Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2020: A


Aaberg, Philip
Born 8 April 1949  (Havre, Montana, USA)
Pianist who specialises in chamber jazz.
[Picture of Philip Aaberg]


Aabrekk, Harald
Born 22 February 1956  (Nordfjordeid, Norway)
Former football manager of Brann and Aalesund.
[Picture of Harald Aabrekk]


Aaker, Lee
Born 25 September 1943  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Hollywood child actor of the 1950s
[Picture of Lee Aaker]


Aaltonen, Rauno
Born 7 January 1938  (Turku, Finland)
Finnish rally driver, also known as "The Rally Professor". Competed in the World Rally Championship in the 1970s.
[Picture of Rauno Aaltonen]


Aamer, Shaker
Born 21 December 1966  (Medina, Saudi Arabia)
Guantanamo Bay resident.
[Picture of Shaker Aamer]


Aames, Willie
Born 15 July 1960  (Newport Beach, California, USA)
American actor who appeared in Bibleman and Eight is Enough.
[Picture of Willie Aames]


Aamot, Rolf
Born 28 September 1934  (Bergen, Norway)
Norwegian painter who specialises in tonal-image compose.
[Picture of Rolf Aamot]


Aaron, Hank
Born 5 February 1934  (Mobile, Alabama, USA)
One of the greatest baseball players of all time, one of the few players of the sport whose fame has transcended outside North America.
[Picture of Hank Aaron]


Aaron, Tommy
Born 22 February 1937  (Gainesville, Georgia, USA)
American former professional golfer. Winner of the 1973 Masters.
[Picture of Tommy Aaron]


Aaron-Taylor, Susan
Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA  (exact date unknown)
American artist who creates mixed-media sculptures.
[Picture of Susan Aaron-Taylor]


Aasbo, Fredric
Born 18 August 1985  (Norway)
Stunt driver.
[Picture of Fredric Aasbo]


Ababiy, Nikita
Born 20 October 1988  (Richmond, Virginia, USA)
Boxer who held the Jr Golden Gloves Championship.
[Picture of Nikita Ababiy]


Abad, Ricardo
Born 8 January 1971  (Tafalla, Spain)
Holds the record for consective marathons on consecutive days, 607. Don't know why, though.
[Picture of Ricardo Abad]


Abadi, Yitzchak
Born 12 March 1933  (Venezuela)
American Jewish Rabbi and leader.
[Picture of Yitzchak Abadi]


Abagnale, Frank
Born 27 April 1948  (New York, USA)
Con man who inspired Catch Me If You Can.
[Picture of Frank Abagnale]


Abajobir, Ababiya
Born in   (exact date unknown)
Founding member of the separatist organization Oromo Liberation Front.
[Picture of Ababiya Abajobir]


Abanda, Patrice
Born 3 August 1978  (Yaounde, Cameroon)
Footballer who played for Cameroon at the 1998 World Cup.
[Picture of Patrice Abanda]


Abase, Amira
Born in London, England  (exact date unknown)
One of the three Bethnal Green schoolgirls who were groomed by ISIL and absconded to Syria in 2015. Born ca. 1999
[Picture of Amira Abase]


Abass, Bonfoh
Born 23 November 1948  (Kabou, Togo)
President of Togo from February to May 2005.
[Picture of Bonfoh Abass]


Abate, Loris
Born in Mantua, Italy  (exact date unknown)
Italian jewelry designer and businessman. Died in November without receiving a qualifying obit
[Picture of Loris Abate]


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


Abbot, Russ
Born 16 September 1947  (Chester, Cheshire, England)
Comedian and actor. Born Russell Roberts, he was voted "funniest man on television" 5 times. If he was the funniest, then we'd hate to see who was the unfunniest. Also Pipe Smoker of the Year 2001, which might be more relevant to the DDP.
[Picture of Russ Abbot]


