Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2019: B


B., Cardi
Born 11 October 1992  (New York City, New York, USA)
Former stripper who parlayed social media fame into a career as the leading female rapper of her generation. Threw a shoe at Nicki Minaj.
[Picture of Cardi B.]


B., Eric
Born 8 November 1965  (New York City, New York, USA)
The DJ half of Eric B. and Rakim.
[Picture of Eric B.]


Babcock, Barbara
Born 27 February 1937  (Fort Riley, Kansas, USA)
Retired American actress, won an Emmy for her work in "Hill Street Blues" and later popped up on "Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman".
[Picture of Barbara Babcock]


Baby, Lil
Born 3 December 1994  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Trap rapper who came to prominence in 2018, went top 5 in the US with the single "Drip Too Hard".
[Picture of Lil Baby]


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
Date and place of birth unknown
Father of comedian and author David Baddiel. Born c. 1934.
[Picture of Colin Baddiel]


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]


Bagosora, Theoneste
Born 16 August 1941  (Giciye, Rwanda)
Military general, currently imprisoned for his role in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
[Picture of Theoneste Bagosora]


Bagwell, Judy
Date and place of birth unknown
Mother of professional wrestler Buff Bagwell. Was once the subject of a "Judy Bagwell on a forklift truck" wrestling match between Buff and Kanyon. Thanks Russo.
[Picture of Judy Bagwell]


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]


Baird, Thomas
Born 17 May 1924  (place of birth unknown)
Former commander of the HMS Glamorgan.
[Picture of Thomas Baird]


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


Baker, Ginger Ginger Baker is no longer with us
Born 19 August 1939  (Lewisham, London, England)

Died 6 October 2019  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
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, Janet
Born 21 August 1933  (Hatfield, South Yorkshire, England)
English mezzo-soprano.
[Picture of Janet 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, Pip
Date and place of birth unknown
Together with wife Jane one part of the television writers-duo, known for their contributions to 'Doctor Who'.
[Picture of Pip 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]


Bakewell, Joan
Born 16 April 1933  (Stockport, England)
Television presenter, newsreader and interviewer. The original thinking man's crumpet. Had a long affair with the late playwright Harold Pinter.
[Picture of Joan Bakewell]


Bakula, Scott
Born 9 October 1954  (St Louis, Missouri, USA)
Long-time US TV actor, still best remembered as Dr Sam Beckett in "Quantum Leap". Will he be taking… the leap home this year?
[Picture of Scott Bakula]


Baldwin, Alec
Born 3 April 1958  (Massapequa, Long Island, New York, USA)
Hollywood actor, star of '30 Rock'.
[Picture of Alec Baldwin]


Ball, David
Born 3 May 1959  (Blackpool, UK)
The non-Almond half of 80s sleazesters Soft Cell. Also a member of 90s novelty act The Grid ("Swamp Thing").
[Picture of David Ball]


Ball, Michael
Born 27 June 1962  (Bromsgrove, UK)
Twinkly eyed housewives' favourite, king of middle-of-the-road musical theatre.
[Picture of Michael Ball]


Ballard, Kaye Kaye Ballard is no longer with us
Born 20 November 1925  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)

Died 21 January 2019  (Rancho Mirage, California, USA)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
US actress, mostly on TV and Broadway. Has survived breast cancer.
[Picture of Kaye Ballard]


Baltsa, Agnes
Born 19 November 1944  (Lefkada, Greece)
Greek mezzo-soprano, celebrated for her many performances in "Carmen".
[Picture of Agnes Baltsa]


Banks, Arron
Date and place of birth unknown
Nigel Farage's sugar daddy, has a lot of offices registered in Belize for some reason.
[Picture of Arron Banks]


Banks, Azealia
Born 31 May 1991  (New York City, New York, USA)
Rapper who looked like she was going to be a star upon the release of "212" in 2011, but has spent the following decade just posting shit on Twitter instead of recording anything else.
[Picture of Azealia Banks]


Banks, Gordon Gordon Banks is no longer with us
Born 30 December 1937  (Sheffield, Yorkshire, England)

