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Eliza Rosanna Gilbert, Countess of Landsfeld (17 February 1821 – 17 January 1861), better known by the stage name Lola Montez, was an Irish dancer and actress who became famous as a "Spanish dancer", courtesan and mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, who made her Countess of Landsfeld. She used her influence to institute liberal reforms. At the start of the Revolutions of 1848 in the German states, she was forced to flee. She proceeded to the United States via Switzerland, France and London, returning to her work as an entertainer and lecturer. For a time she visited Australia.
In his 1996 biography of Lola Montez, author Bruce Seymour revealed that Eliza(beth) Oliver (Lola's mother) was the daughter of Charles Silver Oliver, a former High Sheriff of Cork and member of Parliament for Kilmallock in County Limerick; his residence was Castle Oliver. Eliza Oliver was his youngest child. In December 1818, Ensign Edward Gilbert arrived with his regiment, the 25th Regiment and met Eliza Oliver; they were married on 29 April 1820. Little Eliza was born the following February, which refutes persistent rumors that her mother was pregnant with her at the time of the wedding. At the time of
Shakira Caine (born Shakira Baksh on 23 February 1947, also known as Shakira and Lady Micklewhite), is a Guyanese-British former fashion model and actress of Indian descent.
She was born in Guyana to a Muslim family of Indian origin. Her mother was a dressmaker, and she aspired to follow in her footsteps and become a fashion designer. While working as a secretary her boss urged her to enter the Miss Guyana contest, where she won the Miss Guyana title. She ended up in third place in the 1967 Miss World contest in London at the age of 19; from there she would launch a career in modelling.
Shakira Baksh married British actor Michael Caine in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on 8 January 1973. and appeared with him in John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King. They have one daughter, Natasha. She met her husband after he became obsessed with finding "the most beautiful woman he had ever seen" after seeing her in a commercial for Maxwell House coffee. He was planning on going to Brazil to track her down but it turned out that she was living in London, England. A friend gave him her phone number. They live at their home in Downs Lane, Leatherhead, Surrey.
She is good friends with Dorrit Moussaieff,
Billie Paul Piper (born Lianne Piper, 22 September 1982, in Swindon, Wiltshire) is an English singer and actress. She began her career in the late 1990s as a pop singer and then switched to acting. She started in acting and dancing and was talent spotted at the Sylvia Young stage school by Smash Hits magazine who wanted a "face" for their magazine. A recording contract was the route given to her. She later decided to retire from singing and refocus on her original ambition, acting.
Her most famous role is as Rose Tyler, companion to the Doctor, in the television series Doctor Who from 2005 to 2006, a role she reprised in 2008 and 2010. In 2007, Broadcast magazine listed Piper at no. 6 in its "Hot 100" list of influential on-screen performers, the top woman on the list. From 2007 until 2011, she starred as the high-flying escort Belle de Jour in the TV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
When she was selected to appear on the Saturday morning children's television show Scratchy & Co. Piper later landed a role in a television commercial promoting the pop magazine Smash Hits. Piper was offered a record deal at the age of 15, and in 1998 became the youngest artist ever to debut at
Louise Redknapp (née Nurding) (born 4 November 1974, in Lewisham, London) is an English singer and media personality. She was a member of Eternal, a girl group prominent in the 1990s, before becoming a solo singer (known simply as "Louise"). She has presented several television shows and served as a judge on the UK version of So You Think You Can Dance. She is married to the English football player and television pundit Jamie Redknapp. She won the British Designer Of The Year award in 2005.
Redknapp was born in Lewisham, London. Her father was a builder, and her mother worked at Gatwick Airport. Louise and her two younger brothers grew up in Eltham, London, and Oxted, Surrey.
At the age of 11, Louise joined the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, where she met her future Eternal bandmate Kéllé Bryan on her first day.
While out clubbing at the age of 16, Louise met music producer Denis Ingoldsby, who was forming an all-girl group. She subsequently introduced Denis to Kéllé Bryan. Kéllé and Louise, together with sisters Easther and Vernie Bennett, formed the band Eternal in 1992. They performed a mixture of heavy R, soul, pop and dance. Eternal's debut single "Stay"
Adelaide Louise Hall (20 October 1901 – 7 November 1993) was an American - born U.K. - based jazz singer and entertainer.
Adelaide was born in Brooklyn, New York to Elizabeth and Arthur William Hall and was taught to sing by her father. She began her stage career on Broadway in 1921 in the chorus line of the Broadway musical "Shuffle Along" and went on to appear in a number of similar black musical shows including "Runnin' Wild" on Broadway in 1923, "Chocolate Kiddies" in 1925 (European tour) that included songs written by Duke Ellington, "My Magnolia" on Broadway in 1926, "Tan Town Topics" with songs written by Fats Waller and in "Desires of 1927" American tour in 1927.
In 1924, Adelaide married a British sailor, Bertram Errol Hicks. Soon after their marriage he opened a short-lived club in Harlem, New York called 'The Big Apple' and became Adelaide's official business manager.
In October, 1927, Adelaide recorded her wordless vocals on "Creole Love Call", "The Blues I Love To Sing" and "Chicago Stomp Down" with Duke Ellington and his Orchestra. The recordings were worldwide hits and catapulted both Adelaide's and Ellington's careers into the mainstream. On January 7, 1933,
Hannah Louise Spearritt (born 1 April 1981; Great Yarmouth, Norfolk) is an English actress and singer. She was previously a member of the pop group S Club 7. She is also known for playing the role of Abby Maitland in the British drama Primeval.
Spearritt was born in Great Yarmouth to Michael and Jenny Spearritt. She is the youngest of three children. Her sister is former model and fashion designer Tanya Spearritt. Her uncle, Eddie Spearritt, from Lowestoft was a professional football player who played for Ipswich Town in the 1960s.
Spearritt and co-star Andrew-Lee Potts met when both were cast as lead characters on the ITV series Primeval and in February 2006 they started dating. In December 2008 they became engaged.
At the age of 3, Spearritt modelled in a Mothercare catalogue. When she was 12, she landed a part in the Lowestoft Players amateur dramatics society's production of Annie. Thereafter she successfully auditioned for the National Youth Music Theatre, and became part of the company. While with the NYMT she met future S Club member and boyfriend Paul Cattermole, as well as her friend and future flatmate, actress Sheridan Smith. She appeared in the NYMT's productions
Bryony Lavery (born 1947) is a British dramatist, known for her successful and award-winning 1998 play Frozen. In addition to her work in theatre, she has also written for television and radio. She has written books including the biography Tallulah Bankhead and The Woman Writer's Handbook, and taught playwriting at Birmingham University.
Having begun her career as an actress, she decided that she was fed up with playing poor parts in plays, such as the left arm of a sofa, and decided to write plays with better parts for women. Early in her career she founded a theatre company called Les Oeufs Malades with actor Gerard Bell, she also founded Female Trouble, More Female Trouble and served as artistic director of Gay Sweatshop.
Her plays have a feminist undertone in them and she has even written plays (like More Light which has only one male speaking role) with almost entirely female casts. She has written more than twenty plays since 1976.
In addition to her original plays and adaptations, she has authored translations of foreign works such as her 2007 version of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.
She has written five plays for the National Theatre Connections series.
Frozen (play) triggered a
Cheryl Ann Cole (née Tweedy; born 30 June 1983), also known professionally as Cheryl, is an English pop and R recording artist, songwriter, dancer and model. She rose to fame in late 2002 when she auditioned for the reality television show Popstars: The Rivals on ITV. The programme announced that Cole had won a place as a member of the girl group, Girls Aloud. Cole has been part of the group's twenty consecutive top-ten singles (including four number one singles) in the UK and five platinum albums (two of which went to number one) and earned five BRIT Award nominations from 2005 to 2010. In 2009, Girls Aloud won "Best Single" with their song "The Promise". In 2009, Girls Aloud announced their musical hiatus and Cole went on to release two solo albums, which both went to number one in the UK: 3 Words (2009) and Messy Little Raindrops (2010). She achieved a number of hits, including two number one singles: "Fight for This Love" and "Promise This". Cole is set to release her third solo album A Million Lights on 18 June 2012, with lead single "Call My Name" being released on 10 June 2012.
Cole has become a recognised and photographed style icon; referred to as a fashionista by the
Marlain Angelidou sometimes spelt Marlen Angelidou (Greek: Μαρλέν Αγγελίδου, born Marlen Angelidi Μαρλέν Αγγελίδη, in Athens, Greece), is a Greek singer and actress. She is best known for being former member of Greece's first ever manufactered girl band, Hi-5, as well as representing Cyprus in 1999's Eurovision Song Contest with Tha 'Ne Erotas. Life experience, rejection and passion fuel Marlain's new rebranded material, starting with the CD single ‘Being Blonde Today’ which was released in January 2011. It brings a ballsy approach to contemporary rock, driven by an extreme hunger to perform. 'Bedroom Rock' (live) is the new engine for a well seasoned performer to re-introduce herself to existing and win over new fans.
Angelidou, her mother, and siblings all have triple nationality (Greek, Cypriot, and British).
Marlain Angelidou was born in Athens, Greece, to a Cypriot-born father of mainland Greek origin and a mother of half Scottish and half Greek Cypriot descent. Due to her father's job position in a multinational company, Marlain Angelidou spent most of her childhood around the world: she emigrated to Venezuela aged 5, learning fluent Spanish (which she has since forgotten),
Lorraine McIntosh (born 13 May 1964, Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland) is a singer best known as a vocalist with Scottish band Deacon Blue. She has also achieved success as an actress, starring in River City and appearing in Taggart among her most notable roles in television.
Their name was taken from the title of the Steely Dan song "Deacon Blues". The band consists of vocalist Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh, keyboard player James Prime and drummer Dougie Vipond.
The band released their debut album Raintown on 1 May 1987 in the United Kingdom. It was released in the United States in February 1988. The album, widely praised as Deacon Blue's finest work, has the overtones of a concept album relating to the struggles of getting by in life in the inner city of urban life - the city being unmistakably Glasgow, referenced by the roots of the band and by the famous images on the cover of the album, the view of a rainy day over Glasgow's West End (with the Finnieston Crane featuring prominently) and, on the rear, a long-exposure capture of the Kingston Bridge blasting through the city centre at night. Their second studio album, When The World Knows Your Name (1989), topped the UK Album
Dana Gillespie (born Richenda Antoinette de Winterstein Gillespie, 30 March 1949, Woking, Surrey) is an English actress and singer.
Gillespie was born to the Baron De Winterstein Gillespie, an Austrian radiologist, and his wife. She grew up in England and her family's villa in Maccagno, a village on Lake Maggiore, Italy. She was the British Junior Water Skiing Champion for four years, until an injury forced her retirement.
She recorded initially in the folk genre in the mid-1960s, touring with Mac MacLeod at one point, although she was more known at this time for being the girlfriend of Donovan. Some of her recordings as a teenager fell into the teen pop category, such as the 1966 single "Thank You Boy", produced by Jimmy Page. Her acting career got under way shortly afterwards, and it overshadowed her musical career in the late 1960s and 1970s. After performing backing vocals on the track "It Ain't Easy" from David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, she recorded an album produced by Bowie and Mick Ronson in 1973, Weren't Born a Man. Subsequent efforts have been in the blues genre, appearing with her London Blues Band. She is notable for being the original Mary
Naomi Ellen Watts (born 28 September 1968) is a British actress who began her career in Australian television, where she appeared in series such as Hey Dad..! (1990), Brides of Christ (1991), E Street (1991) and Home and Away (1991). Her film debut was the 1986 drama For Love Alone. Her following portrayals included roles in B-class movies, such as the 1996 horror film Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering, as well as roles in television and independent films.
