Apr 102018
 

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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

Apr 012018
 

On This Day


Births



1930

Grace Lee Whitney

(Died: 01 May 2015)

Aged 85
Grace Lee Whitney was an American actress and singer. She was known for her role as Janice Rand on the original Star Trek television series and subsequent Star Trek television series and films.
1947

Robin Scott

Age 71
Robin Edmond Scott is an English singer and founder of a music project he called M. His career encompasses four decades.
1950

Billy Currie

Age 68
William Lee "BillyCurrie is an English violist, violinist, pianist, keyboardist, and songwriter. He is best known for his work with new wave band Ultravox, who achieved their greatest commercial success in the 1980s.
1960

Michael Praed

Age 58
Michael Praed (born Michael David Prince) is a British actor, probably best known for his role as Robin of Loxley (Robin Hood) in the British television series Robin of Sherwood, which attained cult status worldwide in the 1980s. He was recognised for his role as Prince Michael of Moldavia on the American primetime soap Dynasty, Phileas Fogg in The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne, and various films. He is also known in the UK for his stage work (in musicals and drama) and lately for his narrations. He has been the regular narrator for BBC's history programme Timewatch since 2003. In July 2009, he starred as Captain Von Trapp in the UK National Tour of The Sound of Music.
1964

Ian Baird

Age 54
Ian James Baird is a former professional footballer whose most notable spells were at Leeds United. During his first period at the club he spent a season as captain. He won a player of the year award in his second stint in West Yorkshire, as well as a Second Division Championship medal (following his departure). He played as a striker. He is currently head coach at Sutton United.

Baird played 22 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 1987 – 1988
1973

Kris Marshall

Age 45
Kristopher Marshall is an English actor. He has played Nick Harper in My Family, Colin Frissell in the 2003 film Love Actually, Adam in BT Retail adverts from 2005 until 2011, and Dave in the first series of Citizen Khan (2012). He played DI Humphrey Goodman in Death in Paradise, taking over the role April 2013 for the show's third series and leaving it in February 2017 in the sixth series.
1981

Hannah Spearritt

Age 37
Hannah Louise Spearritt is an English actress and singer. She is an original member of the pop group S Club 7 from 1999 until they split in 2003. In November 2014, the group announced plans for an arena reunion tour, Bring It All Back 2015, which toured the UK in May 2015. Spearritt is also known for playing the role of Abby Maitland in the drama Primeval.
1998

Alex Bass

Age 20
Alexander Michael "Alex" Bass is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper, for Portsmouth.


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1918 – Roger Delgado

Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado Torres Castillo Roberto was a British actor, best known as the first actor to play the Master in Doctor Who.

Died: 18 June 1973

Age 55


1943 – Bobby Kellard

Robert Sydney William Kellard is an English former professional footballer. He represented England at youth level.

Kellard played 176 times for Portsmouth scoring 18 goals between 1966 – 1974

Age 75


1945 – Dirk Benedict

Dirk Benedict (born Dirk Niewoehner) is an American movie, television and stage actor and author. He is best known for playing the characters Lieutenant Templeton “Faceman” Peck in The A-Team television series and Lieutenant Starbuck in the original Battlestar Galactica film and television series. He is the author of Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy and And Then We Went Fishing.

Age 73


1973 – Tom Curtis

Thomas David Curtis is an English retired professional footballer who is currently academy manager at Bristol Rovers.

Curtis played 15 times for Portsmouth between 2000 – 2002

Age 45


1975 – Tara Blaise

Tara Blaise is an Irish female pop, folk, and rock singer. The eldest of six children, Blaise was born in London, but at the age of three moved with her family to Ireland and grew up in Aughrim County Wicklow.

Age 43


1978 – Jensen Ackles

Jensen Ross Ackles is an American actor and director. He is known for his roles in television as Dean Winchester on The CW horror fantasy series Supernatural, Eric Brady in Days of Our Lives, which earned him several Daytime Emmy Award nominations, as well as Alec/X5-494 in Dark Angel and Jason Teague in Smallville. He also starred as the lead in the box office success My Bloody Valentine 3D and portrayed Jason Todd in the popular animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood.