Died 12 February 2019  (Stoke-on-Trent, UK)

Age at death: 81  (read death notice)
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, Tom
Born 18 June 1994  (Brisbane, Australia)
Rugby player, as of 2019 plays for Brumbies in the Super Rugby.
[Picture of Tom Banks]


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]


Barber, Chris
Born 17 April 1930  (Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England)
Jazz trombonist.
[Picture of Chris Barber]


Bardem, Pilar
Born 14 March 1939  (Seville, Spain)
Mother of Oscar-winning star Javier Bardem and a popular actress in her native Spain in her own right.
[Picture of Pilar Bardem]


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, 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 Brian Barnes is no longer with us
Born 3 June 1945  (Addington, Surrey, England)

Died 9 September 2019  (West Sussex, UK)

Age at death: 74  (read death notice)
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]


Barnwell, John
Born 24 December 1938  (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Former football manager, won the League Cup with Wolves in 1980. Was also in the dugout the first time SpadeCooley watched a Northampton Town match.
[Picture of John Barnwell]


Baron, Lynda
Born 24 March 1939  (Urmston, Lancashire, England)
Voluptuous actress forever known as nurse G-G-Gladys Emmanuel in 'Open All Hours'.
[Picture of Lynda Baron]


Barratt, Michael
Born 3 January 1928  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
'Nationwide' presenter from 1969-77.
[Picture of Michael Barratt]


Barrett, Leanne
Date and place of birth unknown
Cancer mum.
[Picture of Leanne Barrett]


Barrett, Marcia
Born 14 October 1948  (St Catherine, Jamaica)
One of the three female singers with disco giants Boney M.
[Picture of Marcia Barrett]


Barrie, Amanda
Born 14 September 1935  (Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire,England)
Actress. Was Alma Sedgewick in Coronation Street.
[Picture of Amanda Barrie]


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, 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]


Barstow, Josephine
Born 27 September 1940  (Sheffield, UK)
Opera singer who, in her role as Salome, became probably the only Dame of the British Empire to appear onstage wearing nothing but a G-string.
[Picture of Josephine Barstow]


Bartholomew, Dave Dave Bartholomew is no longer with us
Born 24 December 1918  (Edgard, Louisiana, USA)

Died 23 June 2019  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

Age at death: 100  (read death notice)
Rhythm and blues musician and composer who had a fruitful partnership with the legendary Fats Domino.
[Picture of Dave Bartholomew]


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 Gerard Basset is no longer with us
Born 7 March 1957  (Saint-Étienne, France)

Died 16 January 2019  (New Forest, UK)

Age at death: 61  (read death notice)
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]


Bassett, Paddy
Born 15 July 1918  (Menzies Bay, New Zealand)
Agricultural scientist, the first woman to graduate from Massey University.
[Picture of Paddy Bassett]


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, 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]


Bayh, Susan
Born 28 November 1959  (place of birth unknown)
Former first lady of Indiana, wife of one-time presidential hopeful Evan.
[Picture of Susan Bayh]


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


Baylor, Elgin
Born 16 September 1934  (Washington, DC, USA)
One of the all-time NBA greats. First pick in the 1958 draft, 11-time All Star and a member of both the college and national halls of fame.
[Picture of Elgin Baylor]


Beach, Hugh Hugh Beach is no longer with us
Born 20 May 1923  (place of birth unknown)

Died 4 September 2019  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
Former British Army general, has written at length on ethical issues in conflict during his retirement.
[Picture of Hugh Beach]


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, 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. M. C. Beaton is no longer with us
Born 10 June 1936  (Glasgow, UK)

Died 30 December 2019  (Glasgow, UK)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
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, Bill
Born 9 March 1952  (Chorley, Lancashire, England)
Former rugby union player, turned broadcaster of rather dour persona. Later on TV as a captain on 'A Question of Sport'. More recently works as a rugby pundit.
[Picture of Bill Beaumont]


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]


Beausoleil, Bobby
Born 6 November 1947  (Santa Barbara, California, USA)
Member of the Manson Family, imprisoned for the murder of Gary Hinman (under Manson's orders) in 1969.
[Picture of Bobby Beausoleil]


