We celebrate the lives of the talented celebrities, sports stars, politicians, and other notable figures who sadly passed away in 2020

Acting legends Sean Connery and Kirk Douglas, sports stars Jack Charlton and Diego Maradona, armed forces lover Vera Lynn, Black Panther hero Chadwick Boseman and TV host Caroline Flack – we said goodbye to many famous faces in 2020

Other stars who have died this year include basketball star Kobe Bryant, rock and roll founding father Little Richard, and Jackie Stallone, one of the most memorable contestants from Celebrity Big Brother, and the COVID-19 pandemic meant that we also mourned celebrities including popular British comedians Eddie Large and Bobby Ball

Here’s a look back at the careers, legacies, and post-death honors of famous faces in music, film, television, fashion, sports, and politics

The death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash at the age of 41 shocked the world

The NBA star and his 13-year-old daughter were among nine people killed when the plane drowned in thick fog in the hills around Los Angeles

LA Lakers star Bryant, one of the few athletes worldwide known only by his first name, was a five-time NBA champion, 18-time NBA All-Star and is widely recognized as one of the greatest basketball players in history

Some of the greats in the sport, including Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal, have counted tribute alongside stars like Tiger Woods, Victoria Beckham, Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift

A true crossover star, Bryant was known far beyond his own sport – and his influence spread around the world

A broadcast legend and a national treasure, an outpouring of tributes to Nicholas Parsons, praised his quick wit, professionalism and kindness after his death

Known for the radio game show Just A Minute, which he had hosted since it was founded in 1967 The 96-year-old was a television, radio, and theater veteran and had a career in the entertainment industry for more than 60 years
A consummate professional, Parsons hit the headlines in June 2018 when, after 50 years at the helm and more than 900 guessing, he missed his first episode of Just A Minute

He was also known for his role as a questioner on the TV quiz show Sale Of The Century from 1971 to 1983 and for his charity work, for which he received a CBE in 2013

Terry Jones was perhaps best known for his role as Brian’s mother in Monty Python’s Life Of Brian and delivered the most famous line in the 1979 comedy: “He’s not the messiah – he’s a very naughty boy!”

Jones told the false identity story of an unfortunate man who was born on the same day and in the stable next to Jesus Christ He appeared as multiple characters and was also a director at the time, the film was extremely controversial because of its theme of religious satire

His family said he died aged 77 after “fighting a long, extremely brave, but always cheerful, battle with a rare form of dementia”

A tribute from Monty Python’s official Twitter account read: “Farewell, dear Terry J Two more, four more Dear Terry G, Mike, John & Eric “

Known as the Soul Man, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s father, Rocky Johnson, was a retired professional wrestler whose legacy was carried on by his son before Hollywood beckoned

Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, he pioneered the ring and became the first WWE African-American Tag Team Champion to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008

He died at the age of 75, and Dwayne paid tribute by sharing a photo of the couple together

Rush drummer Neil Peart has been widely hailed as one of the best to ever pick up the sticks He was known for performing on massive and elaborate kits with great speed, technical skill and perseverance

Together with his bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, he recorded hits like The Spirit Of Radio and Tom Sawyer and also wrote lyrics for the group

Rush last toured in 2015, and Peart announced he retired from drumming at the end of the year, diagnosed with brain cancer in 2016

In addition to his bandmates, there were also Kiss star Gene Simmons, Foo Fighters front man and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, as well as the actor and Tenacious D musician Jack Black after his death at the age of 67 tribute

Derek Acorah, a self-proclaimed spiritual medium, made predictions with Derek Acorah early in his television career and hosted the paranormal reality TV series Most Haunted in 2001, which spanned six series

He was also known to confront Michael Jackson: The Live Seance in which he attempted to contact the singer’s ghost

Derek Fowlds was best known as Bernard Woolley’s private secretary in the popular 1980s sitcom Yes Minister – pictured in the upper left with co-stars Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne – and later repeated the role in the sequel Yes, Prime Minister

The actor also played Oscar Blaketon in the long-running ITV police drama Heartbeat during a successful television career that began when he starred as Derek on the Basil Brush Show

Harry Hains, an Australian actor, model, and musician, has starred in series such as American Horror Story and The OA

The 27-year-old was performing under the name ANTIBOY and was working on his first electronic rock album, A Glitch In Paradise, when he died

His mother, actress Jane Badler, confirmed his death and said he had “the world at his feet” but “unfortunately he had to contend with mental illness and addiction”

Christopher Beeny was best known as butler Edward Barnes in the 1970s television series Upstairs Downstairs, which followed the lives of Lord and Lady Bellamy and their servants in a Belgravia bourgeois townhouse

He also appeared in In Loving Memory alongside Dame Thora Hird and in The Grove Family, and appeared as a regular guest star on Last Of The Summer Wine until he fully joined the cast in 2009

The actor performed both on stage and on screen One of his plays was Stop The World – I want to get out, Oliver! and Boeing-Boeing

Silvio Horta, born in Miami and of Cuban American descent, took his big hiatus in 1998 from writing the film Urban Legend with Jared Leto, Joshua Jackson and Tara Reid, and also created science fiction shows The Chronicle and Jake 20

However, he was best known for creating the award-winning Ugly Betty – pictured above with Star America Ferrera

An adaptation of the Colombian series Yo Soy Betty, La Fea, the story of the unlikely fashion intern Betty Suarez, had Salma Hayek among her executive producers and won a Golden Globe and Emmys in her four series from 2006 to 2010

As the X Factor host and Strictly Come Dancing winner, Caroline Flack was a television star on Saturday night

But it was hosting the sun-drenched TV dating series Love Island that got the presenter at the height of her career

Over five series, her famous pursuit of the mansion, her infectious laughter and her genuine warmth and affection for the participants have become synonymous with one of the most watched reality shows in Britain

Flack had her big hiatus with comedian Leigh Francis in Bo ‘Selecta before moving on to presenting a talented singer and dancer, she also performed in the West End, playing Roxie Hart in Chicago in 2018

In August, a coroner concluded that Flack tragically committed suicide after finding out she would definitely be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend and fearing the advertisements she was starring with would be accompanied by a process

“An actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years,” Kirk Douglas was a Hollywood veteran and legend

Born in New York, Issur Danielovitch of Russian-Jewish descent made more than 90 films in a career spanning seven decades

Hits like Spartacus (above) and The Vikings made him one of the biggest box office stars in the 1950s and 1960s In 1959, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as boxer Midge Kelly in Champion