Watts gained critical acclaim following her work in David Lynch's 2001 psychological thriller Mulholland Drive, starring alongside Justin Theroux and Laura Harring. The next year, she received public recognition for her participation in the box office hit horror film The Ring. In 2004, she received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress as well as for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Cristina Peck in Alejandro González Iñárritu's 2003 drama 21 Grams, alongside Sean Penn. Other film roles include the 2005 remake of King Kong, the 2006 remake of The Painted Veil, the 2007 thriller Eastern Promises, and the 2009 thriller The
Cilla Black OBE (born Priscilla Maria Veronica White, 27 May 1943) is an English singer, actress, entertainer and media personality, who has been consistently popular as a light entertainment figure since 1963. She is most famous for her singles "Anyone Who Had A Heart", "You're My World", and "Alfie". After a successful recording career and a brief time as a comedy actress, she became the highest-paid female presenter in British television history. In May 2010, new research published by BBC Radio 2 claimed that Cilla Black's version of Anyone Who Had a Heart was the UK's biggest selling single by a female artist in the 1960s.. In 2013, Cilla Black celebrates 50 years in show business, as a prelude to this landmark anniversary EMI (the record label which launched her career in 1963) release on 23 April 2012 Completely Cilla: 1963-1973 - a 5CD set containing 139 recordings (all produced by George Martin) and a bonus DVD of rare BBC TV music performances .
Priscilla White was born in the Scotland Road area of Liverpool, England, during World War II, to a Protestant father and a Catholic mother.. Determined to become an entertainer, she got a part-time job as a cloakroom attendant at
Sharleen Spiteri (born 7 November 1967) is a Scottish recording artist and songwriter, best known as being the lead singer of Scottish rock/blues band Texas, and often denoted as the Queen of Britpop. Texas began their career in 1986, and shot to fame in 1989 with their UK Top Ten single with her brother in law as lead guitarist, "I Don't Want a Lover" released from Southside (1989). Until 2003, Texas's worldwide album sales were counted at 20 million.
Her debut solo album Melody was released in 2008, and her second solo album The Movie Songbook was released in March 2010.
Spiteri was born in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire to father Eddie, a guitar-playing merchant seaman and mother Vilma, a singer. Spiteri is of French, Irish, Italian and Maltese descent. When she was young the family moved from the Glaswegian suburbs to nearby Balloch, close to the banks of Loch Lomond. At school (Vale of Leven Academy) her nickname was ‘Spit the Dog’, after the character on the TV show Tiswas. Sharleen was a hairdresser in Muirhead, North Lanarkshire until she hit fame.
Spiteri's musical influences include The Clash (the main reason she plays a black Fender Telecaster) and Blondie to Marvin Gaye
"Camilla" or Camilla Marie (born Camilla Marie Beeput on 9 September 1984) is an English singer and actress. Born in Westminster and raised in Brent, both in North London, Camilla became known for participating in the first season of the BBC reality television series Fame Academy in 2002, before ultimately being eliminated. After Fame Academy, she went on to star as Maria in a production of the musical West Side Story at Leicester Haymarket Theatre, Money to Burn at London's The Venue, before starting work as a recording artist and writing and recording "Don't Hold Back", which features rapper Erick Sermon of the group EPMD, which was released on 28 August 2006. She appeared in the ITV1 series Footballers' Wives in a guest role as the girlfriend of closet gay footballer Noah Alexander. Camilla then landed the role of Rose in the London West End production of Daddy Cool, a musical based on the music of Boney M., at the Shaftesbury Theatre and European tour. Following Daddy Cool, Camilla appeared as Crystal Gordon in Bad Girls: The Musical from previews in August 2007 to the show's closure in November 2007. She appeared as Aimee in the Channel 4 comedy series Plus One in 2008 and
Samantha "Sam" Taylor-Wood OBE (born 4 March 1967), born Samantha Taylor, is an English filmmaker, photographer, and visual artist. Her directorial feature film debut came in 2009 with Nowhere Boy, a film based on the childhood experiences of The Beatles songwriter and singer John Lennon. She is one of a group of artists known as the Young British Artists. She is in a relationship with British actor Aaron Johnson.
Taylor-Wood was born in Croydon, England. The daughter of David and Geraldine, she has one younger sister Ashley and they grew up near Streatham Common in south London. Writing in The Telegraph, journalist Anna van Praag said Taylor-Wood was born "to a yoga-teacher and astrologist mother, Taylor-Wood's biker father left when she was nine. It prompted her mother to enroll the family in a commune in Sussex, where they wore orange robes and took Sanskrit names, all of which Taylor-Wood hated." Taylor-Wood's mother remarried, this time to a fellow yoga teacher, just prior to moving the family to East Sussex.Taylor-Wood later told Miranda Sawyer: "It was horrible, I hated the countryside, I got frightened by trees." At age 11 she gained a maternal half brother named Kristian.
Sarah, Duchess of York (Sarah Margaret; née Ferguson; born 15 October 1959) is a British charity patron, spokesperson, writer, film producer, television personality and member of the British Royal Family. She is the former wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, to whom she was married from 1986 until their divorce in 1996. She is often popularly referred to as "Fergie", a common nickname for people named Ferguson.
The Duchess is the younger daughter of Major Ronald Ferguson and Susan Barrantes (née Wright), both now deceased. Her children, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York, are respectively fifth and sixth in the line of succession to the thrones of 16 independent Commonwealth realms.
Sarah Margaret Ferguson is the second daughter of Major Ronald Ferguson and his first wife, Susan Mary Wright. Sarah's older sister is Jane Ferguson Luedecke, a public relations executive now living and working in Australia. After Sarah's parents divorced in 1974, her mother married polo player Hector Barrantes and moved to Trenque Lauquen in the Argentine pampas. Sarah stayed at the 480-acre (1.9 km) Dummer Down Farm at Dummer, Hampshire, her father's home since age 8. Major Ferguson remarried
Victoria Caroline Beckham (née Adams; born 17 April 1974) is an English fashion designer, businesswoman and former singer. In the late 1990s, Beckham rose to fame with the all-female pop group Spice Girls and was dubbed Posh Spice by the July 1996 issue of the British pop music magazine Top of the Pops. Since the Spice Girls split, she has had a solo pop music career, scoring four UK Top 10 singles. Her first single to be released, "Out of Your Mind", reached Number 2 in the UK Singles Chart and is her highest chart entry to date. During her solo career, she has been signed to Virgin Records and Telstar Records.
Beckham has found more success as an internationally recognised and photographed style icon. Her career in fashion includes designing a line of jeans for Rock & Republic and later designing her own denim brand, dVb Style. Beckham has brought out her own range of sunglasses and fragrance, entitled Intimately Beckham, which has been released in the UK and the US. In association with the Japanese store Samantha Thavasa and Shiatzy Chen, she has produced a range of handbags and jewellery. In addition, Beckham has released two best-selling books; one her autobiography, the other
Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (née Wells; born 1 October 1935) is an English film and stage actress, singer, and author. She is the recipient of Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, BAFTA, People's Choice Award, Theatre World Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award honours.
Andrews is a former child actress and singer who made her Broadway debut in a 1954 production of The Boy Friend, and rose to prominence starring in musicals such as My Fair Lady and Camelot, both of which earned her Tony Award nominations. In 1957, she made her television debut with the title role in Cinderella, which was seen by over 100 million viewers.
Andrews made her feature film debut in Mary Poppins (1964), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She received her second Academy Award nomination for The Sound of Music (1965). Adjusted for inflation, these two films are the 25th and 3rd highest grossing films of all time, respectively. From 1964 to 1967, Andrews was the biggest film star in the world, with the additional box office successes of her films The Americanization of Emily, Hawaii, Torn Curtain, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
In the 1970s, Andrews' film career slowed down following
Rebecca Pidgeon (born October 10, 1965) is a British actress and singer-songwriter. She has maintained a recording career while also acting on stage and in feature films. She is married to the American writer and director David Mamet.
Pidgeon was born to English parents in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, while her father, Carl R. Pidgeon, was a visiting professor at MIT. Her mother was a yoga teacher. Her paternal grandmother, Monica Pidgeon, the editor of Architectural Design, was the sister of artist Olga Lehmann and art critic Andrew George Lehmann. She moved to Edinburgh, Scotland in 1970, with her parents. She thus holds dual American/British citizenship. Growing up in Edinburgh, she was a teenage friend of singer Shirley Manson.
Pidgeon attended drama college and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London alongside Clive Owen, Liza Tarbuck and Serena Harragin. After some promising work as an actress in the UK, she moved back to the US.
From 1986 to 1990, Pidgeon was the lead singer of the British folk/pop band Ruby Blue. Pidgeon left Ruby Blue shortly after the band signed a major record label and was beginning to gather both commercial and critical
Tanita Tikaram (born 12 August 1969, Münster, Germany) is a British pop/folk singer-songwriter, best known for the hits "Twist in My Sobriety" and "Good Tradition" from her 1988 debut album, Ancient Heart.
Tikaram was born in Münster, Germany, the daughter of a Malaysian mother, Fatimah Rohani, and an Indo-Fijian father, Pramod Tikaram. Her father's military career meant that she spent her early life in Germany before moving to Basingstoke, Hampshire, England when she was in her early teens. She is the younger sister of the actor Ramon Tikaram and the great-niece of Sir Moti Tikaram, who was the first Lord Chief Justice of an independent Fiji and the world's longest-serving national ombudsman. She studied A-level politics, sociology and English at Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke: her final grades were AAB. She had a place at Manchester University to study English and American literature but left in order to follow her musical career.
Tikaram started singing in nightclubs while she was still a teenager and came to the attention of WEA Records. Her debut album, Ancient Heart, produced by Rod Argent and Peter Van Hooke, was released in September 1988 when she was 19-years-old. The
Nellie McKay (born Nell Marie McKay), is an American singer-songwriter, actor, and former stand-up comedienne, noted for her critically acclaimed albums, and for her Broadway debut in The Threepenny Opera (2006), for which she won a Theatre World Award. Her music has showcased different genres, from jazz to rap and disco to funk.
Nellie McKay was born in London to writer-director Malcolm McKay and actress Robin Pappas. While growing up, she lived with her mother in Harlem, Olympia, WA, and rural Pennsylvania.
McKay studied jazz voice at the Manhattan School of Music, but did not graduate.
Her performances at various New York City music venues, including the Sidewalk Cafe and Joe's Pub, drew attention from record labels. She signed with Columbia Records.
The recording sessions for McKay's debut album Get Away from Me took place in August 2003 with Geoff Emerick as producer. Emerick was known for working as The Beatles' engineer on such albums as Revolver and Abbey Road. The title is a play on Norah Jones' Come Away with Me. McKay is said to be the first woman to release a double album as her first release. Originally, her contract with Columbia called for 13 songs, but McKay
Jane Mallory Birkin, OBE (born 14 December 1946) is an English actress and singer who lives in France. In recent years she has written her own album, directed a film and become an outspoken proponent of democracy in Burma.
Jane Mallory Birkin was born on 14 December 1946, in Marylebone, London. Her mother, Judy Campbell, was an English actress, best known for her work on stage. Her father, David Birkin, was a Royal Navy lieutenant-commander and World War II spy. Her brother is the screenwriter and director Andrew Birkin. She was educated at Upper Chine School, Isle of Wight.
Birkin emerged in the Swinging London scene of the 1960s, appearing briefly in the 1966 film Blowup, and as the fantasy-like model in the psychedelic Wonderwall from 1968. That same year, she auditioned in France for the lead female role in Slogan. Though she did not speak French, she won the role. She co-starred with Serge Gainsbourg, and performed with him on the film's theme song, "La chanson de slogan" — the first of many collaborations between the two. In 1969, she and Gainsbourg released the duet "Je t'aime... moi non plus" ("I love you... me neither"). Gainsbourg originally wrote the song for Brigitte
Tracey Ullman (born 30 December 1959) is a British stage and television actress, comedienne, singer, dancer, director, screenwriter and author.
Her early appearances were on British TV sketch comedy shows A Kick Up the Eighties (with Rik Mayall and Miriam Margolyes) and Three of a Kind (with Lenny Henry and David Copperfield). After a brief but high-profile singing career, she appeared as Candice Valentine in Girls On Top with Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.
She emigrated from the UK to the US and created her own network television series, The Tracey Ullman Show, from 1987 until 1990, from which The Simpsons was spun off in 1989. She later produced programmes for HBO, including Tracey Takes On... (1996–1999), for which she has won numerous awards. She has also appeared in several feature films. Ullman's most recent sketch comedy series, Tracey Ullman's State of the Union, ran from 2008 to 2010 on Showtime.
Ullman was born Trace Ullman in Slough, Buckinghamshire (now in Berkshire), the daughter of Dorin, of both British and Roma extraction, and Antony Ullman, a Polish Roman Catholic, who worked as a solicitor. Ullman later recalled, "My real name is Trace Ullman, but I added the
Anne Shelton, OBE (10 November 1923 – 31 July 1994) was a popular English vocalist, who is remembered for providing inspirational songs for soldiers both on radio broadcasts, and in person, at British military bases during the Second World War. Shelton was also the original singer in the United Kingdom of the song, "Lili Marlene".