Beck, Aaron
Born 18 July 1921  (Rhode Island, USA)
Psychologist. Founder of Cognitive Therapy.
[Picture of Aaron 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]


Beckham, Brooklyn
Born 4 May 1999  (London, UK)
How old do you feel realising he's eligible as a DDP pick now?
[Picture of Brooklyn Beckham]


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]


Beglin, Jim
Born 29 July 1963  (Waterford, Ireland)
Former Liverpool and Ireland international left-back, more famous as a commentator on Champions League matches.
[Picture of Jim Beglin]


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]


Belchamber, James
Born 12 March 1926  (Surrey, UK)
Character actor, former partner of Bernard Archard.
[Picture of James Belchamber]


Beldam, Roy
Born 29 March 1925  (place of birth unknown)
Former barrister and Lord Justice of Appeal throughout the 1990s.
[Picture of Roy Beldam]


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


Bell, Martin
Born 31 August 1938  (Redisham, UK)
"The Man In The White Suit" - former war correspondant who became an anti-corruption campaigner and MP in 1997.
[Picture of Martin Bell]


Bell, Steve
Born 26 February 1951  (London, England)
Arguably Britain's foremost political cartoonist. Contributed to the Guardian since 1981.
[Picture of Steve Bell]


Bell, William
Born 16 July 1939  (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
R&B singer, heavily associated with the Stax label.
[Picture of William Bell]


Bellamy, David David Bellamy is no longer with us
Born 18 January 1933  (London, England)

Died 11 December 2019  (London, UK)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Easily Britain's best known botanist - also an author & broadcaster.
[Picture of David Bellamy]


Bellfield, Levi
Born 17 May 1968  (London, England)
Scumbag serial killer, convicted for three murders. Incidentially, the was the last of these, of the teenage Milly Dowler which unwittingly opened up the phone hacking scandal in 2011.
[Picture of Levi Bellfield]


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, Jorge
Born 22 March 1942  (Rio, Brazil)
Leading Brazilian musician, famously ripped off by Rod Stewart for "D'Ya Think I'm Sexy".
[Picture of Jorge Ben]


Ben Halim, Mustafa
Born 29 January 1921  (Alexandria, Egypt)
Former Prime Minister of Libya in the days before Colonel Gaddafi.
[Picture of Mustafa Ben Halim]


Bendre, Sonali
Born 1 January 1975  (Mumbai, India)
Leading Hindi actress, also a judge on "India's Got Talent".
[Picture of Sonali Bendre]


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]


Benjamin, Christopher
Born 27 December 1934  (Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England)
Character actor known for his parts in 'The Prisoner' and most notably 'Doctor Who'.
[Picture of Christopher Benjamin]


Benjamin, Ralph Ralph Benjamin is no longer with us
Born 17 November 1922  (Darmstadt, Germany)

Died 7 May 2019  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
Jewish WW2 refugee who grew up to invent the first trackball.
[Picture of Ralph Benjamin]


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, Brian
Born 9 February 1940  (Palmers Green, UK)
Drummer for the Shadows, also composed the theme music for "Birds of a Feather".
[Picture of Brian Bennett]


Bennett, Jack
Born in Lancaster, UK  (exact date unknown)
Youngest ever contestant on University Challenge. Born c.1997.
[Picture of Jack 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]


Benvenuti, Nino
Born 26 April 1938  (Izola, Slovenia)
Undoubtedly the greatest ever Italian boxer, 1968 Ring Magazine "Fighter of the Year". Went 65 contests undefeated at the start of his career.
[Picture of Nino Benvenuti]


Beresford, Bruce
Born 16 August 1940  (Paddington, Australia)
Film director, most famously for 1989 cringefest "Driving Miss Daisy".
[Picture of Bruce Beresford]


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


Bergen, Candice
Born 9 May 1946  (Beverly Hills, California, USA)
Arguably the most successful model-turned-actress in history, went from "Vogue" cover girl to a 50-year career on the boards. Played the eponymous Murphy Brown in that sitcom Americans love and nobody else could give a flying shit about.
[Picture of Candice Bergen]


