Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2018: B


Baast, Bochijn
Date and place of birth unknown
Mongolian Marxist-Leninist writer. Born c.1921.
[Picture of Bochijn Baast]


Bacharach, Burt
Born 12 May 1928  (Kansas City, Missouri, USA)
Legendary songwriter and pianist. Has written over 70 U.S. Top 40 hit singles for artists such as Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin.
[Picture of Burt Bacharach]


Backshall, Steve
Born 21 April 1973  (Bagshot, Surrey, England)
Naturalist and presenter of children's series 'The Really Wild Show'.
[Picture of Steve Backshall]


Baddiel, Colin
Born in Swansea, UK  (exact date unknown)
Father of comedian and author David Baddiel. Born c. 1926.
[Picture of Colin Baddiel]


Badiou, Alain
Born 17 January 1937  (Rabat, Morocco)
French philosopher.
[Picture of Alain Badiou]


Baer Jr, Max
Born 4 December 1937  (Oakland, California, USA)
Actor, best known as Jethro in the 1960s fish-out-of-water comedy series 'The Beverly Hillbillies'.
[Picture of Max Baer Jr]


Baez, Joan
Born 9 February 1941  (New York City, New York, USA)
Folk singer, recognised for her collaborations with Bob Dylan.
[Picture of Joan Baez]


Baier, Sibylle
Born 25 February 1955  (place of birth unknown)
German folk singer, whose "lost" 1973 album "Colour Green" was eventually released in 2006 to critical acclaim.
[Picture of Sibylle Baier]


Bailey, F. Lee
Born 10 June 1933  (Waltham, Massachusetts, USA)
Defence lawyer in the O. J. Simpson trial, amongst other high-profile US cases.
[Picture of F. Lee Bailey]


Bailey, G. W.
Born 27 August 1945  (Port Arthur, Texas, USA)
Actor, who, no matter what else he does, will be forever known as Captain Thaddeus Harris in the 'Police Academy' series.
[Picture of G. W. Bailey]


Bailey, Gavin
Date and place of birth unknown
Terminal cancer sufferer who achieved a lifelong dream in late 2017 when he had his picture taken with an Aston Martin. Aim low, you won't be disappointed. Died February 2018 but stunningly didn't get a QO.
[Picture of Gavin Bailey]


Bain, John John Bain is no longer with us
Born 8 July 1984  (Spennymoor, County Durham, England)

Died 24 May 2018  (Charlotte, North Carolina, USA)

Age at death: 33  (read death notice)
Gaming commentator known as TotalBiscuit.
[Picture of John Bain]


Baker, Anne
Born 14 May 1914  (place of birth unknown)
Writer of numerous historical biographies in addition to 50 years of volunteer work. Which is only one-half of her life, to be honest.
[Picture of Anne Baker]


Baker, Carroll
Born 28 May 1931  (Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA)
Blonde bombshell actress in the 1950s in Hollywood before moving to Europe in the 1960s to be a horror star.
[Picture of Carroll Baker]


Baker, Colin
Born 8 June 1943  (London, England)
Actor who played the sixth 'Doctor Who' from 1984-86.
[Picture of Colin Baker]


Baker, Dee Bradley
Born 31 August 1962  (Bloomington, Indiana, USA)
Prolific voiceover artist best known as Klaus in "American Dad!". Will he be turning up to his own funreal in an Insane Clown Posse t-shirt this year?
[Picture of Dee Bradley Baker]


Baker, Ginger
Born 19 August 1939  (Lewisham, London, England)
Born Peter Edward Baker. Drummer, most famously for Cream. Formerly well known for leading a hedonistic lifestyle, he's now into clean living and jazz music, but looks far older than his age.
[Picture of Ginger Baker]


Baker, James
Born 28 April 1930  (Houston, Texas)
Former US Secretary of State.
[Picture of James Baker]


Baker, Kenneth
Born 3 November 1934  (Newport, Wales)
Former Tory MP and Home Secretary. To teachers and school kids, his main legacy is "Baker days", which allow them an extra day off school. To everyone else, he's best remembered as his caricature of a snail in the satirical TV show 'Spitting Image'.
[Picture of Kenneth Baker]


Baker, Tom
Born 20 January 1934  (Liverpool, England)
Actor who played the 4th Doctor Who from 1974-81. More recently known for his deadpan voiceovers on 'Little Britain'.
[Picture of Tom Baker]


Baker (broadcaster), Richard Richard Baker (broadcaster) is no longer with us
Born 15 June 1925  (Willesden, UK)

Died 17 November 2018  (Oxford, UK)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
The first reader of the BBC Television News (albeit in voiceover form only) back in 1954.
[Picture of Richard Baker (broadcaster)]


Balawing, Junrey
Born 12 June 1993  (Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines)
Was the world's smallest man until the discovery of an even smaller man from Nepal in February 2012.
[Picture of Junrey Balawing]


Ballard, Kaye
Born 20 November 1925  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
US actress, mostly on TV and Broadway. Has survived breast cancer.
[Picture of Kaye Ballard]


Banks, Gordon
Born 30 December 1937  (Sheffield, Yorkshire, England)
Legendary England goalkeeper - in goal the day England won the World Cup in 1966.
[Picture of Gordon Banks]


Banks, Lynne Reid
Born 31 July 1929  (London, England)
British writer of both children's and adult novels her works include 'The Indian in the Cupboard' & 'The L-shaped Room'.
[Picture of Lynne Reid Banks]


Banks, Tony
Born 27 March 1950  (East Hoathly, UK)
Keyboardist for Genesis, one of two members who've been with the band since its inception.
[Picture of Tony Banks]


Bannister, Roger Roger Bannister is no longer with us
Born 23 March 1929  (Harrow, London, England)

Died 3 March 2018  (Oxford, UK)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
Athlete - the first man to run a mile in under 4 minutes. Later became a neurologist.
[Picture of Roger Bannister]


Bannon, Steve
Born 27 November 1953  (Norfolk, Virginia, USA)
Chief strategist for President Trump.
[Picture of Steve Bannon]


Barba, Ben
Born 13 June 1989  (Darwin, Australia)
Dual-code rugby star who has had a few issues with the nose candy throughout his career.
[Picture of Ben Barba]


Bardot, Brigitte
Born 28 September 1934  (Paris, France)
French actress, sex symbol, model and animal rights activist.
[Picture of Brigitte Bardot]


Bare, Bobby
Born 7 April 1935  (Ironton, Ohio, USA)
Country music singer.
[Picture of Bobby Bare]


Barenboim, Daniel
Born 15 November 1942  (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Argentine-boen Israeli conductor and pianist.
[Picture of Daniel Barenboim]


Barger, Sonny
Born 8 October 1938  (Modesto, California, USA)
Founder member of the notorious Oakland chapter of the Hells Angels. Also has a sideline in acting in motorcycle-based TV.
[Picture of Sonny Barger]


Barker, Bob
Born 12 December 1923  (Darrington, Washington, USA)
Presenter of the US version of 'The Price is Right' for 35 years until he retired in 2007 after suffering ill health.
[Picture of Bob Barker]


Barker, Jean Jean Barker is no longer with us
Born 23 October 1922  (London, England)

Died 26 November 2018  (London, England)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
Baroness Trumpington. Former Conservative government minister.
[Picture of Jean Barker]


Barker, Travis
Born 12 November 1975  (Fontana, California, USA)
Drummer with punk-pop band Blink-182.
[Picture of Travis Barker]


Barlow, Thelma
Born 29 June 1929  (Middlesbrough, England)
Televison actress, still best known as the dithering Mavis Wilton in 'Coronation Street' despite leaving the soap in 1997.
[Picture of Thelma Barlow]


