1934: Ron Pember is a British actor, stage director and dramatist, best known for his role as Alain Muny in the 1970s BBC drama series Secret Army. Pember played the part of Dennis Timson in series 4 to 7 of Rumpole of the Bailey and several small parts in television including the psychopathic ‘Outland Revenue’ taxman in the Red Dwarf episode “Better Than Life”. He retired from acting in 1992 after a stroke.
1937: 80 years old today, Jill Gascoigne, a British actress and novelist. She is best known for her role as Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes in the 1980s television series The Gentle Touch (first aired this day in 1980) and its spin-off series C.A.T.S. Eyes (first aired 12 April 1985). In the 1990s, she published three novels, “Addicted”, “Lillian” and “Just Like A Woman”. Gascoigne is married to actor Alfred Molina. In November 2016 he reported his wife was “in a very advanced stage of Alzheimer’s”, and had been in a specialist care home for over two years.
1946: Bob Harris, known as “‘Whispering Bob Harris”, is an English music presenter known for being a host of the BBC2 music programme The Old Grey Whistle Test, and as a co-founder of the listings magazine Time Out. Harris has been broadcasting on the BBC for over 40 years. He was credited as the inspiration for The Fast Show character, Louis Balfour, whose catchphrase “nice!” delivered in close up to camera followed universally dreadful modern jazz acts. This closely mirrors Harris’ trademark laconic enthusiasm on both Old Grey Whistle Test and his radio shows. [http://bobharris.org/]
1949: Lee Sheriden, (born Roger Pritchard) is a British singer/songwriter and musical director, best known as a member of pop group Brotherhood of Man.
1960: Jeremy Clarkson, an English broadcaster, journalist and writer who specialises in motoring. He is best known for co-presenting the BBC TV show Top Gear with Richard Hammond and James May. He also writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun. His opinionated but humorous tongue-in-cheek writing and presenting style has often provoked public reaction. His actions both privately and as a Top Gear presenter have also sometimes resulted in criticism from the media, politicians, pressure groups and the public. He also has a significant public following, being credited as a major factor in the resurgence of Top Gear as one of the most popular shows on the BBC.
1966: Lisa Stansfield, an English singer, songwriter and actress. Her career began in 1980 when she won the singing competition Search for a Star. After appearances in various television shows and releasing her first singles, Stansfield, Ian Devaney and Andy Morris formed Blue Zone in 1984. The band released several singles and one album, but after the success of “People Hold On” in 1989, on which Stansfield was featured, they focused on her solo career.
In 1983, she co-hosted the children’s television music programme Razzamatazz and appeared on another children’s television series The Krankies Klub.
1969: Cerys Matthews, a Welsh singer, songwriter, author, and broadcaster. She was a founding member of Welsh rock band Catatonia and a leading figure in the “Cool Cymru” movement of the late 1990s.
1970: Sannie Charlotte Carlson, better known as Whigfield, is a Danish born, Italian-based Eurodance singer best known for the song “Saturday Night“, which was a hit in 1994. The single “Another Day” & “Think of You” also did well in a number of other markets where it entered the Top 10 including UK, Switzerland, Norway and her native Denmark.