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    Holly Willoughby

    Holly Willoughby Holly Marie Willoughby (born 10 February 1981) is a British television presenter, born in Brighton, East Sussex, UK. She was educated at Burgess Hill School in the town of Burgess Hill. Career Willoughby started out as an underwear model for various clients including Pretty Polly, appearing in various adverts and posters - one wall poster featuring her and three other models is still available to buy in some shops. She started her television career in 2000, becoming one of the presenters on the short-lived CITV show S Club TV, a spin-off of the British pop band S Club 7. After that, she presented several shows for CBBC including Xchange and also the Fame Academy spin-off show on the CBBC Channel. In 2005, Willoughby moved back to CITV to co-present the successor to SMTV Live called Ministry of Mayhem, later renamed Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown. Every Saturday morning, she usually gets covered in gunge and starred in several sketches and comedic situations, one involving her skirt being tucked into her underwear as passers by looked on in astonishment, and also interviews special guests, whilst linking to various competitions and cartoons. In 2006 she won the BAFTA children's TV presenter award. She has since also presented on other ITV programmes, including co-presenting the ITV2 companion show for Celebrity Wrestling with Jack Osbourne, as well as occasionally presenting ITV's flagship music show CD:UK. In 2005, she had to face some of her worst fears for the CITV programme Feel the Fear. She co-presented ITV2 show Lip Service with Spencer Brown. In January 2006, she started hosting the new ITV ice skating show Dancing on Ice with Phillip Schofield, and returned to co-host the show in 2007. She was voted 71st in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women In The World poll in 2005 and 30th in 2006. She also presented Greased Lightnin, the ITV2 spin-off show to the main show Grease Is the Word. The main show was on Saturday nights (ITV), with the spin off-shown later in the evening (ITV2). Starting on September 5, 2007, She co-hosted a dating programme with friend Fearne Cotton called Holly & Fearne Go Dating. In this programme they find dates for lonely singles. The show was hastily dropped due to poor viewing figures. She now presents a revamped version of the Channel 4 show Streetmate for ITV2. On September 29, 2007, she and Fearne competed in ITV's Saturday Night entertainment show, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway segment, Beat The Boys. On November 3, 2007, she took part with her family in an episode of All Star Family Fortunes. On December 15, 2007, she hosted The Westlife Show: Live, a one-off music show on ITV1. Personal Willoughby is married to Dan Baldwin, a former producer of Ministry of Mayhem. The couple moved into a flat in South London and got engaged on the same day. On 6 May 2006, live on Saturday Showdown, Willoughby announced her engagement. The wedding took place on 4th August 2007 at Amberley Castle, West Sussex. Fearne Cotton and Sarah Cawood were two of the bridesmaids and Dermot O'Leary was an usher. Unofficial Website IMDB Profile
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    Chloe Bennet

    Chloe Bennet (born Chloe Wang on April 18, 1992), is an American actress and singer. She is starring in the ABC series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Bennet was born on April 18, 1992, in Chicago, Illinois, to a Chinese father and a Jewish American mother. She moved to Beijing, China to pursue a singing career. While she was there, she studied Mandarin, learned the demands of international pop stardom and released her debut single "Uh Oh" in both English and Mandarin, followed by "Every Day In Between" solely in English. She then moved to Los Angeles, California. From 2012 to 2013 Bennet played a recurring supporting role in the ABC drama series Nashville as Hailey, and previously hosted the TeenNick show The Nightlife. In December 2012, Bennet was cast as a series regular on the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which premiered on September 24, 2013. She plays Skye, a 'hacktivist' member of the secret organization, The Rising Tide, who has been brought into S.H.I.E.L.D..
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    Rooney Mara

    Rooney Mara Biography Patricia Rooney Mara (born 1985) is an American actress, who will portray Lisbeth Salander, the title character in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first of three Sony Pictures films based on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy book series. Her past films include The Social Network, a 2010 film by David Fincher about the founding of Facebook, as well as other 2010 films including Youth in Revolt, The Winning Season, and A Nightmare on Elm Street, a remake of the 1984 horror film. Her films in 2009 include Dare and Tanner Hall. Mara oversees the charity Faces of Kibera, which benefits orphans from the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, one of the largest slums in Africa. She is the younger sister of actress Kate Mara. Filmography 2005 Urban Legends: Bloody Mary Classroom - Girl #1 2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Jessica DeLay (Episode: "Fat") 2007 Women's Murder Club - Alexis Sherman (Episode: "Blind Dates and Bleeding Hearts") 2008 Dream Boy - Evelyn 2008 The Cleaner - Rebecca Smith (Episode: "Rebecca") 2009 Dare - Courtney 2009 The Winning Season - Wendy 2009 ER - Megan (Episodes: "Old Times" & "I Feel Good") 2009 Friends (With Benefits) - Tara 2009 Youth in Revolt - Taggarty 2009 Tanner Hall - Fernanda 2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street - Nancy Holbrook 2010 The Social Network - Erica Albright 2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Lisbeth Salander Links IMDB Profile Faces of Kibera Fan Site
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    Maika Monroe

    Maika Monroe (born May 29, 1993) is an American actress and professional kiteboarder. She made her acting debut in the 2012 film At Any Price. In April 2012, Monroe signed up for the drama film Labor Day, an adaptation of the novel of the same name. She played Mandy, a farm girl who romances with a young man and eventually becomes his wife and the mother of his child. In June 2013, she joined the cast of the psychological thriller film The Guest. In August 2014, she joined the alien invasion thriller film The 5th Wave, based on the novel of the same name. In the same year starred as Jay in the psycho thriller film It Follows. She is set to star as Ringer, in the upcoming Science fiction film The 5th Wave.
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    Charli XCX

