Feb 262018

On This Day




1957 – Alan Biley

Alan Paul Biley is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Brighton & Hove Albion, Cambridge United, Derby County, Everton, Portsmouth and Stoke City.

Biley played 121 times for Portsmouth scoring 58 goals between 1982 – 1985

Age 61

1963 – Chase Masterson

Chase Masterson (born Christianne Carafano) is an American actress and singer.

Age 55

1968 – Ed Quinn

Arthur Edward “Ed” Quinn is an American model, musician, and actor who has appeared in several film and television roles, including Two Broke Girls, Eureka, Young Americans and True Blood.

Age 50

1970 – Fitzroy Simpson

Fitzroy Simpson is an English-born Jamaican former professional footballer who played as a midfielder and left back from 1988 to 2008.

Simpson played 169 times for Portsmouth scoring 10 goals between 1995 – 1999

Age 48

1971 – Ceri Hughes

Ceri Hughes is a former Welsh football midfielder. His clubs included Luton Town, for which he played for 8 years, Wimbledon (where he scored once against Barnsley), Portsmouth (where he scored on his debut against Stockport County) and, lastly, Cardiff City where he made no first team appearances. He won 8 caps for the Welsh national team, without scoring.

Hughes played 38 times for Portsmouth scoring 2 goals between 2000 – 2001

Age 47

1973 – Erinn Bartlett

Erinn Anne Bartlett is an American actress who also competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant.

Age 45

1979 – Pedro Mendes

Pedro Miguel da Silva Mendes is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a midfielder. Currently working as a football agent.

Mendes played 68 times for Portsmouth scoring 5 goals between 2006 – 2008

Age 39

1986 – Teresa Palmer


Teresa Mary Palmer is an Australian actress, writer, and model, best known for her roles in Warm Bodies, Lights Out and Hacksaw Ridge. She starred in, co-wrote and co-produced The Ever After with her husband, Mark Webber.

Age 32

On This Day   .   Teresa Palmer

Feb 152018

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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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1950 – Billy Rafferty

William Henry “Billy” Rafferty is a retired Scottish footballer who played as a forward. He appeared in the Football League for Coventry City, Blackpool, Plymouth Argyle, Carlisle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Portsmouth and Bournemouth, scoring 145 goals in 468 matches. He finished his career in Portugal with spells at Louletano and Farense.

Rafferty played 112 times for Portsmouth scoring 45 goals between 1980 – 1983

Age 67

1969 – Meredith Monroe

Meredith Monroe is an American actress best known for portraying Andie McPhee on Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2000, and her recurring role as Haley Hotchner on Criminal Minds.

Age 48

1980 – Eliza Dushku


Eliza Patricia Dushku is an Albanian-Danish-American actress and model known for her television roles, including starring as Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series Angel. She starred in two Fox series, Tru Calling and Dollhouse. She is also known for her roles in films, including True Lies, The New Guy, Bring It On, Wrong Turn and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, as well as her voice work on video games.

Age 37

1982 – Kristin Kruek

Kristin Laura Kreuk is a Canadian actress. She is known for the roles of Lana Lang in the superhero television series Smallville and Laurel Yeung in the Canadian teen drama Edgemont. She has also starred in movies such as Snow White: The Fairest of Them All (2001), Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009), and Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy (2011).

Age 35

On This Day   .   Eliza Dushku

Dec 272017

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1953 – Bobby Doyle

Robert “Bobby” Doyle is a Scottish former professional footballer who played as a central midfielder.

Doyle began his career at Barnsley before moving to Peterborough United in 1976. He moved to Blackpool F.C. in 1979, making 49 league appearances and scoring two goals, before joining Portsmouth in November 1980, winning the Third Division championship in 1983. A move to Hull City followed two years later where he established himself in midfield during the club’s promotion bid in 1985-86, before a broken leg in a pre-season friendly ended his career.

Doyle played 197 times for Portsmouth scoring 18 goals between 1980 – 1985

Age 64

1967 – Mark Stimson

Mark Nicholas Stimson is an English former footballer and is currently manager of Thurrock. He signed his first professional contract with Tottenham Hotspur in 1985, but was unable to gain a regular place in the team. In 1989, he moved on to Newcastle United, where he made over 80 appearances in the Football League. He later played for Portsmouth, Southend United and Leyton Orient before dropping into non-League football.