Barnes, Brian
Born 3 June 1945  (Addington, Surrey, England)
English golfer. Beat Jack Nicklaus twice in the 1975 Ryder Cup.
[Picture of Brian Barnes]


Barnier, Michel
Born 9 January 1951  (La Tronche, France)
The EU's chief negotiator for Brexit and the man trying to stop you getting those all-important blue passports.
[Picture of Michel Barnier]


Barrie, Barbara
Born 23 May 1931  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Actress and author.
[Picture of Barbara Barrie]


Barrie, J. J.
Born 7 July 1933  (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada)
Born Barry Authors. Country music singer, best known for his sentimental 1976 UK-chart topper 'No Charge'.
[Picture of J. J. Barrie]


Barry, Laura Laura Barry is no longer with us
Born in Limerick, Ireland  (exact date unknown)

Died 13 July 2018  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 25  (read death notice)
Promising young jockey whose career was halted by a rare nerve cancer. Born c.1994.
[Picture of Laura Barry]


Barry, Margaret Stuart
Born 7 December 1927  (Richmond, UK)
Children's author behind the much-loved "Simon and the Witch" series.
[Picture of Margaret Stuart Barry]


Barrymore, Michael
Born 4 May 1952  (Bermondsey, London, England)
Entertainer and game show host, born Kiernan Michael Parker. In March 2001, an unfortunate incident involving a dead homosexual in his swimming pool wrecked his career and made some DDPers feel that suicide may be on the cards.
[Picture of Michael Barrymore]


Bartha, John
Born in Budapest, Hungary  (exact date unknown)
Spaghetti western character actor, most famous as the sheriff in "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly".
[Picture of John Bartha]


Bartholomew, Dave
Born 24 December 1918  (Edgard, Louisiana, USA)
Rhythm and blues musician and composer who had a fruitful partnership with the legendary Fats Domino.
[Picture of Dave Bartholomew]


Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Patriarch
Born 29 February 1940  (Imbros, Turkey)
Archbishop and Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople since 1991.
[Picture of Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople]


Barton, John John Barton is no longer with us
Born 26 November 1928  (London, England)

Died 18 January 2018  (London, England)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Theatre director. Co-founded the Royal Shakespeare Company with Sir Peter Hall in 1960.
[Picture of John Barton]


Barton, Mischa
Born 24 January 1986  (London, England)
British born actress who found fame in the US with 'The O.C.' before succumbing to the usual Hollywood hijinks and getting herself referred to a psychiatric institution in 2009.
[Picture of Mischa Barton]


Basil, Toni
Born 22 September 1943  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Singer-songwriter, most famous for her 1981 Number One hit 'Mickey'.
[Picture of Toni Basil]


Basset, Gerard
Born in France  (exact date unknown)
One of the world's leading sommeliers, the only person to hold Master of Wine, Master Sommelier and MBA (Wine) titles simultaneously. Born 1957.
[Picture of Gerard Basset]


Bassey, Shirley
Born 8 January 1937  (Cardiff, Wales)
Singer who had several hits in the 1950s and '60s, as well as singing the theme tunes to 3 James Bond films. Had a minor comeback in the late '90s as an ironic cult heroine.
[Picture of Shirley Bassey]


Bates, Kathy
Born 28 June 1948  (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
Oscar-winning actress known for the parts of quirky and quite often dangerous women she has played on screen.
[Picture of Kathy Bates]


Bates, Ken
Born 4 December 1931  (Ealing, London, England)
Outspoken football chairman, formerly of Chelsea and Leeds United.
[Picture of Ken Bates]


Bathurst, Benjamin
Born 27 May 1936  (place of birth unknown)
British Navy Admiral of the Fleet who served as First Sea Lord during the Bosnian War.
[Picture of Benjamin Bathurst]


Batt, Mike
Born 6 February 1949  (Southampton, England)
Composer and musician best known as making The Wombles into pop stars. Wrote 'Bright Eyes' too, if he hasn't already done enough damage.
[Picture of Mike Batt]


Bauer, Cate
Born 27 August 1922  (London, England)
Actress who voiced the character of Perdita in 'One Hundred and One Dalmatians'.
[Picture of Cate Bauer]


Baxter, Biddy
Born 25 May 1933  (Leicester, Leicestershire, England)
Former long-time editor of Blue Peter, the long-running children's TV show.
[Picture of Biddy Baxter]


Baxter, Stanley
Born 24 May 1926  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Comic actor, impressionist & female impersonator, who retired after starring in children's TV show 'Mr Majeika'. Now lives in Berkshire.
[Picture of Stanley Baxter]


Baylis, Tony
Born 25 May 1935  (London, UK)
Bassist and founder member of The Wurzels.
[Picture of Tony Baylis]


Beale, Simon Russell
Born 12 January 1961  (Penang, Malaysia)
One of England's leading stage actors, often turns up on TV and film if there's anything Shakespeare-y going on.
[Picture of Simon Russell Beale]


Bean, Alan Alan Bean is no longer with us
Born 15 March 1932  (Wheeler, Texas, USA)

Died 26 May 2018  (Houston, Texas, USA)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
US astronaut who became the 4th man on the Moon in 1969.
[Picture of Alan Bean]


Bean, Sean
Born 17 April 1959  (Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England)
Actor, often used to great effect to add a bit o' nurthern grit to films such as 'Lord of the Rings' and the cult TV hit 'Game of Thrones'.
[Picture of Sean Bean]


Beard, Frank
Born 11 June 1949  (Frankston, Texas, USA)
Drummer and non-bearded member of blues-rock group ZZ Top.
[Picture of Frank Beard]


Beaton, M. C.
Born in Glasgow, UK  (exact date unknown)
Pen name of Marion Gibbons, best known for her humorous detective novels in the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series. Born 1936.
[Picture of M. C. Beaton]


Beattie, Johnny
Born 9 November 1926  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Actor and one of Scotland's earliest comedy figures since 1956.
[Picture of Johnny Beattie]


Beatty, Ned
Born 6 July 1937  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
Stocky, genial-looking supporting actor.
[Picture of Ned Beatty]


Beatty, Warren
Born 30 March 1937  (Richmond, Virginia, USA)
US actor, lothario in his early days, now tamed by wife Annette Bening. Brother of Shirley MacLaine, ex-boyfriend of most of the celebrity female world.
[Picture of Warren Beatty]


Beaumont, Kathryn
Born 27 June 1938  (London, England)
Actress who was the voice of Alice in Disney's 'Alice in Wonderland'.
[Picture of Kathryn Beaumont]


Beck, Jeff
Born 24 June 1944  (Wallington, UK)
While he might be one of the most highly regarded guitarists of all time, he'll always be the man behind white person floorfiller "Hi Ho Silver Lining".
[Picture of Jeff Beck]


Beckenbauer, Franz
Born 11 September 1945  (Munich, Germany)
AKA "Der Kaiser". Legendary sweeper for Bayern Munich and West Germany. Managed the latter to the World Cup in 1990.
[Picture of Franz Beckenbauer]


Becker, Jason
Born 22 July 1969  (Richmond, California, USA)
Neo-classical (whatever that is) metal guitarist. Has ALS, or "Lou Gehrig's Disease"
[Picture of Jason Becker]


Beckett, Sister Wendy Sister Wendy Beckett is no longer with us
Born 25 February 1930  (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Died 26 December 2018  (Quidenham, UK)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
Nun and art expert, a consecrated virgin.
[Picture of Sister Wendy Beckett]


Beckham, David
Born 2 May 1975  (Leytonstone, England)
Self-effacing brainbox, who founded Mensa and never seeks publicity.
[Picture of David Beckham]


Beckham, Victoria
Born 17 April 1974  (Goff's Oak, Hertfordshire, England)
Stick insect, the least talented of the Spice Girls, now best described as either a WAG or celebrity hanger-on.
[Picture of Victoria Beckham]


Bedi, Kabir
Born 16 January 1946  (Punjab, India)
Indian actor who starred in both Bollywood and western films.
[Picture of Kabir Bedi]


Beeny, Christopher
Born 7 July 1941  (Bristol, England)
British actor, mainly on TV in light roles.
[Picture of Christopher Beeny]


Begley Jr., Ed
Born 16 September 1949  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Second-generation actor and environmental activist, a key member of the Christopher Guest mockumentary regulars.
[Picture of Ed Begley Jr.]


