Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2011: N


Nadir, Asil
Born 1 May 1941  (Lefka, Cyprus)
Turkish-Cypriot businessman, who fled the UK in 1993, after he was charged with false accounting and fraud when chief executive of Polly Peck. Returned to Britain to face the music in 2010.
[Picture of Asil Nadir]


Nagasaki, Kendo
Born 19 October 1946  (Stoke-on-Trent, England)
Born Peter Thornley, was the mysterious, samurai-dressed wrestler usually on ITV's 'World of Sport' programme with Big Daddy and the like. Now there's a wrestler I have bloody well heard of!
[Picture of Kendo Nagasaki]


Nakasone, Yasuhiro
Born 27 May 1918  (Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan)
Former Prime Minister of Japan, known for pushing through the privatisation of state-owned companies and the breakup of Japan National Railways.
[Picture of Yasuhiro Nakasone]


Na-Ra, Jang
Born 18 March 1981  (Seoul, South Korea)
South Korean singer and actress
[Picture of Jang Na-Ra]


Nash, Knowlton
Born 18 November 1927  (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Veteran anchorman for CBC's 'The National' news programme.
[Picture of Knowlton Nash]


Nastase, Ille
Born 19 July 1946  (Bucharest, Romania)
One of Romania's most famous sports stars. US and French Open tennis champion in the 1970s.
[Picture of Ille Nastase]


Naughtie, James
Born 9 August 1951  (Milltown of Rothiemay, Aberdeenshire, Scotland)
One of the main presenters of Radio 4's daily morning news programme, 'Today'. Made headlines in 2010, when he mispronounced government minister Jeremy Hunt's name. Can't imagine what he said instead...
[Picture of James Naughtie]


Navratilova, Martina
Born 18 October 1956  (Prague, Czechoslovakia)
Czech born, but US citizen. Legendary female tennis player, one of the most successful tennis players in history.
[Picture of Martina Navratilova]


Neal, John
Born 3 April 1932  (County Durham, England)
Former Chelsea, Wrexham & Middlesbrough manager, also a player with Aston Villa & Swindon amongst others. Quit Chelsea due to ill-health back in 1985.
[Picture of John Neal]


Neilson, Donald Donald Neilson is no longer with us
Born 1 August 1936  (Bradford, Yorkshire, England)

Died 18 December 2011  (Norwich, England)

Age at death: 75  (read death notice)
British serial killer and all-round scumbag.
[Picture of Donald Neilson]


Nelson, Gunnar
Born 28 July 1988  (Reykjavík, Iceland)
Icelandic mixed martial arts fighter.
[Picture of Gunnar Nelson]


Nelson, Judd
Born 28 November 1959  (Portland, Maine, USA)
"Brat Pack" actor, forever associated with that most "80s" of flicks, 'The Breakfast Club'.
[Picture of Judd Nelson]


Nelson, Willie
Born 30 April 1933  (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
Country & Western guitarist and singer-songwriter. Wrote 'Crazy', which was a hit for Patsy Cline and 'Always On My Mind', made famous by Elvis Presley and the Pet Shop Boys. Busted for cannabis possession in November 2010.
[Picture of Willie Nelson]


Nettles, John
Born 11 October 1943  (St Austell, Cornwall, England)
Actor, best known for his roles in 'Bergerac' and 'Midsomer Murders'. The Man In Black saw him as Octavius Caesar in 'Antony and Cleopatra' at the RSC don't you know!
[Picture of John Nettles]


Nettleton, John
Born 5 February 1929  (London, England)
Veteran character actor, perhaps best known as the wise cabinet secretary Sir Arnold Robinson in 'Yes, Minister'.
[Picture of John Nettleton]


Neuharth, Allen (Died in 2013)
Born 22 March 1924  (Eureka, South Dakota, USA)
Businessman and founder of the newspaper USA Today.
[Picture of Allen Neuharth]


Newhart, Bob
Born 5 September 1929  (Oak Park, Illinois, USA)
Stand-up comedian. Did a much talked-about (but rarely seen these days) routine called 'The Driving Instructor'.
[Picture of Bob Newhart]


Nguyen Giap, General Vo (Died in 2013)
Born 25 August 1911  (Quangbinh Province, Vietnam)
Vietnamese military leader who proved a real thorn in America's side.
[Picture of General Vo Nguyen Giap]


Nichols, Nichelle
Born 28 December 1932  (Robbins, Illinois, USA)
Actress, Lieutenant Uhura from 'Star Trek'.
[Picture of Nichelle Nichols]


Nicholson, Jack
Born 22 April 1937  (Neptune, New Jersey, USA)
Star of such films as 'Chinatown', 'About Schmidt' and the Michael Douglas-produced 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest'.
[Picture of Jack Nicholson]


Nicklaus, Jack
Born 21 January 1940  (Columbus, Ohio, USA)
Golfer, one of the all-time greats of the sport.
[Picture of Jack Nicklaus]


Nicklinson, Tony (Died in 2012)
Date and place of birth unknown
Man suffering from "locked in syndrome", challenging the courts to allow him to die. Born 1954.
[Picture of Tony Nicklinson]


Nielsen, Brigitte
Born 15 July 1963  (Rødovre, Denmark)
Tall, somewhat eccentric Danish actress.
[Picture of Brigitte Nielsen]


