Oct 102017
 

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history


Births


                

        


1923 – Nicholas Parsons

Christopher Nicholas Parsons, CBE is an English radio and television presenter and actor. His long career in television, radio and theatre has made him a household name and he has been described as “the ultimate quiz show host” because of his “geniality, clarity of diction and the speed with which he rattled through questions”.

Best known today for his long-standing position as host of the comedy radio game show Just a Minute, Parsons is also famous as the long-term host of Sale of the Century, a show whose audience peaked at over 21 million viewers (a record for an ITV game show).

Age 94


1953 – Midge Ure

James “Midge” Ure, OBE is a Scottish musician, singer-songwriter and producer. His stage name, Midge, is a phonetic reversal of Jim, the diminutive form of his given name.

Ure enjoyed particular success in the 1970s and ’80s in bands including Slik, Thin Lizzy, Rich Kids and Visage, and most notably as frontman of Ultravox. In 1984 Ure co-wrote and produced the charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, which has sold 3.7 million copies in the UK. The song is the second highest selling single in UK chart history. Ure co-organised Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8 with Bob Geldof. Ure acts as trustee for the charity, and serves as ambassador for Save the Children.

Ure is known for being the producer and writer of several synthpop/new wave hit singles of the 1980s, including “Fade To Grey” (1980) by Visage and the Ultravox signature songs “Vienna” (1980) and “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes” (1984), for which he was also on lead vocals. In 1985 Ure’s solo debut album The Gift, which reached number two in the UK Albums Chart, included the UK number one single “If I Was”. Ure has had four other UK top-30 solo hit singles: “No Regrets”, “That Certain Smile”, “Call of the Wild” and “Cold, Cold Heart”.

Age 64


1959 – Vince Hilaire

Vincent Mark Hilaire is a retired professional footballer who played in the Football League for Crystal Palace, Luton Town, Portsmouth, Leeds United, Stoke City and Exeter City. He was one of the first established black players in English football.

Hilaire played 174 times for Portsmouth scoring 27 goals between 1984 – 1988

Age 58


1963 – Jim Glennie

James Patrick Glennie is the bassist for and namesake of English rock band, James. Glennie is the band’s longest-serving member, having been there from the first line-up through to the present.

Age 54


1970 – Dean Kiely

Dean Laurence Kiely is a former goalkeeper and currently the goalkeeping coach at Preston North End. He won eleven caps for the Republic of Ireland as a player. Kiely has previously worked as the goalkeeping coach at West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City.

Kiely played 17 times for Portsmouth in 2006

Age 47


1988 – Rose McIver

   

Frances Rose McIver is a New Zealand actress. Her mainstream feature film debut came in 2009’s The Lovely Bones; other works include the films Predicament and Blinder; as well as guest appearances in New Zealand-based shows Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Legend of the Seeker. McIver was a series regular on Power Rangers RPM, and she has recurring roles in both Showtime’s Masters of Sex and on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

Since March 2015, she has starred as the lead in The CW’s iZombie as medical examiner Olivia “Liv” Moore.

Age 29


1989 – Aimee Teegarden

  

Aimee Richelle Teegarden is an American actress, model, and producer. She starred as Julie Taylor in the NBC drama Friday Night Lights (2006–2011). In 2014, she starred as Emery Whitehill in The CW’s short-lived science fiction romantic drama Star-Crossed.

Age 28


1992 – Gabrielle Aplin

 

Gabrielle Ann Aplin is an English singer-songwriter. Aplin came to public attention after she gained a large online following by posting acoustic covers of songs on her YouTube channel.

In February 2012, Aplin signed a recording deal with Parlophone and began recording her début album. She gained mainstream attention the following November, when she was selected to record the soundtrack for a John Lewis television commercial with a cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “The Power of Love”, which charted at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart in December 2012. Her début album English Rain, was released in May 2013 to positive reviews. It debuted and peaked at number two on the UK album chart and led to several more singles: “Please Don’t Say You Love Me”, “Panic Cord”, “Home” and “Salvation”. English Rain has since been certified Gold in the UK, selling over 100,000 copies.

Aplin’s second album, Light Up the Dark, featuring the singles “Light Up the Dark” and “Sweet Nothing”, was released on 18 September 2015.

Age 25


On This Day   .   Rose McIver   .   Aimee Teegarden   .   Gabrielle Aplin

Oct 092017
 

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history


Births


                


1936 – Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed OBE is an English actor, writer, and presenter. He is known for his booming voice and his roles in I, Claudius, Blackadder, and Flash Gordon.

Age 81


1954 – Scott Bakula

Scott Stewart Bakula is an American actor and director best known for his lead roles in two science-fiction television series: as Sam Beckett on Quantum Leap (for which he received four Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award), and as Captain Jonathan Archer on Star Trek: Enterprise.

Bakula starred on the comedy-drama series Men of a Certain Age, and guest-starred in seasons two and three of NBC’s Chuck as the title character’s father Stephen J. Bartowski. He guest starred on HBO’s Looking as entrepreneur Lynn. In 2014, he began playing Special Agent Dwayne Cassius “King” Pride on NCIS: New Orleans.