    Charlotte Emma Aitchison (born 2 August 1992), better known by her stage name Charli XCX, is a British singer and songwriter. She released two singles in 2008, "!Franchesckaar!", which is from her commercially unreleased debut album, 14; and "Emelline"/"Art Bitch". She was signed to This Is Music and IAMSOUND Records in 2010 before releasing three more singles, "Stay Away", "Nuclear Seasons" and "You're the One" from her debut EP You're the One, which was released in June 2012. After a year-long delay period, she released her debut major label studio album, True Romance, in April 2013. Currently, she is expecting to release her third studio album in September 2014. XCX was born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire to a Scottish father and Indian mother from Uganda. She started writing songs when she was 14 years old. She attended Bishop's Stortford College and left the school in 2010. Although a successful artist in her own right, Charli XCX's most successful hits (namely Icona Pop's "I Love It" and Iggy Azalea's "Fancy") are songs she co-wrote and feature her as a guest vocalist. XCX's music has been compared to the music of the 1980s with "the spookiness of Siouxsie Sioux" or "flawless early-Madonna". Her influences include Spice Girls, Kate Bush, Uffie, Brooke Candy, Lil Wayne and Quentin Tarantino. For her third solo album project, she listed The Hives, Weezer, and Ramones as influences. Various sources have listed her as goth pop or dark pop.
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    Lana Del Rey

    Early life and career beginnings Elizabeth Grant (born June 21, 1986), better known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer-songwriter. She has been described as a "self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra" and cites Britney Spears, Elvis Presley and Antony and the Johnsons as her musical influences. Grant was born in New York City and grew up in Lake Placid, New York. When she was 15, she left Lake Placid to go to boarding school in Connecticut. She is the daughter of domain investor and millionaire Rob Grant. Grant's management chose her stage name, "I wanted to be in a band but the label I was with and the team I had around me absolutely wanted me to be a solo artist. Lana Del Rey came from a series of managers and lawyers over the last 5 years who wanted a name that they thought better fit the sound of the music." Del Rey first released a three-track EP titled Kill Kill in October 2008 under the name Lizzy Grant featuring the tracks Kill Kill, Yayo and Gramma (Blue Ribbon Sparkler Trailer Heaven). Lana Del Ray A.K.A. Lizzy Grant Del Rey later released her first full-length studio album titled Lana Del Ray A.K.A. Lizzy Grant in January 2010. It was the singer's first professionally produced album, released under Lizzy Grant on an independent label with producer David Kahne. Del Rey stated that "David asked to work with me only a day after he got my demo. He is known as a producer with a lot of integrity and who had an interest in making music that wasn't just pop." Her father, Robert Grant, helped with the marketing of the album, which was available for purchase on iTunes for a brief period before being withdrawn for unknown reasons. 2011–present: Born To Die Later in June 2011, Del Rey was signed with Stranger Records, to release her debut single "Video Games"; in October 2011, she was signed with Interscope Records. While being interviewed by Rosie Swash of The Observer, Del Rey revealed, "I just put that song online a few months ago because it was my favourite. To be honest, it wasn't going to be the single but people have really responded to it. I get very sad when I play that song. I still cry sometimes when I sing it." On October 24th 2011, it was announced that Del Rey had won the Q award for "Next Big Thing". Del Rey's song "Video Games" was featured for the first time on prime spot on The CW's TV-Series Ringer on September 27, 2011 during a pivotal scene, propelling Lana Del Rey into mainstream. Del Rey also promoted the album with performances in a number of live appearances, including for MTV Push, and at the Bowery Ballroom, where, according to Eliot Glazer of New York, "the polarizing indie hipstress brought her 'gangsta Nancy Sinatra' swag." Matthew Perpetua of Rolling Stone commented that, despite Del Rey being nervous and anxious while performing her songs live, she "sang with considerable confidence", although he noted that "her transitions from husky, come-hither sexuality to bratty, girlish petulance could be rather jarring." Del Rey also performed "Video Games" on Dutch television program De Wereld Draait Door, on British music television show Later... with Jools Holland, and on an intimate show at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, California. Del Rey also gave several interviews for newspapers and online magazines such as The Quietus, The Observer, and Pitchfork Media, while creating her own music videos for several tracks such as "Blue Jeans" and Diet mountain dew. It was later reported that the singer would release her debut album under the labels in January 2012. During an interview with French TV show Taratata, Del Rey revealed that the album would be named Born to Die. Born to Die is set to be released on January 27, 2012 in Ireland, January 30, 2012, in the UK, and on January 31, 2012 worldwide. The second single and title track "Born to Die" is set for release on January 22, 2012. The music video for it leaked on December 14, 2011, and was based on a concept created by the singer, while being directed by Yoann Lemoine. The music video received generally favorable reviews from contemporary critics. Links Official Site Fan Site
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    Marvel's Daredevil

