Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2024: L


La Plante, Lynda
Born 15 March 1946  (Formby, Lancashire, England)
Author & screenwriter (and occasional actress), best known for her 'Prime Suspect' TV series.
[Picture of Lynda La Plante]


La Russa, Tony
Born 10 April 1944  (Tampa, Florida, USA)
One of the most successful managers in MLB history, retired in 2022 due to health concerns.
[Picture of Tony La Russa]


Labelle, Patti
Born 24 May 1944  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Singer of R 'n' B, disco & soul music.
[Picture of Patti Labelle]


Labeouf, Shia
Born 11 June 1986  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Young actor, whose looking well on the way to becoming another Hollywood casualty.
[Picture of Shia Labeouf]


Labritain, Pablo
Born in Great Britain  (exact date unknown)
Longtime drummer with 999, born in the early 50s
[Picture of Pablo Labritain]


Lacroix, Christian
Born 16 May 1951  (Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France)
French fashion designer.
[Picture of Christian Lacroix]


Ladd, Diane
Born 29 November 1935  (Meridian, Mississippi, USA)
Oscar-nominated A-List actress with an impressive amount of TV guest roles. Married to Bruce Dern, mother to Laura Dern.
[Picture of Diane Ladd]


Laffite, Jacques
Born 21 November 1943  (Paris, France)
F1 driver and later presenter, achieved six wins in his career for the Ligier team
[Picture of Jacques Laffite]


Lagus, Charles
Born 8 September 1928  (Prague, Czechia)
Photographer and filmmaker known for his work on nature documentaries.
[Picture of Charles Lagus]


Lai, Jimmy
Born 8 December 1947  (Canton, Republic of China)
Hong Kong businessman and pro-democracy activist.
[Picture of Jimmy Lai]


Lai, William
Born 6 October 1959  (Wanli, Taiwan)
Former premier of Taiwan, currently vice president
[Picture of William Lai]


Laidlaw, Lorna
Born 1 February 1963  (Birmingham, England)
Soaps actress known for roles such as Mrs Tembe in 'Doctors' and Aggie Bailey in 'Corrie'.
[Picture of Lorna Laidlaw]


Laidley, Dani
Born 27 March 1967  (Balga, Australia)
Former Australian rules player whose gender identity was revealed during a drug-related incident
[Picture of Dani Laidley]


Lain, Chasey
Born 7 December 1971  (Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA)
Porn actress immortalised in the hit 'The Ballad of Chasey Lain' by the Bloodhound Gang.
[Picture of Chasey Lain]


Laine, Cleo
Born 28 October 1927  (Southall, Middlesex, England)
Possibly Britain's most famous jazz singer, famed for her partnership with late husband Johnny Dankworth.
[Picture of Cleo Laine]


Lake, Ricki
Born 21 September 1968  (Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, USA)
American actress and talk show host of the eponymous 'Ricki Lake'.
[Picture of Ricki Lake]


Lamarche, Maurice
Born 30 March 1958  (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Voice actor, instantly recognisable as the scheming mouse hell bent on world domination from 'Pinky and the Brain'.
[Picture of Maurice Lamarche]


Lamaze, Eric
Born 17 April 1968  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Canadian showjumper and Olympic champion
[Picture of Eric Lamaze]


Lane, Abbe
Born 14 December 1932  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
American singer and actress.
[Picture of Abbe Lane]


Langdon, Sue Ann
Born 3 August 1936  (Paterson, New Jersey, USA)
US TV and film actress best known for spunky comedic roles.
[Picture of Sue Ann Langdon]


Langella, Frank
Born 1 January 1940  (Bayonne, New Jersey, USA)
Actor, mainly on stage, but with many memorable roles in film & TV to boot.
[Picture of Frank Langella]


Langevin-Joliot, Helene
Born 19 September 1927  (Paris, France)
Nuclear physicist, advisor to the French government.
[Picture of Helene Langevin-Joliot]


Langhans, Rainer
Born 19 June 1940  (Oschersleben, Germany)
German writer/filmmaker known for Kommune 1.
[Picture of Rainer Langhans]


Langley, Philippa
Born 29 June 1962  (British Kenya)
British writer who initiated the search for the remains of King Richard III.
[Picture of Philippa Langley]


Langsford, Ruth
Born 17 March 1960  (Singapore)
TV presenter, famously of This Morning, and Loose Woman. Married to Eamonn Holmes. Also, her mother is rumoured to be ill.
[Picture of Ruth Langsford]


