), Spun (2002), Trauma (2004), and the HBO drama series Six Feet Under (2001–2005).

Suvari is a model for Lancôme cosmetics and print ads for Lancôme Paris Adaptîve and has been featured in several fashion blogs and magazines such as Vogue. She is a long-time supporter and activist for the African relief organization, the African Medical and Research Foundation.

Age 39

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1945 – Gareth Thomas

Gareth Daniel Thomas was a British actor. He was best known for his role as Roj Blake in the BBC science fiction television series Blake’s 7, but appeared in many other films and television programmes, including Shem in the ITV sci-fi series Star Maidens and Adam Brake in the fantasy series Children of the Stones.

Died: 13 April 2016

Aged 71

1950 – Michael Ironside

Frederick Reginald Ironside is a Canadian actor best known by his stage name Michael Ironside. He has worked as a voice actor, producer, film director, and screenwriter in movie and television series in various Canadian and American productions. He is best known for playing villains and “tough guy” heroes, though he has also portrayed sympathetic characters. Ironside is a method actor, who stays in character between filming scenes.

Age 68

1980 – Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci is an American actress.

Ricci began her career appearing in commercials and received early recognition as a child star. Her debut performance in Mermaids (1990) was followed by a breakthrough role as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (1991) and its sequel Addams Family Values (1993) when she was eleven and thirteen years old, respectively.[3] Following her success with the Addams Family films, she earned something of a “teen icon” status thanks to appearances in various big budget productions, notably Now and Then (1995) and Casper (1995), which were marketed for younger audiences, before making a successful transition into adult-oriented roles with the art-house drama The Ice Storm (1997), at the age of seventeen.

Ricci continued acting in small-scale independent films such as Buffalo ’66 (1998) and The Opposite of Sex (1998), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. She made a departure from independent cinema with Tim Burton’s big-budget Gothic horror Sleepy Hollow (1999) and later received praise for her performance in the drama Monster (2003), portraying the girlfriend of a notorious female serial killer. Although she has developed a reputation for being a prominent independent film actress, Ricci has appeared in many box office hits—to date, the films in which she has starred have amassed a gross in excess of $743 million.

Ricci has also acted in various television productions. In 2006, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role as a paramedic in the ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy. From 2011 to 2012, she starred as a stewardess in the short-lived series Pan Am. In 2014, she starred in the titular role of the Lifetime film Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, marking a return to the darker roles she had generated attention for earlier in her career. In 2015, she reprised the role in the limited series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, chronicling the aftermath of the events that took place in the biopic.

Ricci married dolly grip James Heerdegen in October 2013 and gave birth to a son in August 2014. She is also the national spokesperson for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN).

Age 38

1980 – Enver Gjokaj

Enver Leif Gjokaj is an American film and television actor. He is known for his roles as Victor in Joss Whedon’s science fiction television series Dollhouse and as Agent Daniel Sousa on Agent Carter.

Age 38

1980 – Sarah Lancaster

Sarah Lancaster is an American actress. She is known for her long-running roles as Rachel Meyers in the NBC series Saved by the Bell: The New Class and Ellie Bartowski in the NBC comedy-spy series Chuck, as well as playing Chloe Grefe in Lovers Lane , Madison Kellner on The WB’s Everwood and Marjorie in ABC’s TV series What About Brian.

Age 38

1986 – Georgina Reilly


Georgina Reilly is a Canadian film and television actress, best known to date for her roles in the films Pontypool and This Movie Is Broken, the television series The L.A. Complex and Murdoch Mysteries, and the CBC Radio drama series Trust Inc.

Age 32

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