    Marvel's Daredevil, or simply Daredevil, is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise, and is the first in a series of shows that will lead up to a Defenders crossover miniseries. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios, DeKnight Prods. and Goddard Textiles, with Steven S. DeKnight serving as showrunner, and Goddard acting as consultant. Charlie Cox stars as Matt Murdock / Daredevil, a lawyer-by-day who fights crime at night. The series chronicles the character's early days fighting crime, juxtaposed with the rise of crime lord Wilson Fisk, played by Vincent D'Onofrio. Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Toby Leonard Moore, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Bob Gunton, Ayelet Zurer, and Rosario Dawson also star. Daredevil entered development in late 2013, a year after the film rights to the character reverted to Marvel, with Goddard initially hired in December 2013. DeKnight replaced him as showrunner and Cox was hired to star in May 2014. Filming began in New York City that July, with production ending in December. All episodes of the first season premiered on April 10, 2015. The series was released to critical acclaim, with critics praising the action sequences, performances, and the darker tone compared to other properties set in the MCU.
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    Alexa Chung

    Alexa Chung Alexa Chung (born November 5, 1983) is a British TV presenter and former fashion model. Early Life Alexa Chung was raised in Privett, Hampshire by her English mother, a housewife, and her Chinese father, a graphic designer. She is the youngest of four children and has two brothers and one sister. She attended the local comprehensive school, Perins Community College, and later the sixth form Peter Symonds College, Winchester (2000-2002). She had been accepted by King’s College London to read English and by Chelsea College of Art and Design to do an art foundation course, with two 'A' grades (English and Art) and a 'B' (History) at A-level, before being scouted by a modelling agency. Modelling Chung was first scouted by an agency, Elite Model Management, while attending The Clothes Show at the age of 14, but nothing came of it. She was approached again, in the comedy tent at Reading Festival, at the age of 16 and was taken on by the London-based Storm Model Management. She modelled for teen magazines such as Elle Girl and CosmoGIRL! and appeared in adverts for products including Fanta, Sony Ericsson, Sunsilk and Tampax. She also modelled for Urban Outfitters. She has appeared in music videos for artists including The Streets, Westlife, Delta Goodrem, Reuben and Holly Valance. She also starred as Jake in a scripted reality show called Shoot Me, broadcast on Fashion TV in 2005. Chung herself admitted it was “really bad”. After four years, Chung quit modelling with the intention of beginning an art foundation or fashion journalism course, having become disillusioned. She had developed a “distorted body image” and “low self-esteem” through modelling. “It made me really unhappy.” She has since said that, “I’ve used up all that neurosis – there’s none left. I’d rather have a bigger brain than smaller bones.” In January 2008, Chung was announced as the face of Antipodium's Spring Summer 2008 collection, which is on sale at Liberty and Harvey Nichols. In May 2008, Chung was announced as the face of Oxfam's ethical fashion range, Revamped, sold exclusively at Westbourne Grove, West London. In September 2008, Chung walked the catwalk as part of the Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring/Summer 2009 show at London Fashion Week. TV career When the original Popworld presenters, Miquita Oliver and Simon Amstell left in 2006, Chung’s audition tape was reviewed and, in April 2006, she was offered the job of co-host, alongside former MTV presenter Alex Zane. Popworld was known for its witty, irreverent and awkward style of interviews. An interview Chung conducted with Panic at the Disco, in particular, attracted attention. “I corrected singer Brendon Urie’s grammar halfway through and then it all went a bit cold. He got pi**ed off after that. The clip is on YouTube and about 10,000 American kids have left comments saying: ‘Oh my God, who does she think she is? I hate the English.’ Which is amusing.” The last show aired in July 2007, after Channel 4 decided not to recommission the programme. In April 2007, Chung starred in the ITV1 series Get a Grip, opposite comedian Ben Elton. The topical satirical show, scripted by Elton, was panned by television critics. Chung has also hosted industry events including the Hair Magazine Awards 2007, Diesel U Music Awards 2007 and the Elle Style Awards 2008. Chung was the "roving reporter" on Channel 4's eight-week fashion programme, "Gok's Fashion Fix". On the programme, Chung roadtested the latest fashion trends with members of the public, and interviewed fashion designers such as Roberto Cavalli, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Margherita Missoni and Christian Lacroix. She has described it as 'pretty much my dream job'. Chung also hosted a T4 music and fashion show called Frock Me!, with fashion designer Henry Holland. In November 2008, it was reported that Chung was considering a move to New York to host a TRL-style show for MTV. "It Girl" status She has said of her style, “I either want to look like an excellently dressed boy or a kitten from the 1960s, like Françoise Hardy.” Chung has also mentioned The Shirelles, Anita Pallenberg, Marianne Faithful, Jane Birkin and Julie Christie as sources of style inspiration, as well as 1960s and 1970s films such as Doctor Zhivago (film), Picnic at Hanging Rock (film), Annie Hall, Darling, Masculin, féminin and Blowup. Chung has expressed bemusement regarding the widespread admiration of her style, saying, "It’s odd to have acquired this style icon tag, because everyone in Shoreditch dresses the same". Chung has dismissed the notion of being an It girl, saying “I mean, there’s not much to being an It girl. It’s really quite a depressing title to hold.” She has, however, conceded that, "It’s actually rather nice, because you are sent some pretty cool stuff" Chung was first pictured with Alex Turner in early October 2007, outside the Met Bar in London. The couple have been photographed by paparazzi on numerous occasions since and their relationship is frequently gossiped about in British tabloids. In August 2008, Chung starred in the video for Turner’s side-project band The Last Shadow Puppets’ song, 'My Mistakes Were Made For You'. In October 2008, it was reported that the couple share a house in East London. Fan Site Popworld website
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    Marvel's The Punisher

