Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2012: A


Abbado, Claudio
Born 26 June 1933  (Milan, Italy)
Italian music conductor, one of the foremost conductors still around. Former conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and former Music Director of La Scala in Milan.
[Picture of Claudio Abbado]


Abbas, Mahmoud
Born 26 March 1935  (Safed, Palestine)
President of the Palestinian Authority.
[Picture of Mahmoud Abbas]


Abbasi-Davani, Fereydoon
Born 11 July 1958  (Rasht, Iran)
Iranian nuclear scientist. A dangerous occupation…
[Picture of Fereydoon Abbasi-Davani]


Abbott, Diane
Born 27 September 1957  (Paddington, London, England)
MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington since 1987. A regular of weekly TV political programme 'This Week', cosying up to Michael Portillo. Stood unsuccessfully for the leadership of the Labour Party in 2010. However her presence on the ballot paper may have had an impact on the result. Was lacking one nomination for qualification until her final nominee was declared as David Miliband. Oh dear, David...
[Picture of Diane Abbott]


Abdel-Rahman, Omar
Born 3 May 1938  (Dakahlia, Cairo, Egypt)
Blind Muslim cleric and militant leader, currently serving life for plotting the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
[Picture of Omar Abdel-Rahman]


Abdul, Paula
Born 19 June 1962  (San Fernando, California, USA)
Dancer, singer and former judge on 'American Idol'.
[Picture of Paula Abdul]


Abdul-Hamid of Jordan, Dina
Born in Cairo, Egypt  (exact date unknown)
Former Queen consort of Jordan.
[Picture of Dina Abdul-Hamid of Jordan]


Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem
Born 16 April 1947  (New York City, New York, USA)
US basketball player with the LA Lakers in the 1970s and 80s but he insists he's Roger Murdock, an airline co-pilot!
[Picture of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar]


Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, King
Born 1 August 1924  (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Became King of Saudi Arabia in August 2005, following the death of his half-brother, King Fahd.
[Picture of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia]


Ablett, Gary Gary Ablett is no longer with us
Born 19 November 1965  (Liverpool, England)

Died 1 January 2012  (Tarleton, Lancashire)

Age at death: 46  (read death notice)
Former footballer. Has the distinction of winning FA Cup winners medals with both Liverpool FC and Everton FC.
[Picture of Gary Ablett]


Abram, Michael
Date and place of birth unknown
Man who attacked former Beatle George Harrison at his home in 1999. Born 1966.
[Picture of Michael Abram]


Abrams, M. H.
Born 23 July 1912  (Long Branch, New Jersey, USA)
US literary critic. M. H. = Meyer Howard.
[Picture of M. H. Abrams]


Abse, Dannie
Born 22 September 1923  (Cardiff, Wales)
Popular Welsh poet and brother of Labour MP Leo.
[Picture of Dannie Abse]


Ackland, Joss
Born 29 February 1928  (North Kensington, London, England)
Distinguished and experienced actor, still working. His date of birth drastically reduces the chances of anyone collecting a "party pooper" bonus on him - bar 2012, of course!
[Picture of Joss Ackland]


Adair, Johnny "Mad Dog"
Born 27 October 1963  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Ulster paramilitary and "freedom fighter". After internal feuds within the faction, he moved to the UK in order to avoid assassination. Also partial to a spot of boozing, drug-taking and wife-beating.
[Picture of Johnny


Adam, Ken
Born 5 February 1921  (Berlin, Germany)
Former film set designer, most notably on the James Bond movies.
[Picture of Ken Adam]


Adams, Colette
Date and place of birth unknown
Cancer-stricken wife of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams.
[Picture of Colette Adams]


Adams, Gerry
Born 6 October 1948  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
President of the Irish Republican party Sinn Féin.
[Picture of Gerry Adams]


Adams, Julie
Born 17 October 1926  (Waterloo, Iowa, USA)
American actress.
[Picture of Julie Adams]


