Mar 292018
 

On This Day

29 March 2018


Births



1943

Eric Idle

Age 75
Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, author, singer-songwriter, musician, writer and comedic composer. Idle is a member of the British surreal comedy group Monty Python, a member of The Rutles, and the author of the Broadway musical Spamalot.
1943

Vangelis

Age 75
Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou, best known professionally as Vangelis is a Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, and orchestral music. He is best known for his Academy Award–winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, composing scores for the films Blade RunnerMissingAntarctica1492: Conquest of Paradise, and Alexander, and the use of his music in the PBS documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.
1955

Marina Sirtis

Age 63
Marina Sirtis is a British-American actress. She is best known for her role as Counselor Deanna Troi on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and the four feature films that followed, as well as other appearances in the Star Trek franchise.
1968

Lucy Lawless

Age 50
Lucille Frances Lawless is a New Zealand actress and singer best known for playing the title character in the internationally-successful television series Xena: Warrior Princess(1995–2001).

She is also widely known for her role as Number Three on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series (2005–2009) and for the role of Lucretia in the television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010), its prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011) and its sequel Spartacus: Vengeance (2012).
1991

Hayley McFarland

Age 27

   
Hayley McFarland is an American actress, singer and dancer. She is best known for her portrayal of Emily Lightman on the Fox TV series Lie to Me and Brooke Putner on the FX TV series Sons of Anarchy.
1996

Ronan Curtis

Age 22
Ronan Curtis is an Irish footballer who plays for signed Portsmouth from Derry City in 2018


Deaths



2009

Andy Hallett

(Born: 04 Aug 1975)

Died Aged 33
Andrew Alcott Hallett was an American singer and actor who became known from playing the part of Lorne in the television series Angel (2000–2004). He used his singing talents often on the show, and performed two songs on the series' 2005 soundtrack album, Angel: Live Fast, Die Never.


On This Day   .   Hayley McFarland

Mar 282018
 

On This Day

28 March 2018


Births



1948

Dianne Wiest

Age 70
Dianne Evelyn Wiest is an American actress. Wiest has won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress twice, for Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Bullets over Broadway (1994), both directed by Woody Allen. She appeared in three other of Allen's films: The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Radio Days (1987) and September (1987). She also starred in Ron Howard's comedy-drama film Parenthood (1989), for which she received her second Academy Award nomination. Wiest has received a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as a BAFTA Award nomination.
1960

Chris Barrie

Age 58
Christopher Jonathan Brown, known professionally as Chris Barrie, is a German born British actor, comedian and impressionist. He first achieved success as a vocal impressionist, notably in the ITVsketch show Spitting Image. He is best known for his roles as Arnold Rimmer in the sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf, as Gordon Brittas in the BBC sitcom The Brittas Empire and as Lara Croft's butler Hillary in the Tomb Raiderfranchise films.
1972

Nick Frost

Age 46
Nicholas John Frost is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, and author. He is best known for his work in The Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy of films, consisting of Shaun of the Dead(2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), and the television comedy Spaced (1999–2001). He also appeared in Joe Cornish's film Attack the Block (2011). He co-starred in the 2011 film Paul, which he co-wrote with frequent collaborator and friend Simon Pegg. He is also well known for his various roles in the sketch show Man Stroke Woman.
1974

Andy Thomson

Age 44
Andy Thomson is an English former professional footballer, who has played for Swindon TownPortsmouthBristol Rovers and Wycombe Wanderers.

Thomson played 104 times for Portsmouth scoring 3 goals between 1996 – 1999
1981

Gareth
David-Lloyd


Age 37
Gareth David Lloyd, known professionally as Gareth David-Lloyd, is a Welsh actor best known for his role as Ianto Jones in the British science fiction series Torchwood.
1981

Julia Stiles

Age 37
Julia O'Hara Stiles is an American actress. Stiles began acting at age 11 and made her screen debut as Erica Dansby in the television series Ghostwriter (1993–1994). Her first film role was in I Love You, I Love You Not (1996), followed by a leading role in the thriller Wicked (1998). She went on to gain prominence for her lead roles in teen films such as 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) for which she won MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance and was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards, Down to You (2000), for which she was nominated for another two Teen Choice Awards, and Save the Last Dance (2001), winning the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress and was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance.