LaPaglia, Anthony
Born 31 January 1959  (Adelaide, Australia)
Barry "the Blade" Muldano in the movie The Client, Golden globe winner 2004.
[Picture of Anthony LaPaglia]


Laroi, The Kid
Born 17 August 2003  (waterloo, Australia)
Australian rapper, singer and songwriter.
[Picture of The Kid Laroi]


LaRose, Frank
Born 18 April 1979  (Akron, Ohio, USA)
Republican challenger for the Senate seat of Sherrod Brown
[Picture of Frank LaRose]


Lasser, Louise
Born 11 April 1939  (New York City, New York, USA)
An early wife to Woody Allen, she appeared in several of his films and performed her own stage show, then accumulated an absolutely terrible reputation of being a nervous wreck and coke addict. Could have been her playing a character though.
[Picture of Louise Lasser]


Latchford, Dave
Born 9 April 1949  (Birmingham, England)
Footballer and brother of Bob and the Mighty Peter who played for the Glorious Glasgow Celtic. He made over 200 appearances for Birmingham City.
[Picture of Dave Latchford]


Latham, Mark
Born 28 February 1961  (Ashcroft, Australia)
Former leader of the Australian Labor Party 2003-2005
[Picture of Mark Latham]


Latynina, Larisa
Born 27 December 1934  (Kherson, Ukraine)
A former Soviet gymnast. Between 1956 and 1964 she won 14 individual Olympic medals and four team medals. She holds the record for the most Olympic gold medals by a gymnast, male or female, with 9.
[Picture of Larisa Latynina]


Lauer, Matt
Born 30 December 1957  (New York, New York, USA)
Co-host of the American TV show "Today" for 20 years before he got Weinstein'd in late 2017.
[Picture of Matt Lauer]


Laukkanen, Antero
Born 30 May 1958  (Kouvola, Finland)
Finnish MP.
[Picture of Antero Laukkanen]


Lauper, Cyndi
Born 22 June 1953  (New York City, New York, USA)
Kookie singer who had a number of hits in the 1980s - 'Girls Who Want to Have Fun', 'True Colors' and 'I Drove All Night' amongst others.
[Picture of Cyndi Lauper]


Lavallade, Carmen de
Born 6 March 1931  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Dancer who appeared in the film Carmen Jones.
[Picture of Carmen de Lavallade]


Lavender, Ian Ian Lavender is no longer with us
Born 16 February 1946  (Birmingham, England)

Died 2 February 2024  ()

Age at death: 77  (read death notice)
Actor who will be forever known as Private Pike in 'Dad's Army'.
[Picture of Ian Lavender]


Laver, Rod
Born 9 August 1938  (Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia)
Australian tennis player who enjoyed his greatest successes in the '60s.
[Picture of Rod Laver]


Lavery, Bryony
Born 21 December 1947  (Wakefield, England)
Feminist english playwright
[Picture of Bryony Lavery]


Lavin, Linda
Born 15 October 1937  (Portland, Maine, USA)
American actress of stage, TV & film. Known to US audiences as the title character of sitcom 'Alice'.
[Picture of Linda Lavin]


Law, Denis
Born 24 February 1940  (Aberdeen, Scotland)
Former ace striker with Scotland, Manchester United & Manchester City.
[Picture of Denis Law]


Law, Phyllida
Born 8 May 1932  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Scottish actress, mother of both Emma and Sophie Thompson.
[Picture of Phyllida Law]


Law, Roger
Born 6 September 1941  (Ely, Cambridgeshire)
Caricaturist and with Peter Fluck created the 1980s satircal puppet series 'Spitting Image'.
[Picture of Roger Law]


Lawler, Jerry
Born 29 November 1949  (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
Wrestler, with some pop songs and film credits also to his credit.
[Picture of Jerry Lawler]


Lawler, Ray
Born 23 May 1921  (Footscray, Melbourne, Australia)
Australian playwright whose play 'Summer of the Seventeenth Doll' is considered a turning point in Australian theatre history.
[Picture of Ray Lawler]


Lawley, Sue
Born 14 July 1946  (Sedgley, Staffordshire, England)
English broadcaster and former presenter of "Desert Island Discs" on BBC Radio 4.
[Picture of Sue Lawley]