But he said that, more than any of his films, he took great pride in his vital role in breaking the Hollywood blacklist: actors, directors and writers who were excluded from work in the 1950s due to ties to the communist movement / p>

Dieter Laser was a German actor who played the sadistic surgeon Josef Heiter in the 2009 shock horror film The Human Centipede

The horrific plot tells the story of three kidnapped tourists who surgically team up to create the title “human centipede” Thanks to its graphic content, the 18-rated Dutch film achieved cult status and is widely recognized in popular culture, including by those who don’t have a stomach to watch it

Laser won a German film award in 1975 for his leading role in the black and white film John Glueckstadt Further film credits were Don Quixote’s Children (1981), The Elixirs of the Devil (1976) and The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975)

He died at the age of 78 The Human Centipede director Tom Six described him as a “force of nature, unique people and iconic actor”

Stars like Nicki Minaj and 50 Cent paid tribute to Pop Smoke after the death of 20-year-old rapper

The star was reportedly shot and killed during a so-called “home invasion” in the Hollywood Hills

Pop Smoke was born in Brooklyn, New York and was an aspiring rapper who released his first single Welcome To The Party in 2019, which was remixed by Minaj

DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall was known for his work on popular club remixes of hit tracks like “World In Motion” by New Order, “I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have” by Primal Scream and “Hallelujah” by Happy Monday His version of Soon by My Bloody Valentine was rated the best remix of all time by the music magazine NME in 2011

His most famous project was Primal Scream’s 1991 album Screamadelica, which was loved by critics and fans alike and which earned the group the first Mercury Music Prize in 1992

He died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism at the age of 56, management announced

With Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Queen Of Katwe showed the rise of the Ugandan chess miracle Phiona Mutesi, who grew up in poverty in the Kampala slum of Katwe

John Shrapnel was a well-respected stage actor who had also appeared in a number of films including Notting Hill, Gladiator, 101 Dalmatians, The Duchess, and Alien Autopsy

He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and also had experience as a voice actor

The National Theater paid homages to the star, describing him as a “wonderful actor” after his death at the age of 77

Former child actor Raphael Coleman starred in Nanny McPhee and became a climate activist in later years

He was arrested several times while working for the Extinction Rebellion group – including in front of the Brazilian embassy and in Trafalgar Square in 2019

According to his 25-year-old stepfather, he died after the collapse after no prior health problems

Country music legend Kenny Rogers was a star whose music career spanned six decades, with hits like Coward Of The County, The Gambler, and Islands In The Stream with Dolly Parton

The Houston-born singer, known for his signature husky voice and silver beard, penetrated the world of pop and sold more than 100 million records. He also became known as an actor who appeared in television films with The Gambler and others Performed songs and made him a superstar in the 1970s and 80s

Rogers’ background was a real story who grew up in public housing with seven siblings

His first big hit was in 1977 with the sad country ballad Lucille, which earned the star the first of three Grammy awards

The world famous chef and restaurateur Michel Roux was famous for opening 1967 with his brother Albert Le Gavroche in London

The restaurant was the first in the UK to be awarded a Michelin star and the French chef has won numerous awards and accolades throughout his career

As part of the Roux culinary dynasty, he was widely recognized as one of the UK’s finest chefs The Michelin Guide described him as a “true titan” of the hotel industry who “inspired a whole generation”

He died at home in Bray-on-Thames, Berkshire surrounded by his family at the age of 78 after suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Actor Max von Sydow was a versatile star who has appeared in everything from The Exorcist and Flash Gordon to Star Wars and Game Of Thrones

Swedish-born Carl Adolf von Sydow had a varied career spanning more than 70 years that included two Academy Award nominations – Best Actor for Pelle The Conqueror in 1989 and Best Supporting Actor for his role in Extremely Loud & 2011 Incredibly close

He played Father Merrin in The Exorcist, and he was also known for starring as James Bond villain Ernst Blofeld in Never Say Never Again – just two of more than 100 appearances in television and film, including Conan The Barbarian belonged The Greatest Story Ever Told, Shutter Island and Minority Report

Born in Croydon, south London, comedian Roy Hudd broke onto television in the mid-1960s in sketch series such as The Illustrated Weekly Hudd and The Roy Hudd Show and was also an authority on the history of music hall entertainment

He became famous for his satirical series The News Huddlines on BBC Radio 2, which ran from 1975 to 2001

During his varied career, Hudd also appeared on ITV Soap Coronation Street as Undertaker Archie Shuttleworth, as well as Call The Midwife, Holby City and Midsomer Murders

Academic-turned-actor James Lipton hosted the longtime TV show Inside The Actors Studio and was famous for his in-depth interviews with hundreds of Hollywood stars, including Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks ( Picture above) and Al Pacino

His interviews ended with a list of rapid-fire questions, including, “If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you get to the Pearl Gates?” and “What’s your favorite curse word?”

Lipton’s wife, Kedakai Lipton, confirmed that her husband had died of bladder cancer at his New York home at the age of 93 and told the Hollywood Reporter, “His work was his passion, [he] loved what he did, and all the people he worked with “

Television and radio host Jeremy Vine presided over the honors following the death of Egghead’s quiz show star Dave Rainford

“Dave ‘Tremendous Knowledge’ Rainford, famous for banning pub quiz machines in Manchester, was best company after being inducted: always fun and sociable,” he said

Rainford was a regular on the BBC show, but reportedly had to resign in 2019 following an unconfirmed illness

As an openly gay writer, he has scrutinized same-sex relationships with hilarious plays and musicals that deal with the way people connect – or not

The 81-year-old, whose career spanned six decades, wrote shows like Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Ragtime and Frankie and Johnny In The Clair De Lune

He was a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic inflammatory lung disease and was among several stars who died with coronavirus at the beginning of the pandemic

Madonna initiated the honors following the death of Desperately Seeking Susan co-star Mark Blum, 69, who played Rosanna Arquette’s on-screen husband Gary Glass, who described him as a “remarkable person” and said his death was “a” one another “reminder that this virus is no joke”

Grammy-winning country star Joe Diffie, 61, musician Alan Merrill, co-writer and original singer of the acclaimed hit I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Star Wars actor and dialect trainer Andrew Jack died after contracting COVID-19

“It was one round too many,” said Sir Stirling Moss’ wife after his death. “He only closed his eyes”

As a British Formula One legend, the racing driver is known to never win the title, but finished second four times and third three times in a career that saw him win 16 Grand Prix

His athleticism cost him the title in 1958 when he defended the actions of rival Mike Hawthorne after a spin at the Portuguese Grand Prix and Hawthorne saved a six-point penalty. Hawthorne went on to beat Moss to the title by one point / p>