Behn, Peter
Born 4 July 1934  (San Francisco, California, USA)
Actor - the voice of Thumper in 'Bambi'.
[Picture of Peter Behn]


Belafonte, Harry
Born 1 March 1927  (Harlem, New York, USA)
Easy-listening singer, popular for many decades now. Survived a fight with prostate cancer.
[Picture of Harry Belafonte]


Beliveau, Elise
Date and place of birth unknown
Widow of late ice hockey legend Jean Beliveau.
[Picture of Elise Beliveau]


Bell, Alan J. W.
Born 14 November 1937  (London, England)
TV producer and director.
[Picture of Alan J. W. Bell]


Bell, Art Art Bell is no longer with us
Born 17 June 1945  (Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, USA)

Died 13 April 2018  (Pahrump, Nevada, USA)

Age at death: 72  (read death notice)
Broadcaster specialising in the paranormal.
[Picture of Art Bell]


Bellingham, Henry
Born 29 March 1955  (Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England)
Conservative MP for North West Norfolk since 2001.
[Picture of Henry Bellingham]


Belmondo, Jean-Paul
Born 9 April 1933  (Neuilly-sur-Seine, France)
Actor, mainly in films from the 'New Wave' of French filmmakers.
[Picture of Jean-Paul Belmondo]


Ben Ali, Zine el-Abidine
Born 3 September 1936  (Hammam Sousse, Tunisia)
Recently overthrown long-time President of Tunisia.
[Picture of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali]


Bendt, Oliver
Born 29 October 1946  (Potsdam, Germany)
German singer who enjoyed a UK number 1 single with the Goombay Dance Band in 1982.
[Picture of Oliver Bendt]


Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus
Born 16 April 1927  (Marktl am Inn, Bavaria, Germany)
Former member of the Hitler Youth and professor of theology who was elected Pope following the death of his predecessor, John Paul II, in April 2005. Stepped down as Pope in March 2013.
[Picture of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI]


Benitez, Wilfred
Born 12 September 1958  (New York City, New York, USA)
Former boxer, a welterweight.
[Picture of Wilfred Benitez]


Benjamin, Richard
Born 22 May 1938  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor in films & TV.
[Picture of Richard Benjamin]


Bennell, Barry
Born in Manchester, UK  (exact date unknown)
Football coach at the centre of child abuse allegations that emerged in 2016. Born 1953.
[Picture of Barry Bennell]


Bennett, Alan
Born 9 May 1934  (Leeds, West Yorkshire, England)
Lugubrious playwright.
[Picture of Alan Bennett]


Bennett, Tony
Born 3 August 1926  (Astoria, Queens, New York, USA)
Crooner, who famously left his heart in San Francisco. Still performing.
[Picture of Tony Bennett]


Bennett, William
Born 31 July 1943  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
US Secretary of Education from 1985-88.
[Picture of William Bennett]


Bennett Kennedy, Joan
Born 2 September 1936  (Riverdale, New York, USA)
Former wife of Ted Kennedy. Has had well-known drink problems, and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006.
[Picture of Joan Bennett Kennedy]


Bentley, Roy Roy Bentley is no longer with us
Born 17 May 1924  (Bristol, England)

Died 20 April 2018  (Reading, UK)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
Former Chelsea and England international footballer.
[Picture of Roy Bentley]


Bentyne, Cheryl
Born 17 January 1954  (Mount Vernon, Washington, USA)
1/4 of vocal jazz monstrosity The Manhattan Transfer.
[Picture of Cheryl Bentyne]


Beresford, Paul
Born 6 April 1946  (Levin, Horowhenua, New Zealand)
Conservative MP for Mole Valley since 1997.
[Picture of Paul Beresford]


Berger, Helmut
Born 29 May 1944  (Bad Ischl, Austria)
Actor of Luchino Visconti films as well as German production 'Ludwig', where he portrayed the former Bavarian King. Had been a sex-symbol in the 1960s, openly bisexual in relationships to Visconti as well as Alain Delon, Marissa Bell and Bianca Jagger.
[Picture of Helmut Berger]


Berglas, David
Born 30 July 1926  (London, UK)
One of the first magicians to regularly appear on British TV. Won the David Berglas International Magic Award in 2014.
[Picture of David Berglas]


Berizzo, Eduardo
Born 13 November 1969  (Cruz Alta, Argentina)
Football manager who was sacked from his job at Sevilla just weeks after revealing he had prostate cancer.
[Picture of Eduardo Berizzo]


Berkoff, Steven
Born 3 August 1937  (London, England)
Acclaimed stage and film actor with the recognisable mole on his forehead.
[Picture of Steven Berkoff]


Berkowitz, David
Born 1 June 1953  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
American serial killer, currently serving a long jail term for his crimes.
[Picture of David Berkowitz]


Bernardini, Micheline
Born 1 December 1927  (Colmar, France)
French model who demonstrated the first ever bikini back in 1946.
[Picture of Micheline Bernardini]


Bernicoff, June
Born in Liverpool, UK  (exact date unknown)
Gogglebox star whose husband, Leon, died late in 2017.
[Picture of June Bernicoff]


Berry, Cicely Cicely Berry is no longer with us
Born 17 May 1926  (Berkhamsted, UK)

Died 15 October 2018  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
Voice director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and author of 'Your Voice and How To Use It'.
[Picture of Cicely Berry]


Berry, Mark
Born 18 April 1964  (Salford, Greater Manchester, England)
A.K.A. Bez, perennially hammered dancer for Baggy giants Happy Mondays.
[Picture of Mark Berry]


Berry, Mary
Born 24 March 1935  (Bath, England)
Food writer and television chef, whose career has had a second wind thanks to the success of 'The Great British Bake Off'.
[Picture of Mary Berry]


Berryman, Michael
Born 4 September 1948  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Unusual looking film actor.
[Picture of Michael Berryman]


Bersani, Pier Luigi
Born 29 September 1951  (Bettola, Italy)
Secretary of the Democratic Party of Italy between 2009 and 2013.
[Picture of Pier Luigi Bersani]


Bertolucci, Bernardo Bernardo Bertolucci is no longer with us
Born 16 March 1941  (Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy)

Died 26 November 2018  (Rome, Italy)

Age at death: 77  (read death notice)
Acclaimed Italian film director of films 'Last Tango in Paris' and 'The Last Emperor'. Will it be the 'last' time he appears on the DDP?
[Picture of Bernardo Bertolucci]


Best, Pete
Born 24 November 1941  (Madras, India)
Member of The Beatles from 1959-62, when he was fired and replaced by Ringo Starr, who, unlikely though it may seem, was considered a better drummer than him.
[Picture of Pete Best]


Betts, Dickey
Born 12 December 1943  (West Palm Beach, Florida, USA)
Guitarist and singer-songwriter, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band.
[Picture of Dickey Betts]


Bhosle, Asha
Born 8 September 1933  (Sangli, India)
Indian singer and actress.
[Picture of Asha Bhosle]


Bianchi, Kenneth
Born 22 May 1951  (Rochester, New York, USA)
One of the Hillside Stranglers, along with his cousin Angelo Buono, who raped and killed 10 women across Los Angeles during the 1970s.
[Picture of Kenneth Bianchi]


