Joanna Lamond Lumley, is an English actress, former model and activist. She won two BAFTA TV Awards for her role as Patsy Stone in the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, was nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the Broadway revival of La Bête. In 2013, she received the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards and in 2017, she was honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship award. Lumley's other television credits include The New Avengers, Sapphire & Steel, Sensitive Skin, Jam & Jerusalem, her film appearances include On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Trail of the Pink Panther, Shirley Valentine and the Giant Peach, Ella Enchanted, Corpse Bride, The Wolf of Wall Street, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. In addition she had a cameo role in en episode of Are You Being Served, written by Jeremy Lloyd, whom she had both married and divorced three years previously. Lumley is an advocate and human rights activist for Survival International and the Gurkha Justice Campaign.
She supports charities and animal welfare groups, such as Compassion in World Farming and Vegetarians' International Voice for Animals. She is patron of the Farm Animal Sanctuary, she is known as'daughter of Nepal' in Nepal. Joanna Lamond Lumley was born on 1 May 1946 in Srinagar and Kashmir, British India, to English mother Thyra Beatrice Rose and Scottish-English father, Major James Rutherford Lumley, born in Lahore, British India, who served as an officer in the British Indian Army's 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles, they married in 1941. Her grandfather Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Weir had been born in Ghazipur and served as an army officer in Kashmir and was a close friend to the 13th Dalai Lama. Lumley was brought up in Kent, where she attended Mickledene School in Rolvenden as a boarder; the family spent time in Malaya. Lumley was educated at The Convent of Our Lady School in St Leonards-on-Sea and afterwards attended the Lucie Clayton Finishing School, after being turned down by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at the age of 16.
Lumley spent three years as a photographic model, notably for Brian Duffy, who photographed her with her son. In 1967 Lumley appeared on the BBC Two programme The Impresarios: For Appearance's Sake, explaining Duffy's studio process and her joy in working with him, she worked as a house model for Jean Muir. Over forty years she participated in another photoshoot – again with her son – for Duffy as part of a retrospective of the photographer's work. Lumley appeared in an early episode of the Bruce Forsyth Show in 1966, she appeared in a British television advertisement for Nimble bread first screened in 1969. Lumley did not receive any formal training at drama school, her acting career began in 1969 with a small, uncredited role in the film Some Girls Do, as a Bond girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in which she had two lines as a British girl among the villainous Ernst Stavro Blofeld's "Angels of Death". Lumley went on to have a brief but memorable role as Elaine Perkins in Coronation Street, in which her character turned down Ken Barlow's offer of marriage.
In 1973, she made another big screen appearance as Jessica Van Helsing in The Satanic Rites of Dracula, the last Hammer Dracula film to star Christopher Lee. She has worked in James and the Giant Peach and Corpse Bride, she has appeared alongside Hugh Laurie in the British romantic comedy Maybe Baby and alongside Anne Hathaway in Ella Enchanted. She has appeared twice in the episodes. In 2010, she appeared in a 4-episode guest arc on Mistresses as Vivienne Roden. In 2013, she appeared in The Wolf of Wall Street. Throughout her career, she has specialised in playing upper class parts, her distinctive voice has reinforced this. Lumley's first major role was as Purdey in The New Avengers, a revival of the secret agent series The Avengers. In 1979 she appeared in another series which acquired a cult following: Sapphire & Steel, with David McCallum. Conceived as ITV's answer to Doctor Who, Lumley played a mysterious elemental being who, with her collaborator, "Steel", dealt with breaches in the fabric of time.
In 1986, television producer Sydney Newman suggested Lumley for the role of the Doctor but his idea was dismissed. Over a decade Lumley's career was boosted by her portrayal of the louche and drunk fashion director Patsy Stone, companion to Jennifer Saunders' Edina Monsoon in the BBC comedy television series Absolutely Fabulous. Fabulous: The Movie was released in 2016. In 1994 and 1995 Lumley starred alongside Nadine Garner and John Bowe in the British television show Class Act, playing the part of Kate Swift an upper class lady who had fallen on hard times. Other work has included: Lovejoy as widow Victoria Cavero, In the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon, a film about a journey made by her grandparents in Bhutan, A Rather English Marriage and Dr Willoughby. In 1995, she provided the voice of Annie the rag doll in the animated series The Forgotten Toys. In 1999, she provided the voice for Sims the chicken in the BAFTA award-winning animated series The Foxbusters. In 2000, she co-produced a new drama series The Cazalets.
