Births & Deaths

Dec 202017
 

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1952 – Jenny Agutter

Jennifer Ann Agutter OBE is a British actress. She began her career as a child actress in 1964’s East of Sudan and went on to appear in Star! and two adaptations of The Railway Children—the BBC’s 1968 television adaptation and the 1970 film version. She also starred in the critically acclaimed 1971 film Walkabout, before moving to Hollywood in 1974. Her Hollywood film roles included parts in Logan’s Run (1976), An American Werewolf in London (1981) and Child’s Play 2 (1990). Agutter won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama for the 1971 TV film The Snow Goose, and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for playing Jill Mason in the 1977 film Equus.

After returning to Britain in the early 1990s to pursue family life, Agutter shifted her focus to television, and in 2000 she appeared in a new television adaptation of The Railway Children, this time taking on the role of the mother. Since then she has worked steadily in several British television dramas, including Spooks (2002–03), and Call the Midwife (2012–present).

Age 65


1970 – Nicole de Boer

Nicole de Boer is a Canadian actress. She is known for starring in the cult film Cube as Joan Leaven, playing Ezri Dax on the final season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1998–1999), and as Sarah Bannerman on the series The Dead Zone (2002–2007).

Age 47


1979 – David Forde

David Forde is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for League Two club Cambridge United. Internationally, Forde plays for the Republic of Ireland and was part of the team’s 23-man squad for the 2012 European Championships. In 2013, he became the oldest player to make their competitive debut for the Republic of Ireland, when he played against Sweden at the age of 33.

Forde started his career with his hometown club Galway United in 1999. After two seasons with Galway, he moved to Welsh League Champions Barry Town and from there to West Ham United. Forde failed to make a first team appearance for West Ham, and after loan spells with Derry City and Barnet he returned to Ireland on a permanent basis, playing with Galway United and then Derry City. In 2007 Forde returned to the English leagues, joining Championship side Cardiff City. During his time with Cardiff, Forde made loan moves to Luton Town and Bournemouth. In 2008, he moved to Millwall, for whom he has made more professional appearances than all his previous clubs together. In 2016, after eight seasons with Millwall, Forde went out on loan to Portsmouth in League Two.

Forde played 47 times for Portsmouth between 2016 – 2017

Age 38


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Dec 192017
 

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1923 – Gordon Jackson

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

Died: 15 January 1990

Aged 66


1961 – Matthew Waterhouse

Matthew Waterhouse is an English actor and writer best known for his role as Adric in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who from 1980 to 1982.

Age 56


1968 – Ken Marino

Kenneth Joseph “Ken” Marino is an American actor, comedian, director, and screenwriter. He was a cast member on MTV’s The State and has starred in shows such as Party Down, Marry Me, Burning Love, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Childrens Hospital.

Age 49


1969 – David Hillier

David Hillier is an English former professional footballer. He played as a midfielder from 1988 until 2003, notably in the Premier League for Arsenal. He also played in the Football League for Portsmouth, Bristol Rovers and Barnet. He also earnt 1 cap for the England U21 side.

Hillier played 74 times for Portsmouth scoring 7 goals between 1996 – 1999

Age 48


1969 – Kristy Swanson

Kristen Noel “Kristy” Swanson is an American actress, best known for her portrayal of Buffy Summers in the 1992 cult film Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Swanson began her career appearing in several teen films, including Pretty in Pink (1986) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986). Her first starring role was in Wes Craven’s horror film Deadly Friend (1986), followed by her portrayal of Catherine “Cathy” Dollanganger in the controversial film adaptation of V.C. Andrews’s Flowers in the Attic (1987).

Age 48


1972 – Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Jayne Milano is an American actress, activist, producer, and former singer. She is best known for her roles in Who’s the Boss?, Melrose Place, Charmed, My Name is Earl, Mistresses, and Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later.

Age 45


1979 – Tara Summers

Tara Summers is an English actress.