After retiring in 1962 due to a major accident at Goodwood that left him in a coma for a month, he was named a New Year Honors in 2000 for services to motorsport

Honor Blackman, known for his Bond girl Pussy Galore, became internationally known in 1964 in Goldfinger with Sean Connery

Born in Plaistow, east London in 1925, she trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before taking on roles including Cathy Gale in The Avengers, the vengeful goddess Hera in 1963, and Jason And The Argonauts Laura West on the ITV comedy series The Upper Hand

She joined the cast on Coronation Street in 2004, playing the flirtatious retiree Rula Romanoff, who caught Norris Cole and later appeared on an episode of Casualty in 2013

She died peacefully of natural causes at her Lewes, Sussex home surrounded by her family at the age of 94

Bill Withers was famous for timeless classics like Lean On Me, Lovely Day, Just The Two Of Us and Ain’t No Sunshine He was a three-time Grammy winner and produced nine albums and songs that provide the soundtracks for countless engagements Weddings and parties to date

His death from heart complications at the age of 81 came when people around the world found solace in his music at the height of the coronavirus pandemic and health care workers, choirs, artists and others shared their own depictions of Lean On Me

The song, an ode to the power of friendship, was performed at the inaugurations of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and, along with Ain’t No Sunshine, is on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time

Despite a relatively short musical career, which he retired from the industry in 1985 to put “the hype and the hype” in the spotlight for a more private life, he is considered one of the greats and an influence on many modern artists – His track Grandma’s Hands was sampled on Blackstreets No Diggity in 1996, while Just The Two of Us was sampled by Will Smith and Eminem in Bonnie and Clyde that same year in 1997

Withers was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Stevie Wonder in 2015 and said in his acceptance speech that it was like “a lion opening the door for a kitty kat”

Irrfan Khan was one of the first Indian actors to make a name for himself in western cinema and is known to international audiences for his roles in Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire and Jurassic World

In a statement following his death from cancer at the age of 53, the Bollywood star’s family called him “a man of few words and an actor of quiet expression, with deep eyes and memorable on-screen acts”

In a career spanning more than 30 years, the actor made his film debut in the Oscar-nominated drama Salaam Bombay! from 1988, a story about the city of Mumbai’s street children, and later worked with directors such as Mira Nair Wes Anderson and Ang Lee

Khan’s last Bollywood film, Angrezi Medium, a sequel to one of his biggest hits, Hindi Medium, was released a month before his death

Just days later, Bollywood mourned its second loss after the death of leading Indian actor Rishi Kapoor

Kapoor, part of one of Bollywood’s most famous families, received the National Film Award for his debut role as a child artist in his father’s 1970 film Mera Naam Joker and has starred in more than 90 films, with popular hits including Laila Majnu, Debt, Moonlight , sometimes sea and lightning

His wife Neetu Singh starred in several of his films, and his son Ranbir is also a top Bollywood actor

Eddie Large, real name Edward McGinnis, was best known for his comedy partnership with Syd Little The couple achieved great success on television in the 1970s and 1980s after winning the 1971 talent show Opportunity Knocks

Her prime-time BBC One series The Little And Large Show drew nearly 15 million viewers before it was discontinued in 1991

Large coronavirus trapped while being treated for heart failure, his family said, and died at the age of 78 Little said he was “devastated to have lost not only my 60-year-old comedy partner but also my 60-year-old boyfriend” “

On the day of his funeral, hundreds of people lined the streets of Bristol to pay their respects to the star as the hearse with its coffin drove by, however, only 10 family members and close friends were allowed on at the time due to COVID-19 restrictions attend the service

Tim Brooke-Taylor’s career has been an integral part of British comedy and spanned more than half a century of radio, television, film and theater

Best known for TV show The Goodies, an anarchic comedy from the 1970s that also starred Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie He has also been a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4 for over 40 years I’m sorry I have no idea besides garden

The actor pictured above has also appeared in films such as Willy Wonka and the 1971 Chocolate Factory and other television shows such as the long-running ITV series Me And My Girl and Heartbeat, as well as on stage

He received an OBE in 2011 for services to entertainment who followed in the footsteps of Oddie and Garden, despite The Goodies mocking the government’s willingness to hand out gongs in the 1960s

Tony Allen and colleague Fela Kuti defined the Afrobeat genre as part of the band Africa ’70 in the 1970s

When he finally left, the band reportedly had to hire multiple drummers to reproduce his sound

He also worked with blur star Damon Albarn and clash bassist Paul Simonon in the supergroup The Good, The Bad & the Queen, and released two albums

From Brian Eno as one of the “great musicians of the 20th Century – and the 21 Century “described, he died suddenly in his hometown Paris at the age of 79 years, said his manager

Former watchdog presenter and cancer activist Lynn Faulds Wood was born in Glasgow and was best known for turning the consumer rights program into a high season series on the BBC and starring the show between 1985 and 1985 with husband John Stapleton ( see picture above) presented in 1993

She also had various other roles in detecting crooks and scammers, including being consumer champion on GMTV between 2003 and 2009, and presenting BBC’s Old Dogs, New Tricks with Esther Rantzen and Rob Unsworth in 2006 / p>

After she was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer at age 41, she became involved in raising awareness for the disease and doing a number of television shows, including ITV World In Action – Doctor Knows Best About GP -Training in cancer diagnosis and Bobby Moore & Me, an investigation into colon cancer

She helped create the world’s first evidence-based colon cancer symptom guide, and helped establish endoscopy training centers for doctors and nurses, according to her charity’s Lynn’s Bowel Cancer Campaign website,

Adam Schlesinger, co-frontman of the US band Fountains of Wayne, was best known for their single Stacy’s Mom

However, as many said in their honors after his death, his career in the entertainment industry has been very diverse, having also written songs for film and television He had Emmys and Grammys – as well as an Academy Award nomination in 1997 for writing the title on That Thing You Do !, a musical comedy directed by Tom Hanks – on his resume

Other stars who died in April after contracting COVID-19 were Bronx-born rapper Fred The Godson; Country folk singer John Prine, 73; New Orleans jazz pioneer Ellis Marsalis Jr, 85; Actor Jay Benedict, 68, who has appeared in a number of films and TV shows, from Aliens and The Dark Knight Rises to Emmerdale and Foyle’s War; and actress and writer Patricia Bosworth, 86, who once starred alongside Audrey Hepburn and later wrote biographies of stars like Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift

Little Richard, the self-proclaimed “Rock’n’Roll Architect”, was famous in the 1950s for hits like Good Golly Miss Molly, Long Tall Sally and Tutti Frutti and was one of the first to be inducted into the Rock Hall became Of Fame in 1986 – alongside Chuck Berry, James Brown, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly

A native of Richard Penniman, one of the founding fathers of rock and roll, helped destroy segregation on the music charts at its peak in the 50s and early 60s Together with Berry and Fats Domino, he brought what was once called “racing music” into the mainstream

He built his groundbreaking sound and flamboyant stage presence with a frenzied mix of boogie-woogie, rhythm and blues and gospel, sold more than 30 million records worldwide, and influenced everyone from the Beatles and Elton John to Prince and David Bowie the years

Few recognized his crucial role faster than Richard himself The star claimed he paved the way for Elvis, provided Mick Jagger with his stage movements, and given singing lessons to Paul McCartney “I’m the architect of rock ‘n’ roll!” He famously gave a standing ovation at the 1988 Grammy Awards, “I am the author!”

