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1962 – Lance Reddick
Lance Reddick is an American actor and musician. He is best known for portraying Phillip Broyles in Fringe.
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Pompey finished 2017 on a high as they battled from behind to beat Northampton and climb into the play-off places.
They started poorly, but moved through the gears after Chris Long had put the struggling visitors ahead.
Matty Kennedy and Oliver Hawkins both struck in the space of a few minutes just before the interval.
Hawkins added a second following the restart and it might have been a greater margin of victory without an impressive display from Matt Ingram between the sticks.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that beat AFC Wimbledon on Boxing Day.
One of them was enforced, with Brandon Haunstrup suffering from a knock and being replaced at left-back by Dion Donohue.
Meanwhile, Jamal Lowe and Conor Chaplin both dropped to the bench to make way for Kennedy and Hawkins.
Pompey had a great chance to open the scoring early on when Brett Pitman slipped a pass through to Hawkins, but Ingram stuck out a foot to make the save.
But the hosts looked well below par for most of the first half, perhaps fatigued by the hectic festive schedule.
Northampton tried to make them pay and Luke McGee was forced to back-pedal when Sam Hoskins tried to lob him.
The keeper then got down quickly to his right to make the save when Matt Grimes had a snap-shot from 35 yards.
And a teasing Brendan Moloney delivery flew past both Matt Clarke and Christian Burgess, although Long was unable to make a connection at the far post.
Pompey were forced to make a substitution on 25 minutes when Danny Rose collected a bizarre injury.
A drop ball was called for after Nathan Thompson received treatment on the pitch and John-Joe O’Toole accidentally kicked the midfielder in the leg in the battle for possession.
He was switched for Adam May, leaving the hosts with an extremely youthful central midfield pairing.
The Cobblers then broke the deadlock when Close lost possession and O’Toole sent a through ball to Long, who coolly slotted the ball past McGee.
But that seemed to spark Pompey into life and they managed to score twice in four minutes to turn the match on its head.
It was a lovely finish from KENNEDY to level, with the winger cutting on to his right foot and drilling a low shot into the bottom corner.
And it was an even better effort from HAWKINS to give the Blues the lead, as the striker rose on the edge of the box to expertly steer a deep Burgess pass over Ingram and into the net.
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Gareth Evans had limped off injured just before the break and he was replaced by Lowe before the game restarted.
The hosts were not content with a narrow lead, though, and Kennedy curled a shot narrowly over at the start of the second half.
And Pompey did find themselves further ahead on 48 minutes, as Donohue sent a perfect cross to the far post, where HAWKINS showed plenty of desire to rise above the defence and head home.
It almost got even better after Pitman’s back-heel was blocked, but Close’s follow-up rattled the crossbar.
The Blues were rampant by this point and it was only a string of saves from the overworked Ingram that was limiting the damage.
He did well to keep out an angled Pitman drive before also getting down to save another Hawkins header.
The keeper was also at his best deny Kennedy, while Lowe should at least have found the target after being sent racing through on goal.
There was, unsurprisingly, a bit of a lull following such a frantic opening to the half, although it was still the hosts looking more likely to add to the scoring.
Burgess went close after racing into the box to meet Kennedy’s free-kick and head narrowly wide of the post.
There were to be no more goals, although Pompey had already done enough to secure the points and their place in the top six.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clark, Donohue; Close, Rose (May 29); Evans (Lowe 46), Pitman (c) (Chaplin 89), Kennedy; Hawkins
Goals: Kennedy 41, Hawkins 45, 48
Booked: Pitman, Kennedy
Subs not used: Bass, Casey, Bennett, Main
Northampton (4-1-2-1-2): Ingram; Moloney, Poole, Taylor, Buchanan (c); Grimes; Crooks, McGugan; O’Toole (Foley 59); Hoskins (Powell 64), Long (Richards 72)
Goals: Long 36
Subs not used: Cornell, Smith, McWilliams, Waters
Referee: Lee Swabey
A shy young singer has to go on a journey to retrieve her stolen voice from a witch.
My name's in the credits! Yes I took part in the crowdfunding campaign to make sure this got mad, purely as a big fan of Janet Devlin. Obviously a low budget short film but it's quite charming.
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1950 – Billy Rafferty
William Henry “Billy” Rafferty is a retired Scottish footballer who played as a forward. He appeared in the Football League for Coventry City, Blackpool, Plymouth Argyle, Carlisle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Portsmouth and Bournemouth, scoring 145 goals in 468 matches. He finished his career in Portugal with spells at Louletano and Farense.