Summers was educated at Heathfield St Mary’s School, in Berkshire. She later attended Brown University, where she graduated with a B.A. in history in 2001. She has written and starred in a one-woman theatrical show, Gypsy of Chelsea. The play is the story of her childhood, charting her mother’s turbulent journey from cocaine addiction to recovery.

In 2007 and 2008, Summers starred as Katie Lloyd on Boston Legal.

Age 38


1993 – Hermione Corfield

    

Hermione Isla Conyngham Corfield is an English actress. She has appeared in such movies as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015), Mr. Holmes (2015), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016), xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017), and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017).

Age 24


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Dec 182017
 

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1959 – Kevin Dillon

Kevin Paul Dillon is an English former professional footballer born in Sunderland. He played in the Football League for Birmingham City, Portsmouth, Newcastle United and Reading, and was capped once for England under-21. He was first-team manager of League Two club Aldershot Town from November 2009 to January 2011.

Dillon played 258 times for Portsmouth scoring 59 goals between 1983 – 1989

Age 57


1969 – Justin Edinburgh

Justin Charles Edinburgh is a former English professional football manager and former player. He was most recently the manager of League One club Northampton Town.

Edinburgh played 38 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 2000 – 2001

Age 48


1978 – Katie Holmes

Kate Noelle Holmes is an American actress. She first achieved fame for her role as Joey Potter on The WB television teen drama Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2003. She appeared in the 1998 thriller Disturbing Behaviour, which won her an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance.

Other film roles include Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm (1997), the comedy-drama Wonder Boys (2000), the thriller Abandon (2002), the dark comedy Pieces of April (2003), Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins (2005), in which she portrayed Rachel Dawes, the comedy satire Thank You for Smoking (2006) and the horror film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011). She has also played on Broadway in a production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, and had numerous guest roles on television programs such as How I Met Your Mother. In 2011, she starred as Jacqueline Kennedy in The Kennedys miniseries, a role she reprised in the 2017 miniseries The Kennedys: After Camelot. Recent film roles include Pam Schoenberg in the drama Woman in Gold (2015), bipolar poet Carla in the independent comedy-drama Touched with Fire (2015) and Bobbie Jo Logan Chapman in Steven Soderbergh’s critically-acclaimed comedy Logan Lucky (2017).

Age 39


1989 – Ashley Benson

    

Ashley Victoria Benson is an American actress, known for portraying the role of Hanna Marin in the teen mystery-drama television series Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017). She began her career portraying the role of Abigail Deveraux on NBC’s soap opera Days of Our Lives (2004–2007). She starred in the films Bring It On: In It to Win It (2007), Christmas Cupid (2010), Spring Breakers (2013), Ratter (2015) and Chronically Metropolitan (2016).

Age 28


1989 – Emily Atack

Emily Jane Atack is an English actress, best known for her role as Charlotte Hinchcliffe in the award-winning E4 series The Inbetweeners. In recent years she has starred films such as the remake of Dad’s Army opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bill Nighy and will co-star alongside Jennifer Saunders in Disney’s live action picture, Patrick in 2018. She starred alongside Harvey Kietel and Gabriel Byrne in British film Lies We Tell. She has also starred in television programmes such as Rock and Chips (BBC), Little Crackers (Sky One), The Keith Lemon Sketch Show (ITV2) and The Tracey Ullman Show (BBC).

Age 28


1992 – Bridget Mendler

  

Bridgit Claire Mendler is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. Mendler has a degree in Anthropology from the University of Southern California. In 2004, she began her career in the animated Indian film The Legend of Buddha, later starring in the films Alice Upside Down, The Clique and Labor Pains as a teenager. In 2009, Mendler signed with Disney Channel and played Juliet van Heusen on Wizards of Waverly Place. Following the positive reception to her character, she landed the role of Teddy Duncan on the Disney series Good Luck Charlie, which ran from April 2010 to February 2014. Mendler also notably starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Lemonade Mouth in 2011.