Shelton was born Patricia Jacqueline Sibley on 10 November 1923 in Dulwich, London. She began singing at the age of 13, and by 15 had her own recording contract as a solo artist.
In 1942, Shelton began playing military bases across England and as her popularity grew, was offered her own radio program, Calling Malta, which remained on the air for five years. In 1944, Shelton was invited to sing with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and although some of these shows were recorded, none have ever surfaced in their entirety. Miller invited Shelton to stay on with the band and travel to Versailles, France for a series of shows; she had to turn him down because of prior commitments in Britain, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise as Miller's aircraft crashed shortly after the shows. But Shelton soon performed with another American: Bing Crosby. Crosby and
Lilian Decima, Lady Moore-Guggisberg, CBE (11 December 1871 – 18 February 1964), better known by her stage name Decima Moore, was an English singer and actress, known for her performances in soprano roles with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company and in musical comedies. She was the youngest of ten siblings (hence, the name "Decima"). Her sister, actress Eva Moore, was the mother of actress Jill Esmond, the first wife of Laurence Olivier.
Moore made her stage debut starring as Casilda in the Gilbert and Sullivan hit, The Gondoliers, in 1889 at the age of 17 and stayed with the company for two years. She then starred in a variety of West End theatre plays and musical pieces over the next two years, joining the George Edwardes company to create the ingénue role of Rose Brierly in the hit Edwardian musical comedy A Gaiety Girl in 1893. After touring with Edwardes's company in musicals, she returned to England and light opera later playing the role of Scent of Lilies in The Rose of Persia (1899) and starring in Florodora (1900–01) and My Lady Molly (1903), among other West End shows.
In 1905, Moore married Major (later Brigadier General) Sir Frederick Gordon Guggisberg, moving with him to
Emma Lee Bunton (born 21 January 1976) is a British pop singer/songwriter and TV and radio presenter. She was a member of the 1990s girl group, the Spice Girls, in which she was known as Baby Spice as she was the youngest member. In 2010, she joined the judging panel on ITV's Dancing on Ice. She is also the host of Heart FM Saturday afternoon drive-time slot.
Her debut solo album A Girl Like Me was released in the United Kingdom on 16 April 2001 by Virgin Records. The album debuted and peaked at number four on the UK Albums Chart. On 7 September 2001, A Girl Like Me was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry for sales in excess of 100,000 copies, ultimately becoming the 147th best-selling album in the UK for 2001. The album brought the UK number-one "What Took You So Long?" as well as top five hits "What I Am" (a cover of a 1988 song by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians) and "Take My Breath Away" and the top 20 hit "We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight". The album sold 125,000 copies in the UK.
Bunton's second album, Free Me, was released in 2004 through 19 Entertainment/Universal Records. Four singles were taken from it: "Free Me", "Maybe", "I'll Be There" and "Crickets Sing For
Sally Ann Marsh is a British singer and actress who came to fame originally as a member of a short lived girlband with Diana Barrand and Dani Behr called Faith Hope & Charity, (she was Hope).
After Faith Hope and Charity, her musical career included the front person for the dance band Xpansions whose major hit single 'Move Your Body' reached Number 7 in 1991 before being remixed and rereleased several times over the nineties due to demand. Marsh then became the lead singer of deConstruction house group Ariel who were formed by Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers with whom she appeared on seminal UK nineties TV show The Word. She recorded two promo only singles working with producers Mike Stock & Matt Aitken in 1995 on their Love This Records label. These were a cover of the Mungo Jerry hit "In The Summertime" and a dance version of Windmills of your Mind. Recently she has been working as lead vocalist for the London band Brand Violet.
In addition to her musical career she is a freelance voiceover artiste who does work for GCap Media and EMAP radio, as well as the Tindle Radio Group.
As an actress she has appeared in children's programmes as many characters including Vicky in
Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Although modest about her acting ability, Hepburn remains one of the world's most famous actresses of all time who was ranked as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema. Remembered as both a film and fashion icon of the twentieth century, Hepburn redefined glamour with "elfin" features and a gamine waif-like figure that inspired designs by Givenchy and earned her place in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.
Born in Ixelles, a district of Brussels, Hepburn spent her childhood between Belgium, England and the Netherlands, including German-occupied Arnhem during the Second World War, where she studied ballet with Sonia Gaskell in Amsterdam before moving to London in 1948 to continue ballet training with Marie Rambert and perform as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions.
After appearing in several British films and starring in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi, Hepburn gained instant Hollywood stardom for playing the Academy Award-winning lead role in Roman Holiday (1953). Later performing in Sabrina (1954), The
Ann "Annie" Lennox, OBE (born 25 December 1954) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. After achieving minor success in the late 1970s as part of the New Wave band The Tourists, she and fellow musician David A. Stewart went on to achieve major international success in the 1980s as Eurythmics. Lennox is the most recognized female artist at the Brit Awards, winning a total of eight awards. She has also been named the "Brits Champion of Champions".
Lennox embarked on a solo career in the 1990s with her debut album, Diva (1992), which produced several hit singles including "Why" and "Walking on Broken Glass". To date, she has released five solo studio albums and a compilation album, The Annie Lennox Collection (2009). She is the recipient of eight Brit Awards, four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. In 2002, Lennox received a Billboard Century Award; the highest accolade from Billboard Magazine. In 2004, she won both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Into the West", written for the soundtrack to the feature film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
In addition to her career as a musician, Lennox is
Isabel Jay (October 17, 1879 – February 26, 1927) was an English opera singer and actress, best known for her performances in soprano roles of the Savoy Operas with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company and in musical comedies. During Jay's career, picture postcards were immensely popular, and Jay was photographed for over 400 different postcards.
Isabel Emily Jay was born in Wandsworth, London, the daughter of John Wimburn Jay, an insurance officer, and his wife Isabelle Clara (Wicks). She was the great-granddaughter of John George Henry Jay (1770–1849), a musician and composer connected with the Royal Academy of Music. She began to sing in public at the age of twelve. She entered the Royal Academy of Music in 1895, where she came to be the first winner of the Gilbert R. Betjemann medal for operatic singing.
On leaving the Academy, in 1897, she joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company with a week-long trial at the Savoy Theatre, singing the part of Elsie Maynard in the first London revival of The Yeomen of the Guard. She immediately became principal soprano in a D'Oyly Carte touring company, playing the roles of Elsie, Phyllis in Iolanthe, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Princess Lucilla Chloris in
Minnie Driver (born Amelia Fiona J. Driver; 31 January 1970) is an English actress and singer-songwriter. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting, as well as for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for her work in the television series The Riches.
Driver was born Amelia Fiona J. Driver in Finsbury Park, London, the daughter of Gaynor Churchward (née Millington), a designer and former couture model, and Ronnie Driver, a Welsh businessman and financial adviser from Swansea. Her mother was her father's mistress, and her father's wife was not aware of his other family. Driver has Italian , Irish, Welsh, Scottish and French ancestry. Her sister, Kate, is a model and producer. Driver was brought up in Barbados and educated at Bedales, an independent school near Petersfield, Hampshire, England, and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Driver's television debut was in a 1991 UK TV advert for Right Guard deodorant. Driver also made her stage debut in 1991, supplementing her income by performing as a jazz vocalist and guitarist. She appeared on British television with comedians such as Steve
Cathy Dennis (born Catherine Roseanne Dennis, 25 March 1969) is a British singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. After a moderately successful international solo career, Dennis later received great success as a writer of pop songs, scoring 8 UK number ones and winning five Ivor Novello Awards.
In 2004, Dennis was listed 66th in the Q Magazine list of the top 100 most influential people in music and in 2006 she won the UK music industry's Woman of the Year Award.
Educated at Taverham high school, as a teenager she was spotted recording Stevie Wonder-influenced demos at The Kitchen in Norwich with her father (himself an experienced musician and local restaurateur) on piano. At the time she was working for Norwich Union. Simon Fuller signed her to his 19 Management company (with whom she is still signed) and to label Polydor at aged 17, and this began a career-long association with the impresario that has seen Dennis provide songs for many Fuller-related artists and projects.
Dennis achieved her first success as a vocalist with D Mob, when their single "C'mon and Get My Love" reached #15 in the UK Singles Chart and #10 in the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989. It is regarded as an
Katrina Leskanich (born April 10, 1960) is an American singer and musician who is best known for being the lead singer and namesake of the pop band Katrina and the Waves.
Katrina was born in Topeka, Kansas. Her father was a Colonel in the United States Air Force, and Katrina and her five siblings (four sisters and one brother) moved frequently as children. After she was born, they moved from Kansas to New Mexico, and then California, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Germany and the Netherlands before arriving in Norfolk, England, in 1976. Katrina has lived in the UK since 1976, moving to London in 1998 where she currently lives.
In 1978, Leskanich and her then-boyfriend, Vince de la Cruz, formed the cover band "Mama's Cooking", based in Feltwell, England. In 1981, after some lineup changes, the band titled themselves "The Waves" and began playing original music. In 1982, after yet more lineup changes, the band changed their name once again to Katrina and the Waves, with Leskanich as the lead vocalist; by now they were based in the city of Cambridge.
The band had several international hits, including, most notably, "Walking on Sunshine" in 1985. Their song "Sun
Formerly an actress, Jill Hyem became a successful British radio and television writer.
Her radio plays include "The Ropewalk" (the precursor to "Waggoner's Walk"), "Remember Me" and "Now She Laughs, Now She Cries".
Her TV works include: the popular drama Tenko (1981-5) for which she wrote half the episodes, secret agent drama Wish Me Luck which she co-created with long-time collaborator (and Tenko creator) Lavinia Warner, the first series of sex and sailing soap opera Howards' Way, a mini-series adaptation of Barbara Taylor Bradford's Act of Will, period costume drama The House of Eliott, the Campion episode "The Case of the Late Pig" and the Miss Marple mystery At Bertram's Hotel.
Fanny Holland (14 September 1847 – 18 June 1931) was an English singer and comic actress primarily known as the creator of principal soprano roles in numerous German Reed Entertainments.
Holland was born in London and trained at the Royal Academy of Music. She was the daughter of John Holland and his wife Meriel Ann nee Marshall.
For several years, she was a popular concert singer in London and the British provinces. Frederic Clay engaged her for a part in an operetta he had written. It was performed in Canterbury and included a song for Holland that she popularised, "She Wandered Down the Mountain Side." Soon after that experience, Holland made her London stage debut with the German Reed Entertainments at the Gallery of Illustration, in November 1869, as Rose in W. S. Gilbert and Clay's Ages Ago. Holland eventually appeared in scores of German Reed productions. They included four more of Gilbert's German Reed pieces: Our Island Home (1870), A Sensation Novel (1871), Happy Arcadia (1872), and Eyes and No Eyes (1875). She also starred in Dora's Dream, with music by Alfred Cellier and words by Arthur Cecil (1873). Holland also appeared in Gilbert's Topsyturveydom at the Criterion
Kathrin Romary "Kate" Beckinsale (born 26 July 1973) is an English actress. After some minor television roles, she made her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing (1993) while still a student at Oxford University. She then appeared in British costume dramas such as Prince of Jutland (1994), Cold Comfort Farm (1995), Emma (1996) and The Golden Bowl (2000), in addition to various stage and radio productions. She began to seek film work in the United States in the late 1990s and, after appearing in small-scale dramas The Last Days of Disco (1998) and Brokedown Palace (1999), she had a breakout year in 2001 with starring roles in the war film Pearl Harbor and the romantic comedy Serendipity. She built on this success with appearances in the bio-pic The Aviator (2004) and the comedy Click (2006).
Beckinsale became known as an action star following an appearance in 2003's Underworld and has since starred in many action films, including Van Helsing (2004), Underworld: Evolution (2006), Whiteout (2009), Contraband (2012), and Underworld: Awakening (2012). She also makes occasional appearances in smaller dramatic projects such as Snow Angels (2007), Winged Creatures (2008), Nothing but the
Dame Marie Tempest DBE (15 July 1864 – 15 October 1942) was an English singer and actress known as the "queen of her profession".