Age 63


1976 – Mike Panopoulos

Michael Panopoulos, also written Michalis Panopoulos, is an Australian-Greek association football player. He has currently retired from playing, but now coaches the Altona City U12/U13 boys team and also the state of Victoria.

Panopoulos played 58 times for Portsmouth scoring 6 goals between 1999 – 2001

Age 41


1979 – Brandon Routh

Brandon James Routh is an American actor and former fashion model. He grew up in Iowa before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, and subsequently appeared on multiple television series throughout the early 2000s. In 2006, he gained greater recognition for his role as the titular superhero of the 2006 film Superman Returns. He also had a recurring role in the TV series Chuck, as Daniel Shaw. Following this, he had notable supporting roles in the films Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. In 2014, he began a recurring role on Arrow as Ray Palmer/Atom which spun off into a guest role on The Flash and a starring role on Legends of Tomorrow.

Age 38


1979 – Chris O’Dowd

Christopher O’Dowd is an Irish actor, best known for comedic roles such as Roy Trenneman in the Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd. O’Dowd created and starred in the Sky 1 television series Moone Boy, which aired between 2012 and 2015. He had a recurring role on the comedy-drama series Girls.

O’Dowd is also known for his film roles, most notably Bridesmaids (2011), This Is 40 (2012), The Sapphires (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Calvary (2014), and St. Vincent (2014). He made his Broadway debut in the play adaptation of Of Mice and Men in 2014, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.

Age 38


1994 – Jodelle Ferland

Jodelle Micah Ferland is a Canadian actress. She is known for her portrayals of Mary Jensen in the 2004 ABC television series Kingdom Hospital, Bree Tanner in the 2010 film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and Five in the 2015 Syfy television series Dark Matter. She is also known by her roles in multiple horror or horror-related films, such as Sharon/Alessa in Silent Hill, Lillith Sullivan in Case 39, Jenny in The Tall Man, Patience Buckner in The Cabin in the Woods, and Agatha Prenderghast in ParaNorman.

Age 23


On This Day

Oct 022017
 

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history


Births


        


1948 – Avery Brooks

Avery Franklin Brooks is an American actor, director, and singer. He is best known for his television roles as Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as Hawk on Spenser: For Hire and its spinoff A Man Called Hawk, and as Dr. Bob Sweeney in the Academy Award-nominated film American History X.

Age 69


1950 – Ian McNeice

Ian McNeice is an English actor and voice actor. He found fame portraying government agent Harcourt in the 1985 television miniseries Edge of Darkness, and went on to feature in popular films such as The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and Frank Herbert’s Dune.

He played The Newsreader in historical drama Rome (2005–2007) and currently plays Bert Large in the comedy drama series Doc Martin (2004–present).

Age 67


1993 – Tara Lynne Barr

    

Tara Lynne Barr is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role in the 2011 film God Bless America, which earned her a Young Artist Award nomination as Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film, and for her work in the Hulu original series Casual.

Age 24


On This Day

Sep 292017
 

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history


Births


                


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 262017
 

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history


Births


            


1947 – John Foxx

John Foxx (born Dennis Leigh) is an English singer, artist, photographer and teacher. He was the original lead singer of the band Ultravox, before leaving to embark on a solo career (with Midge Ure eventually taking his place in Ultravox). Primarily associated with electronic synthesizer music, he has also pursued a parallel career in graphic design and education.

Andy Kellman of AllMusic noted that Foxx “was one of those cult figures known more through the recordings of others rather than those of his own making. His detached, jolting vocal style inspired mainstream and underground artists across the decades, from synth pop superstar Gary Numan to electro-techno duo Adult”.

Age 70


1963 – Lysette Anthony

Lysette Chodzko known professionally as Lysette Anthony, is an English actress and model. She is perhaps best known for her roles in the Woody Allen film Husbands and Wives (1992), the first series of the ITV comedy-drama series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, the BBC sitcom Three Up, Two Down and her role as Marnie Nightingale in Hollyoaks.

Age 54


1969 – Andy Petterson

Andrew Keith Petterson is a former Australian football player who last played for ECU Joondalup in the Western Australian premier league. He became the club’s Technical Director in 2013 as part of the club’s acceptance into National Premier Leagues WA. He has a daughter Ellen Petterson (1992) and son Cameron Petterson (1996).

Petterson played 34 times for Portsmouth between 1998 – 2001

Age 48


1985 – Talulah Riley

Talulah Jane Riley-Milburn, known professionally as Talulah Riley, is an English actress. She has appeared in films such as Pride & Prejudice, St Trinian’s, The Boat That Rocked, St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold and Inception.

Age 32


Deaths



1993 – Robert Palmer

Born: 19 January 1949

Robert Allen Palmer was an English singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. He was known for his distinctive, soulful voice, eclectic mix of musical styles on his albums, combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae, blues, and sartorial acumen. He found success both in his solo career and with the Power Station, and had Top 10 songs in both the UK and the US.