Age 25


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2008 – Majel Barrett

Born: 23 February 1932

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry 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.

Died Aged 76


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Dec 172017
 

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1929 – Jacqueline Hill

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: 18 February 1993

Aged 63


1946 – Eugene Levy

Eugene Levy, CM is a Canadian actor, comedian, producer, director, musician and writer. He is the only actor to have appeared in all eight of the American Pie films, in his role as Noah Levenstein. He often plays nerdy, unconventional figures, with his humour often deriving from his excessive explanations of matters and the way in which he deals with sticky situations. Levy is a regular collaborator of actor-director Christopher Guest, appearing in and co-writing four of his films, commencing with Waiting for Guffman (1997).

Levy received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts, in 2008. He was appointed to the Order of Canada on June 30, 2011.

Age 71


1977 – Katheryn Winnick

    

Katheryn Winnick is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles in Amusement (2008), Bones (2010), A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2012), Vikings (2013–present), and The Art of the Steal (2013).

Age 40


1981 – Courtney Pitt

Courtney Leon Pitt is an English retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

He previously played for Portsmouth, Luton Town, Coventry City, Oxford United, Boston United, Cambridge United, York City, Weymouth and AFC Telford United.

Pitt played 41 times for Portsmouth scoring 3 goals between 2001 – 2002

Age 36


1984 – Shannon Woodward

   

Shannon Woodward is an American actress. She played Sabrina on Raising Hope and Di Di Malloy on The Riches. In 2016 Woodward played Elsie Hughes, a programmer, in a regular role on the HBO series Westworld.

Age 33


On This Day   .   Katheryn Winnick   .   Shannon Woodward

Dec 162017
 

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1929 – Nicholas Courtney

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.

Died: 22 February 2011

Aged 81


1946 – Benny Anderson

Göran Bror Benny Andersson is a Swedish musician, composer, member of the Swedish music group ABBA (1972–1982), and co-composer of the musicals Chess, Kristina från Duvemåla, and Mamma Mia!. For the 2008 film version of Mamma Mia!, he worked also as an executive producer. Since 2001, he is active with his own band Benny Anderssons orkester.

Age 71


1986 – Andy Barcham

Andrew Barcham is an English footballer who plays for AFC Wimbledon as a winger.

Barcham played 53 times for Portsmouth scoring 4 goals between 2013 – 2015

Age 31


1988 – Anna Popplewell

Anna Katherine Popplewell is an English film, television and theatre actress. She is known for her role as Susan Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia film series since 2005, as Chyler Silva in Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn since 2012 and Lady Lola in Reign from 2013–2016.

Age 29


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Dec 152017
 

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1968 – Garrett Wang

Garrett Richard Wang is an American actor. Wang is known for his role in Star Trek: Voyager as Ensign Harry Kim.

Age 49


1970 – Michael Shanks

Michael Garrett Shanks is a Canadian actor, writer and director. He is known for playing Dr. Daniel Jackson in the long-running Canadian–American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1 and as Dr. Charles Harris on the Canadian medical drama Saving Hope.

Age 47


1979 – Aaron Flahavan

Aaron Adam Flahavan was an English football goalkeeper who played for Portsmouth.

Flahavan played 106 times for Portsmouth between 1995 – 2001

Died: 05 August 2001

Aged 25


1988 – Emily Head

Emily Rose Head is an English actress, best known for playing Carli D’Amato in E4’s sitcom, The Inbetweeners. She has been playing Rebecca White in the ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, since October 2016.

Age 29


On This Day

Dec 142017
 

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1958 – Mike Scott

Michael ‘Mike’ Scott is a Scottish singer, songwriter and musician. He is the founding member, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of rock band The Waterboys. He has also produced two solo albums, Bring ’em All In and Still Burning. Scott is a vocalist, guitarist and pianist, and has played a large range of other instruments, including the bouzouki, drums, and Hammond organ on his albums. Scott is also a published writer, having released his autobiography, Adventures of a Waterboy, in 2012.