She appeared in a TV series on Sarawak, where she s
Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson is an English broadcaster and writer who specialises in motoring. He is best known for co-presenting the BBC TV show Top Gear with Richard Hammond and James May from October 2002 to March 2015, he currently writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun. From a career as a local journalist in Northern England, Clarkson rose to public prominence as a presenter of the original format of Top Gear in 1988. Since the mid-1990s, he has become a recognised public personality appearing on British television presenting his own shows for BBC and appearing as a guest on other shows; as well as motoring, Clarkson has produced programmes and books on subjects such as history and engineering. In 1998, he hosted the first series of Robot Wars, from 1998 to 2000 he hosted his own talk show, Clarkson. In 2015, the BBC decided not to renew Clarkson's contract with the company after a dispute with a Top Gear producer while filming on location; that year and his Top Gear co-presenters and producer Andy Wilman formed the production company W. Chump & Sons to produce The Grand Tour for Amazon Video.
In 2018, he became the new host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? for ITV. His opinionated but humorous tongue-in-cheek writing and presenting style has provoked a public reaction, his actions, both and as a Top Gear presenter have sometimes resulted in criticism from the media, pressure groups and the public. He has a significant public following, being credited as a major factor in the resurgence of Top Gear as one of the most popular shows on the BBC. Clarkson was born in Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire, the son of Shirley Gabrielle Clarkson, a teacher, Edward Grenville Clarkson, a travelling salesman, his parents, who ran a business selling tea cosies, put their son's name down in advance for private schools, with no idea how they were going to pay the fees. However, shortly before his admission, when he was 13, his parents made two Paddington Bear stuffed toys for each of their children; these proved so popular. Because they were manufacturing and selling the bears without regard to intellectual property rights, upon his becoming aware of the bears Michael Bond took action through his solicitors.
Edward Clarkson duly traveled down to London to meet Bond's lawyer. By coincidence, he met Bond in the lift, the two struck up an immediate rapport. Bond awarded the Clarksons the licensing of the bear rights throughout the world, with the family selling to Britain's leading toystore, Hamleys; the income from this success enabled the Clarksons to be able to pay the fees for Jeremy to attend Hill House School and Repton School. Clarkson has stated he was unhappy at Repton School, saying that he had been a "suicidal wreck" there, having experienced extreme bullying, which he alleged included: being thrown into a cold plunge pool, night time beatings, being forced to lick the lavatories clean, routine damage to his property, defecation in his tuck box, the cutting up of his clothing. According to his own account, he was expelled from Repton School for "drinking and making a nuisance of himself." Clarkson attended Repton alongside Formula One engineer Adrian Newey and former Top Gear Executive Producer Andy Wilman.
Clarkson played the role of a public schoolboy, Atkinson, in a BBC radio Children's Hour serial adaptation of Anthony Buckeridge's Jennings novels until his voice broke. Clarkson's first job was as a travelling salesman for his parents' business, selling Paddington Bear toys, he trained as a journalist with the Rotherham Advertiser, before writing for the Rochdale Observer, Wolverhampton Express and Star, Lincolnshire Life, Shropshire Star and the Associated Kent Newspapers. When writing in 2015 in his final column for Top Gear magazine, he credited the Shropshire Star as his first outlet as a motoring columnist: "I started small, on the Shropshire Star with little Peugeots and Fiats and worked my way up to Ford Granadas and Rovers until, after about seven years, I was allowed to drive an Aston Martin Lagonda... It was 10 years before I drove my first Lamborghini."In 1984, Clarkson formed the Motoring Press Agency, in which, with fellow motoring journalist Jonathan Gill, he conducted road tests for local newspapers and automotive magazines.
This developed into articles for publications such as Performance Car. He has written for Top Gear magazine since its launch in 1993. In 1987, Clarkson made articles about Amstrad CPC game reviews. Clarkson writes regular columns in the tabloid newspaper The Sun, for the broadsheet newspaper The Sunday Times, his columns in the Times are republished in The Weekend Australian newspaper. He writes for the "Wheels" section of the Toronto Star. Clarkson has written humorous books about several other subjects. Many of his books are collections of articles. Clarkson's first major television role came as one of the presenters on the British motoring programme Top Gear, from 27 October 1988 to 3 February 2000, in the programme's earlier format. Jon Bentley, a researcher at Top Gear, helped launch his television career. Bentley shortly afterwards became the show's producer, said about hiring Clarkson: "He was just what I was looking for - an enthusiastic motoring writer who could make cars on telly fun, he was irreverent, rather than respectfully po-faced.
