Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2021: W


Dinton, Lord Richard Wilson of
Born 11 October 1942  ()
Civil servant and peer.
[Picture of Lord Richard Wilson of Dinton]


Wada, Emi Emi Wada is no longer with us
Born 18 March 1937  (Kyoto, Japan)

Died 13 November 2021  (Japan)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
Oscar winning costume designer who worked on Ran with Akira Kurosawa.
[Picture of Emi Wada]


Wade, Virginia
Born 10 July 1945  (Bournemouth, Hampshire, England)
The last British tennis player to win a singles championship at Wimbledon, which she did in 1977.
[Picture of Virginia Wade]


Wagner, Chuck
Born 20 June 1958  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
Broadway veteran who also starred on TV in the short-lived Tron rip-off "Automan".
[Picture of Chuck Wagner]


Wagner, Robert
Born 10 February 1930  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Hollywood actor of 'The Longest Day' fame, who went on to play Jonathan Hart in the TV series 'Hart to Hart'. Younger viewers may know him as Number Two out of the 'Austin Powers' films (as pictured here). He did not, repeat not, push his wife Natalie Woo
[Picture of Robert Wagner]


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


Wakao, Ayako
Born 8 November 1933  (Toshima City, Tokyo, Japan)
Fairly notable Japanese actress
[Picture of Ayako Wakao]


Wakeham, John
Born 22 February 1932  (place of birth unknown)
Cabinet minister who's wife was killed in the Brighton bombing of 1984.
[Picture of John Wakeham]


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


Walder, Ernst
Born 17 November 1927  (Salzburg, Austria)
Actor who played Ivan Cheveski in "Coronation Street" during the 1960s, and was also the lover of show creator Tony Warren.
[Picture of Ernst Walder]


Waldhorn, Gary
Born 3 July 1943  (London, England)
Councillor Horton in 'The Vicar of Dibley', along with various other roles.
[Picture of Gary Waldhorn]


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


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


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


Walker, Billy
Born 3 March 1939  (Stepney, London, United Kingdom)
British boxer, and later also actor
[Picture of Billy Walker]


Walker, Fiona
Born 24 May 1944  (London, England)
One of those dependable TV actresses whose done everything from Dickens to Doctor Who.
[Picture of Fiona Walker]


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


Walker, Johnnie
Born 30 March 1945  (Hampton-in-Arden, Birmingham, England)
DJ who started out on the pirate Radio Caroline in 1966, before moving to BBC Radio 1 not long after Caroline's demise. Since then he's been a continual presence on various stations, most recently presenting Radio 2's Drivetime Show. Born Peter
[Picture of Johnnie Walker]


Walker, Murray Murray Walker is no longer with us
Born 10 October 1923  (Hall Green, Birmingham, England)

Died 13 March 2021  (sandleheath, United Kingdom)

Age at death: 97  (read death notice)
Excitable motor-racing commentator.
[Picture of Murray Walker]


Walker, Roy
Born 31 July 1940  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Comedian and presenter of the popular gameshow 'Catchphrase' from 1986-2002. If he doesn't croak it this year, then this pick would be guud but naht ryeet...
[Picture of Roy Walker]


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


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


Wallin, Pamela
Born 10 April 1953  (Wadena, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Canadian Senator for Saskatchewan since 2009, and host of the Canadian Who Wants to be a Millionaire for all two episodes of its run.
[Picture of Pamela Wallin]


Wallis, Shani
Born 14 April 1933  (Tottenham, London, United Kingdom)
British actress and all around entertainer, mostly known for playing Nancy in Oliver!
[Picture of Shani Wallis]


Wallis, Steven
Born in   (exact date unknown)
2007 Masterchef champion.
[Picture of Steven Wallis]


Walser, Martin
Born 24 March 1927  (Wasserburg am Bodensee, Germany)
German writer.
[Picture of Martin Walser]