Having begun a musical career in the 1970s that has continued to this day, Scott has been making “extraordinary music” since the 1980s and is well known for his radical changes in music genres throughout what he refers to as his “allegedly unorthodox” career. Scott currently lives in Dublin, Ireland.

Age 59


1965 – Ted Raimi

Theodore “Ted” Raimi is an American actor, director, comedian, and writer perhaps best known for his role as Joxer the Mighty in Xena: Warrior Princess/Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Raimi plays Ted Hoffman in his brother Sam’s Spider-Man trilogy.

Age 52


1988 – Vanessa Hudgens

    

Vanessa Anne Hudgens is an American actress and singer. After making her feature film debut in Thirteen (2003), Hudgens rose to prominence portraying Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical film series, which brought her significant mainstream success. The success of the first film led to Hudgens acquiring a recording contract with Hollywood Records, with whom she released two studio albums, V (2006) and Identified (2008). In addition to High School Musical, Hudgens has also appeared in various films and television series for the Disney Channel.

Since the release of her studio albums and the High School Musical franchise, Hudgens has focused on her acting career. She has appeared in the films Bandslam (2009), Beastly (2011), Sucker Punch (2011), Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), Spring Breakers (2013), and Machete Kills (2013). She has also played the title role in the Broadway musical Gigi in 2015, and the role of Rizzo in Grease: Live in 2016.

Age 29


On This Day   .   Vanessa Hudgens

Dec 132017
 

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1953 – Jim Davidson

James Cameron Davidson, OBE is an English comedian and presenter. His highest profile roles came on television when he hosted Big Break and The Generation Game. He is also a stand-up comedian and writer, developing adult pantomime shows such as Boobs in the Wood and Sinderella, both of which have played to sell-out audiences.

Age 64


1969 – Tony Curran

Anthony Curran is a Scottish actor, best known for his roles in Underworld: Evolution, Doctor Who and Roots.

Age 48


1989 – Taylor Swift

    

Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. One of the leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed with the label Big Machine Records and became the youngest artist ever signed by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house. Her self-titled debut album in 2006 peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 and spent the most weeks on the chart in the 2000s. The album’s third single, “Our Song”, made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number-one song on the Hot Country Songs chart. Swift’s second album, Fearless, was released in 2008. Buoyed by the success of pop crossover singles “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me”, Fearless became the best-selling album of 2009 in the United States. The album won four Grammy Awards, with Swift becoming the youngest Album of the Year winner.

Age 28


On This Day   .   Taylor Swift

Dec 122017
 

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1949 – Bill Nighy

William Francis Nighy is an English actor and voice artist. He worked in theatre and television before his first cinema role in 1981, and made his name in television with The Men’s Room in 1991, in which he played the womaniser Prof. Mark Carleton.

Nighy became widely known for his performance as Billy Mack in Love Actually. Other notable roles in cinema include his portrayal of Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean film series, as well as Viktor in the Underworld film series.

He is also known for his roles in the films Lawless Heart, I Capture the Castle, Shaun of the Dead, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Notes on a Scandal, Hot Fuzz, Valkyrie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, Rango and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. His performances were also acclaimed in the State of Play series and in the TV films The Girl in the Café, Gideon’s Daughter and Page Eight, for which he earned Golden Globe nominations, winning one for Gideon’s Daughter.

Age 68


1961 – Sarah Sutton

Sarah Sutton is a British actress best known for her role as Nyssa in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who. Nyssa was first the companion to Tom Baker and then to Peter Davison, from 1981 to 1983.

Age 56


1975 – Mayim Bialik

Mayim Chaya Bialik is an American actress and neuroscientist. From 1991 to 1995, she played the title character of NBC’s Blossom. Since 2010, she has played Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler – like the actress, a neuroscientist – on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, a role for which she has been nominated four times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and won a Critic’s Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Age 42


On This Day

Dec 112017
 

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1962 – Ben Browder

Robert Benedict “Ben” Browder is an American actor and writer, known for his roles as John Crichton in Farscape and Cameron Mitchell in Stargate SG-1.