    Marvel's The Punisher Release Date: November 17, 2017 Marvel's The Punisher is an upcoming American television series created for Netflix by Steve Lightfoot, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films and other television series of the franchise, and is a spin-off of Marvel's Daredevil. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios, with Lightfoot serving as showrunner. The series revolves around Frank Castle, who uses lethal methods to fight crime, with Jon Bernthal reprising the role from Daredevil. Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Amber Rose Revah, Deborah Ann Woll, Daniel Webber, Jason R. Moore, Paul Schulze, Jaime Ray Newman, and Michael Nathanson also star. A television series centered on the Punisher received a put-pilot commitment at Fox in 2011, but that project fell through. In June 2015, Bernthal was cast as the character to appear in the second season of Daredevil. Development on a spin-off titled The Punisher began by January 2016, before the second season of Daredevil was released. In April 2016, Marvel and Netflix ordered the series, confirmed Bernthal's involvement, and announced Lightfoot as executive producer and showrunner. Filming began in New York City in October 2016, and concluded in April 2017. Synopsis Frank Castle, known throughout New York City as "the Punisher" after exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his family, uncovers a larger conspiracy beyond what was done to him and his family. Cast Jon Bernthal - Frank Castle Jason R. Moore - Curtis Hoyle Ebon Moss-Bachrach - David Lieberman Michael Nathanson - Sam Stein Jaime Ray Newman - Sarah Lieberman Amber Rose Revah - Dinah Madani Paul Schulze - Rawlins Daniel Webber - Lewis Walcott Deborah Ann Woll - Karen Page Kobi Frumer - Zach Lieberman Ripley Sobo - Leo Lieberman Kelli Barrett - Maria Castle Ben Barnes - Billy Russo Aidan Pierce Brennan - Frank Castle Jr. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio - Marion James
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    Westworld

    Westworld Release Date: October 2, 2016 Director: Jonathan Nolan Synopsis Westworld isn't your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park, which is looked after by robotic hosts, allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park's guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged. Westworld, which is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name, features an all-star cast that includes Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe winner Ed Harris. Cast Evan Rachel Wood - Dolores Abernathy Thandie Newton - Maeve Millay Jeffrey Wright - Bernard Lowe James Marsden - Teddy Flood Ed Harris - Man in Black Anthony Hopkins - Dr. Robert Ford Luke Hemsworth - Ashley Stubbs Sidse Babett Knudsen - Theresa Cullen Angela Sarafyan - Clementine Pennyfeather Shannon Woodward - Elsie Hughes Ben Barnes - Logan Clifton Collins Jr. - Lawrence Simon Quarterman - Lee Sizemore Ingrid Bolsø Berdal - Armistice Rodrigo Santoro - Hector Escaton Tessa Thompson - Charlotte Hale
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    Jenna Coleman

    Jenna-Louise Coleman (born 27 April 1986) is an English actress, known for appearing in the British soap opera Emmerdale. Background and personal life Coleman was born in Blackpool, Lancashire. She attended Arnold School in Blackpool where she was Head Girl and gained straight A's in her A-levels. Whilst discussing her role on Emmerdale, Coleman states that part of her regretted not having a conventional university experience stating "part of me feels sorry I'm missing that but I'm living the life I want." Whilst filming Emmerdale she initially shared a flat with actress Julia Mallam, who played Dawn Woods. While at school Coleman was a member of a theatre company, 'In Yer Space' with whom she performed at the Edinburgh Festival in the play Crystal Clear. She won an award for her performance, whilst the play was also received favourably. Career Whilst auditioning for drama schools, Coleman landed the part of Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale in 2005. In 2007 Coleman was nominated for two awards. At the British Soap Awards she was nominated as "Best Newcomer", and at the National Television Awards she was nominated as "Most Popular Newcomer". In the 2009 British Soap Awards she was nominated in the "Best Actress","Sexiest Female" and "Best Dramatic Performance" categories alongside a "best actress" nomination from TV Choice. In early 2006, Coleman left the United Kingdom for a brief period in order to appear in US politico-legal drama Boston Legal. However, when the cancellation of the show was subsequently announced, Coleman returned to her roles in the United Kingdom. In May 2009 it was announced that Coleman would be joining BBC drama Waterloo Road, as new "hard girl", Lindsay James. As she was 23 at the time of her casting, Coleman found the experience of playing a schoolgirl again "surreal". In December 2010, it was announced that Coleman would be appearing in a new BBC Four television adaptation of the John Braine novel, Room at the Top playing the the role of Susan Brown. In 2011, she made her big screen debut in Captain America: The First Avenger and then landed the part of 'Annie Desmond' in Julian Fellowes four part mini-series Titanic. Coleman described the character of Annie as a "cheeky cockney" and the "Eliza Doolittle" of the ship. She did the voice acting for the character Melia in the 2011 video game, Xenoblade Chronicles. She is currently working on Stephen Poliakoff's 'Dancing on the Edge'. On 21 March 2012, Doctor Who producer Steven Moffat confirmed at a press conference that Coleman would replace Karen Gillan as the Doctor's companion alongside Matt Smith, from series 7 (Autumn 2012/Spring 2013) onwards.
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    Daisy Ridley

    Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley (born 10 April 1992) is an English actress. She is to appear in the lead role of Rey in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Ridley has appeared in the television programmes Youngers, Silent Witness, Mr Selfridge and Casualty. She also appeared in the short film "Blue Season," which was entered into the Sci-Fi-London 48-Hour Film Challenge. She played the lead in film three of "Lifesaver," an interactive film which was nominated for a BAFTA British Academy Award. She has also appeared in the music video for Wiley's song "Lights On". In April 2014, it was announced that she will play Rey, one of the lead characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She was chosen for the film in February 2014. The casting of Ridley has generally been seen as a move by director JJ Abrams to repeat the casting of relatively unknown actors for the lead roles as George Lucas did with the first Star Wars film in 1977. After receiving several competing offers, Ridley switched from her original talent agency Jonathan Arun to the United Talent Agency in August 2014. Following a two-month stint with UTA, Ridley signed on with the Creative Artists Agency in October 2014. In August 2015, it was announced that Ridley would voice the lead role of Taeko in the English dub of the 1991 animated film Only Yesterday, scheduled to be released in 2016.
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    Karen Gillan

    Karen Gillan Karen Sheila Gillan (born 28 November 1987) is a Scottish actress. In May 2009, she was announced as the actress who will be playing the new companion, Amy Pond, in the television series Doctor Who. Biography Gillan was born and raised in Inverness, Scotland. Her father, Raymond John, a Day Centre Manager, and mother, Marie, live in Kinmylies. She attended school at Charleston Academy. Aged 16, she decided to pursue her acting career further, studying acting at Edinburgh's Telford College. Later, she secured a place at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts drama school in London on the BA (Hons) Acting degree course. Gillan is based in London. Career Gillan gained her first television role in Rebus while still studying at Italia Conti, and has since had parts in The Kevin Bishop Show, Channel 4's Stacked and James Nesbitt's forthcoming film Outcast. While not acting, she has taken on occasional modelling roles, including 2007 London Fashion Week for designer Allegra Hicks' autumn/winter catwalk show. Gillan was seen in the Doctor Who episode entitled "The Fires of Pompeii" playing a soothsayer. Gillan will play Amy Pond, the companion to the Eleventh Doctor (portrayed by Matt Smith), beginning in 2010. In the Autumn of 2009, Gillan starred in a teen thriller called The Well. It was broadcast in the Switch Zone on BBC Two, with additional interactive content available on the BBC Switch website. IMDB Profile
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    Florence Welch

    Florence Welch Florence Florence Welch is the daughter of Evelyn Welch, an American art historian and author and formerly a Studio 54 regular, and Nick Welch, who works in advertising. She is the granddaughter of Colin Welch, a former deputy editor of The Irish Times and the niece of parodist Craig Brown. Welch grew up in South London. When she was 13 years old her mother moved in with her next-door neighbour and his three teenage children. According to Welch "We get on brilliantly now, but it was a nightmare then. I just used to stay in my room and dance around.” As an infant Welch had difficulty sleeping and her parents tried to get her to go to sleep by pushing her in a pram and playing works by The Smiths, The Soft Machine, REM, and The Go-Go's. As a small girl she sang to her grandmother and in the school choir, attending Thomas's Battersea School in South-West London. She would also dance on top of her father's vinyl wooden chest to gramophone records by Love, The Incredible String Band, The Smiths and The Velvet Underground that were inside the chest. Welch's mother liked Tom Jones and The Monkees and Welch says her singing style resulted from listening to a combination of these acts. In school Welch was labelled as dyslexic and dyspraxic. She was often admonished by teachers for singing, a habit which she was found difficult to stop. Welch says she writes metaphorical songs that are "stories with consequences and weird morality issues," She gets her material from a variety of sources and experiences. "Dog Days Are Over" was inspired by an art installation, "Kiss With A Fist" is about "giving as good as you get.”. Welch, a self described "real geek", is an avid book reader who likes to completely lose herself in weekend "adventures". As of December 2008, she lived in the Camberwell neighbourhood in south London where she was brought up. She is happy with her current life: "'I've got my ideal job. I like to sing, I like to dance, I like to bang drums and dress up, and someone pays me – it's incredible". The Machine According to Welch "The name Florence and the Machine started off as a private joke that got out of hand. I made music with my friend, who we called Isabella Machine to which I was Florence Robot. When I was about an hour away from my first gig, I still didn't have a name, so I thought "Okay, I'll be Florence Robot is a Machine," before realising that name was so long it'd drive me mad". The Machine is Florence's backing band and consists of several musicians, which previously included Devonte Hynes from Lightspeed Champion and band Noah and the Whale. The current line-up consists of Robert Ackroyd (guitar), Christopher Lloyd Hayden (drums), Isabella Summers (keyboards) and Tom Monger (harp). Florence and the Machine are managed by Mairead Nash who is one half of the DJ outfit Queens of Noize. Nash decided to manage the group when at one of Nash's club nights an inebriated Welch dragged Nash into the toilets and sang an Etta James song to her. Lungs (2009) Florence and the Machine released their debut album Lungs on 6 July, 2009 in the United Kingdom. The album has peaked at the number 2 position in the United Kingdom and the number 13 position in Europe. As of 6 August the album had sold over 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom and by the 10 August it had been at the number 2 position for 5 straight weeks. Following its 25 July release for download in the United States the album debuted at the number 17 position on the Billboard "Heatseekers" chart. The album will be released physically in the U.S. on 20 October by Island Records. It was rated on New Zealand morning talk show Breakfast as a three-and-a-half star album. Much of the material on the album was written as reaction to what turned out to be a temporary breakup with Welch's current boyfriend. Welch says "He prefers me not to talk about it. It's funny then singing about it." The debut single was "Kiss with a Fist". The song will be used in the soundtrack of the upcoming film Jennifer's Body. The follow up single "Dog Days are Over" was recorded with no instruments in a studio the "size of a loo". Official Site Myspace Profile BBC Artist Page
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    Lupita Nyong'o

