Mar 182018

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1975 – Sutton Foster


Sutton Lenore Foster is an American actress, singer and dancer. She is known for her work on the Broadway stage, for which she has received two Tony Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, in 2002 for her role as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and in 2011 for her performance as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. Her other Broadway credits include Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein, Shrek the Musical, and Violet. On television, Foster played the lead role in the short-lived ABC Family comedy-drama Bunheads from 2012 to 2013. Since March 2015, she has starred in the TV Land comedy-drama Younger.

Age 43

1979 – Danneel Ackles

Danneel Harris (née Elta Danneel Graul), credited professionally since 2012 by her married name Danneel Ackles, is an American actress and model. She is known for her roles as Shannon McBain on the American daytime soap opera One Life to Live and as Rachel Gatina on the WB/CW television drama series One Tree Hill.

Age 39

1980 – Sophia Myles

Sophia Jane Myles is an English actress, best known in film for portraying Erika in Underworld (2003), Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward in the live-action Thunderbirds film, Isolde in Tristan & Isolde and Darcy in Transformers: Age of Extinction, and has received critical acclaim for her television work, particularly as Madame de Pompadour in the Doctor Who episode “The Girl in the Fireplace” and Beth Turner in Moonlight.

Age 38

1984 – Gary Roberts

Gareth Michael “Gary” Roberts is an English professional footballer who plays for Wigan Athletic as an attacking Midfielder.

Roberts has played in both the English football league system (playing in the Football League and Conference) as well as playing in the Welsh league, and has played in all three divisions of the Football League. Roberts was capped four times for England C when playing at semi-professional level.

Roberts played 80 times for Portsmouth scoring 20 goals between 2015 – 2017

Age 34

1989 – Lily Collins


Lily Jane Collins is a British-American actress, model, and writer. The daughter of English musician Phil Collins, and an American mother, Jill Tavelman, she was born in Surrey and moved to Los Angeles as a child. Her first screen role was at the age of two in the BBC series Growing Pains. She went on to study broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California and as a teenager, wrote for Seventeen magazine, Teen Vogue, and The Los Angeles Times. She was named International Model of the Year by Spain’s Glamour magazine after being selected by Chanel to wear one of their gowns at the Hotel de Crillon in 2007. In 2008, she was named Newest Red Carpet Correspondent and One to Watch in 2008.

Collins appeared as a guest star on the teen drama television series 90210 in 2009, followed by her feature film debut in the semi-biographical sports film The Blind Side. She had leading roles in the sci-fi action-horror film Priest (2011) and the psychological action-thriller film Abduction, and was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Sci-Fi/Fantasy for her role as Snow White in the fantasy film Mirror Mirror. She received wider recognition after taking on the role of Clary Fray in the fantasy film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The New York Times best-selling novel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, for which she was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Action and an MTV Movie Award.

Collins is also known for her roles in independent films, such as the romantic comedy-drama Stuck in Love (2012), the romantic comedy The English Teacher (2013), and the romantic comedy-drama Love, Rosie (2014). She won the New Hollywood Film Award and received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her role as Marla Mabrey in Rules Don’t Apply (2016). In 2017, her first book, Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me, was released to critical praise. In May 2017, Lily Collins and Marti Noxon were honoured at Project Heal for their movie To the Bone.

Age 29

2001 – Jada Facer

Jada Mae Facer is an American actress and singer. She is best known for playing the role of Joe’s daughter, Dani, on the sitcom Melissa & Joey from 2014 to 2015.

Age 17

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1977 – Amdy Faye

Amdy Moustapha Faye is a Senegalese former footballer who played as a defensive midfielder and could also play as a centre back.

Faye began his career with French clubs AS Monaco, ES Fréjus and Auxerre before moving to English Premier League side Portsmouth in August 2003 for a fee of £1.5 million. He spent a season and a half at Fratton Park before leaving for Newcastle United in January 2005 for £2 million. He then had spells with Charlton Athletic and Scottish side Rangers. He joined Stoke City in August 2008 and spent the 2008–09 season with the Potters. He ended his career with a short stay at Leeds United.

Faye played 52 times for Portsmouth between 003 – 2005

Age 41

1988 – Eoin Doyle

Eoin Doyle is an Irish professional footballer, currently playing for Oldham Athletic on loan from Preston North End.

Doyle has previously played for Chesterfield and Cardiff, as well as Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers in his native Ireland and Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League.