The fact that he looked and sounded like a twenty-something ex-public schoolboy didn't matter. Nor did the impression there was a hint of school bully about him. I knew he was th
Sir David Frederick Attenborough is an English broadcaster and natural historian. He is best known for writing and presenting, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, the nine natural history documentary series forming the Life collection that together constitute a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on Earth, he is a former senior manager at the BBC, having served as controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s. He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in each of black and white, colour, HD, 3D and 4K. Attenborough is considered a national treasure in Britain, although he himself does not like the term. In 2002 he was named among the 100 Greatest Britons following a UK-wide poll for the BBC, he is the younger brother of the director and actor Richard Attenborough, older brother of the motor executive John Attenborough. Attenborough was born in Isleworth, but grew up in College House on the campus of the University College, where his father, was principal.
He is the middle of three long-lived sons. During the Second World War, through a British volunteer network known as the Refugee Children's Movement, his parents fostered two Jewish refugee girls from Europe. Attenborough spent his childhood collecting fossils and natural specimens, he received encouragement in this pursuit aged seven, when a young Jacquetta Hawkes admired his "museum". He spent much time in the grounds of the university, aged 11, he heard that the zoology department needed a large supply of newts, which he offered through his father to supply for 3d each; the source, which he did not reveal at the time, was a pond less than five metres from the department. A few years one of his adoptive sisters gave him a piece of amber containing prehistoric creatures. In 1936, Attenborough and his brother Richard attended a lecture by Grey Owl at De Montfort Hall and were influenced by his advocacy of conservation. According to Richard, David was "bowled over by the man's determination to save the beaver, by his profound knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Canadian wilderness and by his warnings of ecological disaster should the delicate balance between them be destroyed.
The idea that mankind was endangering nature by recklessly despoiling and plundering its riches was unheard of at the time, but it is one that has remained part of Dave's own credo to this day." In 1999, Richard directed a biopic of Belaney entitled Grey Owl. Attenborough was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys in Leicester and won a scholarship to Clare College, Cambridge in 1945, where he studied geology and zoology and obtained a degree in natural sciences. In 1947, he was called up for national service in the Royal Navy and spent two years stationed in North Wales and the Firth of Forth. In 1950, Attenborough married Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel; the couple had two children and Susan. Robert is a senior lecturer in bioanthropology for the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University in Canberra. Susan is a former primary school headmistress. After leaving the Navy, Attenborough took a position editing children's science textbooks for a publishing company.
He soon became disillusioned with the work and in 1950 applied for a job as a radio talk producer with the BBC. Although he was rejected for this job, his CV attracted the interest of Mary Adams, head of the Talks department of the BBC's fledgling television service. Attenborough, like most Britons at that time, did not own a television, he had seen only one programme in his life. However, he accepted Adams' offer of a three-month training course, in 1952 he joined the BBC full-time. Discouraged from appearing on camera because Adams thought his teeth were too big, he became a producer for the Talks department, which handled all non-fiction broadcasts, his early projects included the quiz show Animal, Mineral? and Song Hunter, a series about folk music presented by Alan Lomax. Attenborough's association with natural history programmes began when he produced and presented the three-part series Animal Patterns; the studio-bound programme featured animals from London Zoo, with the naturalist Julian Huxley discussing their use of camouflage and courtship displays.
Through this programme, Attenborough met Jack Lester, the curator of the zoo's reptile house, they decided to make a series about an animal-collecting expedition. The result was Zoo Quest, first broadcast in 1954, where Attenborough became the presenter at short notice due to Lester being taken ill. In 1957, the BBC Natural History Unit was formally established in Bristol. Attenborough was asked to join it, but declined, not wishing to move from London where he and his young family were settled. Instead, he formed his own department, the Travel and Exploration Unit, which allowed him to continue to front Zoo Quest as well as produce other documentaries, notably the Travellers' Tales and Adventure series. In the early 1960s, Attenborough resigned from the permanent staff of the BBC to study for a postgraduate degree in social anthropology at the London School of Economics, interweaving his study with further filming. However, he accepted an invitation to return to the BBC as controller of BBC Two before he could finish the degree.