Lawrence, Carol
Born 5 September 1932  (Melrose Park, IL, USA)
Former Broadway and TV star, played Maria in the original Broadway production of West Side Story, for which she won a Tony. She has also made numerous TV appearances and hosted cookery shows.
[Picture of Carol Lawrence]


Lawrence, Steve Steve Lawrence is no longer with us
Born 8 July 1935  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)

Died 7 March 2024  (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
Easy-listening singer, husband of Eydie Gorme.
[Picture of Steve Lawrence]


Lawry, Bill
Born 11 February 1937  (Thornbury, Melbourne, Australia)
Former cricketer, captain of Australia's test side, whose batting style was so relaxed, he was described as "the corpse with pads on"!
[Picture of Bill Lawry]


Laws, John
Born 8 August 1935  (Wau, Papua New Guinea)
Australian media personality, a former radio presenter
[Picture of John Laws]


Lax, Peter
Born 1 May 1926  (Budapest, Hungary)
Hungarian-born American mathematician who specializes in fluid dynamics and scientific computing.
[Picture of Peter Lax]


Lazarenko, Cliff
Born 16 March 1952  (Liss, Hampshire, England)
Professional darts player, 4 times a BDC World semi-finalist before throwing his lot in with the PDC in 1993.
[Picture of Cliff Lazarenko]


Lazenby, George
Born 5 September 1939  (Queanbeyan, Australia)
The "forgotten" Bond - did just one film as Jimbo B - 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'.
[Picture of George Lazenby]


Le Bon, Simon
Born 27 October 1958  (Bushey, Hertfordshire, England)
Lead singer of New Romantic stars Duran Duran.
[Picture of Simon Le Bon]


Le Pen, Jean-Marie
Born 20 June 1928  (La Trinité-sur-Mer, Brittany, France)
Founder (and still president) of the right-wing Front National party, who has courted controversy throughout his life. Some of his "achievements" have included practising torture in Algeria (allegedly), and losing his seat in the European Parliamen
[Picture of Jean-Marie Le Pen]


Leahy, Pat
Born 31 March 1940  (Montpelier, Vermont, USA)
Batman fanboy who has been one of the longest-serving US senators in history, representing Vermont as a Democrat.
[Picture of Pat Leahy]


Léaud, Jean-Pierre
Born 28 May 1944  (Paris, France)
French actor in artistic movies
[Picture of Jean-Pierre Léaud]


Lee, Brenda
Born 11 December 1944  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Singer who was a star at a young age in the 1950s.
[Picture of Brenda Lee]


Lee, Dave
Born 8 December 1926  (Newington, London, England)
Jazz musician who worked on 'That Was the Week That Was' and 'The Avengers', parlaying the latter into writing "Kinky Boots".
[Picture of Dave Lee]


Lee, Geddy
Born 29 July 1953  (Willowdale, Ontario, Canada)
Lead singer and bassist for Canadian rock giants Rush.
[Picture of Geddy Lee]


Lee, Jackie
Born 29 May 1936  (Dublin, Ireland)
Irish singer best known for singing the theme tunes to the children's TV programmes White Horses and Rupert The Bear.
[Picture of Jackie Lee]


Lee, Jeanette
Born 9 July 1971  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Pool player nicknamed "Black Widow" for her vicious playstyle, albeit Lee herself is an arachnophobe!
[Picture of Jeanette Lee]


Lee, Martin
Born 26 November 1949  (Purley, London, England)
Singer with cheesy 1970s popsters Brotherhood of Man.
[Picture of Martin Lee]


Lee, Michele
Born 24 June 1942  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Actress, one of the stars of 1980s soap 'Knots Landing'.
[Picture of Michele Lee]


Lee, Philomena
Born 24 March 1933  (Newcastle West, Limerick, Rep of Ireland)
Adoption rights activist who was packed off to a nunnery at 18 for getting pregnant. Her story of being forced to give up her son was dramatized in the film 'Philomena', to wide-spread acclaim. Didn't go down too well with the Catholic church mind…
[Picture of Philomena Lee]


Lee, Rusty
Born 28 November 1953  (Portland, Jamaica)
Jovial TV chef who came to fame on "TV-am". Now a D-list celeb-for-hire and occasional Ukip parliamentary candidate.
[Picture of Rusty Lee]


Lee, Ruta
Born 30 May 1935  (Montreal, Canada)
Canadian actress and dancer who appeared as one of the brides in the film 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'.
[Picture of Ruta Lee]