Bieber, Justin
Born 1 March 1994  (London, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian pop singer and teen idol.
[Picture of Justin Bieber]


Bignone, Reynaldo Reynaldo Bignone is no longer with us
Born 21 January 1928  (Moron, Argentina)

Died 7 March 2018  (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Argentina's last military dictator before the restoration of democracy in 1983. And yes, there really is a town in Argentina called Morón.
[Picture of Reynaldo Bignone]


Bilancia, Donato
Born 10 July 1951  (Potenza, Italy)
Italisn serial killer who killed 17 people between October 1997 and May 1998. 17? He must have been really pissed of about something…
[Picture of Donato Bilancia]


Biles, Simone
Born 14 March 1997  (Columbus, Ohio, USA)
One of two gymnasts from the past twenty years you can remember: not the miserable one, the black one.
[Picture of Simone Biles]


Billington, Tom Tom Billington is no longer with us
Born 5 December 1958  (Golborne, Lancashire, England)

Died 5 December 2018  (Ince, UK)

Age at death: 60  (read death notice)
Ex-professional wrestler known as 'Dynamite Kid', now in a wheelchair.
[Picture of Tom Billington]


Bingham, Billy
Born 5 August 1931  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Former Northern Ireland footballer & manager.
[Picture of Billy Bingham]


Bird, Dickie
Born 19 April 1933  (Barnsley, Yorkshire, England)
Well-respected but now retired cricket umpire, who also took the field as a player many moons ago.
[Picture of Dickie Bird]


Bird, Larry
Born 7 December 1956  (West Baden, Indiana, USA)
NBA-player for the Boston Celtics and coach for the Indiana Pacers.
[Picture of Larry Bird]


Birdsong, Cindy
Born 15 December 1939  (Mount Holly Township, New Jersey, USA)
Singer with the Supremes and with Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles.
[Picture of Cindy Birdsong]


Birney, David
Born 23 April 1939  (Washington DC, USA)
Character actor who played the eponymous lead in the TV version of "Serpico".
[Picture of David Birney]


Bishop, Diane
Date and place of birth unknown
Canadian convenience store worker who won the lottery while fighting stage 4 breast cancer. Died January 2018 but no obit.
[Picture of Diane Bishop]


Bisset, Jacqueline
Born 13 September 1944  (Weybridge, Surrey, England)
British actress, came to stardom in the 1967 spoof James Bond film 'Casino Royale' as Miss Goodthighs.
[Picture of Jacqueline Bisset]


Bisson, Yannick
Born 16 May 1969  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Actor from Canadian period detective series 'Murdoch Mysteries'.
[Picture of Yannick Bisson]


Biya, Paul
Born 13 February 1933  (Mvomeka, Cameroon)
President of Cameroon since 1982.
[Picture of Paul Biya]


Bjork, (singer)
Born 21 November 1965  (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Completely bonkers Icelandic singer.
[Picture of (singer) Bjork]


Black, Don
Born 28 July 1953  (Athens, Alabama, USA)
Not the co-writer of "Diamonds Are Forever", but the final Grand Wizard of the KKK. Attempted to overthrow the government of Dominica in 1981.
[Picture of Don Black]


Black, Jack
Born 28 August 1969  (Redondo Beach, California, USA)
American actor, comedian & musician, star of 'Shallow Hal' and singer of rock comedy band, Tenacious D.
[Picture of Jack Black]


Black, Jet
Born 26 August 1938  (Ilford, Essex, England)
Drummer with New Wave band The Stranglers.
[Picture of Jet Black]


Black, Lewis
Born 30 August 1948  (Silver Spring, Maryland, USA)
Comedian best known for hosting the short-lived Comedy Central series 'Lewis Black's Root of All Evil'.
[Picture of Lewis Black]


Black, Rebecca
Born 21 June 1997  (Irvine, California, USA)
American singer who rose to fame with her song, 'Friday', which her music went viral on YouTube in 2011 and was dubbed "the worst song ever".
[Picture of Rebecca Black]


Black, Tori
Born 26 August 1988  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
Pornographic actress, born Michelle Chapman.
[Picture of Tori Black]


Blackburn, Simon
Born 12 July 1944  (Chipping Sodbury, UK)
Analytic philosopher, always pops up on TV to talk about how he doesn't like religion.
[Picture of Simon Blackburn]


Blackburn, Tony
Born 29 January 1943  (Guildford, Surrey, England)
Famous as the first DJ on Radio 1 in 1967. Now presenter of 'Pick of the Pops' on BBC Radio 2.
[Picture of Tony Blackburn]


Black-D'Elia, Sofia
Born 23 December 1991  (Clifton, New Jersey, USA)
American actress, currently starring in sitcom "The Mick".
[Picture of Sofia Black-D'Elia]


Blackman, Al
Date and place of birth unknown
"Marine A", who committed a war crime in Helmland Province back in 2011 but got the Daily Mail to campaign for his freedom.
[Picture of Al Blackman]


Blackman, Honor
Born 12 December 1927  (London, England)
English actress, who has played upon her sex siren status since appearing as Pussy Galore in 'Goldfinger'.
[Picture of Honor Blackman]


Blackmore, Ritchie
Born 14 April 1945  (Weston-super-Mare, England)
Guitarist with heavy rock legends Deep Purple.
[Picture of Ritchie Blackmore]


Blaine, David
Born 4 April 1973  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Twat. Really, really annoying, attention-seeking, box-dwelling twat.
[Picture of David Blaine]


Blaine, Hal
Born 5 February 1929  (Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA)
Prolific session drummer who played on a multitude of hit singles.
[Picture of Hal Blaine]


Blair, Ian
Born 15 March 1953  (Chester, England)
Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis from 2005-2008.
[Picture of Ian Blair]


Blair, Lionel
Born 12 December 1931  (Montreal, Canada)
Camp, tap-dancing, fixed-grinning TV personality.
[Picture of Lionel Blair]


Blair, Tony
Born 6 May 1953  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
MP for Sedgefield, County Durham since 1983, elected Labour leader in 1994 and Prime Minister in 1997. Not a popular DDP pick, as he's youngish and apparently in good health, but maybe he'll die of embarrassment if Cherie decides to sing in public again.
[Picture of Tony Blair]


Blake, George
Born 11 November 1922  (Rotterdam, Holland)
Spy, former double agent for the Soviet Union.
[Picture of George Blake]


Blakiston, Caroline
Born 3 February 1933  (London, England)
Actress best recognised as Rebel Alliance leader Mon Mothma in 'Return of the Jedi'.
[Picture of Caroline Blakiston]


Blanc, Noel
Born 19 October 1938  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Voice artist who took over voicing cartoons from his father Mel when the latter died in 1989.
[Picture of Noel Blanc]


Blanco, Kathleen
Born 15 December 1942  (New Iberia, Louisiana, USA)
First woman to be elected governor of Louisiana, served as the state's leader during Hurricane Katrina.
[Picture of Kathleen Blanco]


Bland, Rachael Rachael Bland is no longer with us
Born 21 January 1978  (Cardiff, UK)

Died 5 September 2018  (Cheshire, UK)

Age at death: 40  (read death notice)
BBC Radio 5 Live news presenter, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016.
[Picture of Rachael Bland]


Blatter, Sepp
Born 10 March 1936  (Visp, Canton Valais, Switzerland)
Slippery president of world football body FIFA from 1998-2015. Steped down amidst a huge bribary and corruption scandal in 2015. Who knew?
[Picture of Sepp Blatter]


