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1. Jonathan Ansell – Jonathan Mark Ansell is an English singer, best known as the high tenor of the vocal group G4. Influenced by his mother’s tapes of Pavarotti and the Three Tenors, Ansell joined the West Sussex Boys Choir conducted by Arthur Robson and he toured extensively with the choir to Florida, Germany, and France, performed in the Royal Festival Hall and sang many times in Arundel Cathedral. Ansell stayed with the choir until his voice broke at the age of 16 when he lost the ability to sing treble, Ansell suffered from Glandular Fever from early September 1999 to mid-February 2000, and so the audition was rearranged. After working with music teacher Martin Elliott, he won a place at the Guildhall two years later, while at the Guildhall School, Ansells singing teacher was Adrian Thompson, who has a similar voice to Ansell and he described their lessons as working together. At that time, Ansells academic studies fell below the standard, diagnosed as dyslexic, an agreement was reached where he stayed as a pupil. While at the Guildhall School, Ansell formed the pop-opera boyband G4 with three other students Mike Christie, Tom Lowe, and Ben Thapa, Lowe later resigned as bass, replaced by Matthew Stiff. Their name, G4, stands for Guildhall 4, G4 were discovered after finishing second on ITV talent show The X Factor in 2004. G4s self-titled debut album produced by Trevor Horn and Brian Rawling, Ansell turned down the role of Prince Tamino in Kenneth Branaghs film of Mozarts The Magic Flute to stay with the band and continue recording. On 5 April 2007, G4 announced on GMTV that they were calling it a day at the end of July 2007. On 17 November 2014 G4 reformed for one night only giving a concert at The Barbican Centre in London to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their X Factor appearance in 2004. Whilst on stage Jonathan announced that due to the response of their one only concert they would be doing a UK tour in 2015. Ansell signed with new management Jonathan Shalit in 2007 and secured a £1 million, 5-album deal with Universal Classics and Jazz and his first solo album with UCJ, Tenor at the Movies, was released on 18 February 2008. For five Sunday afternoons from 17 February 2008, Ansell presented The Great Movie Composers on ClassicFM coinciding with the release of his solo album. Ansell participated in a celebrity edition of Channel 4 show Come Dine with Me on 10 April 2008 with MC Harvey, Tamara Beckwith, Ansell came in joint first place with MC Harvey, scoring 21 points. On 8 May 2008, Ansells participation in BBC programme Ready Steady Cook against Hayley Westenra was broadcast, in the evening of 8 May 2008, Ansell performed Un Giorno Per Noi with Westenra at the Classical Brits, Royal Albert Hall. In a Q&A session with the BBCs Last Choir Standing website, Ansell gave his views on the benefits of being part of a choir, People see choirs on stage and predominantly it looks quite square. But off stage thats where all the fun happens - in rehearsals, messing about, lunch breaks and that, for me, is what choirs are all about – having that fun both on and off stage. Jonathan made a guest appearance on Last Choir Standing on 3 August 2008 performing Barcelona and he performed the duet Amigos Para Siempre with Westenra, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
2. Derek Bell (racing driver) – He also raced in Formula One for the Ferrari, Wheatcroft, McLaren, Surtees and Tecno teams. He has been described by fellow racer Hans-Joachim Stuck as one of the most liked drivers of his generation and he won his first race in the Lotus at Goodwood in March of that year. He graduated to Formula Three in the year racing a Lotus 31 and in 1966 switched to a Lotus 41 scoring his first victory. In 1967 he enjoyed seven wins and he contested the 1969 Tasman Series in a 2.4 Dino Ferrari and was second at Lakeside to Amon and Rindt at Warwick Farm. In 1969 he raced the four-wheel-drive McLaren M9A in its only race at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Bell took part in the filming of Le Mans starring Steve McQueen, and he and his family lived with the McQueen family during the filming, Bell had a lucky escape during the making of the film. The Ferrari 512 he was driving suddenly caught fire whilst getting into position for a take and he managed to get out of the car just before it was engulfed in flames and suffered minor burns. Although the car was damaged, it was later rebuilt and is still racing at historic meets. Bell finished second in the 1970 European Formula Two Championship, driving a Brabham BT30 for Wheatcroft Racing, in 1972 he got a drive in the Tecno Formula One team, along with Nanni Galli. He had a few further drives for Surtees in 1974 and finished 11th in the 1974 German Grand Prix. Enjoying single seaters more than sports cars he accepted drives in F5000/Libre British Shellsport series and F5000 in 1976-7 the Penske PC7 March and also odd F5000 drives in the US and Australia. Bell is best known for winning Le Mans 24 hours race five times, in 1975,1981,1982,1986 and 1987, making him the most successful British driver in the race to date. He was teamed with the Belgian Jacky Ickx in 1975, racing the Gulf Mirage GR8, again in 1981, racing a Porsche 936, the Bell/Ickx partnership is considered as one of the most famous pairings in motorsport history. Bell went on to win the 1986 and 1987 Le Mans teamed with Hans-Joachim Stuck and his first Le Mans was in 1970 in a works entered Ferrari 512, with co-driver Ronnie Peterson, his last in 1996 racing a McLaren F1 GTR. Bell achieved his highest ever speed at Le Mans at the 1971 Le Mans 24 hours April test day, Bell also won the World Sportscar Championship title twice in 1985 and 1986 and the 24 Hours of Daytona three times in 1986,1987 and 1989. He won the 1973 Silverstone RAC Tourist Trophy racing a BMW3. 