Attenborough became the controller of BBC Two in March 1965, but had a clause
Simon Phillip Cowell is an English television music and talent competition judge, businessman, A&R executive, talent manager, television producer. He has judged on the British TV talent competition series Pop Idol, The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, the American TV talent competition shows American Idol, The X Factor and America's Got Talent. Cowell is the principal and chief executive of the British entertainment company Syco. Cowell makes blunt and controversial comments as a television show judge, including insults and wisecracks about contestants and their singing abilities, he combines activities in music industries. Cowell has produced and promoted singles and albums for various singers whom he has taken under his wing, he is popularly known for signing successful boybands such as Westlife, One Direction and CNCO. In 2004 and 2010, Time named Cowell one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2008, The Daily Telegraph ranked him sixth in their list of the "100 most powerful people in British culture".
Simon Phillip Cowell was born on 7 October 1959 in Lambeth and raised in Elstree, Hertfordshire. His mother, Julie Brett, was a ballet dancer and socialite, his father, Eric Selig Phillip Cowell, was an estate agent, property developer, music industry executive. Cowell's paternal grandmother was a Polish immigrant, his father was from a Jewish family, though he did not discuss his background with his children, his mother was from a Christian background. He has Nicholas Cowell. Cowell attended Radlett Preparatory School and the independent Dover College, as did his brother, but left after taking GCE O levels, he passed English Language and Literature, attended Windsor Technical College, where he gained another GCE in Sociology. Cowell took a few menial jobs—including, according to his brother Tony, working as a runner on Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror film The Shining—but did not get along well with colleagues and bosses, until his father, an executive at EMI Music Publishing, managed to get him a job in the mail room.
However, after failing to get a promotion, he left to try out other jobs before returning to EMI. In the early 1980s, he left EMI to form E&S Music with his former boss at EMI, but quit in 1983, he formed Fanfare Records with Iain Burton selling exercise videos, music from acts such as the Italian orchestra Rondò Veneziano. He had his first hit song in 1986 with "So Macho" by Sinitta; some of Cowell's early success came through Stock Aitken Waterman, who produced a number of hits in the 1980s. However, in 1989, the company went under and he nearly became bankrupt, he found a job with BMG as an A&R consultant, set up S Records under BMG. He restarted his career in the music business by creating novelty records with acts such as the puppets Zig and Zag, Power Rangers, World Wrestling Federation. In 1995, through his persistence, he persuaded two actors, Robson Green and Jerome Flynn from the UK television drama series Soldier Soldier, to sign with him and record the song "Unchained Melody", which they had performed on the show.
The recording by the duo, now named Robson & Jerome reached number 1 in the UK, staying at the top of the chart for seven weeks. It became the best selling single of 1995, their self-titled album released in the year became the best-selling album of 1995, they released a further album and 2 more singles before disbanding, sold 7 million albums and 5 million singles in total. According to Cowell, they made him his first million. Acts he signed included Five and Teletubbies. Westlife are an Irish boy band that formed in Dublin in July 1998, they have sold over 50 million records worldwide, a total that includes studio albums, video releases, compilation albums. The group have had 14 number-one singles in the United Kingdom, they have had a total of 26 UK top ten singles over their fourteen-year career. In 2001, Cowell was given the role of judge on the first series of Pop Idol, a show that he and the show creator Simon Fuller pitched to ITV Controller of Entertainment Claudia Rosencrantz. Cowell's S Records signed the top two finishers of the first season of Pop Idol, Will Young and Gareth Gates, both of whom went on to have No 1 UK hits, which were the top 2 best-selling singles of 2002 and the decade of 2000s.
He became a judge on the first season of American Idol in 2002. With his notoriously critical reputation, Cowell has been likened to TV personalities such as Judith Sheindlin, Anne Robinson of her show. Cowell's prominence grew, fed by his signature phrase, "I don't mean to be rude, but..." followed by an unsparingly blunt appraisal of the contestant's talents, personality, or physical appearance. A lot of these one-liners were the product of coaching that Cowell received from noted publicist Max Clifford. Cowell appeared on the one-off World Idol programme in 2003, where it became clear that each country's version of the Idol had attempted to come up with its own "Simon Cowell" type personality. In 2003, Cowell placed No 33 on Channel 4's list of the all-time 100 Worst Britons. Cowell formed a new company Syco, divided into three units: Syco Music, Syco TV and Syco Film. Cowell returned to music with his latest brainchild signed to Syco, the internationally successful operatic pop group Il Divo, consisting of three opera singers and one pop singer of four different nationalities.