Deaths



1987

Patrick Troughton

(Born: 25 Mar 1920)

Died Aged 67
Patrick George Troughton was an English actor. He was classically trained for the stage but became most widely known for his roles in television and film. His work included appearances in several fantasy, science fiction and horror films, but he became best known for his role as the second incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running British science-fiction television series Doctor Who, which he played from 1966 to 1969; he reprised the role in 1973, 1983 and 1985.


On This Day

Mar 272018
 

On This Day

27 March 2018


Births



1969

Pauley Perrette

Age 49
Pauley Perrette is an American actress, best known for playing Abby Sciuto on the U.S. TV series NCIS. She is also a published writer, singer and civil rights advocate. Perrette also co-owns the "Donna Bell's Bake Shop" in Manhattan, which is named for her late mother
1971

Nathan Fillion

Age 47
Nathan Christopher Fillion is a Canadian actor best known for his role as Richard Castle on the ABC series Castle, as well as his earlier portrayal of the lead role of Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the television series Firefly and its feature film continuation, Serenity.He has acted in traditionally distributed films like Slither and Trucker, Internet-distributed films like Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, television soap operas and sitcoms, and theatre.


On This Day

Mar 262018
 

On This Day

26 March 2018


Births



1931

Leonard Nimoy

(Died: 27 Feb 2015)

Aged 83
Leonard Simon Nimoy was an American actor, film director, photographer, author, singer and songwriter. He was best known for his role as Spock of the Star Trek franchise, a character he portrayed in television and film from a pilot episode shot in late 1964 to his final film performance in 2013.
1948

Nash The Slash

(Died: 10 May 2014)

Aged 66
James Jeffrey "Jeff" Plewman, better known by his stage name Nash the Slash, was a Canadian musician. A multi-instrumentalist, he was known primarily for playing the electric violin and mandolin, as well as the harmonica, keyboards, glockenspiel, and other instruments (sometimes described as "devices" on album notes).
1976

Amy Smart

Age 42
Amy Lysle Smart is an American actress and former fashion model. Smart began her career modeling in Italy and subsequently enrolled in acting school. Her first role in film was in director Martin Kunert's film Campfire Tales. She has since appeared in numerous films, including Varsity Blues (1999), Road Trip (2000), Rat Race (2001), The Butterfly Effect (2004), Just Friends (2005), Mirrors (2008), and Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club (2014).
1977

Bianca Kajlich

Age 41
Bianca Maria Kajlich is an American actress. Kajlich has had starring and supporting roles in television and film including the role of Jennifer on the CBS comedy Rules of Engagement (2007–2013).
1985

Keira Knightley

Age 33
Keira Christina Knightley is an English actress. Having worked extensively in both the British and the American film Industries, she has garnered such accolades as an Empire Award and multiple nominations for the British Academy, the Golden Globe, and the Academy Awards. Knightley featured as the highest-paid English actress on Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2008. Apart from acting in films, she had also starred in Broadway and West End Theatre productions.
1992

Haley Ramm

Age 26

 
Haley Ramm is an American actress. She played young Jean Grey in X-Men: The Last Stand and appeared in multiple episodes of the CBS drama Without a Trace throughout 2007 and 2008. Ramm has co-starred in the ABC Family drama Chasing Life during 2014–15.
1994

Freya Tingley

Age 24
Freya Tingley is an Australian-born actress.

Freya's first professional role was "Young Joan" in Caryl Churchill's play Far Away for The Black Swan Theatre Company in 2008. Since then she has appeared in a number of films including the short Bootleg, a singing role in the short Light as a Feather, directed by Damien Spiccia, X, directed by Jon Hewitt, and 3 voice-overs for the production Bully for You. She appeared in the television miniseries Cloudstreet based on Tim Winton's novel, in a support role as "Young Hat Lamb".
1994

Jed Wallace

Age 24
Jed Fernley Wallace is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for Millwall.

