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. 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
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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