Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2017: W


Born 10 July 1995  (Wiesbaden, Germany)
Dynamo Dresden footballer who was involved in a fatal shooting in December 2016.
[Picture of Marc WACHS]


WADDINGTON, David David WADDINGTON is no longer with us
Born 2 August 1929  (Burnley, Lancashire, England)

Died 23 February 2017  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
Conservative politician. Was briefy Home Secretary in the final year of the Thatcher government before being enobled and becoming governor of Bermuda. Must have done something embarrassing then...
[Picture of David WADDINGTON]


Born 13 April 1935  (Kansas City, Kansas, USA)
Actor and model.
[Picture of Lyle WAGGONER]


WAGNER, Robert
Born 10 February 1930  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Hollywood actor of 'The Longest Day' fame, who went on to play Jonathan Hart in the TV series 'Hart to Hart'. He did not, repeat not, push his wife Natalie Wood off a boat.
[Picture of Robert WAGNER]


WAIN, Bea Bea WAIN is no longer with us
Born 30 April 1917  (New York City, New York, USA)

Died 19 August 2017  (Beverly Hills, California, USA)

Age at death: 100  (read death notice)
Big Band singer, closely associated with bandleader Larry Clinton. One of her hits, 'Deep Purple', inspired the name of the eponymous hard rock band as it was a favourite tune of Ritchie Blackmore's grandmother.
[Picture of Bea WAIN]


WAITE, Terry
Born 31 May 1939  (Styal, Cheshire, England)
Rotund, bearded Church of England envoy who hugged a radiator in Beirut for almost 5 years after a peace mission went wrong.
[Picture of Terry WAITE]


Born 7 December 1949  (Pomona, California, USA)
Singer, songwriter, composer & actor.
[Picture of Tom WAITS]


Born 22 February 1922  (place of birth unknown)
Cabinet minister who's wife was killed in the Brighton bombing of 1984.
[Picture of John WAKEHAM]


Born 18 May 1949  (London, England)
Keyboardist for prog-rockers Yes and the name most associated with that genre's excesses.
[Picture of Rick WAKEMAN]


Born 15 August 1946  (London, England)
Health secretary in Margaret Thatcher's cabinet and held a number of posts under John Major but lost his seat in 1997 and was elevated to the house of lords.
[Picture of William WALDEGRAVE]


Born 8 July 1932  (West Bromwich, England)
Former Labour MP and presenter of political magazine show 'Weekend World', which is just as well since he famously couldn't pronounce his r's!
[Picture of Brian WALDEN]


WALDO, Elisabeth
Born 18 June 1918  (Yakima, Washington, USA)
Composer and ethnomusicologist.
[Picture of Elisabeth WALDO]


Born 29 September 1943  (Popowo, Poland)
Former Trade Unionist and electrician who later became President of Poland and a noted peace activist.
[Picture of Lech WALESA]


WALKEN, Christopher
Born 31 March 1943  (Queens, New York, USA)
Quirky film and stage actor and dancer who first came to fame in 1978 in 'The Deer Hunter'. Also known for his role of Bruce Dickinson (Yes, the Bruce Dickinson) in 'Saturday Night Live'.
[Picture of Christopher WALKEN]


Born 30 May 1927  (Hartford, Illinois, USA)
Towering actor who starred in the western TV series 'Cheyenne'.
[Picture of Clint WALKER]


Born 7 July 1929  (Stapleford, England)
Former footballer for Derby County FC.
[Picture of Colin WALKER]


WALKER, Jimmie
Born 25 June 1947  (The Bronx, New York, USA)
Actor and comdedian, best known as J.J. Evans in the U.S. 1970s sitcom 'Good Times'.
[Picture of Jimmie WALKER]


Born 3 September 1923  (El Dorado, Kansas, USA)
Newspaper cartoonist.
[Picture of Mort WALKER]


WALKER, Murray
Born 10 October 1923  (Hall Green, Birmingham, England)
Excitable motor-racing commentator.
[Picture of Murray WALKER]


WALKER, Rudolph
Born 28 September 1939  (Trinidad, West Indies)
Actor, best known for 'Love Thy Neighbour', 'The Thin Blue Line' and now on 'EastEnders' as Patrick Trueman.
[Picture of Rudolph WALKER]