Age 40


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1925 – Richard Burton

Richard Burton, CBE (born Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.; 10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a Welsh actor who was noted for his mellifluous baritone voice. Burton established himself as a formidable Shakespearean actor in the 1950s, and he gave a memorable performance of Hamlet in 1964. He was called “the natural successor to Olivier” by critic and dramaturge Kenneth Tynan. An alcoholic, Burton’s failure to live up to those expectations disappointed critics and colleagues and fueled his legend as a great thespian wastrel.

Burton was nominated for an Academy Award seven times, but never won an Oscar. He was a recipient of BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and Tony Awards for Best Actor. In the mid-1960s, Burton ascended into the ranks of the top box office stars, and by the late 1960s was one of the highest-paid actors in the world, receiving fees of $1 million or more plus a share of the gross receipts. Burton remains closely associated in the public consciousness with his second wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor. The couple’s turbulent relationship was rarely out of the news.

Died: 5 August 1984

Aged 58


1959 – Billy Gilbert

William Albert “Billy” Gilbert is an English former footballer, born in Lewisham, London, who made more than 400 appearances in the Football League playing as a defender for Crystal Palace, Portsmouth, Colchester United and Maidstone United. He won 11 caps for England at under-21 level.

Gilbert played 167 times for Portsmouth between 1984 – 1989

Age 58


1964 – Guy Whittingham

Guy Whittingham is an English former professional footballer and a manager. He was caretaker manager of Football League Two side Portsmouth from November 2012 until April 2013 when he took the role on a permanent basis before being sacked by Portsmouth in November 2013. On the 13th December 2013, he was appointed assistant manager at Crawley Town.

As a player, he was a striker from 1988 until 2005, notably in the Premier League for Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday. Having started his career with non-league Yeovil Town he went on to play in the Football League for Portsmouth, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Watford, Peterborough United, Oxford United and Wycombe Wanderers. He amassed over 450 appearances throughout his career.

Whittingham played 226 times for Portsmouth scoring 115 goals between 1989 – 2000

Age 53


1973 – Patrik Berger

Patrik Berger is a retired Czech footballer who played as a midfielder. He started his career in his own country with Slavia Prague and spent a season in Germany playing for Borussia Dortmund. He moved to England in 1996, where he spent seven years with Liverpool, winning six trophies in his time there. This was followed by spells at Portsmouth, Aston Villa and Stoke City. He spent the last two years of his career back in his native Czech Republic playing for Sparta Prague.

Internationally, Berger played in two major tournaments for the Czech Republic. He played an important part in his nation’s Euro 1996 campaign, scoring in the final as the Czech Republic finished runners-up to Germany. He took a 17-month break from the national team between 1997 and 1998 after a dispute with manager Dušan Uhrin, returning to the setup following Uhrin’s departure from the post. His second and final major tournament was Euro 2000, but due to suspension and his country’s early exit, he only played one game. He retired from the national team in 2002 at the age of 28 with a total of 44 senior international caps and 18 goals.

Capable of occupying midfield and forward positions, Berger became noted for his powerful strikes, surging runs, and strong left foot. Berger was beset with injuries throughout his career and received specialist treatment in the United States. He retired on 6 January 2010 due to knee injuries.

Berger played 60 times for Portsmouth scoring 8 goals between 2003 – 2005

Age 44


1994 – Zoey Deutch

Zoey Francis Thompson Deutch is an American actress. She is known for portraying Rosemarie “Rose” Hathaway in Vampire Academy (2014), Beverly in the Richard Linklater film Everybody Wants Some!! (2016), Stephanie Fleming in Why Him? (2016), Samantha Kingston in Before I Fall (2017) and Erica Vandross in Flower (2017). Her other film roles include Beautiful Creatures (2013), Good Kids (2016) and Dirty Grandpa (2016).