Rafferty played 112 times for Portsmouth scoring 45 goals between 1980 – 1983
1969 – Meredith Monroe
Meredith Monroe is an American actress best known for portraying Andie McPhee on Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2000, and her recurring role as Haley Hotchner on Criminal Minds.
1980 – Eliza Dushku
Eliza Patricia Dushku is an Albanian-Danish-American actress and model known for her television roles, including starring as Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series Angel. She starred in two Fox series, Tru Calling and Dollhouse. She is also known for her roles in films, including True Lies, The New Guy, Bring It On, Wrong Turn and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, as well as her voice work on video games.
1982 – Kristin Kruek
Kristin Laura Kreuk is a Canadian actress. She is known for the roles of Lana Lang in the superhero television series Smallville and Laurel Yeung in the Canadian teen drama Edgemont. She has also starred in movies such as Snow White: The Fairest of Them All (2001), Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009), and Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy (2011).
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1928 – Bernard Cribbins
Bernard Joseph Cribbins, OBE is an English character actor, voice-over artist and musical comedian with a career spanning over seventy years. He came to prominence in films of the 1960s, and has been in work consistently since his professional debut in the mid-1950s.
Cribbins narrated The Wombles, a BBC children’s television programme that ran for 60 episodes between 1973 and 1975, and played the pretentious guest Mr. Hutchinson in “The Hotel Inspectors” episode of Fawlty Towers (1975), and the belligerent barman in Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy (1972). He also recorded several novelty records in the early 1960s and was a regular and prolific performer on the BBC’s Jackanory from 1966 to 1991. Having appeared as Tom Campbell, a companion to Doctor Who in the 1966 feature film Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D., Cribbins also appeared four decades later as Wilfred Mott, a companion to television’s Tenth Doctor.
1982 – Alison Brie
Alison Brie Schermerhorn is an American actress, producer and model. She portrayed Annie Edison in the NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community (2009–2015) and Trudy Campbell in the AMC drama Mad Men (2007–2015). Brie currently voices Diane Nguyen on the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman (2014–present) and portrays Ruth Wilder on the Netflix comedy-drama series GLOW (2017). She has starred in several films, such as Scream 4 (2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), Get Hard (2015), Sleeping with Other People (2015), How to Be Single (2016) and The Little Hours (2017).
1989 – Jane Levy
Jane Colburn Levy is an American actress. In early 2011, she received popular recognition starring as Tessa Altman, a leading character on the ABC comedy series Suburgatory (2011-14).
In 2012, Levy appeared in the films Fun Size and Nobody Walks. In 2013, Levy starred in the supernatural horror film Evil Dead directed by Fede Álvarez. In 2016, she teamed up with Alvarez again and starred in the horror film Don’t Breathe.
1998 – Paris Berelc
Paris Berelc is an American actress and model. She is known for her role as Skylar Storm in the Disney XD series Mighty Med and Lab Rats: Elite Force.
1993 – Pavel Srnicek
Born: 10 March 1968
Pavel Srnicek was a Czech professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper from 1990 to 2007, mainly for Newcastle United. In addition, he represented Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham United in England, and also played in Italy for Brescia and Cosenza, in Portugal for Beira-Mar, and in his native country for Banik Ostrava. After retiring, he worked as a goalkeeping coach for his own private school and for Sparta Prague.
Srnicek played internationally for the Czech Republic from 1994 to 2001, earning a total of 49 caps. He was part of their squad that came runners-up at UEFA Euro 96, and was their first-choice goalkeeper when they came third at the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup and contested UEFA Euro 2000.
Srnicek played 4 times for Portsmouth between 2003 – 2004
Died Aged 47
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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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1953 – Bobby Doyle
Robert “Bobby” Doyle is a Scottish former professional footballer who played as a central midfielder.
Doyle began his career at Barnsley before moving to Peterborough United in 1976. He moved to Blackpool F.C. in 1979, making 49 league appearances and scoring two goals, before joining Portsmouth in November 1980, winning the Third Division championship in 1983. A move to Hull City followed two years later where he established himself in midfield during the club’s promotion bid in 1985-86, before a broken leg in a pre-season friendly ended his career.