Four-time Emmy nominee Fred Willard has had a career spanning more than five decades starring roles in genre-defining comedy hits on both the big and the small screen

The 86-year-old was best known for appearing in the 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap after the exploits of a fictional British heavy metal band and subsequently collaborating with director Christopher Guest, including Waiting For Guffman, For Your Consideration, Best in show and a mighty wind

Willard stayed through movies like the 2004 newsroom comedy Anchorman and its sequel and the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond through the 21st century Relevant into the century

He was also a frequent attendee of the US chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live !, which forged current events by portraying characters such as the ghosts of George Washington and President Donald Trump’s father, Fred

Dave Greenfield, a longtime member of the influential punk outfit The Stranglers, was known for his distinctive sound and style of playing with instruments such as the harpsichord and Hammond organ

The band’s website announced that the 71-year-old died after contracting COVID-19 during a long hospital stay due to heart problems

Hugh Cornwall, the band’s former lead singer, said on Twitter that Greenfields “musical prowess and gentle demeanor gave the band an interesting twist” and that he “should be remembered as the man who made the music of the world Golden Brown gave “”

Jerry Stiller, best known for George Costanza’s father Frank in Seinfeld and Arthur Spooner in King Of Queens, was born on Aug. Born June 1927 in New York to a bus driver and a housewife

He was inspired into show business at the age of eight when his father took him to see the Marx brothers in the comedy classic A Night at the Opera and later graduated from acting after serving in World War II

His career really began after he met Anne Meara in 1953, with whom he formed a popular double act that featured in several TV variety shows as well as a one-off Broadway production of Meara in the 1960s and 1970s called after-play – in 1995

His son, actor Ben Stiller, headed the honors after his death of natural reasons at the age of 92, saying: “He was a great father and grandfather and Anne’s most dedicated husband for about 62 years”

Florian Schneider, second on the top left, co-founded Kraftwerk alongside Ralf Hutter in 1970, after meeting in Düsseldorf as a student

The band’s pioneering use of drum machines and synthesizers influenced countless musicians who came after them

Schneider was born in Ohningen in southwest Germany and was involved in Kraftwerk albums such as Autobahn, Radio-Activity, Trans-Europe Express, The Man-Machine and Tour de France. He left the group in 2008 and they won one in 2016 lifelong Grammy

In a statement to Rolling Stone, the band said Schneider was “after a brief period of cancer a few days after he turned 73 Birthday “died

Gogglebox favorite June Bernicoff was on the show with her husband Leon, who died in December 2017, from early 2013

After passing away from a brief illness at the age of 82, Channel 4 and production company Studio Lambert paid tribute: “As the first couple to be cast for Gogglebox in 2013, June and husband Leon were a huge part of the program’s success

“Her warmth, wit, and contrasting personalities made her popular with the nation over the course of the first 10 series”

Magician Roy Horn was best known as part of the Las Vegas duo of Siegfried & Roy, who, along with Siegfried Fischbacher, were world-famous for their shows with white lions and tigers

However, the act was unraveled in October 2003 when a tiger named Mantecore mistreated him during a live performance, severing his spine, and causing several other injuries that permanently impaired his ability to move, walk, and speak

Fischbacher paid tribute: “Today the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend

“From the moment we met I knew that Roy and I would change the world together. There could be no Siegfried without Roy and no Roy without Siegfried”

Actor Michael Angelis starred as Arnie Song, Lucien Boswell in The Liver Birds, Mickey Startup in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Chrissie Todd in Boys From The Blackstuff and Martin Niarchos in GBH, as well as appearances in Holby City, Accident, Bill and in September Heartbeat

He was also known for narrating Thomas The Tank Engine series Thomas And Friends and voicing the children’s show for 13 series after replacing Beatle Ringo Starr in 1991

Shad Gaspard was known in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as one half of the tag team group Cryme Time along with his partner JTG

After retiring from the WWE in 2010, Gaspard had minor roles in television and films, including the Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard 2015

He died after going missing while swimming with his 10-year-old son, who was rescued, in Venice Beach, Los Angeles

The song peaked at number two in both the UK and the US in 1964 and became Jamaica’s first million-selling single, according to the National Library of Jamaica, with seven million copies sold worldwide

Chris Blackwell, producer and founder of Island Records, described the singer as “the person who took Ska International”

The armed forces sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn, performed just weeks before she died at the age of 103, singing her war classic We’ll Meet Again Anniversary of VE day in lockdown was

Famous for her moral-raising visits to the front lines to entertain troops during WWII (There will be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover was another of their hits

In one of her recent interviews, she told Sky News that the British “should do what they can to help each other” during the coronavirus crisis She said she was touched when the Queen gave her lyrics in a special televised address to the nation

Lynn was born in London in 1917 and made her debut in an East End working men’s club at the age of seven By the age of 15, she ran her own dance school and gained national recognition in the 1930s when she began singing regularly on the radio and in nightclubs in the West End

After performing for the troops in countries like Egypt, India and Myanmar at a young age, she remained associated with the British armed forces for life

The extravagant Hollywood director Joel Schumacher became famous in 1985 with his first film St Elmo’s Fire. The so-called “Brat Pack” group of young actors made a name for itself with Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez and Ally Sheedy

After directing the vampire horror comedy The Lost Boys in 1987, he became one of the preeminent filmmakers of the 1990s He has directed Flatliners and A Time To Kill, as well as two Batman films – Batman Forever 1995 and Batman & 1997 Robin – which have been considered one of the most caricatured films in the DC Comics franchise