Inspired by the success of Il Divo, Simon created a child version
Jonathan Stephen Ross is an English television and radio presenter, film critic and comedian best known for presenting the BBC One chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross during the 2000s. Ross hosted his own radio show on BBC Radio 2, acted as a film critic and presenter of the Film programme. After leaving the BBC, Ross began hosting a new chat show on ITV, The Jonathan Ross Show. Other regular roles have included being a regular panellist on the comedy sports quiz They Think It's All Over and being a regular presenter of the British Comedy Awards. Ross began his television career as a programme researcher, before débuting as a television presenter for The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross on Channel 4 in 1987. Over the next decade he had several radio and television roles, many through his own production company, Channel X. In 1995 he sold his stake in Channel X, embarked on a career with the BBC. In 1999, Ross took over presenting the Film programme from Barry Norman, began presenting his own radio show, while two years he began hosting Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.
For the chat show, Ross won three BAFTA awards for Best Entertainment Performance, in 2004, 2006 and 2007. By 2006 Ross was believed to be the BBC's highest paid star. In 2005, Ross was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to broadcasting. Ross has been involved in controversies throughout his broadcasting career; as a result, in 2008 he wrote a semi-autobiographical work titled Why Do I Say These Things?, detailing some of his life experiences. Ross has been married to the author and broadcaster Jane Goldman since 1988. Ross and Goldman have together established the television production company Hotsauce TV. Ross is known as an avid fan and collector of comic books and memorabilia, has written his own comic books and America's Got Powers. Ross is known for his distinctive voice, flamboyant style of dress, light-hearted banter and his characteristic difficulty in pronouncing the letter'R'; the son of a lorry driver father and an actress mother, Ross was born in St Pancras, England, on 17 November 1960, but grew up in Leytonstone.
He is the brother of journalist, television editor, media personality Paul Ross. Their mother put all of her children forward for roles in television advertisements. Ross first appeared in a television advertisement for the breakfast cereal Kellogg's Rice Krispies in 1970, when he was 10 years old, he appeared in an ad for the laundry detergent Persil. Ross was educated at Norlington School for Boys, a comprehensive school and at Leyton County High School for Boys, a comprehensive school, he studied Modern European History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London, which today forms part of University College London. Ross began his adult career as a researcher on the Channel 4 show Loose Talk. After leaving this, he worked on various other shows before beginning another research job on Soul Train, which became Solid Soul, it is believed his first appearance on television was as an extra in the 1981 It Ain't Half Hot, Mum episode, The Last Roll Call. Whilst on Solid Soul, he met fellow researcher Alan Marke, the two devised what would prove to be a breakthrough hit for Ross in 1987, The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross.
The two men based their concept on the successful American show Late Night with David Letterman, formed a new production company called Channel X, to produce a pilot. Ross had not planned to be the show's host, but he presented the show from its debut in January 1987. While the series was a co-production with Colin Callender, ownership transferred to Marke and Ross, meaning that the latter retained a great deal of control as well as being presenter; the show was successful for both Ross and for Channel 4, making him one of the major personalities on the channel. A year his documentary series The Incredibly Strange Film Show introduced many to the works of cult filmmakers like Sam Raimi and Jackie Chan. In 1990 and 1991, his television documentary series Jonathan Ross Presents for One Week Only profiled and interviewed directors including Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Lynch, Aki Kaurismaki and in 2014, the Spanish filmmaker, Pedro Almodovar. In 1989, he co-presented the biennial BBC charity telethon Comic Relief, the same year he launched One Hour with Jonathan Ross a short lived chat show on Channel 4.