His iconic music videos directed by British fashion photographer Terence Donovan for the hits “Addicted to Love”, “Simply Irresistible” and “I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On” featured identically dressed dancing women with pale faces, dark-eye makeup and bright-red lipstick, which resembled the women in the art of Patrick Nagel, an artist popular in the 1980s. Palmer’s involvement in the music industry commenced in the 1960s, covered four decades and included a spell with Vinegar Joe. Palmer received a number of awards throughout his career, including two Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, an MTV Video Music Award, and two Brit Award nominations for Best British Male.

Died Aged 54


On This Day   .   Talulah Riley

Sep 222017
 

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history


Births


                


1944 – Frazer Hines

Frazer Hines is an English actor best known for his roles as Jamie McCrimmon in Doctor Who and Joe Sugden in Emmerdale. Hines appeared in 117 episodes of the original series of Doctor Who; only the first four Doctors appeared in more episodes.

Age 73


1975 – Jonny Harris

Jonathan “Jonny” Harris is a Canadian actor and comedian from Newfoundland and Labrador. Harris is best known for his roles in the television series Murdoch Mysteries, Still Standing and Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, as well as the films Young Triffie, Moving Day, and Grown Up Movie Star.

Age 42


1979 – MyAnna Buring

MyAnna Buring (born Anna Margaretha My Rantapää) is a Swedish-born actress, known for her roles in The Descent, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Part 2 and Ripper Street.

Age 38


1985 – Tatiana Maslany

Tatiana Gabriele Maslany is a Canadian actress best known for playing multiple roles in the science fiction thriller TV series Orphan Black (2013–2017), which airs on Space in Canada and BBC America in the US. For her performances in Orphan Black, Maslany won the Primetime Emmy Award (2016), the TCA Award (2013), two Critics’ Choice Television Awards (2013 and 2014), and four Canadian Screen Awards (2014–17), in addition to receiving a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Maslany became the first Canadian actor from a Canadian series to win an Emmy Award in a key dramatic category.

She has also starred in television series such as Heartland (2008–2010), The Nativity (2010), and Being Erica (2009–2011). In 2013, she won the ACTRA Award for her portrayal as Claire in the film Picture Day and the Phillip Borsos Award for her performance in the film Cas and Dylan. Other notable films starring Maslany are Diary of the Dead and Eastern Promises, both in 2007, the latter of which she narrated.

Age 32


1996 – Matt Clarke

Matthew “Matt” Edward Barkell Clarke is an English professional footballer who plays for Portsmouth as a central defender.

Age 21


On This Day

Sep 192017
 

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history


Births


                


1933 – David McCallum

David Keith McCallum, Jr. is a Scottish-American actor and musician. He first gained recognition in the 1960s for playing Russian spy Illya Kuryakin in the television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and as interdimensional operative Steel in Sapphire & Steel.

In recent years, McCallum has gained renewed international recognition and popularity for his role as NCIS medical examiner Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard in the American television series NCIS.

Age 83


1940 – Caroline John

Caroline Frances John was an English actress best known for her role as Elizabeth “Liz” Shaw in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, as well as several other television roles. John was the third of eight children born to Alexander John and Vera Winckworth. She was educated at a convent school in Kenilworth

After training at the Central School of Speech and Drama, she worked in theatre, touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre in Juno and the Paycock directed by Laurence Olivier, King Lear, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Merchant of Venice and as Hero in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Much Ado About Nothing.

Died: 5 June 2012

Aged 71


1964 – Patrick Marber

Patrick Albert Crispin Marber is an English comedian, playwright, director, puppeteer, actor, and screenwriter.

Age 53


1987 – Danielle Panabaker

Danielle Nicole Panabaker is an American actress. She began acting as a teenager and first came to prominence for her roles in the Disney films Stuck in the Suburbs (2004), Sky High (2005) and Read It and Weep (2006), the latter alongside her younger sister Kay Panabaker, and in the HBO miniseries Empire Falls (2005).

She came to wider attention as a cast member alongside James Woods in the CBS legal drama series Shark (2006–08) and is also noted as a scream queen, having starred in the psychological thriller Mr. Brooks (2007) and the horror films Friday the 13th (2009), The Crazies (2010), John Carpenter’s The Ward (2010), and Piranha 3DD (2012).

After recurring roles on the drama series Necessary Roughness (2011–13), the crime series Bones (2012–13) and the crime drama Justified (2014), Panabaker has guest-starred as Dr. Caitlin Snow on The CW television series Arrow since April 2014. She is currently reprising the role of Caitlin Snow as a main character in the spin-off series The Flash, which premiered in October 2014.

Age 30


1988 – Katrina Bowden

Katrina Bowden is an American actress best known for playing Cerie on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock (2006–2013). She also appeared in films such as Sex Drive, Piranha 3DD, and Scary Movie 5.

Age 29


On This Day

Sep 092017
 

The All Time Top 5 Celebrities

Updated ratings of my favourite celebrities. The full Top 10 available here


1

Victoria Justice


2

Rachael Leigh Cook


3

Jenna Coleman


4

Nina Dobrev


5

AnnaSophia Robb


Top 10   .   Victoria Justice   .   Rachael Leigh Cook   .   Jenna Coleman   .   Nina Dobrev   .   AnnaSophia Robb