Hugh Masekela

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Hugh Masekela
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Masekela performing in 2009
Background information
Birth name Hugh Ramapolo Masekela
Born (1939-04-04)4 April 1939
Witbank, South Africa
Died 23 January 2018(2018-01-23) (aged 78)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Genres Jazz, mbaqanga
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, composer, bandleader
Instruments Trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, cornet, vocals
Years active 1956–2018
Labels Mercury, MGM, Uni, Chisa, Blue Thumb, Casablanca Records, Heads Up, Verve, PolyGram
Associated acts Miriam Makeba (wife, 1964–1966)
Selema Masekela (son)

Hugh Ramapolo Masekela[note 1] (4 April 1939 – 23 January 2018)[1] was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer. He has been described as “the father of South African jazz.” Masekela was known for his jazz compositions and for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as “Soweto Blues” and “Bring Him Back Home“. He also had a number 1 US pop hit in 1968 with his version of “Grazing in the Grass“.

Early life[edit]

Masekela was born in KwaGuqa Township, Witbank, South Africa to Thomas Selena Masekela, who was a health inspector and sculptor and his wife, Pauline Bowers Masekela, a social worker.[2] As a child, he began singing and playing piano and was largely raised by his grandmother, who ran an illegal bar for miners.[2] At the age of 14, after seeing the film Young Man with a Horn (in which Kirk Douglas plays a character modelled on American jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke), Masekela took up playing the trumpet. His first trumpet, from Louis Armstrong, was given to him by Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, the anti-apartheid chaplain at St. Peter’s Secondary School now known as St. Martin’s School (Rosettenville).[3][4]

Huddleston asked the leader of the then Johannesburg “Native” Municipal Brass Band, Uncle Sauda, to teach Masekela the rudiments of trumpet playing.[5] Masekela quickly mastered the instrument. Soon, some of his schoolmates also became interested in playing instruments, leading to the formation of the Huddleston Jazz Band, South Africa’s first youth orchestra.[5] By 1956, after leading other ensembles, Masekela joined Alfred Herbert‘s African Jazz Revue.[6]

From 1954, Masekela played music that closely reflected his life experience. The agony, conflict, and exploitation South Africa faced during the 1950s and 1960s inspired and influenced him to make music and also spread political change. He was an artist who in his music vividly portrayed the struggles and sorrows, as well as the joys and passions of his country. His music protested about apartheid, slavery, government; the hardships individuals were living. Masekela reached a large population that also felt oppressed due to the country’s situation.[7][8]

Following a Manhattan Brothers tour of South Africa in 1958, Masekela wound up in the orchestra of the musical King Kong, written by Todd Matshikiza.[9]King Kong was South Africa’s first blockbuster theatrical success, touring the country for a sold-out year with Miriam Makeba and the Manhattan Brothers’ Nathan Mdledle in the lead. The musical later went to London’s West End for two years.[10]


Masekela in Washington, D.C., 2007

At the end of 1959, Dollar Brand (later known as Abdullah Ibrahim), Kippie Moeketsi, Makhaya Ntshoko, Johnny Gertze and Hugh formed the Jazz Epistles,[11] the first African jazz group to record an LP. They performed to record-breaking audiences in Johannesburg and Cape Town through late 1959 to early 1960.[2][12]

Following the 21 March 1960 Sharpeville massacre—where 69 protestors were shot dead in Sharpeville, and the South African government banned gatherings of ten or more people—and the increased brutality of the Apartheid state, Masekela left the country. He was helped by Trevor Huddleston and international friends such as Yehudi Menuhin and John Dankworth, who got him admitted into London’s Guildhall School of Music in 1960.[13] During that period, Masekela visited the United States, where he was befriended by Harry Belafonte.[14] After securing a scholarship back in London,[2] he moved to the United States to attend the Manhattan School of Music in New York, where he studied classical trumpet from 1960 to 1964.[15] In 1964, Mariam Makeba and Masekela were married, divorcing two years later.[15]