Adams, Richard
Born 9 May 1920  (Newbury, Berkshire, England)
Author of 'Watership Down'.
[Picture of Richard Adams]


Adams, Tony
Born 10 October 1966  (Romford, Essex, England)
Former and very successful Arsenal captain. Liked a drink or two…
[Picture of Tony Adams]


Adele, (singer)
Born 5 May 1988  (London, England)
Singer and current most successful recording artist in Britain, with massive sales of her first two albums, '19' and '21' respectively.
[Picture of (singer) Adele]


Adelson, Sheldon
Born 6 August 1933  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
One of the richest men in the U.S., with an estimated wealth of $14bn. Spare us a dime, sir.
[Picture of Sheldon Adelson]


Agca, Mehmet Ali
Born 9 January 1958  (Ismailli, Hekimhan, Malatya, Turkey)
Turkish gunman who attempted to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981. Currently serving time for an assassination attempt on someone else that actually did succeed.
[Picture of Mehmet Ali Agca]


Agnew, Judy
Born 23 April 1921  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Widow of disgraced US Vice President Spiro Agnew. Died in June 2012 but no obit.
[Picture of Judy Agnew]


Ahmadinejad, Mahmoud
Born 28 October 1956  (Garmsar, Iran)
Plainly bonkers, holocaust-denying President of Iran.
[Picture of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad]


Ahman, Arne
Born 4 February 1925  (Nordingra, Sweden)
Swedish triple jumper who won Olympic gold in said competition in 1948.
[Picture of Arne Ahman]


Ahmed, Abdullahi Yusuf Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed is no longer with us
Born 15 December 1934  (Galkacyo, Somalia)

Died 23 March 2012  (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Age at death: 77  (read death notice)
Former president of Somalia, who returned to the capital in 2007 after his side seemingly won the aeons-long battle to win control of the anarchic, war-ravaged country. Survived an assassination attempt in 2006.
[Picture of Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed]


Ahmed Abdullah, Abdullah
Born in Egypt  (exact date unknown)
Egyptian terrorist wanted for the 1998 American embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya. Born 1963.
[Picture of Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah]


Ahome 'e, Halaevalu Mata'aho
Born 29 May 1926  (place of birth unknown)
Queen Mother of Tonga.
[Picture of Halaevalu Mata'aho Ahome 'e]


Aichinger, Ilse
Born 1 November 1921  (Vienna, Austria)
Writer known for her accounts of persecution at the hands of the Nazis.
[Picture of Ilse Aichinger]


Aitken, Jonathan
Born 30 August 1942  (Dublin, Rep of Ireland)
Disgraced ex-cabinet minister.
[Picture of Jonathan Aitken]


Akabusi, Kriss
Born 28 November 1958  (London, England)
Soldier turned athlete who's greatest moment was his anchor leg for Great Britain's victorious 4 x 400m relay team in the 1991 World Championships.
[Picture of Kriss Akabusi]


Akihito of Japan, Emperor
Born 23 December 1933  (Tokyo, Japan)
First son of Emperor Hirohito, acceded to the Imperial throne on the death of his father in 1989.
[Picture of Emperor Akihito of Japan]


Akkerman, Jan
Born 24 December 1946  (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Dutch electric guitarist. Also brought the lute into rock and roll. Well, it was the 1970s...
[Picture of Jan Akkerman]


Al Badawi, Jamal Ahmad Mohammad
Born 22 July 1960  (place of birth unknown)
Yemeni terrorist, convicted for the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000. Currently on the run.
[Picture of Jamal Ahmad Mohammad Al Badawi]


Al Megrahi, Abdelbaset Abdelbaset Al Megrahi is no longer with us
Born 1 April 1952  (Tripoli, Libya)

Died 20 May 2012  (Tripoli, Libya)