Walsh, M. Emmet
Born 22 March 1935  (Ogdensburg, New York, USA)
Frequently seen character actor in Hollywood films.
[Picture of M. Emmet Walsh]


Walsh, Mike
Born 5 March 1938  (Corowa, New South Wales, Australia)
Veteran Australian TV presenter, won 24 logies for his titular TV show.
[Picture of Mike Walsh]


Walsh, Paul
Born 1 October 1962  (Plumstead, UK)
One-time England international and a top-flight regular for some 15 years. Now serves as one of the backup pundits on "Soccer Saturday".
[Picture of Paul Walsh]


walter, jessica jessica walter is no longer with us
Born 31 January 1941  (New York City, New York, USA)

Died 24 March 2021  (New York City, New York, USA)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
Lucille Bluth in 'Arrested Development' and the nutjob who tries to kill Clint Eastwood in 'Play Misty for Me'.
[Picture of jessica walter]


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


Walters, Julie
Born 22 February 1950  (Birmingham, England)
Actress who achieved international recognition for her appearance alongside Michael Caine in 1983's 'Educating Rita'. British viewers are also familiar with her work as a sidekick of the middle-of-the-road comedienne Victoria Wood.
[Picture of Julie Walters]


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


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


Wanlin, Hu
Born in China  (exact date unknown)
The Chinese Harold Shipman, suspected of bumping off 146 patients.
[Picture of Hu Wanlin]


Wants, Hannah
Born 19 June 1986  (Birmingham, United Kingdom)
British DJ & ex pro footballer. Passes the Toast test of notability.
[Picture of Hannah Wants]


Ward, (father) John
Born in England  (exact date unknown)
Father of murder victim Julie Ward killed in Kenya in 1988. Has spent decades campaigning against a corrupt police and political investigation.
[Picture of (father) John Ward]


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


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


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


ward, mary mary ward is no longer with us
Born 6 March 1914  (Freemantle, Australia)

Died 19 July 2021  (Heworth, York, Australia)

Age at death: 106  (read death notice)
Veteran Australian actress. Played "Mum" Brooks in cult series 'Prisoner Cell Block H'.
[Picture of mary ward]


Ware, Martyn
Born 19 May 1956  (Sheffield, England)
Human League member who wrote the song Temptation.
[Picture of Martyn Ware]


Wark, John
Born 4 August 1957  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Scottish midfielder, most associated with his lengthy stays with Ipswich Town. Also popped up in "Escape to Victory".
[Picture of John Wark]


Warner, Gerald
Born in Glasgow, Scotland  (exact date unknown)
Former political advisor to Michael Forsyth, Daily Mail writer and author of Secret Places Hidden Sanctuaries, a Da Vinci Code style novel.
[Picture of Gerald Warner]


Warner, Jack
Born 26 January 1943  (Rio Claro, Trinidad and Tobago)
Trinidad and Tobago politician, better-known now as a corrupt FIFA Vice president.
[Picture of Jack Warner]


Warner, John John Warner is no longer with us
Born 18 February 1927  (Washington D.C., USA)

Died 25 May 2021  (Alexandria, Virginia, USA)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
Five term US senator for Virginia. Married to Elizabeth Taylor from 1976 to 1982.
[Picture of John Warner]


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


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


Washington, Denzel
Born 28 December 1954  (Mount Vernon, New York, USA)
Highly-decorated US movie actor with a mainstream appeal only matched by Tom Hanks, possibly.
[Picture of Denzel Washington]


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


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


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


Waterson, Norma
Born 15 August 1939  (Hull, Yorkshire, England)
Folk singer with The Watersons.
[Picture of Norma Waterson]


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


Watkins, Ian
Born 30 July 1977  (Merthyr Tygfil, Glamorganshire, Wales)
Singer with noughties metallers Lost Prophets. Faces trial for sexual abuse of children.
[Picture of Ian Watkins]


Watson, Charles "Tex"
Born 2 December 1945  (Dallas, Texas)
Man convicted in 1971 for the murders of five people including Sharon Tate in the notorious "Tate Murders".
[Picture of Charles