Beginning in non-league football, Wallace broke into Portsmouth's first team in 2013, going on to become a regular player for them and being named in the League Two PFA Team of the Year along with 2015 Player of the Season award before moving to Wolves in 2015.

Wallace played 121 times for Portsmouth scoring 30 goals between 2012 – 2015


On This Day   .   Haley Ramm

Mar 252018
 

Match Report

League One


 

Portsmouth    3

 


 

Oxford United    0

 


Pompey made a mockery of their poor Fratton form in 2018 with a resounding victory over Oxford.

Kal Naismith grabbed an early opener, although the visitors responded well and it looked as though there might be a nervy finale.

That all changed when Alex Mowatt saw his penalty saved and was promptly sent off for lashing out at Nathan Thompson.

There was only going to be one winner from that point and Brett Pitman twice capitalised on good work from Jamal Lowe to wrap things up.

There was a single change from the side that won away at snowy Oldham the previous week.

Thompson came straight back into the starting line-up after returning from a four-match ban, with Brandon Haunstrup dropping to the bench.

A fit-again Gareth Evans – who had missed the same number of games with a hamstring injury – had to be content with a place among the substitutes.

There were a couple of familiar faces in the visitors’ line-up, with former Pompey players Simon Eastwood and Wes Thomas both featuring.

The hosts made a bright start and the fans inside Fratton Park – as well as those watching on Sky Sports – had a goal to celebrate in just the fifth minute.

Connor Ronan sent a corner into the box and Matt Clarke nodded it back into the centre, where NAISMITH was waiting to hook home from close range.

He might have had a second after getting down well to meet another Ronan delivery with a diving header that flashed wide.

Oxford were all over the place and Ryan Ledson collected an early booking following a late challenge on the energetic Ronan.

Eastwood then grabbed Dion Donohue’s free-kick before Naismith could make a connection, while a cross from the Scottish forward had to be turned past his own post by Ashley Smith-Brown.

But United improved as the half progressed and James Henry turned sharply on the edge of the box before crashing a shot against the bar.

The Blues soon had a chance at the other end, with Lowe’s centre agonisingly out of reach for Pitman, as the skipper slid in at the far post.

Pitman was then brought down by Rob Dickie as he burst through on goal. The Fratton faithful were baying for a red card, but referee Charles Breakspear instead brandished a yellow.

It was Oxford who dominated as the interval approached, though, and Malachi Napa’s effort was diverted wide by Luke McGee’s fingertips.

Then, from the resulting corner, a well-placed Pitman had to hack Dickie’s goal-bound header from the line.

And the United defender should have done better just before the break, rising at the far post to meet a corner, only to send the ball wide from just a few yards out.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Oxford United 0


Oxford were still on top in the early stages of the second half, with Jack Whatmough doing well to deal with Todd Kane’s dangerous cross.

And the hosts made a change after just 51 minutes, with Evans making a welcome return to action in place of Ronan.

Pompey were struggling to keep hold of the ball and United were growing in confidence as they pushed forward, without forcing McGee into too much action.

And it looked as though the visitors would draw level just past the hour mark – only to miss a penalty and then be reduced to 10 men.

Clarke was penalised for a tug on Dickie inside the box, with Mowatt sending the spot-kick cannoning against the post.

The Oxford forward immediately clashed with Thompson, lashing out to send the Blues player tumbling to the turf.

That sparked a melee, involving plenty of pushing and shoving. When it all calmed down, Breakspear booked McGee for his reaction, before dismissing Mowatt.

It did not take long for the hosts to make the most of their numerical advantage, with the lead doubled on 69 minutes.

The delivery from Lowe on the right was superb and PITMAN was there to lash the ball into the roof of the net from a few yards out.

Pompey were, unsurprisingly, completely on top, with Evans seeing a shot blocked as home players started to fancy seeing their name on the scoresheet.

Instead it was the familiar figure of PITMAN who extended the advantage – with Lowe again playing a key role.

He raced onto a Thompson pass and rounded Eastwood with ease, only to be forced wide.