Born 28 May 1961  (London, England)
Tall actress still best known for her breakthrough role in the BBC TV adaptation of 'The Life and Loves of a She-Devil' in 1986.
[Picture of Julie T. WALLACE]


WALTER, Jessica
Born 31 January 1941  (New York City, New York, USA)
Lucille Bluth in 'Arrested Development' and the nutjob who tries to kill Clint Eastwood in 'Play Misty for Me'.
[Picture of Jessica WALTER]


WALTERS, Barbara
Born 25 September 1929  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Legendary US television news anchorwoman and interviewer.
[Picture of Barbara WALTERS]


Born 24 October 1934  (Walton-on-Thames, England)
British set/costume designer and former husband of Julie Andrews.
[Picture of Tony WALTON]


WALTZ, Christoph
Born 4 October 1956  (Vienna, Austria)
Austrian-born actor who won acclaim (and Best Supporting Actor Oscar) for his subtle portrayal of SS officer Colonel Lander in the Quentin Tarantino film 'Inglourious Basterds'.
[Picture of Christoph WALTZ]


Born 13 May 1949  (New York City, New York, USA)
Versatile stage and screen actress, daughter of Sam Wanamaker, appeared in everything from 'My Family' through 'Doctor Who' & 'Harry Potter' to 'Prime Suspect'. Married to actor Gawn Grainger.
[Picture of Zoe WANAMAKER]


Date and place of birth unknown
Stage name for Dr. Samuel Hutt, a family planning dcotor for the NHS! Wangford is noted for his humourous but political country music. Born 1940.
[Picture of Hank WANGFORD]


WAQA, Baron
Born 31 December 1959  (Boe District, Nauru)
President of Nauru since 2013.
[Picture of Baron WAQA]


WARD, Bill
Born 5 May 1948  (Birmingham, England)
Drummer with the legendary heavy metal progenitors Black Sabbath.
[Picture of Bill WARD]


WARD, Burt
Born 6 July 1945  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Actor, best remembered as Robin in the 1960s 'Batman' TV series.
[Picture of Burt WARD]


WARD, Dillon
Born 28 March 1991  (Orangeville, Canada)
Lacrosse player for Colorado Mammoth.
[Picture of Dillon WARD]


WARD, Keith
Born 22 August 1938  (Hexham, Northumberland, England)
Philosopher and theologian.
[Picture of Keith WARD]


WARD, Lalla
Born 28 June 1951  (London, England)
Aristocratic actress most famous for her portrayal as Romana's second incarnation in 'Doctor Who'. Formally married to Tom Baker and Richard Dawkins. Raises money for Denville Hall. Born The Honourable Sarah Ward.
[Picture of Lalla WARD]


WARD, Mary
Born 6 March 1914  (Freemantle, Australia)
Veteran Australian actress. Played "Mum" Brooks in cult series 'Prisoner Cell Block H'.
[Picture of Mary WARD]


WARINER, Jessi "Zazu" Jessi
Date and place of birth unknown

Died 12 September 2017  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Age at death: 28  (read death notice)
Former singer and guitarist for Nashville-based rock band Those Darlins.
[Picture of Jessi


Born 29 July 1941  (Manchester, England)
Prolific actor still best remembered for having his head knocked off in 1976's 'The Omen'.
[Picture of David WARNER]


Born 14 April 1924  (Winchester, Hampshire, England)
Baroness Warnock. Moral philosopher known for her writings on existentialism.
[Picture of Mary WARNOCK]


WARREN, Lesley Ann
Born 16 August 1946  (New York City, New York, USA)
American actress who never quite made the top rung of Hollywood stardom.
[Picture of Lesley Ann WARREN]


WARREN, Lorraine
Born 31 January 1927  (Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA)
Paranormal investigator, who along with her husband, looked into the "Amityville Horror" which later became a film.
[Picture of Lorraine WARREN]


Born 12 December 1940  (East Orange, New Jersey, USA)
Legendary soul singer, famous for her renditions of Burt Bacharach/Hal David songs.
[Picture of Dionne WARWICK]


WASH, Martha
Born 28 December 1953  (San Francisco, California, USA)
Former singer with the Weather Girls and Black Box, although you wouldn't of known about the latter at the time…
[Picture of Martha WASH]