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


Watson, June
Born in Edinburgh, UK  (exact date unknown)
Character actress who tends to take matronly roles. Pops up on Sky comedies a lot. Born 1935.
[Picture of June Watson]


Watson, Ralph
Born 20 January 1936  (Newcastle, UK)
British actor who worked as a straightman for Dave Allen, among thousands of other minor roles. Died in June but did not receive a qualifying obit.
[Picture of Ralph Watson]


Watson, Russell
Born 24 November 1966  (Salford, Lancashire, England)
English opera singer, who has had two brain tumours removed in the last few years.
[Picture of Russell Watson]


Watt, James G.
Born 31 January 1938  (Lusk, Wyoming, USA)
Former Secretary of the Interior under President Reagan.
[Picture of James G. Watt]


Watts, Charlie Charlie Watts is no longer with us
Born 2 June 1941  (Islington, London, England)

Died 24 August 2021  (London, United Kingdom)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
The Rolling Stones' drummer. Diagnosed with throat cancer in June 2004.
[Picture of Charlie Watts]


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


Wayne, Ronald
Born 17 May 1934  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
The less-remembered third of the trio that founded Apple, along with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
[Picture of Ronald Wayne]


Webb, David
Born 29 August 1965  (Hong Kong)
Investment banker turned voting reform activist in Hong Kong.
[Picture of David Webb]


Webb, Marti
Born 13 December 1943  (London, England )
English actress who sang a cover of Ben in 1985, and didn't seem to realise it was about a rat.
[Picture of Marti Webb]


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


Wecht, Cyril
Born 20 March 1931  (Dunkard Township, Pennsylvania, USA)
American Pathologist who criticized the Warren Commission regarding their findings on the assassination of JFK
[Picture of Cyril Wecht]


Weeks, David
Born in England  (exact date unknown)
Former leader of Westminster city council and part of the homes for votes scandal.
[Picture of David Weeks]


Weicker, Lowell
Born 16 May 1931  (Paris, France)
Former Governor of Connecticut 1991-1995
[Picture of Lowell Weicker]


Weil, Cynthia
Born 18 October 1940  (New York City, New York, USA)
Songwriter who along with her husband Barry Mann wrote a string of hits including You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin and We Gotta Get Out of this Place.
[Picture of Cynthia Weil]


weinstein, harvey
Born 19 March 1952  (Flushing, New York, USA)
Hollywood honcho, co-founder of Miramax. Something of a provocative figure in the industry due to his history of tantrums and his overtampering with the foreign films he distributes.
[Picture of harvey weinstein]


Weir, Doddie
Born 4 July 1970  (Edinburgh, UK)
Former rugby union lock with 61 appearances for the Scotland national team. Now dying from ALS.
[Picture of Doddie Weir]


Weiskopf, Tom
Born 9 November 1942  (Massilion, Ohio, USA)
Golfer, winner of the 1973 Open. Currently a pundit in the US.
[Picture of Tom Weiskopf]


welch, bruce
Born 2 November 1941  (Bognor Regis, England)
Rhythm guitarist for The Shadows, also served as the songwriter for many of Sir Cliff's early hits.
[Picture of bruce welch]


Welch, Denise
Born 22 May 1958  (Tynemouth, United Kingdom)
quintessential british TV actress and panelist on Loose Women
[Picture of Denise Welch]


Welch, Raquel
Born 5 September 1940  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
American actress & sex symbol.
[Picture of Raquel Welch]


weld, tuesday
Born 27 August 1943  (New York City, New York, USA)
Film actress, nominated for several awards and married once to Dudley Moore but seemingly fell off the radar since the mid-80s.
[Picture of tuesday weld]


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


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


Wells, Don Dyke
Born 13 February 1925  (South Africa)
a South African former rower who competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics.
[Picture of Don Dyke Wells]