Doyle played 12 times for Portsmouth scoring 2 goals in 2017

Age 30

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1926 – Kenneth Williams

Kenneth Charles Williams was an English actor, best known for his comedy roles and in later life as a raconteur and diarist. He was one of the main ensemble in 26 of the 31 Carry On films, and appeared in many British television programmes and radio comedies, including series with Tony Hancock and Kenneth Horne.

Williams grew up in Central London to a working class family. He served in the Royal Engineers during World War II, where he first became interested in becoming an entertainer. After a short spell in repertory theatre as a serious actor, he turned to comedy and achieved national fame in Hancock’s Half Hour, appearing throughout the radio series’ run. He sustained continued success throughout the 1960s and ’70s with his regular appearances in Carry On films, and subsequently kept himself in the public eye with chat shows and other television work.

Though Williams was fondly regarded in the entertainment industry, he suffered from depression and found it hard to come to terms with his homosexuality, leading to his death in 1988 after an overdose. He kept a series of diaries throughout his life that achieved posthumous acclaim.

Died: 15 April 1988

Aged 62

1944 – Tucker Smallwood

Tucker Smallwood is an American actor, author and vocalist. Best known for his role in Space: Above and Beyond

Age 74

1953 – Nigel Planer

Nigel George Planer is an English actor, comedian, novelist and playwright who is best known for his role as Neil in the cult BBC comedy The Young Ones and as Ralph Filthy in Filthy Rich & Catflap. He has appeared in many West End musicals, including original casts of Evita, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Wicked, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He has also appeared in Hairspray. He won a BRIT award in 1984 and has been nominated for Olivier, TMA, What’s On Stage, and BAFTA awards.

Age 65

1959 – Kyle MacLachlan

Kyle Merritt MacLachlan is an American actor. MacLachlan is best known for his role as Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks (1990–1991; 2017) and its film prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), as well as roles in two of David Lynch’s films: Paul Atreides in Dune (1984) and Jeffrey Beaumont in Blue Velvet (1986). MacLachlan’s other film roles include Lloyd Gallagher in The Hidden (1987), Ray Manzarek in The Doors (1991), Clifford Vandercave in The Flintstones (1994), Zack Carey in Showgirls (1995), and the voice of Riley’s dad in Inside Out (2015).

He has had prominent roles in television shows including appearing as Trey MacDougal in Sex and the City (2000–2002), Orson Hodge in Desperate Housewives (2006–2012), The Captain in How I Met Your Mother (2010–2014), the Mayor of Portland in Portlandia (2011–2017) and Calvin Zabo in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014–2015).

MacLachlan has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1990), and was nominated in the same category in 2017, for playing the role of Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks. He has also been nominated for two Emmy Awards for Twin Peaks.

Age 59

1967 – Paul Cook

Paul Anthony Cook is an English professional football manager and former player who is the manager of League One club Wigan Athletic.

Cook played as a central midfielder during a playing career that spanned 23 years from 1983 until 2006, notably in the Premier League for Coventry City. He also played in the Football League for Wigan Athletic, Norwich City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tranmere Rovers, Stockport County and Burnley. He also played Non-league football for Marine and Accrington Stanley. He moved into management in 2006 with Southport and later Sligo Rovers. In February 2012, he returned to English management with Accrington before moving to Chesterfield in October of the same year. In May 2015, he was appointed manager of League Two outfit Portsmouth after a release clause was met in his Chesterfield contract. In May 2017, he was appointed manager of League One club Wigan Athletic.

Cook was Portsmouth manager between 2015 – 2017

Age 51

1968 – Jeri Ryan

Jeri Lynn Ryan (born Jeri Lynn Zimmermann) is an American actress best known for her role as the Borg Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager, for which she was nominated four times for a Saturn Award and won in 2001.

Ryan is also known for her role as Veronica “Ronnie” Cooke on Boston Public (2001–2004). She was a regular on the science fiction series Dark Skies (1997) and the legal drama series Shark (2006–2008). In 2009 she guest starred on the series Leverage as Tara Cole. From 2011 to 2013, she starred as Dr. Kate Murphy in the ABC drama series Body of Proof. In 2016, she began appearing as Veronica Allen on the Amazon Prime series Bosch.

Age 50

1969 – Shaka Hislop

Neil Shaka Hislop CM is a retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. The majority of his career was spent in the top division in England where he was a part of the Newcastle United team which finished second in the Premier League for two successive seasons under Kevin Keegan’s first tenure. Before this, he played for Reading where he was on the losing side in the 1st Division play-offs despite finishing second overall (which became an automatic promotion slot the following season). He later played for West Ham United on two separate occasions (receiving an FA Cup Runner-up medal during his second term in 2006) and also for Portsmouth (where he won the 1st Division in 2002/03).

