TRIBUTE TO BRAIN MATHEW…B.B.C. BROADCASTER

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Brian Matthew

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Brian Matthew
Born (1928-09-17)17 September 1928
Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Died 8 April 2017(2017-04-08) (aged 88)
Station(s) BBC Radio 2
Country United Kingdom
Previous show(s) Saturday Club, Easy Beat, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Round Midnight, Sounds of the 60s
Spouse(s) Pamela Wickington (m. 1951; his death 2017)
Children 1

Brian Matthew (17 September 1928 – 8 April 2017)[1][2] was an English broadcaster who worked for the BBC for 63 years from 1954 until 2017. He was the host of Saturday Club among other programmes, and began presenting Sounds of the 60s in 1990, often employing the same vocabulary and the same measured delivery he had used in previous decades.

In January 2017, after a short break from the programme due to a minor illness, the BBC announced, against Matthew’s wishes, that he would not be returning to the programme and that he would be replaced. He was succeeded by Tony Blackburn. Matthew died on 8 April 2017.

Early life[edit]

Matthew was born on 17 September 1928 in Coventry, Warwickshire, the son of musical parents. His father was a conductor of the Coventry Silver Band and his mother a professional singer.[3][4] Matthew was educated at the city’s Bablake School.[4]

Career[edit]

Matthew first broadcast in Germany in 1948, and trained as an actor at RADA before joining the BBC in 1954. On the BBC Light Programme, he hosted Saturday Club[5] (originally called Saturday Skiffle Club, starting in 1957 and changing to its more familiar name in 1958) and Easy Beat (starting in 1960).[4] At the time, pop music played on BBC Radio was limited, and the demand for it among young people meant the shows attracted large audiences. Virtually all the big names of the era, including the Beatles, appeared on the shows. Matthew’s voice is present on the Beatles’ Live at the BBC and On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2 CD compilations. On television, he was the presenter of Thank Your Lucky Stars (ITV 1961–66).[4]

The influence of Easy Beat on radio declined owing to the rise of offshore radio after 1964. When BBC Radio 1 launched in 1967, Easy Beat was dropped, and Saturday Club was taken over by another presenter, Keith Skues (formerly of the “pirate” Radio London), before it was also axed in 1969. Matthew celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first edition of Saturday Club in a special edition of Sounds of the 60s on 4 October 2008, by featuring some recordings from some of the shows and entertaining listeners with some reminiscences.[6] In 1972 Matthew narrated The Beatles Story, a 12-part documentary series on BBC Radio 1 and 2,[7] which has been repeated on BBC Radio 6 Music.[8]

In 1973, Matthew fronted a new radio series entitled My Top 12, which lasted for an hour on weekend afternoons on Radio 1.[9][10] The programme was later presented by Bob Harris and Noel Edmonds. Guests in 1974 included Rod Stewart, Joni Mitchell and Neil Diamond.[11]

Later, Matthew was the presenter of BBC Radio 2‘s arts magazine Round Midnight, from 1978 to 1990.[10] From 1990, he hosted Sounds of the 60s (a programme first presented in 1983 by Keith Fordyce) on the same network on Saturday mornings, playing many of the records he initially played on Saturday Club and Easy Beat.[10]

Matthew announced at the end of his show on 26 August 2006 that owing to an undisclosed illness he would be taking several weeks off his Radio 2 show, for the first time in sixteen years. Johnnie Walker was the main host in his absence.[12] Sandie Shaw, Joe Brown and Suzi Quatro were also guest hosts. Matthew returned to the show in February 2007.[12]

Matthew won a Sony Gold Award in 2008: “To celebrate an impressive record of more than 50 years of national and international radio broadcasting. For that lifetime career and in recognition of a truly outstanding contribution to UK radio.”[10] On 29 October 2016 Matthew became the oldest regular broadcaster on BBC Radio.[13]