He had hits in the United States with the pop jazz tunes “Up, Up and Away” (1967) and the number-one smash “Grazing in the Grass” (1968), which sold four million copies.[16] He also appeared at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and was subsequently featured in the film Monterey Pop by D. A. Pennebaker. In 1974, Masekela and friend Stewart Levine organised the Zaire 74 music festival in Kinshasa set around the Rumble in the Jungle boxing match.[17]

He played primarily in jazz ensembles, with guest appearances on recordings by The Byrds (“So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” and “Lady Friend“) and Paul Simon (“Further to Fly”). In 1984, Masekela released the album Techno Bush; from that album, a single entitled “Don’t Go Lose It Baby” peaked at number two for two weeks on the dance charts.[18] In 1987, he had a hit single with “Bring Him Back Home“. The song became enormously popular, and turned into an unofficial anthem of the anti-apartheid movement and an anthem for the movement to free Nelson Mandela.[19][20]

A renewed interest in his African roots led Masekela to collaborate with West and Central African musicians, and finally to reconnect with Southern African players when he set up with the help of Jive Records a mobile studio in Botswana, just over the South African border, from 1980 to 1984. Here he re-absorbed and re-used mbaqanga strains, a style he continued to use following his return to South Africa in the early 1990s.[21]

In 1985 Masekela founded the Botswana International School of Music (BISM), which held its first workshop in Gaborone in that year.[22][23] The event, still in existence, continues as the annual Botswana Music Camp, giving local musicians of all ages and from all backgrounds the opportunity to play and perform together. Masekela taught the jazz course at the first workshop, and performed at the final concert.[24][25][26]

Also in the 1980s, Masekela toured with Paul Simon in support of Simon’s album Graceland, which featured other South African artists such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Miriam Makeba, Ray Phiri, and other elements of the band Kalahari, with which Masekela recorded in the 1980s.[27] He also collaborated in the musical development for the Broadway play, Sarafina![28] and recorded with the band Kalahari.[29]

Masekela in Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 2013

In 2003, he was featured in the documentary film Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony. In 2004, he released his autobiography, Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela, co-authored with journalist D. Michael Cheers,[30] which detailed Masekela’s struggles against apartheid in his homeland, as well as his personal struggles with alcoholism from the late 1970s through to the 1990s. In this period, he migrated, in his personal recording career, to mbaqanga, jazz/funk, and the blending of South African sounds, through two albums he recorded with Herb Alpert, and solo recordings, Techno-Bush (recorded in his studio in Botswana), Tomorrow (featuring the anthem “Bring Him Back Home”), Uptownship (a lush-sounding ode to American R&B), Beatin’ Aroun de Bush, Sixty, Time, and Revival. His song “Soweto Blues“, sung by his former wife, Miriam Makeba, is a blues/jazz piece that mourns the carnage of the Soweto riots in 1976.[31] He also provided interpretations of songs composed by Jorge Ben, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Caiphus Semenya, Jonas Gwangwa, Dorothy Masuka and Fela Kuti.

In 2006 Masekela was described by Michael A. Gomez, professor of history and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at New York University as “the father of South African jazz.”[32][33]

In 2009, Masekela released the album Phola (meaning “to get well, to heal”), his second recording for 4 Quarters Entertainment/Times Square Records. It includes some songs he wrote in the 1980s but never completed, as well as a reinterpretation of “The Joke of Life (Brinca de Vivre)”, which he recorded in the mid-1980s. From October 2007, he was a board member of the Woyome Foundation for Africa.[34][35]

In 2010, Masekela was featured, with his son Selema Masekela, in a series of videos on ESPN. The series, called Umlando – Through My Father’s Eyes, was aired in 10 parts during ESPN’s coverage of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The series focused on Hugh’s and Selema’s travels through South Africa. Hugh brought his son to the places he grew up. It was Selema’s first trip to his father’s homeland.[36]

On 3 December 2013, Masekela guested with the Dave Matthews Band in Johannesburg, South Africa. He joined Rashawn Ross on trumpet for “Proudest Monkey” and “Grazing in the Grass“.[37]