Schumacher co-directed the thrillers Tigerland and Phone Booth with The Phantom Of The Opera in 2004, and directed two episodes of Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ in 2013

Bonnie Pointer (second from right) was one of the RnB groups The Pointer Sisters, winner of three Grammys and known for hits like Jump (For My Love) and I’m So Excited

Formed in Oakland, California, the group first had success in the 1970s and has had various lineups over the years including Bonnie and her sisters Anita, Ruth and June 1977, Bonnie left the company to pursue a solo career

She died at the age of 69 and Anita said, “Bonnie was my best friend and we talked every day, we never had a fight in our lives, I already miss her and I’ll see her again one day””

Ronnie O’Sullivan, Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White led the honors after the death of snooker star Willie Thorne

Long-time friend Gary Lineker, who, like Thorne, hails from Leicester, described him as “a wonderful snooker player and a lovable man who potted his last black far too soon”

Thorne reached two World Cup quarterfinals and won the Mercantile Credit Classic in 1982. He missed his biggest title in 1985 when he took a 13-8 lead over Steve Davis in the British Championship final after missing an easy blue

Thorne, who appeared on chart hit Snooker Loopy as part of Barry Hearn’s Matchroom Mob, later became a commentator on the sport for the BBC and appeared on the fifth series of Strictly Come Dancing

Popular Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Mumbai home at the age of 34

Police initially said they believed he had committed suicide and the case is still under investigation, but his death sparked months of media speculation in India

After starting out on television, the actor made his Bollywood debut in 2013 with director Abhishek Kapoor in the film Kai Po Che, which is based on the book by Chetan Bhagat, and starred in other films such as Kedarnath, Sonchiriya and Raabta, and starred in 2016 in the film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story the former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni

James Bowen wrote the story that would make this ginger cat famous, the bestselling book and then the movie A Street Cat Named Bob, after meeting the abandoned and injured Moggy in 2007 while battling a drug addiction himself. p>
The couple quickly became inseparable, and Bob often joined Bowen selling The Big Issue on the streets of London

Bob died at the age of 14 RIP Bob was trending on Twitter when the sad news broke

Mr Bowen said the cat saved his life “It’s as simple as that. He gave me so much more than camaraderie. With him by my side, I found a direction and a purpose that I had missed”

Gambia-born British actor and activist Louis Mahoney has appeared in Fawlty Towers and Doctor Who, and also campaigned for racial equality within the acting profession

As one of the first black actors to join the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1960s, he also starred in several films including Omen II and The Plague of the Zombies, his last television appearance was shortly before his death at the age of 81 in BBC One’s The Split

At Fawlty Towers, he played a doctor in 1975 in the episode The Germans, which was removed from the UKTV streaming platform earlier that year for racial abuse

Sir Ian Holm was a star in the UK film industry who won a Laurence Olivier Award, Tony, a BAFTA and was a member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company

He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Sam Mussabini in the 1981 hit Chariots Of Fire and played Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, as well as in such films as The Fifth Element, Alien, the New Clothes of the emperor and the madness of King George

Sir Ian was married four times, most recently to Sophie de Stempel, a protégé and life model of Lucian Freud, and had five children

“He died peacefully in hospital with his family and caregiver” at the age of 88, said a statement from his agent, adding that his illness was Parkinson’s disease

Jack Charlton, a member of the 1966 English World Cup winning team and later celebrated manager of the Republic of Ireland, was loved by English and Irish fans alike

He was widely hailed as one of the best center-backs of all time and was a one-club man for Leeds United In his 23-year career he achieved a record of 773 appearances and scored 96 goals

Affectionately known as “Big Jack”, he won a total of 35 international matches for England – including every game during the 1966 tournament, which helped defeat West Germany in the final at Wembley. A famous picture of the win showed the footballer at the The final whistle sank to his knees before hugging his younger brother Bobby Charlton

He died peacefully in his Northumberland home at the age of 85 after being diagnosed with lymphoma and suffering from dementia

“A pillar of Hollywood’s Golden Age and an immeasurable talent,” described the Academy of Arts and Sciences for Feature Films Dame Olivia de Havilland

Known for her role as Melanie Hamilton in Gone With the Wind, the actress appeared in 49 feature films between the 1930s and 1980s and was named Lady for Merit to Drama in 2017

In the 1930s, she was best known for an on-screen partnership with Errol Flynn in films such as The Charge Of The Light Brigade and The Adventures Of Robin Hood.She received her first Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for Gone With The Wind , followed by four more nods for best actress for Hold Back The Dawn, To Each His Own, The Snake Pit, and The Heiress – and won two for To Each His own and the Heiress

She was also known for standing behind a landmark 1944 ruling known as the De Havilland Act, which ended the studios’ close influence on contract actors

Dame Olivia died in Paris at the age of 104 Their representative said the world has lost “an international treasure”

Actress Kelly Preston starred alongside Tom Cruise as his fiancée in Jerry Maguire and with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in the comedy Twins

She also played alongside her husband John Travolta several times, most recently in Mob Flick Gotti

in 2018

After being told she had breast cancer, she kept her diagnosis a secret, and her death at 57 shocked the world

“She fought a brave battle with the love and support of so many,” said Travolta in honor of

The couple had been married for more than 28 years and had three children. Their eldest Jett died in 2009 at the age of 16 after having had a seizure while on vacation in the Bahamas

Naya Rivera played the cheerleader Santana Lopez in the musical comedy television series Glee

for six seasons

The California-born star made her film debut in the horror film At The Devil’s Door in 2014 and later played a role in the lifetime television series Devious Maids

After taking a boat trip on a lake in Southern California with her son Josey in July, she was found missing when the four-year-old was found alone in the ship

Known as The Maestro, Ennio Morricone was a prolific composer who wrote more than 400 original scores for feature films – including the unforgettable theme The Good, The Bad And The Ugly – and more than 100 classical works

He started writing music at the age of six and has won two Academy Awards, several Grammys, Golden Globes and BAFTAs, as well as numerous David Di Donatello Awards – Italy’s highest film award.In his decades-long career, he has worked with top Hollywood directors such as Quentin Tarantino , Brian de Palma and Gillo Pontecorvo together

But the iconic coyote howl of 1966 spaghetti western The Good, The Bad And The Ugly – a collaboration with the late Italian film director Sergio Leone who he went to school with as a kid – will always be remembered as his best known work He worked again with Leone on the classic Once Upon a Time in the West from 1969, creating a few simple notes on the harmonica that were instantly associated with the film

Morricone also composed for the 1986 British drama The Mission, the 1987 American gangster film The Untouchables, the 1988 Italian coming-of-age story Cinema Paradiso and Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight in 2016