Abbott, Diane
Born 27 September 1957  (Paddington, London, England)
MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington since 1987. A regular of weekly TV political programme 'This Week', cosying up to Michael Portillo. Stood unsuccessfully for the leadership of the Labour Party in 2010. However her presence on the ballot paper may
[Picture of Diane Abbott]


Abdul Aziz, Salman Bin
Born 31 December 1935  (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Minister of Defence and member of the House of Saud. Crown Prince in 2012.
[Picture of Salman Bin Abdul Aziz]


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


Abe, Shinzo
Born 21 September 1954  (Tokyo, Japan)
Conservative PM of Japan 2006/07 and since 2012, the longest-serving prime minister of the country
[Picture of Shinzo Abe]


Abeles, Benjamin
Born 23 June 1925  (Vienna, Austria)
Physicist whose work on alloys helped power nuermous NASA missions. Died in Decembre but did not receive a qualifying obit in time.
[Picture of Benjamin Abeles]


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


Ackles, Jensen
Born 1 March 1978  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
Television actor, known from 'Days of Our Lives', 'Dark Angel' and 'Smallville'.
[Picture of Jensen Ackles]


Ackroyd, Peter
Born 5 October 1949  (London, England)
UK author, writer of London - The Biography.
[Picture of Peter Ackroyd]


Adamkus, Valdas
Born 3 November 1926  (Kaunas, Lithuania)
President of Lithuania from 1998-2003 and 2004-2009.
[Picture of Valdas Adamkus]


Adams, Cindy
Born 24 April 1930  (New York City, New York, USA)
Gossip columnist, writer, widow of comedian Joey Adams.
[Picture of Cindy Adams]


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


Adamson, Jean
Born 29 February 1928  (London, England)
Children's author best known for inflicting Topsy and bloody Tim on the last 60 odd years of suffering parents.
[Picture of Jean Adamson]


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


Adie, Kate
Born 19 September 1945  (Sunderland, England)
Fearless BBC journalist.
[Picture of Kate Adie]


Adler Schnee, Ruth
Born 13 May 1923  (Frankfurt, Germany)
One of America's leading textile design figures.
[Picture of Ruth Adler Schnee]


Adlon, Percy
Born 1 June 1935  (Munich, Germany)
German director, screenwriter, and producer.
[Picture of Percy Adlon]


Adonis, Lord
Born 22 February 1963  (London, England)
Labour peer who isn't keen on Brexit.
[Picture of Lord Adonis]


Adorf, Mario
Born 8 September 1931  (Zurich, Switzerland)
German film and stage actor.
[Picture of Mario Adorf]


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


Agdal, Nina
Born 26 March 1992  (Hillerod, Denmark)
Danish swimsuit model, unsurprisingly fucked by Leonardo Di Caprio.
[Picture of Nina Agdal]


Aghaly, Mahmoud Ag
Born in   (exact date unknown)
Malian politician. Or rather Azawadian politician if he and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad have their way.
[Picture of Mahmoud Ag Aghaly]


Agolley, Faustina
Born 10 April 1984  (London, England)
Australian TV presenter best known for hosting the long-running Australian music program, 'Video Hits'.
[Picture of Faustina Agolley]


Ahlberg, Allan
Born 5 June 1938  (Croydon, UK)
Children's writer, often with his late wife Janet. I can still recite "Please Mrs Butler" off by heart 30 years later…
[Picture of Allan Ahlberg]


Aimee, Anouk
Born 27 April 1932  (Paris, France)
Actress and former Mrs. Albert Finney.
[Picture of Anouk Aimee]


Ainsley, John Mark
Born 9 July 1963  (Crewe, England)
English tenor known for his interpretations of Mozart.
[Picture of John Mark Ainsley]


Aitken, Charlie
Born 5 January 1942  (Edinburgh, UK)
Former Aston Villa defender, also played for New York Cosmos in Pele's retirement season.
[Picture of Charlie Aitken]


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


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


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


Alagiah, George
Born 22 November 1955  (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
Popular BBC newscaster. Diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014.
[Picture of George Alagiah]


