Feb 192018
 

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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


On This Day   .   Ophelia Lovibond   .   Victoria Justice

Feb 162018
 

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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


On This Day   .   Elizabeth Olsen

Feb 092018
 

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1980 – Margarita Levieva

Margarita Vladimirovna Levieva is a Russian-American actress. Born in the Soviet Union, she was a competitive gymnast before going on to star in the films The Invisible, Adventureland, and Spread. On television, she is known for her roles as the faux Amanda Clarke/real Emily Thorne on Revenge, as Gina Zanetakos on The Blacklist and most recently as Abigail “Abby” Parker opposite James Franco on the HBO series The Deuce.

Age 38


1981 – Tom Hiddleston

Thomas William Hiddleston is an English actor, producer and musical performer. At the beginning of his career, he appeared in West End theatre productions of Cymbeline (2007) and Ivanov (2008). He won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Newcomer in a Play for his role in Cymbeline and was also nominated for the same award for his role as Cassio in Othello.

He came to wider public attention when cast as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Thor: Ragnarok (2017). In 2011, he won the Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer and was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. Hiddleston has also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse (2011), The Deep Blue Sea (2011), Woody Allen’s romantic comedy Midnight in Paris (2011), the 2012 BBC series Henry IV and Henry V, and the romantic vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive (2013).

In late 2013 and early 2014, Hiddleston starred as the title character in the Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus, winning the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor. In 2015, he starred in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, Ben Wheatley’s High Rise, and played the troubled country music singer Hank Williams in the biopic I Saw The Light.

In 2016, he starred in and was an executive producer of the AMC / BBC limited series The Night Manager, for which he received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and Outstanding Limited Series, and won his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film.

Age 37


1996 – Kelli Berglund

    

Kelli Berglund is an American actress, model, and singer. She is known for portraying Bree Davenport, a bionic teenager with lightning speed, in the Disney XD series Lab Rats, and its spinoff Lab Rats: Elite Force. In 2014 she starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie, How to Build a Better Boy, where she portrays Mae Hartley, a tech-savvy young woman who along with her best friend, devises a plan to create the perfect boyfriend.

Age 22


On This Day   .   Kelli Berglund

Jan 252018
 

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1950 – Christopher Ryan

Christopher Ryan (born Christopher Papazoglou) is an English actor. Ryan played Mike in the BBC comedy series The Young Ones.

Age 68


1977 – Michael Brown

Michael Robert Brown is an English former professional footballer and football manager.

A former England under-21 international midfielder, his hard-tackling style sometimes caused him to take criticism from others in the game. He began his career with Manchester City having come through their youth ranks, and was named as the club’s Player of the Year in 1998, before featuring in their Second Division play-off final victory in 1999. He also spent time on loan at Hartlepool United, Portsmouth and Sheffield United, before he was sold to Sheffield United for a £400,000 fee in January 2000. He scored 36 goals in 174 appearances during a four-year stay in Sheffield, being named as the club’s Player of the Year in 2002 and named on the PFA Team of the Year the following year.

He moved back to the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur for a £500,000 fee in January 2004. After two years with Spurs he moved on to Fulham for an 18-month stay. He was transferred to Wigan Athletic in July 2007, where he would spend two seasons before making the move to Portsmouth in August 2009. He played for the club in their 2010 FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea, but could not prevent them from being relegated out of the top-flight that same year. He joined Leeds United in July 2011, and went on to spend the next three years at Elland Road. He signed with Port Vale in July 2014, and also took on a coaching role with the “Valiants”, before becoming assistant manager to Bruno Ribeiro in June 2016. He was promoted to caretaker manager following Ribeiro’s resignation in December 2016, but could not prevent relegation out of EFL League One at the end of the 2016–17 season, after which he was confirmed as the club’s permanent manager. With the club lying bottom of the English Football League, he was sacked in September 2017.