Hislop was eligible to play for both England and Trinidad and Tobago. He initially played for the England U-21 team and was on the bench for a full International against Chile, but in the end opted to play for Trinidad and Tobago. A dispute with the national team ruled him out of contention for several years, but he returned to play and starred in the country’s first ever World Cup appearance in 2006.

Hislop is now working for sports news and broadcasting service ESPN where he is most often seen as a commentator on ESPN FC. He also regularly provides commentary on Eredivisie, Serie A, and Mexican Liga MX matches. He had also briefly worked as a goalkeeping coach for the football team at Quinnipiac University.

Hislop played 100 times for Portsmouth between 2002 – 2005

Age 49

1975 – Drew Barrymore

Drew Blythe Barrymore is an American actress, author, director, model and producer. She is a member of the Barrymore family of American stage and film actors, and a granddaughter of actor John Barrymore. Beginning as a child actress on television, she soon transitioned to feature films, including her biggest box office success, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

Following a highly publicized, turbulent childhood marked by drug and alcohol abuse with two stints in rehab, she released her autobiography, Little Girl Lost (1991). Barrymore appeared in a string of successful films, including Poison Ivy (1992), Scream (1996), and Ever After (1998). She is also known for co-starring with Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer (1998), 50 First Dates (2004) and Blended (2014).

In 1995, she and Nancy Juvonen formed a joint production company, Flower Films,[5] and it went on to produce several films in which Barrymore also starred, such as Never Been Kissed (1999), Charlie’s Angels (2000), Donnie Darko (2001) and her directorial debut Whip It! (2009). Barrymore won a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Grey Gardens (2009). She currently stars in the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet (2017).

Age 43

1982 – Dichen Lachman

Dichen Lachman is a Nepali-born Australian actress and producer of German and Tibetan descent. She appeared in the soap opera Neighbours as Katya Kinski and in Joss Whedon’s science fiction drama television series Dollhouse as Sierra. Lachman portrayed Suren in the American remake of Being Human as a main character during the show’s second season. Lachman has also starred in the 2014 film Lust for Love and had a recurring role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Jiaying, Skye’s Inhuman, ageless mother.

Age 36

1990 – Damien McCrory

Damien Paul McCrory is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a defender for EFL League One side Portsmouth, on loan from EFL Championship club Burton Albion.

First signing professional forms with Plymouth Argyle in 2008, he spent the next two years on loan at Port Vale and Grimsby Town, before joining Dagenham & Redbridge in 2010. He played for the “Daggers” in their victory in the 2010 League Two play-off final. He also won international caps for his country at under-18 and under-19 levels. In June 2012, he signed a two-year deal with Burton Albion. He helped Burton to the League Two title in 2014–15 and then to promotion out of League One in 2015–16. He joined Portsmouth on loan in August 2017.

McCrory played 3 times for Portsmouth in 2017

Age 28



2011 – Nicholas Courtney

Born: 16 December 1929

William Nicholas Stone Courtney was a British actor, most famous for playing Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who.

Director Douglas Camfield originally considered Courtney for the role of Richard the Lionheart in the Doctor Who serial The Crusade (1965), a role that ultimately went to Julian Glover. Camfield made sure to keep Courtney in mind for future casting, however. Courtney would make his first appearance in the series, when Camfield cast him in the 1965 serial The Daleks’ Master Plan, where he played Space Security Agent Bret Vyon opposite William Hartnell as the Doctor.

Camfield liked Courtney’s performance, and when the director was assigned the 1968 serial The Web of Fear, he cast Courtney as Captain Knight. However, when David Langton gave up the role of Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart to work elsewhere, Camfield recast Captain Knight and gave the part to Courtney instead. The Lethbridge-Stewart character returned in the next season in “The Invasion”, promoted to the rank of brigadier, and in charge of British contingent of UNIT. The organisation had been charged with protecting the Earth from alien invasion. Years later actor and writer Ian Marter (who played UNIT medical officer Harry Sullivan alongside Tom Baker) named a Russian military base used in The Invasion, but unnamed on screen, “Nykortny” in his novelisation of the story.