Tempest became the most famous soprano in late Victorian light opera and Edwardian musical comedies. Later, she became a leading comic actress and toured widely in North America and elsewhere. She was, at times, her own theatre manager during a career spanning 55 years. Tempest was also instrumental in the founding of the actors' union Equity in England.
Tempest was born Mary Susan Etherington in London. Her parents were Edwin Etherington (1838–1880), a stationer, and Sarah Mary Castle Etherington. Tempest was educated at Midhurst School and an Ursuline convent in Thildonck, Belgium. Later, she studied music in Paris, France and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, as a singing pupil of Manuel García, the tutor of Jenny Lind. She adopted as her stage name part of the name of Lady Susan Vane-Tempest, whom she referred to as her godmother. Tempest had a sister named Florence Etherington who married theatre manager Michael Levenston.
Tempest married Alfred Edward Izard, another student at the Academy, in 1885. That marriage ended in divorce four years
Patricia Bredin (born 1934) is a British actress and one-time singer from Hull, England, who was best known as the very first United Kingdom representative in the Eurovision Song Contest. She took part in the 1957 contest, held in Frankfurt, and finished in seventh place out of ten entries with the song All, the first ever song sung in English at the Eurovision. According to The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History by John Kennedy O'Connor at 1:52, this is the shortest performance in the history of the contest.
In 1959 she starred in the British comedy film Left Right and Centre with Ian Carmichael. The following year Patricia had a leading part in another film, the period adventure The Treasure of Monte Cristo, and starred with Sid James in Desert Mice.
Bredin had the distinction of succeeding Julie Andrews as Guenevere in the Broadway production of Camelot. She played the role from 16 April 1962, until she was replaced by Janet Pavek three months later.
In 1964, she married singer Ivor Emmanuel, but they had no children, and divorced within two years.
On her second marriage, she married the Canadian businessman Charles MacCulloch and became Patricia Bredin-McCulloch,
Liz Lochhead (born December 26, 1947) is a Scottish poet and dramatist, originally from Newarthill in North Lanarkshire.
After attending Glasgow School of Art, Lochhead lectured in fine art for eight years before becoming a professional writer.
In the early 1970s she joined Philip Hobsbaum's writers' group, a crucible of creative activity - other members were Alasdair Gray, James Kelman and Tom Leonard. Her plays include Blood and Ice, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (1987), Perfect Days (2000) and a highly acclaimed adaptation into Scots of Molière's Tartuffe (1985). She adapted the medieval texts of the York Mystery Plays, performed by a largely amateur cast at York Theatre Royal in 1992 and 1996. Her adaptation of Euripides' Medea won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award in 2001. She has written for BBC Radio 4: Blood and Ice (11 June 1990), The Perfect Days (16 May 1999), Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (11 February 2001) and The Stanley Baxter Playhouse: Mortal Memories (26 June 2006). Like her work for theatre, her poetry is alive with vigorous speech idioms; collections include Memo For Spring (1972), True Confessions and New Clichés
Natalie Jackson Mendoza (born 12 August 1978) is a Hong Kong-born Australian-British-Filipina classical theatre-trained actress and musician. She is best known for her role as one of the main characters, Jackie Clunes in the British drama series Hotel Babylon and as tough girl Juno in the acclaimed horror thriller The Descent, as well as its sequel, The Descent Part 2. She was playing Arachne in the Broadway musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark but was forced to leave the show due to a work-related injury.
Mendoza was born in Hong Kong 1978, the daughter of an English/German Australian mother who was a dancer and television personality, and a Filipino jazz pianist and arranger. She is one of six artist siblings. She was raised in Sydney, Melbourne and Hong Kong/South East Asia. She also lived and went to school and trained in London and New York. She performed in many musicals such as Cats the Musical, Miss Saigon, The Music of Lloyd Webber Concert Tour (understudying Sarah Brightman), Oh What A Night, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, as the lead Frugue girl in Sweet Charity, and took the role of Eponine in the 10th Anniversary Australasian Tour of Les Miserables. In 1998,
Natasha Anne Bedingfield (born 26 November 1981) is a British pop singer and songwriter. Bedingfield debuted in the 1990s as a member of the Christian dance/electronic group The DNA Algorithm with her siblings Daniel Bedingfield and Nikola Rachelle. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Bedingfield recorded rock and gospel songs for the Hillsong London Church, while Daniel went on to enjoy success with hits "Gotta Get Thru This" and "If You're Not the One".
Bedingfield released her first album, Unwritten, in 2004. The album contained primarily up-tempo pop songs and was influenced by R music; it enjoyed international success with more than 2.3 million copies sold worldwide and she received a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" for the title track "Unwritten". Bedingfield's second album, N.B. (2007), was less successful but yielded the UK top 10 singles "I Wanna Have Your Babies" and "Soulmate". N.B. was not released in North America, but six tracks from it were included with seven new ones and released in 2008 as her third studio album Pocketful of Sunshine, with the singles "Love Like This" and "Pocketful of Sunshine" earning success on the charts. In
Shaznay Lewis (born Tricia Marie Lewis 14 October 1975 in Islington, London) is a British female singer-songwriter and a former member of All Saints.
Shaznay Lewis was a member of the popular girl group All Saints (1996–2001 and 2006–2009). Her musical influences include rap and Missy Elliott; in addition, she grew up listening to Bob Marley and Johnny Mathis. As a teenager Lewis played three matches for Arsenal Ladies, a successful ladies' football team in London, UK. She returned to football in the 2002 hit movie Bend It Like Beckham in the role of the team captain and can be seen playing football in several training and match scenes. She is married to David Beckhams brother Ant.
Lewis had been entering singing contests since the age of thirteen. At a party she was introduced to Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot of Curiosity Killed the Cat by her friends who took her to the Metamorphisis recording studios on All Saints Road, London and started doing backing vocals. It was at the Metamorphosis recording studios where she met Melanie Blatt in 1993 and they proceeded to record together. Together with Simone Rainford they formed the group All Saints 18.104.22.168 which was later renamed All Saints.
Sinéad Marie Bernadette O'Connor ( /ʃɪˈneɪd oʊˈkɒnər/; born 8 December 1966) is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. O'Connor achieved worldwide success in 1990 with a cover of the song "Nothing Compares 2 U".
Since then, while maintaining her singing career, she has occasionally encountered controversy, partly due to her statements and gestures such as her ordination as a priest despite being female with a Roman Catholic background, and her expressed strong views on organized religion, women's rights, war, and child abuse.
In addition to her nine solo albums her work includes many singles, songs for films, collaborations with many other artists, and appearances at charity fundraising concerts.
Sinéad O'Connor was born in Glenageary in County Dublin and was named after Sinéad de Valera, wife of Irish President Éamon de Valera and mother of the doctor presiding over the delivery, and Saint Bernadette of Lourdes. She is the third of five children, sister to Joseph, Eimear, John, and Eoin. Joseph O'Connor is a novelist.
Her parents are Sean O'Connor, a structural engineer later turned barrister, and Marie O'Connor.
Tina Ann Barrett (born 16 September 1976) is a London-based singer-songwriter and actress. Her major breakthrough came in 1999, at the age of 22 when she became a member of the pop group/band, S Club 7 where she enjoyed five years of hit singles, arena tours and awards. Barrett was born to an English father and Guyanese mother.
She was at London's Arts Educational School for a period of eight years. Her first job was dancing in a pantomime with Lionel Blair. She was originally going to be in the band Face 2 Face, which later went on to become Mis-Teeq. She assisted with the group's choreography during her time there.
Barrett became a member of S Club 7 after a series of auditions, along with members Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O'Meara, Hannah Spearritt and Rachel Stevens in 1999. During five years they released four number one singles and one number one album. They also had a series of TV shows, which were: Miami 7, L.A. 7, Hollywood 7 and Viva S Club, and they also starred in a film, Seeing Double. Barrett led some of the tracks on the groups' albums, such as "I'll Be There" and "Stronger". Stronger was set to be a single, but was canceled when Paul Cattermole
Catherine Zeta-Jones, CBE, ( /ˈziːtə/; born Catherine Zeta Jones; 25 September 1969) is an Academy Award- and Tony Award-winning Welsh actress. She began her career on stage at an early age. After starring in a number of United Kingdom and United States television films and small roles in films, she came to prominence with roles in Hollywood movies such as the 1998 action film The Mask of Zorro and the 1999 crime thriller film Entrapment. Her breakthrough role was in the 2000 film Traffic, for which she earned her first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture.
Zeta-Jones subsequently starred as Velma Kelly in the 2002 film adaptation of the musical Chicago, a critical and commercial success, and received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Later, she appeared in the 2003 romantic comedy film Intolerable Cruelty and 2004 crime comedy film Ocean's Twelve. Zeta-Jones starred in the 2005 sequel of the 1998 film, The Legend of Zorro. She also starred in the 2008 biopic romantic thriller Death Defying Acts.
Kelly Michelle Lee Osbourne (born 27 October 1984) is an English media personality, television personality, host, fashion designer, singer and actress, best known for being the daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. She was thrust into the limelight after appearing on the reality series The Osbournes with her family, for which they won a 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Programme. She has also appeared on Dancing with the Stars, in which she and professional dance partner Louis van Amstel took third place, and has made forays into music, acting, theatre, writing, columnist and broadcast presenting.
Osbourne was born in Westminster, London. She has an elder sister, Aimee, and a younger brother, Jack. She has two half-siblings: Jessica Hobbs and Louis John Osbourne from Ozzy's first marriage. She had an unofficially "adopted" brother, Robert Marcato, whom Sharon and Ozzy took in after Marcato's mother died. Kelly grew up travelling with her father as he went on tour, and lived in more than 20 homes between the UK and the US.
Osbourne and the rest of her immediate family (without Aimee) were thrust into the international spotlight with the MTV reality show The Osbournes, which
Andrea Arnold OBE (born 5 April 1961) is a filmmaker and former actress from England, who made her feature film directorial debut in 2006 with Red Road.
Arnold was born on April 5, 1961 in Dartford, Kent, where she was the eldest of four children. She was born when her mother was only 16 years old and her father was 17, and they separated when she was very young. Her mother had to raise all four children alone, which is reminiscent of Arnold's own directorial debuted short, Wasp. When people are asked if the story is in any way biographical, Arnold replies “I grew up in a working-class family, so I guess you could say I write from what I know.” Even as a young girl, she was writing dark stories about human experience. In an interview, Arnold speaks about how when she was a mere 10 years old, she wrote her first play that expressed her "horror" of the slave trade, and a few years later while studying for a dance CSE, she made a performace piece; “I took quotes from The Diary of Anne Frank and read them aloud as I moved around the room. All the other kids would just bung on some pop music and dance. I remember the examiners sitting there looking at me, perplexed.” Arnold left high
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Mickery is a British writer and former actress.
Her television acting credits include her role as Maggie Thorpe in the BBC television drama series Tenko, roles in Emmerdale Farm, Juliet Bravo, Lovejoy, Heartbeat, Woof, The Merryhill Millionaires, Dogfood Dan and the Carmarthen Cowboy and Holby City.
Since 2000 she has worked exclusively as a writer, usually credited in this capacity as Lizzie Mickery, for various British TV series such as Byker Grove, The Bill, Heartbeat, Pie in the Sky, Sunburn, Harbour Lights, The Ice House (adapted from the novel by Minette Walters), The Beggar Bride (adapted from the novel by Gillian White) and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (adapted from the Elizabeth George novels).
She also wrote Messiah, Messiah 2 and Messiah 3 for the BBC. One-off dramas include Sinners, Every Time You Look At Me, and Dirty War which she co-wrote with writer-director Daniel Percival. They have subsequently written the conspiracy thriller The State Within, which was nominated for two Golden Globes in 2008. Instinct, a two-part thriller that was shown on ITV in 2007 was also written by her. In 2008 she wrote the screenplay for the BBC drama The 39 Steps,
Samantha Karen "Sam" Fox (born 15 April 1966) is an English dance-pop singer, actress, and former glamour model. In 1983, at the age of 16, she began her topless modelling career on Page Three of The Sun, and went on to become a popular pin-up girl. In 1986, she launched her pop music career with her debut single "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)", which became a Number 1 hit in 17 countries. She has since sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Fox has also appeared in a number of films and reality television shows, and has occasionally worked as a television presenter.