In 2016, at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim performed together for the first time in 60 years, reuniting the Jazz Epistles in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the historic 16 June 1976 youth demonstrations.[38][39][40]

Social initiatives[edit]

Masekela was involved in several social initiatives, and served as a director on the board of the Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organization that provides a daily meal to students of township schools in Soweto.[41][42]

Personal life and death[edit]

From 1964 to 1966 he was married to singer and activist Miriam Makeba.[43][44] He had subsequent marriages to Chris Calloway (daughter of Cab Calloway), Jabu Mbatha and Elinam Cofie.[15] He was the father of American television host Sal Masekela.[42] Poet, educator, and activist Barbara Masekela is his younger sister.[45]

Masekela died in Johannesburg on the early morning of 23 January 2018 from prostate cancer, aged 78.[43][1][46]

Awards and honours[edit]

Grammy history[edit]

Masekela was nominated for a Grammy Award three times, including a nomination for Best World Music Album for his 2012 album Jabulani, one for Best Musical Cast Show Album for Sarafina! The Music Of Liberation (1989) and one for Best Contemporary Pop Performance for the song “Grazing in the Grass” (1968).[47][48][21]

Hugh Masekela Grammy Awards History
Year Category Title Genre Label Result
1968 Best Contemporary Pop Performance – Instrumental Grazing in the Grass Pop Uni Nominated
1989 Best Musical Cast Show Album Sarafina! The Music Of Liberation Musical Sonet Nominated
2012 Best World Music Album Jabulani World Music Listen 2 Nominated




Year Title Label (original issue)
1962 Trumpet Africaine Mercury (Aug)[56]
1966 Grrr Mercury MG-21109, SR-61109 (Apr)[57]
1966 The Americanization of Ooga Booga MGM E/SE-4372 (Jun)[58]
1966 Hugh Masekela’s Next Album MGM E/SE-4415 (Dec)[59]
1966 The Emancipation of Hugh Masekela Chisa Records CHS-4101[57]
1967 Hugh Masekela’s Latest Uni 3010, 73010[57]
1967 Hugh Masekela Is Alive and Well at the Whisky Uni 3015, 73015[57]
1968 The Promise of a Future Uni 73028[57]
1968 Africa ’68 Uni 73020[60]
1968 The Lasting Impression of Hugh Masekela MGM E/SE-4468 (Dec)[57]
1969 Masekela Uni 73041[57]
1970 Reconstruction Chisa CS 803 (Jul)[57]
1971 Hugh Masekela & The Union of South Africa Chisa CS 808 (May)[57]
1972 Home Is Where the Music Is (aka The African Connection) Blue Thumb Chisa BTS 6003[57]
1973 Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz Blue Thumb Chisa BTS 62[57]
1974 I Am Not Afraid Blue Thumb Chisa BTS 6015[57]
1975 The Boy’s Doin’ It Casablanca NBLP-7017 (Jun)[57]
1976 Colonial Man Casablanca NBLP-7023 (Jan)[57]
1976 Melody Maker Casablanca NBLP-7036[57]
1977 You Told Your Mama Not to Worry Casablanca NBLP-7079[57]
1978 Herb Alpert / Hugh Masekela Horizon SP-728[57]
1978 Main Event Live (with Herb Alpert) A&M SP-4727[57]
1982 Home Moonshine/Columbia[57]
1984 Techno-Bush Jive Afrika[57]
1985 Waiting for the Rain Jive Afrika[57]
1987 Tomorrow Warner Bros.[57]
1989 Uptownship Jive/Novus Records[57]
1992 Beatin’ Aroun de Bush Novus Records[57]
1994 Hope Triloka Records[57]
1994 Stimela Connoisseur Collection[61]
1996 Notes of Life Columbia/Music[57]
1998 Black to the Future Shanachie Records[57]
1999 The Best of Hugh Masekela on Novus RCA[62]
2000 Sixty Shanachie[57]
2001 Grazing in the Grass: The Best of Hugh Masekela Sony[63]
2002 Time Columbia[57]
2002 Live at the BBC Strange Fruit[57]
2003 The Collection Universal/Spectrum[64]
2004 Still Grazing Blue Thumb[65]
2005 Revival Heads Up[57]
2005 Almost Like Being in Jazz Chissa Records[66]
2006 The Chisa Years: 1965–1975 (Rare and Unreleased) BBE[67]
2007 Live at the Market Theatre Four-Quarters Ent[57]
2009 Phola Four-Quarters Ent[57]
2012 Jabulani Listen 2[68]
2012 Friends (Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis) House of Masekela[69]
2012 Playing @ Work House of Masekela[70]
2015 Reconstruction House of Masekela[71]
2016 No Borders Universal Music[72]