Courtney has played Lethbridge-Stewart, either on television or in spin-off audio plays, alongside every subsequent Doctor up to and including Paul McGann, as well as substitute First Doctor Richard Hurndall. He did not act in the revived series, although he did so in the spin-off, The Sarah Jane Adventures and appeared in archival footage in Doctor Who proper. While he has acted with Tenth Doctor actor David Tennant in the Big Finish audio dramas Sympathy for the Devil and UNIT: The Wasting, Tennant was playing a different character, Colonel Ross Brimmicombe-Wood, on both occasions.

Following Courtney’s death, Lethbridge-Stewart was written out as having died roughly concurrently with him. Gone but far from forgotten, the Brigadier cast a long shadow across the series’s golden anniversary episode, “The Day of the Doctor”, being referred no fewer than five times and quoted once; and, with a prominent close-up of his archival portrait, Courtney is the only individual to appear in all the Doctor Who anniversary stories prior to “The Day of the Doctor”.

Died Aged 81

2018 – Billy Wilson

Born: 10 July 1946

Billy Wilson was an English footballer who played professionally in England for 15 years before retiring to run The Pompey public house just outside Fratton Park. Born in Seaton Delaval Wilson was a tough tackling left back who made nearly 250 league appearances for the Ewood Park club. An ever-present during their 1967-68 and 69-70 campaigns he was part of a close knit defence that lived far more modest lives than today’s top stars .

In January 1972 he moved to Portsmouth F.C for £25,000 and promptly scored his first league goal. He was to be a regular for four seasons until he lost his place to Keith Viney during the 1976/77 campaign, after which he was very much more of a squad player.

Wilson played 219 times for Portsmouth scoring 6 goals between 1972 – 1979

Died Aged 71

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1946 – Alan Rickman

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director known for playing a variety of roles on stage and on screen. Rickman trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in modern and classical theatre productions.

His first big television role came in 1982, but his big break was as the Vicomte de Valmont in the stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman gained wider notice for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988) and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series.

Rickman’s other film roles included the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), for which he received the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Jamie in Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991), Colonel Brandon in Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility (1995), the title character in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996), which won him a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, Harry in Love Actually (2003), P.L. O’Hara in An Awfully Big Adventure (1995), Dr. Alfred Blalock in the Emmy-winning HBO film Something the Lord Made (2004), Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest (1999), and Judge Turpin in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007).

His final film roles are as Lieutenant General Frank Benson in the thriller Eye in the Sky (2015), and the voice of Absolem, the caterpillar in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016).

Died: 14 January 2016

Aged 69

1978 – Helen Marnie

Helen Marnie is a Scottish musician, known as the lead vocalist and one of the keyboardists and songwriters of the electronic band Ladytron. In 2012, she started a solo career as Marnie and released her debut solo album Crystal World on 11 June 2013. Her second solo album, Strange Words and Weird Wars, was released on 2 June 2017.

Age 40

1979 – Jennifer Love Hewitt


Jennifer Love Hewitt is an American actress, singer, songwriter, producer and director. Hewitt began her career as a child actress and singer, appearing in national television commercials before joining the cast of the Disney Channel series Kids Incorporated (1989–1991) as well as performing as a backup singer before recording her debut studio album at the age of 12, Love Songs (1992), which was released exclusively in Japan. Hewitt received her breakthrough role as Sarah Reeves Merrin on the Fox teen drama Party of Five (1995–1999), and rose to fame as a teen star for her role as Julie James in the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) and its 1998 sequel.

Hewitt released her second and third studio albums with Atlantic Records, Let’s Go Bang (1995) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (1996), both of which saw little commercial success. Thereafter, she starred alongside Sigourney Weaver in the romantic comedy film Heartbreakers (2001) and alongside Jackie Chan in the action comedy film The Tuxedo (2002). Hewitt released her fourth studio album and most recent to date with Jive Records in 2002, BareNaked, which became her first album to chart in the United States, peaking at number 37 on the Billboard 200 chart. Her most successful single on the Billboard Hot 100 was the 1999 release “How Do I Deal”, which peaked at number 59.

From 2005 to 2010, Hewitt starred as Melinda Gordon on the CBS supernatural drama Ghost Whisperer, for which she received two Saturn Awards in 2007 and 2008. She later starred on the Lifetime drama series The Client List from 2012 to 2013, and was previously nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the pilot film. From 2014 to 2015, she starred as Special Agent Kate Callahan on the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. In addition to acting, she has served as a producer on some of her film and television projects. Hewitt was identified as the “number one reader choice” on the November 1999 and May 2009 covers of Maxim magazine. TV Guide named her the sexiest woman on television in 2008.

Age 39

1980 – Elize du Toit

Elize du Toit is a South African-born British actress best known for playing the role of Izzy Davies in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks from 2000 to 2004, with a brief return in 2007.