Born 21 October 1959  (Koide, Japan)
Japanese actor who made a successful transition to Hollywood with roles in 'Batman Begins' and 'The Last Samuari'.
[Picture of Ken WATANABE]


Born 19 December 1961  (Hertford, Hertfordshire, England)
Actor who played Adric in 'Doctor Who' in the early eighties, one of the few companaions to be killed off.
[Picture of Matthew WATERHOUSE]


Born 24 February 1948  (Clapham, London, England)
English actor, who also likes to sing the theme tune to almost every show he's ever appeared in.
[Picture of Dennis WATERMAN]


Born 6 September 1943  (Great Bookham, Surrey, England)
Guitarist & singer, best remembered for his time with Pink Floyd.
[Picture of Roger WATERS]


Born 15 November 1940  (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
Veteran actor best known for his long-standing portrayal of Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy on 'Law & Order'.
[Picture of Sam WATERSTON]


Born 30 July 1977  (Merthyr Tygfil, Glamorganshire, Wales)
Singer with noughties metallers Lost Prophets. Jaild for the sexual abuse of children in 2013.
[Picture of Ian WATKINS]


WATKINS, Matthew J.
Born 2 September 1978  (Newport, Wales)
Former Wales and Llanelli Scarlets rugby centre.
[Picture of Matthew J. WATKINS]


Date and place of birth unknown
Music impresario, perhaps best known as the manager of synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. Born c. 1950.
[Picture of Tom WATKINS]


WATSON, Dr James
Born 6 April 1928  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Molecular biologist, one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA. Recently in a spot of bother over racial comments he made.
[Picture of Dr James WATSON]


Born 15 April 1990  (Paris, France)
Hermione in the 'Harry Potter' movie series, female rights activist and very, very rich.
[Picture of Emma WATSON]


Born 7 May 1978  (Gosford, Australia)
Australian actress, model and interior designer, as you do…
[Picture of Kylie WATSON]


WATSON, Paul Paul WATSON is no longer with us
Date and place of birth unknown

Died 7 November 2017  (Sunderland, England)

Age at death: 63  (read death notice)
Former leader of Sunderland City Council.
[Picture of Paul WATSON]


Date and place of birth unknown
Former chairman of Luton Town, whose decision to sell the club in 2003 led to that venerable institution's rapid fall down the league. Died in September 2017 but no obit.
[Picture of Mike WATSON-CHALLIS]


Born 5 May 1939  (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA)
Former professional wrestler known as "Cowboy Bill".
[Picture of Bill WATTS]


WATTS, Charlie
Born 2 June 1941  (Islington, London, England)
The Rolling Stones' drummer. Diagnosed with throat cancer in June 2004.
[Picture of Charlie WATTS]


Born 21 July 1989  (London, England)
Vincent Crabbe in the 'Harry Potter' movies, more famous for his arrest for criminal damage during the 2012 London Riots.
[Picture of Jamie WAYLETT]


Born 27 September 1982  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
American rapper, born Dwayne Carter.
[Picture of Lil' WAYNE]


Date and place of birth unknown
Wife of former Wales rugby international Scott Gibbs. Hit by a scooter in Italy in December 2016. Born 1984.
[Picture of Kate George WEAVER-GIBBS]


WEBSTER, William
Born 6 March 1924  (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)
Attorney, one of the few to work at a high level for the CIA and FBI.
[Picture of William WEBSTER]


WEEKES, Everton
Born 26 February 1925  (Saint Michael, Barbados)
Former West Indies cricketer, one of the legendary "3 W's", of Walcott, Weekes and Worrall.
[Picture of Everton WEEKES]


WEINER, Anthony
Born 4 September 1964  (New York City, New York, USA)
Former Democrat member of the US House of Representatives.
[Picture of Anthony WEINER]


Born 28 July 1940  (Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England)
Footballer, spent most of his playing career for Watford FC, later managed Southport FC for a brief spell.
[Picture of Duncan WELBOURNE]


WELCH, Keith
Born 3 October 1968  (Bolton, Lancashire, England)
Former goalkeeper for Rochdale, Bristol City and Northampton Town.
[Picture of Keith WELCH]


Born 22 September 1931  (Birmingham, England)
Old school feminist writer who works include 'The Life and Loves of a She Devil' and 'The Cloning of Joanna May'.
[Picture of Fay WELDON]