0CSL with Harald Ertl. In 1984 he won the Nürburgring 1000km with Stefan Bellof, racing a Porsche 956 and he is also one of two drivers to win the Spa 1000km on both the original and current circuits, the other being Jacky Ickx. Bell was hired as chairman for the Spectre R42 super car project between 1996 and its demise in 1997, in 2001 he was hired to consult for the Bentley Speed 8 programme, helping Bentley to win Le Mans two years later
3. Jana Bennett – Jana Bennett OBE is President and General Manager of History and H2 at A+E Networks in New York. She joined A+E Networks in June 2013 as President of The Biography Channel, bio was rebranded as fyi, in July 2014. Prior to joining A+E Networks she was President of BBC Worldwide Networks, in that role she was responsible for BBC Worldwides television channels, which operate in more than 100 countries, and the development and roll out of the commercial global iPlayer. She was also Worldwides Managing Director for Latin America with oversight of the businesses in the region. She sat on Worldwide’s Executive Board and on the Board of UKTV and she took up this role in February 2011 moving from the BBCs UK public service where she had been Director of Vision at the BBC from 2006. Previously she was Director of Television. In her two most recent roles at the BBC, Jana Bennett “steered the BBC TV portfolio through its transition into the digital age. ”She was previously Executive Vice President. She is also a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company and was made a Fellow of the Royal Television Society in 1999 and she undertook post-graduate studies at the London School of Economics where she was awarded an MSc for her work on strategic analysis and international and defence studies. She worked on Nationwide, The Money Programme and Newsnight, in 1990 she became editor of the BBC’s flagship science programme Horizon. In 1994 she was appointed the BBCs Head of Science, the first woman to take that role and she introduced a new animal genre to UK television with the highly successful and long-running Animal Hospital, alongside live events such as Hospitalwatch. The science department also pioneered content rich web sites and was one of the first areas to use email inside the BBC, in 2000 she was appointed an OBE in 2000 for her work in science broadcasting. At TLC Bennett transformed the channels ratings and revenue performance and she introduced a new editorial direction under the slogan “Life Unscripted” which included reality-drama and interior design shows, some of them based on popular British formats. The audience success of shows like Trading Spaces, and Junkyard Wars exemplified a shift in programming towards more mass-appeal shows. By 2001 TLC had the youngest adult audience profile amongst US cable channels with an age of 40. It was also the strongest performing network for women in daytime, in 2002 Bennett returned to the UK to take the job of Director of Television. Her division was heavily involved in the planning and launch of the corporation’s on-demand service, BBC iPlayer. In a speech to the Royal Television Society in 2007, she articulated a fresh approach to the BBCs mission to inform and she also championed new multi-media approaches to major fundraising entertainment events. In partnership with Comic Relief, the BBC produced the first truly digital Red Nose Day in 2009, Jana Bennett also implemented the BBCs out of London strategy for commissioning and production
4. William Blake – William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a figure in the history of the poetry. His so-called prophetic works were said by 20th century critic Northrop Frye to form what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language. His visual artistry led 21st-century critic Jonathan Jones to proclaim him far, in 2002, Blake was placed at number 38 in the BBCs poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. Although he lived in London his entire life, he produced a diverse and symbolically rich œuvre and his paintings and poetry have been characterised as part of the Romantic movement and as Pre-Romantic. Reverent of the Bible but hostile to the Church of England, Blake was influenced by the ideals and ambitions of the French, despite these known influences, the singularity of Blakes work makes him difficult to classify. William Blake was born on 28 November 1757 at 28 Broad Street in Soho and he was the third of seven children, two of whom died in infancy. Blakes father, James, was a hosier and he attended school only long enough to learn reading and writing, leaving at the age of ten, and was otherwise educated at home by his mother Catherine Blake. Even though the Blakes were English Dissenters, William was baptised on 11 December at St Jamess Church, Piccadilly, the Bible was an early and profound influence on Blake, and remained a source of inspiration