Age 38

1983 – Katie McGrath

Katie McGrath is an Irish actress. In television, she is best known for portraying Morgana on the BBC One series Merlin (2008–2012), Lucy Westenra on the British-American series Dracula (2013–2014), Sarah Bennett in the first season of the Canadian horror anthology series Slasher (2016), and currently portrays Lena Luthor, in the American superhero series Supergirl (2016–present). In film, she starred as Lady Thelma Furness in the drama film W.E. (2011) and Zara Young in the science fiction adventure film Jurassic World (2015).

Age 35

1986 – Charlotte Church

Charlotte Maria Church (born Charlotte Maria Reed) is a Welsh singer-songwriter, actress, television presenter and political activist.

She rose to fame in childhood as a classical singer before branching into pop music in 2005. By 2007, she had sold more than 10 million records worldwide including over 5 million in the United States. In 2010, she was reported to be worth as much as £11m (though one 2003 report quoted her worth at £25m). She hosted a Channel 4 chat show titled The Charlotte Church Show. Church released her first album in five years, titled Back to Scratch, on 17 October 2010. Church is a soprano.

Age 32

1987 – Tuppence Middleton


Tuppence Middleton is an English actress. She was nominated for the London Evening Standard Film Awards 2010 for Most Promising Newcomer. Since 2015, she portrays Riley Blue in the Netflix webseries Sense8.

She has appeared in feature films such as Tormented (2009), Chatroom (2010), Cleanskin (2012), Trance (2013), The Lady Vanishes (2013), The Imitation Game (2014), and Jupiter Ascending (2015), as well as in television series such as Bones (2008), New Tricks (2010), Friday Night Dinner (2011), Sinbad (2012), Spies of Warsaw (2013), Black Mirror (2013), and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (2017).

She starred in two British period dramas screened around the same time, Dickensian (2015–16), playing Miss Havisham, and War & Peace (2016), in which she played Russian princess and villain Hélène Kuragina.

Age 31

1988 – Danny Rose

Daniel Stephen Rose is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Portsmouth. He also captained the England C team in 2012.

A former captain of Manchester United Reserves, he joined Oxford United in 2007 following a four-month loan spell. He switched to Newport County the following year, and helped Newport to the Conference South title in 2009–10. He was sold to Fleetwood Town in January 2012, and was part of the side that won the Conference Premier title in 2011–12, before returning to Oxford in June 2013.

Age 30

1994 – Hayley Orrantia


Sarah Hayley Orrantia known professionally as Hayley Orrantia, is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for portraying Erica Goldberg on the ABC comedy series The Goldbergs. She was a member of Lakoda Rayne, a country-pop girl group assembled by Paula Abdul during the first season of The X Factor.

Age 24

1996 – Sophie Turner


Sophie Turner is an English actress. Turner made her professional acting debut as Sansa Stark on the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–present), which brought her international recognition.

Turner has also starred in the television film The Thirteenth Tale (2013) and she made her feature film debut in Another Me (2013). She has also starred in the action comedy Barely Lethal (2015) and portrays a young Jean Grey / Phoenix in the X-Men film series.

Age 22


2004 – Les Gray

Born: 09 April 1946

Thomas Leslie “Les” Gray was an English musician best known for his work with glam rock pop band Mud. Gray was also known for his distinctive vocal impersonation of Elvis Presley.

Gray was born in Carshalton, Surrey. He was a self-taught musician, and during his school years, he played trumpet with a jazz band, and then, with a younger brother, went on to form the skiffle unit, The Mourners. After leaving school he worked for Pearl & Dean, writing commercials, and later for Moss Bros before finding success with Mud.

With a few line-up changes, The Mourners evolved into Mud in February 1966, with Gray on vocals, Dave Mount on drums, Rob Davis on guitar, and Ray Stiles on bass, and won the Search for Sound song contest the same year. After a few unsuccessful singles including “Flower Power”, they were signed to Mickie Most’s RAK record label, and gained television exposure via an appearance on The Basil Brush Show. They toured in support of Tom Jones in 1973. Mud had a string of hits written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, including two which topped the UK Singles Chart in 1974, “Lonely This Christmas”, and “Tiger Feet”, and a chart topping cover of “Oh, Boy!” (originally performed by Buddy Holly). They disbanded in 1979.

Gray had a Top 40 solo hit (#32) in 1977 with his cover version of “A Groovy Kind of Love.” He later toured with backing musicians under the name ‘Les Gray’s Mud’, but never found the same level of success as he had enjoyed with the original outfit.