Brown played 61 times for Portsmouth scoring 5 goals between 1999 – 2010

Age 41


1978 – Jason Roberts

Jason Andre Davis Roberts MBE is a Grenadian former professional footballer who is now employed by BBC Sport as a football pundit.

Born in Park Royal, London, Roberts was playing football from an early age, and spent time in the youth academies at several professional clubs, but was not retained. After a spell in non-league football with Hayes, he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1997. He failed to make a first-team appearance for Wolves, and had loan spells at Torquay United and Bristol City before signing for Bristol Rovers in 1998. He quickly established himself in the first team, scoring 38 goals in his two seasons at the club.

After the club failed to gain promotion, Roberts handed in a transfer request and was sold to West Bromwich Albion in July 2000. His goals helped the team reach the First Division play-offs in his first season at the club. West Brom then won promotion to the Premier League in the following season. Roberts scored three goals in his first Premier League season as the club were relegated back down to the First Division. He was loaned out to Portsmouth at the start of the 2003–04 season, and was then sold to Wigan Athletic in January 2004. Roberts went on to score 21 goals in Wigan’s promotion-winning campaign in the 2004–05 season, and won the club’s Player of the Year award at the end of the season. His goals in the following season helped the club finish tenth in its inaugural Premier League campaign, as well as taking the team to the 2006 Football League Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium – the club’s first ever major cup final.

After failing to agree a new contract with the club, he was sold to Blackburn Rovers in 2006, where he played European football for the first time. He made over 150 appearances for Blackburn, scoring 28 goals. In 2007, he established the Jason Roberts Foundation, and was awarded an MBE for services to sport in 2010 New Year Honours – Grenada. In 2011, he began working as a presenter for BBC Radio 5 Live’s 6-0-6 programme. In January 2012. he signed for Reading on an eighteen-month contract and helped them to promotion from the Football League Championship as champions.

On 20 March 2014, he announced his immediate retirement from the game due to persistent injuries.

Roberts played 12 times for Portsmouth scoring 4 goals between 2003 – 2004

Age 40


1980 – Stathis Tavlaridis

Efstathios Tavlaridis, commonly known as Stathis Tavlaridis, is a Greek football defender. Tavlaridis has earned the nickname “Taureau” in France which means “The Bull” due to his aggressive style of play.

Tavalaridis played 5 times for Portsmouth in 2003

Age 38


1985 – Claudia Kim

Kim Soo-hyun, also known as Claudia Kim, is a South Korean actress and model.

Age 33


Deaths



2017 – John Hurt

Born: 22 January 1940

Sir John Vincent Hurt, CBE was an English actor whose screen and stage career spanned more than 50 years. Hurt was regarded as one of Britain’s finest actors; director David Lynch described him as “simply the greatest actor in the world”.

Hurt came to prominence for his role as Richard Rich in the film A Man for All Seasons (1966) and gained BAFTA Award nominations for his portrayals of Timothy Evans in 10 Rillington Place (1971) and Quentin Crisp in television film The Naked Civil Servant (1975) – winning his first BAFTA for the latter. He played Caligula in the BBC TV series I, Claudius (1976). Hurt’s performance in the prison drama Midnight Express (1978) brought him international renown and earned Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards, along with an Academy Award nomination. His BAFTA-nominated portrayal of astronaut Kane, in science-fiction horror Alien (1979), yielded a scene which has been named by several publications as one of the most memorable in cinematic history.

Hurt earned his third competitive BAFTA, along with his second Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, as Joseph Merrick in David Lynch’s biopic The Elephant Man (1980). Other significant roles during the 1980s included Bob Champion in biopic Champions (1984), Mr. Braddock in the Stephen Frears drama The Hit (1984), Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) and Stephen Ward in the drama depicting the Profumo affair, Scandal (1989). Hurt was again BAFTA-nominated for his work in Irish drama The Field (1990) and played the primary villain, James Graham, in the epic adventure Rob Roy (1995). His later films include the Harry Potter film series (2001–11), the Hellboy films (2004 and 2008), supernatural thriller The Skeleton Key (2005), western The Proposition (2005), political thriller V for Vendetta (2006), sci-fi adventure Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) and the Cold War espionage film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). Hurt reprised his role as Quentin Crisp in An Englishman in New York (2009), which brought his seventh BAFTA nomination and he portrayed the War Doctor in BBC TV series Doctor Who in 2013.

