Jan 212018
 

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Births


            


1924 – Benny Hill

Alfred Hawthorne “Benny” Hill was an English comedian and actor, best remembered for his television programme The Benny Hill Show, an amalgam of slapstick, burlesque and double entendre in a format that included live comedy and filmed segments, with him at the focus of almost every segment.

A prominent figure in British culture for nearly four decades, his show proved to be one of the great success stories of television comedy. Among the most watched programmes in the UK, the audience peaked at over 21 million in 1971. The show generated impressive revenues for Thames Television, and retains a following in much of the world decades after Hill’s death.

Died: 20 April 1992

Aged 68


1945 – Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw is an English actor. He is known for his roles in the television series The Professionals, The Chief, Judge John Deed and Inspector George Gently. He has also acted on stage and in film, and has narrated numerous audiobooks and presented various television series, including the 2006 series Martin Shaw: Aviators.

Age 73


1981 – Izabella Miko

Izabella Anna Mikołajczak, better known as Izabella Miko, is a Polish actress, dancer, producer, and environmental activist. While a dance student in Poland, Miko was recruited to study at the New York City Ballet at age fifteen and later studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute. She made her American film debut in Coyote Ugly (2000), followed by a starring part in the vampire thriller The Forsaken (2001).

Miko has also had recurring roles on the television series Deadwood, The Cape, and Chicago Fire, in addition to roles in dance films such as Save the Last Dance 2 (2006), Make Your Move (2013), and Step Up: All In (2014). She made her debut as a film producer on the British biographical drama Desert Dancer in 2014.

Age 37


1994 – Laura Robson

Laura Robson is a British tennis player. She debuted on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior tour in 2007, and a year later won the Wimbledon Junior Girls’ Championship at the age of 14. As a junior, she also twice reached the final of the girls’ singles tournament at the Australian Open, in 2009 and 2010. She won her first professional tournament in November 2008.

Robson was the first British woman since Samantha Smith at Wimbledon in 1998 to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament, doing so at the 2012 US Open and the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. She won a silver medal in the mixed doubles at the 2012 London Olympics playing with Andy Murray, with whom she also reached the 2010 Hopman Cup final. At the 2012 Guangzhou Women’s Open, Robson became the first British woman since Jo Durie in 1990 to reach a WTA main-tour final, where she lost to Hsieh Su-wei. Robson was named WTA Newcomer of the Year for 2012 and reached a career high singles ranking of world No. 27 on 8 July 2013.

Since then, Robson has suffered from various injuries which have caused a prolonged absence from the WTA tour. After losing in the first round of the 2013 HP Open on 7 October 2013, she has played just 33 matches: two in 2014, 11 in 2015 and 20 in 2016, winning just eight of them. She dropped out of the world rankings in early 2015, returning at 906 in July 2015, and on 18 September 2017 is ranked at 247. She has a career-high doubles ranking of No. 82 (July 2013).

Age 24


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1936 – Richard Franklin

Richard K. Franklin is an English actor, writer, director and political activist. Principally a stage actor, he has also appeared as a regular character in several high-profile British television programmes, including Crossroads, Emmerdale Farm, and most notably in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, in which he portrayed Captain Mike Yates of UNIT. Franklin initially played the part from 1971 until 1974, but has returned to the role on a number of occasions both on television and in Doctor Who spin-off media. Franklin is a prolific dramatist and author of books such as “Forest Wisdom: Radical Reform of Democracy and the Welfare State” reflecting his left-wing political views and activism, as well as novels based in the Doctor Who universe. Franklin has stood as an independent candidate for Parliament several times and founded the Silent Majority Party.

Age 82


1976 – Kevin Harper

Kevin Patrick Harper is a Scottish footballer, who played for Hibernian, Derby County, Walsall, Portsmouth, Norwich City, Leicester City, Stoke City, Carlisle United and Dunfermline Athletic. At the age of thirty-nine, he came out of retirement to play for Scottish Junior Football Association, West Region side Thorniewood United.

Harper played 128 times for Portsmouth scoring 9 goals between 2000 – 2004

Age 42


1996 – Dove Cameron

    

Dove Olivia Cameron (born Chloe Celeste Hosterman) is an American actress and singer, best known for playing a dual role as both title characters in the Disney Channel teen sitcom Liv and Maddie and playing Mal, daughter of Maleficent in Descendants. She reprised her role as Mal in Descendants 2, which premiered on July 21, 2017, on Disney Channel.

Age 22


1998 – Ally Ioannides

Alexia “Ally” Ioannides is a Greek-American actress, best known for playing Dylan Jones in the NBC drama series Parenthood from 2014–15, and Tilda in the 2015 AMC martial arts drama series Into the Badlands.

Age 20


Deaths


      


1990 – Gordon Jackson

Born: 19 December 1923

Gordon Cameron Jackson, OBE was a Scottish Emmy Award-winning actor best remembered for his roles as the butler Angus Hudson in Upstairs, Downstairs and as George Cowley, the head of CI5, in The Professionals. He also portrayed Flt. Lt. Andrew MacDonald, “Intelligence”, in The Great Escape.