Lee Jones, Tommy
Born 15 September 1946  (San Saba, Texas)
Film actor, who spent years as a character actor before hitting the big-time in the mid 90s onwards.
[Picture of Tommy Lee Jones]


Lee-McNelis, Joye
Date and place of birth unknown
American basketball coach of Southern Michigan university's women's team.
[Picture of Joye Lee-McNelis]


Leeming, Jan
Born 5 January 1942  (Kent, England)
Former BBC newsreader.
[Picture of Jan Leeming]


Leeson, John
Born 16 March 1943  (Leicester, England)
English actor, voice of the ridiculous K-9 in 'Doctor Who'.
[Picture of John Leeson]


Leeuwen, Robbie van
Born 29 October 1944  (The Hague, the Netherlands)
He's got it, baby he's got it, the only one left of the Shocking Blue incarnation that did "Venus".
[Picture of Robbie van Leeuwen]


Legrand, Mirtha
Born 23 February 1927  (Villa Canas, Argentina)
Argentine actress and TV star well known in her own country…
[Picture of Mirtha Legrand]


Lehman, Val
Born 15 March 1943  (Perth, Australia)
Queen Bea on Prisoners
[Picture of Val Lehman]


Lehrer, Tom
Born 9 April 1928  (New York City, New York, USA)
Mathematician & musician, a singer of satirical songs.
[Picture of Tom Lehrer]


Leighton, Sara
Born in London, England  (exact date unknown)
English portrait painter, author and actress noted for her beauty back in the day, born 1937
[Picture of Sara Leighton]


Leivers, Bill
Born 29 January 1932  (Bolsover, Derbyshire, England)
Footballer and manager. If his date and place of birth had you curious, yes, he was schoolmates with Dennis Skinner.
[Picture of Bill Leivers]


Lennon, Dianne
Born 1 December 1939  (Venice, California, USA)
American singer and one quarter of the Lennon Sisters
[Picture of Dianne Lennon]


Leon, Valerie
Born 12 November 1943  (London, England)
Actress, mainstay of the 'Carry On' movies playing the seductive type.
[Picture of Valerie Leon]


Leonard, Herbert
Born 25 February 1945  (Strasbourg, France)
French singer who has also found the time to write books on WWII-era Russian planes.
[Picture of Herbert Leonard]


Leonard, Keith
Born 10 November 1950  (Birmingham, United Kingdom)
Aston Villa striker and youth coach
[Picture of Keith Leonard]


Leroy, Philippe
Born 15 October 1930  (Paris, France)
French actor noted for his roles in French and Italian cinema. Also a keen parachuter to the side.
[Picture of Philippe Leroy]


Lesh, Phil
Born 15 March 1940  (Berkeley, California, USA)
Founding member of the band The Grateful Dead - played bass guitar throughout their entire 30-year career.
[Picture of Phil Lesh]


Lester, Ketty
Born 16 August 1934  (Hope, Arkansas, USA)
Singer and actress best known for her hit 'Love Letters', later covered by Elvis Presley.
[Picture of Ketty Lester]


Lester, Richard
Born 19 January 1932  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
US-born anglophile film director most famous for directing the Beatles in 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Help'.
[Picture of Richard Lester]


Letby, Lucy
Born 4 January 1990  (Hereford, UK)
Britsh former nurse, murderer of seven infants.
[Picture of Lucy Letby]


Leto, Jared
Born 26 December 1971  (Bossier City, Louisiana, USA)
Oscar-winning actor and rock star who exists entirely without irony.
[Picture of Jared Leto]


Letterman, David
Born 12 April 1947  (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)
Famed US entertainer, talk show host & businessman.
[Picture of David Letterman]


Leuchtenburg, William
Born 28 September 1922  (New York City, New York, USA)
Lecturer and the leading expert on Franklin D. Roosevelt
[Picture of William Leuchtenburg]


Levene, John
Born 24 December 1941  (Salisbury, Wiltshire, England)
Actor, best known as the ever reliable Sergeant Benton of UNIT, from 'Doctor Who'.
[Picture of John Levene]


Levesque, Paul Michael
Born 27 July 1969  (Nashua, New Hampshire, USA)
Another wrestler, aka Triple H.
[Picture of Paul Michael Levesque]


Levin, Sander
Born 6 September 1931  (Detroit, MI, USA)
US Congressman representing Michigan (1983-2019), was also chairman of the House Ways & Means committee
[Picture of Sander Levin]