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


Wenger, Arsène
Born 22 October 1949  (Strasbourg, France)
Manager of Arsenal FC since 1996.
[Picture of Arsène Wenger]


Wepner, Chuck
Born 26 July 1939  (New York City, New York, USA)
Heavyweight boxer, whose title shot against Muhammad Ali in 1975 was the inspiration for Sylvester Stallone's 'Rocky'.
[Picture of Chuck Wepner]


Wertmüller, Lina Lina Wertmüller is no longer with us
Born 14 August 1926  (Rome, Italy)

Died 9 December 2021  (Rome, Italy)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
Italian film director. First woman to be nominated for Best Director, in 1976.
[Picture of Lina Wertmüller]


West, David
Born 16 November 1964  (Dorchester, UK)
Former Liverpool striker, career ended early following an accident with a milk truck.
[Picture of David West]


West, Kanye
Born 8 June 1977  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Increasingly self-important rap artist and musician.
[Picture of Kanye West]


West, Norma
Born 19 November 1943  (Cape Town, South Africa)
TV actress ("The Prisoner", "The Shadow of the Tower")
[Picture of Norma West]


West, Rose
Born 29 November 1953  (Devon, England)
Born Rosemary Letts, in 1972 she married Fred West, with whom she committed a series of murders at the now infamous 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, during the 1970s. In 1995 her husband hanged himself in prison while awaiting trial; she is serving a life
[Picture of Rose West]


West, Timothy
Born 20 October 1934  (Bradford, Yorkshire, England)
Actor, mostly on stage, but has had loads of TV roles. Married to Prunella Scales
[Picture of Timothy West]


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


Westergaard, Kurt Kurt Westergaard is no longer with us
Born 13 July 1935  (Døstrup, Denmark)

Died 14 July 2021  (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Danish cartoonist whose cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2005 caused an almighty rumpus among Islamists and he now under police protection.
[Picture of Kurt Westergaard]


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


Westman, Iris
Born 28 August 1905  (Aneta, North Dakota, USA)
Oldest citizen of North Dakota as of the start of 2018. Died in January 2021 but did not receive a qualifying obit.
[Picture of Iris Westman]


Weston, Kim
Born 20 December 1939  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Motown singer best known for dueting on It Takes Two with Marvin Gaye.
[Picture of Kim Weston]


Westphal, Paul Paul Westphal is no longer with us
Born 30 November 1950  (Torrance, California, USA)

Died 2 January 2021  (Scottsdale, Arizona, USA)

Age at death: 70  (read death notice)
American former basketball player, former head coach, and commentator
[Picture of Paul Westphal]


Weymouth, Tina
Born 22 November 1950  (Coronado, California, USA)
Founding member and bassist of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club
[Picture of Tina Weymouth]


Whale, James
Born 13 May 1951  (Ewell, Surrey, England)
Right-wing radio 'Shock Jock'.
[Picture of James Whale]


Whelan, Eileen Eileen Whelan is no longer with us
Born 30 October 1911  (London, England)

Died 4 December 2021  (Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom)

Age at death: 110  (read death notice)
Played in 7 tests for England women's team in the 30s & 40s. Actual name Eileen Ash...
[Picture of Eileen Whelan]


Whelan, Gloria
Born 23 November 1923  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
American poet, short story writer, and novelist known primarily for children's and young adult fiction
[Picture of Gloria Whelan]


Whelan, Ronnie
Born 25 September 1961  (Dublin, Ireland)
Liverpool midfielder for 15 years and part of Ireland's 1990 and 1994 World Cup squads.
[Picture of Ronnie Whelan]


Whibley, Chelsie
Date and place of birth unknown
CBBC Actress with pulmoary fibrosis, born ca. 1992
[Picture of Chelsie Whibley]


Whitaker, Chico
Date and place of birth unknown
Brazilian architect and liberation theologist, heavily involved with the Wikileaks organisation. Born 1931.
[Picture of Chico Whitaker]