But the winger maintained his composure and squared for the Blues’ top scorer to stab into the net and complete an enoyable afternoon.

Pompey (4-1-4-1): McGee; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Donohue; Thompson (May 87); Lowe, Close, Ronan (Evans 51), Naismith; Pitman (c)
Goals: Naismith 5, Pitman 69, 79
Booked: Thompson, Naismith, McGee
Subs not used: Bass, Burgess, Haunstrup, Kennedy, Chaplin

Oxford (4-1-2-1-2): Eastwood; Kane, Dickie, Mousinho (c), Smith-Brown (Ricardinho 77); Brannagan; Ledson, Mowatt; Henry (Mehmeti 77); Napa (Rothwell 66), Thomas
Sent off: Mowatt
Booked: Ledson, Dickie, Brannagan
Subs not used: Shearer, Martin, Ashby, Ruffels

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Attendance: 17,892 (1,050 away fans)


Portsmouth FC

Mar 252018
 

On This Day

25 March 2018


Births



1920

Patrick Troughton

(Died: 28 Mar 1987)

Aged 67
Patrick George Troughton was an English actor. He was classically trained for the stage but became most widely known for his roles in television and film. His work included appearances in several fantasy, science fiction and horror films, but he became best known for his role as the second incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running British science-fiction television series Doctor Who, which he played from 1966 to 1969; he reprised the role in 1973, 1983 and 1985.
1942

Richard O'Brien

Age 76
Richard O'Brien (born Richard Smith) is a British-New Zealand actor, television presenter, musician, writer, voice artist and theatre performer.

O'Brien wrote the musical stage show The Rocky Horror Show, which has remained in almost continuous production. He also co-wrote the screenplay of the film adaptation, The Rocky Horror Picture Show released in 1975, appearing in the film as Riff Raff.
1970

Kari Matchett

Age 48
Kari Matchett is a Canadian actress. She has appeared in films such as Apartment Hunting (2000), Angel Eyes (2001), Men with Brooms (2002), Cypher (2002), Civic Duty (2006), The Tree of Life(2011), and Maudie (2016). She is perhaps best known for her roles as Joan Campbell on Covert Affairs and as Kate Filmore in the science fiction movie Cube 2: Hypercube.
1979

Lee Pace

Age 39
Lee Grinner Pace is an American actor. Pace has been featured in film, stage and television. He starred as protagonist Joe MacMillan in AMC's Halt and Catch Fire. He also played Roy Walker/the Masked Bandit in the 2006 film The Fall. He has appeared in film series, including The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 as Garrett and The Hobbit trilogy as Thranduil. He played villain Ronan the Accuser in the film Guardians of the Galaxy, and starred as Ned in the ABC series Pushing Daisies for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2008.
1984

Katharine McPhee

Age 34

 
Katharine Hope McPhee is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. In May 2006, she was the runner-up on the fifth season of American Idol.

McPhee has also established an acting career, co-starring in The House Bunny and Shark Night 3D. She has played Karen Cartwright, one of the lead roles on Smash. Since September 2014, she has starred in Scorpion as Paige Dineen.
1989

Aly Michalka

Age 29

    
Alyson Renae "Aly" Michalka is an American actress and recording artist. She gained fame for playing the role of Keely Teslow in the Disney Channel series Phil of the Future and has participated in film and other television roles including Rhiannon Abernathy in the film Easy A, the CW series Hellcats and iZombie. Michalka and her sister, actress Amanda "AJ" Michalka, are members of the musical duo Aly & AJ.


On This Day   .   Katharine McPhee   .   Aly Michalka

Mar 242018
 

On This Day

24 March 2018


Births



1970

Sharon Corr

Age 48
Sharon Helga Corr MBE is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician and television personality. She is best known as a member of the pop-rock band The Corrs, which she co-founded in 1990 with her elder brother Jim and younger sisters Caroline and Andrea.