Chart singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions
US Pop[73] US
1967 Up-Up and Away 71 47
1968 Grazing in the Grass 1 1 6
“Puffin’ On Down the Track” 71 43
1969 “Riot” 55 21 55
1978 Skokiaan
with Herb Alpert
1984 “Don’t Go Lose It Baby” 67




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Born (1975-05-09) May 9, 1975 (age 42)
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Singer-songwriter
Spouse(s) Grant Hill (m. 1999)
Musical career
Instruments Singing
Years active 1995–present
Labels Qwest / Warner Bros. (1995–99)
Elektra (2000–05)
Plus 1 (2006–present)
Def Jam (2014–present)
Website TamiaWorld.com

Tamia (born May 9, 1975) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. She is best known for her first Top 40 hit on the R&B charts “You Put a Move on My Heart“, her 2001 hit “Stranger in My House“, Fabolous‘ 2003 hit “Into You” (which samples her 1998 song “So into You“), sleeper hit “Officially Missing You“, her 2006 hit “Me“, and her 2012 hit “Beautiful Surprise“. With a career spanning over two decades, she has garnered six career Grammy nominations for her musical work.

Early life[edit]

Tamia Marilyn Hill (née Washington) was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario with her mother Barbara, and three younger brothers Tiras, Tajhee, and Trajan. Aside from the music she heard and sang at church, Tamia was exposed to diverse music from an early age by her mother. Singing was always her passion. As early as age six, she was on stage singing at the local church, and by age 12, had already been involved in several musicals which helped hone her musical skills.

Tamia studied piano and voice with renowned Windsor musician, Eugene Davis, who was also instrumental in encouraging her to pursue her vocal passion. It was not long before the gifted young singer began receiving recognition for her talent. Her mother and Godmother decided that the arts program at Walkerville Collegiate Institute in Windsor would best suit Tamia’s musical talent.

Along with attending high school at Walkerville, she made several appearances in local theater and choral concerts before winning Canada’s prestigious YTV Vocal Achievement Award in 1993. Tamia, who has an African American mother and a white father, told Mic Check that she “had the best of both worlds,” and added “that she’s related to most of the black people in Windsor…. My family comes in all shades from really light to very dark.”


1995–99: Tamia and other collaborations[edit]

In early-to-mid 1995, Tamia began recording her eponymous debut album, with production from the likes of Mario Winans, Jermaine Dupri, Tim & Bob, as well as additional help from Quincy Jones. The album’s first single, “You Put a Move on My Heart“, a cover of the 1993 song by British singer Mica Paris, was released on December 2, 1995, which was produced by Quincy Jones, off of his Q’s Jook Joint album, charted at number 98 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became Tamia’s first Top 40 hit on the R&B charts, peaking at #12. Another single, “Slow Jams” which was co-written by American singer-songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, features Barry White, and Babyface himself. The single also appeared on Q’s Jook Joint, and appeared at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #19 on the R&B charts, becoming her second Top 40 R&B hit.

In the second quarter of 1996, Tamia collaborated with American singers Gladys Knight, Brandy, and Chaka Khan for the single, “Missing You“, which was featured in the 1996 blockbuster film, Set It Off, and released in August of that year, the single peaked at #10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first Top 40 single and third Top 40 R&B hit overall. By late 1996, Tamia had received three Grammy Award nominations.