Age at death: 60  (read death notice)
Alleged bomber of flight Pan-Am Flight 103, which crashed over Lockerbie in 1988. However, his conviction has always been disputed, not least now he is revealed to be suffering from cancer. Released from prison on compassionate grounds amid a huge hoopla in September 2009. Finally bit the dust after some epic death-teasing in May 2012.
[Picture of Abdelbaset Al Megrahi]


al Sabah, Sheikha Latifa al-Fahd
Date and place of birth unknown
Widow of Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah.
[Picture of Sheikha Latifa al-Fahd al Sabah]


Al-Ahmad Al Jaber Al-Sabah, Sheikh
Born 16 June 1929  (Kuwait City, Kuwait)
The current Emir of Kuwait.
[Picture of Sheikh Al-Ahmad Al Jaber Al-Sabah]


Alain, Marie-Claire (Died in 2013)
Born 10 August 1926  (Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France)
French organist, able to perform substantial works from memory.
[Picture of Marie-Claire Alain]


al-Asaad, Riad
Date and place of birth unknown
Commander of the Free Syria Army oppostion against President Bashar al-Assad.
[Picture of Riad al-Asaad]


Al-Assad, Bashar
Born 11 September 1965  (Damascus, Syria)
President of Syria since his father's death in 2000.
[Picture of Bashar Al-Assad]


al-Assad, Maher
Born 8 December 1967  (Damascus, Syria)
Military leader and younger brother of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
[Picture of Maher al-Assad]


al-Attas, Hamida
Date and place of birth unknown
Mother of the late Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden. Born 1934.
[Picture of Hamida al-Attas]


Albanese, Licia
Born 22 July 1913  (Bari. Italy)
Famed former opera singer.
[Picture of Licia Albanese]


Al-Bashir, Omar
Born 1 January 1944  (Hosh Bannaga, Northern State, Sudan)
Current (and controversial) President of Sudan.
[Picture of Omar Al-Bashir]


Albert II, King
Born 6 June 1934  (Laeken, Belgium)
King of Belgium since 1993.
[Picture of King Albert II]


Albrecht, Karl
Born 20 February 1920  (Essen, Germany)
Entrepreneur, who formed the discount supermarket chain Aldi, with his brother Theo in 1961.
[Picture of Karl Albrecht]


Alda, Alan
Born 28 January 1936  (New York, New York, USA)
US actor, best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce in 'M*A*S*H'.
[Picture of Alan Alda]


al-Douri, Izzat Ibrahim
Born 1 July 1942  (Tikrit, Iraq)
The highest-ranking member of the former Iraqi regime who is still at large - the King of Clubs in the famous pack of cards. Thought to be masterminding attacks on coalition forces, and a $10m reward has been offered for his capture. Strangely Scottish-looking, with his ginger moustache. Reported to have died of leukaemia in late 2005, but no official confirmation as yet.
[Picture of Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri]


Aldrin, Buzz
Born 20 January 1930  (Montclair, New Jersey, USA)
Second man on the Moon, who has always claimed he'd have been the first if it wasn't for the fact that the only door of the lunar lander was on Neil Armstrong's side.
[Picture of Buzz Aldrin]


Aleman, Fedora
Born 11 October 1912  (Caracas, Venezuela)
Opera singer.
[Picture of Fedora Aleman]


Ales, Barney
Date and place of birth unknown
Former president of Motown records.
[Picture of Barney Ales]


Alexander, Jean
Born 24 February 1926  (Liverpool, England)
Best known as Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street.
[Picture of Jean Alexander]


Alexis, Raven
Born 28 January 1987  (Spokane, Washington, USA)
American pornographic actress.
[Picture of Raven Alexis]


Al-Fayed, Mohammed
Born 27 January 1929  (Bakos, Alexandria, Egypt)
Owner of Harrods and Fulham FC. Not overly popular in many quarters, but at least he lives in Switzerland now.
[Picture of Mohammed Al-Fayed]