Berggren, Thommy
Born 12 August 1937  (Molndal, Sweden)
Leading Swedish film and stage actor up until his retirement in the mid 2000s.
[Picture of Thommy Berggren]


Berglas, David
Date and place of birth unknown
One of the first magicians to regularly appear on British TV. Won the David Berglas International Magic Award in 2014.
[Picture of David Berglas]


Bergman, Marilyn
Born 10 November 1929  (New York City, New York, USA)
Songwriter and composer along with her husband Alan, writing the lyrics to 'Windmills of Your Mind' and 'The Way We Were' among others.
[Picture of Marilyn Bergman]


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]


Berlusconi, Silvio
Born 29 September 1936  (Milan, Italy)
Former Prime Minister of Italy, who as well as being a media mogul and president of AC Milan. Convicted of tax fraud in 2013.
[Picture of Silvio Berlusconi]


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


Bernardo, Paul
Born 27 August 1964  (Scarborough, Canada)
Canadian serial killer, known as the "Schoolgirl Killer". Convicted of three murders and linked with many others.
[Picture of Paul Bernardo]


Bernasconi, Gaudenzio
Born 8 August 1932  (Ponte San Pietro, Italy)
Sampdoria midfielder of the 50s and 60s, also earned six international caps.
[Picture of Gaudenzio Bernasconi]


Berners-Lee, Conway
Born 19 September 1921  (Birmingham, UK)
Father of World Wide Web creator Tim, and a computer scientist in his own right. Died February 2019 but no obit.
[Picture of Conway Berners-Lee]


Berry, Deanne
Born 17 July 1980  (Sydney, Australia)
Model and dancer, most famously as the leotard-rocking aerobics class leader in the video for Eric Prydz's "Call On Me".
[Picture of Deanne Berry]


Berry, Halle
Born 14 August 1966  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Film actress & former model who has appeared & acted well in some excellent movies but will also be remembered for her awful performance in the god-awful 'Catwoman'.
[Picture of Halle 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]


Bertrand, Plastic
Born 24 February 1954  (Brussels, Belgium)
Belgium proto-new waver who had a Europe-wide hit with "Ca Plane Pour Moi", a French-language version of queercore punk track "Jet Boy, Jet Girl".
[Picture of Plastic Bertrand]


Berwick, Ricky
Born 23 April 1992  (Ontario, Canada)
YouTuber whose main schtick is, apparently, sticking his tongue out.
[Picture of Ricky Berwick]


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]


Bevan, Bev
Born 25 September 1944  (Birmingham, UK)
Original drummer for both The Move and ELO. Inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the latter.
[Picture of Bev Bevan]


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


Bianchi, Daniela
Born 31 January 1942  (Rome, Italy)
Actress who played Bond girl Tatiana Romanova in 'From Russia with Love'.
[Picture of Daniela Bianchi]


Bickerton, John
Born 23 September 1969  (Redditch, UK)
Former European Tour golfer.
[Picture of John Bickerton]


Biden, Joe
Born 20 November 1942  (Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA)
Former Vice-President of the USA.
[Picture of Joe Biden]


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


Bigeni, Gary
Date and place of birth unknown
Australian fashion designer.
[Picture of Gary Bigeni]


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]


Billingham, William
Born 5 January 1924  (place of birth unknown)
Murderer jailed for the killing of his eight-year-old daughter Mylee in 2018.
[Picture of William Billingham]


Bin Salman, Mohammed
Born 31 August 1985  (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
"Moderniser" Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia behind the country's Vision 2030 program. This seems to mainly consist of locking up anyone who disagrees with him and bombing Yemen back into the stone age, but letting women drive so it's OK.
[Picture of Mohammed Bin Salman]


bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Khalifa
Born 7 September 1948  (Al Ain, UAE)
Incumbent president of UAE and has been since 2004. The man who the world's tallest man-made structure, the Burj Khalifa, is named after.
[Picture of Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan]