Died Aged 57

On This Day   .   Jennifer Love Hewitt   .   Tuppence Middleton   .   Sophie Turner

Feb 182018

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1943 – Graeme Garden

David Graeme Garden OBE is a British comedian, actor, author, artist and television presenter, best known as a member of The Goodies and for being a cast member on I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.

Age 75

1984 – Genelle Williams

Genelle Williams is a Canadian actress, who is best known for her roles as Kim Carlisle in Radio Free Roscoe, as DJ in The Latest Buzz, and as the innkeeper Leena in Warehouse 13.

Age 34

1992 – Kal Naismith

Kal Naismith is a Scottish footballer who plays for Portsmouth as a winger.

A Rangers youth graduate, Naismith made his breakthrough into the first team in the 2012–13 season, after loan spells at Cowdenbeath and Partick Thistle. He has represented Scotland at under-16 and under-17 level. He plays either as an out and out striker, as a winger or in an attacking midfield position. His main attributes are his ball control and skill.

Age 26


1993 – Jacqueline Hill

Born: 17 December 1929

Grace Jacqueline Hill was a British actress known for her role as Barbara Wright in the BBC science-fiction television series Doctor Who. As the history teacher of Susan Foreman, the Doctor’s granddaughter, Barbara was the first Doctor Who companion to appear on-screen in 1963, with Hill speaking the series’ first words. She played the role for nearly two years, leaving the series in 1965 at the same time as fellow actor William Russell (who played the companion Ian Chesterton).

Hill returned to Doctor Who in 1980 for an appearance in the serial Meglos, as the Tigellan priestess Lexa.

Died Aged 63

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1957 – Levar Burton

Levardis Robert Martyn “LeVar” Burton Jr. is an American actor, presenter, director and author. He is best known for his roles as the host of the long-running PBS children’s series Reading Rainbow, Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the young Kunta Kinte in the 1977 award-winning ABC television miniseries Roots. He has also directed a number of television episodes for various iterations of Star Trek, among other programs.

Age 61

1957 – Malcolm Shotton

Malcolm Shotton is an English former professional footballer and manager. He was on the books of Leicester City as an apprentice but failed to make the break into senior football there. He played for Atherstone United and Nuneaton Borough in non-league football before signing for Oxford United in 1980. He formed a notable defensive partnership with Gary Briggs and went on to become captain of the side as they rose from Division Three to Division One. His finest moment as captain was lifting the Milk Cup at Wembley Stadium in April 1986. At the end of the following season he was transferred to Portsmouth. He later played for Huddersfield Town, Barnsley, Hull City and Ayr United and, after his playing career ended, served as assistant manager at Barnsley.

In 1998 he returned to Oxford as manager, replacing Malcolm Crosby. His appointment was popular and initially successful, as he led the team out of relegation danger to a creditable 12th-place finish in Division One. However, United were relegated to Division Two at the end of the following season, and Shotton resigned in October 1999, with the club in serious danger of a second successive relegation.

Shotton later served as assistant manager at Bradford City, Director of Football at Loughborough University and manager of Barnsley College Academy Team.

Shotton plaued 12 times for Portsmouth in 1987

Age 61

1958 – David Crown

David Ian Crown is a retired English professional football forward who played in the Football League, most notably for Cambridge United and Southend United. He also played for Reading, Gillingham, Brentford, Portsmouth and Exeter City. He later player-managed Purfleet in non-league football and after retiring, was assistant manager at former club Southend United.

Crown played 31 times for Portsmouth scoring 3 goals between 1981 – 1982

Age 60

1964 – Christopher Eccleston

Christopher Eccleston is an English actor. He is known for portraying the Ninth Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who and Matt Jamison in the American drama series The Leftovers on HBO. He has also appeared on stage and in films such as Let Him Have It, Shallow Grave, Jude, Elizabeth, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Others, 28 Days Later, The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, and Thor: The Dark World. Other British television series he has appeared in include Cracker, Fortitude, and The Shadow Line. More recently, Eccleston is starring in the 2016 drama The A Word about a young boy with autism, in which he plays the boy’s grandfather. Series 2 began airing in November 2017. The show also airs in the U.S. on SundanceTV; season 2 also began airing in November 2017.