Blessed, Brian
Born 9 October 1937  (Mexborough, Yorkshire, England)
Large, bearded actor whose presence and booming voice has landed him parts in everything from Shakespeare adaptations to Robin Hood to 'Star Wars'.
[Picture of Brian Blessed]


Bloom, Claire
Born 15 February 1931  (London, England)
Actress known for her costumed roles in film.
[Picture of Claire Bloom]


Bluthal, John John Bluthal is no longer with us
Born 12 August 1929  (Galicia, Poland)

Died 15 November 2018  (New South Wales, Australia)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Popular British character actor, often in comedies. Best known for his role as Frank Pickle in 'The Vicar of Dibley'.
[Picture of John Bluthal]


Blyth, Ann
Born 16 August 1928  (Mount Kisco, New York, USA)
Hollywood actress who was nominated for an Academy award for Best Supporting Actress in 1945 for the film 'Mildred Pierce'.
[Picture of Ann Blyth]


Blythe, Ronald
Born 6 November 1922  (Acton, Suffolk, England)
Writer and essayist ('Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village').
[Picture of Ronald Blythe]


Boar, Olive Olive Boar is no longer with us
Born 29 September 1904  (Ipswich, UK)

Died 1 September 2018  (Ipswich, UK)

Age at death: 113  (read death notice)
Second oldest person in the UK as of the start of 2018.
[Picture of Olive Boar]


Bocuse, Paul Paul Bocuse is no longer with us
Born 11 February 1926  (Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, France)

Died 20 January 2018  (Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, France)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Nouvelle cuisine chef.
[Picture of Paul Bocuse]


Boesch, Rudy
Born 20 January 1928  (Rochester, New York, USA)
Former Navy SEAL who competed and very nearly won the US reality show 'Survivor' at the age of 72.
[Picture of Rudy Boesch]


Bohm, Gottfried
Born 23 January 1920  (Offenbach am Main, Germany)
German architect.
[Picture of Gottfried Bohm]


Boht, Jean
Born 6 March 1936  (Liverpool, England)
Gobby, short-arse actress who effectively played herself in the TV series 'Bread' in the role of the family matriarch, Nelly Boswell.
[Picture of Jean Boht]


Boine, Mari
Born 8 November 1956  (Karasjok, Finnmark, Norway)
Norwegian Sami musician.
[Picture of Mari Boine]


Bokeria, Mariam
Born 2 May 1998  (Tblisi, Georgia)
Georgian actress.
[Picture of Mariam Bokeria]


Bolam, James
Born 16 June 1935  (Sunderland, England)
Charismatic actor, comfortable in both comedy and drama. Known for his roles in 'The Likely Lads', 'When the Boat Comes In, 'The Beiderbecke Affair' and more recently 'New Tricks'.
[Picture of James Bolam]


Bolanos, Enrique
Born 13 May 1928  (Masaya, Nicaragua)
President of Nicaragua from 2002-2007.
[Picture of Enrique Bolanos]


Boles, Nicky
Born 2 November 1965  (Henham-on-the-Hill, Essex)
Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford since 2010.
[Picture of Nicky Boles]


Bonallack, Michael
Born 31 December 1934  (Chigwell, UK)
Five-time British Amateur golfing champion who went on to play a key role in the sport behind the scenes.
[Picture of Michael Bonallack]


Bonetti, Peter
Born 27 September 1941  (London, England)
AKA 'The Cat'. Chelsea FC goalkeeper for aeons but still notoriously known for his error-strewn performance for England in the 1970 World Cup quarter final against West Germany.
[Picture of Peter Bonetti]


Bonington, Chris
Born 6 August 1934  (London, England)
Prolific mountain climber who scaled the north face of the Eiger in 1962.
[Picture of Chris Bonington]


Boniperti, Giampiero
Born 4 July 1928  (Barengo, Piedmont, Italy)
Footballer, a legendary Italian centre-forward.
[Picture of Giampiero Boniperti]


Boo, Gangsta
Born 7 August 1979  (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
First and only female member of Memphis rap legends Three 6 Mafia, who left the group in 2000 over money issues.
[Picture of Gangsta Boo]


Booh Booh, Jacques-Roger
Born 5 February 1938  (Manak, Cameroon)
Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda. Has wisely kept a low profile in the following 20 years.
[Picture of Jacques-Roger Booh Booh]


Book, Tony
Born 4 September 1934  (Bath, Somerset, England)
Former footballer & manager of Manchester City in the 1970s.
[Picture of Tony Book]


Boone, Mary
Born 29 October 1951  (Erie, Pennsylvania, USA)
Hugely influential figure in the 1980s New York art trade, representing Jean-Michel Basquiat among others. Later went bankrupt and was sued by Alec Baldwin for a seven-figure-sum.
[Picture of Mary Boone]


Boone, Pat
Born 1 June 1934  (Jacksonville, Florida, USA)
Crooner, most successful with ballads and blues.
[Picture of Pat Boone]


Booth, Connie
Born 31 January 1944  (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)
Actress and writer-turned psychotherapist. Famously co-wrote 'Fawlty Towers' with her then husband John Cleese.
[Picture of Connie Booth]


Boothroyd, Betty
Born 8 October 1929  (Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England)
Tiller Girl turned Speaker of the House of Commons between 1992 & 2000.
[Picture of Betty Boothroyd]


Borman, Frank
Born 14 March 1928  (Gary, Indiana, USA)
Astronaut who was part of the Apollo 8 crew which circumnavigated the Moon in 1968, months before the landing was attempted.
[Picture of Frank Borman]


Bornstein, Kate
Born 15 March 1948  (Neptune City, New Jersey, USA)
Gender theorist, born as a man, now a lesbian woman. Has suffered from PTSD and also diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, chronic lymphocytic leukemia and in September 2012 with lung cancer.
[Picture of Kate Bornstein]


Borrego, Salvador
Born 24 April 1915  (Mexico)
Mexican neo-nazi writer. Died January 2018 but no obit.
[Picture of Salvador Borrego]


Bosbach, Wolfgang
Born 11 June 1952  (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany)
German conservative politician.
[Picture of Wolfgang Bosbach]


Bose, Mihir
Born 12 January 1947  (India)
Journalist and BBC Sports editor from 2006-2009.
[Picture of Mihir Bose]


Boston, Billy
Born 6 August 1934  (Tiger Bay, Wales)
Legendary rugby league player.
[Picture of Billy Boston]


Bottomley, Peter
Born 30 July 1944  (Newport, Shropshire, England)
Maverick conservative MP whose been largely on the backbenches since 1975.
[Picture of Peter Bottomley]


Bough, Frank
Born 15 January 1933  (Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England)
British TV presenter, mainly on daytime television or sports programmes. Wearer of bad sweaters and target of unlikely sex orgy allegations. Had a liver transplant in 2001.
[Picture of Frank Bough]


Bouglione, Rosa Rosa Bouglione is no longer with us
Born 21 December 1910  (Ixelles, Belgium)

Died 26 August 2018  (Paris, France)

Age at death: 107  (read death notice)
French circus performer.
[Picture of Rosa Bouglione]


Bouteflika, Abdelaziz
Born 2 March 1937  (Oujda, Morocco)
President of Algeria since 1999.
[Picture of Abdelaziz Bouteflika]


Bowen, Jim Jim Bowen is no longer with us
Born 20 August 1937  (Heswall, Cheshire, England)

Died 14 March 2018  (North Lancashire, UK)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
Super, smashing, great. The avuncular presenter of ITV's 'Bullseye' (1981-93). You can't beat a bit of Bully!
[Picture of Jim Bowen]


Bowes-Lyon, Mary Cecilia
Born 30 January 1932  (Biggleswade, UK)
Minor royal, a cousin of the current Queen.
[Picture of Mary Cecilia Bowes-Lyon]