Born 12 March 1946  (Denver, Colorado, USA)
Veteran voice actor, the go-to guy in the industry if you need someone to mimic animal noises. Has also voiced meddling kid Fred in nearly all of the umpteen 'Scooby-Doo' incarnations.
[Picture of Frank WELKER]


WELLS, Stanley
Born 21 May 1930  (Kingston-Upon-Hull, England)
Shakespearean scholar editor of the Oxford Shakespeare series. Was formally married to 'Woman In Black' author Susan Hill.
[Picture of Stanley WELLS]


WELSH, Kenneth
Born 30 March 1942  (Edmonton, Canada)
Canadian actor best nown fro his villianous turn in 'Twin Peaks'.
[Picture of Kenneth WELSH]


WENDT, George
Born 17 October 1948  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
TV actor - played the part of eternal barfly Norm in 'Cheers'.
[Picture of George WENDT]


WENHAM, Michael
Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England  (exact date unknown)
Author of 'My Donkey Body' about his battle with MND. Born 1949.
[Picture of Michael WENHAM]


Born 14 August 1926  (Rome, Italy)
Italian film director. First woman to be nominated for Best Director, in 1976.
[Picture of Lina WERTMULLER]


WEST, Adam Adam WEST is no longer with us
Born 19 September 1928  (Walla Walla, Washington, USA)

Died 9 June 2017  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
Played Batman in the original (1966-68) TV series.
[Picture of Adam WEST]


WEST, Kanye
Born 8 June 1977  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Increasingly self-important rap artist and musician. Inexplicably married to vapid reality show parasite, big-arsed Kim Kardashian.
[Picture of Kanye WEST]


WEST, Rose
Born 29 November 1953  (Devon, England)
Born Rosemary Letts, in 1972 she married Fred West, with whom she committed a series of murders at the now infamous 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, during the 1970s. She is serving a life sentence.
[Picture of Rose WEST]


WEST, Simon
Born in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England  (exact date unknown)
British film director of 'Con Air' and 'The Expendables 2'.
[Picture of Simon WEST]


WEST, Sonny Sonny WEST is no longer with us
Born 5 July 1938  (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)

Died 27 May 2017  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Age at death: 78  (read death notice)
Member of the "Memphis Mafia", Elvis Presley's band of hangers-on.
[Picture of Sonny WEST]


WEST, Timothy
Born 20 October 1934  (Bradford, Yorkshire, England)
Actor, mostly on stage, but has had loads of TV roles. Married to Prunella Scales. Currently acting the socks off everyone else in 'EastEnders' as patriarch Stan Carter.
[Picture of Timothy WEST]


Born 5 November 1973  (Walthamstow, London, England)
EastEnders actress of yore who is better remembered for her cocaine habit which destroyed the septum in her nose.
[Picture of Daniella WESTBROOK]


Born 4 June 1928  (Frankfurt, Germany)
American sex therapist & author. Also, believe it or not, was a trained sniper during the Arab-Israeli war of 1948.
[Picture of Dr Ruth WESTHEIMER]


Date and place of birth unknown
Actor, mainly in westerns and TV series.
[Picture of Brad WESTON]


Born 7 May 1943  (place of birth unknown)
Former guitarist with 1960s beat group the Temeloes.
[Picture of Rick WESTWOOD]


WETTON, John John WETTON is no longer with us
Born 12 June 1949  (Willington, Derbyshire, England)

Died 31 January 2017  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 67  (read death notice)
Singer, songwriter & guitarist.
[Picture of John WETTON]


Born 28 May 1935  (Low Fell, Gateshead, County Durham)
Cricketer who captained Glamorgan to the County Championship in 1969.
[Picture of Ossie WHEATLEY]


Born 24 November 1936  (Bradford, Yorkshire, England)
Former Chairman of Wigan Athletic. Broke his leg in the 1960 FA Cup final but he never talks about it…
[Picture of Dave WHELAN]


WHELAN, Eileen
Born 30 October 1911  (London, England)
Played in 7 tests for England women's team in the 30s & 40s.
[Picture of Eileen WHELAN]


Born 21 March 1980  (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada)
Turps-nudging Sum 41 lead singer who was married to Avril Lavigne for four years. No wonder he turned to the bottle.
[Picture of Deryck WHIBLEY]