Tamia’s debut self-titled album, Tamia, was released in Canada on April 14, 1998, three weeks later it was released in the United Kingdom on May 11, and in North America the following day. To date, the album sold more than 420,000 copies in the United States and was certified gold.

In June 1997, Tamia made her film debut as Sheri Silver in the action-thriller Speed 2: Cruise Control. Playing the cruise liner’s musical entertainer, she performed the Diane Warren-penned single “Make Tonight Beautiful”, which was released as part of the film’s soundtrack. She has also appeared in other TV sitcoms, including Rock Me Baby and an episode of Kenan and Kel.

2000–05: A Nu Day and More[edit]

In October 2000, Tamia released her second album, A Nu Day. The album debuted at number forty-six on the Billboard 200 and number eight on the Top R&b/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. It was later was certified gold by the RIAA and remains her highest-selling album to date. The first single from A Nu Day was “Can’t Go for That“, written by Missy Elliott. The single peaked at number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number twenty-three on the R&B chart. The album’s second single was “Stranger in My House“. The single went to number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, number three on the Billboard R&B chart and to number one for 10 weeks on the Billboard Hot Dance chart. It remains Tamia’s biggest hit to date.

Tamia released her third studio album, More, on April 6, 2004 in the United States. It debuted at number seventeen on the Billboard 200 and at number four on the Billboard R&B Albums Chart, going gold by the RIAA, for shipping over 500,000 units in North America. The lead single “Into You“, a collaboration with rapper Fabolous, sampled the chorus from Tamia’s “So Into You”, a song from her self-titled debut album. The song soared to number four on the Hot 100 and to the top of the Billboard R&B chart.

2005–2013: Between Friends and Beautiful Surprise[edit]

In 2005, Tamia split from Elektra Records, and created her own record label, Plus One Music Group.[1] The first record to be released on the company was her fourth studio album Between Friends. First released on South African independent label Gallo Records in May 2006, it was later distributed by Image Entertainment in the United States. Entirely produced by Shep Crawford, with additional production from Rodney Jerkins, it reached number nine on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[1] Its first two singles, “Can’t Get Enough” and “Me“, both reached the top 30 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

In November 2009, a great hits compilation was released in South Africa.[2] The same year, Tamia announced that she was working with longtime contributor Shep Crawford to form a supergroup called TDK along with singers Kelly Price and Deborah Cox.[3] Their joint album The Queen Project failed to materialize however due timing issues and label politics.[4]

In August 2012, Tamia’s fifth studio Beautiful Surprise was released on Plus One Music and EMI.[5] The singer worked with a vast of different producers on the album, including Chuck Harmony, The Runners, and Carvin & Ivan. Upon its released, it debuted 23 on the Billboard 200 and number six on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with first week sales of 41,521 copies. Lead single “Beautiful Surprise“, written by Claude Kelly, Salaam Remi and the herself peaked at number 24 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and was later nominated for Best R&B Song at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. In support of the album, Tamia went on tour with R. Kelly during his The Single Ladies tour from October until December 2012.

2014–present: Love Life[edit]

In August 2014, Tamia signed with Def Jam Recordings, marking her return to major label ranks.[1] During an appearance at a filming of Radio 103.9’s Cocktails & Conversation, she announced that her sixth album Love Life will be released on June 9, 2015 in the United States.[6] It will be preceded by the first single “Sandwich and a Soda“, produced by Pop & Oak.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Singer Anita Baker introduced Tamia to Grant Hill in Detroit, Michigan. Tamia married Hill on July 24, 1999. Their daughter, Myla Grace Hill was born on January 23, 2002. Their second daughter Lael Rose Hill was born August 9, 2007.

In 2003, Extra announced that Tamia had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In an interview with Smooth magazine, Tamia reported that the disease is seemingly in remission and that she has occasional but controllable symptoms.