Bowie, Angie
Born 25 September 1949  (Ayios Dhometios, Cyprus)
First wife of rock legend David Bowie. Learned of the great man's death in January 2016 while a contestant on 'Celebrity Big Brother'.
[Picture of Angie Bowie]


Bowlen, Pat
Born 18 February 1944  (Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA)
Majority owner of the Dencer Broncos American football team since 1984.
[Picture of Pat Bowlen]


Bowler, Norman
Born 1 August 1932  (London, England)
Craggy actor best known as Frank Tate in 'Emmerdale' from 1989-1997.
[Picture of Norman Bowler]


Bowles, Peter
Born 16 October 1936  (London, England)
Suave actor best known for the role of Richard DeVere in 'To the Manor Born'.
[Picture of Peter Bowles]


Bowles, Stan
Born 24 December 1948  (Manchester, England)
Arguably the definitive 1970s maverick footballer. Star forward with QPR but seemingly more concerned with the outcome of the 4:40 at Kempton rather than his football…
[Picture of Stan Bowles]


Bowman, Scotty
Born 18 September 1933  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Retired Canadian National Hockey League head coach.
[Picture of Scotty Bowman]


Bowyer, Bertram
Born 3 October 1927  (place of birth unknown)
Conservative hereditary peer, one of the few people to have served in the governments of five different PMs (Macmillan, Douglas-Home, Heath, Thatcher, Major).
[Picture of Bertram Bowyer]


Box, Ken
Born 1 December 1930  (place of birth unknown)
British track athlete of the 1950s, who achieved most of his success in relay races
[Picture of Ken Box]


Boyer, Paul D. Paul D. Boyer is no longer with us
Born 31 July 1918  (Provo, Utah, USA)

Died 2 June 2018  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 99  (read death notice)
Biochemist - co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1997.
[Picture of Paul D. Boyer]


Boyle, Katie Katie Boyle is no longer with us
Born 29 May 1926  (Florence, Italy)

Died 20 March 2018  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
TV presenter, agony aunt & dog lover. Born Caterina Irene Elena Maria Imperiali di Francavilla, so it's probably a good thing that she took her first husband's name instead when going professional.
[Picture of Katie Boyle]


Bracknell, Leah
Born 12 July 1964  (London, England)
Actress best known for her role as Zoe Tate in 'Emmerdale'.
[Picture of Leah Bracknell]


Braden, Alan
Born 6 February 1927  (Manchester, UK)
Prodigious TV theme tune composer, behind the intro for The Two Ronnies, Give Us A Clue, Up Pompeii and more.
[Picture of Alan Braden]


Bradley, David
Born 17 April 1942  (York, England)
British actor famous for playing Argus Filch in the Harry Potter film series and later starred as Walder Frey in 'Game of Thrones'.
[Picture of David Bradley]


Bradshaw, Sufe
Born 16 April 1986  (Chicago, USA)
Plays Sue in the hit HBO sitcom Veep.
[Picture of Sufe Bradshaw]


Brady, Nicholas F.
Born 11 April 1930  (New York City, New York, USA)
Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Reagan and Bush Snr.
[Picture of Nicholas F. Brady]


Brand, Russell
Born 4 June 1975  (Grays, Essex, England)
TV presenter & comic who is nowhere near as funny as he thinks he is. Now trying to be some kind of revolutionary.
[Picture of Russell Brand]


Brandauer, Klaus Maria
Born 22 June 1943  (Bad Aussee, Austria)
Austrian actor known for his role as Largo in the sort-of Bond film 'Never Say Never Again'.
[Picture of Klaus Maria Brandauer]


Brass, Tinto
Born 26 March 1933  (Venice, Italy)
Italian filmmaker of the somewhat soft-porn kind.
[Picture of Tinto Brass]


Braun, Egidius
Born 27 February 1925  (Stolberg, Germany)
Former president of the German FA between 1992 and 2001, particularly famed for his close relationship with Berti Vogts.
[Picture of Egidius Braun]


Brauner, Artur
Born 1 August 1918  (Lodz, Poland)
Polish film producer, most notably of the British childen's film 'Black Beauty' in 1971.
[Picture of Artur Brauner]


Braxton, Toni
Born 7 October 1967  (Severn, Maryland, USA)
Sultry R&B singer. Massive in the 1990s but whose career hit the skids in the last decade or so.
[Picture of Toni Braxton]


Brazil, Alan
Born 15 June 1959  (Simshill, Glasgow, Scotland)
Former porky striker for Ipswich, Spurs & Man U, now a pundit on television.
[Picture of Alan Brazil]


Bredin, Jean-Denis
Born 17 May 1929  (Paris, France)
French attorney and Academie Francaise member.
[Picture of Jean-Denis Bredin]


Breivik, Anders Behring
Born 13 February 1979  (Oslo, Norway)
Far right killer of 77 Norwegians in a terrorist attack in 2011. Jailed for 21 years in 2012.
[Picture of Anders Behring Breivik]


Bremer, Arthur
Born 21 August 1950  (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Janitor convicted in 1972 for the attempted assassination of US presidential candidate George Wallace. Released in 2007.
[Picture of Arthur Bremer]


Brendel, Alfred
Born 5 January 1931  (Loucna nad Desnou, Czech Republic)
Austrian pianist, artist, poet and author.
[Picture of Alfred Brendel]


Brenner, Sydney
Born 13 January 1927  (Germiston, South Africa)
Biologist. Co-winner of the Nobel Prize in 2002.
[Picture of Sydney Brenner]


Brickell, Katie
Born 9 July 1983  (Haywards Heath, Sussex, England)
Young lady who was denied a smear test for cervical cancer as she was "too young" for the test, but now her disease is incurable.
[Picture of Katie Brickell]


Bridges, Jeff
Born 4 December 1949  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Oscar-winning actor ("Crazy Heart") forever immortalised by dull people who quote movies at you as The Dude in "The Big Lebowski".
[Picture of Jeff Bridges]


Brigance, O. J.
Born 29 September 1969  (Houston, Texas, USA)
Former CFL and NFL football player, and senior advisor to player development for the Baltimore Ravens.
[Picture of O. J. Brigance]


Briggs, Anne
Born 29 September 1944  (Toton, Nottinghamshire, England)
English folk singer, never achieved public acknowledge of her music.
[Picture of Anne Briggs]


Briggs, Barry
Born 30 December 1934  (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Four-time speedway world champion, who competed in a record 18 consecutive world championship seasons.
[Picture of Barry Briggs]


Briggs, Johnny
Born 5 September 1935  (Battersea, London, England)
British TV & film actor, most famous as Mike Baldwin in 'Coronation Street'
[Picture of Johnny Briggs]


Briggs, Nicholas
Born 29 September 1961  (London, England)
Actor who has voiced the Daleks and the Cybermen since the the revival of 'Doctor Who' in 2005.
[Picture of Nicholas Briggs]


Briggs, Raymond
Born 18 January 1934  (London, England)
Illustrator of 'The Snowman' and 'Fungus the Bogeyman' amongst others.
[Picture of Raymond Briggs]


Brimley, Wilford
Born 27 September 1934  (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
Heavy-set, superbly-moustachioed US actor in TV, films & commercials.
[Picture of Wilford Brimley]


Brin, David
Born 6 October 1950  (Glendale, California, USA)
Science-fiction author, whose most famous work got adapted into notorious Kevin Costner clunker "The Postman".
[Picture of David Brin]


Bristow, Eric Eric Bristow is no longer with us
Born 25 April 1957  (Hackney, London, England)

Died 5 April 2018  (Liverpool, UK)

Age at death: 60  (read death notice)
AKA "The Crafty Cockney", eagle-eyed 5 times BDO World Champion.
[Picture of Eric Bristow]