Levine, Rachel
Born 28 October 1957  ()
American pediatrician currently serving as the United States Assistant Secretary for Health.
[Picture of Rachel Levine]


Levinson, Barry
Born 6 April 1942  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Award winning (Rain Man) film director, producer & screenwriter.
[Picture of Barry Levinson]


Levy, Marv
Born 3 August 1925  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Former American Football coach. Led the Buffalo Bills to 4 consecutive AFC championships.
[Picture of Marv Levy]


Lewis, Bernard
Born 10 February 1926  ()
English entrepreneuer behind the River Island fashion brand
[Picture of Bernard Lewis]


Lewis, Huey
Born 5 July 1950  (New York City, New York, USA)
Born Hugh Anthony Cregg III. Lead singer with Huey Lewis and the News. Made a cameo appearance as a music teacher in 'Back To The Future' (1985).
[Picture of Huey Lewis]


Lewis, Richard Richard Lewis is no longer with us
Born 29 June 1947  (New York City, New York, USA)

Died 27 February 2024  (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Age at death: 76  (read death notice)
US stand-up comedian and actor.
[Picture of Richard Lewis]


Lewis (cricket), Tony
Born 7 June 1938  (Swansea, Wales)
Cricketer. Later a journalist and a face of BBC cricket coverage.
[Picture of Tony Lewis (cricket)]


Lewthwaite, Samantha
Born 5 December 1983  (Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland)
Suspected terrorist organiser known as "The White Widow".
[Picture of Samantha Lewthwaite]


Leyton, John
Born 17 February 1936  (Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England)
Singer and actor best known for the haunting "Johnny Remember Me", one of the finest instances of the death disc genre that permeated the early 1960s.
[Picture of John Leyton]


L'Huillier, Anne
Born 16 August 1958  (Paris, France)
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Phsyics in 2023, deals in attoseconds
[Picture of Anne L'Huillier]


Lieberman, Steve
Born 21 June 1958  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
The "Gangsta Rabbi", an outsider musician whose work combines death metal with punk rock and elemental jazz. Not gonna lie, it sounds fucking awful.
[Picture of Steve Lieberman]


Lim, Tze Peng
Born 28 September 1921  (Pasir Ris, Singapore)
Singaporean artist still producing at age 99
[Picture of Tze Peng Lim]


Lime, Yvonne
Born 7 April 1935  (Glendale, California, USA)
TV sitcom regular of the 50s and 60s before turning to philanthropy.
[Picture of Yvonne Lime]


Linden, David
Born 3 November 1961  (Santa Monica, California, USA)
Neuroscience professor, known for making his field more easily understandable to the masses.
[Picture of David Linden]


Linden, Hal
Born 20 March 1931  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor of stage and television who saw the most success as the eponymous lead in 'Barney Miller'. Understandably didn't use his birthname of Harold Lipshitz for his career.
[Picture of Hal Linden]


Lindsay, Mark
Born 9 March 1942  (Eugene, Oregon, USA)
Lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders, though the drummer was the band namesake instead as the name Paul Revere was too good a hook to pass up on!
[Picture of Mark Lindsay]


Lindsay, Robert
Born 13 December 1949  (Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England)
Born Robert Lindsay Stevenson. BAFTA, Tony & Olivier award winning actor but will be known to most people from his sitcom work: 'Citizen Smith', 'Nightingales' or 'My Family' depending on your vintage.
[Picture of Robert Lindsay]


Linehan, Graham
Born in Dublin, Ireland  (exact date unknown)
Good: created "Father Ted". OK: created "Black Books". Bad: created "The IT Crowd", is a TERF.
[Picture of Graham Linehan]


Lineker, Gary
Born 30 November 1960  (Leicester, England)
Former England striker turned TV presenter.
[Picture of Gary Lineker]


Linnehan, Richard M.
Born 19 September 1957  ( Lowell, Massachusetts, USA)
American Army veterinarian and astronaut.
[Picture of Richard M. Linnehan]


Linnell, John
Born 12 June 1959  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
American multi-instrumentalist and founder of intellectual rock band They Might be Giants
[Picture of John Linnell]


Linsley, Jonathan
Born 17 January 1956  (Bradford, UK)
Actor, played Ogilvey in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.
[Picture of Jonathan Linsley]