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


Alberghetti, Anna Maria
Born 15 January 1936  (Pesaro, Marche, Italy)
Actress & singer - star of 'Carnival!' on Broadway for many years & also in some films.
[Picture of Anna Maria Alberghetti]


Albert, Hans
Born 8 February 1921  (Cologne, Germany)
Philosopher and sociologist.
[Picture of Hans Albert]


Albright, Madeleine
Born 15 May 1937  (Prague, Czechoslovakia)
Former US Secretary of State, the first woman in the role.
[Picture of Madeleine Albright]


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


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


Aleandro, Norma
Born 2 May 1936  (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Argentina's leading actress who has also appeared in a number of Hollywood films, earning an Oscar nomination for her role in "Gaby: A True Story".
[Picture of Norma Aleandro]


Alexievich, Svetlana
Born 31 May 1948  (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine)
Belarussian journalist and writer, Nobel Prize winner in 2015
[Picture of Svetlana Alexievich]


Al-Fakhroo, Nasser Mohammed Al-Othman
Born in Qatar  (exact date unknown)
Qatari journalist
[Picture of Nasser Mohammed Al-Othman Al-Fakhroo]


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


Allam, Assem
Born 1 August 1939  (Egypt)
Egyptian-british businessman, the owner of Hull City
[Picture of Assem Allam]


Allen, Bobby
Born 28 December 1943  (Daytona, Florida, USA)
American racecar driver, owner of Shark Racing.
[Picture of Bobby Allen]


Allen, Doug
Born in Dunfermline, Scotland  (exact date unknown)
Terminally ill man.
[Picture of Doug Allen]


Allen, Jay Jay Allen is no longer with us
Born in Detroit, Michigan, USA  (exact date unknown)

Died 24 January 2020  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Age at death: 60  (read death notice)
Detroit Tigers baseball announcer.
[Picture of Jay Allen]


Allen, Julie
Born in   (exact date unknown)
Cancer mum, diagnosed with terminal cancer two days after her wedding.
[Picture of Julie Allen]


Allen, Lily
Born 2 May 1985  (Hammersmith, London, England)
Pop singer who owes her fame to myspace.com. That and the fact that her dad happens to be TV personality Keith Allen.
[Picture of Lily Allen]


Allen, Mark
Born in Australia  (exact date unknown)
Broadcaster and former golf pro.
[Picture of Mark Allen]


Allen, Richard V.
Born 1 January 1936  (Collingswood, New Jersey, USA)
US National Security Advisor under President Ronald Reagan from 1981 until 1982.
[Picture of Richard V. Allen]


Allen, Verden
Born 26 May 1944  (Neath, Wales)
Musician who played with Mott the Hoople.
[Picture of Verden Allen]


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


Allén, Sture
Born 31 December 1928  (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Professor of computational linguistics at the University of Gothenburg.
[Picture of Sture Allén]


Alliss, Peter Peter Alliss is no longer with us
Born 28 February 1931  (Berlin, Germany)

Died 6 December 2020  (Surrey, United Kingdom)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Golfer, golf course designer & long-time golf commentator for the BBC and others.
[Picture of Peter Alliss]


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


Almond, Marc
Born 9 July 1956  (Southport, Lancashire, England)
Flamboyantly gay singer, formerly front man of Soft Cell and Coil.
[Picture of Marc Almond]


Alou, Felipe
Born 12 May 1935  (Haina, Dominican Republic)
The first Dominican to play regular in Major League Baseball, as well as a three-time All Star.
[Picture of Felipe Alou]


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


Al-Sabah, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is no longer with us
Born 16 June 1929  (Kuwait City, Kuwait)

Died 29 September 2020  (Rochester, Minnesota, USA)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
The Emir of Kuwait.
[Picture of Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah]


Alvarez, Gabriela
Born in Miami, Florida, USA  (exact date unknown)
American model.
[Picture of Gabriela Alvarez]