Ali, Muhammad
Born 17 January 1942  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, ditched his "slave name" in 1964. Won an Olympic gold boxing medal at age 18 and went on to become world heavyweight champion. Now suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
[Picture of Muhammad Ali]


Ali Zardari, Asif
Born 21 July 1956  (Nawabshah, Pakistan)
Widower of Benazir Bhutto, who announced that he would nominally head her party whilst their son is at university in England. Then became insurgent target number 1 when he became President of the country in 2008.
[Picture of Asif Ali Zardari]


Alicia of Bourbon-Palma, Princess
Born 13 November 1917  (Vienna, Austria)
Spanish infanta and heir to the throne of Navarre.
[Picture of Princess Alicia of Bourbon-Palma]


Allen, Fred Fred Allen is no longer with us
Born 9 February 1920  (Oamaru, New Zealand)

Died 28 April 2012  (Auckland, New Zealand)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
Ex-New Zealand rugby union player and coach
[Picture of Fred Allen]


Allen, Marty
Born 22 March 1922  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Stand-up comedian and actor, far better known across the Atlantic than here in the UK.
[Picture of Marty Allen]


Allen, Paul
Born 21 January 1953  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
Entrepreneur and philanthropist. Co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates
[Picture of Paul Allen]


Allen, Woody
Born 1 December 1935  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Comedy film actor/writer/director, born Allen Stewart Konigsberg.
[Picture of Woody Allen]


al-Libi, Abu Yahya Abu Yahya al-Libi is no longer with us
Date and place of birth unknown

Died 4 June 2012  (North Waziristan, Pakistan)

Age at death: 49  (read death notice)
High ranking member of Al-Qaeda and allegedly involved in the Libyan civil war of 2011. Born 1963.
[Picture of Abu Yahya al-Libi]


Alliss, Peter
Born 28 February 1931  (Berlin, Germany)
Golfer, golf course designer & long-time golf commentator for the BBC and others.
[Picture of Peter Alliss]


Allsopp, Kirstie
Born 31 August 1971  (London, England)
Posh totty (or annoying tit) presenter of 'Location, Location, Location, Location, Location, Location, Location, Location, Location, Location, Location, Location, Location'.
[Picture of Kirstie Allsopp]


al-Maliki, Nouri
Born 20 June 1950  (Abu Gharaq, Iraq)
Prime Minister of Iraq since May 2006. Later that year, he took the unusual step of announcing that he wasn't enjoying his job and wouldn't be standing for a second term in office, which loosely translates as "I'm a moving target and I'm absolutely sh*tting myself".
[Picture of Nouri al-Maliki]


al-Masri, Abu Hamza
Born 15 April 1958  (Alexandria, Egypt)
Blind, one-armed and loopy Muslim cleric, currently in jail for inciting racial hatred.
[Picture of Abu Hamza al-Masri]


Alonso Martinez, Alicia
Born 21 December 1920  (Havana, Cuba)
Cuban ballerina.
[Picture of Alicia Alonso Martinez]


Alpert, Herb
Born 31 March 1935  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Trumpeter and record company executive. The A in A&M Records and the man responsible for (or should that be "guilty of"?) signing The Carpenters.
[Picture of Herb Alpert]


Al-Qaradawi, Yusuf
Born 9 September 1926  (Safat Turab, Egypt)
Controversial Islamic cleric and historian.
[Picture of Yusuf Al-Qaradawi]


al-Sadr, Moqtada
Born 12 August 1973  (Baghdad, Iraq)
Leader of a major insurgent force in Iraq, but has made overtures towards peace recently.
[Picture of Moqtada al-Sadr]


al-Sharaa, Farouk
Born 10 December 1938  (Damascus, Syria)
Vice-President of Syria.
[Picture of Farouk al-Sharaa]