Brittain, Clive
Born 15 December 1934  (place of birth unknown)
British racehorse trainer, whose best known horse was Pebbles, winner of the 10,000 guineas in 1984.
[Picture of Clive Brittain]


Broadis, Ivor
Born 18 December 1922  (Isle of Dogs, London, England)
Former England player & Carlisle United manager.
[Picture of Ivor Broadis]


Brokaw, Tom
Born 6 February 1940  (Webster, South Dakota, USA)
American television journalist with NBC News.
[Picture of Tom Brokaw]


Bronson, Charles
Born 6 December 1952  (Luton, Bedfordshire, England)
Notorious prisoner, who has little in common with the late actor except the 'tache. Originally jailed for armed robbery, now for some violent escapades during his prison stay, including an attempt to poison a cell neighbour. Born Michael Gordon Peterson.
[Picture of Charles Bronson]


Brook, Peter
Born 21 March 1925  (Chiswick, London, England)
Director, mainly on stage, but with forays into films as well.
[Picture of Peter Brook]


Brooker, Alex
Born 15 May 1984  (Ashford, UK)
One-legged co-host of Channel 4 comedy graveyard "The Last Leg".
[Picture of Alex Brooker]


Brooks, James L.
Born 9 May 1940  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Film and television producer with an impressive resume, including 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show', 'Taxi' and 'The Simpsons' on television and 'Terms of Endearment' and 'Jerry Maguire' in film, amongst others.
[Picture of James L. Brooks]


Brooks, Mel
Born 28 June 1926  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Comic actor and film director.
[Picture of Mel Brooks]


Brooks, Mo
Born 29 April 1954  (Charleson, South Carolina, USA)
Republican politician who got shot while practising for an inter-party congressional baseball match in 2017.
[Picture of Mo Brooks]


Broome, David
Born 1 March 1940  (Cardiff, Wales)
Former showjumping champion. Won two bronzes at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.
[Picture of David Broome]


Brown, Ami
Date and place of birth unknown
Matriarch on the Discovery Channel reality show Alaskan Bush People, whose cancer has become a plot point in recent seasons.
[Picture of Ami Brown]


Brown, Bobby
Born 5 February 1969  (Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA)
R & B singer & dancer, whose litany of crimes is much too long to list here, but suffice to say, not many people think of him as "a nice boy".
[Picture of Bobby Brown]


Brown, Chris
Born 5 May 1989  (Tappahonnock, Virginia, USA)
Pop and R&B singer who got himself into hot water by assaulting his then girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
[Picture of Chris Brown]


Brown, Clancy
Born 5 January 1959  (Urbana, Ohio, USA)
Actor & voice-over artist.
[Picture of Clancy Brown]


Brown, Joe
Born 13 May 1941  (Swarby, Lincolnshire, England)
Singer, guitarist & TV entertainer.
[Picture of Joe Brown]


Brown, June
Born 16 February 1927  (Needham Market, Suffolk, England)
Actress who plays Dot Cotton in EastEnders.
[Picture of June Brown]


Brown, Maxine
Born 27 April 1932  (Campti, Louisiana, USA)
As you can see on the team player's list's name: A country singer.
[Picture of Maxine Brown]


Brown, Neave Neave Brown is no longer with us
Born 22 May 1929  (Utica, New York, USA)

Died 9 January 2018  (London, England)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
US-born architect behind some of the most critically acclaimed social housing in the UK of the past 50 years.
[Picture of Neave Brown]


Brown, Ronald
Born 7 August 1926  (England)
Bishop of Birkenhead from 1974-1992.
[Picture of Ronald Brown]


Browning, Angela
Born 4 December 1946  (Reading, Berkshire, England)
Former conservative MP. Made a Baroness in 2010.
[Picture of Angela Browning]


Brundtland, Gro Harlem
Born 20 April 1939  (Baerum, Norway)
Prime Minister of Norway on three occasions.
[Picture of Gro Harlem Brundtland]


Brunk, Terry
Born 12 September 1964  (Staten Island, New York, USA)
The homicidal, suicidal, genocidal, death-defying maniac better known as the wrestler Sabu. Has broken more bones than malfunctioning domino factories.
[Picture of Terry Brunk]


Bruno, Frank
Born 16 November 1961  (Hammersmith, London, England)
Former WBC world heavyweight boxing champion and pantomime dame. Lost the plot somewhat after his wife left him, and was sectioned to a mental hospital in September 2003, although he was later released.
[Picture of Frank Bruno]


Brunstrom, Richard
Born 1 September 1954  (Nottingham, UK)
Chief Constable of North Wales Police between 2001 and 2009, who famously allowed himself to be Tasered on camera as a warning to criminals.
[Picture of Richard Brunstrom]


Brunt, Dominic
Born 15 April 1970  (Macclesfield, UK)
Actor who has played vet Paddy Kirk on Emmerdale since 1997.
[Picture of Dominic Brunt]


Bryer, Denise
Born 5 January 1928  (London, UK)
Voice actress and former wife of Nicholas Parsons.
[Picture of Denise Bryer]


Buchan, Wattie
Born 24 July 1957  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Lead singer with punk band The Exploited.
[Picture of Wattie Buchan]


Buckley, James L.
Born 9 March 1923  (New York City, New York, USA)
Former New York senator and District judge.
[Picture of James L. Buckley]


Buckley, Richard
Date and place of birth unknown
Journalist and husband of fashion maven Tom Ford. Born 1948.
[Picture of Richard Buckley]


Budden, Jackiey
Born in London, UK  (exact date unknown)
Mother of the late reality TV star Jade Goody. Born April 1958.
[Picture of Jackiey Budden]


Buell, Ryan
Born 8 July 1982  (Corry, Pennsylvania, USA)
American paranormal investigator.
[Picture of Ryan Buell]


Buffett, Warren
Born 30 August 1930  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
American businessman & author, the 2nd richest person in the world, according to Forbes magazine in 2006. Also an ace ukulele player.
[Picture of Warren Buffett]


Buffon, Lorenzo
Born 19 December 1929  (Majano, Italy)
Former AC Milan and Italy international footballer.
[Picture of Lorenzo Buffon]


Buhari, Muhammadu
Born 17 December 1942  (Daura, Nigeria)
President of Nigeria since 2015, whose time in power has been marked by battles with his health and Boko Haram.
[Picture of Muhammadu Buhari]


Bujold, Genevieve
Born 1 July 1942  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Actress. Won a Golden Globe for the title role in 'Anne of the Thousand Days'.
[Picture of Genevieve Bujold]


Bulger, James "Whitey" James
Born 3 September 1929  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

Died 30 October 2018  (Hazelton, West Virginia, USA)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
One of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. Charges against him include 18 counts of murder, plus racketeering, money laundering, and breaking wind on the Sabbath in Tennessee.
[Picture of James


Bulifant, Joyce
Born 16 December 1937  (Newport News, Virginia, USA)
Character actress from numerous US sitcoms from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, who also had a steady side career in panel shows.
[Picture of Joyce Bulifant]


Bundy, King Kong
Born 7 November 1957  (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)
Ginormous wrestler in the "Big Daddy" mould in US professional wrestling.
[Picture of King Kong Bundy]


Bunnell, Dewey
Born 19 January 1952  (Harrogate, Yorkshire, England)
Singer-songwriter with folk rock band America.
[Picture of Dewey Bunnell]


Bunyan, Vashti
Born in Newcastle, UK  (exact date unknown)
Folk singer, whose album 'Just Another Diamond Day', released in 1970 became a cult hit thirty years after its release.
[Picture of Vashti Bunyan]


Burbidge, Margaret
Born 12 August 1919  (Davenport, England)
[Picture of Margaret Burbidge]