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


White, Angela
Born 4 March 1985  (Sydney, Australia)
32GG-breasted adult actress, arguably Australia's greatest ever contribution to the industry.
[Picture of Angela White]


White, Betty Betty White is no longer with us
Born 17 January 1922  (Oak Park, Illinois, USA)

Died 31 December 2021  (Carmel, California, USA)

Age at death: 99  (read death notice)
Last survivor of the 'Golden Girls' 1980s TV sitcom, despite being the eldest.
[Picture of Betty White]


White, Edmund
Born 13 January 1940  (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
Gay writer and literary critic.
[Picture of Edmund White]


White, Jacqueline
Born 27 November 1922  (Beverly Hills, California, USA)
RKO leading lady of the 40s and 50s, most notably in "The Narrow Margin".
[Picture of Jacqueline White]


white, ron
Born 18 December 1956  (Fritch, Texas, USA)
US comedian of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, whatever that is.
[Picture of ron white]


White-Gluz, Alissa
Born 31 July 1985  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Metal singer from band Arch Enemy.
[Picture of Alissa White-Gluz]


Whitehorn, Katharine Katharine Whitehorn is no longer with us
Born 2 March 1928  (London, England)

Died 8 January 2021  (London, England, United Kingdom)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
Journalist and columnist for The Observer. Born 1928.
[Picture of Katharine Whitehorn]


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


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


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


Wilde, Marty
Born 15 April 1939  (London, England)
Rug-toting '60s pop star, and father of '80s pop star Kim.
[Picture of Marty Wilde]


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


Wilder, Douglas
Born 17 January 1931  (Richmond, Virginia, USA)
Virginia Governor from 1990 to 1994.
[Picture of Douglas Wilder]


Wiles, Andrew
Born 11 April 1953  (Cambridge, England)
Mathematician who proved Fermat's Last Theorem.
[Picture of Andrew Wiles]


Wilkinson, Howard
Born 13 November 1943  (Sheffield, UK)
Football manager, famously the last Englishman to win the top-flight title in the UK, doing so with the Strachan/Speed/Batty/Cantona Leeds United side.
[Picture of Howard Wilkinson]


Wilkinson, Ken
Born in N Ireland  (exact date unknown)
PUP councilor who once fought off masked men but is now struggling from end stage cancer. Did in April without qualifying obit.
[Picture of Ken Wilkinson]


Wilkinson, Stephen Stephen Wilkinson is no longer with us
Born 29 April 1919  (Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom)

Died 10 August 2021  (United Kingdom)

Age at death: 102  (read death notice)
English choral conductor and composer.
[Picture of Stephen Wilkinson]


Williams, (actor) Frank
Born 2 July 1931  (London, England)
Actor still best known as the Vicar in Dad’s Army. One of the few surviving regular cast of the show.
[Picture of (actor) Frank Williams]


Williams, Billy Dee
Born 6 April 1937  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor, chiefly recognised as Lando Calrissian in the 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi'. Surely he's not 75?
[Picture of Billy Dee Williams]


Williams, Hayley
Born 27 December 1988  (Meridian, Mississippi, USA)
Lead singer of band Paramore.
[Picture of Hayley Williams]


Williams, Jody
Born 9 October 1950  (Brattleboro, Vermont, USA)
Aid worker and teacher who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her campaign to ban landmines.
[Picture of Jody Williams]


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


Williams, Leila
Born in Walsall, England  (exact date unknown)
Beauty queen who became the first female presenter of 'Blue Peter' in 1958. Born 1937.
[Picture of Leila Williams]


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


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


Williams, Paul
Born 19 September 1940  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
Singer-songwriter who has written for acts as varied as The Carpenters, Daft Punk and Kermit the Frog. Very distinctive singing voice as well.
[Picture of Paul Williams]


Williams, Robbie
Born 13 February 1974  (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England)
The apparently directionless one out of Take That who unexpectedly made it huge as a solo artist, but now just bleats on about how hard his life is, despite having £95m in the bank. Has returned to the Take That fold for a new album and tour.
[Picture of Robbie Williams]


