Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2023: A


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


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]


Abbott, Tony
Born 4 November 1957  (London, England)
Liberal Prime Minister of Australia 2013-2015
[Picture of Tony Abbott]


Abdul Aziz, Salman bin
Born 31 December 1935  (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
King of Saudi-Arabia since 2015. Defers a lot of authority to his axe-wielding son.
[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]


Aberavon, John Morris of John Morris of Aberavon is no longer with us
Born 5 November 1931  (Aberysthwyth, United Kimgdom)

Died 5 June 2023  (United Kingdom)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Baron Morris of Aberavon, former Secretary of State for Wales
[Picture of John Morris of Aberavon]


Abisov, Sergey
Born 27 November 1967  (Simferopol, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union)
Russian political figure appointed "minister of internal affairs for the Republic of Crimea."
[Picture of Sergey Abisov]


Abraham, Farrah
Born 31 May 1991  (Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA)
Reality TV personality, came to prominence after being cast in '16 and Pregnant' in 2009.
[Picture of Farrah Abraham]


Ackland, Joss Joss Ackland is no longer with us
Born 29 February 1928  (North Kensington, London, England)

Died 19 November 2023  (Clovelly, Devon, Great Britain)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
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]


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


Acosta, Nelson
Born 6 December 1944  (Pso de los Toros, Uruguay)
Retired footballer and coach. Among other clubs coached Everton, two stints.
[Picture of Nelson Acosta]


Adair, Thelma Davidson
Born 29 August 1920  (Iron Station, North Carolina, USA)
American church leader, and women's and civil rights activist.
[Picture of Thelma Davidson Adair]


Adams, Jayde
Born 26 November 1984  (Bedminster, Bristol, England)
British comedian, actress and opera singer.
[Picture of Jayde Adams]


Adams, Martin
Born 6 April 1956  (Sutton, London, England)
Darts player, AKA "Wolfie".
[Picture of Martin Adams]


Adele, (singer)
Born 5 May 1988  (London, England)
Singer and current most successful recording artist in Britain, with massive sales of her first two albums, '19' and '21' respectively.
[Picture of (singer) Adele]


Adelman, Kenneth
Born 9 June 1946  (United States)
American high-ranking bureaucrat and William Shakespeare scholar. Also helped to justify the Iraq War of Bush and Blair
[Picture of Kenneth Adelman]


Adey, Christopher
Born 19 February 1943  (London, England)
[Picture of Christopher Adey]


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


Adkins, David
Born 10 November 1956  (Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA)
Comedian and actor, known by his stage name "Sinbad".
[Picture of David Adkins]


Adler, Jerry
Born 4 February 1929  (New York City, New York, USA)
US TV Actor from The Sopranos
[Picture of Jerry Adler]


Adler Schnee, Ruth
Born 13 May 1923  (Frankfurt, Germany)
One of America's leading textile design figures. Died in January but the UK press didn't take notice.
[Picture of Ruth Adler Schnee]


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


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]


Agnew, Pete
Born 14 September 1946  (Dunfermline, Scotland)
Scottish hard rock bassist for Nazareth.
[Picture of Pete Agnew]


Ahrweiler, Helene
Born 29 August 1926  (Athens, Greece)
Greek-French Byzanthologist.
[Picture of Helene Ahrweiler]


Ahtisaari, Martti Martti Ahtisaari is no longer with us
Born 23 June 1937  (Viipuri Province, Finland)

Died 16 October 2023  (Helsinki, Finnland)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Former President of Finland and Nobel Peace Prize laureate of 2008
[Picture of Martti Ahtisaari]


Aimar, Lucien
Born 28 April 1941  (Hyeres, France)
Tour De France winner in 1966.
[Picture of Lucien Aimar]


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


Airapetyan, Larisa
Born 21 February 1970  (Antratsit, Luhansk oblast, Ukraine)
Ukrainian political figure appointed "minister of health for the Luhansk People's Republic."
[Picture of Larisa Airapetyan]


Aitken, Charlie Charlie Aitken is no longer with us
Born 5 January 1942  (Edinburgh, UK)

Died 29 October 2023  (United Kingdom)

Age at death: 81  (read death notice)
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]


Akhurst, Lucy
Born 18 November 1970  (London, England)
UK TV regular with the occasional lead role.
[Picture of Lucy Akhurst]


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]


Akimov, Oleg
Born 15 September 1981  (Luhansk, Ukraine)
Ukrainian politician and Putin supporter.
[Picture of Oleg Akimov]


Aksyonov, Sergey
Born 26 November 1972  (Bălți, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union)
Russian political figure appointed "head of the Republic of Crimea."
[Picture of Sergey Aksyonov]