throughout his life. Blake started engraving copies of drawings of Greek antiquities purchased for him by his father, within these drawings Blake found his first exposure to classical forms through the work of Raphael, Michelangelo, Maarten van Heemskerck and Albrecht Dürer. The number of prints and bound books that James and Catherine were able to purchase for young William suggests that the Blakes enjoyed, at least for a time, a comfortable wealth. When William was ten years old, his parents knew enough of his headstrong temperament that he was not sent to school and he read avidly on subjects of his own choosing. During this period, Blake made explorations into poetry, his work displays knowledge of Ben Jonson, Edmund Spenser. On 4 August 1772, Blake was apprenticed to engraver James Basire of Great Queen Street, at the sum of £52.10, at the end of the term, aged 21, he became a professional engraver. This aside, Basires style of line-engraving was of a kind held at the time to be old-fashioned compared to the flashier stipple or mezzotint styles. It has been speculated that Blakes instruction in this form may have been detrimental to his acquiring of work or recognition in later life. After two years, Basire sent his apprentice to copy images from the Gothic churches in London and his experiences in Westminster Abbey helped form his artistic style and ideas. The Abbey of his day was decorated with suits of armour, painted funeral effigies, ackroyd notes that. the most immediate would have been of faded brightness and colour
5. Russell Drysdale – Sir George Russell Drysdale, AC, also known as Tass Drysdale, was an Australian artist. He won the prestigious Wynne Prize for Sofala in 1947, and he was influenced by abstract and surrealist art, and created a new vision of the Australian scene as revolutionary and influential as that of Tom Roberts. George Russell Drysdale was born in Bognor Regis, Sussex, England, to an Anglo-Australian pastoralist family, Drysdale was educated at Geelong Grammar School. He had poor eyesight all his life, and was blind in his left eye from age 17 due to a detached retina. Drysdale worked on his uncles estate in Queensland, and as a jackaroo in Victoria, a chance encounter in 1932 with artist and critic Daryl Lindsay awakened him to the possibility of a career as an artist. Supported by a fellow artist, Drysdale studied with the modernist artist and he also made several trips to Europe, during 1938–39, he attended the Grosvenor School in London and the Grande Chaumière in Paris. By the time of his return from the third of these trips in June 1939 Drysdale was recognised within Australia as an important emerging talent, but had yet to find a personal vision. His decision to leave Melbourne for Albury and then Sydney in 1940 was instrumental in his discovery of his subject matter. In 1944, The Sydney Morning Herald sent him into far western New South Wales to illustrate the effects of the then-devastating drought. With his series of paintings of drought-ravaged western New South Wales and, later, Sofala, a painting of the nearby town of Sofala won the Wynne Prize for landscape in 1947. His 1948 work, The cricketers has been described by the National Gallery of Australia as one of the most original and his 1950 exhibition at Londons Leicester Galleries, at the invitation of Sir Kenneth Clark, was a significant milestone in the history of Australian art. Drysdales reputation continued to grow throughout the 1950s and 1960s as he explored remote Australia, in 1954, together with Nolan and Dobell, he was chosen to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale, and in 1960, at Bouddi near Gosford, New South Wales. In 1969, Drysdale was knighted for his services to art and his later years saw a marked falling off in the quantity of his output, which had never been large. Drysdale died in Sydney on 29 June 1981, at his request, Sir Russells cremated remains were placed in the shade of a tree by the church in the burial ground beside historic St Pauls Anglican Church, Kincumber. He was married twice, and had a son, Tim, Tim took his life in 1962, aged twenty one, and the following year his wife Bon also committed suicide. In 1964 Drysdale married Maisie Purves Smith, an old friend, soon after Tims suicide, Drysdale made the acquaintance of the composer Peter Sculthorpe, who had recently lost his father. The two spent a holiday together in a house on the Tamar River in Tasmania. Sculthorpe came to regard Drysdale as a model, admiring the way he reworked familiar material in new ways
6. Ernest Joyce – Ernest Edward Mills Joyce AM was a Royal Naval seaman and explorer who participated in four Antarctic expeditions during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, early in the early 20th century. He served under both Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton and he was awarded the Polar Medal with four bars, one of only two men to be so honoured, the other being his contemporary, Frank Wild. Joyce came from a seafaring background and began his naval career as a boy seaman in 1891. His Antarctic experiences began 10 years later, when he joined Scotts Discovery Expedition as an Able Seaman, in 1907 Shackleton recruited Joyce to take charge of dogs and sledges on the Nimrod Expedition. Subsequently Joyce was engaged in a capacity for Douglas Mawsons Australasian Antarctic Expedition in 1911. Throughout