With a distinctive rich voice, Hurt enjoyed a successful voice acting career in films such as Watership Down (1978), the animated The Lord of the Rings (1978), The Plague Dogs (1982), The Black Cauldron (1985) and Dogville (2003), as well as the BBC TV series Merlin (2008–2012). In 2012, he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement BAFTA Award, in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to cinema”. He was knighted in 2015 for his services to drama.

Died Aged 77


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Jan 072018
 

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1971 – Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Lee Renner is an American actor. He appeared largely in independent films, such as Dahmer (2002) and Neo Ned (2005). Renner appeared in supporting roles in bigger films, such as S.W.A.T. (2003) and 28 Weeks Later (2007). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his much-praised performance in The Town (2010).

Renner was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Hurt Locker (2008), and he played Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016). He also appeared in commercially successful films, such as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), The Bourne Legacy (2012), Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013), American Hustle (2013), Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) and Arrival (2016).

Age 47


1980 – Zoe Salmon

Zöe Salmon is a Northern Irish television presenter who hosted the children’s television programme Blue Peter from 23 December 2004 to 25 June 2008. She also appeared on Dancing on Ice in early 2009. She was the winner of Miss Northern Ireland 1999.

Age 38


1982 – Paul Robinson

Paul Mark James Robinson is an English professional footballer who plays for AFC Wimbledon in League One as a centre back.

Robinson played 38 times for Portsmouth scoring 2 goals between 2014 – 2015

Age 36


1987 – Lyndsy Fonseca

    

Lyndsy Marie Fonseca is an American actress. She began her career by appearing as Colleen Carlton on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless, on which she starred between 2001 and 2005. Thereafter, she had a series of other recurring roles, including Penny Mosby on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, Donna on HBO’s Big Love, and Dylan Mayfair on the fourth season of the ABC television series Desperate Housewives.

From 2010 to 2013, Fonseca starred as Alex Udinov on The CW’s Nikita and Angie Martinelli on ABC’s Marvel’s Agent Carter from 2015 to 2016. Fonseca has also appeared in a variety of film roles, including Jenny Steadmeyer in Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) and Katie Deauxma in Kick-Ass (2010) and its 2013 sequel.

Age 31


1991 – Adam Barton

Adam James Barton is an Irish professional footballer who plays for Partick Thistle as a central midfielder. Born in England, he has played internationally for both Northern Ireland, in a senior friendly, and Republic of Ireland at under-21 level.

Barton played 25 times for Portsmouth between 2015 – 2016

Age 27


2000 – Kerri Medders

Kerri Medders is a singer and actress most well known for the release of her self-titled album in January 2012, she followed it up with singles in March and July 2015.

Age 18


On This Day   .   Lyndsy Fonseca

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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Nov 222017
 

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1940 – Terry Gilliam

Terrence Vance “Terry” Gilliam is an American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor, comedian and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe.

Gilliam has directed 12 feature films, including Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), 12 Monkeys (1995), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009). The only “Python” not born in Britain, he became a naturalised British subject in 1968 and formally renounced his American citizenship in 2006.

Gilliam was born in Minnesota, but spent his high school and college years in Los Angeles. He started his career as an animator and strip cartoonist. He joined Monty Python as the animator of their works, but eventually became a full member and was given acting roles. He became a feature film director in the 1970s. Most of his films explore the theme of imagination and its importance to life, express his opposition to bureaucracy and authoritarianism, and feature characters facing dark or paranoid situations. His own scripts feature black comedy and tragicomedy elements, combined with surprise endings.