Alton, Roger
Born 20 December 1947  (place of birth unknown)
Former editor of The Observer newspaper.
[Picture of Roger Alton]


al-Zawahri, Ayman
Born 19 June 1951  (Maadi, Egypt)
One of bin Laden's deputies in Al-Qaeda, about whom recent whereabouts are sketchy.
[Picture of Ayman al-Zawahri]


Amash, Mariam Mariam Amash is no longer with us
Born in Jisr az-Zarqa, Israel  (exact date unknown)

Died 22 December 2012  (Hadera, Israel)

Age at death: 124  (read death notice)
Bedouin lady, who claims to be the oldest living person, at a whopping 120 years of age. However, this hasn't been (and probably won't be) proved.
[Picture of Mariam Amash]


Amge, Jyoti
Born 18 December 1993  (Nagpur, India)
The World's smallest woman as of December 2011.
[Picture of Jyoti Amge]


Amir, Yigal
Born 23 May 1970  (Herzliya, Israel)
The man who assassinated Yitzhak Rabin.
[Picture of Yigal Amir]


Amis, Danny
Date and place of birth unknown
Guitarist with rock bands the Raybeats and Los Straightjackets.
[Picture of Danny Amis]


Amis, John (Died in 2013)
Born 17 June 1922  (Dulwich, London, England)
Classical music critic for The Guardian & the BBC. Also deaf in one ear.
[Picture of John Amis]


Ammann, Lukas
Born 29 September 1912  (Basle, Switzerland)
Swiss film actor.
[Picture of Lukas Ammann]


Ancic, Mario
Born 30 March 1984  (Split, Croatia)
Tennis player whose never really fulfilled his early promise.
[Picture of Mario Ancic]


Anderson, Gerry Gerry Anderson is no longer with us
Born 14 April 1929  (Kilburn, London, England)

Died 26 December 2012  (Oxfordshire, England)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
TV producer, director & writer - the man behind 'Thunderbirds' and 'Stingray', amongst others.
[Picture of Gerry Anderson]


Anderson, John B.
Born 15 February 1922  (Rockford, Illinois, USA)
Former US congressman who ran for President of the United States in 1980 as an independent.
[Picture of John B. Anderson]


Anderson, Michael
Born 30 January 1920  (London, England)
English film director of 'The Dam Busters' and 'Logan's Run' among others.
[Picture of Michael Anderson]


Anderson, Ole
Born 22 September 1942  (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
Former Wrestler.
[Picture of Ole Anderson]


Anderson, Rona (Died in 2013)
Born 3 August 1928  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Scottish film actress and widow of actor Gordon Jackson.
[Picture of Rona Anderson]


Andersson, Bibi
Born 11 November 1935  (Stockholm, Sweden)
Swedish actress, primarily in Ingmar Bergman films.
[Picture of Bibi Andersson]


Andre, Peter
Born 27 February 1973  (Harrow, London, England)
Cheesy pop singer of 'Mysterious Girl' fame. Was married to someone even cheesier, than him - Jordan.
[Picture of Peter Andre]


Andreotti, Giulio (Died in 2013)
Born 14 January 1919  (Rome, Italy)
Former Italian President, who, due to the often chaotic Italian political system, has been the 58th, 61st AND 70th President of Italy!
[Picture of Giulio Andreotti]


Andress, Ursula
Born 19 March 1936  (Ostermundigen, Switzerland)
Actress & sex symbol, best known for her sultry performance in Dr. No.
[Picture of Ursula Andress]


Andretti, Mario
Born 28 February 1940  (Motovun, Croatia)
Italian-American racing driver, the last American to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix, in 1978.
[Picture of Mario Andretti]


Andrews, Julie
Born 1 October 1935  (Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England)
Actress - star of 'The Sound of Music'.
[Picture of Julie Andrews]


Andrews, Patty (Died in 2013)
Born 16 February 1918  (Mound, Minnesota, USA)
Was one-third of The Andrews Sisters, along with her older (and now dead) siblings Laverne and Maxene. Their best-known song was probably 'Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree'. Patty is the one in the middle in the photo.
[Picture of Patty Andrews]