his career Joyce was known as a personality who attracted adverse as well as positive comments. Joyces diaries, and the book he based on them, have been condemned as self-serving. He made no significant material gains from his expeditions, living out his life in humble circumstances before dying suddenly in 1940. Details of Joyces early life are sketchy and it has been said that he was born about 1875 at Bognor, England, but the exact date has not been verified. Here, in austere surroundings, he received an education that would prepare him for a lower-deck career in the Royal Navy. After leaving the school aged 15 in 1891, he joined the navy as a boy seaman, progressing over the ten years to Ordinary Seaman. No detailed records of his service between 1891 and 1901 appear to have survived. The last-named year saw him serving on HMS Gibraltar in Cape Town where, in September, Scott was short-handed, and requested volunteers, from a response of several hundreds, Joyce was one of four seamen chosen to join Discovery. He sailed south with her on 14 October 1901 and it seems that he took readily to Antarctic life, gaining experience in sledging and dog-driving techniques and other aspects of Antarctic exploration. He did not figure in the journeys of the expedition, although towards the end he joined Arthur Pilbeam and Frank Wild in an attempt to climb Mount Erebus. Joyce made several sledging trips with Shackleton and created an impression of competence and he also impressed Scott as sober, honest, loyal and intelligent, and expedition organiser Sir Clements Markham later described him as an honest and trustworthy man. His reward, at the conclusion of the expedition, was promotion to Petty Officer 1st Class on Scotts recommendation, however, he had been bitten by the bug of Antarctic exploration, and ordinary naval duty no longer appealed. He left the navy in 1905 but found shore life unsatisfying, when the chance came a year later to join Shackletons Nimrod Expedition, he took it immediately
7. David Purley – David Charles Purley, GM was a British racing driver born in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, who participated in 11 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting at Monaco in 1973. Purley was awarded the George Medal for his courage in trying to save Williamson, during pre-qualifying for the 1977 British Grand Prix Purley sustained multiple bone fractures after his cars throttle stuck open and he crashed into a wall. His deceleration from 173 km/h to 0 in a distance of 66 cm is one of the highest G-loads survived in a crash and he scored no championship points during his Formula One career. He died in a crash, having retired from motorsport and taken up aerobatics. Purleys father was Charles Purley, the founder of LEC Refrigeration, birth and death records show that his fathers name was originally Puxley but he preferred the name Purley. His mother was Welsh, having been born in the village of Cwmfelinfach. David went to school at Seaford College and then Dartington Hall School in Devon, in 1972 Purley was one of only two drivers to attempt to race the Connew Grand Prix car in its original Formula One configuration. He was entered at the end of season World Championship Victory Race at Brands Hatch, Purley had asked for an electrical kill switch to be fitted to the steering wheel, but this malfunctioned on the warm up lap, the engine stopped, and the car was retired. In 1973 Purley hired a March and with backing from his familys refrigeration company he made an unsuccessful attempt at Formula One. Purley later recalled that upon arriving at the scene, he heard Williamson crying for help as the fire began to take hold. The marshals were not wearing fire resistant clothing and the passing drivers assumed that Purley was attempting to extinguish his own car, a sequence of pictures taken by photographer Cor Mooij of the accident won the Photo Sequences category of that years World Press Photo. Later, Purley was awarded the George Medal for his rescue attempt, the story, and film footage of the rescue attempt, feature in a 2010 BBC documentary entitled Grand Prix, The Killer Years. 4-litre V6 engine. In 1974 Purley won the Brighton Speed Trials driving a Trojan-Chevrolet T101 and he returned to Formula One in 1977 with his own LEC chassis designed by Mike Pilbeam and run by Mike Earle. It was this car in which he suffered injuries in an accident during practice for that years British Grand Prix. He survived an estimated 179.8 g when he decelerated from 173 km/h to 0 in a distance of 66 cm after his throttle stuck wide open. This was the highest measured g-force ever survived by a human being, Purley suffered multiple fractures to his legs, pelvis and ribs. Purley recovered to race again although he confined his activities to the minor Aurora AFX series of Formula One races in Britain, the remains of Purleys crashed LEC and its replacement are displayed at a museum at Donington Park. Following his decision to quit motorsport, Purley moved into competition aerobatics and he died on 2 July 1985 when his Pitts Special aerobatic biplane crashed into the English Channel off Bognor Regis