On 26 November 2016, Tim Rice stood in as presenter of the show. Rice announced that he would be sitting in for a few weeks since Matthew was “under the weather”.[14] Matthew had collapsed at home and had spent a few weeks in hospital. On 27 January 2017, the BBC announced that he would not return to the programme because of ill health.[15] Matthew himself, however, disagreed with the BBC’s statement. saying: “That’s absolute balderdash. I was ready and willing and able to go back, and they’ve just said they are going to put the programme in the hands of other people.”[16]

The BBC’s off-hand treatment led to an e-petition signed by thousands of “avids” demanding his return. As a result, Matthew presented his final show on Saturday 25 February 2017.[13] A week later 4 March 2017, Sounds Of The 60s passed to Tony Blackburn.[13] However a Brian Matthew show from 2015 was broadcast in the repeat slot on 6 March 2017 with new linking material from Matthew.[10]

Personal life and death[edit]

In 1951, Matthew married Pamela Wickington,[3] with whom he had one child, Christopher.

Matthew died on 8 April 2017.[17][18] Four days before his death, the BBC had reported that he had died, but later corrected this, saying he was critically ill.[19] He is survived by his wife and their son.[4]

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Sonequa Martin-Green(THE WALKING DEAD)

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Sonequa Martin-Green

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Sonequa Martin-Green
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Martin-Green at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born Sonequa Martin
(1985-03-21) March 21, 1985 (age 32)
Russellville, Alabama[1]
Residence Los Angeles, California
Alma mater University of Alabama
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Kenric Green (m. 2010)
Children Kenric Green II

Sonequa Martin-Green (born March 21, 1985)[2] is an American actress and producer. Martin-Green is best known for her television role as Sasha Williams in The Walking Dead[3] and as Tamara in Once Upon a Time.[4][5][6][7] Prior to this, she had starred in several independent films before gaining her first recurring role as Courtney Wells on The Good Wife. She is to play the lead role in the 2017 series Star Trek: Discovery.

Early life[edit]

Martin-Green was born in Russellville, Alabama. She has one full sister and three older half-sisters. She had initially decided on becoming a psychologist before deciding to pursue a career in acting when she was in the tenth grade.[8] After graduating from the University of Alabama in 2007 with a degree in theatre,[1] she relocated to New York City where she and her husband, Kenric, lived for five years before moving to California.

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

While known primarily for her television roles, Sonequa Martin-Green made her debut in film with various film roles since 2005. In 2009, she played the lead role of Tosha Spinner in Toe to Toe opposite Louisa Krause, the fiercely determined scholarship student who seeks to build a brighter future outside of Anacostia and away from one of Washington‘s poorest neighborhoods. The film focuses on her friendship and rivalry with Jessie (Louisa Krause), a privileged girl from Bethesda whose promiscuous tendencies threaten to become her undoing. They both strive to gain a better understanding of one another’s plight as society threatens to drive them ever farther apart. The film received generally positive reviews, with Martin-Green’s performance receiving critical acclaim,[9][10] even from the film’s detractors.[11][12]

Television[edit]

Sonequa Martin-Green at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International for The Walking Dead.

Martin-Green has had various guest and recurring roles in TV shows. She made her television debut in 2008, appearing on NBC‘s Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Kiana Richmond. She then gained her first recurring role on Army Wives as Kanessa Jones the following year. In 2009, she received the role of Courtney Wells on The Good Wife, her first recurring role playing an adult character as opposed to playing a teenager with her previous roles in both film and television. She appeared on the show for two years before making two more appearances in Gossip Girl and NYC 22 in 2011.

In 2012, Sonequa Martin-Green was cast in a recurring role on The Walking Dead as Sasha, the sister of Tyreese (Chad Coleman), an original character, exclusive to the television series.[13] Martin-Green auditioned for the role of Michonne albeit with a pseudonym due to the secrecy of the auditioning process. When Danai Gurira, whom Martin-Green said was “the perfect choice”, was cast, former showrunner Glen Mazzara still wanted Martin-Green to be a part of the show and decided to create a role specifically for her instead. Martin-Green explained: “[Sasha] was supposed to be a recurring character and as we kept going forward, they picked up my option to be a regular. It’s very rare and I’m still quite dumbfounded about it but Glen and I hit it off and I still appreciate him. He wanted to work with me and wrote Sasha for me.”[14] She was promoted to a series regular for season 4 with Emily Kinney and Coleman.[15][16][17][18] After auditioning for the role of Michonne, she read the first three volumes of the graphic novels in preparation for the television series. Knowing they were different, she chose not to continue reading the comic book series to avoid being aware of future storylines that may occur on the television series.[19] Martin-Green’s performance as Sasha, particularly in the fifth season[20][21][22] and seventh season, has received favorable reviews.[23][24][25]