Williams, Shirley Shirley Williams is no longer with us
Born 27 July 1930  (London, England)

Died 12 April 2021  (United Kingdom)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Labour MP who defected and formed the SDP in 1981, before becoming a Lib Dem member of the House of Lords.
[Picture of Shirley Williams]


Williams, Sir Frank Sir Frank Williams is no longer with us
Born 16 April 1942  (County Durham, England)

Died 28 November 2021  (Great Britain)

Age at death: 79  (read death notice)
Boss of the Williams Formula 1 team. In a wheelchair since a car accident in 1986.
[Picture of Sir Frank Williams]


Williams, Wendy
Born 18 July 1964  (Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA)
US media figure on radio and TV
[Picture of Wendy Williams]


Williams (1937), John
Born 8 June 1937  (Wrexham, Wales)
Retired snooker referee. Presided over nine World Championship finals at the Crucible.
[Picture of John Williams (1937)]


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


Wilson, Ann
Born 19 June 1950  (San Diego, California, USA)
Big-lunged, big-haired frontwoman of rock balladeers Heart. Underwent gastric band surgery in 2002.
[Picture of Ann Wilson]


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


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


Wilson, Jacqueline
Born 17 December 1945  (Bath, United Kingdom)
Popular British wrtier of children's literature
[Picture of Jacqueline Wilson]


Wilson, Mookie
Born 9 February 1956  (Bamberg, South Carolina, USA)
American former Major League Baseball outfielder and coach
[Picture of Mookie Wilson]


Wilson, Owen
Born 18 November 1968  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
US actor, 'You, Me and Dupree' and lots more. Failed to commit suicide in 2007, but some DDP'rs may think "If at first, you don't succeed, try, try again".
[Picture of Owen Wilson]


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


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


Winkler, Henry
Born 30 October 1945  (Manhatten, New York, USA)
Fonzie! The Fonz from Happy Days. TV legend. Heyyy!
[Picture of Henry Winkler]


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


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


Winstone, Ray
Born 19 February 1957  (Homerton, London, United Kingdom)
British actor of the "I know the face" variety
[Picture of Ray Winstone]


Winter, Edgar
Born 28 December 1946  (Beaumont, Texas, USA)
American songwriter and keyboardist.
[Picture of Edgar Winter]


Winterton, Ann
Born 6 March 1941  (Sutton Coldfield, England)
Wife of Nicholas, Tory MP for Congleton from 1983 to 2010 until undone by the expenses scandal, and claiming rent for a flat they’d bought.
[Picture of Ann Winterton]


Winterton, Nicholas
Born 31 March 1938  (Rugeley, England)
Husband of Ann, Tory MP for Macclesfield from 1971 to 2010 until undone by the expenses scandal, and claiming rent for a flat they’d bought.
[Picture of Nicholas Winterton]


Winwood, Muff
Born 15 June 1943  (Birmingham, England)
born 15 June 1943, Erdington, Birmingham, England) is a British songwriter and record producer, and the older brother of Steve Winwood. Both were formerly members of the Spencer Davis Group in the 1960s, in which Muff Winwood played bass guitar. He produc
[Picture of Muff Winwood]


Wirth, Marie-Louise
Born in France  (exact date unknown)
French woman who still runs a bar in the city of Isbergues despite being 100.
[Picture of Marie-Louise Wirth]


Withers, Jane Jane Withers is no longer with us
Born 12 April 1926  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Died 7 August 2021  (Burbank, California, USA)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
Actress, a child star that never really achieved the same success in adulthood.
[Picture of Jane Withers]


Wockenfuss, John
Born 27 February 1949  (Welch, West Virginia, USA)
Former unorthodox Major League Baseball player
[Picture of John Wockenfuss]


Wojciechowski, Steve
Born 11 August 1976  (Severna Park, Maryland, USA)
College basketball coach, perhaps unsurprisingly known by the nickname "Wojo".
[Picture of Steve Wojciechowski]