8. Raffertie – Benjamin Stefanski, better known by his stage name Raffertie, is a British composer and producer, based in London, England. He is currently signed to Ninja Tune, and also runs the Super Recordings record label, on graduating in 2010 from Birmingham Conservatoire with a degree in Classical & Contemporary Music Composition, Raffertie had already become established in the world of electronic music. Hobbes first championed Raffertie when he did a session for her on 7 January 2008 on her BBC Radio 1 Experimental show and he also did another session on BBC Radio 1 for Rob Da Bank in June 2009. In April 2009, Rafferties first remix of the Scottish act Franz Ferdinand No You Girls was released on Domino, also, in 2009 Raffertie played at Glade Festival and his track Do dat featured on A Traks Fabric Live 45 mix in March. 7th dimension, released on Planet Mu, was record of the week on Nick Grimshaws show on BBC Radio 1 for the week of 18 January 2010. After graduating in 2010, Raffertie founded Super Recordings and, in 2011, signed a deal with independent UK record label. Visual Acuity EP, his first physical release for Ninja Tune was record of the week on Nick Grimshaws show on BBC Radio 1, who described it as Crazy, but so, so good. It also received airplay from Rob Da Bank, Lauren Laverne, Huw Stephens, Jen Long, the debut album Sleep of Reason was released in August 2013 on Ninja Tune. Mixmag June 2009 his Wobble Horror EP, released on Planet Mu, mixmag October 2009 Rafferties remix of Akira Kiteshis Boom N Pow received a review of 4/5. IDJ April 2011 double page spread on Super Recordings, clash One To Watch feature September 2011. Sleep of Reason –2013 Not Asleep / Not Awake 7th Dimension Wobble Horror, pumpin Like Reeboks Visual Acuity Rank Functions Antisocial Mass Appeal Wolfgang The King And All His Men The Heavy How You Like Me Now
9. Moira Redmond – Moira Redmond was an English actress. She was born in Bognor Regis, Sussex, England and her parents were actors and director managers. Her grandfather was the actor manager playwright E Hill Mitchelson, as a young actress, she joined the Windmill Girls who performed non-stop revues and nude tableux at the Windmill Theatre in the West End. Several years later, she married her first husband and emigrated to Australia, while in Australia, Moira became a successful radio actress. She played in the radio features, Caltex Theatre and General Motors Hour as well as plays for the Australian Broadcasting Commission. Her best remembered radio drama was Linday Hardys Stranger in Paradise along Guy Doleman and she made her stage debut as an understudy to Vivien Leigh in Peter Brooks revival of Titus Andronicus with Laurence Olivier. In July of that year, she made her London debut at the Stoll in the same production. In 1958, she made her debut in a thriller, entitled Violent Moment. Meanwhile her theatrical career had taken off with roles in Verdict, in which she played Helen Rollander, Detour After Dark, Horizontal Hold, Patrick Peace Hotel, The Winters Tale and she was also a founder member of the Actors Company with Ian McKellen. She played at the Edinburgh Festival as Helen of Troy in The Trojan Women with Flora Robson and she later toured South America for the British Council in revivals of Habeas Corpus and Shaws Heartbreak House. Television appearances in the 1960s included Danger Man and The Baron among others and she also appeared in The Alleyn Mysteries, Dixon of Dock Green, The Avengers and The Sweeney. She was twice married and divorced, firstly to Anthony Hughes and secondly to Herbert Wise
10. Albert Sammons – Albert Edward Sammons CBE was an English violinist, composer and later violin teacher. Almost self-taught on the violin, he had a wide repertoire as both musician and soloist, although his reputation rests mainly on his association with British composers. He made a number of recordings over 40 years, many of which have been re-issued on CD, Albert Sammons was born in Fulham, the second eldest of four children. His father was a shoemaker and good amateur violinist, Sammons started to receive some lessons from his father around the age of seven. Apart from these lessons, he was virtually self-taught and his first professional engagement was in the band at the Earls Court Exhibition in 1898, the conductor was so impressed by the 12-year-old that he made him leader. He left school at this time and became a professional musician – partly to bring income to the household. Sammonss father took both Albert and his eldest brother Tom to symphony concerts at St Jamess Hall and Queens Hall. The boy began to gain a reputation for his reliability and was engaged by many London musical establishments, as well as in the Hungarian, Sammons also received a few free lessons from the Eugène Ysaÿe-trained Spanish violinist Alfredo Fernandez. His first concerto performance was the Mendelssohn E minor Concerto at the Kursaal Concert Hall in Harrogate in 1906 and he married Laura Tomkins in Middlesbrough on 31 October 1907. Around this time Sammons was recruited to play at parties for the upper classes at their country houses. In 1910, with Thomas Petre, Warwick Evans, and H. Waldo Warner he formed the London String Quartet and he was also engaged by Ernesto Bucalossi at the Waldorf Hotel and Wyndhams Theatre. He also consolidated his career by playing the Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Queens Hall in 1910. The conductor Adrian Boult commented on his rise in British violin-playing, he had had no special preparations, no training abroad, Sammons was particularly associated with Edward Elgars Violin Concerto in B