After filming for the third season of The Walking Dead ended, Martin-Green was cast in the recurring role of Tamara on Once Upon a Time, a woman determined to rid the world of magic in its second season.[6] She returned briefly in the third season before returning to her regular role as Sasha on The Walking Dead. As of the first episode of sixth season, Martin-Green’s name appears in the opening credits.

In December 2016, her role as the lead actor of Star Trek: Discovery as a lieutenant commander of the USS Discovery was made public.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Martin-Green is married to Kenric Green. They met while acting in the play, Fetch Clay, Make Man together at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey. Martin-Green gave birth to a boy named Kenric Justin Green II after his father in 2015 in Los Angeles. Martin-Green was pregnant during the filming of fifth season of The Walking Dead which she covered up using thick layers and using larger guns.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role
2005 Not Quite Right Coco Delight
2007 I-Can-D VJ
2008 Blind Thoughts Jenna Lopez
2009 Toe to Toe Tosha Spinner
Rivers Wash Over Me Shawna King
2011 Da Brick Rachel
Yelling to the Sky Jojo Parker
2012 Shockwave Darkside Private Lang
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kiana Richmond 1 episode
2009 Army Wives Kanessa Jones 3 episodes
2009–11 The Good Wife Courtney Wells Recurring (season 1–2): 8 episodes
2011 Gossip Girl Joanna 1 episode
2012 NYC 22 Michelle Terry Recurring (season 1): 5 episodes
2012–17 The Walking Dead Sasha Williams Recurring (season 3)
Also starring (season 4–5)
Main cast (season 6–7): 44 episodes
2013 Once Upon a Time Tamara Recurring (season 2)
Guest (season 3): 7 episodes
2016–17 New Girl Rhonda 2 episodes
2017 Star Trek: Discovery[26] First Officer Michael Burnham Series lead

Elyse Levesque

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Elyse Levesque

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Elyse Levesque
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Levesque in 2010
Born Elyse Marie Levesque[1]
(1985-09-10) September 10, 1985 (age 31)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Website elyselevesqueofficial.com

Elyse Marie Levesque[1] (born September 10, 1985) is a Canadian film and television actress. She is known for playing Chloe Armstrong in the Syfy original series Stargate Universe[1][2] and the witch Genevieve in The Originals.

Early life[edit]

She was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.[1]

Career[edit]

Elyse Levesque began acting at age 11,[1][3] when she became part of a repertory company of young actors for the acclaimed children’s television series The Incredible Story Studio.[3] In addition, she did commercial work, and went on to do a two-year stint playing the villainous Dr. Maxine Rich on the futuristic children’s series 2030 CE.[2]

Following high school, Levesque traveled the world for two years as a model[4] working in Taiwan, Japan, Italy, Spain, and France[3] before returning to Canada to study fine arts.[2] In 2006, Levesque moved to Vancouver, British Columbia[1] to focus on a full-time acting career. She immediately enrolled in acting classes, and began to land parts in a number of television and film projects. She has taken on diverse roles ranging from Virginia (Cissy) Poe, the ailing wife of Edgar Allan Poe, in the Masters of Horror episode “The Black Cat“, to a flame-wielding bog witch in Flash Gordon. She has also made guest appearances in Smallville,[2] Men in Trees, and a variety of other TV shows for both Canadian and American media markets.[3]

She portrayed Chloe Armstrong,[5] the daughter of a US Senator in the Syfy original series, Stargate Universe.[1][3]