Its game show segment, "Knock down ginger", introduced comedians such as Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson to television. In December 1989, Ross appeared on Cilla's Goodbye to the 80s and presented all four members of Queen with the "Top Band of the Eighties" prize in a broadcast for ITV which would turn out to be Freddie Mercury's penultimate public appearance before his death from AIDS in 1991. Ross presented the annual British Comedy Awards each year from 1991 to 2014 with the exception of 2008 following his suspension from the BBC. In 1992 he presented an interview with Madonna about her Erotica Sex Book promotion. Ross has appeared in numerous television entertainment programmes on several channels throughout the 1990s and 2000s, he was a regular panellist on the sports quiz They Think It's All Over, hosted the panel game It's Only TV... But I Like It. Other projects include the BBC joke-quiz Gagtag, the Channel 4 variety show Saturday Zoo, new-acts showcase The Big Big Talent Show, the ITV programme Fantastic Facts.
In 1995, he left Channel X, despite its profitable nature. He was quoted in a 1998 article as stating: It was to do with a deliberate change in my life, moving away from TV as the core of my existence to focus on my family more. So I had to give up everything to do with Channel X, I got onl
Wembley Conference Centre
Wembley Conference Centre was a conference centre in Wembley Park, London, England. In the 1970s, modern multi-purpose halls began opening in British towns and cities; the first was Wembley Conference Centre on Empire Way in Wembley Park, designed for the British Electric Traction Company by R. Seifert and Partners. Construction began in May 1973 and it was opened by the Duke of Kent on 31 January 1977, its main auditorium could seat 2,500 people. The Conference Centre was part of a larger development. Next to it were the 722m² Greenwich Rooms and Elvin House, a futuristic triangular office block, as well as the Wembley Exhibition Centre. Like the Conference Centre, the Exhibition Centre was part of a national trend for such venues; the addition of the Conference Centre and exhibition hall to the list of visitor attractions at Wembley Park led to Wembley Hill station being renamed Wembley Complex in May 1978. It would retain this name until May 1987. In preparation for a major redevelopment of both Wembley Stadium and the area surrounding it, the conference centre building was demolished in September 2006.
An early event was the January 1977 Model Engineer Exhibition, held at the Seymour Hall in Marylebone. On 7 May 1977 the Centre was the venue for the Eurovision Song Contest, where the United Kingdom came second. On 18 October 1977 it hosted the first Brit Awards ceremony; the Centre was used for numerous conferences, trade events, corporate hospitality, annual general meetings, university graduation ceremonies, indoor sport and popular music. However, a classical music concert by the National Youth Orchestra suggested the Centre's acoustics were at best mediocre, in addition to which it was hard for classical music to attract large enough audiences to fill the Grand Hall. In terms of sport, the Conference Centre is best remembered as being the venue for the Benson & Hedges Masters snooker tournament from 1979 to 2006. Other sports held there included boxing, body building and darts. On 30 August 1995, the Centre hosted the first National Television Awards presented by Eamonn Holmes. On 7 November 1999, it hosted the darts match between the reigning PDC World Champion Phil Taylor and the reigning BDO World Champion Raymond van Barneveld, with a 60-minute clock ticking down to zero and with a short break around the half-way stage.
The match was broadcast on ITV. Taylor won the match 21–10 in legs, it hosted. 21 October 2000, he defeated fellow Briton Jon Thaxton by unanimous decision, In 26 March 2001, he defeated Canadian Tony Pep with a fourth round TKO two and a half minutes in and on 15 December 2001, he defeated Australian Justin Rowsell with a second-round TKO with thirty six seconds to go. During Live Aid the Conference Centre and exhibition halls were used to provide dressing rooms for the performers. Between 10 July 2004 and 22 April 2006, it hosted ten Cage Rage mixed martial arts events. In 1979 the Conference Centre was considered sufficiently futuristic to stand in for a conference centre on the colonised planet Atlay in the BBC science fiction series Blake's 7, in an episode called'Voice from the Past'; the entrance to the conference centre was used in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. The climax of The Professionals episode The Madness of Mickey Hamilton takes place inside the conference centre. Official Wembley City site
David Edward Walliams is an English actor, comedian and television personality. He is best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the BBC One sketch comedy shows Little Britain and Come Fly With Me. Since 2012, he has been a judge on the ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent, he is a writer of children's books, having sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. Walliams grew up in Surrey, he was educated at Reigate Grammar School in Reigate, before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Bristol. He began performing with the National Youth Theatre in the 1990s, where he met his comedy partner Matt Lucas. From 2003 to 2005, Walliams co-wrote and co-starred in three series of the BBC sketch show Little Britain alongside Lucas; the programme first aired on BBC Three before moving to the more mainstream BBC One, being deemed a critical success and hit with viewing figures. Since 2012 Walliams has been a judge on the ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent alongside Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Simon Cowell.