The eldest daughter of the late John Patrick Fox and Carole Ann Wilken, Samantha Karen Fox comes from a family of market traders from Chapel Market, Islington, London. She has a sister, Vanessa, who is six years younger, a half-sister, Frederica, and a half brother, Frankie, from her father's second marriage.
Fox attended St Thomas More RC School, Haringey and took an interest in the theatre from an early age. She first appeared on a theatre stage at the age of three, and was enrolled in the Anna Scher Theatre School from the age of 5. Her first television appearance came in 1976, at the age of 10, in a BBC play entitled
Stephanie Lawrence (16 December 1949 – 4 November 2000) was a British musical theatre actress.
Stephanie Lawrence was born in Hayling Island, Hampshire, the daughter of a singer and classically trained dancer.She was from an early age close friends with another Famous Islander Peter Chilvers who in 1958 invented the Windsurfer. Having trained at the Arts Educational School, Tring, Hertfordshire (now:Tring Park School for the Performing Arts), she made her debut in The Nutcracker at the Royal Festival Hall in London in 1962. Her West End debut came at the age of 16, playing the part of a rollerskating tap dancer in Forget Me Not Lane. Her first musical appearance in the West End was in Bubbling Brown Sugar. In 1979 Hal Prince chose Stephanie to take over the role of Eva Peron in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita from Marti Webb. The same year she recorded a duet with Johnny Mathis called "You Saved My Life" featured on his Columbia Records album "Mathis Magic".
She left Evita to create the title role of Marilyn Monroe in Marilyn! the Musical, which won her outstanding reviews and the Best Actress of the Year Award from the Royal Variety Club of Great Britain as well as a nomination from
Antoinette Millicent Hedley Anderson (1907–1990) was an English singer and actor.
Known as Hedli Anderson, she studied singing in England and Germany before returning to London in 1934. Anderson joined the Group Theatre, and performed in cabaret and in the initial productions of plays by W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood and Louis MacNeice. She married MacNeice in 1942; the couple had one daughter. They separated in 1960.
Among the composers and lyricists who wrote songs for her were Auden, MacNeice, Benjamin Britten, Elisabeth Lutyens and William Alwyn. Auden's "Funeral Blues" (also known as "Stop all the clocks", later to become famous through its use in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral) was originally written for Anderson and set to music by Britten as part of Auden and Isherwood's play The Ascent of F6 (1936), then revised by Auden as a separate poem.
In later years she owned, and cooked in, the Spinnaker restaurant in Scilly, Kinsale, County Cork, which specialised in seafood and Mediterranean and North African food.
Joanne Valda O'Meara (born 29 April 1979) is an English singer-songwriter, television personality and actress. Formerly one of the lead singers of pop group S Club, she launched a solo single after the group's split in 2003, which cut short the production of a proposed album following an appearance on Celebrity Big Brother.
O'Meara was born in Romford, East London, to parents Dave and Barbara. She has a brother and sister, Shane and Julie. She grew up in Collier Row, a suburban housing estate in the north of Romford in the London Borough of Havering. She was educated at Clockhouse Junior School and Bower Park School, and excelled in music, singing and dance.
In 1998, O'Meara started off her music career in the hip hop/rap group, 2-4 Family. She remained with the band for only one single release, "Stay".
In her teenage years, O'Meara would serve food at her local pub in Ilford. It was there that someone from 19 Entertainment spotted her on stage and recruited her to join a new pop group S Club 7. She was a prominent member of the British group, singing most of the group's lead vocals, as well as acting with the group in their own TV series, the group also had two reality television
Melanie Ruth Blatt (born 25 March 1975) is a singer, actress, television personality and was a member of the multi-million selling girl group All Saints. Following their split she launched a solo career.
Blatt was born at University College Hospital in the London Borough of Camden and is named after Melanie Safka. She has a French mother and an English father of Jewish descent whose ancestors were from Poland and Russia and a younger sister named Jasmine. She was brought up in both the UK and France. In 1986, Blatt was diagnosed as having scoliosis. Since her parents were not satisfied with the treatment for the condition in the United Kingdom they decided to move to France, where a specialist inserted three metal rods in her back.
Blatt went to Fitzjohn's Primary School where her musical talent was immediately noticed by the head teacher David Joyne, who encouraged her parents to send her to a stage school. In 1986, she attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School where she met Nicole Appleton. The two girls became best friends. During this period, Blatt also played young Eponine in Les Misérables for six months, and was the understudy for Cosette together with fellow Sylvia Young
Glenda May Jackson, CBE (born 9 May 1936) is a British Labour Party politician and former actress. She has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 1992, and currently represents Hampstead and Kilburn. She previously served as MP for Hampstead and Highgate. After constituency changes for the 2010 general election, her majority of 42 votes was one of the closest results of the entire election.
As an actress, she won two Academy Awards for Best Actress: for Women in Love (1969) and A Touch of Class (1973).
Jackson was born in Birkenhead on the Wirral, Cheshire (now Merseyside) where her father was a bricklayer. Jackson was educated at the West Kirby County Grammar School for Girls, then worked for two years in a Boots chemist shop, before studying at RADA in Bloomsbury.
Having studied acting at RADA, Jackson made her professional stage debut in Terence Rattigan's Separate Tables in 1957, and her film debut in This Sporting Life in 1963. Subsequently a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for four years, she worked for director Peter Brook in several productions, including of Peter Weiss' Marat/Sade as Charlotte Corday. Jackson also appeared in the film version.
Fame came with
Rebekah Sherrill Chance (August 2, 1976), also known as Rebekah Ryan, is an English female pop singer, songwriter and actress from Kansas City, Missouri.
In 1996, signed to MCA Records, her debut single, "You Lift Me Up" was released and was well reviewed, and a large national club hit in the UK. The single also reached the Top 40 in the UK Singles Chart.
The follow-up, "Just A Little Bit Of Love" was not so well received by critics. Of note, Smash Hits magazine, reviewing the single, declared that Rebekah may be as cute as a box of Andrex puppies, but even that shouldn't help this duffer of a dance single into the charts. Nevertheless, it was a moderate club success, and like its predecessor, was produced by the popular dance outfit, K-Klass. However, the single failed to reach the Top 40, peaking at #51 in the UK. Celine Dion also sung the song.
Early in 1997, "Woman in Love" was released to mixed reviews. It was a cover version of the Barbra Streisand hit. "Woman in Love" was essentially a ballad with hip hop and R undertones. The track did not sell well, entering the chart at #64 and disappearing from the chart the following week. Ryan did have an album in the pipeline and it
Diana Morrison (born 1969) is a British stage, TV and Film actress.
Diana played the principal role of Jenny in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Aspects of Love directed by Trevor Nunn, in the original London West End production at The Prince of Wales Theatre throughout the whole run, from 1989 - 1992. Diana sang the role of Jenny on the original London cast recording and also recorded a duet from the show The First Man You Remember with Michael Ball, which was released as a single and has been included on many compilation albums including Andrew Lloyd Webber 60 and Andrew Lloyd Webber - The Premiere Collection Encore.
Diana played Madeline Bassett in the 1996 revival cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn's musical By Jeeves directed by Alan Ayckbourn at The Stephen Joseph Theatre and then at The Duke of York's and Lyric Theatres in London's West End.
Cinema credits include Quills directed by Philip Kaufman, playing Mademoiselle Renard, the victim of an execution.
Diana has also appeared in numerous TV dramas, stage plays and musicals, ranging from the 1988 BBC TV Serial The Watch House to the 2001 revival of the Feydeau farce Horse and Carriage at the West Yorkshire
Gillian Barbara Lynne (née Pyrke), CBE, born (1926-02-20) 20 February 1926 (age 86), is a British ballerina, dancer, actor, theatre director, television director and choreographer noted for her popular theatre choreography associated with the musical Cats and the current longest running show in Broadway history, The Phantom of the Opera.
Lynne was born in Bromley, Kent, England, and was a precocious dance talent from an early age, teaming with her childhood friend Beryl Grey while still at school, and dancing to blot out the tragedy of the violent death (in a car crash along with Edward Turner's first wife) of her mother on 8 July 1939 in Coventry, when Lynne was just 13 years old.
Lynne's gift for dancing was discovered by a doctor. Lynne had been underperforming at school, so her mother took her to the doctor and explained about her fidgeting and lack of focus. After hearing everything her mother said, the doctor told Lynne that he needed to talk to her mother privately for a moment. He turned on the radio and walked out. He then encouraged her mother to look at Lynne, who was dancing to the radio. The doctor noted that she was a dancer, and encouraged Lynne's mother to take her
Mabel Philipson (1 January 1887 – 8 January 1951) was a British actress and politician. She was the third female member to serve in the House of Commons after this became legally possible in 1918, representing Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Born Mabel Russell, she became a successful music hall and comedy actress. Widowed by 1911, in 1917 she married Hilton Philipson, a business owner and National Liberal politician; they had three children.
On 21 November 1918 the Parliamentary Qualification of Women Act, introduced a few weeks previously by Lord Robert Cecil was given Royal Assent, making women eligible as Members of Parliament.
Hilton Philipson was unseated on petition in 1923, due to a fraud involving his agent. Mabel Philipson won the by-election to follow him, while standing as a Conservative. It was said that she made no secret that she intended to hold the seat until her husband's return; however when her husband's business hit financial difficulties in 1928 she announced her retirement as "the reason why I have held the seat has ceased to exist".
She returned to the stage after leaving Parliament, appearing as Mrs Tilling in Other People's Lives at the Wyndham Theatre in 1929.
Melanie Janine Brown (born May 29, 1975) is an English R and pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer, actress, author, television presenter and model. Brown rose to fame when she became a member of British girl group, the Spice Girls, which she was famously known as "Scary Spice" in the group. Brown has been signed to a number of record labels during her career including Virgin Records, Independent record label, Amber Café and her latest record deal EMI Music, which she signed in 2012.
The Spice Girls signed to Virgin Records and released their debut single, "Wannabe", which hit number-one in more than 30 countries and helped establish the group as a "global phenomenon". Followed by their debut album, Spice, which sold more than 28 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling album by a female group in music history. They have sold over 75 million records worldwide, making them the biggest selling female group in history. The band's second debut album, Spiceworld went onto sell over 20 million records world wide. Forever selling 5 million records world wide. They have sold over 75 million records worldwide, making them the biggest selling female group in history and also
Natascha McElhone (born Natasha Taylor; 14 December 1969) is an English actress of Irish descent, of stage, screen and television, best known for her roles in American films such as Ronin, The Truman Show and Solaris, and most recently for her role as Karen van der Beek on the Showtime series Californication.
McElhone was born in Hampstead to Irish parents, who were both journalists. She took her mother Noreen's maiden name as her stage name. McElhone has a scriptwriter brother Damon who lives in Los Angeles, and two half-brothers, Alexander and Nicholas, who live in Stockholm. Her parents separated when she was two and her Irish mother moved the family to Brighton and later married journalist and columnist Roy Greenslade.
McElhone, who took lessons in Irish dancing from ages 6–12, was educated at St. Mary's Hall School for Girls, an independent boarding school in Brighton, East Sussex. She graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1993.
McElhone began her career in the theatre, including starring in Richard III in Regent's Park, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Cherry Orchard at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester; and in Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air
Sarah Brightman (born 14 August 1960) is an English classical crossover soprano, actress, songwriter and dancer. She is famous for possessing a vocal range of over 3 octaves. She sings in many languages including English, Spanish, French, Latin, German, Italian, Russian, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.
Brightman began her career as a member of the dance troupe Hot Gossip and released several disco singles as a solo performer. In 1981, she made her West End musical theatre debut in Cats and met composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, whom she married. She went on to star in several Broadway musicals, including The Phantom of the Opera, where she originated the role of Christine Daaé. The Original London Cast Album of the musical was released in CD format in 1987 and sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it the biggest-selling cast album of all time.
After retiring from the stage and divorcing Lloyd Webber, Brightman resumed her music career with former Enigma producer Frank Peterson, this time as a classical crossover artist. She is often credited as the creator of this genre and remains among the most prominent performers, with worldwide sales of more than 30 million records
Sophie Charlene Akland Monk (born 14 December 1979) is a London-born Australian pop singer, actress and model. Monk was a member of female pop group Bardot and released a solo album, Calendar Girl. She has appeared in films such as Date Movie and Click.
