May 232018
 

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1934

Robert Moog

(Died: 21 Aug 2005)

Aged 71
Robert Arthur Moog, founder of Moog Music, was an American engineer and pioneer of electronic music, best known as the inventor of the Moog synthesizer. During his lifetime, Moog founded two companies for manufacturing electronic musical instruments. His innovative electronic design is employed in numerous synthesizers including the MinimoogMinimoog VoyagerLittle PhattyMoog Taurus, and the Moogerfooger line of effects pedals.
1951

Don Warrington

Age 67
Donald Williams, known by the stage name Don Warrington, MBE, is a Trinidadian-born British actor.
1977

Richard Ayoade

Age 41
Richard Ellef Ayoade is a British actor, comedian, writer, director and television presenter. He is best known for his role as the socially awkward IT technician Maurice Moss in Channel 4sitcom The IT Crowd (2006–2013), for which he won the 2014 BAFTA for Best Male Comedy Performance. He has often worked alongside Noel FieldingJulian BarrattMatt BerryMatthew Holness and Rich Fulcher.
1983

Heidi Range

Age 35
Heidi India Range is an English singer-songwriter. She is best known for being a former member of the group Sugababes. Range was an original member of girl group Atomic Kitten, although she left the group two years before releasing any material. In 2001 Range replaced Siobhán Donaghy of the Sugababes and had accumulated six UK number one singles as well as two number one studio albums with the group before splitting in 2011. Range has since concentrated on theatre work.
1991

Lena
Meyer-Landrut


Age 27
Lena Johanna Therese Meyer-Landrut is a German singer-songwriter. She represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo winning the contest with the song "Satellite". With her three entries from the German national final Unser Star für Oslo (Our Star for Oslo), Meyer-Landrut set an all-time chart record in her home country by debuting with three songs in the top five on the German singles chart. Both "Satellite" and her first album My Cassette Player debuted at number one in Germany. Meyer-Landrut represented Germany for the second consecutive time in the Eurovision Song Contest at Düsseldorf in 2011 with the song "Taken by a Stranger", placing 10th.
1996

Ryan Fulton

Age 22
Ryan William Fulton is a professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Scottish Premiership club Hamilton Academical.

Fulton played 13 times for Portsmouth in 2016


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May 222018
 

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1953

Paul Mariner

Age 65
Paul Mariner is an English football coach and retired player. He was most recently the head coach and technical director at Major League Soccer club Toronto FC, until his dismissal in January 2013.

Mariner played 66 times for Portsmouth scoring 9 goals between 1986 – 1988
1963

David Schneider

Age 55
David Schneider is an English actor, comedian and director.
1968

Graham Linehan

Age 50
Graham Linehan is an Irish television comedy writer and director who, often in partnership with Arthur Mathews, has written or co-written a number of popular television comedies. He is most noted for the sitcoms Father TedBlack Books and The IT Crowd. Amongst others, he has also worked on Big TrainCount Arthur StrongBrass Eye and The Fast Show.
1978

Ginnifer Goodwin

Age 40
Jennifer Michelle "GinniferGoodwin is an American actress. She is known for playing Margene Heffman in the drama series Big Love (2006–2011), Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard in the fantasy series Once Upon a Time (2011–2018), and Judy Hopps in the Disney animated film Zootopia. Goodwin also appeared in various films including Mona Lisa SmileSomething BorrowedWalk the LineKilling Kennedy, and He's Just Not That Into You.
1999

Camren Bicondova

Age 19
Camren Renee Bicondova is an American actress and dancer. Bicondova is a series regular on the Fox television show Gotham, where she portrays a young Selina Kyle / Catwoman.


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May 022018
 

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1941

Paul Darrow

Age 77
Paul Darrow (born Paul Valentine Birkby) is an English actor best known for his portrayal of Kerr Avon in the BBC science fiction television series Blake's 7. He also guest starred twice on Doctor Who, playing Captain Hawkins in the serial Doctor Who and the Silurians which was transmitted in 1970 and Maylin Tekker in the serial Timelash which was transmitted in 1985.
1962

Mick Quinn

Age 56
Michael Quinn is an English retired professional footballer. Quinn was predominantly a centre forward from 1979 until 1996. Micky is now a scout for Wigan Athletic and works on UK radio station TalkSPORT, mostly on the Weekend Breakfast show.