Age 77


1972 – Russel Hoult

Russell Hoult is an English former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

He notably spent time playing in the Premier League and played for Leicester City, Derby County and West Bromwich Albion. He also played in the Football League for Lincoln City, Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest, Stoke City, Notts County and Darlington.

Hoult played 44 times for Portsmouth in 2000

Age 45


1982 – Yakubu

Yakubu Aiyegbeni, known as Yakubu, is a Nigerian professional footballer who last played for Coventry City. His nickname is “The Yak”.

His performances in the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League for Maccabi Haifa earned a loan move to English club Portsmouth which became permanent as they were promoted to the Premier League in 2003. He has since appeared in over 250 Premier League matches for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, and Blackburn Rovers, and is the second highest African goalscorer in Premier League history with 96 goals. He is the third highest scorer in the history of the Nigeria national football team, and represented them at four African Cup of Nations finals, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the football at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Yakubu played 92 times for Portsmouth scoring 43 goals between 2003 – 2005

Age 35


1984 – Scarlett Johansson

    

Scarlett Ingrid Johansson is an American actress and singer. Born and raised in Manhattan, New York City, she aspired to be an actress from a young age and first appeared on stage in an Off Broadway play as a child. She made her film debut in the fantasy comedy North (1994) and was nominated for a Independent Spirit Award for Manny & Lo (1996). Johansson rose to fame with her role in 1998’s The Horse Whisperer and had her breakthrough in Ghost World (2001).

Johansson shifted to adult roles with her performances in Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) and Lost in Translation (2003), for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress. She was nominated for Golden Globe Awards for the two films and for playing an estranged teenager in the drama A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004) and a seductress in the psychological thriller Match Point (2005). Other films during this period included the mystery thriller The Prestige (2006) and the comedy-drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). She also released two albums Anywhere I Lay My Head (2008) and Break Up (2009), both of which charted on the Billboard 200.

Age 33


1995 – Katherine McNamara

Katherine Grace McNamara is an American actress. She is known for her role as Harper Munroe on the MTV comedy series Happyland, and for her lead role as Clary Fray on the Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters.

Age 22


1996 – Madison Davenport

Madison Danielle Davenport is an American actress and singer, best known for her role as Kate in From Dusk till Dawn: The Series. Davenport has also starred in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl as Kit’s best friend Ruthie Smithens.

Age 21


On This Day   .   Scarlett Johansson

Nov 202017
 

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1947 – Peter Mellor

Peter Mellor is an English-born American former professional footballer whose playing career as a goalkeeper spanned three decades. He played 17 years in the top three tiers of English professional soccer with Burnley, Fulham, Hereford United, and Portsmouth. He is now a coach, in the United States.

Mellor played 146 times for Portsmouth between 1978 – 1981

Age 70


1963 – Ming-Na Wen

Ming-Na Wen is an American actress. (She has been credited with and without her family name “Wen”, but most credits since the late 1990s have been without it. She has been known by such variants of her name as Ming-Na, Ming Na, Ming Na Wen and Ming Wen.) She is known for playing the role of Melinda May in the ABC action drama series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and for voicing Fa Mulan, one of the Disney Princesses, in the films Mulan and Mulan II, the video game Kingdom Hearts II, and in the Disney animated series Sofia the First. She is due to reprise her role as Mulan in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.

Wen is also known for her role as Dr. Jing-Mei “Deb” Chen on the medical drama series ER. She was the series lead of the show Inconceivable, a medical drama that was aired on NBC, but the show was short-lived. The show is one of the few American television shows with an Asian American series lead. She is also known for her roles on the main casts of the animated series The Batman and the sci-fi series Stargate Universe. Besides television, she is notable for starring in the films The Joy Luck Club, Street Fighter, and Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.

Age 54


1971 – Joel McHale

Joel Edward McHale is an American comedian, actor, writer, television producer, and television host. He is known for hosting The Soup and portraying Jeff Winger on the NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community. He has appeared in such films as Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011) and Ted (2012). He also starred in the CBS sitcom The Great Indoors.