Broadway actor Nick Cordero died at the age of 41 from serious medical complications, including an amputation of his right leg as a result of coronavirus

Cordero had moved to California with his family to star in the musical Rock Of Ages and was also known for his roles in A Bronx Tale and Bullets Over Broadway, in which he was nominated for a Tony Award

In an emotional homage on Instagram, his wife Amanda Kloots wrote: “God now has another angel in heaven”

Earl Cameron was one of the first black actors to be awarded a leading role in British cinema He first starred in Pool Of London in 1951 and appeared in the 1965 Bond film Thunderball with Sean Connery, Sir Sidney Poitier’s 1973 film A Warm, on December, and Inception alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in 2010

Modern stars honored a man who was considered a pioneer of British cinema after his death at the age of 102 David Harewood called him a “total legend” and Paterson Joseph described the Bermuda-born Brit as a “giant man” “”

David Burt, the Prime Minister of Bermuda, said he was “deeply saddened” by the death of Cameron, who became CBE in 2009

“At a time when the whole world is studying the history of people with color, Earl Cameron’s life and legacy makes us pause and remember how he broke barriers and refused to limit himself to what his humble beginnings might have dictated his path, “he said

Peter Green was an influential blues rock guitarist who founded Fleetwood Mac in 1967 with drummer Mick Fleetwood

He left the company in 1970 while struggling with mental health problems before they became one of the best-selling acts in the world

Green was one of eight members of the band – along with Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Christine McVie, Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer – who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998

Leading the honors after his death at the age of 73, Fleetwood described Green as “my dearest friend” and said they “embarked on a damn musical journey so many can enjoy”

DJ Steve Sutherland has been widely acclaimed for his contribution to the UK black music scene and has won several MOBOs

over the course of his career

He had his own radio shows on Choice and Galaxy FM and was known on the club circuit in Ibiza, London and beyond with his Twice As Nice brand

“His contribution to the Black British Music scene will never be forgotten,” said a tribute to the MOBO Awards after his sudden death

Chadwick Boseman, who was heralded as the “real original” and “shattered” stereotypes, won legions of fans for his role in “Black Panther” – the first big budget superhero film with a black hero, a director and a mostly black one Cast First superhero film to receive an Oscar nomination for best picture

His death at the age of 43 when he was at the height of his film career stunned the world as the star had kept the fact that he was suffering from colon cancer a secret

In addition to playing T’Challa in Black Panther, Boseman also played black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown early in his career, and also appeared in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the final film in early 2020 which he shot before his death, he plays the ambitious session band trumpeter Levee, a man who wanted to make a name for himself in Chicago in the 1920s

Should he be nominated for an Oscar for both roles, he would be the first actor to receive two posthumous nods

After his death, the honors poured in, and many co-stars and fans shared stories of his kindness and generosity – including Sienna Miller, who revealed he’d cut her salary to increase her salary for the 2019 film 21 Bridges could be

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman replaced on / off member Hillel Slovak in 1983 in time to play on the group’s 1984 debut album

While co-writing much of the second studio album, Freaky Styley, it was replaced by Slovak at the time the album was released in 1985.Sherman was later featured on two other albums by the band, Mother’s Milk and The Abbey Road EP / p>

The band paid tribute to “a unique guy” and wished him “peace on the boogie platform” after his death at the age of 64

Chariots of Fire actor Ben Cross starred as British Olympian Harold Abrahams in the 1981 film, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture

The film marked a turning point in British cinema and prompted writer Colin Welland to declare “The British are coming” when he received his Oscar for Best Screenplay

Harry Bernard Cross was born in 1947 into a working class London family and studied acting at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) He had a supporting role in A Bridge Too Far alongside Sir Sean Connery and Sir Michael Caine in 1977 before moving to the Royal Shakespeare Company and having greater success in the Chicago play as Billy Flynn, the lawyer for murderer Roxie Hart, next year

Other film credits include 1995 First Knight and the 2009 Star Trek reboot, and shortly before his death at the age of 72, he finished filming the horror film The Devil’s Light

RuPaul led the honors after the death of popular drag queen Chi Chi DeVayne (34), who took part in the reality series RuPaul’s Drag Race

“I cannot bear to hear about Chi Chi DeVayne,” said RuPaul. “I am so grateful that we were able to experience her kind and beautiful soul

Dame Diana Rigg was best known as secret agent Emma Peel in The Avengers in the 1960s and, more recently, as Olenna Tyrell in Game Of Thrones, a stage and screen star whose career spanned several decades

In addition to George Lazenby, she also played Countess Teresa di Vicenzo, also known as Tracy Bond – the only woman who brought 007 to the altar – on Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Rigg was born Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg in Doncaster in 1938 He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1959. She had minor on-screen roles before her break in The Avengers where she starred alongside Patrick McNees as John Steed; together they formed an immaculately dressed duo fighting crime and exchanging jokes

In Game Of Thrones, her biggest role in recent years, she played the hilarious and sarcastic Tyrell Matriarch, a political mastermind popularly known as the Queen of Thorns, from 2013-2017, and her numerous films included The Hospital , A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Little Night Music, Evil Under the Sun and A Good Man in Africa

Mother of Hollywood action man Sylvester in the UK Jackie Stallone was known as one of the most memorable stars of Celebrity Big Brother

As a famous celebrity astrologer and women’s wrestling promoter, her stint at the famous reality TV house lasted just days after she was evicted after clashes with late racing expert John McCririck, but made history in 2005 Show was received

Stallone stepped in as a surprise candidate a few days after the series began and shocked the roommate and former daughter-in-law Brigitte Nielsen, with whom she had a frosty relationship at the time

“Oh my god! Jackie!” exclaimed a stunned Nielsen when she first saw her The slow answer – “Yes Jackie” became a much quoted line from the show

Toots Hibbert was the legendary front man of the reggae group Toots And The Maytals, behind hits like Pressure Drop, Monkey Man and 54-46 That’s My Number

Hibbert and his group are well known for the power of his soulful voice, which some have compared to that of Otis Redding They were considered the pioneers of reggae and its growing popularity worldwide

Hibbert was born in Clarendon, Jamaica, in 1942 The youngest of seven children, he performed regularly until his death at the age of 77. He was hospitalized just days after the Maytals’ first album was released in more than a decade, Got to Be Tough >

Music legend Ronald “Khalis” Bell was the founder of Kool & The Gang and co-wrote many of the band’s most memorable songs, including party favorite Celebration, Jungle Boogie, Ladies Night and Get Down On It