Quinn played 137 times for Portsmouth scoring 68 goals between 1986 – 1989
1974

Matt Berry

Age 44
Matthew Charles "Matt" Berry is an English actor, writer, and musician. He is known for his leading role as Steven Toast in the Channel 4 British sitcom Toast of London, and also for his appearances in The IT CrowdGarth Marenghi's DarkplaceThe Mighty BooshSnuff Box, and The Wrong Door and House of Fools. In 2015 he won a BAFTA award in Best Male Performance for his work on Toast of London.
1978

Giannis Skopelitis

Age 40
Giannis Skopelitis is a Greek football player who plays for Egaleo.

Skopelitis played 18 times for Portsmouth in 2005
1981

Robert Buckley

Age 37
Robert Earl Buckley is an American actor, known for his roles as Kirby Atwood on NBC's comedy-drama series Lipstick Jungle and Clay Evans on The CW's teen drama series One Tree Hill. Buckley also starred as Brian Leonard on ABC's horror drama series 666 Park Avenue, and has portrayed Major Lilywhite on The CW's comedy-drama series iZombie since 2015.
1985

David Nugent

Age 33
David James Nugent is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Championship club Derby County.

Nugent played 93 times for Portsmouth scoring 20 goals between 2007 – 2011
1988

Stephen Henderson

Age 30
Stephen Henderson is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Nottingham Forest.

Henderson played 28 times for Portsmouth between 2011 – 2018


Deaths



1990

David Rappaport

(Born: 23 Nov 1951)

Died Aged 38
David Stephen Rappaport was an English actor, one of the best known dwarf actors in television and film, known for his roles in the films Time Bandits and The Bride, and television series such as L.A. LawThe Wizard and Captain Planet and the Planeteers.


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1946 – Alexandra Bastedo

Alexandra Lendon Bastedo was a British actress, best known for her role as secret agent Sharron Macready in the 1968 British espionage/science fiction adventure series The Champions. She has been cited as a sex symbol of the 1960s and 1970s. Bastedo was a vegetarian and animal welfare advocate.

Died: 12 January 2014

Aged 67


1972 – Kerr Smith

Kerr Van Cleve Smith is an American actor known for playing Jack McPhee on The WB drama series Dawson’s Creek, Kyle Brody in The WB supernatural drama Charmed and more recently Axel Palmer in My Bloody Valentine 3D. He is also known for portraying Carter Horton in Final Destination (2000).

Age 46


1977 – Katherine Parkinson

Katherine Jane Parkinson is an English actress. She has appeared in several comedy series, including as Jen Barber in Channel 4’s The IT Crowd, for which she received a British Comedy Best TV Actress Award in 2009 and a BAFTA TV Award in 2014 (having received a nomination in 2011).

Age 41


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1957 – Ade Edmondson

Adrian Charles “Ade” Edmondson is an English comedian, actor, writer, musician, television presenter and director. He came to prominence in the early 1980s and was part of the alternative comedy boom. He is probably best known for his comedic roles in the television series The Young Ones (1982–84) and Bottom (1991–95), which he wrote together with his long-time collaborative partner Rik Mayall. Edmondson also appeared in The Comic Strip Presents… series of films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. For one episode of this he created the spoof heavy metal band Bad News, and for another he played his nihilistic alter-ego Eddie Monsoon, an offensive South African television star.

He played the lead role in The Comic Strip’s 1985 feature film, The Supergrass. In the 2000s, Edmondson appeared in numerous TV programmes in more serious drama roles including Jonathan Creek, Holby City, Miss Austen Regrets, as himself on Hell’s Kitchen and created the sitcom Teenage Kicks. Since 2006 Edmondson has concentrated increasingly on music instead of acting, forming a band, The Bad Shepherds, and performing and writing for the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. In 2011 he presented a series of shows for ITV: The Dales, which focused on people working in the Yorkshire Dales, and Ade in Britain in which he undertook a tour of numerous places in Britain. The series was so popular that a second series aired in spring 2012.