Age 46


1975 – Joshua Gomez

Joshua Eli Gomez is an American actor best known for his role as Morgan Grimes on Chuck. He is the younger brother of actor Rick Gomez. Gomez appeared in a recurring role in the CBS series Without a Trace as computer tech James Mackeroy. He appeared in a series of IBM commercials, a series of Wendy’s commercials (Ranch Tooth), and a commercial for Garmin. He also made a cameo on Freddy’s Nightmares. He played Sammy Stinger in Bring It On Again, 2004.

As a voice actor, Gomez played Baralai in the video game Final Fantasy X-2, opposite his brother Rick’s character, Gippal, and as Parker in Turok. He also had a small part at the beginning of BioShock as Johnny. In September 2007, he began starring in the NBC series Chuck as the title character’s friend, Morgan Grimes. Gomez is friends with Chuck co-star, Zachary Levi, in real life. Joshua was nominated for Outstanding Male Performance in the Comedy Television Series at the 2008 ALMA Awards.

Age 42


1976 – Laura Harris

Laura Harris is a Canadian actress.

Age 41


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Sep 292017
 

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1961 – Nicholas Briggs

Nicholas Briggs is an English actor, writer, director, sound designer, composer and voice actor predominantly associated with the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who and its various spin-offs, particularly as the voice of the Daleks and the Cybermen. He is also a co-creator of Big Finish Productions, for which he has produced, directed and written several audio plays, as well as acting in many of them.

Age 56


1969 – Erika Eleniak

Erika Eleniak is an American actress, Playboy Playmate, and former model best known for her role in Baywatch as Shauni McClain. Her film debut was a small part in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). She later starred in the films The Blob, Under Siege and The Beverly Hillbillies.

Age 48


1972 – Robert Webb

Robert Patrick Webb is an English comedian, actor and writer, and one half of the double act Mitchell and Webb, alongside David Mitchell. The two men are best known for starring in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show and the sketch comedy programme That Mitchell and Webb Look.

Age 45


1980 – Patrick Agyemang

Patrick Agyemang is a Ghanaian former international footballer who played as a striker.

Agyemang began his career at Wimbledon, progressing through the club’s youth system. He was loaned out to Brentford in October 1999 for three months, before returning to his parent club. Agyemang went on to play regularly for Wimbledon for the next four seasons. He joined Gillingham in January 2004, spending ten months with the club. He attracted the interest of Preston North End in November 2004, who signed Agyemang for a fee of £350,000. He spent four seasons at Preston, before joining Queens Park Rangers in 2008. He was part of the QPR team that earned promotion to the Premier League during the 2010–11 season. During the 2011–12 season, Agyemang was loaned out to Championship side Millwall on a one-month loan deal. He was loaned out for a second time in January 2012, this time joining Stevenage on loan until the end of the 2011–12 season. Agyemang signed for Stevenage on a permanent basis in August 2012. In February 2013, he joined Portsmouth on loan for the rest of the campaign. He signed for the club permanently in May 2013, and was released by mutual consent in March 2015.

He has been capped twice by the Ghana national team, scoring one goal.

Agyemang played 69 times for Portsmouth scoring 8 times between 2013 – 2014

Age 37


1980 – Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi Pugh is an American actor and singer. He is best known for playing Chuck Bartowski in the series Chuck. He also appeared in the films Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Tangled, and Thor: The Dark World.

Levi starred in the lead role of Georg Nowack in the 2016 Broadway revival of She Loves Me opposite Laura Benanti. The production began previews at Studio 54 on February 19, 2016 and opened on March 17 for a limited engagement through June 12. The run was later extended through July 10, where it then closed. Levi was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance. In 2010, Levi voiced Flynn Rider in the animated film Tangled, in which he performed the duet “I See the Light” with Mandy Moore; the song won a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media. He later reprised the role in the short film Tangled Ever After, and returned to voice Flynn Rider again in a Disney Channel television series based on the film in 2017.

Age 37


1982 – Amy Williams

Amy Joy Williams MBE is a British former skeleton racer and Olympic gold medallist.