As one of the greatest bands of the 1970s, they received a Grammy Award in 1978 for their work on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack – one of the best-selling albums in history – and are also one of the most sampled artists of all time, especially for the track Jungle Boogie

The band received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2015, and three years later Bell was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

He died in his home in the US Virgin Islands at the age of 68 with his wife by his side

Actor Rodney Litchfield was best known for playing Tommy in the comedy Early Doors, which aired in 2003 and 2004 and which followed a landlord and his family

In 2007 he also starred on Coronation Street, played grandfather Wilf Morton, starred Wild Bill in Phoenix Nights alongside Peter Kay and Paddy McGuinness, and had minor roles in shows like Emmerdale, Shameless, The Bill, Cracker and Casualty

He died at the age of 81 Early Doors writer and star Phil Mealey said, “We were blessed to meet and cast him as he was absolutely perfect”

Michael Lonsdale, best known for his role as James Bond villain Hugo Drax in the 1979 Moonraker, has made more than 100 films and has appeared on stage over a 60-year career in the entertainment industry

He has worked with some of the world’s greatest directors including Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg, Francois Truffaut and Louis Malle

Its last performance took place in a short film for the Paris Opera, Degas et Moi (Degas And Me) in 2019

Lonsdale died peacefully at his home in Paris at the age of 89 His 20-year-old agent said it was just old age “His mind was alive but his body was tired,” he said

The perfect combination of dangerous and polite was for many fans Sir Sean Connery the ultimate James Bond

Born in the Fountainbridge neighborhood of Edinburgh in 1930, he left school at a young age and took his first job as a milkman with horse and cart before trying a variety of jobs including stints as a bricklayer, lifeguard and artist model

When he worked for Dr No was selected, he became the first actor to deliver the most famous introduction in film history – “Bond James Bond” – in a role that brought a man from humble beginnings to Hollywood legend

Connery became a British spy a total of seven times and also starred in From Russia With Love, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, Never Say Never Again and Goldfinger, arguably the greatest Bond film of all 1964

His career in entertainment spanned seven decades, with minor roles before Bond and films after, including The Rock, Highlander, The Untouchables and of course Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, in which he played Indy’s father, Professor Henry Jones / p>

Sir Sean’s son Jason said his father died peacefully in his sleep overnight when he was in Nassau, Bahamas at the age of 90

Rock star and guitar legend Eddie Van Halen was widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time

In 1972 he founded his band Van Halen in California with David Lee Roth on vocals, his brother on drums and Michael Anthony on bass

Best known among mainstream viewers for their crossover hit single Jump with its signature keyboard line, whose record was taken in 1984, sold 10 million copies in the US alone – and the band sold more than 50 million copies Albums in their home country

Other hits are: Why can’t this be love and run with the devil? Michael Jackson also recruited the musician for the distinctive guitar break on Beat It – a post he later said lasted about 20 minutes

Bobby Ball was half of comedy double act Cannon & Ball

alongside lifelong friend and comic colleague Tommy Cannon

Born in 1944, Robert Harper met Cannon while they were working as a welder Her comedy, however, took her from the factory to the TV studio and to the Cannse & Ball Show, a prime-time Saturday night hit that ran from 1979 to 1988. They also starred in the 1982 film The Boys in Blue, in which she played crazy cops, and in the 1988 film Mr H Is Late starring alongside Eric Sykes

Ball continued to appear on television series including Last Of The Summer Wine, Heartbeat, Mount Pleasant, Benidorm, The Cockfields, and Not Going Out

Echo one of Ball’s famous catchphrases – “Rock on Tommy!” – Cannon said, “Rock on, my good friend, I can’t believe this, I’m devastated”

Former grandstand presenter Frank Bough was one of the most iconic television personalities of the 1970s and 1980s and was part of the launch of the BBC breakfast show Breakfast in 1983

He was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1933 During his career he also worked for ITV and London Weekend Television In 1989 he was hired by Sky to present the Frank Bough interview for two series

As an avid sports broadcaster, he anchored six World Championships, six Olympic Games and at least a dozen five-nation championships for the BBC. However, his career with the company ended in 1988 when he broke the news over a sex worker and drug scandal World reports it was laid off

Actress and dancer Marge Champion, famous for the classic Disney animation Snow White, became the muse of the animation team at the age of 14 because her father was friends with Walt Disney

When she performed for them for a few days every month for two years while they were drawing her main character, she was reportedly paid about $ 10 a day

She modeled for the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio, Hyacinth Hippo in Fantasia, and Mr Stork in Dumbo, and also starred in a number of MGM musicals in the 1950s, including Show Boat, Lovely To Look At, and Give A Girl A pause

A “giant in his field” Herbert Kretzmer was the copywriter behind the world-famous musical Les Miserables

The native South African moved to London in 1954 and worked as both a journalist and songwriter, wrote songs for the BBC satire That Was The Week That Was and won an Ivor Novello Award for the comedy hit Goodness Gracious Me, which by Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren.He also worked with French singer Charles Aznavour on his 1974 hit She, which topped the UK charts

Based on the French novel of the same name by Victor Hugo from 1862, he was awarded for his work on Les Miserables – with songs like “I had a dream”, “Bring it home” and “On your own” – both a Tony and Grammy award.He was also a recognized screenwriter and lyricist for the 2012 Oscar-winning version of the film starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Helena Bonham Carter starred

Two-and-a-half-man actress Conchata Ferrell played the housekeeper Berta on the long-running sitcom, a role that earned her two Emmy nominations

Her film roles in 1976 included the satirical comedy Network, Edward Bissorhands by Tim Burton and Erin Brockovich, the 2000 biopic starring Julia Roberts

She died of complications from cardiac arrest at the age of 77 Charlie Sheen and other co-stars paid tribute to an “absolute sweetheart” and a “beautiful person”

Singer Johnny Nash was best known for the 1970s reggae hit I Can See Clearly Now, which sold more than a million copies and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four weeks

The Houston native began his career as a singer and actor in the late 1950s and made his debut as a major label artist with the single A Teenager Sings the Blues in 1957. Influenced by reggae during his time in Jamaica in the 1960s, he was among the first Artists who brought the genre to the US audience

His hits also included his version of Bob Marley’s Stir It Up and There Are More Questions Than Answers until it largely fell from the spotlight in the late 1980s

Archie Lyndhurst was a child actor and son of Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst, best known as Ollie Coulton in the CBBC comedy So ​​Awkward since his debut in 2015
According to his résumé, he began his career at the Sylvia Young Theater School and also appeared in the hospital drama Casualty and the Jack Whitehall comedy Bad Education, as well as other projects in which he played a young version of the comedian