minor, which he first played on 23 November 1914. He estimated that he played the concerto over a hundred times and he gave his last performance of the Elgar on his 60th birthday in 1946, with George Weldon conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He also made the first recording of Elgars Violin Sonata in E minor in 1935, among other concertos in his repertoire were those by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch, and the Mozart G major. On 13 July 1916 Sammons gave the first UK performance of the Violin Sonata of Claude Debussy and he played a part in the rehabilitation of Fritz Kreisler, by presenting a laurel wreath at the Austrian violinists first appearance in England after the war. Between May and the autumn of 1929 Sammons and Tertis carried out around 1,000 string auditions for the formation of the new BBC Symphony Orchestra and he married Olive Hobday on 5 December 1921. Shortly after, they moved to Bognor Regis, where he lived for the rest of his life, during the Second World War, he continued his busy concert schedule around the UK, travelling by train, as well as appearing at the National Gallery concerts
11. Nicollette Sheridan – Nicollette Sheridan is an English television and film actress and former model. Her best known film appearances include roles in The Sure Thing, Noises Off, Spy Hard, Sheridan was born in Worthing, Sussex, England, the daughter of actress Sally Savalas. Sheridan began her career as a model, appearing in the pages of Vogue and on the cover of Cosmopolitan. Sheridan made her debut in 1984 in the short-lived US primetime soap opera Paper Dolls. However, her breakthrough came in 1986 when she joined the cast of the CBS primetime soap Knots Landing as Paige Matheson and she started in a recurring role but had become a series regular by the 1988-89 season. The same year, she was named one of People Magazines 50 Most Beautiful People, in 1990, she was cast as Lucky Santangelo in the television adaptation of Jackie Collins Lucky Chances. She also appeared in several films, and after Knots Landing ended in 1993, she appeared in the theatrical films Spy Hard. In 1998, she auditioned for the role of Grace Adler on Will & Grace, however, Sheridan did make a guest appearance on the show in 2003. In 2004, Sheridan was cast as Edie Britt in the ABC comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives, on 15 November 2004, Sheridan appeared with NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens in an introductory skit to that evenings Monday Night Football episode. Some observers condemned the skit as sexually suggestive, and ABC later apologized for airing it, on 14 March 2005, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that the skit did not violate decency standards, because it contained no outright nudity or foul language. Sheridan was nominated for a 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and was ranked #48 on Maxims 2006 Hot 100 List, in February 2009, during the shows fifth season, Sheridan announced her departure from Desperate Housewives. Her exit episode aired in April 2009 when Edie Britt was killed off, unlike the other main characters who had been killed off over the years on Desperate Housewives, Sheridan did not make an appearance in the shows final episode which aired in May 2012. In 2010, Sheridan was cast in an untitled CBS comedy pilot as a mother who battles with her British ex-husband to get her daughter to stardom. In September 2010, Sheridan starred in the Hallmark Channel film, Honeymoon for One, the film premiered on the Hallmark Channel on 13 August 2011. In 2013, she starred and co-produced another Hallmark movie, called The Christmas Spirit, in an interview in November 2013, Sheridan announced that she was hoping to find a network for a half-hour comedy series that she is currently writing herself. From 1979 to 1985, Sheridan dated singer and actor Leif Garrett, two decades later, Garrett credited Sheridan for helping him at the start of his career, and said of her, Shes a special person in my life. Sheridan married actor Harry Hamlin on 7 September 1991, the pair had starred together in the 1990 TV movie Deceptions. Hamlin filed for divorce on 21 August 1992 and she began seeing Swedish personal trainer Nicklas Söderblom in 2004 and became engaged to him on New Years Eve 2004, the pair called off the engagement in October 2005
12. Robert Smith (musician) – Robert James Smith is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is the singer, guitarist, lyricist and principal songwriter of the rock band the Cure. He is the only constant member since its formation in 1976. He also played guitar in the band Siouxsie and the Banshees, Smith is a multi-instrumentalist, known for his unique stage look and distinctive voice. Smith was born in the Lancashire town of Blackpool and is the third of four born to James Alexander. Smith came from a musical family – his father sang and his mother played the piano, raised Catholic, he later became an atheist. He later attended Notre Dame Middle School and St Wilfrids Comprehensive School, both Robert and his younger sister Janet had piano lessons, Smith said that Janet was a piano prodigy, so sibling rivalry made me take up guitar because she couldnt get her fingers around the neck. He told Chris Heath of Smash Hits magazine that from about 1966 his brother Richard taught him a few chords on