Originally a runner, she began training in skeleton after trying the sport on a push-start track at the University of Bath. Although unable to qualify for the 2006 Winter Olympics, she was a member of her nation’s team four years later at the 2010 Games, and won a gold medal, becoming the first British individual gold medallist at a Winter Olympics for 30 years and the only British medallist of those specific Olympics.

Age 35


On This Day

Sep 162017
 

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history


Births


                

        


1955 – Janet Ellis

Janet Michell Ellis MBE is an English television presenter, actress and writer, who is best known for presenting the BBC children’s television programmes Blue Peter and Jigsaw between 1979 and 1987. In 2016, she published her first novel, The Butcher’s Hook. She is the mother of the singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, the drummer (and former child actor) Jackson Ellis-Leach and the art historian Martha Ellis-Leach.

Age 62


1960 – Danny John-Jules

Daniel “Danny” John-Jules is a British actor, singer and dancer. His most successful roles have been Cat in the sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf and policeman Dwayne Myers in the crime drama Death in Paradise. He was also a protagonist in the hit CBBC children’s spy drama M.I. High, in which he portrayed Lenny Bicknall, the caretaker.

Age 57


1976 – Tina Barrett

Tina Ann Barrett is a London-based dancer, singer-songwriter and actress. Her major breakthrough came in 1999 when she became a member of the pop group, S Club 7, where she enjoyed five years of hit singles, arena tours and awards.

Age 41


1981 – Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing is a Chinese actress, television producer and pop singer.

Fan rose to fame in East Asia in 1998–1999 with the mega-hit TV series My Fair Princess. In 2003, she starred in Cell Phone, which became the highest-grossing Chinese film of the year, and received critical acclaim at the Hundred Flowers Award. Since then, she has starred in many films, most notably Lost in Beijing (2007), Buddha Mountain (2011), Double Xposure (2012) and I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016), where she received awards from prestigious award ceremonies such as the Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards, Tokyo International Film Festival, San Sebastián International Film Festival and Asian Film Awards. Fan has also participated in many foreign-language films, such as the French film Stretch (2011), the Korean film My Way (2011) and the Hollywood blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

Age 36


1984 – Katie Melua

Ketevan “Katie” Melua is a Georgian-British singer, songwriter and musician. She moved to Northern Ireland at the age of eight and then to England at fourteen. Melua is signed to the small Dramatico record label, under the management of composer Mike Batt, and made her musical debut in 2003. In 2006, she was the United Kingdom’s best-selling female artist and Europe’s highest selling European female artist.

Age 33


1985 – Madeline Zima

 

Madeline Zima is an American actress. She is known for portraying Grace Sheffield on the CBS sitcom The Nanny (1993–1999), Mia Lewis on the Showtime comedy drama series Californication (2007–2011), and Gretchen Berg on the NBC series Heroes (2009–2010).

Age 32


1995 – Victory Van Tuyl

   

Victory Van Tuyl is an American Actress, best known for her role as Teri Forman on the Nickelodeon series Marvin Marvin. She recently starred in a lead role in the independent film, BeDeviled, which had a theatrical release of August 11, 2017.

Age 22


2002 – Holly Barrett

Best known to American television viewers as Samantha from CBS’ Life in Pieces, she has been a guest star on the show Hetty Feather and was featured in a supporting role for the indie film Twisted Minds.

Age 15


On This Day   .   Madeline Zima   .   Victory Van Tuyl

May 222016
 

The Kat Dennings Page

Katherine Litwack (born June 13, 1986), known professionally as Kat Dennings, is an American actress. Starting with a role in an episode of the HBO dramedy series Sex and the City, Dennings has since appeared in the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Big Momma’s House 2, Charlie Bartlett, Raise Your Voice, The House Bunny, Defendor, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Thor, and Thor: The Dark World. Since 2011, she stars alongside Beth Behrs in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls.

Celebrity Pictures . Kat Dennings