Burdick, Jocelyn
Born 6 February 1922  (Fargo, North Dakota, USA)
Former Democrat senator from North Dakota who briefly assumed office upon the death of her husband in 1992.
[Picture of Jocelyn Burdick]


Burdon, Eric
Born 11 May 1941  (Walker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
Former lead singer of The Animals.
[Picture of Eric Burdon]


Burgess, Jan
Date and place of birth unknown
Wife of Australian gameshow host John Burgess.
[Picture of Jan Burgess]


Burke, James
Born 22 December 1936  (Derry, Northern Ireland)
Scientist, historian & TV presenter - presented 'Tomorrow's World'.
[Picture of James Burke]


Burke, Kathy
Born 13 June 1964  (London, UK)
Overrated "more working class than you" comedy actress who has switched to directing theatre in the past decade.
[Picture of Kathy Burke]


Burke Jr, Jack
Born 29 January 1923  (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
Retired professional golfer. Won the Masters in 1956.
[Picture of Jack Burke Jr]


Burkett, Fat Mike
Born 31 January 1967  (Newton, Massachusetts, USA)
"Colourful" bassist for skate punk mainstays NOFX. Owns both a gastropub and a BDSM dungeon: could he be more middle-class?
[Picture of Fat Mike Burkett]


Burnett, Carol
Born 26 April 1933  (San Antonio, Texas, USA)
Red-haired comedienne, best known for her eponymous variety show.
[Picture of Carol Burnett]


Burnett, Kelly
Born 16 June 1926  (Lachine, Quebec, Canada)
Post-war ice hockey player for the New York Rangers.
[Picture of Kelly Burnett]


Burns, Allan
Born 18 May 1935  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Television producer and writer, who co-created 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' with James L. Brooks.
[Picture of Allan Burns]


Burns, Gordon
Born 10 June 1942  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Northern Irish newsreader and TV presenter most recognised as the host of 'The Krypton Factor' from 1977-1995.
[Picture of Gordon Burns]


Burns, Simon
Born 6 September 1952  (Nottingham, England)
Conservative MP for Chelmsford since 1987.
[Picture of Simon Burns]


Burrells, Nyssa
Date and place of birth unknown
Australian apprentice jockey who suffered a horror fall in late 2017, seeing in the new year in an induced coma.
[Picture of Nyssa Burrells]


Burrows, Harry
Born 17 March 1941  (Haydock, UK)
Winger who won the 1961 League Cup with Aston Villa before moving to Stoke.
[Picture of Harry Burrows]


Burstyn, Ellen
Born 7 December 1932  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Film actress. Won an Academy award for Best Actress in 1974 for 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore'.
[Picture of Ellen Burstyn]


Buscemi, Steve
Born 13 December 1957  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Top film actor, often in quirky roles. Probably still best known as "Mr Pink" in 'Reservoir Dogs'.
[Picture of Steve Buscemi]


Busey, Gary
Born 29 June 1944  (Goose Creek, Texas, USA)
Actor, in numerous films & often in kooky roles.
[Picture of Gary Busey]


Bush, Barbara Barbara Bush is no longer with us
Born 8 June 1925  (Rye, New York, USA)

Died 17 April 2018  (Houston, Texas, USA)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
The wife of George Bush snr, not the namesake daughter of George W. Bush.
[Picture of Barbara Bush]


Bush Jr, George W.
Born 6 July 1946  (New Haven, Connecticut, USA)
43rd President of the United States. Somehow made it through 8 years in the job, but as the man himself once said: "They misunderestimated me."
[Picture of George W. Bush Jr]


Bush Sr, George H. W. George H. W. Bush Sr is no longer with us
Born 12 June 1924  (Milton, Massachusetts, USA)

Died 30 November 2018  (Houston, Texas, USA)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
President of the USA from 1989-93. Son George also took the reigns.
[Picture of George H. W. Bush Sr]


Bushy, Ronald
Born 23 December 1945  (Washington DC, USA)
Drummer with rock band Iron Butterfly.
[Picture of Ronald Bushy]


Buswell, Neville
Born 20 January 1943  (Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, England)
Actor best known for his role as Ray Langton in 'Coronation Street'.
[Picture of Neville Buswell]


Buthelezi, Chief Mangosuthu
Born 27 August 1928  (Malabathini, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa)
Zulu leader, and long-time leader of the South African Inkatha Freedom Party.
[Picture of Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi]


Butler, David
Born 17 October 1924  (place of birth unknown)
Psephologist (that's someone who studies elections, folks!), and university chum of Tony Benn, who along with the late Bob McKenzie, mused on what marginal seat may matter on many an election night from 1950-79.
[Picture of David Butler]


Butler, Henry Henry Butler is no longer with us
Born 21 September 1949  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

Died 2 July 2018  (New York, New York, USA)

Age at death: 69  (read death notice)
New Orleans jazz pianist, blinded as a child by glaucoma. Lost his house in Hurricane Katrina.
[Picture of Henry Butler]


Butler, Jerry
Born 8 December 1939  (Sunflower, Mississippi, USA)
Soul singer-songwriter and original leader of the R&B group, The Impressions.
[Picture of Jerry Butler]


Butler, Judith
Born 24 February 1956  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Arguably the most influential living gender theorist, also quite willing to stick her oar in when it comes to Israel, Islamism, racism etc.
[Picture of Judith Butler]


Butler, Peter
Born 25 March 1932  (Birmingham, England)
British professional golfer, who, during the 1973 Ryder Cup, recorded the first ever hole-in-one in Ryder Cup history.
[Picture of Peter Butler]


Butler, Tony
Born 15 May 1935  (Wolverhampton, UK)
Outspoken early "shock jock" of British local radio, became famed in the Midlands for three decades.
[Picture of Tony Butler]


Butter, Myra
Date and place of birth unknown
Friend of Prince Philip since childhood and often incorrectly called "Myra Butler" by papers with no sub-editor. Born c.1925.
[Picture of Myra Butter]


Butts, Colin
Born 11 September 1959  (place of birth unknown)
Writer of cult youth novel 'Is Harry on the Boat', later made into a TV series. Died June 2018 but no obit.
[Picture of Colin Butts]


Buydens, Anne
Born 13 May 1930  (Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany)
Officially a producer, but better known as wife of Kirk Douglas and step-mother of Michael.
[Picture of Anne Buydens]


Buzzi, Ruth
Born 24 July 1936  (Westerly, Rhode Island, USA)
Comedienne and actress on film, stage and television.
[Picture of Ruth Buzzi]


Bykovsky, Valery
Born 2 August 1934  (Pavlovsky Posad, Russia)
Retired Russian cosmonaut.
[Picture of Valery Bykovsky]


Bynes, Amanda
Born 3 April 1986  (Thousand Oaks, California, USA)
Actress in US teen movies & television show host.
[Picture of Amanda Bynes]


Byrne, David
Born 14 May 1952  (Dumbarton, Scotland)
Founder and lead singer of art rock giants Talking Heads from 1975-1991.
[Picture of David Byrne]


Byrne, Gay
Born 5 August 1934  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Respected veteran Irish broadcaster, presenter of 'The Late Late Show' for 37 years.
[Picture of Gay Byrne]


Byrne, Michael
Born 7 November 1943  (London, England)
British actor best known for playing nasty Nazis.
[Picture of Michael Byrne]


Byrne, Peter Peter Byrne is no longer with us
Born 29 January 1928  (West Ham, London, England)

Died 14 May 2018  (UK)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Actor, was in Dixon of Dock Green for aeons.
[Picture of Peter Byrne]


Byrnes, Edd
Born 30 July 1933  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor from the 1950s TV series '77 Sunset Strip'.
[Picture of Edd Byrnes]

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