Alagiah, George George Alagiah is no longer with us
Born 22 November 1955  (Colombo, Sri Lanka)

Died 24 July 2023  (London, England)

Age at death: 67  (read death notice)
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]


Al-Bashir, Omar
Born 1 January 1944  (Hosh Bannaga, Northern State, Sudan)
Current (and controversial) President of Sudan.
[Picture of Omar Al-Bashir]


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


Albertine, Viv
Born 1 December 1954  (Sydney, Australia)
Australian-British punk guitarist for The Stills.
[Picture of Viv Albertine]


Albright, Tenley
Born 18 July 1935  (Newton Centre, Massachusetts, USA)
Figure skater, 1956 Olympic champion.
[Picture of Tenley Albright]


Albrow, Martin
Born in UK  (exact date unknown)
Sociologist with a recent focus on China.
[Picture of Martin Albrow]


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]


Alderton, John
Born 27 November 1940  (Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England)
Amiable actor, star of 'Please Sir!' and other TV shows & comedies. Husband of Pauline Collins. Also the narrator of 'Fireman Sam'.
[Picture of John Alderton]


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]


Alexander, James
Born 17 December 1948  (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
American R&B musician and last surviving member Bar-Kays, a backing band for Otis Redding.
[Picture of James Alexander]


Alexandra, Princess
Born 25 December 1936  (Windsor, Berkshire, England)
First cousin of the Queen and sister to Prince Michael of Kent. Variously known as The Honourable Lady Ogilvy and Princess Alexandra of Kent.
[Picture of Princess Alexandra]


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


Al-Fayed, Mohammed Mohammed Al-Fayed is no longer with us
Born 27 January 1929  (Bakos, Alexandria, Egypt)

Died 30 August 2023  (London, United Kingdom)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
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]


Ali Zardari, Asif
Born 21 July 1956  (Nawabshah, Pakistan)
Widower of Benazir Bhutto, who announced that he would nominally head her party whilst their son is at university in England. Then became insurgent target number 1 when he became President of the country in 2008.
[Picture of Asif Ali Zardari]


Allan, Laurie
Born 19 February 1943  (London, England)
Drummer for Delivery and Gong.
[Picture of Laurie Allan]


Allardyce, Sam
Born 19 October 1954  (Dudley, West Midlands, England)
Gum-chewing, headpiece wearing, bung-taking (Allegedly - at the DDP lawyer's request) football manager, who likes his teams to play dirty, unattractive football. Formerly at Bolton & Newcastle United.
[Picture of Sam Allardyce]


Allen, Joseph P.
Born 27 June 1937  (Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA)
US astronaut who didn't get the biggest gigs, but still left a mark, for example as consultant to the Armageddon movie
[Picture of Joseph P. Allen]


Allen, Marshall
Born 25 May 1924  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
US jazz saxophonist, currrent leader of the Sun Ra Orkestra after having been a part of it for decades
[Picture of Marshall 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, Tim
Born 13 June 1953  (Denver, Colorado, USA)
The Toolman, moved from 80s stand up to 90 sitcom to being the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story films.
[Picture of Tim Allen]


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


Almada, Martín
Born 30 January 1937  (Puerto Sastre, Paraguay)
Paraguayan recipient of the "Right Livelihood Award" for his fight against the Stroessner regime
[Picture of Martín Almada]


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-Qurashi, Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurashi is no longer with us
Date and place of birth unknown

Died 29 April 2023  (Idlib, Syria)

Age at death: 50  (read death notice)
4th Caliph of the Islamic State following the death of Abu al-Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi.
[Picture of Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurashi]


Al-Sabah, Sheikh Salem Al Ali
Born in Kuwait  (exact date unknown)
Oldest living member of the Kuwaiti Royal house, born 1926.
[Picture of Sheikh Salem Al Ali Al-Sabah]


al-Sahhaf, Muhammad Saeed
Born 30 July 1937  (Hillah, Iraq)
Saddam Hussein's extremely professional media spokesperson, nicknamed Comical Ali.. Those were the days.
[Picture of Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf]


Alvarez, Angela
Born 13 June 1927  (Cuba)
Cuban-born American singer and the oldest Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist winner ever
[Picture of Angela Alvarez]


Alves, Rodrigo
Born 30 July 1983  (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
The "Human Ken Doll" who has spent £500,000 on cosmetic procedures. Looks like a burns victim.
[Picture of Rodrigo Alves]


Ames, Ed Ed Ames is no longer with us
Born 9 July 1927  (Malden, Massachusetts, USA)

Died 21 May 2023  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
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]


Amiel, Jon
Born 20 May 1948  (London, England)
TV and film director, BAFTA-nominated for 'The Singing Detective'.
[Picture of Jon Amiel]