Age 55


1962 – Paul Haslinger

Paul Haslinger is an Austrian musician and composer. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Age 55


On This Day

Dec 102017
 

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1964 – Ray Daniel

Raymond “Ray” Daniel is an English former professional footballer. Born in Luton, he began his career with his hometown club Luton Town and later played for Gillingham, Hull City, Cardiff City, Portsmouth, Notts County and Walsall. He made over 250 appearances in The Football League between 1982 and 1997. He helped Portsmouth to the 1992 FA Cup semi final, but they lost in a penalty shoot-out to Liverpool.

Daniel played 122 times for Portsmouth scoring 5 goals between 1990 – 1995

Age 53


1975 – Emmanuelle Chriqui

    

Emmanuelle Sophie Anne Chriqui is a Canadian film and television actress. She is known for her performance on HBO’s Entourage as Sloan McQuewick, as well as Dalia, the love interest of Adam Sandler’s character in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. She is also known for her role on The Mentalist television series as Lorelei Martins. In May 2010, she topped the AskMen.com Most Desirable Women of 2010 list.

Age 42


1983 – Lewis Buxton

Lewis Edward Buxton is an English professional footballer who last played as a defender for Bolton Wanderers.

Buxton began his career with Portsmouth where he progressed through the youth ranks at the club. He gained first team experience with loan spells at Exeter City and Bournemouth. He joined Stoke City in January 2005 in order to find first team football. His time at the Britannia Stadium was hampered by injury and he left for Sheffield Wednesday in October 2008. With the Owls Buxton established himself as a regular member of the team and spent seven years, making 207 appearances.

Buxton played 30 times for Portsmouth between 2001 – 2002

Age 34


On This Day   .   Emmanuelle Chriqui

Dec 092017
 

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1941 – Beau Bridges

Lloyd Vernet “Beau” Bridges III is an American actor and director. He is a three-time Emmy, two-time Golden Globe and one-time Grammy Award winner. He is also a two-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee. Bridges was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 7, 2003 at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard for his contributions to the television industry. He is the son of actor Lloyd Bridges and elder brother of fellow actor Jeff Bridges.

Age 76


1952 – Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn is an American actor and voice artist who is known for his role as the Klingon Worf in the Star Trek franchise.

From his first appearance in the series premiere episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Encounter at Farpoint”, to his last in Star Trek: Nemesis, Dorn has appeared more times as a regular cast member than any other Star Trek actor in the franchise’s history, spanning five films and 272 television episodes. He also appeared as Worf’s ancestor, Colonel Worf, in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Following the end of his Star Trek career, Dorn had supporting roles in a number of independent feature films, including Shadow Hours (2000), Lessons for an Assassin (2001), and the Santa Clause trilogy, in which he appeared in a cameo role as “The Sandman”.

Age 65


1980 – Simon Helberg

Simon Maxwell Helberg is an American actor, comedian, and musician, best known for his role as Howard Wolowitz in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory (2007–), for which he won a Critics’ Choice Television Award in 2013.

Helberg has appeared on the sketch comedy series MADtv and is also known for his role as Moist in Joss Whedon’s web miniseries Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008). He has further performed in films such as Old School (2003), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) and A Serious Man (2009). For portraying Cosmé McMoon in Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.

Age 37


1989 – Elle Evans

Elle Evans (born Lindsey Gayle Evans) is an American model and actress who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She is most notable for her appearance in Robin Thicke’s music video “Blurred Lines” featuring Pharrell Williams. She is also one of the faces of NYX Cosmetics.

Age 28


1992 – Milan Lalkovic

Milan Lalkovič is a Slovak professional footballer who plays as a winger for Football League One club Portsmouth.

Age 25


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