Monk's professional music career began in 1999 when she responded to an advertisement at the recommendation of her mother which requested girls with vocal and dance experience. The advertisement was for an Australian reality television series, Popstars, a TV talent show which aimed to create a successful new girl group. In one audition, she performed a rendition of Marilyn Monroe's famous "Happy Birthday, Mr. President", working on her previous experience as a Monroe impersonator at Warner Bros. Movie World. After numerous rounds of singing and dancing workshops, Monk was selected as a member of the group, which was named Bardot.
Bardot became the first Australian act to debut at the #1 position with both its debut single, "Poison", and self-titled debut album. Further singles "I Should've Never Let You Go" and "These Days" followed and in August, the group embarked on its first national tour. Bardot performed at the 2000 ARIA
Carol Decker (born 10 September 1957) is an English recording artist. She is best known as the singer and front woman for the band, T'Pau, which enjoyed international success in the late 1980s. Her partner at the time, Ronnie Rogers, born 13 March 1959, in Shrewsbury, was also a member of the band and they co-wrote the majority of T'Pau's songs. Although Decker's music is mainly associated with the group, she also released a solo single in 1995 entitled "One Heart," in support of the Halifax World Cup Rugby League Centenary.
Carol's personal nickname is "GnatFish," and the record label she started bears that name.
Decker was born in Huyton, now in Merseyside and educated in Wellington, Shropshire, along with other members of the band. In addition to her musical achievements, Decker has also acted on both stage and screen, including a part in the movie, Nine Dead Gay Guys. TV appearances include Hit Me, Baby, One More Time (in which she reached the final round, ultimately being beaten by Shakin' Stevens). Decker also appeared in the British comedy series Trigger Happy TV in which she appeared in a "bull in a china shop" sketch (the joke being that she had previously had a hit with
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress and model.
Watson rose to prominence playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series. Watson was cast as Hermione at the age of nine, having previously acted only in school plays. From 2001 to 2011, she starred in all eight Harry Potter films alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. Watson's work on the Harry Potter series has earned her several awards and more than £10 million. She made her modelling debut for Burberry's Autumn/Winter campaign in 2009.
In 2007, Watson announced her involvement in two productions: the television adaptation of the novel Ballet Shoes and an animated film, The Tale of Despereaux. Ballet Shoes was broadcast on 26 December 2007 to an audience of 5.2 million, and The Tale of Despereaux, based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo, was released in 2008 and grossed over US $86 million in worldwide sales.
Emma Watson was born in Paris to Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, both British lawyers. Watson lived in Paris until the age of five. Following her parents' divorce, she moved with her mother and younger brother to Oxfordshire. Watson has stated that she speaks some French,
Gurinder Chadha (Punjabi: ਗੁਰਿੰਦਰ ਚੱਡਾ; born 10 January 1960), OBE, is a British film director of Indian origin. Most of her films explore the lives of Indians living in the United Kingdom. She is best known for the hit films Bhaji on the Beach (1993), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004) and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008). Her most recent project is the comedy film It's a Wonderful Afterlife released on 21 April 2010.
Gurinder Chadha was born in Nairobi. Her family was part of the Indian diaspora in East Africa. They moved to Southall, West London when she was two years of age, where she attended Clifton Primary School. After graduating from the University of East Anglia, Chadha attended the London College of Printing in 1984/85 and studied for a post-graduate diploma in radio journalism, following which she worked as a BBC Radio reporter. Chadha then began working in television, and moved into film production in 1993.
She is married to Japanese-American filmmaker Paul Mayeda Berges, with whom she sometimes collaborates. They have twins, born in June 2007.
After starting her media career in radio in the mid-80s, Chadha moved into TV as a BBC news
Susanna Rowson, née Haswell (1762–1824) was a British-American novelist, poet, playwright, religious writer, stage actress and educator.
Rowson was the author of the novel Charlotte Temple, the most popular best-seller in American literature until Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in 1852.
Susanna Haswell was born in 1762 in Portsmouth, England to Royal Navy Lieutenant William Haswell and his first wife, Susanna Musgrave, who died within days of her birth. Her father was stationed in Boston as a customs officer, and there married Rachel Woodward, returning to England to bring his daughter to Massachusetts. On arrival in 1767, their ship grounded on Lovells Island in Boston Harbor, the crew and passengers being rescued from the wreck days later. They lived at Hull, where family friend James Otis took a special interest in her education. At the outbreak of the American Revolution, the father was placed under house arrest, and subsequently the family was moved inland, to Hingham and Abington, Massachusetts. In 1778, the failing health of Lieutenant Haswell led to a prisoner exchange, and the family was sent via Halifax, Nova Scotia to England, settling near
Dame Alicia Markova, DBE, DMus, (1 December 1910 – 2 December 2004) was an English ballerina and a choreographer, director and teacher of classical ballet. Most noted for her career with Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and touring internationally, she was widely considered to be one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of the 20th century. She was the first British dancer to become the principal dancer of a ballet company and, with Dame Margot Fonteyn, is one of only two English dancers to be recognised as a prima ballerina assoluta. She was a founder dancer of the Rambert Dance Company, The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, and was co-founder and director of the English National Ballet.
Markova was born as Lilian Alicia Marks on 1 December 1910. Her father, Alfred Marks, was Jewish and her mother Eileen converted to Judaism. They lived in a two bedroom flat in the Finsbury Park district of London.
Markova began to dance on medical advice to strengthen her weak limbs. She made her stage debut aged 10, performing the role of Salome in the pantomime Dick Whittington and His Cat, for which she was billed as Little Alicia, the child Pavlova.
She then began studying
Angela Lee Hazeldine (born 2 July 1981 in Colwyn Bay, North Wales) is a British actress and musician, known for portraying Gemma Craig in the Five soap opera Family Affairs.
The late actor James Hazeldine was a cousin of Hazeldine's father. She is the niece of Stephen Moore and a cousin of Robyn Moore and Sam Hazeldine.
Hazeldine played the role of Gemma Craig in Family Affairs for four years. She has also guest starred in episodes of Kavanagh QC, Heartbeat, The Royal Today and Doctors. She made her feature film debut in Kapital, a 2007 collaboration between writer/director Greg Hall and composer Steve Martland. She is also to appear in Hall's next film, Same Shit, Different Day.
Hazeldine sings and plays keyboards in Manchester-based band The Circus Electric, with partner Sam Stockman on guitar and lead vocals. They started after the demise of Shepherd's Pi, a band which was formed whilst she was working on Family Affairs and included co-stars Stockman and Rupert Hill. Hazeldine was vocalist and bassist in the band which relocated to the North West in 2004, when Hill was cast as Jamie Baldwin in Coronation Street.
Anya Lahiri (born 1 May 1982 in Golders Green, London, United Kingdom) is a British actress, model and singer of Indian and Finnish origin.
Anya attended the Henrietta Barnett School in Hampstead Garden Suburb, where she excelled in languages and music. She has been playing the flute and the piano since a young age. She is a talented horsewoman.
She started her professional career modelling when she was sixteen, after which she was chosen to be part of the girl group Precious. The band was chosen by British viewers to represent the UK in the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest with their first single Say It Again, and arrived 12th. After that they released their first album, called 'Precious' with smash hits singles as 'Rewind' and 'It's Gonna Be My Way'. They worked with ex Take that member and producer Gary Barlow. In November 2000 they released their last single called "New Beginning" with a video clip set in an industrial warehouse with the girlband acting like tough girls. By the end of 2000, the group went under scrunity and the girls decided it was time to stop. All the members started a new beginning. Anya returned to her education, attending Birkbeck, University of London, while
Heather Small (born Heather Smalls, 20 January 1965) is a British soul singer, best known for being the lead singer in the Manchester based band M People. Her debut solo album was Proud in 2000. She was also a contestant in the British television show Strictly Come Dancing in 2008.
Small joined her first group, Hot House, while she was still a teenager. She was the studio singer voice of the re-recorded version of UK number 1 single "Ride on Time" from Italo House Band Black Box. After a chance meeting with Manchester DJ Mike Pickering, formerly of Quando Quango, Small and her distinctive voice helped to sell over 10 million albums worldwide singing with his group M People. They had considerable success with songs such as "Moving on Up" and "Search for the Hero". Small has said that her major influence has been singer Elkie Brooks.
In 1997, Small performed on the "Perfect Day" record alongside a wide range of artists including Tom Jones and Lou Reed. The song was the official 1997 Children in Need charity release. It sold over a million copies and was the UK's number one single for three weeks, in two separate spells.
In 1998, after M People's "Best Of" album, Small and the band
Lynda La Plante, CBE (born Lynda J. Titchmarsh on 15 March 1943) is an English author, screenwriter and former actress, best known for writing the Prime Suspect television crime series.
La Plante's father was a salesman in Liverpool. She attended RADA and began her career as an actress, mainly on television. As Lynda Marchal, she appeared in several popular series including Z-Cars, The Sweeney, The Professionals and Bergerac. However as an actress she is perhaps best remembered as the hay-fever suffering ghost Tamara Novek in the BBC children's series Rentaghost.
Her first TV series as a scriptwriter was the ITV children's sitcom The Kids from 47A in the early 1970s. However she did not find fame until the six part robbery series Widows was produced in 1983. The plot concerned the widows of four armed robbers carrying out a heist planned by their deceased husbands.
In 1991 ITV released Prime Suspect which has now run to seven series and stars Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison. (In the United States Prime Suspect airs on PBS as part of the anthology program Mystery!) In 1993 La Plante won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for her work on the series. In 1992 she
Beth Gibbons (born 4 January 1965) is an English singer and songwriter best known as the vocalist and lyricist for the iconic English band Portishead.
Gibbons was born in 1965 in Exeter, Devon and raised on a farm. At the age of 22, she moved to Bristol to pursue her singing career and began singing locally. There she met Geoff Barrow, who would become a longtime collaborator in Portishead. She is also known for her contralto vocal range.
With Adrian Utley, Gibbons and Barrow released the first Portishead album, Dummy, in 1994 and have produced two other studio albums, a live album, and various singles in the years since. She has also collaborated on a separate project with former Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb also known as Rustin man. (Before she joined Geoff Barrow in Portishead, she auditioned for the singer's slot in .O.rang, the group formed by Webb after Talk Talk's late-Eighties departure from EMI, but Portishead's sudden success pre-empted matters.) In October 2002, they released the album Out of Season in the United Kingdom. The album peaked at number 28 in the UK Albums Chart. It was released in the United States a year later.
Charlotte Lucy Gainsbourg (born 21 July 1971) is an Anglo-French actress and singer. After releasing an album with her father at the age of fifteen, more than twenty years passed before she released three albums as an adult (5:55, IRM and Stage Whisper) to commercial and critical success. Gainsbourg has also appeared in many films, including several directed by Lars von Trier, and has received both a César Award and the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award. She is the daughter of British actress Jane Birkin and French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg.
Gainsbourg was born in London to Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg and was raised in Paris. Her maternal grandmother was actress Judy Campbell and her uncle is the screenwriter Andrew Birkin, who directed her in The Cement Garden. She attended École Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel in Paris and Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil in Switzerland.
Gainsbourg's longtime partner is French-Israeli actor/director Yvan Attal, with whom she has three children: a son, Ben (born on 12 June 1997) and daughters Alice (born on 8 November 2002) and Joe (born on 16 July 2011).
On 5 September 2007, Gainsbourg was rushed to a Paris hospital
Lisa Stansfield (born 11 April 1966) is an English singer and songwriter.
Stansfield was born to Marion and Keith Stansfield in Heywood, Lancashire, in England, where she attended Redbrook School, Rochdale. Her first television appearance was on a talent programme in the Granada TV area in 1982. She won it singing The Human League track "The Things That Dreams Are Made Of". The series was produced by the then Head of Light Entertainment at Granada TV, Johnny Hamp.
After releasing several unsuccessful singles in her mid-teens, she co-hosted a children's TV pop show, Razzamatazz with Alistair Pirrie; additionally, Stansfield could be seen in 1983 children's television series The Krankies Klub, alongside comedian Jimmy Cricket and rock band Rocky Sharpe and the Replays. She also sung radio jingles for Manchester companies LBS and Alfasound - her voice being heard on packages for the short lived ILR station Sunset 102 and BBC GMR (Greater Manchester Radio).
After being signed by Arista, she became an international celebrity in the early 1990s.