Alwyn, Kenneth Kenneth Alwyn is no longer with us
Born 28 July 1925  (Croydon, London, United KIngdom)

Died 11 December 2020  ()

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
English composer, conductor and musical director with a long BBC career
[Picture of Kenneth Alwyn]


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


Amanpour, Christiane
Born 12 January 1958  (London, England)
Investigative reporter whose Gulf War reporting for CNN earned widespread acclaim
[Picture of Christiane Amanpour]


Amer, Nicholas
Born 29 September 1923  (Tranmere, UK)
Shakespearean actor who also found time to appear in "Chucklevision". After some confusion, it turned out he had already died in 2019 mostly off the radar.
[Picture of Nicholas Amer]


Ames, Ed
Born 9 July 1927  (Malden, Massachusetts, USA)
Singer & actor.
[Picture of Ed Ames]


Ames, Rachel
Born 2 November 1929  (Portland, Oregon, USA)
US film and TV actress, probably best known for her long-running role in General Hospital.
[Picture of Rachel Ames]


Amiranashvili, Medea
Born 30 October 1930  (Shorapani, Georgia)
Opera singer and People's Artist of the USSR.
[Picture of Medea Amiranashvili]


Amiss, Dennis
Born 7 April 1943  (Birmingham, UK)
Batsman who has the highest ODI average of any England cricketer to have played more than five times. Also one of only two cricketers to have hit a century in both their first and last ODIs.
[Picture of Dennis Amiss]


Amstell, Simon
Born 29 November 1979  (Gants Hill, Ilford, United Kingdom)
English comedian, writer, director, screenwriter, etcetc…
[Picture of Simon Amstell]


Anders, William
Born 17 October 1933  (Hong Kong)
One of the first three men to leave Earth's orbit, and also the first person to recite a Bible verse in space.
[Picture of William Anders]


Anderson, Criscilla
Born 25 March 1980  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Wife of Coffey Anderson.
[Picture of Criscilla Anderson]


Anderson, Dusty
Born 17 December 1918  (Toledo, Ohio, USA)
Actress and pin-up model during World War II.
[Picture of Dusty Anderson]


Anderson, John
Born 28 November 1931  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Gladiators referee/TV personality. John, you will go on my first whistle. Grim Reaper, you will go on my second...
[Picture of John Anderson]


Anderson, Louie
Born 23 March 1953  (Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA)
American stand-up comedian and gameshow host, won an Emmy in 2016 for his performance in "Baskets".
[Picture of Louie Anderson]


Anderson, Michael J
Born 31 October 1953  (Denver, Colorado, USA)
American actor, in a whole host of films & TV, but best remembered for his role in 'Twin Peaks'.
[Picture of Michael J Anderson]


Anderson, Paul
Born in Tarland, Scotland  (exact date unknown)
Scottish fiddler.
[Picture of Paul Anderson]


Anderson, Philip Warren Philip Warren Anderson is no longer with us
Born 13 December 1923  (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)

Died 29 March 2020  (Princeton, New Jersey, USA)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
US physicist and Nobel laureate.
[Picture of Philip Warren Anderson]


Anderson, Tom
Born 8 November 1970  ()
Founder of social networking site Myspace. What do you mean you've never heard of it?
[Picture of Tom Anderson]


Anderson, Willie
Born 24 February 1947  (Liverpool, UK)
Former Aston Villa winger, place in the history books probably comes down to him being the first ever substitute brought on by Manchester United (replacing George Best in the 1965 Charity Shield).
[Picture of Willie Anderson]


Andersson, Harriet
Born 14 February 1932  (Stockholm, Sweden)
Ingmar Bergman-film actress.
[Picture of Harriet Andersson]


Anderton, James
Born 24 May 1932  (Wigan, Lancashire, England)
God-fearing former chief constable of the Greater Manchester Police.
[Picture of James Anderton]


Andre, Carl
Born 16 September 1935  (Quincy, Massachusetts, USA)
Minimalist artist of firebricks fame.
[Picture of Carl Andre]