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


Bingham, Walter
Born in Karlsruhe, Germany  (exact date unknown)
British-Israeli journalist who went from being a kindertransport child in 1939 to taking part in the D-Day landings five years later. Also the oldest known man to have completed a skydive.
[Picture of Walter Bingham]


Binzer, Seth Brooks
Born 23 August 1974  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Better known as Shifty Shellshock from the band Crazy Town.
[Picture of Seth Brooks Binzer]


Biolek, Alfred
Born 10 July 1934  (Karvina, Czech Republic)
German TV host, became the country's first major talk show host with "Bio’s Bahnhof" and was also the man behind the two German episodes of "Monty Python".
[Picture of Alfred Biolek]


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]


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, Isobel
Born 15 December 1942  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Hammer horror actress, also a TV regular in the 60s and 70s.
[Picture of Isobel Black]


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


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]


Blackshear, Jeff
Born 29 March 1969  (Fort Pierce, Florida, USA)
Nine-season NFL offensive linesman, was a member of the Baltimore Ravens inaugural roster. Died August 2019 but no obit.
[Picture of Jeff Blackshear]


Blaine, David
Born 4 April 1973  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Twat. Really, really annoying, attention-seeking, box-dwelling twat.
[Picture of David 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, Selma
Born 23 June 1972  (Southfield, Michigan, USA)
Brunette actress who played second fiddle to the blonde lead in every movie 1997 to 2003 (Cruel Intentions, The Sweetest Thing, Legally Blonde).
[Picture of Selma 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]


Blake, Peter
Born 25 June 1932  (Dartford, Kent, England)
Pop artist, best known for his design of the 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album for the Beatles in 1967, for which he was paid £200.
[Picture of Peter Blake]


Blake, Quentin
Born 16 December 1932  (Sidcup, Kent, England)
Illustrator, often in conjunction with legendary children's author Roald Dahl.
[Picture of Quentin 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 Kathleen Blanco is no longer with us
Born 15 December 1942  (New Iberia, Louisiana, USA)

Died 18 August 2019  (Lafayette, Louisiana, USA)

Age at death: 76  (read death notice)
First woman to be elected governor of Louisiana, served as the state's leader during Hurricane Katrina.
[Picture of Kathleen Blanco]


Blanco, Mykki
Born 2 April 1986  (Orange County, California, USA)
Spoken word poet and rapper.
[Picture of Mykki Blanco]


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]


Blessing, Anna Mae
Date and place of birth unknown
Elderly woman accused of murdering her son when he tried to put her in assisted living. Born circa 1926. Actually died in December 2018 but death wasn't made public until 2019.
[Picture of Anna Mae Blessing]


Blix, Hans
Born 28 June 1928  (Uppsala, Sweden)
UN Weapons Inspector, former Swedish Foreign Minister. Got in trouble for not finding any weapons of mass destruction, which was a bit harsh, because there never were any.
[Picture of Hans Blix]


Block, Lawrence
Born 24 June 1938  (Buffalo, New York, USA)
American crime novelist, most famous for the long-running "Matt Scudder" series of books.
[Picture of Lawrence Block]


Blofeld, Henry
Born 23 September 1939  (Hoveton, Norfolk, England)
BBC Radio 4 cricket commentator. His father went to school with Ian Fleming, who borrowed his surname for James Bond's long-time nemesis, Ernst Stavro.
[Picture of Henry Blofeld]


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


Blunt, James
Born 22 February 1974  (Tidworth, Wiltshire, England)
Depending on your point of view, either one of the UK's top musicians & songwriters, or a thoroughly annoying twat.
[Picture of James Blunt]


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]


Bocelli, Andrea
Born 22 September 1958  (Lajatico, Tuscany, Italy)
Blind opera & classical singer.
[Picture of Andrea Bocelli]


Boesch, Rudy Rudy Boesch is no longer with us
Born 20 January 1928  (Rochester, New York, USA)

Died 1 November 2019  (Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
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]


Bohren, Spencer
Born in Casper, Wyoming, USA  (exact date unknown)
Roots/blues musician, has worked with Dr John and the Blind Boys of Alabama among others. Died June 2019 but no obit.
[Picture of Spencer Bohren]