Lipman, Maureen
Born 10 May 1946  (Kingston-upon-Hull, England)
British film, theatre and television actress, columnist and comedian.
[Picture of Maureen Lipman]


Lipponen, Paavo
Born 23 April 1941  (Turtola, Finland)
38th Prime Minister of Finland and speaker of the Finnish parliament.
[Picture of Paavo Lipponen]


Lipsey, Richard
Born 28 August 1928  (Victoria, Canada)
Canadian economist who argued that the second-best choice for you could be the best for all
[Picture of Richard Lipsey]


Little, Rich
Born 26 November 1938  (Ottawa, Canada)
Richard Caruthers "Rich" Little is a Canadian-American impressionist and voice actor, nicknamed "The Man of a Thousand Voices" by voice actor Mel Blanc.
[Picture of Rich Little]


Little, Syd
Born 19 December 1942  (Blackpool, Lancashire, England)
Comedian - the skinny, bespectacled half of Little & Large.
[Picture of Syd Little]


Lively, Blake
Born 25 August 1987  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
"Gossip Girl" star who transitioned fairly successfully to a series adult career in film. Not too shoddy looking either.
[Picture of Blake Lively]


Lively, Penelope
Born 17 March 1933  (Cairo, Egypt)
Booker Prize-winning novellist who took the award in 1987 for her book "Moon Tiger". Also writes children's fiction.
[Picture of Penelope Lively]


Livingstone, Dandy
Born 14 December 1943  (Kingston, Jamaica)
British-Jamaican ska musician.
[Picture of Dandy Livingstone]


Livingstone, Ken
Born 17 June 1945  (London, England)
AKA "Red Ken", charismatic leader of the GLC from 1981 until it's dissolution in 1986. Then Mayor of London from 2000-2008.
[Picture of Ken Livingstone]


Llewellyn, Raymond
Born 15 August 1928  (Newport, Wales, United Kingdom)
Welsh actor on stage and TV, for example, on The Owl Service and Doctor Who
[Picture of Raymond Llewellyn]


Lloyd, Charles
Born 15 March 1938  (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
Jazz saxophonist and band leader
[Picture of Charles Lloyd]


Lloyd, Christopher
Born 22 October 1938  (Stamford, Connecticut, USA)
Actor, best known for his roles in 'Addams Family' & as Doc Brown in the 'Back to the Future' films.
[Picture of Christopher Lloyd]


Lloyd, Clive
Born 31 August 1944  (Georgetown, British Guiana)
Guyanese-British cricket considered one of the greatest captains in the game.
[Picture of Clive Lloyd]


Lloyd, Emily
Born 29 September 1970  (London, England)
Film actress ('Wish You Were Here', 'The Honeytrap'). Had long struggled with anxiety and depression which had stabilised by 2013.
[Picture of Emily Lloyd]


Lloyd Webber, Andrew
Born 22 March 1948  (London, England)
Started composing music when still at school, and met Tim Rice in 1965. Together they wrote the scores for, among others, 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Evita', 'Cats' and 'Phantom of the Opera'. Three times married, most famously to Sarah Brightman, and ol
[Picture of Andrew Lloyd Webber]


Loach, Ken
Born 17 June 1936  (Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England)
Left-wing filmmaker whose often improvised films include 'Kes', 'Riff-Raff' and 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley'.
[Picture of Ken Loach]


Lochte, Ryan
Born 3 August 1984  (Rochester, New York, USA)
American competitive swimmer, a 12-time Olympic medalist, which ranks him second in swimming behind Michael Phelps.
[Picture of Ryan Lochte]


Lockhart, June
Born 25 June 1925  (New York City, New York, USA)
Regular US TV actress, mainly on soap operas.
[Picture of June Lockhart]


Lockie, Ken
Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England  (exact date unknown)
English singer-songwriter and member of Cowboys International.
[Picture of Ken Lockie]


locklear, heather
Born 25 September 1961  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Actress and 80s sex symbol. Played Sammy Jo Carrington in 'Dynasty'.
[Picture of heather locklear]


Lockwood, Gary
Born 21 February 1937  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Actor immortalised as astronaut and HAL fatality Dr. Frank Poole in '2001: A Space Odyssey'. His uncle invented baby-cut carrots.
[Picture of Gary Lockwood]


Lockyer, Tom
Born 3 December 1994  (Cardiff, Wales)
Welsh footballer who suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for Luton Town.
[Picture of Tom Lockyer]


