Category:People from Bognor Regis
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The following 36 pages are in this category, out of 36 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 36 pages are in this category, out of 36 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
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