Edmondson has been married to fellow comedian Jennifer Saunders since 1985 and they have three daughters and three grandchildren. Edmonson is also a gifted amateur chef, and was a finalist in the 2009 season of Hell’s Kitchen, and was the champion of Celebrity Masterchef in 2013.

Age 61


1969 – Stephanie Romanov

Stephanie A. Romanov is an American model and actress, best known for playing Lilah Morgan on Angel.

Age 49


1975 – Lucy Montgomery

Lucy Montgomery is an English comedian, actress and writer, best known for her radio and television work.

Age 43


1986 – Mischa Barton

    

Mischa Anne Barton is a British-American film, television, and stage actress, and occasional fashion model. She began her acting career on the stage, appearing in Tony Kushner’s Slavs! and took the lead in James Lapine’s Twelve Dreams at New York City’s Lincoln Center. She made her screen debut with a guest appearance on the American soap opera All My Children (1996). She then voiced a character on the Nickelodeon cartoon series KaBlam! (1996–97). Her first major film role was as the protagonist of Lawn Dogs (1997), an acclaimed drama co-starring Sam Rockwell. She continued acting, appearing in major box office pictures such as the romantic comedy, Notting Hill (1999) and M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological thriller, The Sixth Sense (1999). She also starred in the critically acclaimed indie crime drama Pups (1999).

Barton later appeared in the independent drama, Lost and Delirious (2001) and guest-starred as Evan Rachel Wood’s girlfriend on ABC’s Once and Again (2001–02). She is known for her role as Marissa Cooper in the Fox television series The O.C. (2003–07), for which she received two Teen Choice Awards. The role catapulted Barton into mainstream fame, and Entertainment Weekly named her the “It Girl” of 2003.

Barton has since appeared in the comedy remake St Trinian’s (2007), the Richard Attenborough-directed drama Closing the Ring (2007) and Assassination of a High School President (2008). She returned to television, starring in the short-lived Ashton Kutcher-produced CW series, The Beautiful Life: TBL (2009). In 2012, she returned to the stage, performing in the Irish production of Steel Magnolias.

Age 32


1989 – Adam McGurk

Adam Michael McGurk is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays for Morecambe as a forward.

McGurk started his career in the Aston Villa youth academy in 2004, but failed to break into the first team, and joined Hednesford Town on a free transfer in March 2010. Having made twelve appearances for Hednesford, he signed for Tranmere Rovers in August 2010, making 79 league appearances in three years, before being released by the club in July 2013. He joined Morecambe on a free transfer on 31 August 2017.

McGurk played 36 times for Portsmouth scoring 6 goals between 2015 – 2016

Age 29


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1963 – Kenny Black

Kenneth George “Kenny” Black is a Scottish football player and manager.

Black played 70 times for Portsmouth scoring 5 goals between 1989 – 1991

Age 54


1971 – Naoko Mori

Naoko Mori is a Japanese actress who lives and works mainly in the UK. Mori is best known for her roles as Toshiko Sato in Torchwood, Sarah on Absolutely Fabulous, and Nicola in Spice World.

Age 46


1976 – Anna Faris

Anna Kay Faris is an American actress, producer, model, comedian, and occasional singer. She rose to prominence for her work in comedic roles, particularly the lead part of Cindy Campbell in the first four Scary Movie films. Raised north of Seattle in Washington, Faris was active in theater as a child, performing with the Seattle Repertory Theater at age nine. After graduating from college, Faris relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.

Her breakthrough came with the role of Cindy Campbell in the Wayans Brothers’ Scary Movie (2000). She appeared in the subsequent three sequels of the movie, with her last appearance being in the fourth installment, released in 2006. She became a recurring character on the TV sitcom Friends during its last season in 2004. During the early to mid-2000s, she played supporting roles in dramatic pictures such as Lost in Translation (2003) and Brokeback Mountain (2005), and appeared in various comedies, including The Hot Chick (2002), Waiting… (2005), Just Friends (2005), and My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006). She received critical praise for her role in the indie black comedy Smiley Face (2007) and then starred in the Playboy-themed movie The House Bunny (2008), which was billed as her star vehicle and earned her an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Comedic Performance.