Andre, Soeur
Born 11 February 1904  (Ales, France)
Oldest living French citizen as of the start of 2018.
[Picture of Soeur Andre]


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


Andretti, John John Andretti is no longer with us
Born 12 March 1963  (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA)

Died 30 January 2020  (United States)

Age at death: 56  (read death notice)
One of the less successful members of the legendary Andretti racing family.
[Picture of John Andretti]


Andrew, Prince
Born 19 February 1960  (London, England)
Second son of Queen Elizabeth and fourth in line to the throne. Participated in the Falklands conflict and was married to Sarah Ferguson from 1986 to 1996.
[Picture of Prince Andrew]


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


Andrews, Mark
Born 19 May 1926  (Cass County, North Dakota, USA)
US Senator for North Dakota from 1981 to 1987. Died in Octobre but did not receive a qualifying obit.
[Picture of Mark Andrews]


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


Aniston, Nicole
Born 9 September 1987  (San Diego, California, USA)
Popular adult actress. Filmed her first anal scene in 2017, apparently.
[Picture of Nicole Aniston]


Anka, Paul
Born 30 July 1941  (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Singer songwriter and lyricist of one of the most famous songs of all time, 'My Way', based on a French tune called 'Comme d'habitude'.
[Picture of Paul Anka]


Annesley, Hugh
Born 22 June 1939  (Dublin, Rep of Ireland)
Police officer who served as Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary from 1989 to 1996.
[Picture of Hugh Annesley]


Anoa'i, Samu
Born 29 March 1963  (San Francisco, California, USA)
Wrestler, member of the widespread Samoan wrestling family. Perhaps still best remembered as one-half of early 90s tag team The Headshrinkers.
[Picture of Samu Anoa'i]


Anstey, Bruce
Born 21 August 1969  (Wellington, New Zealand)
One of the most popular figures in motorcycle racing, stepped back from the sport in 2018 due to health issues.
[Picture of Bruce Anstey]


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


Anthony, Piers
Born 6 August 1934  (Oxford, UK)
Fantasy novellist, behind the long-lasting Xanth series.
[Picture of Piers Anthony]


Anthony, Ray
Born 20 January 1922  (Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, USA)
Bandleader, best known for his songs, 'Hokey Pokey' and 'Bunny Hop'.
[Picture of Ray Anthony]


Antonios, Abune
Born 12 July 1929  (Hambriti, Eritrea)
Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church. Has been under house arrest since 2007.
[Picture of Abune Antonios]


Aoun, Michel
Born 17 February 1935  (Beirut, Lebanon)
Lebanese military commander and politician. Also briefly ex-PM and President of the country. Not the safest of job roles, being a Lebanese politician right now...
[Picture of Michel Aoun]


Aparicio, Luis
Born 29 April 1934  (Maracaibo, Venezuela)
First Venezuelan inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, regarded as one of the greatest shortstops in the sport's history.
[Picture of Luis Aparicio]


Apfel, Iris
Born 29 August 1921  (New York City, New York, USA)
Interior designer and fashionista.
[Picture of Iris Apfel]


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


Appel, Stanley
Born 19 April 1933  (London, England)
British light entertainment director and producer, probably best known for his overhaul of Top Of The Pops in the 1990s.
[Picture of Stanley Appel]


Apple, Fiona
Born 13 September 1977  (New York City, New York, USA)
US singer/songwriter with an eccentric release schedule and even more eccentric album titles.
[Picture of Fiona Apple]


Aragonés, Sergio
Born 6 September 1937  (Sant Mateu, Castellón, Spain)
Spanish-born Mexican cartoonist for Mad magazine.
[Picture of Sergio Aragonés]


Arap Moi, Daniel Daniel Arap Moi is no longer with us
Born 2 September 1924  (Sacho, Baringo, Kenya)