In 2014 she played the role of the witch Genevieve in the first season of the The Vampire Diariesspin-off The Originals.[6]

She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.[1][7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Lost Angel, TheThe Lost Angel Young Billie
2007 Normal Marcy
2008 Season to Wither, AA Season to Wither Mary Short film
2008 Free to Go Hanna Short film
2009 Christmas Crash Teresa Johnson Video
2012 Slumber Party Slaughter Nadia
2012 In Return Lola
2013 Sons of Liberty Rourke
2014 Fishing Naked Amy Completed
2014 Spare Change Lily Horowitz Post-production
2014 Fruitcake Sallie Short film, post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Incredible Story Studios Various TV series
2001 MythQuest Eurydice Episode: “Orpheus”
2002–03 2030 CE Dr. Maxine Rich TV series
2004 Cradle Will Fall, TheThe Cradle Will Fall Maureen TV film
2004 renegadepress.com Vanessa Episode: “A Very Thin Edge”
2006 Family in Hiding Alicia Peterson TV film
2007 Masters of Horror Virginia Poe Episode: “The Black Cat
2007 Unthinkable Kelly Shaw TV film
2007 Wedding Wish, TheThe Wedding Wish Tina Landers TV film
2007 renegadepress.com Vanessa Episode: “Blackout”
2007 Deadly Pledge, TheThe Deadly Pledge Whitney Seasons TV film
2007 Flash Gordon Layla Episode: “Possession”
2007 Smallville Casey Brock Episodes: “Wrath”, “Gemini”
2008 Journey to the Center of the Earth Emily TV film
2008 Men in Trees Tricia Episode: “Sonata in Three Parts”
2008 Storm Cell Dana TV film
2009–11 Stargate Universe Chloe Armstrong Main role (40 episodes)
2009–10 SGU Stargate Universe Kino Chloe Armstrong / Airman Kelly TV miniseries
2013–14 Cedar Cove Maryellen Sherman Regular role (12 episodes)
2014 Originals, TheThe Originals Genevieve Recurring role (12 episodes)
2014 Transporter: The Series Zara Knight 2 episodes
2016 Containment Dr. Rita Sanders Episode: Pilot
2016 Shoot the Messenger Daisy Channing series lead
2016 Notorious Alexa Downey season 1 episode 3 “Friends and Other Strangers”
2017 Orphan Black Detective Engers[8] season 5 In production
2017 Legends of Tomorrow Guinevere[9] Episode:”Camelot/3000″

Alaina Huffman

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Alaina Huffman

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Alaina Huffman
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Huffman in 2015
Born Alaina Kalanj
(1980-04-17) April 17, 1980 (age 36)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actress, Model
Spouse(s) John Henry Huffman IV (m. 2003; div. 2016)
Children 4

Alaina Kalanj (born April 17, 1980) is a Canadian film and television actress, also known professionally as Alaina Huffman. She is known for the Canadian television series Painkiller Jane, where she played the character Maureen Bowers. She also played Dinah Lance/Black Canary on Smallville, as well as 1st Lt. Tamara Johansen in Stargate Universe, where she was a regular cast member. She played Abaddon in Supernatural.

Biography[edit]

Huffman in 2010.

Huffman was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as Alaina Kalanj. At the age of 13, Huffman went to her first audition for a Fox Family Channel pilot. Despite the competition, she was offered the main role. However, a model scout recruited Huffman and she was set to model in high fashion runways in Europe and Japan for the following years.

When her parents moved to Dallas she saw the opportunity to live in the United States and enroll in college, leaving modeling behind. While in school, she took on acting roles in a series of independent films. Eventually she moved to Los Angeles where she added more television credits to her resume.