Doyle played 197 times for Portsmouth scoring 18 goals between 1980 – 1985
1967 – Mark Stimson
Mark Nicholas Stimson is an English former footballer and is currently manager of Thurrock. He signed his first professional contract with Tottenham Hotspur in 1985, but was unable to gain a regular place in the team. In 1989, he moved on to Newcastle United, where he made over 80 appearances in the Football League. He later played for Portsmouth, Southend United and Leyton Orient before dropping into non-League football.
Stimson played 77 times for Portsmouth scoring 4 goals between 1992 – 1996
1981 – Emilie de Ravin
Emilie de Ravin is an Australian actress. She has played Tess Harding on Roswell and Claire Littleton on the ABC drama Lost. In 2012 she guest-starred as Belle on the ABC drama Once Upon a Time and became a series regular beginning with season two.
De Ravin’s film credits include Santa’s Slay (2005), The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and Ball Don’t Lie (2008). She starred as Emily, the heroin-addicted ex-girlfriend of Brendan Frye, in the neo-noir film Brick (2005). She had a cameo in Public Enemies (2009) and more recently starred in Remember Me (2010). De Ravin has been included on Maxim’s Hot 100 list three times: in 2005 (No.47), 2006 (No.65), and 2008 (No.68).
1987 – Lily Cole
Lily Luahana Cole is an English model, actress and entrepreneur. Cole pursued a modelling career as a teenager and was listed in 2009 by Vogue Paris as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. She was booked for her first British Vogue cover at age 16, named “Model of the Year” at the 2004 British Fashion Awards, and worked with many well-known brands, including Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier and Moschino. Her advertising campaigns have included Longchamp, Anna Sui, Rimmel and Cacharel.
1993 – Olivia Cooke
Olivia Kate Cooke is an English actress. From 2013 to 2017, she co-starred as Emma Decody in the A&E drama-thriller series Bates Motel. Cooke has also starred in the thriller films The Quiet Ones (2014) and Ouija (2014), the science fiction film The Signal (2014), the comedy-drama Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015). She played Lizzie Cree in horror-mystery The Limehouse Golem (2016), and Amanda in the thriller Thoroughbreds (2017).
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The big day might have passed, but there was still plenty of Christmas cheer on show as Pompey beat AFC Wimbledon.
Ben Close livened up a dull first half with a fine strike on a wet and windy Boxing Day afternoon on the south coast.
Lyle Taylor hit back with a penalty just after the break, only for Brett Pitman to net a spot-kick of his own to secure the points for the Blues.
Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that were beaten at Shrewsbury before Christmas.
It came in attack, where Matty Kennedy dropped to the bench to make way for Conor Chaplin just behind lone striker Pitman.
Both sides had perhaps indulged themselves a tad too much the previous day, with the first half limping along.
Pompey enjoyed the majority of possession and territory, but George Long was largely untroubled in the Dons goal.
It was actually the visitors who were first to threaten, with Cody McDonald – perhaps put off by Luke McGee’s presence – poking the ball wide of the post.
Close sent a couple of dangerous deliveries into the box, only for the Londoners’ back-line to deal with them both.
A snap-shot from the returning Chaplin was well-struck on 19 minutes, but the ball flew straight at Long.
The lively Gareth Evans also had an effort that flew narrowly wide, as the contest struggled to move out of second gear.
Pompey fans were finally given reason to sit up and take notice when Chaplin’s shot took a deflection and hit Jamal Lowe.
He was unable to adjust his feet quickly enough, however, with the ball ricocheting off the winger and being saved by Long.
A couple of Wimbledon corners caused hearts to flutter at the other end, but it was the hosts who finally forged ahead just before the break.
Lowe slide in to win back possession and feed CLOSE, whose 25-yard effort skimmed off the wet surface and into the bottom corner.
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The mood was buoyant inside Fratton Park at the break, but it soon soured when the visitors levelled just after the restart.
There was plenty of controversy about the goal, however, with AFC Wimbledon awarded a penalty after the ball bounced up and struck Christian Burgess on the arm.
Referee Craig Hicks decided it was deliberate and Taylor smashed the resulting penalty into the roof of the net.
There was growing frustration from fans and players alike, as a few more decisions started to go against them.
Jackett made a double switch just past the hour mark to try to inject some fresh impetus into his side.
Chaplin and Lowe were the men to make way, with Oliver Hawkins and Kennedy coming on to replace them.
Hicks looked to have ensured he was off next season’s Christmas card list for anyone living in Portsmouth, but the official was soon back in the home side’s good books.