    Lupita Nyong'o (born 1983) is a Kenyan actress and filmmaker. She made her American film debut in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave (2013), as Patsey. Personal life Nyong'o was born in Mexico City, Mexico, in 1983, to a Kenyan family, and was raised primarily in Kenya. Her parents are Dorothy and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o, a politician. Peter was the former Kenyan Minister for Medical Services and was elected in 2013 to represent Kisumu County in the Kenyan Senate. Her cousin Isis Nyong'o was named one of Africa's most powerful women by Forbes magazine in 2012. Education and career Nyong'o attended university in the United States. After graduating from Hampshire College with a degree in film and theatre studies, she worked on the production crew of many films, including Fernando Meirelles's The Constant Gardener, with Ralph Fiennes, and Mira Nair's The Namesake. She starred in the 2008 short film East River, directed by Marc Grey and shot in Brooklyn, New York. She returned to Kenya in 2008 and starred in the Kenyan television series Shuga. In 2009, she wrote, directed, and produced the documentary In My Genes, about the treatment of Kenya's albino population, which played at several film festivals. She subsequently enrolled in the acting program at the Yale School of Drama. At Yale she appeared in many stage productions, including Gertrude Stein's Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, and Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and The Winter’s Tale. Nyong'o was cast in 12 Years a Slave immediately after her graduation from Yale in 2012. The film was released in 2013 to great critical acclaim. Nyong'o received rave reviews for her performance, and has been nominated for several awards including a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and two Screen Actors Guild Awards including Best Supporting Actress. She will next be featured in Liam Neeson's upcoming film Non-Stop.
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    Legion

    Legion Release date: February 8, 2017 Created by: Noah Hawley Synopsis David Haller is a troubled young man who was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child. He has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years and, now in his early thirties, finds himself institutionalized again. His daily routine - including therapy, taking medications and silently listening to talkative friend Lenny - is upended when troubled new patient Syd arrives, and they are inexplicably drawn to each other after a startling encounter between the two, David confronts the possibility that the voices he hears and visions he sees may be real. He escapes from the hospital and seeks refuge with sister Amy, who wants to protect the picture-perfect suburban life she has established for herself. Syd eventually gets David involved with therapist Melanie Bird and her team of specialists, who open his eyes to a new world of possibilities. Cast Dan Stevens - David Haller Jean Smart - Melanie Bird Mackenzie Gray - The Eye Scott Lawrence - Dr. Poole Rachel Keller - Syd Barrett Aubrey Plaza - Lenny Busker Bill Irwin - Cary Loudermilk Jeremie Harris - Ptonomy Wallace Amber Midthunder - Kerry Loudermilk Katie Aselton - Amy Haller
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    Victoria Pendleton

    A brief history about me DOB: 24th September 1980 Height: 165cm Weight: 62kg I started cycling about the same time as I started to walk, as a result of my Father being a keen cyclist. I used to go on youth hostelling trips with my family from the age of six onwards. I started grass track racing with my twin brother Alex at the age of nine, as a hobby in the summer months. I apparently started to show potential at thirteen years old. Grass track cycling is a fading tradition, however it does help to develop bike handling skills and stamina. I was talent spotted at the age of sixteen, by the assistant national track team coach at the time, Marshall Thomas. However despite his efforts to encourage me to train, I decided to concentrate on my education for the time being. While I was studying at University, I started to train more constructively for track sprinting. I was hugely inspired by the Olympic gold medal success of Jason Queally, at the Sydney Olympic Games. In 2001 and 2002 I competed at the European Championships and later that season at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. I was very lucky to be sent to the UCI (Union du Cyclisme Internationale) World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland for two seasons in the lead up to the Athens Olympics. I was trained by Frederic Magné, a seven times World Champion for France. I currently live and train in Manchester with the rest of the elite Great Britain Track Team. I won my first World Championship title in 2005 in LA. Education St Mary’s Primary School in Stotfold. Etonbury Middle School in Stotfold. Fearnhill School in Letchworth, left aged 18 with A-levels in Chemistry, Biology and Geography University of Northumbria, graduated in 2002 with a 2.1 Bsc (hons) in Sports and Exercise Science. In 2008 the University of Northumbria awarded a Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law (CDL) Official Site
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    Anna Torv

    Anna Torv Biography Anna Torv was born in 1978 in Melbourne to Susan and Hans Torv and grew up on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. She has one brother named Dylan. She has been estranged from her father Hans Torv since she was 8 years old. Her father's sister is the writer, Anna Maria Torv Murdoch Mann, who was married for 31 years to billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Anna is of Estonian descent. She attended Benowa State High in the Gold Coast. She graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a degree in Performing Arts in 2001. Torv was perhaps best known for her starring role in the BBC series Mistresses. She also played the voice of Nariko in the video game Heavenly Sword where her face was also used for the character model. In her biggest role yet, Torv plays FBI Agent Olivia Dunham in Fringe, the 2008 science fiction drama from J.J. Abrams. Filmography 2009 The Pacific - Unknown (miniseries) 2008 Fringe - Olivia Dunham (TV series) 2007 Mistresses - Alex (TV series) 2007 Frankenstein - ITU Nurse (film) 2007 Heavenly Sword - Nariko (video game) 2006 The Book of Revelation - Gertrude (film) 2004 The Secret Life of Us - Nikki Martel (TV series) 2004 McLeod's Daughters - Jasmine McLeod (TV series) 2003 Travelling Light - Debra Fowler (film) 2002 Young Lions - Irena Nedov (TV series) 2002 White Collar Blue - Neighbour (TV series) Links IMDB Profile Australian Television - Anna Torv profile
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    Doona Bae