Angel, Criss
Born 19 December 1967  (East Meadow, New York, USA)
Illusionist & stunt performer, best known, in the US anyway, for his show Criss Angel MindFreak
[Picture of Criss Angel]


Angelil, René
Born 16 January 1942  (Montréal, Canada)
Singer, entertainment manager and husband of Céline Dion, regarded as being the driving force behind her success. The sod.
[Picture of René Angelil]


Angelini, Fiorenzo
Born 1 August 1916  (Rome, Italy)
Italian cardinal, Titualr of Messene from 1956-1991.
[Picture of Fiorenzo Angelini]


Angell, Roger
Born 19 September 1920  (New York City, New York, USA)
Baseball writer for The New Yorker.
[Picture of Roger Angell]


Anger, Kenneth
Born 3 February 1927  (Santa Monica, California, USA)
Underground filmmaker and author. Wrote the bestselling 'Hollywood Babylon' in 1959.
[Picture of Kenneth Anger]


Angle, Kurt
Born 9 December 1968  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Yet another wrestler.
[Picture of Kurt Angle]


Anne, Princess
Born 15 August 1950  (London, England)
The Princess Royal, the second child and only daughter of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.
[Picture of Princess Anne]


Anne of Romania, Queen
Born 18 September 1923  (Paris, France)
Wife of the former King Michael of Romania.
[Picture of Queen Anne of Romania]


Ann-Margaret, (actress)
Born 28 April 1941  (Valsjöbyn, Jämtlands Iän, Sweden)
Swedish-born American actress, something of a siren in the 1960s. Also had a singing career.
[Picture of (actress) Ann-Margaret]


Ant, Adam
Born 3 November 1954  (London, England)
New Romantic singer - a pin-up in his heyday, but now old, overweight and suffering from depression. Was detained under the Mental Health Act in 2002 after throwing a car alternator through a pub window.
[Picture of Adam Ant]


Apostol, Eugenia
Born 29 September 1925  (Sorsogon, Philippines)
Publisher, whose political publications helped cause the downfall of two Filipino presidents.
[Picture of Eugenia Apostol]


Appleyard, Bob
Born 27 June 1924  (Bradford, Yorkshire, England)
Former England fast bowler.
[Picture of Bob Appleyard]


Aranda, Vicente
Born 9 November 1926  (Barcelona, Spain)
Spanish film director and screenwriter.
[Picture of Vicente Aranda]


arap Moi, Daniel
Born 2 September 1924  (Sacho, Baringo, Kenya)
President of Kenya from 1978-2002. Still dogged by controversies stemming from his time in office.
[Picture of Daniel arap Moi]


Arbus, Allan (Died in 2013)
Born 15 February 1918  (New York, New York, USA)
Veteran US actor, best known for his role as Dr Sidney Freedman in 'M*A*S*H'.
[Picture of Allan Arbus]


Archer, Jeffrey
Born 15 April 1940  (London, England)
Habitual liar, novelist and former Conservative Party deputy chairman. Convicted of perjury and perverting the course of justice in 2001.
[Picture of Jeffrey Archer]


Armani, Giorgio
Born 11 July 1934  (Piacenza, Italy)
Fashion designer and founder of the hugely successful Armani brand label.
[Picture of Giorgio Armani]


Armfield, Jimmy
Born 21 September 1935  (Denton, Manchester, England)
Former Blackpool & England footballer, now a very popular radio commentator & broadcaster.
[Picture of Jimmy Armfield]


Armstrong, Billie Joe
Born 17 February 1972  (Oakland, California, USA)
Vocalist with punk rockers Green Day.
[Picture of Billie Joe Armstrong]


Armstrong, Bob
Born 3 October 1939  (Marietta, Georgia, USA)
Wrestler, known as "Bullet Bob". All four of his sons later became wrestlers.
[Picture of Bob Armstrong]