Born 13 December 1959  (Van Nuys, California, USA)
US child actor who did the expected thing and sank into the drink/drugs mire.
[Picture of Johnny WHITAKER]


WHITE, Betty
Born 17 January 1922  (Oak Park, Illinois, USA)
Last survivor of the 'Golden Girls' 1980s TV sitcom, despite being the eldest.
[Picture of Betty WHITE]


WHITE Jr, Marco Pierre
Date and place of birth unknown
Son of the famous chef and dabbler in the reality TV game. Born 1994.
[Picture of Marco Pierre WHITE Jr]


WHITEHORN, Katharine
Born in London, England  (exact date unknown)
Journalist and columnist for The Observer. Born 1928.
[Picture of Katharine WHITEHORN]


Born 20 May 1958  (Stanleytown, Wales)
Prolific comedy performer known for 'The Fast Show' and his work with Harry Enfield and his award winning radio show 'Down The Line'. Now in the same game as Boutros Boutros-Ghali!
[Picture of Paul WHITEHOUSE]


Born 11 November 1925  (London, England)
Veteran Comedy actress, who started out in radio in the 1950s and went on to work with most of the top comedians of her era. Was best known as the eponymous June in 'Terry and June' before taking the role of Mother in 'Absolutely Fabulous'.
[Picture of June WHITFIELD]


Born 1 February 1928  (San Francisco, California, USA)
U.S. film actor.
[Picture of Stuart WHITMAN]


Born 22 March 1936  (Nairobi, Kenya)
Easy-listening musician.
[Picture of Roger WHITTAKER]


Born 3 March 1927  (Henderson, Texas, USA)
A lawyer who made headlines in 2006 when he was accidentally shot in the face by Vice President Dick Cheney while they were both out hunting.
[Picture of Harry WHITTINGTON]


Born 21 July 1946  (Prestbury, Cheshire, England)
Drummer with 1960s band Herman's Hermits.
[Picture of Barry WHITWAM]


Born 28 February 1953  (Caversham, Reading, England)
Singer-songwriter, fronted power pop band The Records.
[Picture of John WICKS]


Born 4 October 1947  (Bath, Somerset, England)
Tory politician, former cabinet minister. Also a novelist & TV presenter.
[Picture of Anne WIDDECOMBE]


WIESEL, Torsten
Born 3 June 1924  (Uppsala, Sweden)
Neurophysiologist, co-recipient of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his studies of the visual system.
[Picture of Torsten WIESEL]


WILBUR, Richard Richard WILBUR is no longer with us
Born 1 March 1921  (New York City, New York, USA)

Died 14 October 2017  (Belmont, Massachusetts, USA)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
[Picture of Richard WILBUR]


Born 13 December 1949  (Manchester, England)
Chrissy Plummer in 'Man About The House', doing better healthwise than her co-star Richard O'Sullivan.
[Picture of Paula WILCOX]


Born 18 November 1960  (London, England)
New wave popstrel and daughter of Marty Wilde, now a landscape gardener.
[Picture of Kim WILDE]


Born 5 August 1940  (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Socialite who's excessive plastic surgery has amused and scared people in equal measure.
[Picture of Jocelyn WILDENSTEIN]


Born 6 September 1963  (Venlo, Netherlands)
Dutch MP and outspoken critic of Islamic fundamentalism.
[Picture of Geert WILDERS]


WILDISH, D. B. H. D. B. H. WILDISH is no longer with us
Born 24 December 1914  (Milton, Kent, England)

Died 2 April 2017  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 102  (read death notice)
Vice admiral in the Royal Navy. Survived the sinking of the HMS Prince of Wales during World War II.
[Picture of D. B. H. WILDISH]


WILL, George
Born 4 May 1941  (Champaign, Illinois, USA)
American conservative political commentator and journalist. Was chummy with Reagan, though his relationship with the GOP has been fractious in recent years.
[Picture of George WILL]


Born in Sittingbourne, Kent, England  (exact date unknown)
"Inspiring", "cancer", "battler" with two mentions on the Daily Mail website.
[Picture of Aimee WILLETT]


Born 6 April 1937  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor, chiefly recognised as Lando Calrissian in the 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi'. Surely he's not 79?
[Picture of Billy Dee WILLIAMS]