Died 4 February 2020  (Nairobi, Kenya)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
President of Kenya from 1978-2002. Still dogged by controversies stemming from his time in office.
[Picture of Daniel Arap Moi]


Arber, Werner
Born 3 June 1929  (Granichen, Switzerland)
Swiss scientist. Shared the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
[Picture of Werner Arber]


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


Argent, James
Born 5 December 1987  (London, England)
English TV personality, The Only Way is Essex. Married to Gemma Collins too, the poor sod.
[Picture of James Argent]


Argerich, Martha
Born 5 June 1941  (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Acclaimed pianist.
[Picture of Martha Argerich]


Arkin, Alan
Born 26 March 1934  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Actor, in films from the mid-60s onwards.
[Picture of Alan Arkin]


Armatrading, Joan
Born 9 December 1950  (Basseterre, Saint Kitts)
Singer-songwriter best known for her hits 'Love and Affection' and 'Drop the Pilot'. An alleged affair with Blue Peter's Valerie Singleton is the stuff of myth and legend.
[Picture of Joan Armatrading]


Armitage, Simon
Born 26 May 1963  (Huddersfield, England)
English poet, playwright and novelist.
[Picture of Simon Armitage]


Armstrong, Bob Bob Armstrong is no longer with us
Born 3 October 1939  (Marietta, Georgia, USA)

Died 27 August 2020  (Pensacola, Florida, USA)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
Wrestler, known as "Bullet Bob". All four of his sons later became wrestlers.
[Picture of Bob Armstrong]


Armstrong, Lance
Born 18 September 1971  (Plano, Texas, USA)
Former cyclist, 7 times winner of the Tour de France, who overcame brain, lung and testicular cancer. It was revealed in 2012 that he was a systematic drugs cheat all along and now enters into sporting infamy.
[Picture of Lance Armstrong]


Arnett, Peter
Born 13 November 1934  (Riverton, New Zealand)
Journalist who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1966 for his reports from Vietnam. Worked for CNN from 1981-1999.
[Picture of Peter Arnett]


Arnold, Frances
Born 25 July 1956  (Edgewood, Pennsylvania, USA)
Nobel Prize winning chemist in 2018 for pioneering the use of directed evolution to engineer enzymes, apparently.
[Picture of Frances Arnold]


Arobieke, Akinwale
Born 15 July 1961  (Crumpsall, United Kingdom)
British criminal with grabby hands
[Picture of Akinwale Arobieke]


Arpaio, Joe
Born 14 June 1932  (Springfield, Massachusetts, USA)
Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. A controversial figure, accused of abusing his powers. Became famous for accusing Barack Obama for having forged his birth certificate during his first election 2008. Sounds a bit like a Jealous Joey.
[Picture of Joe Arpaio]


Arrowsmith, Pat
Born 2 March 1930  (Royal Leamington Spa, England)
Peace campaigner, co-founder of the CND, organiser of the Aldermaston March and former parliamentary candidate.
[Picture of Pat Arrowsmith]


Ascott, Roy
Born 26 October 1934  (Bath, England)
British cybernetics artist.
[Picture of Roy Ascott]


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


Ashkin, Arthur
Born 2 September 1922  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
American physicist who, in 2018, became the oldest ever Nobel Laureate, thanks to his work with optical tweezers.
[Picture of Arthur Ashkin]


Ashley, April
Born 25 April 1935  (Liverpool, England)
Transsexual former model (born George Jamieson), who was once married to a Lord.
[Picture of April Ashley]


Ashurst, Len
Born 10 March 1939  (Liverpool, England)
Former Sunderland defender and later manager.
[Picture of Len Ashurst]


Ashworth, Jonathan
Born 14 October 1978  (Salford, England)
Labour Shadow Health Secretary under Jeremy Corbyn.
[Picture of Jonathan Ashworth]


Askew, Vicki
Born in   (exact date unknown)
Mother of wrestling promoter Vince McMahon. Born 1920.
[Picture of Vicki Askew]