In 2015, 2018, 2019, he was recognised at the National Television Awards as Best Judge for his involvement in the series. Walliams wrote and starred in two series of the BBC One sitcom Big School, playing the role of chemistry teacher Keith Church. In 2015, he starred as Tommy Beresford in the BBC series Partners in Crime based on the Tommy and Tuppence novels by Agatha Christie, his other acting credits include scenes in the Stephen Poliakoff film Capturing Mary in 2007. Walliams' began writing children's novels in 2008 after securing a contract with the publisher HarperCollins, his books have been translated into 53 languages, he has been described as "the fastest growing children's author in the UK", with a literary style compared to that of Roald Dahl. Seven of his books have been adapted into television films. Walliams was awarded an OBE, for his services to charity and the arts, in 2017, his charity work includes swimming the English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar and River Thames, raising millions of pounds for the BBC charity Sport Relief.
Walliams was born at St Teresa's Maternity Hospital in Wimbledon, in the London Borough of Merton, in 1971. He is the son of Peter Williams, a London Transport engineer, Kathleen Williams, a laboratory technician who worked at Sutton Grammar School. Walliams grew up in Banstead, Surrey in the residential area of Nork, with his mother and sister Julie, he was educated at Collingwood Boys' School in Wallington, Reigate Grammar School in Surrey, where he was a contemporary of writer Robert Shearman. From 1989 to 1992, he studied at the University of Bristol, where he resided at Manor Hall and graduated with Bachelor of Arts. During university holidays in 1990, Walliams performed with the National Youth Theatre, where he met future comedy partner and friend Matt Lucas, he changed his stage name to David Walliams when he joined college Equity, as there was a member named David Williams. Walliams performed in the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio play Phantasmagoria, written by Mark Gatiss in 1999.
In 2005, Simon Pegg, Lucy Davis and Lauren Laverne starred in the video for Charlotte Hatherley's single "Bastardo". In the year, Walliams presented a documentary on James Bond, entitled David Walliams: My Life with James Bond. In 2007, he returned to non-comedy television, garnering positive reviews for his portrayal of a suave and dangerous manipulator in Stephen Poliakoff's Capturing Mary. Walliams portrayed comedian Frankie Howerd in the BBC Four television film Rather You Than Me. In 2010, Walliams appeared with Steve Carell in the comedy Dinner for Schmucks. Walliams played the strange mole-like alien Gibbis in the sixth series of Doctor Who, in the episode "The God Complex", broadcast on BBC One in 2011. In April 2012 Walliams appeared in an episode of ITV's Perspectives programme entitled "David Walliams: The Genius of Dahl". In 2012, he narrated Are You Having a Laugh? TV and Disability on BBC Two, the ITV2 series Top Dog Model. In 2013, Walliams appeared in two episodes of the comedy series Blandings as Rupert Baxter, an efficiency expert hired to serve as Lord Emsworth's secretary.
That year, in 2014, Walliams starred as chemistry teacher Keith Church in the BBC One sitcom Big School, which he created and co-wrote. The series starred Catherine Tate, Frances de la Tour and Philip Glenister. In June 2015, it was announced. In March 2014 Walliams narrated a short video for the charity, Electrical Safety First, featuring the character Charley from the Charley Says educational films of the 1970s. For Comic Relief 2015, Walliams appeared as Lou Todd and Stephen Hawking in the Andy Pipkin role along with Catherine Tate as a nun. In 2015, coinciding with the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth, Walliams played the role of Tommy Beresford in Partners in Crime, a six-part BBC series. In September 2015, Walliams began filming for his BBC sketch show Walliams & Friend, which starred Joanna Lumley and Morgana Robinson and premiered on Christmas Eve in 2015; the show returned for a full series in November 2016, a second series has been announced. Walliams hosted the final comedy show Thrills and Spills in December 2016.
The final was held in Kentucky. In December 2016, Walliams presented the Royal Variety Performance and a Christmas special episode of Blankety Blank, both shows for ITV. In 2017, Walliams guest presented five episodes of The Nightly Show for ITV. Walliams and Matt Lucas first met at the National Youth Theatre. At their first meeting, Lucas did an impression of Jimmy Savile and Walliams an impression of Frankie Howe