Armstrong, Neil Neil Armstrong is no longer with us
Born 5 August 1930  (Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA)

Died 25 August 2012  (Columbus, Ohio, USA)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
First man on the moon...or actor in an unconvincing Hollywood film set, depending on who you believe.
[Picture of Neil Armstrong]


Armstrong, Val
Date and place of birth unknown
Radio broadcaster for BBC Radio Cumbria. Born 1965.
[Picture of Val Armstrong]


Armstrong-Jones, Antony
Born 7 March 1930  (London, England)
Lord Snowdon, celebrity photographer and former husband of Princess Margaret.
[Picture of Antony Armstrong-Jones]


Arnett, Will
Born 4 May 1970  (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian actor, best known for his roles in 'Arrested Development' and '30 Rock'.
[Picture of Will Arnett]


Arnold, Eve Eve Arnold is no longer with us
Born 21 April 1912  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Died 4 January 2012  (London, England)

Age at death: 99  (read death notice)
American photojournalist, who now lives in Britain.
[Picture of Eve Arnold]


Arthur, Toni
Born 27 December 1940  (Oxford, England)
Best remembered as a presenter of 'Play Away' and 'Play School'.
[Picture of Toni Arthur]


Ash, Lesley
Born 19 February 1960  (Clapham, London, England)
Actress, one of the stars of 'Men Behaving Badly'. Collagen lip implants went badly wrong in 2003, leaving her with what the tabloids described as a "trout pout". After being beaten up by her husband, ex-footballer Lee Chapman, in 2004, she picked up an infection in hospital. According to papers filed in the courts in 2007, suing the hospital, she still has mild paraparesis, loss of some power and motor control in the legs, and some loss of bladder control. It is unlikely she will be able to return to an active role as an actress.
[Picture of Lesley Ash]


Ashcroft, Chloe
Born 7 July 1942  (place of birth unknown)
Children's television presenter, most notably of 'Play School'.
[Picture of Chloe Ashcroft]


Asher, William William Asher is no longer with us
Born 8 August 1921  (New York City, New York, USA)

Died 16 July 2012  (Palm Springs, California, USA)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Producer/director of countless TV shows. Former Husband of of 'Bewitched' star Elizabeth Montgomery.
[Picture of William Asher]


Asherson, Renée
Born 19 May 1920  (Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England)
Actress, widow of Robert Donat.
[Picture of Renée Asherson]


Ashley, Jack Jack Ashley is no longer with us
Born 6 December 1922  (Widnes, Cheshire, England)

Died 20 April 2012  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Former Labour MP (in fact he was the UK's first totally deaf MP) and member of the House of Lords.
[Picture of Jack Ashley]


Ashmore, Edward
Born 11 December 1919  (Queenstown, Ireland)
A former Admiral of the Fleet, the most senior Royal Navy position there is.
[Picture of Edward Ashmore]


Askwith, Robin
Born 12 October 1950  (Southport, Lancashire, England)
Actor best known for his starring role in a series of "sex comedies" in the 1970s.
[Picture of Robin Askwith]


Asner, Ed
Born 15 November 1929  (Kansas City, Kansas, USA)
US actor, who has mostly appeared in TV programmes such as 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'. Recently provided the voice of old curmudgeon Carl in Pixar animated tearfest 'Up'.
[Picture of Ed Asner]


Aspel, Michael
Born 12 January 1933  (London, England)
Host of 'This Is Your Life' and 'Antiques Roadshow'.
[Picture of Michael Aspel]


Assange, Julian
Born 3 July 1971  (Townsville, Queensland, Australia)
Controversial Australian journalist and internet activist, whose WikiLeaks website regularly release confidential documents and communications from the U.S. and other governments. Arrested in December 2010.
[Picture of Julian Assange]


