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On This Day (USA) - 20 July



Gridlock premiered on SyFy (East Coast Feed) in 2007 at 9:00pm
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Sinead Michael was 19 - 3 credits, including Sky in Sky(SJA)

Sinead Michael is an English teen actress best known for playing Sky Smith in The Sarah Jane Adventures. She was also one of the main characters in the mini-series The Children and the TV movie Enid.

Biography from the wikipedia article, licensed under CC-BY-SA



Rory Jennings was 34 - 6 credits, including Tommy in The Idiot's Lantern

Rory Jennings is a British actor, best known for his role as Craig Dixon in the BBC soap opera, EastEnders. 

He played Tommy in the 2006 Doctor Who story The Idiots Lantern.

He has been acting since the age of ten. As a child actor he trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School; he took a complete break from acting in 2001 to study Politics at the University of Liverpool.

Theatre credits include: Transgression (National Theatre), Gong Donkeys (Bush Theatre)nand Heaven Eyes (Edinburgh Festival).

TV credits includes: Urban Gothic (Urban Gothic Prods), Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (Ghost Productions), The Wings of Angels (BBC), The Affair (Anglia/HBO), Watch (Spelthorne Prod/BBC), Casualty (BBC), The Fast Show (BBC), Tom's Midnight Garden (BBC), All About George (ITV), Brief Encounters (BBC), Jericho (ITV), Doctor Who (BBC) and The Good Housekeeping Guide (BBC). Eastenders (BBC), The Bill (ITV)[5] and in September 2008, he appears in "Harry and Paul" (BBC).

Film credits include: The People's Princess (Parma Pictures), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Columbia Tristar) and Fatherland (HBO).



Cosima Shaw was 45 - 2 credits, including Steffi Ehrlich in The Waters of Mars

Cosima Shaw is an actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Steffi Ehrlich on the Doctor Who autumn 2009 special, The Waters of Mars as well as the prosecutor Nadia Pirlo in Zen.

Shaw's first role came about in the show in the German television series Sylter Geschichten. Her first big acting break came when she was cast as the German lesbian receptionist in the BBC1 comedy 'Trevor's World of Sport', written and directed by Andy Hamilton. This led to parts in feature films such as 'V for Vendetta' as well as other appearances on British as well as German television. She played Ana, a woman, who equally mourns and rejoices in the death of her husband from cancer, whilst trying to start again, in the British independent feature film 'Ana Begins' directed by Ben O' Connor. In 2009 she played a scientist on a doomed Mars mission in one of the final Doctor Who specials with David Tennant. In 2011 she played Nadia Pirlo, an Italian prosecutor, in the BBC drama series Zen.



Julian Rhind Tutt was 49 - credited as Rance in The Paradise Of Death(Misc)

Julian Alistair Rhind-Tutt is an English actor. 

He is best known for his starring role as Dr "Mac" Macartney in the comedy television series Green Wing, the second series of which finished on Channel 4 in May 2006. He has also appeared in various other television shows and films.

He has worked for Big Finish.



Johnathon Morris was 57 - credited as Chela in Snakedance

Jonathon Morris is an English actor, best known for his role as Adrian Boswell in Carla Lane's comedy Bread,

He appeared in the 1983 Doctor Who story Snakedance.

He appeared as a regular in the early 1980s ITV comedy That Beryl Marston!, and in leading roles in two of the BBC's Sunday Classic Serial adaptations, Beau Geste in 1982 and The Prisoner of Zenda in 1984. He had also played guest roles in The Professionals and Granada's short-lived soap The Practice.

He presented CBBC game show The Movie Game from 1991–93, replacing Phillip Schofield. 



Jeff Rawle was 66 - 3 credits, including Plantagenet in Frontios

Jeff Rawle  is a British actor, perhaps best known for playing the long-suffering George in the sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey. He played the character as Silas Blissett in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks from December 2010, until November 2011.

He played Plantagenet in the 1984 Doctor Who story Frontios. Also appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Rawle was born in Birmingham. He landed his first major role in 1973 as Billy in the TV version of Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall's Billy Liar. He appeared in Faith in the Future on ITV from 1995-1998. He also appeared in the ITV series Doc Martin as Roger Fenn.

He played Amos Diggory father to Cedric Diggory played by Robert Pattinson in the fourth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. 

Rawle has provided numerous narrations including A Bear Called Paddington, three series of the Duchess of York's Budgie the Little Helicopter,Stephen Hawking's Universe and Tom Fort's The Grass is Always Greener for BBC Radio 4.



Wendy Richard (died 2009 aged 65) would have been 74 - credited as Pauline Fowler in Dimensions In Time(Misc)

Wendy Richard is best known for playing Miss Brahms in Are You Being Served? and Pauline Fowler in Eastenders, a role she created and played for 22 years.