Born 29 June 1925  (New York City, New York, USA)
Long-retired actress, Oscar-nominated in 1958 for her role in 'The Defiant Ones' and briefly married into the Barrymore acting family.
[Picture of Cara WILLIAMS]


Born 2 July 1931  (Hampstead, London, England)
Actor - Rev. Farthing in 'Dad's Army'.
[Picture of Frank WILLIAMS]


WILLIAMS, Irfon Irfon WILLIAMS is no longer with us
Date and place of birth unknown

Died 30 May 2017  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 47  (read death notice)
Father-of-five who decided to make his cancer fight public, which is a sure fire way of getting yourself into this game!
[Picture of Irfon WILLIAMS]


Date and place of birth unknown
Mother of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, born 1929. In 2016 it was revealed that his father was not her husband at the time of Welby's birth. Naughty, naughty…
[Picture of Jane WILLIAMS]


Born 8 February 1932  (Floral Park, New York, USA)
Award-winning composer of such legendary film scores as 'Star Wars', 'Superman', 'ET', 'Indiana Jones' and many more.
[Picture of John WILLIAMS]


Born 4 April 1937  (Walsall, England)
Beauty queen who became the first female presenter of 'Blue Peter' in 1958.
[Picture of Leila WILLIAMS]


Born 14 April 1968  (High Point, North Carolina, USA)
Singer with hardcore band Eyehategod.
[Picture of Mike IX WILLIAMS]


Born 3 July 1956  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
US talk show host, formerly a US Naval Officer. Diagnosed with MS in 1999.
[Picture of Montel WILLIAMS]


Born 30 October 1941  (Texarkana, Texas, USA)
Baritone singer of The Temptations.
[Picture of Otis WILLIAMS]


Born 27 July 1930  (London, England)
Labour MP who defected and formed the SDP in 1981, before becoming a Lib Dem member of the House of Lords.
[Picture of Shirley WILLIAMS]


Born 16 April 1942  (County Durham, England)
Boss of the Williams Formula 1 team. In a wheelchair since a car accident in 1986.
[Picture of Sir Frank WILLIAMS]


WILLIS, Elliot
Born 16 June 1983  (Kent, England)
Sailor whose hopes of partaking in the 2016 Olympics were dashed by a bowel cancer diagnosis in late 2015.
[Picture of Elliot WILLIS]


Born 30 October 1941  (Chesterfield, England)
Former Arsenal and Scotland goalkeeper turned TV presenter.
[Picture of Bob WILSON]


Born 20 June 1942  (Hawthorne, California, USA)
Founder member of, and producer, composer and arranger for, The Beach Boys. Has suffered from long-term mental illness and drug problems.
[Picture of Brian WILSON]


WILSON, Charlie
Born 29 January 1953  (Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA)
AKA "Uncle Charlie", former singer with R&B/funk legends The Gap Band. Oops upside your head I said oops upside your head…
[Picture of Charlie WILSON]


Born 24 July 1987  (Burbank, California, USA)
Former child actress ('Matilda'), now a writer.
[Picture of Mara WILSON]


Born 31 October 1974  (Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA)
PGA tour golfer.
[Picture of Mark WILSON]


Born 16 January 1916  (Diss, Norfolk, England)
Baroness Wilson of Rievaulx, widow of former Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
[Picture of Mary WILSON]


WILSON, Michael G.
Born 21 January 1942  (New York City, New York, USA)
American Producer who along with Barbara Broccoli has produced the James Bond films.
[Picture of Michael G. WILSON]


Born 17 December 1934  (Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England)
Former footballer, left back for England when they won the 1966 World Cup.
[Picture of Ray WILSON]


WILSON, Richard
Born 9 July 1936  (Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland)
Actor (real name Ian Colquhoun Wilson) famous for playing the grumpy Victor "I don't believe it!" Meldrew in sitcom 'One Foot in the Grave'. Will the other foot follow this year?
[Picture of Richard WILSON]


Born 25 July 1941  (Lincoln, Nebraska, USA)
Key figure in the underground comix movement since the 1960s.
[Picture of S. Clay WILSON]


Born 29 March 1942  (Thomasville, Georgia, USA)
Veteran US actor.
[Picture of Scott WILSON]


Born 11 October 1942  (place of birth unknown)
Civil servant and peer.
[Picture of Lord Richard WILSON OF DINTON]