Asmussen, Don
Born in Rhode Island, USA  (exact date unknown)
Cartoonist who has worked for many newspapers.
[Picture of Don Asmussen]


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


Aso, Taro
Born 20 September 1940  (IIzuka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan)
Prime minister of Japan 2008/09 and member of their olympic shooting team in 1976
[Picture of Taro Aso]


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


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


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


Astley, Rick
Born 6 February 1966  (Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, England)
Shy and retiring singer who had phenomenal success with the hit single 'Never Gonna Give You Up', the biggest selling UK single of 1987. Later became a phenomenon of a different kind as that single became part of an internet meme known as 'Rickrolling'.
[Picture of Rick Astley]


Astrid of Norway, Princess
Born 12 February 1932  (Villa Solbakken, Oslo, Norway)
Older sister of Norway's King Harald. Also in the line of succession to the British throne.
[Picture of Princess Astrid of Norway]


Athaiya, Bhanu Bhanu Athaiya is no longer with us
Born 28 April 1929  (Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India)

Died 15 October 2020  (Mumbai, India)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Indian costume designer who won an Oscar for her work on 'Gandhi' in 1983.
[Picture of Bhanu Athaiya]


Atkins, Eileen
Born 16 June 1934  (London, England)
BAFTA and Olivier award-winning actress and writer. Infamously chatted up by actor Colin Farrell at the age of 69.
[Picture of Eileen Atkins]


Atkins, Ronald Ronald Atkins is no longer with us
Born 13 June 1916  (England)

Died 30 December 2020  (Avenham, Preston, United Kingdom)

Age at death: 104  (read death notice)
Former MP for Preston North on two occasions, 1966-70 and 1974-79.
[Picture of Ronald Atkins]


Atkins, Ronnie
Born 16 November 1964  (Vejle, Denmark)
Pretty Maids singer, suffering from lung cancer.
[Picture of Ronnie Atkins]


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


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


Atwood, Margaret
Born 18 November 1939  (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Author and poet. Wrote the 'The Handmaid's Tale'.
[Picture of Margaret Atwood]


Auber, Brigitte
Born 27 April 1928  (Paris, France)
French actress.
[Picture of Brigitte Auber]


Aubret, Isabelle
Born 7 April 1938  (Lille, France)
French singer who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1962 with 'Un premier amour' (A First Love).
[Picture of Isabelle Aubret]


Auerbach, Frank
Born 19 April 1931  (Berlin, Germany)
German-born British artist. A bit like Lucien Freud, really. Born 1931.
[Picture of Frank Auerbach]


Auld, Bertie
Born 23 March 1938  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Celtic Lisbon Lion legend, and one of a few players to be considered Hall of Famers by 2 Glasgow clubs: he was also a highly regarded manager for the mighty Partick Thistle!
[Picture of Bertie Auld]


Austen-Smith, Roy
Born 28 June 1924  ()
Former RAF air marshall who commanded the British Forces Cyprus.
[Picture of Roy Austen-Smith]


Avant, Myron
Born 26 April 1978  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Singer far more successful in his native America.
[Picture of Myron Avant]


Aveiro, Dolores
Born 31 December 1954  (Machico, Portugal)
Mother of Ronaldo, the portuguese football player. She has breast cancer.
[Picture of Dolores Aveiro]


Averbakh, Yuri
Born 8 February 1922  (Kaluga, Russia)
Current oldest living chess grandmaster.
[Picture of Yuri Averbakh]


Avivi, Rina
Born in Germany  (exact date unknown)
Last inhabitant of Akhzivland, widow of the nation’s founder.
[Picture of Rina Avivi]


Avory, Mick
Born 15 February 1944  (Surrey, England)
Musician, best known as the longtime drummer and percussionist for 1960s rock legends the Kinks.
[Picture of Mick Avory]


Avramovic, Radojko
Born 29 November 1949  (Sjenica, Serbia)
Former football manager of Myanmar and Singaporean national teams.
[Picture of Radojko Avramovic]


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

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