Age 23


1999 – Kiernan Shipka

    

Kiernan Brennan Shipka is an American actress. She is known for playing Sally Draper on the AMC series Mad Men.

Age 18


2000 – Mackenzie Foy

    

Mackenzie Christine Foy is an American model and actress. She is known for appearing as Renesmee Cullen in the 2012 film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which earned her a Young Artist Award nomination as Best Supporting Young Actress in a Feature Film, and for her role as the young Murphy in the 2014 space epic Interstellar, for which she received critical acclaim, a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor, and several other awards nominations. She is also known to play Cindy Perron in James Wan’s The Conjuring.

Age 17


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Births


            


1938 – Derek Jacobi

Sir Derek George Jacobi, CBE is an English actor and stage director.

A “forceful, commanding stage presence”, Jacobi has enjoyed a successful stage career, appearing in such stage productions as Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, and Oedipus the King. He has twice been awarded a Laurence Olivier Award, first for his performance of the eponymous hero in Cyrano de Bergerac in 1983 and the second for his Malvolio in Twelfth Night in 2009. He also received a Tony Award for his performance in Much Ado About Nothing in 1984 and a Primetime Emmy Award in 1988 for The Tenth Man. His stage work includes playing Octavius Caesar, Edward II, Richard III and Thomas Becket.

Age 79


1971 – Adrian Whitbread

Adrian Richard Whitbread is an English manager and former professional footballer.

He played for Leyton Orient, Swindon Town, West Ham United, Portsmouth and Reading before retiring from playing due to a persistent knee injury. After his playing career ended, Whitbread became a coach. He had spells as assistant manager at Barnet, Brentford, Milton Keynes Dons and Leicester City. He has also coached overseas for Puerto Rico Islanders and Carolina Railhawks where he was head coach and for Antigua Barracuda FC, the Bahrain FA U23 Squad and Olympic team. Whitbread has frequently worked under the managership of Martin Allen as he is in his current first-team coach role at Barnet.

Whitbread played 158 times for Portsmouth scoring 3 goals between 1995 – 2000

Age 46


1992 – Caolan Lavery

Caolan Owen Lavery is a Canadian-born Northern Irish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Sheffield United. He has played in the English Football League for Sheffield Wednesday, and on loan at Southend United, Plymouth Argyle and Chesterfield. He has represented both Canada and Northern Ireland at youth international level, and is one of only a small number of footballers to have played for both Sheffield clubs.

Lavery played 13 times for Portsmouth scoring 4 goals between 2015 – 2016

Age 25


1992 – Carrie Hope Fletcher

   

Carrie Hope Fletcher is an English singer, songwriter, actress (primarily in musical theatre), author and vlogger from Harrow.

As a child, Fletcher played small roles on television and appeared in musical theatre in London’s West End. In 2011, she started a YouTube channel called Carrie Hope Fletcher (formerly ItsWayPastMyBedTime), which features music and vlogs. As of September 2017, she has over 648,000 subscribers.

Fletcher played Éponine in Les Misérables in the West End until 13 February 2016. In 2015 she published a book called: All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully, which was a Number 1 bestseller in the UK. Her debut novel On the Other Side was released on 14 July 2016. Her second novel All That She Can See was released on the 13th July 2017.

Age 25


Deaths



1992 – Cleavon Little

Born: 01 June 1939

Cleavon Jake Little was an American stage, film, and television actor. He began his career in the late 1960s on the stage. In 1970, he starred in the Broadway production of Purlie, for which he earned both a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award. His first leading television role was that of the irreverent Dr. Jerry Noland on the ABC sitcom Temperatures Rising (1972–1974). Shortly before the program’s conclusion, Little gave what has become his signature performance, portraying Sheriff Bart in the Mel Brooks comedy film Blazing Saddles (1974).

In the 1980s, Little continued to appear in stage productions, films, and in guest spots on television series. In 1989, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for his appearance on the NBC sitcom Dear John. He later starred on the Fox sitcom True Colors (1991–1992).

Died Aged 53


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