Age 54

1989 – Elizabeth Olsen


Elizabeth Chase Olsen is an American actress. Her breakthrough came in 2011 when she starred in the independent thriller drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, for which she was nominated for the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress and Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, among other awards. She subsequently starred in the films Silent House (2011), Liberal Arts (2012), Oldboy (2013), Godzilla (2014), I Saw the Light (2015), and Wind River (2017). Since 2014, she has portrayed Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Age 29

1997 – Conor Chaplin

Conor Mark Chaplin is an English professional footballer who plays for Portsmouth of the EFL League One as a striker or winger.

Age 21

2001 – Chloe East


Chloe East is an American actress and dancer. She stars in the 2017 ABC television series Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.

Age 17

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Jan 312018

Kyle Bennett

Mutual Consent

Portsmouth Football Club can announce that Kyle Bennett has left the club by mutual consent

The 27-year-old winger netted 13 goals in 117 appearances after signing from Doncaster in the summer of 2015.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “We have a number of wide players available in our squad and Kyle wasn’t getting the game-time that he wanted.

“But we wish him all the best in his future endeavours and thank him for everything that he’s done for Portsmouth Football Club.”

Bennett scored six times last season as Pompey secured the League Two title, finding the target in the 6-1 rout of Cheltenham on the final day.

Portsmouth FC

Jan 312018

Milan Lalkovic

Mutual Consent

Portsmouth Football Club can announce that Milan Lalkovic has left the club by mutual consent.

The 25-year-old Slovakian winger netted one goal in 18 appearances after joining Pompey from Walsall in the summer of 2016.

He featured in a 1-1 draw with his former club at the start of the current campaign, but has recently been sidelined with an Achilles problem.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “Milan has been unfortunate with injuries this season, but has been nothing but professional since I’ve been working with him.

“We have a number of options in that area of the pitch, so we felt it best for both parties if he moved on.

“But we thank Milan for all his efforts and wish him well in the next stage of his football career.”

Lalkovic began his career with Chelsea and spent the second half of last season on loan at Scottish side Ross County.

Portsmouth FC

Jan 072018

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1971 – Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Lee Renner is an American actor. He appeared largely in independent films, such as Dahmer (2002) and Neo Ned (2005). Renner appeared in supporting roles in bigger films, such as S.W.A.T. (2003) and 28 Weeks Later (2007). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his much-praised performance in The Town (2010).

Renner was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Hurt Locker (2008), and he played Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016). He also appeared in commercially successful films, such as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), The Bourne Legacy (2012), Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013), American Hustle (2013), Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) and Arrival (2016).

Age 47

1980 – Zoe Salmon

Zöe Salmon is a Northern Irish television presenter who hosted the children’s television programme Blue Peter from 23 December 2004 to 25 June 2008. She also appeared on Dancing on Ice in early 2009. She was the winner of Miss Northern Ireland 1999.

Age 38

1982 – Paul Robinson

Paul Mark James Robinson is an English professional footballer who plays for AFC Wimbledon in League One as a centre back.

Robinson played 38 times for Portsmouth scoring 2 goals between 2014 – 2015

Age 36

1987 – Lyndsy Fonseca


Lyndsy Marie Fonseca is an American actress. She began her career by appearing as Colleen Carlton on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless, on which she starred between 2001 and 2005. Thereafter, she had a series of other recurring roles, including Penny Mosby on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, Donna on HBO’s Big Love, and Dylan Mayfair on the fourth season of the ABC television series Desperate Housewives.

From 2010 to 2013, Fonseca starred as Alex Udinov on The CW’s Nikita and Angie Martinelli on ABC’s Marvel’s Agent Carter from 2015 to 2016. Fonseca has also appeared in a variety of film roles, including Jenny Steadmeyer in Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) and Katie Deauxma in Kick-Ass (2010) and its 2013 sequel.

Age 31

1991 – Adam Barton

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Barton played 25 times for Portsmouth between 2015 – 2016

Age 27

2000 – Kerri Medders

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Age 18

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1982 – Carl Baker

Carl Paul Baker is an English footballer who plays as a winger or as an attacking midfielder for Indian Super League club ATK.

He has made over 450 professional career appearances in the Football League and Conference as well as domestic cup competitions, including 160 appearances for Coventry City.

Baker played 50 times for Portsmouth scoring 9 goals between 2016 – 2017

Age 35

1982 – Noel Hunt

Noel Hunt is an Irish footballer, who plays as a striker for Wigan Athletic. He began his career in Ireland with Shamrock Rovers, also playing for Waterford United on loan. He moved to Scotland in 2003, where he played for Dunfermline Athletic and Dundee United. He has played in England since 2008, with spells at Reading, Leeds United, Ipswich Town and Southend United prior to joining Portsmouth in 2016.