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]


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]


Bolder, Bob
Born 2 October 1958  (Dover, UK)
Charlton goalie at the turn of the 90s, won the European Cup with Liverpool despite never playing a competitive game for them.
[Picture of Bob Bolder]


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


Bolkiah, Hassanal
Born 15 July 1946  (Brunei Town, Brunei)
The Sultan of Brunei since 1967. If you're famous and fancy a quick quid, he's the man you want to hear from...
[Picture of Hassanal Bolkiah]


Bolsonaro, Jair
Born 21 March 1955  (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Conservative/populist politician who seems torn between being Brazil's Donald Trump and its Rodrigo Duterte. Wants to fuck Ellen Page.
[Picture of Jair Bolsonaro]


Bonallack, Michael
Born 31 December 1994  (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]


Bongo Ondimba, Ali
Born 9 February 1959  (Brazzaville, Congo-Brazzaville)
No, not the beloved TV magician of the 70s and 80s, but rather the president of Gabon since 2009. Rumoured to be in very ill health at the start of 2019 and some forces in the country look eager to help him on his way out…
[Picture of Ali Bongo Ondimba]


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


Bono, (singer)
Born 10 May 1960  (Ballymun, Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
U2 front man, who, like his mate Sir Bob Geldof, labours under the misapprehension that having once been a successful pop star makes him (a) an expert on everything from world hunger to the environment, and (b) worth listening to. Born Paul David Hewson.
[Picture of (singer) Bono]


Bonynge, Richard
Born 29 September 1930  (Sydney, NSW, Australia)
Australian conductor and widower of Dame Joan Sutherland.
[Picture of Richard Bonynge]


Booh Booh, Jacques-Roger
Born 5 December 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, Pat
Born 1 June 1934  (Jacksonville, Florida, USA)
Crooner, most successful with ballads and blues.
[Picture of Pat Boone]


Boone, Shirley Shirley Boone is no longer with us
Born 24 April 1934  (place of birth unknown)

Died 11 January 2019  (Beverley Hills, California, USA)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
Wife of bland Xtian crooner Pat.
[Picture of Shirley Boone]


Boorman, John
Born 18 January 1933  (Shepperton, Surrey, England)
Film director, noted for such films as 'Deliverance', 'Excalibur' and 'Zardoz'.
[Picture of John Boorman]


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]


Borg, Bjorn
Born 6 June 1956  (Stockholm, Sweden)
Legendary tennis star of the 1970s. Winner of the Wimbldon Men's singles title on five consecutive occasions from 1976-1980. His rivalry with John McEnroe was the stuff of sporting legend.
[Picture of Bjorn Borg]


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]


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


Boscawen, George
Born 31 October 1919  (Truro, UK)
The ninth Viscount Falmouth - part of a long lineage of Boscawens with aristocratic claims to various parts of Cornwall.
[Picture of George Boscawen]


Bose, Mihir
Born 12 January 1947  (Calcutta, 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]


Bouhired, Djamila
Born in Algiers, Algeria  (exact date unknown)
Real-life militant whose character was portrayed in legendary film "The Battle of Algiers". Still involved in politics. Born 1935.
[Picture of Djamila Bouhired]


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


Bow Wow, Lil
Born 9 March 1987  (Columbus, Ohio, USA)
Former child rapper who got his name due to patronage from Snoop Dogg. Subject of an urban legend about a bodyguard which, of course, isn't at all true.
[Picture of Lil Bow Wow]


Bowden, Bobby
Born 8 November 1929  (Birmingham, Alabama, USA)
Another college American football coach.
[Picture of Bobby Bowden]


Bowen, Jeremy
Born 6 February 1960  (Cardiff, UK)
BBC Middle East editor since 2005, one of the few western journalists to have interviewed both Gadaffi and Assad.
[Picture of Jeremy Bowen]


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 Pat Bowlen is no longer with us
Born 18 February 1944  (Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA)

Died 13 June 2019  (Denver, Colorado, USA)