Stimson played 77 times for Portsmouth scoring 4 goals between 1992 – 1996

Age 50

1981 – Emilie de Ravin

Emilie de Ravin is an Australian actress. She has played Tess Harding on Roswell and Claire Littleton on the ABC drama Lost. In 2012 she guest-starred as Belle on the ABC drama Once Upon a Time and became a series regular beginning with season two.

De Ravin’s film credits include Santa’s Slay (2005), The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and Ball Don’t Lie (2008). She starred as Emily, the heroin-addicted ex-girlfriend of Brendan Frye, in the neo-noir film Brick (2005). She had a cameo in Public Enemies (2009) and more recently starred in Remember Me (2010). De Ravin has been included on Maxim’s Hot 100 list three times: in 2005 (No.47), 2006 (No.65), and 2008 (No.68).

Age 36

1987 – Lily Cole


Lily Luahana Cole is an English model, actress and entrepreneur. Cole pursued a modelling career as a teenager and was listed in 2009 by Vogue Paris as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. She was booked for her first British Vogue cover at age 16, named “Model of the Year” at the 2004 British Fashion Awards, and worked with many well-known brands, including Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier and Moschino. Her advertising campaigns have included Longchamp, Anna Sui, Rimmel and Cacharel.

Age 30

1993 – Olivia Cooke

Olivia Kate Cooke is an English actress. From 2013 to 2017, she co-starred as Emma Decody in the A&E drama-thriller series Bates Motel. Cooke has also starred in the thriller films The Quiet Ones (2014) and Ouija (2014), the science fiction film The Signal (2014), the comedy-drama Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015). She played Lizzie Cree in horror-mystery The Limehouse Golem (2016), and Amanda in the thriller Thoroughbreds (2017).

Age 24

On This Day   .   Lily Cole

Dec 182017

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history



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


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

On This Day   .   Ashley Benson   .   Bridget Mendler

Nov 062017

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history



1972 – George Hertzberg

George Hertzberg is an American actor best known for his portrayal of the cyber-demonic soldier Adam in the fourth season of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Hertzberg, who was born in Glens Falls, New York, has made appearances in several television shows, including 3rd Rock from the Sun and That’s My Bush!, and wrote and produced the movie Too Much Magic.

Age 45

1972 – Rebecca Romijn

Rebecca Alie Romijn is an American actress and former fashion model. She is best known for her role as Mystique in the first trilogy of the X-Men film series, and as Joan from The Punisher (2004), both of which are based on Marvel Comics. She also had a recurring role as Alexis Meade on the television series Ugly Betty. She is currently starring as Eve Baird in The Librarians

Age 45

1972 – Thandie Newton

Melanie Thandiwe “Thandie” Newton is an English actress. She has appeared in several British and American films, and is known for roles such as Linda in The Pursuit of Happyness, Nyah Nordoff-Hall in Mission: Impossible 2 and Christine in Crash, for which she received a number of awards, including a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

As of 2016, she plays the sentient android, the madam Maeve Millay in the HBO science fiction-Western television series Westworld, which earned her a Critics’ Choice Award, and Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Emmy Award nominations. She also portrayed DCI Roz Huntley in Series 4 of the BBC One police procedural series Line of Duty.

Age 45

1985 – Danny Hollands

Daniel Timothy “Danny” Hollands is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Eastleigh.

Hollands played 94 times for Portsmouth scoring 7 goals between 2014 – 2016

Age 32

1988 – Emma Stone


Emily Jean “Emma” Stone is an American actress. The highest-paid actress in the world, she has received such accolades as an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Stone appeared in Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2013 and the Time 100 in 2017, and is often described by the media as one of the most talented actresses of her generation.

Born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Stone began acting as a child, in a theater production of The Wind in the Willows in 2000. As a teenager, she relocated to Los Angeles with her mother, and made her television debut in VH1’s In Search of the New Partridge Family (2004), a reality show that produced only an unsold pilot. After small television roles, she won a Young Hollywood Award for her film debut in Superbad (2007), and received positive media attention for her role in Zombieland (2009). The 2010 teen comedy Easy A was Stone’s first starring role and earned her nominations for the BAFTA Rising Star Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. This breakthrough was followed by a supporting role in the commercially successful romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), and then a co-starring role in the critically acclaimed drama The Help (2011).

Stone gained wider recognition for playing Gwen Stacy in the 2012 superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man, and its sequel in 2014. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role of a recovering drug addict in the black comedy-drama Birdman (2014). Her Broadway debut came in a revival of the musical Cabaret (2014–2015). Stone won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for playing an aspiring actress in the highly successful musical film La La Land (2016).