He spotted Barry Fuller’s shove on Pitman inside the box and, much to the delight of the Fratton faithful, pointed to the spot.
It was PITMAN who stepped up to take the penalty and confidently sent Long the wrong way with a thunderous finish.
Wimbledon almost hit back, as an angled drive from former Blues winger Andy Barcham flashed across the face of goal.
But Pompey saw out the closing stages with relative ease to ensure a return to winning ways in League One.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Haunstrup; Close, Rose; Evans, Chaplin (Hawkins 64), Lowe (Kennedy 64); Pitman (c)
Goals: Close 45, Pitman 72 (pen)
Subs not used: Bass, Donohue, May, Bennett, Main
AFC Wimbledon (4-4-2): Long; Fuller (c), Oshilaja, Charles, Meades; Trotter, Soares (Kaja 78), Abdou, Barcham; Taylor, McDonald
Goals: Taylor 50 (pen)
Booked: Soares, Barcham, Fuller, Trotter
Subs not used: McDonnell, Nightingale, Kennedy, Hartigan, Egan, Francomb
Referee: Craig Hicks
Against the backdrop of aged has-been rock star Billy Mack’s Christmas themed comeback cover of “Love Is All Around” which he knows is crap and makes no bones about it much to his manager Joe’s chagrin as he promotes the record, several interrelated stories about romantic love and the obstacles to happiness through love for Londoners are presented in the five weeks preceding Christmas. Daniel’s wife has just passed away, leaving him to take care of his adolescent stepson Sam by himself. Daniel is uncertain how to deal with Sam and his problems without his wife present, especially in light of a potential budding romance within their household. Juliet and Peter have just gotten married. They believe that Peter’s best friend and best man Mark hates Juliet but won’t say so to his or her face. Others looking at the situation from the outside believe Mark is jealous of Juliet as he is in love with Peter himself. Jamie, a writer, is taking a writing retreat by himself in rural France
Very cheesy but a must for Christmas viewing. Bill Nighy is brilliant as the ageing rock star and Keira Knightley and Martine McCutcheon add some glamour.
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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
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
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).
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.
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1944 – Kenny Everett
Maurice James Christopher Cole, known professionally as Kenny Everett, was a British comedian, radio DJ and television entertainer. Everett is best known for his career as a radio DJ and for The Kenny Everett Video Show.
Died: 04 April 1995
1952 – C.C.H Pounder
Carol Christine Hilaria “C. C. H.” Pounder is a Guyanese American actress. She has appeared in numerous films, made-for-television films, television miniseries, and plays, and has made guest appearances on notable television shows. From 1994 to 1997, she played Dr. Angela Hicks in the medical drama ER. From 2002 to 2008, she starred as Detective Claudette Wyms in the FX police drama The Shield. In 2009, she appeared as Mo’at in James Cameron’s film Avatar. She starred in recurring roles as Mrs. Irene Frederic on the series Warehouse 13 until its series finale on May 19, 2014 and DA Thyne Patterson on the FX series Sons of Anarchy. Currently she portrays medical examiner Dr. Loretta Wade on NCIS: New Orleans.
1957 – Chris Kamara
Christopher Kamara is an English former professional footballer and football manager who now works as a presenter and football analyst at Sky Sports.
As a player, he was known as a tough-tackling midfielder. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16, before being signed up to Portsmouth in November 1974. He spent three years at the club before being sold on to Swindon Town for £14,000. He returned to Portsmouth in 1981 for a £50,000 fee, but was traded to Brentford in October 1981. He spent four years with the “Bees” before leaving the club after picking up a runners-up medal in the Football League Trophy in 1985.
Kamara played 84 times for Portsmouth scoring 10 goals between 1975 – 1981
1971 – Dido
Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong, known as Dido, is an English singer and songwriter. Dido attained international success with her debut album No Angel (1999). It sold over 21 million copies worldwide, and won several awards, including the MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act, two NRJ Awards for Best New Act and Best Album, and two Brit Awards for Best British Female and Best Album. Her next album, Life for Rent (2003), continued her success with the hit singles “White Flag” and “Life for Rent”.
1984 – Georgia Moffett
Georgia Elizabeth Tennant (née Moffett) is an English actress. She played Detective Inspector Samantha Nixon’s daughter Abigail in The Bill. She played The Doctor’s clone daughter Jenny in the Doctor Who episode “The Doctor’s Daughter” and Lady Vivian in the show Merlin.