She plays the violin, piano and guitar, and sings backing vocals. She began learning the violin when she was six years old. She has played in national youth orchestras and is qualified to teach the violin.
1971

Megyn Price

Age 47
Megyn Price is an American actress, best known for her roles on television as Claudia Finnerty in the FOX Network/WB sitcom Grounded for Life (2001–05), Audrey Bingham on the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement (2007–13), and Mary Roth on the Netflix sitcom The Ranch (2016–present).
1973

Jim Parsons

Age 45
James Joseph "Jim" Parsons is an American actor. He is known for playing Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He has received several awards for his performance, including four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy.
1974

Alyson Hannigan

Age 44
Alyson Lee Hannigan is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Willow Rosenberg on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), Lily Aldrin on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014), and Michelle Flaherty in the American Pie film series (1999–2012).
1976

Aliou Cissé

Age 42
Aliou Cissé is a Senegalese football coach and former player. He has previously played for English Premier League club Birmingham City and later Portsmouth. Cisse was a defensive midfielder who has, on occasion, played at center back.

Cissé played 28 times for Portsmouth between 2004 – 2006
1978

Amir Arison

Age 40
Amir Arison is an American film, television, and theatre actor, perhaps best known for his role as Special Agent Aram Mojtabai in NBC's The Blacklist.
1981

Neil Grayston

Age 37
Neil Gordon Grayston is a Canadian actor.

He won a 2006 Leo Award (Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series) for his performance in the Godiva's episode "The Bigger Man". Neil played Douglas Fargo in Eureka, a Syfy network series that began broadcasting in 2006.


On This Day

Mar 222018
 

On This Day

22 March 2018


Births



1931

William Shatner

Age 87
William Shatner OC is a Canadian actor, author, producer, and director. In his seven decades of television, Shatner became a cultural icon for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, captain of the USS Enterprise, in the Star Trek franchise. He has written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Captain Kirk and being a part of Star Trek, and has co-written several novels set in the Star Trek universe. He has written a series of science fiction novels called TekWar that were adapted for television.
1980

Kandyse McClure

Age 38
Kandyse McClure is a South African-born Canadian actress. She has played Anastasia Dualla on the Sci Fi Channel's television program Battlestar Galactica, and Dr. Clementine Chasseur on the Netflix original series Hemlock Grove.
1986

Amy Studt

Age 32
Amy Jane Studt is an English singer, songwriter and musician. Growing up in a musical family she recorded her first demo, "A New Day Breaks" by age 14, which eventually got her signed to Polydor. Studt released her first single "Just a Little Girl" in July 2002, to international success. It was followed a year later by "Misfit", which came to be her highest charting single. The same month her debut album False Smiles appeared. Late 2003 and early 2004 two more singles were released, "Under the Thumb" and "All I Wanna Do", but only to diminishing sales. That caused Polydor to drop Studt in February 2004.


On This Day

Mar 212018
 

On This Day

21 March 2018


Births



1946

Timothy Dalton

Age 72
Timothy Leonard Dalton Leggett, known professionally as Timothy Dalton, is a British actor. He is best known for portraying James Bond in The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989), as well as Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre (1983), Rhett Butler in the television miniseries Scarlett (1994), and Simon Skinner in Hot Fuzz (2007).
1992

Kieron Freeman

Age 26
Kieron Samuel Freeman is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for Sheffield United.

Freeman played 7 times for Portsmouth in 2016
1993

Jade Jones

Age 25
Jade Louise Jones MBE is a British taekwondo athlete who represents Great Britain. She is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist in the women's 57 kg category. In 2012, she won Britain's first taekwondo Olympic gold medal in this category. Jones was at the time the reigning Youth Olympic champion in the girls' 55 kg category, winning gold for Great Britain in 2010


On This Day

Mar 202018
 

Rachel Riley


     


Rachel Annabelle Riley (born 11 January 1986) is an English television presenter and mathematician who currently co-presents the Channel 4 daytime puzzle show Countdown and its comedy spin-off 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. A mathematics graduate, her television debut came when she joined Countdown at age 22.

With a passion for popularising maths and the sciences, she has gone on to co-present The Gadget Show on Channel 5 (2013–14) and It’s Not Rocket Science on ITV (2016). In 2013 she was a contestant on the BBC celebrity dance show Strictly Come Dancing.


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