Assia, Lys
Born 3 March 1926  (Lenzburg, Aargau, Switzerland)
Swiss singer who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. Real name: Rosa Mina Schärer.
[Picture of Lys Assia]


Astin, John
Born 30 March 1930  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Actor - starred as Gomez Addams in 'The Addams Family', and has mainly appeared in TV comedies since.
[Picture of John Astin]


Astles, Bob 
Born in Ashford, Kent, England  (exact date unknown)
Former colonial officer and associate of presidents Obote and Amin in Uganda in the 1960s and 70s. Born 1924. Died 29th December 2012 but this wasn't known until after new year 2013, so no points...
[Picture of Bob Astles]


Athans, Peter
Born 1 March 1957  (place of birth unknown)
[Picture of Peter Athans]


Atkins, Ronald
Born 13 June 1916  (place of birth unknown)
Former MP for Preston North on two occasions, 1966-70 and 1974-79.
[Picture of Ronald Atkins]


Atkinson, Big Ron
Born 18 March 1939  (Liverpool, England)
Former League football player, manager and now TV pundit. Renowned for his eclectic style of commentary, which involves saying things like "'There's a few tired limbs in the blue legs" and "van Nistelrooy, predating as usual...".
[Picture of Big Ron Atkinson]


Attenborough, David
Born 8 May 1926  (London, England)
Broadcaster, author, naturalist and also ex-Controller of BBC2. Brother of Sir Richard.
[Picture of David Attenborough]


Attenborough, Richard
Born 29 August 1923  (Cambridge, England)
Oscar-winning film director, general luvvie, and brother of Sir David.
[Picture of Richard Attenborough]


Audran, Stéphane
Born 8 November 1932  (Versailles, France)
French film actress.
[Picture of Stéphane Audran]


Auel, Jean M.
Born 18 February 1936  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Author, best known for the 'Earth's Children' set of novels set in prehistoric times.
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Auerbach, Frank
Born in Berlin, Germany  (exact date unknown)
German-born British artist. A bit like Lucien Freud, really. Born 1931.
[Picture of Frank Auerbach]


Austin, Barry
Born 17 September 1968  (Birmingham, England)
One of the fattest people in the UK, featured in numerous obese-related programmes. As if that wasn't bad enough, he also supports Birmingham City FC.
[Picture of Barry Austin]


Avery, James
Born 27 November 1948  (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)
Actor, best remembered as Philip Banks in 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'.
[Picture of James Avery]


Axel, Gabriel
Born 18 April 1918  (place of birth unknown)
Danish film director, whose film 'Babettes' Feast' won the Oscar for best Foreign Language film in 1987.
[Picture of Gabriel Axel]


Axelsson, Maj
Date and place of birth unknown
Swedish-born wife of 'Dallas' star Larry Hagman.
[Picture of Maj Axelsson]


Aykroyd, Dan
Born 1 July 1952  (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Comedian, actor, musician and screenwriter, of 'Blues Brothers', 'Ghostbusters' and 'Saturday Night Live' fame.
[Picture of Dan Aykroyd]


Aylwin, Patricio
Born 26 November 1918  (Vina del Mar, Chile)
Former President of Chile.
[Picture of Patricio Aylwin]


Ayres, Pam
Born 14 March 1947  (Stanford in the Vale, Berkshire, England)
Humorous poet, often on TV.
[Picture of Pam Ayres]


Aziz, Tariq
Born 28 April 1936  (Tel Keppe, Iraq)
One of the more familiar faces of Saddam Hussein's bunch of henchmen, and one of the few still alive! Former foreign minister, now languishing in jail.
[Picture of Tariq Aziz]


Aziz Nik Mat, Nik Abdul
Born in Pulau Melaka, Malaysia  (exact date unknown)
Malaysian spiritual leader and politician. Born 1931.
[Picture of Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat]


Aznavour, Charles
Born 22 May 1924  (Paris, France)
Watery-eyed French crooner.
[Picture of Charles Aznavour]

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