Jan 242018
 

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1957 – Ade Edmondson

Adrian Charles “Ade” Edmondson is an English comedian, actor, writer, musician, television presenter and director. He came to prominence in the early 1980s and was part of the alternative comedy boom. He is probably best known for his comedic roles in the television series The Young Ones (1982–84) and Bottom (1991–95), which he wrote together with his long-time collaborative partner Rik Mayall. Edmondson also appeared in The Comic Strip Presents… series of films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. For one episode of this he created the spoof heavy metal band Bad News, and for another he played his nihilistic alter-ego Eddie Monsoon, an offensive South African television star.

He played the lead role in The Comic Strip’s 1985 feature film, The Supergrass. In the 2000s, Edmondson appeared in numerous TV programmes in more serious drama roles including Jonathan Creek, Holby City, Miss Austen Regrets, as himself on Hell’s Kitchen and created the sitcom Teenage Kicks. Since 2006 Edmondson has concentrated increasingly on music instead of acting, forming a band, The Bad Shepherds, and performing and writing for the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. In 2011 he presented a series of shows for ITV: The Dales, which focused on people working in the Yorkshire Dales, and Ade in Britain in which he undertook a tour of numerous places in Britain. The series was so popular that a second series aired in spring 2012.

Edmondson has been married to fellow comedian Jennifer Saunders since 1985 and they have three daughters and three grandchildren. Edmonson is also a gifted amateur chef, and was a finalist in the 2009 season of Hell’s Kitchen, and was the champion of Celebrity Masterchef in 2013.

Age 61


1969 – Stephanie Romanov

Stephanie A. Romanov is an American model and actress, best known for playing Lilah Morgan on Angel.

Age 49


1975 – Lucy Montgomery

Lucy Montgomery is an English comedian, actress and writer, best known for her radio and television work.

Age 43


1986 – Mischa Barton

    

Mischa Anne Barton is a British-American film, television, and stage actress, and occasional fashion model. She began her acting career on the stage, appearing in Tony Kushner’s Slavs! and took the lead in James Lapine’s Twelve Dreams at New York City’s Lincoln Center. She made her screen debut with a guest appearance on the American soap opera All My Children (1996). She then voiced a character on the Nickelodeon cartoon series KaBlam! (1996–97). Her first major film role was as the protagonist of Lawn Dogs (1997), an acclaimed drama co-starring Sam Rockwell. She continued acting, appearing in major box office pictures such as the romantic comedy, Notting Hill (1999) and M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological thriller, The Sixth Sense (1999). She also starred in the critically acclaimed indie crime drama Pups (1999).

Barton later appeared in the independent drama, Lost and Delirious (2001) and guest-starred as Evan Rachel Wood’s girlfriend on ABC’s Once and Again (2001–02). She is known for her role as Marissa Cooper in the Fox television series The O.C. (2003–07), for which she received two Teen Choice Awards. The role catapulted Barton into mainstream fame, and Entertainment Weekly named her the “It Girl” of 2003.

Barton has since appeared in the comedy remake St Trinian’s (2007), the Richard Attenborough-directed drama Closing the Ring (2007) and Assassination of a High School President (2008). She returned to television, starring in the short-lived Ashton Kutcher-produced CW series, The Beautiful Life: TBL (2009). In 2012, she returned to the stage, performing in the Irish production of Steel Magnolias.

Age 32


1989 – Adam McGurk

Adam Michael McGurk is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays for Morecambe as a forward.

McGurk started his career in the Aston Villa youth academy in 2004, but failed to break into the first team, and joined Hednesford Town on a free transfer in March 2010. Having made twelve appearances for Hednesford, he signed for Tranmere Rovers in August 2010, making 79 league appearances in three years, before being released by the club in July 2013. He joined Morecambe on a free transfer on 31 August 2017.

McGurk played 36 times for Portsmouth scoring 6 goals between 2015 – 2016

Age 29


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1944 – John Milkins

John Milkins was an English professional footballer  whose career ran from the start of the 1960s to the end of the 1970s.

Milkins won one England Youth cap whilst with his first club Portsmouth, to whom he was to give 15 years of loyal service . He made his debut for the first team in their very last match in the English First Division, although he was to wait a further two years for his next appearance. In all Milkins was to make over 300 appearances for Pompey and was to prove such a popular player that in 1970 he was awarded the inaugural Player of the Year trophy. The following year he was awarded a testimonial against local rivals Saints which resulted in an ignominious 0–7 defeat. In the 1974 close season he was sold to Oxford United for whom he played sporadically until his last league appearance in May 1979. He then joined now defunct Southern League side Waterlooville and, after two years as first-choice goalkeeper, became player-manager during the 1981-82 season. At the end of that season he retired from playing but continued as first-team manager until December 1983. During his two years as manager of Waterlooville the club were promoted to the Premier Division, reached the final of the Southern League Cup, and reached the first round proper of the F.A. Cup where they played against league opposition for the only time in their history, losing to Northampton Town after two replays. After being replaced as Waterlooville manager by Ernie Bradwell part-way through the 1983-84 season, Milkins then ran a sports shop/ snooker hall consortium.

Milkins played 389 times for Portsmouth between 1960 – 1974

Age 74


1958 – Simon Greenall

Simon James Greenall is an English actor, writer, producer and voice artist, well known for his roles as Michael in the BBC TV series I’m Alan Partridge, as well as in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, the Caretaker in the CBBC game show Trapped!, Richard in Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married and various roles in TV comedies such as Harry Enfield’s Television Programme, The Armstrong and Miller Show, Alas Smith and Jones and The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson.

As a voice artist, Greenall is known for voicing Captain Barnacles in Bromwell High, the Twins in the Shaun the Sheep Movie, Captain Barnacles in The Octonauts and Aleksander the meerkat in the comparethemarket.com commercials.

Age 60


1971 – Sarah Alexander

Sarah Alexander is an English actress. She is best known for her roles in British series such as Armstrong and Miller, Smack the Pony, Coupling, The Worst Week of My Life, Green Wing, Marley’s Ghosts and Jonathan Creek.

Age 47


1975 – Danica McKellar

Danica Mae McKellar is an American actress, mathematics writer, and education advocate. She played Kevin Arnold’s on-off girlfriend Winnie Cooper in the television series The Wonder Years, and later wrote five non-fiction books: Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math, Hot X: Algebra Exposed, Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape, which encourage middle-school and high-school girls to have confidence and succeed in mathematics, and Goodnight, numbers. From 2010–2012 and 2018–present, McKellar voiced Miss Martian in the animated superhero series Young Justice. In 2015, McKellar was cast in the Netflix original series Project Mc2.

Age 43


1996 – Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh is an English actress.

Pugh’s debut performance was in the mystery drama The Falling (2014). For her role as a precocious teenager in the film, she was nominated for Best British Newcomer at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival. She was also nominated for Best Young British/Irish performer at The London Film Critics’ Circle Awards.

In 2015, she got her first lead role in the TV pilot for Studio City, with Eric Mccormack. Next, she played the lead in William Oldroyd’s feature film Lady Macbeth (2016). She starred in the ITV drama Marcella and in The Commuter with Liam Neeson. In October 2016, she was announced as a “Star of Tomorrow” by Screen International. In December 2016, she was selected by an international jury for the 2016 BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Award. Also in December 2016, she won The Evening Standard Breakthrough of The Year Award for Lady Macbeth. In February 2017, she won The Dublin Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress at The Dublin International Film Festival.

In January 2017, it was announced that she will play the lead role in Fighting with My Family, a film written and directed by Stephen Merchant and based on the life of professional wrestler Paige.

Age 22


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