Dec 282017
 

On This Day


Births


                


1932 – Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols is an American actress, singer and voice artist. She sang with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton before turning to acting. Her most famous role is that of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the popular Star Trek television series (1966–1969), as well as the succeeding motion pictures, where her character was eventually promoted in Starfleet to the rank of commander.

Nichols’ Star Trek character, one of the first African American female characters on American television not portrayed as a servant, was groundbreaking in U.S. society. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. asked her to remain when she considered leaving the series.

Age 85


1938 – Frank Kelly

Francis O’Kelly better known by his stage name of Frank Kelly, was an Irish actor, singer and writer, whose career covered television, radio, theatre, music, screenwriting and film. He played Father Jack Hackett in the Channel Four sitcom Father Ted, and was also the son of the cartoonist Charles E. Kelly.

Died: 28 February 2016

Aged 77


1976 – Brendan Hines

Brendan Patrick Hines is an American actor and singer-songwriter. He has had a number of television roles, including as part of the main cast of Lie to Me as well as recurring roles in Scandal, Betrayal, Suits, Scorpion, Secrets and Lies and is currently part of the cast of Amazon Video’s The Tick. Hines has also had leading roles in a handful of films, and released three albums.

Age 41


1980 – Lomana LuaLua

Trésor Lomana LuaLua is a Congolese footballer who plays as a striker.

LuaLua was born in Kinshasa, but moved to England at a young age. After impressing in a college football match, he signed for Colchester United. There, he scored a total of 21 goals in 68 appearances which prompted Newcastle United to sign him. However, the competition for places meant he was less of a regular in the first team, and after four seasons and 88 appearances, he transferred to Portsmouth, the club that had previously loaned him for three months while at Newcastle. He remained there for three seasons, but his spell was marred by disciplinary problems and malaria. After leaving Portsmouth, he moved teams frequently, representing sides in Greece, Qatar, Cyprus and Turkey, in addition to a brief return to English football at Blackpool. LuaLua received his first of 31 international caps in 2002, and scored seven goals in an eleven-year international career. He represented his national team at four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

LuaLua played 91 times for Portsmouth scoring 19 goals between 2004 – 2007

Age 37


1987 – Hannah Tointon

Hannah Marie Tointon is an English actress. She is best known for playing Katy Fox in the long running Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks and Tara Brown in sitcom The Inbetweeners.

Age 30


On This Day   .   Hannah Tointon

Dec 182017
 

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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


Deaths



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

Dec 152017
 

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history


Births


            


1968 – Garrett Wang

Garrett Richard Wang is an American actor. Wang is known for his role in Star Trek: Voyager as Ensign Harry Kim.

Age 49


1970 – Michael Shanks

Michael Garrett Shanks is a Canadian actor, writer and director. He is known for playing Dr. Daniel Jackson in the long-running Canadian–American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1 and as Dr. Charles Harris on the Canadian medical drama Saving Hope.

Age 47


1979 – Aaron Flahavan

Aaron Adam Flahavan was an English football goalkeeper who played for Portsmouth.

Flahavan played 106 times for Portsmouth between 1995 – 2001

Died: 05 August 2001

Aged 25


1988 – Emily Head

Emily Rose Head is an English actress, best known for playing Carli D’Amato in E4’s sitcom, The Inbetweeners. She has been playing Rebecca White in the ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, since October 2016.

Age 29


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Oct 282017
 

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history

                


Births


1944 – Ian Marter

Ian Don Marter was an English actor and writer, known for his role as Harry Sullivan in the BBC science-fiction television series Doctor Who from December 1974 to September 1975, with a non-regular, one-serial return in November and December 1975. He sometimes used the pseudonym Ian Don. Marter died suddenly of a diabetic heart attack on his 42nd birthday in 1986.

Died: 28 October 1986

Aged 42


1963 – Lauren Holly

Lauren Michael Holly is an American-Canadian actress. She is known for her roles as Deputy Sheriff Maxine Stewart in the television series Picket Fences, Mary Swanson in the 1994 film Dumb and Dumber, as Linda Lee in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, and Director Jenny Shepard in the series NCIS.

Age 54


1974 – Dejan Stefanović

Dejan Stefanović is a retired Serbian football player.

Stefanović played 125 times for Portsmouth scoring 3 goals between 2003 – 2007

Age 43


1982 – Matt Smith

Matthew Robert Smith is an English actor and voice actor. He is best known for his role as the 11th incarnation of The Doctor in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who, for which he received a BAFTA Award nomination in 2011.

Age 35


1983 – Joe Thomas

Joseph “Joe” Thomas is an English actor. He is best known for playing Simon Cooper in the E4 sitcom The Inbetweeners and Kingsley Owen in the Channel 4 comedy-drama series Fresh Meat.

Age 34


1997 – Sierra McCormick

Sierra McCormick is an American actress. She is known for her role as Olive Doyle on the Disney Channel series A.N.T. Farm and her participation on the game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? She also played Lilith on The CW television series Supernatural.

Age 20


Deaths



1986 – Ian Marter

Born: 28 October 1944

Ian Don Marter was an English actor and writer, known for his role as Harry Sullivan in the BBC science-fiction television series Doctor Who from December 1974 to September 1975, with a non-regular, one-serial return in November and December 1975. He sometimes used the pseudonym Ian Don. Marter died suddenly of a diabetic heart attack on his 42nd birthday in 1986.

Died Aged 42


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