Amir, Yigal
Born 23 May 1970  (Herzliya, Israel)
The man who assassinated Yitzhak Rabin.
[Picture of Yigal Amir]


Amirov, Rodion Rodion Amirov is no longer with us
Born 10 February 2001  (Salavat, Russia)

Died 14 August 2023  (Munich, Germany)

Age at death: 21  (read death notice)
Russian Icehockey player. Toronto Maple Leafs, undergoing brain tumor treatment.
[Picture of Rodion Amirov]


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]


Amos, John
Born 27 December 1939  (Newark, New Jersey, USA)
Actor, known for 'Good Times' and 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'.
[Picture of John Amos]


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, Daniel
Born 3 May 1967  (Australia)
Australian retired rugby league coach.
[Picture of Daniel 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, Moira
Born 5 June 1938  (Kirkintilloch, UK)
Scottish singer who had her own show on BBC in 1968 called, imaginatively, Moira Anderson Sings
[Picture of Moira 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, Benny
Born 16 December 1946  (Vallingby, Sweden)
Bearded pianist and songwriter with pop legends ABBA.
[Picture of Benny Andersson]


Anderton, Nick
Born 22 April 1996  (Preston, England)
Football player, Bristol Rovers.
[Picture of Nick Anderton]


Andre, Annette
Born 24 June 1939  (Drummoyne, Australia)
Australian actress.
[Picture of Annette Andre]


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


Andre, Soeur Soeur Andre is no longer with us
Born 11 February 1904  (Ales, France)

Died 17 January 2023  (Toulon, France)

Age at death: 118  (read death notice)
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, Mario
Born 28 February 1940  (Motovun, Croatia)
Italian-American racing driver, the last American to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix, in 1978.
[Picture of Mario Andretti]


Andrew, Prince
Born 19 February 1960  (London, England)
Second son of Queen Elizabeth II. Married to Sarah Ferguson from 1986 to 1996. Shunned by society for attending too many sketchy parties on and off Jeffrey Epstein's island
[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]


Angakkorsuaq, Angaangaq
Date and place of birth unknown
Shaman, elder and traditional healer from Kalaallit Nunaat.
[Picture of Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq]


Angelos, Peter
Born 4 July 1929  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
US trial lawyer who now owns the Baltimore Orioles
[Picture of Peter Angelos]


Anger, Kenneth Kenneth Anger is no longer with us
Born 3 February 1927  (Santa Monica, California, USA)

Died 11 May 2023  (Yucca Valey, California)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
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]


Anne, Princess
Born 15 August 1950  (London, England)
The Princess Royal, the second child and only daughter of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.
[Picture of Princess Anne]


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]


Annis, Francesca
Born 14 May 1945  (Kensington, London, England)
BAFTA-winning actress for playing Lillie Langtry in period drama 'Lillie'. Film roles include 'Macbeth' and 'Dune'.
[Picture of Francesca Annis]


Anoa'I Sr, Afa
Born 21 November 1942  (Samoa)
Former professional wrestler.
[Picture of Afa Anoa'I Sr]


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]


Antipov, Igor
Born 26 May 1961  (Moscow, Russia)
Russian political figure and "minister of information for the Donetsk People's Republic."
[Picture of Igor Antipov]


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]


Apatow, Maude
Born 15 December 1997  (Los Banos, California, USA)
Actress, best known for her roles as the daughter to her real-life mother's characters in movies, including 'This Is 40'.
[Picture of Maude Apatow]


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]


Applegate, Christina
Born 25 November 1971  (Hollywood, California, USA)
American actress & comedienne who has suffered from & beaten breast cancer.
[Picture of Christina Applegate]


Applegate, Phyllis
Born 5 August 1944  (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
Actress with frequent bit parts in US TV and film over the years. Died in January without getting a qualifying obit.
[Picture of Phyllis Applegate]


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


Arato, Andras
Born 11 July 1945  (Koszeg, Hungary)
Legendary stock photo character, Hide the Pain Harold, who keeps smiling no matter what.
[Picture of Andras Arato]


Arau, Alfonso
Born 11 January 1932  (Mexico City, Mexico)
Actor: The Wild Bunch, Romancing the Stone.
[Picture of Alfonso Arau]


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


Arcand, Denys
Born 25 June 1941  (Deschambault, Canada)
Canadian film director, screenwriter and producer. Won Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2004
[Picture of Denys Arcand]


Archer, Anne
Born 24 August 1947  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Actress who got an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for playing Michael Douglas's wife in Fatal Attraction - it was her daughter's rabbit that got boiled.
[Picture of Anne Archer]


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]