    Doona Bae (born October 11, 1979) is a South Korean actress and photographer. She is best known outside Korea for her roles as the protagonist's political activist girlfriend Cha Young-mi in Park Chan-wook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and as archer Park Nam-ju in Bong Joon-ho's The Host (2006). She also had a starring role as Sonmi~451 in Hollywood film Cloud Atlas (2012), directed by The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. Life and career Bae Doo-na was born in Seoul, South Korea. Growing up, Bae would follow her mother, Kim Hwa-young, a famous stage actress in Korea, around the theater and rehearsal halls, learning the lines of dialogue as she went along. This did not initially lead Bae towards acting, saying: "People might say that since my mother is a theater actor, I became an actress. But to me, those experiences probably had the opposite effect. On the contrary, because I saw many great actors working with my mother, I thought this was a job only people with extraordinary talent could do." A Hanyang University student in 1998, Bae was scouted by a model talent agency while walking in Seoul. This led to modeling clothing for COOLDOG's catalog, amongst others. In 1999 she made the switch to acting, debuting in the TV drama School. Later the same year, she appeared as the ghost in The Ring Virus, a Korean remake of the Japanese horror film Ring. In 2000, director Bong Joon-ho cast her as Hyeon-nam in the film Barking Dogs Never Bite for her willingness to do the part without makeup, something other South Korean actresses were unwilling to do. In Kim So-young's documentary Women's History Trilogy (2000–2004), Bae notes her admiration for veteran South Korean actress Yoon Jeong-hee. Yoon returns the compliment saying "Bae Doo-na owns her world." In this same documentary, Bae shares how her own most memorable scene is being chased by the homeless man throughout the apartment in Barking Dogs Never Bite. That same year she gave a risque performance (albeit with a body double for the more intense scenes) in Plum Blossom, and slowly started getting more work on television. She followed this with two more critical successes, 2001's Take Care of My Cat, directed by Jeong Jae-eun, and 2002's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, directed by Park Chan-wook. 2003 was less kind to Bae, as she saw both Tube and Spring Bears Love flop at the box office. After completing principal photography on Spring Bears Love, Bae decided to take time off from film, saying: "I never lived even once without having anything to do. The moment a film was presented to the press, I was almost always already shooting the next one ... I thought by myself: now my first cycle is really over. While I rest a little, I wanted to make a fresh new start." During her hiatus from the big screen, Bae took up photography, much of which can be seen between her official blog and her published photo books. She also continued to work on TV, starring in Country Princess and Rosemary. Bae finally stepped onto a theater stage in 2004, for a production of Sunday Seoul (not to be confused with the South Korean movie of the same title), a play co-written by Park Chan-wook. In 2005 Bae gave a memorable turn as an exchange student who joins a band in the Japanese film Linda Linda Linda, then played a divorced woman in the experimental omnibus TV series Beating Heart. She reunited with Bong Joon-ho in 2006's The Host, which became the highest grossing film in South Korean box office history. For her role, she trained in archery for months that she was told if she really wanted, she had enough talent to make it at an amateur level. She then returned to television, through the series Someday and How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor. After winning accolades for 2010's Air Doll, a film by Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda about an inflatable sex doll that develops a soul and falls in love, Bae made back-to-back TV series, playing a high school teacher in Master of Study, and a night club singer in weekend drama Gloria. Her 2012 sports film As One was based on the true story of the world table tennis championship held in Chiba, Japan in 1991 where North Korean player Li Bun-hui and South Korean player Hyun Jung-hwa overcame their difficulties and came together to defeat the unbeatable Chinese team. Bae and co-star Ha Ji-won were trained by Hyun herself, and Bae learned to play left-handed like Li. Afterwards she made a brief appearance in the science fiction film Doomsday Book. Bae made her Hollywood debut in Cloud Atlas, as Sonmi~451, a clone in dystopian Korea. She also played the minor roles of Tilda Ewing, the daughter of a slave-holder and wife of an abolitionist in pre-Civil War America, and a Mexican woman who kills an assassin who attempted to kill two whistleblowers. Co-directed by The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, the $100 million adaptation of David Mitchell's novel premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival to divisive reviews, though Bae's performance was unanimously praised by critics.
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    Rachel Riley