Her R vocal features and texture are similar to that of her American contemporary and Arista label-mate, Taylor Dayne.
Her British band Blue
Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias, DBE (18 May 1919 – 21 February 1991), was an English ballerina of the 20th century. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of all time. She spent her entire career as a dancer with the Royal Ballet, eventually being appointed Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the company by HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Fonteyn was born Margaret Hookham on 18 May 1919 in Reigate, Surrey, to an English father and a half-Irish half-Brazilian mother; her mother's father was the industrialist Antonio Fontes of Brazil. Very early in her career, Margaret transformed the Fontes into Fonteyn (a surname her brother adopted as well) and Margaret into Margot: thus her stage name. Among her father's family were people in literature and music, but he was an engineer.
When she was four her mother signed her up for ballet classes with her older brother. At age eight, Margot made the long journey to China with her mother and father, who had taken employment with a tobacco company there; her brother Felix remained at his school. For six years Margot lived in Tientsin then in Shanghai, where she studied ballet with the Russian émigré teacher George Goncharov. Her
Naomi Campbell (born 22 May 1970) is an English model. Scouted at the age of 15, she established herself among the top three most recognisable and in-demand models of the late 1980s and early 1990s, and she was one of six models of her generation declared "supermodels" by the fashion world. As the most famous black model of her time, Campbell has been outspoken throughout her career against the racial bias that exists in the fashion industry. Her personal life is widely reported, particularly her relationships with prominent men—including boxer Mike Tyson and actor Robert De Niro—and several highly-publicised convictions for assault.
Campbell was born in the working-class Streatham district of South London, the daughter of Jamaican-born dancer Valerie Morris. In accordance with her mother's wishes, Campbell has never met her father, who abandoned her mother when she was four months pregnant, and who went unnamed on her birth certificate. She took on the surname Campbell from her mother's second marriage. Her half-brother, Pierre, was born in 1986. Campbell is of Afro-Jamaican descent, as well as of Chinese Jamaican ancestry through her paternal grandmother, who carried the family
Jamelia Niela Davis (born 11 January 1981), best known mononymously as Jamelia, is a British singer-songwriter, model, entertainer, television presenter and actress. She is most famous for her use of a cappella and prolific work in the R genre. She has released three studio albums, each of which has reached the Top 40 in her native UK, which collectively have spawned eight UK top ten singles. In addition, Jamelia has won four MOBO Awards, a Q Award and has received nine BRIT Award nominations. Jamelia is one of Britain's most successful black female entertainers. Her career has spanned over ten years after being signed straight out of school at 15 to a major record label.
Her professional music career began in 1999, when she released her debut single, "So High", followed by a more successful single, "I Do". She then release her debut full-length studio album, Drama in June 2000. Jamelia went onto release further successful singles, including "Superstar" and "Thank You" which charted at number three and number two on the UK Singles Charts respectively, with "Superstar" charting at number one in Australia and becoming platinum certified in Australia. She went onto further release
Sandy Denny (6 January 1947 – 21 April 1978), born Alexandra Elene Maclean Denny, was an English singer and songwriter, perhaps best known as the lead singer for the folk rock band Fairport Convention. She has been described by Allmusic's Richie Unterberger as "the pre-eminent British folk rock singer".
After briefly working with British folk band the Strawbs, Denny joined Fairport Convention in 1968, remaining with that band until the end of 1969. She formed the short-lived band Fotheringay in 1970, releasing one album with them (another unreleased album would surface some three decades later), before focusing on a solo career. Between 1971 and 1977, Denny released four solo albums: The North Star Grassman and the Ravens, Sandy, Like an Old Fashioned Waltz, and Rendezvous. She is also noted as the only guest vocalist on a Led Zeppelin studio album, when she shared a duet with Robert Plant for "The Battle of Evermore" on Led Zeppelin IV (1971).
Music publications Sunday Express, Uncut and Mojo have each called Denny Britain's finest female singer-songwriter. Her composition "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?" has been recorded by many artists as diverse as Judy Collins, Nina Simone
Sonija Kwok (Chinese: 郭羨妮, born 22 July 1974) is a Hong Kong actress, currently working for TVB.
She was born in Hong Kong and is of mixed 3/4 Cantonese and 1/4 British parentage. Kwok immigrated to Vancouver, Canada from Hong Kong. She initially attended the University of British Columbia, but she transferred to Simon Fraser University and completed her BBA with a major in Psychology. After graduating from university, she became a Cathay Pacific flight attendant.
After a short stint as a flight attendant, she returned back to Hong Kong in 1999 and competed in the Miss Hong Kong 1999 pageant. Before the semi-finals, she was a favorite for the crown because of her looks. In the semi-finals, she took the Miss Photogenic award. After winning that award, she became a huge favorite for the crown. This was because for the Miss Hong Kong pageant contests of 1996 to 2001, all winners of the Miss Hong Kong pageants had also won the Miss Photogenic award. Ultimately, she won the title of Miss Hong Kong in July 1999. Besides winning the title of Miss Hong Kong of 1999, she also managed to grab two other awards and these were the Miss International Goodwill and Miss Intelligence awards.
Helen King (1 March 1972 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom) is a Canadian actress working in theatre, film and TV as an actor, voice artist, puppeteer & singer.
King graduated from Queen's University Department of Drama in 1994, moving to Montreal in 1995. As well as acting for independent local companies, King worked for Centaur Theatre, Geordie Productions, Just for Laughs Theatre and Theatre Lac Brome.
For a-year-and-a-half, King played the cotton ball-like lead role in Me Too! on CBC Television. She starred as the voices of Fumiko & Lisa in Discovery Kids' Jacques Cousteau's Ocean Tales, was narrator for the acclaimed documentary "Black Coffee" and the travel series Rails of Adventure and was a guest voice on several other voice series including "Totally Spies", Arthur, Creepschool, Mona the Vampire, and Potatoes & Dragons. She relocated to Toronto in early 2006, continuing her voice-over career in various animation and commercial projects. She has recently received widespread attention for taking over the role of Farah in The Two Thrones, an installment in Ubisoft's popular Prince of Persia video game series.
She has acted in the movies " Still Life", Nuit de
Jessica Taylor (born 23 June 1980) is an English lingerie model and singer, previously with the Brit Award winning pop group, Liberty X. The group consisted of herself, Tony Lundon, Kevin Simm, Michelle Heaton, and Kelli Young.
Taylor was born in Oxford in 1980 and moved to Penwortham, Lancashire in 1990. As a teenager she was a member of the Preston Musical Comedy Society and played the title role in a 1999 production of Gigi.
On 29 December 2007 she married England cricketer, Kevin Pietersen, at a service in Castle Combe, Wiltshire, with Pietersen's former England team-mate Darren Gough as best man. Their first child, a son, named Dylan Blake Pietersen was born on 10 May 2010.
Taylor took part in BBC's one-off Strictly Ice Dancing in 2005 and came in second place. She also participated in the fourth series of Dancing on Ice, partnered with Pavel Aubrecht in 2009. They made it to the final, finishing in third place. She subsequently toured with Torvill and Dean on their 25th Anniversary Bolero Tour, performing in arenas across the UK.
In 2006 she appeared on a reality TV special of The Weakest Link. Having been the statistical strongest link in rounds one and four, she came
Lavinia Powlett, Duchess of Bolton (1708 – 24 January 1760), known by her stagename as Lavinia Fenton, was an English actress.
She was probably the daughter of a naval lieutenant named Beswick, but she bore the name of her mother's husband. She was thought to have been born in Charring Cross, and had been a child prostitute before becoming an actress. Her first appearance was as Monimia in Thomas Otway's The Orphan, in 1726 at the Haymarket Theatre. She then joined the company of players at the theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, where her success and beauty made her the toast of the beaux. It was in John Gay's Beggar's Opera, as Polly Peachum, that Miss Fenton made her greatest success. Her pictures were in great demand, verses were written to her and books published about her, and she was the most talked-of person in London. Hogarth's picture shows her in one of the scenes, with the Duke of Bolton in a box.
After appearing in several comedies, and then in numerous repetitions of the Beggar's Opera in 1728, she ran away with her lover Charles Powlett, 3rd Duke of Bolton, a man much older than herself, who, after the death of his wife in 1751, married her at Aix-en-Provence. They
Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, 3 November 1948, Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire), best known by her stage name Lulu, is a Scottish singer, actress, and television personality who has been successful in the entertainment business from the 1960s through to the present day. She is internationally identified, especially by North American audiences, with the song "To Sir, with Love" from the film of the same name and with the title song to the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. In European countries she is also widely known for her Eurovision Song Contest winning entry "Boom Bang-a-Bang" and in the UK for her first hit "Shout".
Lulu grew up in Dennistoun, Glasgow, where she attended Thomson Street Primary School and Onslow Drive Junior School. She lived in Gallowgate for a while before moving to Garfield Street. At the age of 12 or 13 she and her manager approached a band called the Bellrocks seeking stage experience as a singer. She appeared with them every Saturday night: Alex Thomson, the group's bass player, has reported that even then her voice was unbelievable.
Under the wing of Marion Massey, she was signed to Decca Records and when she was
Mica Paris ( /ˈmiːʃə/ MEE-shə; born Michelle Wallen, 27 April 1969, South London) is an English soul singer, presenter on radio and television, and occasional actress.
Paris' roots are in soul and gospel music. She grew up singing in her grandparents' church and by her mid teens was making regular appearances with 'The Spirit of Watts' gospel choir (with whom she featured on the 1985 EP Gospel Joy). She abbreviated her forename to Micha, before adopting a "phonetic version". At the age of seventeen, she got her first break as a backing vocalist with the UK band Hollywood Beyond. Paris appeared on their album, If (1985).
In 1988, she released her debut, platinum-selling album So Good with 4th & Broadway when she was 19 years old. "My One Temptation" was the lead single. This led to a collaboration with American soul singer Will Downing on a cover version of a classic "Where Is the Love", made famous by Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack in the early 1970s.
The follow-up album, Contribution was released in 1991. This extended Paris' soul and gospel influences to bring in hip-hop and house music and featured the track "If I Love U 2 Nite", written especially for Paris by Prince and
Dame Antoinette Sibley, DBE (born February 27, 1939, Bromley, Kent) is a British prima ballerina. She joined the Royal Ballet from the Royal Ballet School in 1956 and became a soloist in 1960.
Initially Sibley had relatively small roles such as a friend of Swanhilda in Coppelia or as Red Riding Hood in Sleeping Beauty. Joan Lawson writing in The Dancing Times said of Sibley's dancing, "lyrical qualities and beautifully flowing line". On 21 March 1959, Dame Ninette de Valois, artistic director of the Royal Ballet allowed Sibley to undertake her first major role at a matinee at the Royal Opera House. Sibley was cast as Swanhilda in Coppelia. During 1959, Sibley had the chance to be tutored by one of the greatest ballerinas of the twentieth century, Tamara Karsavina. Karsavina said to Sibley,
"To get the full benefit from battements frappes we must train our muscles to give a quick reaction. This means that the degage must be sharp and in the nature of a 'hit out'."
On 24 October 1959, Sibley was unexpectedly allowed to dance the lead role in Swan Lake partnered by Principal Dancer, Michael Somes. This was her big break. Tours to the United States and the Soviet Union quickly
Hazel O'Connor (born 16 May 1955, Coventry, England) is an English singer-songwriter and actress. She is the daughter of a soldier from Galway who settled in England after World War II to work in a car plant. She became famous in the early 1980s with hit singles "Eighth Day", "D-Days" and "Will You", as well as starring in the film Breaking Glass.
O'Connor had her film debut in Girls Come First, in 1975.
She became prominent as an actress five years later in 1980 when playing the role of Kate in the critically acclaimed film Breaking Glass, and its accompanying soundtrack.
In 1989, in the programme introduction note for a gig at the Santa Monica venue "At My Place", in Los Angeles, she wrote:
Her performance as Kate won her the Variety Club of Great Britain Award for 'Best Film Actor' and BAFTA nominations for 'Best Newcomer' and 'Best Film Score.' The album of the same name went double platinum, reaching number 5 in the UK Albums Chart with a 28 week stay and produced several hit singles, the most successful being the haunting "Will You", and "Eighth Day". When O'Connor toured the UK in support of Breaking Glass the album, she selected as her opening act a then-unknown local group
Marianne Evelyn Faithfull (born 29 December 1946) is an English singer, songwriter and actress whose career has spanned five decades.