Age at death: 75  (read death notice)
Majority owner of the Dencer Broncos American football team since 1984.
[Picture of Pat Bowlen]


Bowler, Kate
Date and place of birth unknown
Professor of Christian history at Duke University, has written a book about her battle with terminal cancer.
[Picture of Kate 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]


Boyle, Susan
Born 1 April 1961  (Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland)
Dubbed 'Subo', a frumpy looking but angelic voiced singer who burst in to the international consciousness in 2009 via the talent show Britain's Got Talent.
[Picture of Susan Boyle]


Bracknell, Leah Leah Bracknell is no longer with us
Born 12 July 1964  (London, England)

Died 29 September 2019  (Brighton, UK)

Age at death: 55  (read death notice)
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]


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]


Brandreth, Gyles
Born 8 March 1948  (Wuppertal, Germany)
TV personality and something of a polymath - writer, presenter, producer, biographer, you name it. Was even a Conservative MP and junior minister at one time.
[Picture of Gyles Brandreth]


Branson, Richard
Born 18 July 1950  (Sharnley Green, Surrey, England)
Entrepreneur since the age of 16, when he started a national student magazine. Now boss of the Virgin records/banking/airline/mobile phones/etc empire.
[Picture of Richard Branson]


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  (Breinig, 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 Artur Brauner is no longer with us
Born 1 August 1918  (Lodz, Poland)

Died 7 July 2019  (Berlin, Germany)

Age at death: 100  (read death notice)
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]


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]


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]


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]


Brite, Poppy Z.
Born 25 May 1967  (Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA)
Gothic horror novelist, works are typically set in modern-day New Orleans.
[Picture of Poppy Z. Brite]


Britt, May
Born 22 March 1934  (Lidingo, Sweden)
Swedish actress whose interracial marriage to Sammy Davis Jr saw the song-and-dance man shunned by certain portions of American society in the 1960s.
[Picture of May Britt]


Britton, Fern
Born 17 July 1957  (London, UK)
TV host who helmed ITV's "This Morning" for ten years between 1999 and 2009. Daughter of Tony.
[Picture of Fern Britton]


Britton, Tony Tony Britton is no longer with us
Born 9 June 1924  (Birmingham, England)

Died 22 December 2019  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
Actor, mainly on stage but also in 'Don't Wait Up' on TV. Father of Fern Britton.
[Picture of Tony Britton]


Broadbent, Jim
Born 24 May 1949  (Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England)
TV & film actor, often in sitcoms too.
[Picture of Jim Broadbent]


Broadis, Ivor Ivor Broadis is no longer with us
Born 18 December 1922  (Isle of Dogs, London, England)

Died 12 April 2019  (Carlisle, UK)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
Former England player & Carlisle United manager.
[Picture of Ivor Broadis]


Brock, Dave
Born 20 August 1941  (Isleworth, Middlesex, England)
Electric guitar, synthesizer, bass and oscillators player. Co-founder of space rock group Hawkwind.
[Picture of Dave Brock]


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]


Brooke, Ashlynn
Born 12 August 1985  (Choctaw, Oklahoma, USA)
Former adult movie star, won the 2009 FAME Award for "Favourite Breasts".
[Picture of Ashlynn Brooke]


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


Brookes, Peter
Born 28 September 1943  (Liverpool, England)
Political cartoonist with The Times.
[Picture of Peter Brookes]


Brookes, Rick
Born 16 June 1948  (Bangor, UK)
The man who drew the very unfunny, massively signposted "Brook" editorial cartoons in "The Sun" for ages. Also contributes "This Life" to "Metro".
[Picture of Rick Brookes]


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]


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]


Brosnan, Pierce
Born 16 May 1953  (Drogheda, County Louth, Rep of Ireland)
Irish actor, forever known for playing James Bond in four films from 1995-2002.
[Picture of Pierce Brosnan]


Brougham, Julie
Born 20 May 1954  (Palmerston, New Zealand)
Part of New Zealand's equestrian team at the 2016 Olympics.
[Picture of Julie Brougham]