Niemeyer, Oscar (Died in 2012)
Born 15 December 1907  (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Highly-influential Brazilian architect who pioneered the use of reinforced concrete, especially in building his country's new capital city, Brasilia.
[Picture of Oscar Niemeyer]


Nijmeijer, Tanja
Born in Denekamp, Netherlands  (exact date unknown)
Dutch woman who joined the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in 2002. Anything to get on Daddy's nerves...Born 1978.
[Picture of Tanja Nijmeijer]


Nikolsky, Sergey (Died in 2012)
Born 30 April 1905  (Talitsa, Perm Guberniya, Russia)
Russian mathematician.
[Picture of Sergey Nikolsky]


Nimoy, Leonard
Born 26 March 1931  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Played pointy-eared Commander Spock in 'Star Trek', later directing 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home'.
[Picture of Leonard Nimoy]


Nitsch, Hermann
Born 29 August 1938  (Vienna, Austria)
Austrian perfomance artist.
[Picture of Hermann Nitsch]


Noakes, John
Born 6 March 1934  (Halifax, Yorkshire, England)
Beloved British children's TV presenter of the past - famous for Blue Peter, which he co-presented for 12 years, still the longest anyone has presented the programme.
[Picture of John Noakes]


Noble, James
Born 5 March 1922  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
Actor, played the daffy Governor Eugene Gatling in 1980s U.S. Sitcom 'Benson'.
[Picture of James Noble]


Noguchi, Thomas
Born 4 January 1927  (Japan)
Former Chief Medical Officer for the County of Los Angleles and coroner on the deaths of Marilyn Monroe and Robert F. Kennedy. Any conspiracy theorists out there may consider that this is the man to talk to...
[Picture of Thomas Noguchi]


Nolan, Bernadette (Died in 2013)
Born 17 October 1960  (Dublin, Rep of Ireland)
Irish-born actress and lead singer of the Nolans.
[Picture of Bernadette Nolan]


Nolan, Linda
Born 23 February 1959  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Member of the Nolan Sisters, and a singer in her own right, occasional TV presenter as well.
[Picture of Linda Nolan]


Noll, Ingrid
Born 29 September 1935  (Shanghai, China)
Chinses-born German thriller writer.
[Picture of Ingrid Noll]


Nölle, Ursula
Born 17 October 1924  (place of birth unknown)
German humanitarian who has been working in Afghanistan since 1983.
[Picture of Ursula Nölle]


Nolte, Nick
Born 8 February 1941  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
American actor - 'The Prince of Tides', 'Hotel Rwanda'.
[Picture of Nick Nolte]


Norden, Denis
Born 6 February 1922  (Hackney, London, England)
Clipboard-wielding comedy scriptwriter, "raconteur" and presenter of TV programmes such as 'It'll Be All Right on the Night' and 'Denis Norden's Laughter File'.
[Picture of Denis Norden]


Noriega, Manuel
Born 11 February 1934  (Panama City, Panama)
Former military dictator of Panama, deposed by the US Army in 1989 for his drug dealing & is still in jail.
[Picture of Manuel Noriega]


Norrington, Roger
Born 16 March 1934  (Oxford, Oxfordshire, England)
Conductor, led the judging panel on the BBC2 reality talent TV series 'Maestro'.
[Picture of Roger Norrington]


Norris, Chuck
Born 10 March 1940  (Ryan, Oklahoma, USA)
The straight-to-video actor and martial artist.
[Picture of Chuck Norris]


Norris, Dan
Born 28 January 1960  (London, England)
Labour MP for Wansdyke from 1997-2010.
[Picture of Dan Norris]


Norris, Fred
Born 9 July 1955  (Willimantic, Connecticut, USA)
Radio personality and sidekick to "shock jock" Howard Stern.
[Picture of Fred Norris]


North, Peter
Born 11 May 1957  (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)
Porn actor.
[Picture of Peter North]


Norvelle, Duncan
Born in Hoton, Leicestershire, England  (exact date unknown)
Comedian who pedalled an uamusingly camp persona to briefly capture fame in the 1980s despite being married with 3 kids. Born 1958. DDP fact: Norvelle was the presenter of the original pilot for 'Blind Date' in 1984 before Cilla Black took over.
[Picture of Duncan Norvelle]


Nott, John
Born 1 February 1932  (Bideford, Devon, England)
What most people remember of John Nott is an interview with Robin Day - Day asked Nott whether the public should believe the retiring MP's statements on defence cuts, since Day thought Nott was a "here today, gone tomorrow politician". Nott then stood up, threw down his microphone, called the interview "ridiculous", and promptly walked off set. He was also Secretary of State for Defence and for Trade but no-one ever remembers that...
[Picture of John Nott]


Novak, Kim
Born 13 February 1933  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Actress, best remembered for her role in 'Vertigo'.
[Picture of Kim Novak]


Nujoma, Sam
Born 12 May 1929  (Ongandjera, Namibia)
First president of Namibia, from 1990-2005.
[Picture of Sam Nujoma]


Nykänen, Matti
Born 17 July 1963  (Jyväskylä, Finland)
Olympic ski-jumping champion of the 1980s, who has since done time for attempted manslaughter, worked as a stripper, had 4 marriages that each lasted just 2 years, and recorded pop songs called 'Hi Hi, I'm Your Samurai' and 'Only A Ski Jumper Truly Knows'.
[Picture of Matti Nykänen]

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