Dame Diana Rigg was 79 - credited as Mrs Gillyflower in The Crimson Horror

Diana Rigg is of course best remembered as Emma Peel in the 1960s series The Avengers, and also became James Bond's short-lived wife in On Her Majesty's Secret Service; however the actress has had a long career covering stage, screen and television including The Assassination BureauDianaBleak House and The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries. She also hosted the PBS series Mystery! for some 15 years.



Roy Skelton (died 2011 aged 79) would have been 86 - 21 credits, including Dalek Voice in The Evil of the Daleks

Roy Skelton was a well known actor and voice artist, who contributed to dozens of Doctor Who episodes across the eras of all seven of the classic series Doctors.

Best known in Doctor Who circles for his Dalek and Cyberman voices, he was also well-known in British television for his voice work on the famous children's series Rainbow, where he famously provided the vocal characterisation of the puppets George and Zippy.

Born in Manchester in July 1931, Skelton's first involvement with Doctor Who came when he provided voices for the Monoids in the 1966 William Hartnell serial The Ark. He returned to the series later that year to provide voices to the first ever Cybermen in Hartnell's finale as the Doctor, The Tenth Planet. It was in 1967 that he first took on the role he became most associated with on Doctor Who, when he voiced the Daleks in Evil of the Daleks, lining up against Second Doctor Patrick Troughton. He then provided Dalek voices right through until their final classic series appearance in 1988 Remembrance of the Daleks, starring Sylvester McCoy. He also made the occasional on-screen appearance, such as briefly playing the body of the Spiridon Wester, whose voice he had provided, when the character became visible on his death in the Jon Pertwee serial Planet of the Daleks in 1973.

Skelton's ability to provide Dalek voices in different registers which he could switch between as recording was in progress enabled a variety of characterisation and conversation to be played in Dalek scenes. This ability to quickly switch between voices also served him well on Rainbow, a series he stayed with from its origins in the early 1970s through to the 1990s, where he was frequently called on to voice quick-fire conversations between his two characters of George and Zippy.

His association with two such long-lasting series fondly remembered by the British public meant that Skelton often appeared in documentaries and interviews, and he even returned to voice Zippy for a surreal guest appearance in a 2008 episode of the BBC One drama series Ashes to Ashes, set in an illusory version of the early 1980s.



John Maxim (died 1990 aged 64) would have been 92 - 2 credits, including Cyberman in The Moonbase (as John Wills)

John Maxim appeared in two Doctor Who stories: as Frankenstein's Monster in The Chase and a Cyberman in The Moonbase (under the name John Wills).

Also worked on Il giovane ToscaniniThe PrisonerFrankenstein Created WomanDracula: Prince of DarknessThe Big SpenderSheR3Consider Your VerdictITV Television PlayhouseThe Frightened CityMary Had a Little...William TellBBC Sunday-Night TheatreIvanhoe



James Bree (died 2008 aged 85) would have been 94 - 3 credits, including Security Chief in The War Games

James Bree was a British actor who played many supporting roles in both film and television.

Bree played three roles in the classic Doctor Who series. He played the Security Chief in the 1969 Patrick Troughton story The War Games, Nefred in the 1980 Tom Baker story Full Circle and Keeper of the Matrix in the 1986 Colin Baker story The Ultimate Foe. 

He was probably best known for playing Gumbold in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service and for his role as Uncle Arthur in The Jewel in the Crown.



Robert Wentworth (died 1997 aged 81) would have been 102 - credited as Prof. Horner in The Dæmons

Actor who appeared in The Deamons


 Deaths
David Spenser (died 2013 aged 79) - credited as Thonmi in The Abominable Snowmen

David Spenser was a Sri Lankan born British actor who appeared in the 1967 story The Abominable Snowmen.

 

Also appeared in Pretenders, BBC Play of the Month, Play for Today, Softly Softly: Task Force, Carry On... Up the Khybe, Pitchi Poi, Battle Beneath the Earth, Thirty-Minute Theatre, Some May Live, The Saint, Adam Adamant Lives!, King of the River, The Spies, A Farewell to Arms, Dixon of Dock Green, The Earth Dies Screaming, Z Cars, Espionage, Secret Beneath the Sea, No Hiding Place, In Search of the Castaways, Studio 4, Play It Cool, Frontier Drums, Armchair Theatre, Paul of Tarsus, The Stranglers of Bombay, Overseas Press Club - Exclusive!, Conflict of Wings, Anne of Green Gables, Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School, The Bell Family, BBC Sunday-Night Theatre

He was survived by his elder brother Jeremy (also an actor), and by his partner Victor Pemberton.