Broussard, Israel
Born 22 August 1994  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
American actor who broke through with a role in "To All The Boys I've Loved Before", before various dodgy tweets were discovered on his account's archive.
[Picture of Israel Broussard]


Brown, Ami
Born 28 August 1963  (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, Andy
Born 8 May 1987  (Liverpool, UK)
Lead singer of early 2010s boyband Lawson.
[Picture of Andy Brown]


Brown, Arthur
Born 24 June 1942  (Whitby, Yorkshire, England)
"I am the God of Hellfire, and I bring youuuuuuuu.. FIRE!" Madcap, possibly actually medically mad, but hugely entertaining singer.
[Picture of Arthur 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, Duggie
Born 7 August 1940  (Rotherham, UK)
Long-time British TV character actor.
[Picture of Duggie Brown]


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


Brown, Johnny
Born 11 June 1937  (St Petersburg, Florida, USA)
American sitcom actor, most famously as the brunt of JJ's fat jokes in "Good Times".
[Picture of Johnny Brown]


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


Brown, Lessie Lessie Brown is no longer with us
Born 22 September 1904  (Stockbridge, Georgia, USA)

Died 8 January 2019  (Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA)

Age at death: 114  (read death notice)
America's oldest person as of the start of 2019.
[Picture of Lessie Brown]


Brown, Robert
Born 19 March 1923  (Dunipace, UK)
Goalkeeper for Rangers in the immediate post-war era, also won 5 Scotland caps.
[Picture of Robert 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]


Bruce, Ken
Born 2 February 1951  (Glasgow, UK)
Baldy Radio 2 DJ and the man who brings us "Popmaster".
[Picture of Ken Bruce]


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


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
Date and place of birth unknown
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]


Buchanan, Ken
Born 28 May 1945  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Former Lightweight boxer of the 1960s & 1970s.
[Picture of Ken Buchanan]


Bucsis, Anastasia
Born 30 April 1989  (Calgary, Canada)
Canadian Olympic speed skater.
[Picture of Anastasia Bucsis]


Budd, Pete
Date and place of birth unknown
Vocalist on most of The Wurzels' biggest chart hits, and a member of the band since 1972.
[Picture of Pete Budd]


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


Buena, Mutya
Born 21 May 1985  (London, UK)
Owner of the second-largest forehead in the most famous iteration of the Sugababes.
[Picture of Mutya Buena]


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]


Bumbry, Grace
Born 4 January 1937  (St Louis, Missouri, USA)
Pioneering figure in African-American opera, who mainly worked in Europe rather than the US.
[Picture of Grace Bumbry]


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


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


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


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, Marea
Date and place of birth unknown
Wife of #metoo'd Australian TV host Don Burke.
[Picture of Marea 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]


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


Burrell, Kenny
Born 31 July 1931  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Jazz guitarist, most notably on the Blue Note record label.
[Picture of Kenny Burrell]


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]


Burtenshaw, Steve
Born 23 November 1935  (Portslade, England)
Former footballer, coach and manager.
[Picture of Steve Burtenshaw]


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, Laura
Born 4 November 1946  (Midland, Texas, USA)
Former first lady, who was an authentic Texan unlike her husband George. Killed an ex-boyfriend in a car crash in 1963.
[Picture of Laura 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]


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, Mangosuthu
Born 27 August 1928  (Natal, South Africa)
Chief of the Buthelezi, South Africa's home affairs minister from 1994 to 2004 and an occasional actor, playing Cetshwayo (his real-life great-grandfather) in Michael Caine's "Zulu".
[Picture of 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, 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, 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]


Buydens, Anne
Born 23 April 1919  (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 Valery Bykovsky is no longer with us
Born 2 August 1934  (Pavlovsky Posad, Russia)

Died 27 March 2019  (Moscow, Russia)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
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 Gay Byrne is no longer with us
Born 5 August 1934  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)

Died 4 November 2019  (Dublin, Ireland)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
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]


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]


Byron, Tom
Born 4 April 1961  (Houston, Texas, USA)
Porn actor.
[Picture of Tom Byron]

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