Age 29

1995 – Bradley Tarbuck

Bradley Mark Tarbuck is an English professional footballer who plays for Havant & Waterlooville as a winger.

Tarbuck played 2 times for Portsmouth between 2014 – 2015

Age 22


2015 – Bobby Campbell

Born: 23 April 1937

Robert George Campbell was an English professional football player and later manager.

Campbell played 68 times for Portsmouth scoring 3 goals between 1961 – 1966. He was Portsmouth manager between 1982 – 1984

Died Aged 78

On This Day   .   Emma Stone   .   Bobby Campbell Obituary

Sep 302017

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history




1956 – Mick Tait

Michael Paul Tait is an English former footballer and later a manager at the end of his playing career. His 760 league games puts him 13th in the list of English footballers. His clubs were Oxford United, Carlisle United, Hull City, Portsmouth, Reading, Darlington and Hartlepool United as well as Gretna in Scotland. Tait also later managed two of these clubs; Darlington and Hartlepool United. Since 2012 he has become a scout for Newcastle United FC.

Tait played 284 times for Portsmouth scoring 31 goals between 1980 – 1987

Age 61

1967 – Andrea Roth

Andrea Roth is a Canadian actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Janet Gavin, the wife of main character Tommy Gavin, on the FX television series Rescue Me (2004–2011), her role in The Collector, and before that, the Diana/NeuroBrain character in RoboCop: The Series (1994).

Age 50

1975 – Sammy Igoe

Samuel Gary Igoe is an English former professional footballer who last played for Bognor Regis Town on loan from Gosport Borough.

Igoe played 177 times for Portsmouth scoring 11 goals between 1995 – 2000

Age 42

1982 – Ben Chorley

Benjamin Francis “Ben” Chorley is an English semi-professional footballer who plays as a defender for National League club Bromley.

Chorley started his career at Arsenal, spending several years at the club on youth terms before signing a professional deal in 2001. He spent two months on loan at Brentford at the start of the 2002–03 season. Having made no first-team appearances for Arsenal, Chorley opted to leave the club and sign for Wimbledon in 2003. He continued playing under the club’s new guise in Milton Keynes for a further three years from 2004 to 2007. During his final year at MK Dons, he spent the majority of the 2006–07 season on loan at Gillingham. He left MK Dons in July 2007, and signed a two-year contract with Tranmere Rovers. After two years of regular football at Tranmere, Chorley returned to London, signing for Leyton Orient in June 2009. He made over 150 appearances during his three-and-a-half-year spell at Orient, before signing for Stevenage in January 2013 for an undisclosed fee. In January 2014 his contract was cancelled by mutual consent, so he was free to become Richie Barker’s sixth signing for Pompey. He was released by Portsmouth on 18 May 2015

Chorley played 31 times for Portsmouth between 2014 – 2015

Age 35

1982 – Lacey Chabert

Lacey Nicole Chabert is an American actress, voice actress and singer. She first gained prominence as a child actress on television for her role as Claudia Salinger in the television drama Party of Five (1994–2000). She has also provided the voice of Eliza Thornberry in the animated series The Wild Thornberrys (1998–2004) and two feature films, Meg Griffin during the first production season of the animated sitcom Family Guy, and superheroine Zatanna Zatara in various pieces of DC Comics-related media. In film she has appeared in Lost in Space (1998), Not Another Teen Movie (2001), Daddy Day Care (2003) and had leading roles as Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls (2004), and as Dana Mathis in the horror remake Black Christmas (2006).

Chabert has also appeared in eight Hallmark Channel movies, saying “I love working for Hallmark, they’ve been so good to me. I have friends there now. I’m proud of their movies and the message of their movies.”

Age 35

1982 – Michelle Marsh

Michelle Marsh is an English professional singer and former glamour model, known for her appearances on Page 3 and in numerous British lads’ mags.

Age 35

1984 – Keisha Buchanan

Keisha Kerreece Fayeanne Buchanan is an English singer-songwriter and was a founding member of the BRIT Award-winning girl group the Sugababes alongside Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy, and later Heidi Range and Amelle Berrabah. With the Sugababes, Buchanan had six number one singles and two number one studio albums, making the Sugababes one of the most successful British pop acts of the 21st century. Buchanan was asked to leave the group in September 2009 and was replaced by Jade Ewen.

On 20 July 2012, Buchanan and her former Sugababes colleagues, Buena and Donaghy confirmed their reunion. The original trio will not be able to release music under the name “Sugababes” as it is still being used by the current members of the group. They will instead release music under the new name, Mutya Keisha Siobhan.

Age 33

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