    Rachel Annabelle Riley (born 11 January 1986 in Rochford, Essex) is an English television presenter. Since 12 January 2009 she has been the co-host of Countdown, at which time she replaced Carol Vorderman. Nick Hewer is the chief presenter and Riley does the letters and numbers. Early life and career Riley was educated at Southend High School for Girls and went on to study mathematics at Oriel College, Oxford, gaining an upper second-class honours degree, having obtained four grade As at A-Level. After graduating, Riley began work as a data analyst for a website company in London. She was encouraged to apply for the Countdown position by her mother. She did not have an ambition to be a television presenter, but decided to apply because she was interested in the numbers part of the game. Riley was chosen from more than a thousand applicants despite having no television experience. In an article for the BBC news, she stated, "There's only one cool maths job around and I was lucky enough to get it so I'm absolutely thrilled". She began presenting Countdown alongside Jeff Stelling from 12 January 2009. In an interview in August 2009 she revealed that it had been difficult for her to step into Vorderman's shoes, and that she had even been criticised by certain Countdown viewers for getting some of the maths puzzles wrong. On 26 June 2009, it was reported that Riley had been recruited by the Post Office to employ her mathematical skills to help advise holidaymakers on how to make the most of their holiday currency, after a report by the Post Office revealed that a significant number of holidaymakers fail to calculate the actual cost of goods and services when travelling abroad and often overspend their holiday budgets. Riley also appeared on an episode of series 4 of the Channel 4 sitcom The IT Crowd as herself. Personal life Riley is a keen supporter of Manchester United and has been attending games at Old Trafford often with her Salford-born father since about the age of 10, and in October 2010 she presented a programme on MUTV featuring a tour of United's training ground at Carrington. On 4 January 2012 she took part in Celebrity Mastermind, with her topic of choice being Manchester United from 1999. On 16 March 2012 she won the celebrity edition of The Bank Job. Riley describes herself as a "non-religious Jew". In 2009 Riley was ranked #95 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women poll, and again in 2011, ranked #84.
  21. Yeah, so, I'm really sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings but it's that time of year again, guys. @F 4 5 H U N, @Prettyphile, @gotportugal, @Clauds, @Joe > Average, @RebelleFleur, @Stormbringer, @MarVS, @HitchcockBlonde, @lostdiadem, @peroxideblonde, @Bettina Saw-Morgan, @gigiriva, @Stromboli1, @marlobo, @Limerlight, @Max, @pitounsky, @Enrico_sw, @MissPadilla, @jj3, @sarnic, @Sunshiine, @Squeege Beckenheim, @foofur16, @selyoink, @La Vie Est Belle, @Candylicious., @derek83italy, @Ardilla, @SympathysSilhouette, @katchitup, @ghostops117, @phenobarbie, @CanLVS, @Jack Shaftoe, @Janet Garrison, @LuckyXR, @KelAnne_, @zuba, @Little Fox, @Minerva13, @Kevork89, @shver, @jessicanicole, @GildedAngel, @ILUVAdrianaLima, @Maggiemay, @ico, @VS19, @CrazyGEN, @clubparadise, @wintery, @diamondtw, @Shepherd, @elfstone, @Syria, @nameless, @dionyx, @MissLima, @PinkCouture, @VBacz, @Jeanmarc, @ThePinkDiet, @RIP_Cabrini_Green, @Pith_Possum, @ranaclyde, @jkjk, @llekel, @marinebing, @ivancica, @Jaku84, @Sanni Any and all votes would be very much appreciated and as always, please do feel free to spread the word or tag whoever you think might like to take part. I'll pay you back in below-par witticisms, underwhelming anecdotes and a final rundown that will "probably just have the exact same top five as last year".
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    Supergirl

    Supergirl Supergirl is an American television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, that airs on CBS. It is based on the DC Comics character Supergirl (Kara Zor-El) created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, and stars Melissa Benoist as the title character. Supergirl is a costumed superheroine who is the biological cousin to Superman and one of the last surviving Kryptonians. The series was officially picked up on May 6, 2015 after receiving a series commitment in September 2014, and premiered on October 26, 2015. Synopsis Twenty-four-year-old Kara Zor-El (Benoist), who was taken in by the Danvers family when she was 13 after being sent away from Krypton, must learn to embrace her powers after previously hiding them. The Danvers family teaches Kara to be careful with her powers, until she has to reveal them during an unexpected disaster, setting her on her journey of heroism even when it comes to protecting National City. Kara discovers that hundreds of the criminals her mother (Benanti) prosecuted on Krypton are hiding on Earth, including her mother's twin sister (also played by Benanti), who seeks to rule the world. She is aided by a few close friends and family who guard her secrets. Cast Melissa Benoist - Supergirl/Kara Zor-El/Kara Danvers Mehcad Brooks - James Olsen Chyler Leigh - Alex Danvers Jeremy Jordan - Winslow Schott, Jr David Harewood - Hank Henshaw Calista Flockhart - Cat Grant Laura Benanti - Alura Zor-El and Astra Dean Cain - Jeremiah Danvers Jenna Dewan-Tatum - Lucy Lane Peter Facinelli - Maxwell Lord Glenn Morshower - Sam Lane Helen Slater - Eliza Danvers Chris Vance - Non
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    Supergirl

    For something that's ostensibly aimed at a family audience, the show continues to impress in its handling of weighty subject matter. We saw it last year with Alex coming out and they're on form again with the J'onn and M'yrnn stuff, a storyline that could have been a terrible mess had they gotten it wrong. Some of the Mon-El stuff felt like the writers acknowledging complaints, but not necessarily admitting mistakes. It was satisfying though to hear Kara tell him to shut up and call him out on what a berk he was in S2.
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    Watching right now

    Man alive, doesn't it just.
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    Westworld

    Looks like they're opening the story into the real world. I was quite happy to see that because I had this sneaking suspicion that they might just confine things to the park and that the potential narrative could be limited. That's not going to be happening, which is a huge plus. Side note, but I thought it was an interesting reveal that the park is in Asia. I wonder if the location will take on more relevance as we roll through the season.
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