Date and place of birth unknown
Morbidly obese bookmaker as seen on television. Born 1964.
[Picture of Gary WILTSHIRE]


Born 1 April 1969  (Kingston upon Hull, England)
The very epitome of the journeyman footballer. Helped his home club Hull City win promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history in 2008.
[Picture of Dean WINDASS]


WINDSOR, Barbara
Born 6 August 1937  (Shoreditch, London, England)
Veteran actress of the 'Carry On' films who went on to become Peggy Mitchell in the tiresome BBC soap 'EastEnders'. Changed her surname from Deeks and known for her off-screen connections to the Kray Twins. Distant relative of the artist John Constable.
[Picture of Barbara WINDSOR]


Born 12 July 1927  (Walsall, West Midlands, England)
Actor, best known, for his role in 'Z Cars' & its spin off, 'Softly Softly'. Still appears in TV adverts & the odd TV show.
[Picture of Frank WINDSOR]


Born 26 June 1933  (place of birth unknown)
Labour MP for Walsall North since 1979.
[Picture of David WINNICK]


WINOKUR, Marissa Jaret
Born 2 February 1973  (New York City, New york, USA)
Actress best known as Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway version of John Waters' cult film 'Hairspray'.
[Picture of Marissa Jaret WINOKUR]


WINSPEAR, Jacqueline
Born 30 April 1955  (Kent, England)
Mystery writer, best known for her Maisie Dobbs novels.
[Picture of Jacqueline WINSPEAR]


Born 28 January 1998  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Cherubic actress from hit US sitcom 'Modern Family'.
[Picture of Ariel WINTER]


Born 25 February 1922  (Wellington, Texas, USA)
Basketball coach and innovator of the "triangle offense", whatever that is...
[Picture of Tex WINTER]


Born 22 May 1955  (London, England)
TV presenter & game show host. His presenting style can best be described as "over the top camp".
[Picture of Dale WINTON]


WITCHELL, Nicholas
Born 23 September 1953  (Shropshire, England)
Flame-haired former news anchor, now BBC royal and diplomatic correspondent. Once sat on a lesbian on live television.
[Picture of Nicholas WITCHELL]


Born 4 July 1938  (Slab Fork, West Virginia, USA)
Singer-songwriter who enjoyed huge success in the 1970s with hits like 'Lean on Me' and 'Lovely Day' before quitting the business in 1985.
[Picture of Bill WITHERS]


Born 21 March 1940  (Birmingham, England)
Former goalkeeper for both Aston Villa and bitter rivals Birmingham City.
[Picture of Colin WITHERS]


Born 12 April 1926  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Actress, a child star that never really achieved the same success in adulthood.
[Picture of Jane WITHERS]


Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  (exact date unknown)
President of Ethiopia since 2001. Born December 1924.
[Picture of Girma WOLDE-GIORGIS]


Date and place of birth unknown
Ethiopian horticultral scientist. Answers on a postcard please for a more obscure pick than this one for 2014...
[Picture of Legesse WOLDE-YOHANNES]


Born 7 May 1931  (New York City, New York, USA)
Award winning Fantasy and SF author best known for his four volume 'The Book of the New Sun' series.
[Picture of Gene WOLFE]


Born 2 March 1931  (Richmond, Virginia, USA)
Journalist and novelist who wrote 'The Bonfire of the Vanities'.
[Picture of Tom WOLFE]


Born 1 December 1933  (Sydney, Australia)
President of the World Bank from 1995-2005.
[Picture of James WOLFENSOHN]


WOLFF, Heinz Heinz WOLFF is no longer with us
Born 29 April 1928  (Berlin, Germany)

Died 15 December 2017  (London, England)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Eccentric scientist, presenter of 'The Great Egg Race' on BBC2 in the 1980s.
[Picture of Heinz WOLFF]


WOLFF, Lester L.
Born 4 January 1919  (New York City, New York, USA)
Former Democrat representative for New York from 1965-81.
[Picture of Lester L. WOLFF]


Born in Frankfurt, Germany  (exact date unknown)
Veteran Labour Party peace activist. Born June 1923.
[Picture of Walter WOLFGANG]


WONDER, Stevie
Born 13 May 1950  (Saginaw, Michigan, USA)
Singer & songwriter, blind since birth, hugely influential in the pop music world.
[Picture of Stevie WONDER]


