Apr 102018
 

On This Day


Births



1966

Steve Claridge

Age 52
Stephen Edward Claridge is an English football pundit, coach and former player. He was a pundit for BBC Sport football shows including Football Focus and The Football League Show, until 2015 when he became both manager and a director at newly formed Salisbury.

Claridge played 124 times for Portsmouth scoring 37 goals between 1998 – 2001
1979

Sophie
Ellis-Bextor


Age 39
Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor is an English singer, songwriter and model. She first came to prominence in the late 1990s, as the lead singer of the indie rock band Theaudience. After the group disbanded, Ellis-Bextor went solo, achieving widespread success in the early 2000s. Her music is a mixture of mainstream pop, disco, nu-disco, and 1980s electronic influences.
1981

Liz McClarnon

Age 37
Elizabeth Margaret McClarnon is an English pop singer, songwriter, dancer and television presenter. She is a member of the girl group Atomic Kitten, with whom she has scored three number-one singles and also two number-one albums. In 2006 she went solo and the group reformed in 2012 as part of The Big Reunion, scoring a hit with a cover of Wizzard's "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday". McClarnon co-wrote several Atomic Kitten songs, including the UK Top 10 hits "See Ya", "I Want Your Love" and "Someone like Me".
1982

Chyler Leigh

Age 36
Chyler Leigh West, known professionally as Chyler Leigh, is an American actress, singer and model. She is best known for her portrayal of Janey Briggs in the comedy film Not Another Teen Movie (2001), Dr. Lexie Grey in the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy (2007–2012), and Alex Danvers in the CBS/CW superhero series Supergirl (2015–present), subsequently appearing in the other series that make up the Arrowverse.
1984

Mandy Moore

Age 34
Amanda Leigh "Mandy" Moore is an American singer-songwriter and actress. After coming to fame in 1999 with her debut single "Candy", which peaked at number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100, Moore signed with Epic Records. Her debut studio album, So Real (1999), went on to receive a platinum certification from the RIAA. The title single from her second studio album, I Wanna Be With You (2000), became Moore's first top 30 song in the U.S., peaking at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. As of 2009, Billboard reported that Moore has sold more than ten million albums worldwide. In 2012, Moore was ranked #96 on VH1's list of "100 Greatest Women in Music" as well as #63 on their "Sexiest Artists of All Time List".
1991

Amanda AJ Michalka

Age 27
Amanda Joy Michalka, often credited as simply AJ, is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and musician. She was a model before becoming an actress, and is best known as one-half of the duo Aly and AJ (formerly 78Violet) with her sister Aly Michalka. AJ recorded the theme song and accompanying music video for the film Secretariat, entitled "It's Who You Are." She also issued a single and video called "All I've Ever Needed" from her 2013 film Grace Unplugged. She has also had a successful acting career, and after two seasons in a recurring role as Lainey Lewis on the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs, she has been promoted to a regular role on the series for the third season onward.
1992

Daisy Ridley

Age 26
Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley is an English actress. She appeared in minor television roles and short films before being cast in the lead role of Rey in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). She portrayed Mary Debenham in Murder on the Orient Express, a 2017 film adaptation of Agatha Christie's detective novel.
1996

Audrey Whitby

Age 22

   
Audrey Whitby is an American actress. She is known for her many appearances on AwesomenessTV, and for her recurring roles as Audrey Vale on the Disney Channel Sonny with a Chance sketch comedy spinoff series So Random! and as Cherry on the Nickelodeon television comedy series The Thundermans.


Deaths



2000

Peter Jones

(Born: 12 Jun 1920)

Died Aged 79
Peter Geoffrey Francis Jones was an English actor, screenwriter and broadcaster.

He was the voice of The Book in the original radio series of Douglas AdamsHitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The creators had wanted someone with a "Peter Jonesy sort of voice" and after several rejections asked Jones himself. He reprised the role for the LP and the TV series. Jones narrated Douglas Adams's later radio series Last Chance to See, in a style similar to the earlier series.


On This Day   .   Audrey Whitby

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