Lodge, David
Born 28 January 1935  (London, England)
Author of the books 'Small World' and 'Nice Work', which was later adapted for television.
[Picture of David Lodge]


Loe, Judy
Born 6 March 1947  (Urmston, Lancashire, England)
TV actress and mum to Kate Beckinsdale.
[Picture of Judy Loe]


Logan, Gabby
Born 24 April 1973  (Leeds, England)
TV presenter ever present on BBC sports coverage.
[Picture of Gabby Logan]


Logan, Jenny
Born in Britain  (exact date unknown)
"Do the Shake 'n Vac, and put the freshness back". She also did legitimate acting such as the role of Velma Kelly in the first British production of Chicago.
[Picture of Jenny Logan]


Lohan, Lindsay
Born 2 July 1986  (New York, New York, USA)
Apparently, she's an actress. However, much better known for her partying, car accidents, arguments, crash dieting, smoking, drug taking, going in & out of rehab etc etc.
[Picture of Lindsay Lohan]


London, Jeremy
Born 7 November 1972  (San Diego, California, USA)
TV actor.
[Picture of Jeremy London]


Long, Shelley
Born 23 August 1949  (Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA)
Actress - Diane Chambers in 'Cheers'.
[Picture of Shelley Long]


Longet, Claudine
Born 29 January 1942  (Paris, France)
French singer and actress who was once married to the late crooner Andy Williams. Has kept a low profile since being found responsible for the death of her then boyfriend Vladimir Sabich in 1976.
[Picture of Claudine Longet]


Lopez, Jennifer
Born 24 July 1969  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actress and singer famed for her derrière.
[Picture of Jennifer Lopez]


Lordan, Elaine
Born 15 December 1966  (Islington, London, England)
Ex-'EastEnders' actress.
[Picture of Elaine Lordan]


Loren, Sophia
Born 20 September 1934  (Pozzuoli, Italy)
Glamorous actress, born Sofia Villani Scicolone.
[Picture of Sophia Loren]


Lorrie, Myrna
Born 6 August 1940  (Cloud Bay, Ontario, Canada)
The First Lady of Canadian Country
[Picture of Myrna Lorrie]


Louganis, Greg
Born 29 January 1960  (El Cajon, California, USA)
Olympic diver with 4 gold medals, a sore head and AIDS.
[Picture of Greg Louganis]


Louis-Dreyfus, Julia
Born 13 January 1961  (New York City, New York, USA)
Elaine in "Seinfeld", Selina Meyer in "Veep" and still sponge-worthy in her 50s.
[Picture of Julia Louis-Dreyfus]


Louise, Tina
Born 11 February 1934  (New York City, New York, USA)
American actress, best known as Ginger Grant from 'Gilligan's Island', and one of only two surviving cast members.
[Picture of Tina Louise]


Lousma, Jack
Born 29 February 1936  (Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA)
Astronaut, pilot on the Skylab 3 mission
[Picture of Jack Lousma]


Lovato, Demi
Born 20 August 1992  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
Young singer-songwriter and actress.
[Picture of Demi Lovato]


Love, Darlene
Born 26 July 1941  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
American singer and occasional actress, most remembered for the single 'He's a Rebel'.
[Picture of Darlene Love]


Love, Mike
Born 15 March 1941  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Singer and lyricist with 1960s pop-rock legends The Beach Boys.
[Picture of Mike Love]


Lovejoy, Tim
Born 28 March 1968  (Northwood, United Kingdom)
British TV show host of Soccer AM
[Picture of Tim Lovejoy]


Lovell, Jim
Born 25 March 1928  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Astronaut, commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 space mission in 1970. Later became a businessman.
[Picture of Jim Lovell]


Lovett, Norman
Born 31 October 1946  (Windsor, Berkshire, England)
Stand-up comedian and actor best known as floating head computer Holly in 'Red Dwarf'.
[Picture of Norman Lovett]


Lowe, John
Born 21 July 1945  (New Tupton, Derbyshire, England)
Stone-faced darts legend, BDC World champion three times and the first player to achieve the "nine dart finish" on television in 1984.
[Picture of John Lowe]


Lu, Lisa
Born 19 January 1927  (Beijing, China)
Chinese actress who won the Golden Horse Awards three times.
[Picture of Lisa Lu]


Lucas, George
Born 14 May 1944  (Modesto, California, USA)
Film director, producer & writer - the man behind the 'Star Wars' films.
[Picture of George Lucas]