WONG, Ellen
Born 13 January 1985  (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian actress who mainly appears on TV but was one of the cast of cult film 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'.
[Picture of Ellen WONG]


Born 17 July 1945  (North Hwanghae Province, North Korea)
North Korean army general. Minister of State Security from 2012 until whenever he falls out of favour with Kim Jong-un.
[Picture of Kim WON-HONG]


Born 25 October 1945  (Macclesfield, England)
Millwall's lead striker in the early 1970s, now suffering with dementia.
[Picture of Alf WOOD]


WOOD, Ronnie
Born 1 June 1947  (Hillingdon, Middlesex, England)
Guitarist who played with Jeff Beck and the Faces before becoming a permanent member of the Rolling Stones.
[Picture of Ronnie WOOD]


Born 8 November 1946  (Kitts Green, Birmingham, England)
Lead singer of the Move, then Wizzard.
[Picture of Roy WOOD]


Date and place of birth unknown
Terminally ill woman who sued her firm for forcing her out because of her illness.
[Picture of Jacci WOODCOCK]


WOODS, James
Born 18 April 1947  (Vernal, Utah, USA)
US actor, often given the role of the villian or other slippery characters.
[Picture of James WOODS]


Born 16 July 1917  (Glendale, California, USA)
Voice over artist. Died in February 2017 but no obit.
[Picture of Bill WOODSON]


Born 21 July 1929  (Tyne Dock, County Durham, England)
Actor, mostly on TV & stage, who has a penchant for playing police officers.
[Picture of John WOODVINE]


Date and place of birth unknown
Founder of the CLIC Sargent cancer charity in 1976.
[Picture of Bob WOODWARD]


Born 27 February 1930  (Thomasville, Georgia, USA)
Veteran film actress, widow of Paul Newman, who she was married to for 50 years.
[Picture of Joanne WOODWARD]


WOOLF, Harry
Born 2 May 1933  (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
Lord Chief Justice Woolf, one of Britain's foremost judges of the last 30 years.
[Picture of Harry WOOLF]


WOOLF, Henry
Born 20 January 1930  (London, England)
Film and theatre actor. Was lifelong friends with Harold Pinter, and it was Woolf who directed the original production of Pinter's debut play, 'The Room'.
[Picture of Henry WOOLF]


Born 9 September 1951  (Lordi, Wisconsin, USA)
Actor best known as Luke Duke in 'The Dukes of Hazzard'.
[Picture of Tom WOPAT]


Born 21 December 1933  (Kansas City, Kansas, USA)
US-born but UK-based psephologist and founder of the MORI polling organisation.
[Picture of Robert WORCESTER]


WORDEN, Alfred
Born 7 February 1932  (Jackson, Michigan, USA)
US astronaut, command module pilot on Apollo 15 in 1971. They went to the Moon don't you know…
[Picture of Alfred WORDEN]


Born 22 December 1923  (Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England)
Journalist & broadcaster, former editor of the 'Sunday Telegraph'.
[Picture of Peregrine WORSTHORNE]


WOUK, Herman
Born 27 May 1915  (New York, New York, USA)
Popular author, best known for his novels 'The Caine Mutiny' and 'The Winds of War'.
[Picture of Herman WOUK]


WRAW, John John WRAW is no longer with us
Born 4 February 1959  (Hampshire, England)

Died 25 July 2017  (Horndon-on-the-Hill, Essex, England)

Age at death: 58  (read death notice)
Bishop of Bradwell since 2012.
[Picture of John WRAW]


Born 24 April 1958  (Erpingham, Norfolk, England)
Jailed for murdering 5 prostitutes in and around Ipswich in December 2006. Not to be confused with the radio DJ or the comedian of the same name.
[Picture of Steve WRIGHT]


WYBOURNE, Sister Catherine
Date and place of birth unknown
Benedictine nun and prioress of the Howton Grove priory, often called upon when the BBC need a nun's perspective on things.
[Picture of Sister Catherine WYBOURNE]


Born 24 October 1936  (Lewisham, London, England)
Guitarist for the Rolling Stones for over 30 years.
[Picture of Bill WYMAN]


Born 23 August 1933  (Marseille, France)
Actor, best known for his role as Jason King in the TV show of the same name.
[Picture of Peter WYNGARDE]

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