Age 41


1982 – Gemma Chan

Gemma Chan is an English film, television, and theatre actress and former fashion model. She portrays Charlotte in season four of the Showtime and ITV2 series Secret Diary of a Call Girl; Ruth in Channel 4’s Fresh Meat; Mia Bennett in the BBC’s Doctor Who “The Waters of Mars” and Soo Lin in Sherlock. She also appeared in Exam and Paramount Pictures’ action-thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. She stars in Humans, an AMC/Channel 4 science-fiction drama, which premiered in June 2015.

Age 35


1995 – Laura Marano

Laura Marie Marano is an American actress and singer. She starred in the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally as Ally Dawson. Marano was one of the five original classmates in Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?. She starred in Without a Trace for three seasons and also Back to You, in both instances playing the daughter of the main characters. Marano starred in the indie film A Sort of Homecoming. Marano also starred in the 2015 Disney Channel Original Movie Bad Hair Day along with Good Luck Charlie actress Leigh-Allyn Baker. In 2015, she signed with Big Machine Records and released her debut single “Boombox” on March 11, 2016. At the end of 2016, Big Machine Records made the decision to drop all of their pop artists. Marano then signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2017 and plans to release her debut album with the label. She is also the younger sister of actress Vanessa Marano who starred in Freeform’s Switched at Birth.

Age 22


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1959 – Kevin Eldon

Kevin Eldon is an English actor and comedian. He featured in British comedy television shows of the 1990s including Fist of Fun, Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, Big Train, Brass Eye and Jam. In 2013 he appeared in his own BBC sketch series, It’s Kevin. Eldon has appeared in minor speaking roles in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Age 58


1973 – Lena Headey

Lena Headey is an English actress, voice actress and film producer.

After being scouted at age 17, Headey worked steadily as an actress in small and supporting roles in films throughout the 1990s, before finding fame for her lead performances in big-budget films such as the fantasy film The Brothers Grimm (2005), the action film 300 (2007), portraying Gorgo, Queen of Sparta, and the adventure and biographical film The Red Baron (2008).

Headey is best known for portraying Cersei Lannister in HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones since 2011, a performance that has earned her three consecutive Emmy award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2014–16) and a Golden Globe Awards nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2016. In 2017, Headey became one of the highest paid actors on television and could earn up to £2 million per episode of Game of Thrones (based on shared percentages of syndication payments). She also played the title character Sarah Connor on Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the villainous drug lord Madeline “Ma-Ma” Madrigal in Dredd.

Age 44


1982 – Vincent Pericard

Vincent de Paul Péricard is a French former professional football player, who played in France with Saint-Étienne and in Italy with Juventus before moving to England, where he played for several clubs. He has also played for the France U21 team.

Pericard played 49 times for Portsmouth scoring 10 goals between 2002 – 2006

Age 35


1984 – Ashlee Simpson

Ashley Nicolle Ross, known by the stage name Ashlee Simpson, is an American singer-songwriter and actress. The younger sister of pop singer and actress Jessica Simpson, Ashlee began appearing in television commercials at the age of 15. She later pursued a career as an actress, and had a recurring role on the family drama 7th Heaven. Her breakout came following her appearance on the reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica (2003–05), which focused on her sister Jessica and her then-husband Nick Lachey. While working on her debut studio album, Simpson became the star of her own spin-off reality series, The Ashlee Simpson Show (2004–05). The show became a ratings hit, and earned Simpson widespread recognition. Like her sister before her, Simpson became the center of considerable media attention, much of which focused on her relationship with musician Ryan Cabrera.

Age 33


1994 – Charlie Wernham

Charlie Wernham is an English comedian and actor who is known for auditioning on the second series of the ITV talent show Britain’s Got Talent and for his role as Robbie Roscoe in Hollyoaks. He also played Mitchell in Bad Education and has appeared in The Inbetweeners, School of Comedy and Some Girls.

Age 23


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