guitar. Smith began taking guitar lessons from the age of nine, with a student of John Williams. I learned a lot, but got to the point where I was losing the sense of fun, Smith has said his guitar tutor was horrified by his playing. Robert consequently gave up formal tuition and began teaching himself to play by ear, Smith was thirteen or fourteen when he became more serious about rock music and started to play and learn frenetically. Up until December 1972 he did not have a guitar of his own, but Id commandeered it anyway – so whether he was officially giving it to me at Christmas or not, I was going to have it. Smith was quoted in earlier sources as saying he purchased the Top 20 himself for £20. Smith described Notre Dame Middle School as a very free-thinking establishment with an experimental approach, according to Smith four other kids beat him up after school, although Jeff Apter notes that Smith has given several conflicting versions of the story. In the summer of 1975, Smith and his school bandmates sat their O Level exams, Robert Smith has said that his first band when he was fourteen consisted of my brother Richard, some of his friends and my younger sister Janet. It was called the Crawley Goat Band – brilliant, Jeff Apter, however, dates the performance to April 1973, which is at variance with Smith and his bandmates having already left Notre Dame Middle School by this time. Smith said that they were simply as the group because it was the only one at school so we didnt need a name. Dempsey, who moved from guitar to bassist for the group
13. John Snow (cricketer) – John Augustine Snow is a retired English cricketer. He played for Sussex and England in the 1960s and 1970s and he is known for bowling England to victory against the West Indies in 1967–68 and Australia in 1970–71 and was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1973. Snow was involved in several on-field incidents stemming from his aggressive and he was considered difficult to handle, had definite ideas on how and when he should bowl and was disciplined by both Sussex and England, but perfectly fitted the public image of a fiery fast bowler. His disdain for the authorities at Sussex and Lords was aptly summed up in his autobiography Cricket Rebel as was his decision to play for Kerry Packers World Series Cricket in 1977–79. Snow was born in Peopleton, Worcestershire, the son of a Scottish vicar who soon took up a living in the Diocese of Worcester at the village of Elmley Castle. When he was born his grandfather, a coach, rang his father in Scotland to announce that Its a young cricketer. He learned how to play in the grounds of the vicarage with his father, mother, grandfather. Snows rural childhood was completely unaffected by the war or rationing and he used to chop down trees for firewood, excellent exercise for the muscles needed for fast bowling. Living in Sussex he joined the Bognor Colts, as had Peter May and David Sheppard before him and he also began playing games for the Sussex Young Amateurs and Junior Marletts. As a teenager he had been a better batsman than a bowler, after school he attended Culham Teachers Training College near Abingdon, but his studies suffered as he played more First Class Cricket. He played rugby throughout his teens, but gave up the game in 1961 as it interfered with his cricket career, from beyond the boundary, it is difficult to gauge Snows pace as Lindsay Hassett conceded. He appears to bowl his bumper appreciably faster than most of his fuller-length deliveries and his top pace, I consider, lies somewhere between that of Statham and Trueman. Snows loping, almost lazy run, of course, is sinisterly deceptive. It is in that last stride, or last two strides, when long, straight powerful arm gathers its impetus and either whips or coasts through. He had bowled slightly chest-on, which restricted his pace and ability to move the ball and his work resulted in a more classical sideways-on action. However, Snow usually bowled only fast-medium in run-of-the-mill county and tour games and saved his fast bowling for Test Matches and when the mood took him on the pacey wickets at Hove. The best example is the Australian Tour of 1970–71 when he took 31 wickets in the six tests, even in Tests he varied his pace cleverly, rarely bowling flat-out for a whole over, but unleashing the odd very quick delivery. Just like Charlie Griffith in the West Indies side of the 1960s, Snow had the ability to drop the ball slightly short and get it to lift painfully into the batsmens body. As a result, he struck several batsmen on the head, Greg Chappell at Hove in 1968 when he was playing for Somerset, Ian Chappell said that he always found something new in his bowling repertoire whenever he began a new series against him