Lucas, William R.
Born 1 March 1922  (Newbern, Tennessee, USA)
Former Director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.
[Picture of William R. Lucas]


Luckinbill, Laurence
Born 21 November 1934  (Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA)
American stage actor and playwright.
[Picture of Laurence Luckinbill]


Luft, Christa
Born 28 February 1938  (Krakow am See, Germany)
Economist, Last Minister of Economy in East Germany, former Stasi informant.
[Picture of Christa Luft]


Luft, Lorna
Born 21 November 1952  (Santa Monica, California, USA)
Judy Garland's other daughter. Like Liza, a singer and actress on both screen and stage.
[Picture of Lorna Luft]


Luger, Lex
Born 2 June 1958  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
WCW wrestler (real name Lawrence Pfohl), whose finishing move is, apparently, the "Torture Rack". His partner and manager, Miss Elizabeth, was found dead at his home in May 2003; during the subsequent investigation the police found banned bodybuilding dru
[Picture of Lex Luger]


Lugovoi, Andrei
Born 19 September 1966  (Baku, Azerbaijan)
Named as the leading suspect in the murder of Alexander Litivienko. Now a politician, which saves him from any extradition attempts by the UK.
[Picture of Andrei Lugovoi]


Lulu, (singer)
Born 3 November 1948  (Lennoxtown, Glasgow, Scotland)
Scots pop singer who wisely shortened her name from Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie. Although she had a string of hits in the 1960s, the only one anyone can remember is "Shout". Unless you count the Eurovision entry "Boom Bang-A-Bang". It was only in 199
[Picture of (singer) Lulu]


Lumley, Joanna
Born 1 May 1946  (Srinagar, Kashmir, India)
Model-turned-actress who has appeared in countless British TV series, notably 'The New Avengers' and, most famously, 'Absolutely Fabulous'. Was a thorn in Gordon Brown's side in 2009 over her campaign for rights for retired Ghurkhas.
[Picture of Joanna Lumley]


Luna, Cash
Born 4 February 1962  (Guatemala City, Guatemala)
Televangelist, pastor & "faith healer". Already killed off once by the internet.
[Picture of Cash Luna]


Lundgren, Dolph
Born 3 November 1957  (Stockholm, Sweden)
Athlete who became an actor (of sorts), including a rather disastrous stint as 'He-Man' in the live action film of the same name.
[Picture of Dolph Lundgren]


Lundkvist-Husberg, Lis
Born 18 December 1920  (Hedesunda, Sweden)
Swedish potter and cartoonist - probably picked by someone who wanted to show that they can use google.
[Picture of Lis Lundkvist-Husberg]


Lundquist, Verne
Born 17 July 1940  (Duluth, Minnesota, USA)
Veteran American sportscaster
[Picture of Verne Lundquist]


Lunina, Svetlana Borisovna
Born 7 October 1932  (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
Uzbek archeologist of central asian cultures
[Picture of Svetlana Borisovna Lunina]


LuPone, Patti
Born 21 April 1949  (Northport, New York, USA)
Reputed theatre actress, mainly in musicals.
[Picture of Patti LuPone]


Lupus, Peter
Born 17 June 1932  (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)
American bodybuilder and TV actor on the original Mission: Impossible series. Later on, he joined the "volunteer posse" of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
[Picture of Peter Lupus]


Luxon, Benjamin
Born 24 March 1937  (Redruth, UK)
British opera baritone.
[Picture of Benjamin Luxon]


Luzita, Sara
Born 11 August 1922  (Hanley, Staffordshire, England)
Ballet dancer who appeared in 'Moulin Rouge' and was married to the actor who played the fiddler in the film version of 'Fiddler on the Roof'.
[Picture of Sara Luzita]


Lynam, Des
Born 17 September 1942  (Ennis, County Clare, Rep of Ireland)
Venerable sports anchorman, presenter of 'Grandstand' and 'Match of the Day'. The less said about 'Countdown' the better...
[Picture of Des Lynam]


Lynch, Jim
Born 7 January 1942  (Northglenn, Colorado, USA)
Survivor: Guatemala contestant.
[Picture of Jim Lynch]


Lynk, Roy
Born in   (exact date unknown)
Founder of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers (UDM) that disagreed with Arthur Scargill during the 1984-5 miner's strike and allowed the Thatcher government to face down the NUM.
[Picture of Roy Lynk]

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