Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.