Her early work in pop and rock music in the 1960s was overshadowed by her struggle with drug abuse in the 1970s. During the first two-thirds of that decade, she produced only two little-noticed studio albums. After a long commercial absence, she returned late in 1979 with the highly acclaimed album, Broken English. Faithfull's subsequent solo work, often critically acclaimed, has at times been overshadowed by her personal history.
From 1966 to 1970, she had a highly publicised romantic relationship with Rolling Stones' lead singer, Mick Jagger. She co-wrote "Sister Morphine", which is featured on the Stones' Sticky Fingers album.
Faithfull was born in Hampstead, London. Her father, Major Robert Glynn Faithfull, was a British military officer and professor of psychology. Her mother, Eva von Sacher-Masoch, Baroness Erisso, was originally from Vienna, with aristocratic roots in the Habsburg Dynasty and Jewish ancestry on her maternal side. Erisso was a ballerina for the Max Reinhardt Company during her early years, and danced in productions of works by
Olivia Newton-John, AO, OBE (born 26 September 1948) is an English-Australian singer and actress. She is a four-time Grammy award winner who has amassed five No. 1 and ten other Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles and two No. 1 Billboard 200 solo albums. Eleven of her singles (including two platinum) and 14 of her albums (including two platinum and four double platinum) have been certified gold by the RIAA. Her music has been successful in multiple formats including pop, country and adult contemporary and has sold an estimated over 100 million albums worldwide. She co-starred with John Travolta in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Grease, which featured one of the most successful film soundtracks in Hollywood history.
Newton-John has been a long-time activist for environmental and animal rights issues. Since surviving breast cancer in 1992, she has been an advocate for health awareness becoming involved with various charities, health products and fundraising efforts. Her business interests have included launching several product lines for Koala Blue and co-owning the Gaia Retreat & Spa in Australia.
Newton-John has been married twice. She currently lives with her second
Amy Nuttall (born in Bolton, Greater Manchester on 7 June 1982) is an English actress and singer most notable for playing the role of Chloe Atkinson in the long-running ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 2000 until 2005.
Nuttall was educated at Bury Grammar School and trained at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.
Nuttall is credited as the youngest actress to ever understudy and play the lead role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (at age 17) (National tour), has sung at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Old Trafford and won an edition of Celebrity Stars In Their Eyes as Sarah Brightman.
Shortly before leaving Emmerdale Nuttall appeared in Notes from New York at the Trafalgar Studios opposite Jon Lee and Julie Atherton. In 2005, she released her début album as a Classical vocalist Best Days on EMI Classics and filmed music videos for her tracks Best Days, No Greater Gift and a version of Scarborough Fair, which was heavily requested on Classic FM TV. Best Days peaked at number four in the UK classical chart and was nominated for album of the year at the 2006 Classical BRIT Awards.
In the same year, Nuttall took part in the Reality TV programme Celebrity Shark
Michelle Christine Heaton (born 19 July 1980) is a British pop singer, television personality, and recently a glamour model as well. She was married to former boyband member Andy Scott-Lee.
A former student of Emmanuel City Technology College in Gateshead, Heaton began her singing career in the band Sirens with other girls from the northeast of England. She auditioned and made the final ten for girl band Girl Thing and then rose to fame when she took part in the ITV reality television show Popstars. Heaton reached the final ten but was not selected for the five member band Hear'Say. Soon after, she and the other four unsuccessful applicants formed Liberty X which consisted of herself, Tony Lundon, Kevin Simm, Kelli Young, and Jessica Taylor, signing a record deal with Virgin Records.
Liberty X enjoyed seven Top 10 singles from 2001 to 2005. Their biggest hit, "Just a Little", reached Number 1 in May 2002. "Thinking It Over", "Got To Have Your Love", "Song 4 Lovers", and "Holding on for You" all reached the top 5 in the UK Singles Chart. Their debut album, Thinking It Over, reached Number 3 in June 2002. Liberty X released another 2 albums, Being Somebody and X, which reached
Amanda Lear (born 18 November 1939 or 1946, in British Hong Kong, or 1950 in Saigon) is a French singer, lyricist, composer, painter, TV presenter, actress and novelist.
Lear began her career as a fashion model in the mid-1960s and was also a muse of the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. She first came into the public eye as the cover model for Roxy Music's album For Your Pleasure in 1973. From the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, she was a million-album-selling Disco queen, mainly in Continental Europe and Scandinavia. Her hits included "Queen of Chinatown", "Blood and Honey", "Follow Me", "Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)" and "Fashion Pack".
In the mid-1980s Lear positioned herself as one of the leading media personalities in mainland Europe, especially in Italy and in France where she hosted many long-running TV shows. Since the 1990s her time has been divided between music, television, writing and movies, as well as pursuing her career as a painter. Currently she lives in Saint-Étienne-du-Grès near Avignon in the south of France.
Lear's origins are unclear. Contested facts include her birthdate, her birth sex, the names and nationalities of her parents and the location of
Betty Diana Coupland (5 March 1932 – 10 November 2006) was an English actress best remembered for her role as Jean Abbott on Bless This House, which she played from 1971 to 1976.
Coupland was born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire in 1932, the only child of Elsie (née Beck) and Denis Coupland, and originally wanted to be a ballet dancer, but she could not fulfill this ambition due to a horse-riding accident. Her music career began at the age of 11. Barney Colehan, a BBC producer, heard Coupland sing and invited her onto one of his radio shows. By the time she reached 14, she was singing full time at the Mecca Locarno in Leeds, and the following year, moved to London with her parents, where she became a resident singer at Mecca's Tottenham Court Road ballroom. During the 1940s and 1950s, she became a leading singer of the day, singing at the Dorchester Hotel and the Savoy Hotel. Coupland also dubbed the singing voices of actresses who could not sing, namely Lana Turner in Betrayed and most famously in the James Bond film Dr. No, where she dubbed the singing voice of Ursula Andress when singing on the beach "Under the mango tree". She gave up professional singing in the 1960s.
Charlotte Maria Church (born Charlotte Maria Reed; 21 February 1986) is a Welsh singer-songwriter, actress and television presenter. She rose to fame in childhood as a classical singer before branching into pop music in 2005. By 2007, she had sold more than 10 million records worldwide including over 5 million in the United States. In 2010 she was reported to be worth as much as £11m (though one 2003 report quoted her worth at £25m). She hosted a Channel 4 chat show titled The Charlotte Church Show. Church released her first album in five years, titled Back To Scratch, on 17 October 2010. She is also mentioned as one of the Bohemians in Ben Elton's musical We Will Rock You.
Charlotte Church was born Charlotte Maria Reed in Llandaff, a district of Cardiff, Wales. She was brought up as a Roman Catholic by her mother, Maria, who was separated from Church's biological father, Stephen Reed. Church was adopted by her mother's second husband, James Church in 1986. Her break came at 11 when she sang Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Pie Jesu" over the telephone on the television show "This Morning" in 1997, followed by her performance on ITV's Big, Big Talent Show in 1997. This led to concerts at
Erika Julia Hedwig Mann (November 9, 1905 – August 27, 1969) was a German actress and writer, the eldest daughter of novelist Thomas Mann and Katia Mann.
Erika Mann was born in Munich and was the firstborn daughter of the writer and later Nobel-prize winner Thomas Mann and his wife, Katia (née Pringsheim), the daughter of an intellectual German family of Jewish heritage. She was named after Katia Mann's brother Erik, who died early, Thomas Mann's sister Julia Mann, and her grandmother Hedwig Dohm. She was baptized as a Protestant, just as her mother had been.
Thomas Mann expressed in a letter to his brother Heinrich Mann his disappointment about the birth of his first child:
Nevertheless, he later candidly confessed in the notes of his diary, that he "preferred, of the six, the two oldest [Erika and Klaus] and little Elisabeth with a strange decisiveness".
In Erika he had a particular trust, which later showed itself in that she exercised a great influence on the important decisions of her father. Her particular role was also known by her siblings, as her brother Golo Mann remembered: "Little Erika must salt the soup". This reference to the twelve-year-old Erika from the year 1917
Geraldine Estelle "Geri" Halliwell (born 6 August 1972) is a British pop singer-songwriter, clothes designer, author and actress. Halliwell came to international prominence in the late 1990s as Ginger Spice, a member of girl group the Spice Girls. She reportedly amassed a $30 million fortune during her last two years in the group. Halliwell launched her solo career in 1998, releasing her album Schizophonic. She has since released two more studio albums – Scream If You Wanna Go Faster and Passion – as well as four singles that reached number one on the UK Singles Chart: "Mi Chico Latino", "Lift Me Up", "Bag It Up" and "It's Raining Men". In 2008 Halliwell published a book series named Ugenia Lavender. As a solo artist, Halliwell has sold 12 million records worldwide, and been nominated for four Brit Awards (in 2000 and 2002). In 1999 she wrote her first autobiography If Only, in which she described her life as a Spice Girl. Her second autobiography was released in 2002. She is expected to release her fourth studio album "Putting On The Bling" in 2012.
Halliwell was born at Watford General Hospital to Laurence Francis Halliwell (1922–1993), who was of English and Swedish descent, and
Dame Gracie Fields, DBE (born Grace Stansfield, 9 January 1898 – 27 September 1979), was an English-born, later Italian-based actress, singer and comedienne and star of both cinema and music hall.
Grace Stansfield was born over a fish and chip shop owned by her grandmother, Sarah Bamford, in Molesworth Street, Rochdale, Lancashire. She made her first stage appearance as a child in 1905, joining children's repertory theatre groups such as 'Haley's Garden of Girls' and the 'Nine Dainty Dots'. Her two sisters, Edith and Betty and brother, Tommy, all went on to appear on stage, but Gracie was the most successful. Her professional debut in variety took place at the Rochdale Hippodrome theatre in 1910 and she soon gave up her job in the local cotton mill, where she was a half-timer, spending half a week in the mill and the other half at school.
She met comedian and impresario Archie Pitt and they began working together. Pitt gave Fields champagne on her 18th birthday, and wrote in an autograph book to her that he would make her a star. Pitt would come to serve as her manager and the two married in 1923 at Clapham Register Office. Their first revue in 1915 was called Yes I Think So and
Marti Webb (born 13 December 1944, Cricklewood, North West London) is a musical actress from England, who appeared on stage in Evita, before starring in Andrew Lloyd Webber's one woman show Tell Me on a Sunday in 1980. This included her biggest hit single, "Take That Look Off Your Face", a UK top three hit, with the parent album also reaching the top three.
Having studied at the Aida Foster stage school, Webb first came to prominence as Ann in the original London production of Half a Sixpence opposite Tommy Steele. She later dubbed the singing voice of Julia Foster, her replacement for the film adaptation. Immediately prior to her appearance in Half a Sixpence, Webb had made her West End debut in Stop the World, I Want to Get Off, which starred and had lyrics by Anthony Newley, whom Webb considered to be her mentor. She also played Nancy in the first UK tour of Oliver! where she met and befriended the show's Assistant Stage Manager Cameron Mackintosh, who was to become one of the most prominent musical theatre producers in world. When the production returned to the West End, Phil Collins who later achieved fame with Genesis played The Artful Dodger.
During the 1970s she carved out
Preeti Desai (Gujarati: પ્રીતિ દેસાઇ) ( born 29th September 1985) is a British Indian film actress who was Miss Great Britain 2006. As a British Indian, she made history by becoming the first woman of Indian origin to ever win the title. She made her acting debut with acclaimed film Shor in the City (2011)
Preeti Desai was born in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire England.
Preeti Desai was Miss Great Britain in 2007. A British Indian she made history by becoming the first woman of Indian origin to ever win the title. Desai started her career as a fashion model in 2008 when she appeared in the Kingfisher calender 2008. Desai was also selected to be solely on the cover of the Kingfisher Calender special edition 2008. In October 2009 Desai was announced as the new face of the retail apparel company Provogue, along with Indian actor Hrithik Roshan. Desai also featured with Italian designer Leonardo Ferragamo of Salvatore Ferragamo Italia S.p.A. for L'Officiel magazine, and walked for fashion designer Christopher Kane in a Fashion Week before moving on to acting in 2010.
Desai made her film debut in a feature film Shor in the City which was released on April 2011. It is directed by Raj