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


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


Wolpert, Lewis Lewis Wolpert is no longer with us
Born 19 October 1929  (South Africa)

Died 28 January 2021  (United Kingdom)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Eminent developmental biologist. Endured controversy in 2014 when plagarised passages from Wikipedia were discovered in one of his recent books. He could probably assist with the DDP bios then…
[Picture of Lewis Wolpert]


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


Wonnacott, Tim
Born 12 March 1951  (Barnstaple, England)
Former presenter of Bargain Hunt.
[Picture of Tim Wonnacott]


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


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


Woodard, Alfre
Born 8 November 1952  (Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA)
American actress, producer, and political activist
[Picture of Alfre Woodard]


Woodburn, Kim
Born 25 March 1942  (Eastney, Hampshire, England)
TV presenter & cleaner, one half of the presenting duo of TV programme 'How Clean Is Your House?'.
[Picture of Kim Woodburn]


Woodcock, Jacci
Born in   (exact date unknown)
Terminally ill woman who sued her firm for forcing her out because of her illness.
[Picture of Jacci Woodcock]


Woods, Slick
Born 13 August 1996  (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
American model whose career has been championed by Rihanna
[Picture of Slick Woods]


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


Woodyatt, Adam
Born 28 June 1968  (Walthamstow, United Kingdom)
Ian Beale from Coronation Street
[Picture of Adam Woodyatt]


Woolery, Chuck
Born 16 March 1941  (Ashland, Kentucky, USA)
Original US host of Wheel of Fortune. Has Alex Trebek started a trend?
[Picture of Chuck Woolery]


Woollard, William
Born 23 August 1939  (London, England)
British television producer and presenter.
[Picture of William Woollard]


Worede, Melaku
Born in Shewa, Ethiopia  (exact date unknown)
Agricultural scientist from Ethiopia. Recipient of the "Right Livelihood Award" in 1989
[Picture of Melaku Worede]


Worley, Jo Anne
Born 6 September 1937  (Lowell, Indiana, USA)
American comic actress from "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
[Picture of Jo Anne Worley]


Worthington, Frank Frank Worthington is no longer with us
Born 23 November 1948  (Halifax, United Kingdom)

Died 22 March 2021  (Huddersfield, United Kingdom)

Age at death: 72  (read death notice)
English footballer who played everywhere, now diagnosed with Alzheimer's
[Picture of Frank Worthington]


Wreford, Catherine
Born 26 June 1980  (Winnipeg, Canada )
Professional dancer and actress.
[Picture of Catherine Wreford]


Wright, Charles
Born 6 April 1940  (Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA)
Songwriter and leader of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. Not a godfather.
[Picture of Charles Wright]


Wright, Matthew
Born 8 July 1965  (Richmond upon Thames, United Kingdom)
British TV presenter and journalist, The Wright Stuff
[Picture of Matthew Wright]


Wright, Rob
Born 12 March 1954  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Bassist for the Hanson Brothers.
[Picture of Rob Wright]


Wright, Ron Ron Wright is no longer with us
Born 8 April 1953  (Jacksonville, Texas, USA)

Died 7 February 2021  (Dallas, Texas, USA)

Age at death: 67  (read death notice)
United States Representative from Texas.
[Picture of Ron Wright]


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


wylton, tim
Born 27 February 1940  (Bangor-on-Dee, Wales)
One of those TV actors you recognise from loads of things but don't know the name. Well now you know!
[Picture of tim wylton]


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


Wynn, May May Wynn is no longer with us
Born 8 January 1929  (New York City, New Yorl, USA)

Died 22 March 2021  (Newport Beach, California, USA)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
50s actress, was married to "Maverick" star Jack Kelly.
[Picture of May Wynn]


Wynn, Steve
Born 27 January 1942  (New Haven, Connecticut, USA)
American Las Vegas real estate mogul. He's reduced his visibility since sexual harrassment allegations.
[Picture of Steve Wynn]

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