14. John Watson (racing driver) – John Marshall Watson, MBE is a British former racing driver and current commentator from Northern Ireland. He competed in Formula One, winning five Grands Prix and was third in the 1982 championship and he also competed in the World Sportscar Championship finishing second in the 1987 championship. After his retirement from motorsport, he became a commentator for Eurosports coverage of Formula One from 1990 to 1996 and he currently commentates on the Blancpain GT Series. John Watson was born in Belfast and educated in Rockport School, watsons Formula One career began in 1972, driving a customer March-Cosworth 721 for Goldie Hexagon Racing in a non-Championship event, the World Championship Victory Race at Brands Hatch. Neither was particularly successful, as in the British race he ran out of fuel on the 36th lap, Watson scored his first championship point in Monte Carlo the following year, for Goldie Hexagon Racing. He went on to score a total of six points that season and he failed to score points the following year, driving for Team Surtees, Team Lotus and Penske Cars. At the Spanish Grand Prix he had the chance to score his first win and he was in 2nd position behind Mario Andretti until he had a problem with his car because it suffered vibrations and had to enter the pit lane. He still finished 8th which was his best result in 1975 and he secured his first podium with third place at the 1976 French Grand Prix. Later that season came his first victory, driving for Penske in the Austrian Grand Prix having qualified second on the grid, after the race he shaved off his beard, the result of a bet with team owner Roger Penske. In the third race of the 1977 Formula One season, the South African Grand Prix, he managed to complete the distance, scored a point. His achievements were overshadowed, however, by the deaths of driver Tom Pryce, problems with the car, accidents, and a disqualification meant that he raced the full distance in only five of the 17 races. In 1978, Watson managed a successful season in terms of race finishes. He managed three podiums and a pole, and notched up 25 points to earn the highest championship placing of his career to that point. Later in the 1981 season, the strength of the McLarens carbon fibre monocoque was demonstrated when he had a crash at Monza during the Italian Grand Prix. Watson lost the car coming out of the high speed Lesmo bends, similar accidents had previously proven fatal, but Watson was uninjured. His most successful year was 1982, when he finished third in the drivers championship, in several races he achieved high placings despite qualifying towards the back of the grid. At the end of the 1983 season however, Watson was dropped by McLaren, negotiations with team boss Ron Dennis reportedly broke down when Watson asked for more money than dual World Champion Lauda was earning, citing having won a GP in 1983 where Lauda did not. Dennis instead signed Renault refugee Alain Prost for nothing, Watson raced with Laudas race number of 1
15. Bruce Welch – Bruce Cripps OBE known by his stage name Bruce Welch is an English guitarist, songwriter, producer and singer, best known as a member of The Shadows. His parents relocated him to 15 Broadwood View, Chester-le-Street, she died when Welch was aged 6, Welch grew up with his Aunt Sadie in Chester-le-Street, County Durham. After learning to play the guitar, he formed a Tyneside skiffle band called The Railroaders when he was fourteen and his Rutherford Grammar School friend Brian Rankin, joined the group and they travelled to London in 1958 for the final of a talent competition. Although they did not win, they joined with members of other entrant bands and formed The Five Chesternuts with Pete Chester, on moving to London Bruce and Hank Marvin briefly operated as the Geordie Boys before enlisting in an outfit called The Drifters. In September 1958 Welch and Marvin joined The Drifters, later to become The Shadows, as well as success with The Shadows, Welch also acted as producer for Cliff Richard and songwriter for his ex-fiancée, Olivia Newton-John. He also released a solo single Please Mr. Please, which was not commercially successful, Welch wrote several number 1 hit singles for Cliff and for The Shadows. He was the consultant for the West End musical Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story. After The Shadows disbanded in 1990, with Marvin deciding to tour with his own band, Welchs plans for his own tours did not fully materialise until 1998, the group featured former Shadows bassist Alan Jones and keyboardist Cliff Hall, with Bob Watkins on drums. Phil Kelly and Barry Gibson shared lead guitar duties until Gibsons departure in 2000, in 1998 he produced Shadowmania, a one-day show comprising various Shadows tribute bands, with his own band topping the bill. Due to the success he went on present it annually until 2012. At Shadowmania 2011 he included a Tribute To Jet Harris who had died from cancer in March of that year, at Shadowmania 2012 Phil Kelly could not appear because of illness and was replaced by Daniel Martin and Justin Daish of The Shadowers. He was appointed OBE in the 2004 Birthday Honours list for services to music, 1956/7 – The Railroaders Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, George Williams and Jim. 1956/7 – The Railroaders Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, Eddie Silver, George Williams, Marvin Welch and Farrar – Marvin Welch and Farrar –1970. Marvin Welch and Farrar – Second Opinion –1972, the Five Chesternuts – Jean Dorothy – Columbia –7 –1958. The Shadows – The Shadows discography Marvin and Farrar – Hank Marvin, Cliff Richard – We Dont Talk Anymore –7 /12 – EMI –1979. Cliff Richard – Im Nearly Famous – LP/CD – EMI –1975, Cliff Richard – Every Face Tells a Story – LP/CD – EMI –1976. Cliff Richard – Green Light – LP/CD – EMI –1978, Cliff Richard – Little Mistreater on album The Album – LP/CD – EMI –1992. The Shadows – XXV – LP/CD – Polydor –1983, tarney / Spencer Band – Cathys Clown –7 – A&M –1979