Died Aged 66


2014 – Roger Lloyd-Pack

Born: 08 February 1944

Roger Lloyd-Pack was an English actor. He was best known for the role of Trigger in Only Fools and Horses from 1981 to 2003. He had a supporting role of Owen Newitt in The Vicar of Dibley from 1994 to 2007, and as Tom in The Old Guys with Clive Swift. He was also well known for his appearance as Barty Crouch, Sr. in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and his appearances in Doctor Who as John Lumic in the episodes “Rise of the Cybermen” and “The Age of Steel”. He was sometimes credited without the hyphen in his surname. He died early in 2014 from pancreatic cancer.

Died Aged 69


2018 – Dolores O’Riordan

Born: 06 September 1971

Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan was an Irish musician and singer-songwriter. She led the rock band the Cranberries for 13 years before the band took a break starting in 2003, reuniting in 2009.

Her first solo album, Are You Listening?, was released in May 2007 and was followed up by No Baggage in 2009. O’Riordan was known for her lilting mezzo-soprano voice, her emphasised use of yodeling and for her strong Limerick accent. She appeared as a judge on RTÉ’s The Voice of Ireland during the 2013–14 season. In April 2014, O’Riordan joined and began recording new material with the trio D.A.R.K.

O’Riordan died unexpectedly while she was in London, England, for a recording session.

Died Aged 69


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Dec 192017
 

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history


Births


                

        


1923 – Gordon Jackson

Gordon Cameron Jackson, OBE was a Scottish Emmy Award-winning actor best remembered for his roles as the butler Angus Hudson in Upstairs, Downstairs and as George Cowley, the head of CI5, in The Professionals. He also portrayed Flt. Lt. Andrew MacDonald, “Intelligence”, in The Great Escape.

Died: 15 January 1990

Aged 66


1961 – Matthew Waterhouse

Matthew Waterhouse is an English actor and writer best known for his role as Adric in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who from 1980 to 1982.

Age 56


1968 – Ken Marino

Kenneth Joseph “Ken” Marino is an American actor, comedian, director, and screenwriter. He was a cast member on MTV’s The State and has starred in shows such as Party Down, Marry Me, Burning Love, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Childrens Hospital.

Age 49


1969 – David Hillier

David Hillier is an English former professional footballer. He played as a midfielder from 1988 until 2003, notably in the Premier League for Arsenal. He also played in the Football League for Portsmouth, Bristol Rovers and Barnet. He also earnt 1 cap for the England U21 side.

Hillier played 74 times for Portsmouth scoring 7 goals between 1996 – 1999

Age 48


1969 – Kristy Swanson

Kristen Noel “Kristy” Swanson is an American actress, best known for her portrayal of Buffy Summers in the 1992 cult film Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Swanson began her career appearing in several teen films, including Pretty in Pink (1986) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986). Her first starring role was in Wes Craven’s horror film Deadly Friend (1986), followed by her portrayal of Catherine “Cathy” Dollanganger in the controversial film adaptation of V.C. Andrews’s Flowers in the Attic (1987).

Age 48


1972 – Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Jayne Milano is an American actress, activist, producer, and former singer. She is best known for her roles in Who’s the Boss?, Melrose Place, Charmed, My Name is Earl, Mistresses, and Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later.

Age 45


1979 – Tara Summers

Tara Summers is an English actress.

Summers was educated at Heathfield St Mary’s School, in Berkshire. She later attended Brown University, where she graduated with a B.A. in history in 2001. She has written and starred in a one-woman theatrical show, Gypsy of Chelsea. The play is the story of her childhood, charting her mother’s turbulent journey from cocaine addiction to recovery.

In 2007 and 2008, Summers starred as Katie Lloyd on Boston Legal.

Age 38


1993 – Hermione Corfield

    

Hermione Isla Conyngham Corfield is an English actress. She has appeared in such movies as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015), Mr. Holmes (2015), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016), xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017), and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017).

Age 24


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Nov 272017
 

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history


Births


            


1959 – Charlie Burchill

Charles “Charlie” Burchill is a Scottish musician and composer, best known as the guitarist of Simple Minds. He was one of the founders of the group.

Age 58


1969 – Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly is a former professional footballer who played for Portsmouth and also won four caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Kelly played 56 times for Portsmouth scoring 2 goals between 1988 – 1990

Age 48


1981 – Matt Taylor

Matthew Simon Taylor is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for League Two club Swindon Town. He has previously played for Luton Town, Portsmouth, Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United, Burnley and Northampton Town.

Taylor played 203 times for Portsmouth scoring 29 goals between 2002 – 2008

Age 36


1985 – Alison Pill

Alison Pill is a Canadian actress. A former child actress, Pill began her career at age twelve, appearing in numerous films and television series. She transitioned to adult roles and her breakthrough came with the television series The Book of Daniel (2006). That same year, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2006).

Pill had prominent roles in the films Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004), Plain Truth (2004), Milk (2008), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Midnight in Paris (2011), Zoom (2015), the television series In Treatment (2009), The Pillars of the Earth (2010), The Newsroom (2012–14) and American Horror Story: Cult (2017).

Age 32


Deaths



2013 – Lewis Collins

Born: 27 May 1946

Lewis Collins was an English film and theatre actor. His career defining role was playing the character of Bodie in the late 1970s – early 1980s British television series The Professionals.

Died Aged 67


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