Alaina has four children with her ex-husband John Huffman: sons Elijah and Lincoln, and daughters Hanna and Charley-Jane. Charley-Jane was born December 8th, 2009. The latter pregnancy coincided with the first season of Stargate Universe, and was written into the plot. On August 16, 2011, she announced on Twitter that she was having a fourth child to arrive in December, 2011.[1] She later announced on Twitter that she had given birth to a boy named Lincoln, on December 15, 2011.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Indefinitely Cherry
2001 Pendulum Terry Weiss
2002 Dawson’s Creek Rina, the Hot Girl Episode: Guerilla Filmmaking
2002 Serving Sara Spa Receptionist
2003 Screen Door Jesus Sharon Beaudry
2003 Still Mary
2003 Quiet Desperation Helen Calloway
2003 Tru Calling Paige Saunders Episode: Haunted
2003 The O.C. Yvette Episode: The Countdown
2004 Night Dawn Day Woman
2004 With It Mafia Girlfriend
2004 The Gunman Lori Simms
2004 Medical Investigation Estella Episode: Escape
2005 Standing Still Maria
2006 Dog Lover’s Symphony Susan
2007 Painkiller Jane Maureen Bowers
2007 NCIS Dana Arnett Episode: Leap of Faith
2007–2011 Smallville Dinah Lance/Black Canary 6 episodes
2008 Jack Hunter and the Lost Treasure of Ugarit Lena Halstrom TV Mini-series
2008 CSI: NY Lori Winston Episode: The Box
2008 CSI: Miami Cassandra Gray Episode: Raging Cannibal
2008 An American Carol Celebrity #1
2009 Broken August August King
2009 Lushes Faux Charlize Theron
2009–2011 Stargate Universe 1st Lt. Tamara Johansen Series regular
2011 Alphas Sarah Nelson Episode: Bill and Gary’s Excellent Adventure
2012 NCIS: Los Angeles Serena Miller Episode: Neighborhood Watch
2013–2014 Supernatural Abaddon/Josie Sands 8 episodes
2016 Amber Alert Amber

2014                                MY FRIEND JENKINS   LUCY’S MOTHER

2015                                 THE ADVENTURES OF RAVI  (TV SERIES)

2015                               THE RIGHT GIRL          LAURA WILLIAMS

2016                               I HAVE YOUR CHILDREN (TV SERIES)  AMBER CROSS

2016                               DEADLY VOLTAGE        CHARLOTTE

2016-17                         KINGS OF CON (TV SERIES)  MARNEY BENNETT

2017                               VAGABOND (SHORT)    NORA

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Filmography

THE WAY WE WEREN’T 2017  ASHLEY
*LOOSELEY EXACTLY NICOLE (TV SERIES) 2016  ERICA
CITY BUS 2015 (SHORT) HELEN’S MOTHER

Mulaney 2015 (Tv Show)

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Bones 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

iCarly 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Better Off Ted 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The League 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Meteor 2008 – 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

While the Children Sleep 2007 – 2008 (TV Show)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2007 (Tv Show)

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Desperate Housewives 2007 (Tv Show)

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Cold Case 2006 (Tv Show)

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Just Legal 2006 (Tv Show)

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Knuckle Sandwich 2006 (Movie)

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Headhunter 2005 (Movie)

Sarah Tierney (Actor)

HOLLY CURRAN

 

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Holly Curran  Movies and TV Shows Actor (2 Credits)

Title Role Year
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL 2017  PENNY PAM
CHICAGO JUSTICE (TV SERIES) 2017 JOE BUTLER

Lt. Tamsin Dale 2017

Z (TV Show)

  • Quicksand — 2017
  • Lights! Camera! Fitzgerald! — 2017
  • You, Me and Us — 2017
  • SAME SAME 2016  ELOISE
  • 5 STAGES (TV SERIES) 2016  STAGES
  • ONE BAD CHOICE (TV SERIES) 2015 BRIANA
  • TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES (TV SERIES) 2015 SARAH CLARK
  • ALPHA HOUSE (TV SERIES) 2014 BECKY DOPLPHAN
  • HIGH GROUND (SHORT) CLAIRE
  • IRON SIDE (TV SERIES) 2013 ANNIE RYAN
  • REPRISE (SHORT) 2012 DAUGHTER
  • A,B, F/16 (SHORT) ANABELLE