Former Great British Bake Off finalist Luis Troyano appeared in the fifth series of the hit show in 2014

Second in the final episode, he graciously admitted that “hand to heart, the right person won” when Nancy Birtwhistle was crowned champion

After his time on the show, he appeared on TV food shows, held cooking classes, and published a book called Bake it Great in 2015

Diego Maradona was widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time – if not the greatest – and was an athletic legend

As the hero captain of the Argentine team that won the 1986 World Cup, he was a god on the pitch and worshiped by his fans as well as fans outside the clubs and the country he played for, and he was also notorious for the goal “Hand of God” that helped knock out England at the start of the 1986 competition

Maradona also struggled with substance abuse, and a 2019 documentary explored the two sides of his personality

He died at the age of 60 after a heart attack Argentina had national mourning for three days

Des O’Connor was an all-round entertainer and household name for decades He was a comedian, chat show host, and singer who charmed several generations

When he was younger and briefly flirting with football as a career and playing professionally with Northampton Town, he would later join Butlin’s summer camp as Redcoat and appear in theatrical variety shows in the mid-1950s.His TV break was in 1963, when The Des O’Connor Show was commissioned by ITV

More shows followed, including Des O’Connor Tonight, An Audience With Des O’Connor, and Today With Des And Mel, and he also hosted several game shows, including Take Your Pick and Countdown

He died at home after a fall at the age of 88 Numerous celebrities paid tribute, including former co-host Melanie Sykes (pictured above) and countdown stars Carol Vorderman and Susie Dent

Geoffrey Palmer was a British veteran best known for appearances on “The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin”, “As Time Goes By” and “Butterflies”

He made an OBE in 2004 for contributions to the drama His other credits included Fawlty Towers, Dr Who and the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies

He starred alongside Dame Judi Dench in As Time Goes By, the show he is best known for, with the duo playing a reconnected couple of former lovers who later married from 1992 to 2005

David Prowse was the man who donned the iconic Darth Vader suit in the original Star Wars trilogy, a British weightlifter and bodybuilder who became a movie icon for his physical portrayal of the bad guy – starring the character of American actor James Earl Jones due to Prowse’s West Country accent

Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, presided over the honors after his death, describing him as “a kind man” who was “much more than Darth Vader”

Comedian and actor John Sessions was best known for his regular appearances on TV panels like Whose Line Is It Anyway? and QI

A gifted impressionist, he also worked on the satirical TV puppet show Spitting Image and later on the celebrity documentary Stella Street

In the 1980s he practiced his improvisation skills with appearances in small live comedy locations and a one-man show in London’s West End, before taking his big TV break after the radio version of Whose Line Is It Anyway inserted 1988 successfully transferred to the small screen

Sessions showed his acting talent on a number of TV shows including Doctor Who, Skins, Sherlock and Shameless

The star of Celebrity Big Brother, Heavy D, originally became famous as a bidder on the UK version of the reality TV auction show Storage Hunters and was best known for his larger than life personality

It appeared in the celebrity version of Big Brother in 2016 and was released in the fourth week

Real name Colin Newell, he died at the age of 43, his friend confirmed after he disappeared

Barbara Windsor, a carry-on star and EastEnders legend, was really worth her national treasure status

After making her West End debut at the age of 15, she appeared in a handful of films and TV series, but it was the carry-on series that made her a star

Her career bounced back when Queen Vic’s landlady, Peggy Mitchell, mother of the infamous Phil and Grant Mitchell, became one of the soap’s most beloved and iconic characters in EastEnders in the 1990s

She was short, but her character’s presence was huge – she stood up to some of the soap’s most notorious villains during her time behind the bar

Dame Barbara died at the age of 83 after suffering from dementia for several years.In her later years, she had campaigned for awareness raising about the disease, one in 100000 people sent a signed letter to Boris Johnson demanding better care for those affected, and at the end of their conversation the Prime Minister cheekily asked: “Can I have a kiss?” ? “

Stella Tennant was a British supermodel who began her career in 1993 at the age of 23 with a shoot for British Vogue

She walked the catwalks for designers like Gianni Versace, Karl Lagerfeld and Alexander McQueen and was one of the models who represented the British fashion industry during the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London – alongside Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell and David Gandy

In the late 1990s, Lagerfeld announced Tennant as the new face of Chanel and she became a muse for the designer. Over the years, she also appeared in numerous advertising campaigns for major fashion brands including Calvin Klein, Chanel, Hermes and Burberry, and graced the cover of Vogue several times – most recently in 2018

She died suddenly just five days after she was 50 Birthday, confirmed her family and described her as “a wonderful woman”

Hugh Keays-Byrne was best known for playing the villain Toecutter in Mad Max against Mel Gibson in Mad Max in 1979, and starred alongside Charlize Theron as Immortan Joe on Fury Road, the fourth installment in the franchise, in 2015 / p>

Theron presided over the awards after his death was announced by filmmaker Brian Trenchard-Smith, who directed the actor in The Man From Hong Kong in 1975

Keays-Byrne, a former Royal Shakespeare Company actor who was born in India and settled in Australia, has also starred in films and series such as Sleeping Beauty in 2011 and Moby Dick in, according to film and TV website IMDB 1998 1974 Outlaw Biker Film Stone and 1986 Drama For Love Alone

Rosalind Knight, 87, was an actress best known for her roles in the early Carry On films and to younger audiences as the Horrible Grandma in the Channel 4 comedy Friday Night Dinner

Her stage and film career spanned more than six decades, with appearances in the 1957 film Blue Murder At St Trinian’s and decades later as a teacher in The Wildcats Of St Trinian’s in 1980

She starred as a retired prostitute Beryl in the television series Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, starring Kathy Burke and James Dreyfus, and made a name for herself on stage opposite Vanessa Redgrave in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1961 production of As You Like It

Boba’s appearances were brief and Bulloch’s vocal performance was repeated in later releases of the films, but the character became a cult favorite and even reappeared in The Mandalorian on Disney

He died at the age of 75 after living with Parkinson’s disease for years Star Wars creator George Lucas paid tribute to a “true gentleman”

Eileen Pollock was born in Belfast and has been a star on stage and on screen She starred alongside Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in 1992 and in Angela’s Ashes in films such as Far And Away in 1999

But she was best known for playing “Tart” Lilo Lill, the mistress of Freddie Boswell, in Bread, the televised comedy that revolved around the Liverpool working class Boswell family from 1986-1991 ran

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