Ardern, Jacinda
Born 26 July 1980  (Hamilton, New Zealand)
Current PM of New Zealand.
[Picture of Jacinda Ardern]


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]


Born 7 September 1940  (Rome, Italy)
Italian film director, producer and screenwriter.
[Picture of Dario ARGENTO]


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


Arkin, Alan Alan Arkin is no longer with us
Born 26 March 1934  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)

Died 29 June 2023  (Carlsbad, California, USA)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Actor, in films from the mid-60s onwards.
[Picture of Alan Arkin]


Armani, Giorgio
Born 11 July 1934  (Piacenza, Italy)
Fashion designer and founder of the hugely successful Armani brand label.
[Picture of Giorgio Armani]


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]


Armfield, Diana
Born 11 June 1920  (Ringwood, England)
Landscape artist.
[Picture of Diana Armfield]


Armstrong, Alun
Born 17 July 1946  (Durham, England)
One of the more regarded actors of his generation, traversing from A Bridge Too Far, to Adrian Mole, to Penny Dreadful, with nearly everything inbetween.
[Picture of Alun 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]


Arnoux, Rene
Born 4 July 1948  (Pontcharra, France)
French racecar driver, winning 7 Formula One Grands Prix
[Picture of Rene Arnoux]


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 Pat Arrowsmith is no longer with us
Born 2 March 1930  (Royal Leamington Spa, England)

Died 29 September 2023  (London, England)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
Peace campaigner, co-founder of the CND, organiser of the Aldermaston March and former parliamentary candidate.
[Picture of Pat Arrowsmith]


Asher, Peter
Born 22 June 1944  (London, England)
Peter from music act Peter and Gordon fame.
[Picture of Peter Asher]


Ashmore, Jonathan
Born 16 April 1948  (London, England)
Physicist who focuses his studies on hearing.
[Picture of Jonathan Ashmore]


Ashton, John
Born 30 November 1957  (Forest Gate, London, England)
Guitarist and composer with post punk/new wave band The Psychedelic Furs.
[Picture of John Ashton]


Ashton, Marcia
Born 7 February 1931  (Sheffield, UK)
Actress in multiple soap operas like Eastenders, On the buses, Upstairs Downstairs, The Bill etc.
[Picture of Marcia Ashton]


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]


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, Martin
Born 3 August 1959  (Coventry, England)
English drummer and session musician.
[Picture of Martin Atkins]


Atkins, Peter
Born 8 October 1940  (Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England)
English chemist and atheism activist.
[Picture of Peter 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]


Attagutsiak, Qapik Qapik Attagutsiak is no longer with us
Born 11 June 1920  (Nunavut, Canada)

Died 14 December 2023  (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

Age at death: 103  (read death notice)
Last known surviving contributor to the war effort in Inuit communities during World War II
[Picture of Qapik Attagutsiak]


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]


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


Auger, Brian
Born 18 July 1939  (Hammersmith, London, England)
Jazz rock musician, mostly uses the Hammond organ.
[Picture of Brian Auger]


Aumann, Robert
Born 8 June 1930  (Frankfurt, Germany)
Nobel Prize-winning mathematician.
[Picture of Robert Aumann]


Austin, Pamela
Born 20 December 1941  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
American actress.
[Picture of Pamela Austin]


Avalon, Frankie
Born 18 September 1940  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Italian-American pop idol of the 1950s who also played the Teen Angel in "Grease".
[Picture of Frankie Avalon]


Avant, Clarence Clarence Avant is no longer with us
Born 25 February 1931  (Greensboro, North Carolina, USA)

Died 13 August 2023  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
American music executive, and entrepreneur, also calls himself "The Black Godfather"
[Picture of Clarence Avant]


Avocado, Nikocado
Born 20 May 1992  (Kherson, Ukraine)
YouTuber who, shall we say, is a big, big, big deal.
[Picture of Nikocado Avocado]


Awdry, Christopher
Born 2 July 1940  (Devizes, UK)
Author involved with Thomas the Tank Engine stories originally authored by his father
[Picture of Christopher Awdry]


Axelrod, Jack Jack Axelrod is no longer with us
Born 25 January 1930  (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Died 28 November 2023  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
US Actor in films and TV was an architect until his 40s
[Picture of Jack Axelrod]


Ayers, Roy
Born 9 October 1940  (Los Angerles, California, USA)
American funk, soul and jazz composer, fibraphone player and music prodicer.
[Picture of Roy Ayers]


Aykroyd, Dan
Born 1 July 1952  (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Comedian, actor, musician and screenwriter, of 'Blues Brothers', 'Ghostbusters' and 'Saturday Night Live' fame.
[Picture of Dan Aykroyd]

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