Hunt has also represented the Republic of Ireland national team. Having previously played at under-21 and B international level, he won three full caps between 2008 and 2009. His brother, Stephen Hunt, is also an Irish international footballer.

Hunt played 26 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 2016 – 2017

Age 35

1982 – Roxanne Pallett

Roxanne Pallett is an English actress and singer. She is best known for playing the role of Jo Sugden in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 2005 to 2009. She was crowned the winner of Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes (2006), Soapstar Superstar (2006) and Dancing on Ice (2009), has won critical acclaim for numerous stage roles in theatre and is known as a Scream Queen for starring in several horror films, including Lake Placid 3 (2010), Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort (2014) and Devil’s Tower (2014) and the art-house film Habit (2016).

Age 35

1991 – Eden Sher

Eden Rebecca Sher is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Sue Heck on the ABC comedy series The Middle, which she won the 2013 Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and as Star Butterfly on the Disney XD original animated series Star vs. the Forces of Evil.

Age 26

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1952 – Jenny Agutter

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After returning to Britain in the early 1990s to pursue family life, Agutter shifted her focus to television, and in 2000 she appeared in a new television adaptation of The Railway Children, this time taking on the role of the mother. Since then she has worked steadily in several British television dramas, including Spooks (2002–03), and Call the Midwife (2012–present).

Age 65

1970 – Nicole de Boer

Nicole de Boer is a Canadian actress. She is known for starring in the cult film Cube as Joan Leaven, playing Ezri Dax on the final season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1998–1999), and as Sarah Bannerman on the series The Dead Zone (2002–2007).

Age 47

1979 – David Forde

David Forde is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for League Two club Cambridge United. Internationally, Forde plays for the Republic of Ireland and was part of the team’s 23-man squad for the 2012 European Championships. In 2013, he became the oldest player to make their competitive debut for the Republic of Ireland, when he played against Sweden at the age of 33.

Forde started his career with his hometown club Galway United in 1999. After two seasons with Galway, he moved to Welsh League Champions Barry Town and from there to West Ham United. Forde failed to make a first team appearance for West Ham, and after loan spells with Derry City and Barnet he returned to Ireland on a permanent basis, playing with Galway United and then Derry City. In 2007 Forde returned to the English leagues, joining Championship side Cardiff City. During his time with Cardiff, Forde made loan moves to Luton Town and Bournemouth. In 2008, he moved to Millwall, for whom he has made more professional appearances than all his previous clubs together. In 2016, after eight seasons with Millwall, Forde went out on loan to Portsmouth in League Two.

Forde played 47 times for Portsmouth between 2016 – 2017

Age 38

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1941 – Beau Bridges

Lloyd Vernet “Beau” Bridges III is an American actor and director. He is a three-time Emmy, two-time Golden Globe and one-time Grammy Award winner. He is also a two-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee. Bridges was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 7, 2003 at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard for his contributions to the television industry. He is the son of actor Lloyd Bridges and elder brother of fellow actor Jeff Bridges.

Age 76

1952 – Michael Dorn

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From his first appearance in the series premiere episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Encounter at Farpoint”, to his last in Star Trek: Nemesis, Dorn has appeared more times as a regular cast member than any other Star Trek actor in the franchise’s history, spanning five films and 272 television episodes. He also appeared as Worf’s ancestor, Colonel Worf, in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Following the end of his Star Trek career, Dorn had supporting roles in a number of independent feature films, including Shadow Hours (2000), Lessons for an Assassin (2001), and the Santa Clause trilogy, in which he appeared in a cameo role as “The Sandman”.

Age 65

1980 – Simon Helberg

Simon Maxwell Helberg is an American actor, comedian, and musician, best known for his role as Howard Wolowitz in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory (2007–), for which he won a Critics’ Choice Television Award in 2013.

Helberg has appeared on the sketch comedy series MADtv and is also known for his role as Moist in Joss Whedon’s web miniseries Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008). He has further performed in films such as Old School (2003), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) and A Serious Man (2009). For portraying Cosmé McMoon in Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.

Age 37

1989 – Elle Evans

Elle Evans (born Lindsey Gayle Evans) is an American model and actress who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She is most notable for her appearance in Robin Thicke’s music video “Blurred Lines” featuring Pharrell Williams. She is also one of the faces of NYX Cosmetics.

Age 28

1992 – Milan Lalkovic

Milan Lalkovič is a Slovak professional footballer who plays as a winger for Football League One club Portsmouth.

Age 25

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