Studio albums[edit]


  • 1998 Tour (1998)
  • A Nu Day Tour (2001)
  • 2005 Tour (2005)[7]
  • Between Friends Tour (2007)
  • Beautiful Surprise Tour (2013-14)[8]
  • Love Life Tour (2015)[9]
Opening act

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
1997 Missing You(with Brandy, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight) Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Nominated
You Put a Move on My Heart(with Quincy Jones) Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
Slow Jams(with Quincy Jones, Babyface, Barry White and Portrait) Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
2000 Spend My Life with You(with Eric Benét) Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
2013 Beautiful Surprise Best R&B Song Nominated
Beautiful Surprise Best R&B Album Nominated
NAACP Image Award
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2000 “Spend My Life with You” (with Eric Benét) Outstanding Song Won
Juno Award
Year Nominee/work Award Result
1999 N/A Breakthrough Artist of the Year Nominated
Tamia R&B/Soul Recording of the Year Nominated
2001 A Nu Day R&B/Soul Recording of the Year Nominated
2005 More R&B/Soul Recording of the Year Nominated
Soul Train Music Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 N/A Best Independent/Soul Artist Nominated
UB Honors Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 Beautiful Surprise Best Independent Urban Album Nominated
Best R&B Album Of The Year Nominated
RLM World Music Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2013 N/A Best Female Artist Nominated
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2007 N/A Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist – Female Nominated
Source Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2003 Into You(with Fabolous) R&B/Rap Collaboration Of The Year Nominated

Hannah Gordon

Hannah Gordon

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Hannah Gordon
Born Hannah Campbell Grant Gordon
(1941-04-09) 9 April 1941 (age 76)
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, UK
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Norman Warwick (5 February 1970 – 26 August 1994) (his death)
Robert Lampitt [1] (? – present)
Children Ben Warwick

Hannah Campbell Grant Gordon[2] (born 9 April 1941) is a British actress who is well known in the United Kingdom for her television work, including My Wife Next Door (1972), Upstairs, Downstairs (1974–75), Telford’s Change (1979), Joint Account (1989–90) and an appearance in the final episode of One Foot in the Grave.[3] She is also known for her appearance as Ann Treves in David Lynch‘s 1980 film The Elephant Man. She is sometimes known as Hannah Warwick.

Early life[edit]

Gordon was born in Edinburgh, the daughter of Hannah (née Grant) and William Munro Gordon.[2][4] She studied drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and, after graduating, spent one year at a repertory theatre in Dundee.[3][4] Shortly after, Gordon settled in London, and had early television appearances in the mid-1960s in programmes such as Out of the Unknown, The Wednesday Play, David Copperfield and Thirty-Minute Theatre.[3] In 1966-67, Gordon played Kirsty in the Doctor Who serial The Highlanders, and made appearances on Jackanory (1969). In 1967, she appeared in the stage play Spring and Port Wine,[4] and in 1970 took the same role in the film version. In 1972, Hannah Gordon had her first lead role, alongside John Alderton in the sitcom My Wife Next Door.[3]

Film and television career[edit]

Gordon married cameraman Norman Warwick; they had a son Ben, and Gordon returned to work after a year off in 1974.[3] Her first appearance was as Virginia Hamilton who later married Lord Bellamy in the fourth and fifth series of the period drama Upstairs, Downstairs.[3] In 1979, she appeared in Telford’s Change, another drama.[3] During the 1970s, Gordon also appeared in Play for Today, The Persuaders! and the 1973 Christmas edition of The Morecambe & Wise Show. In 1989-90 she starred as a bank manager with Peter Egan and John Bird in the BBC sitcom Joint Account. She voiced the character Hyzenthlay in Watership Down (1978), her other film roles included Alfie Darling (1975) [4] and The Elephant Man (1980) as the wife of Anthony Hopkins. Her most recent film role was as Kevin McKidd‘s mother in Made of Honour (2008).

In 1981 she starred in Miss Morrison’s Ghosts (with Wendy Hiller). She has appeared on television in Goodbye, Mr Kent (1982), Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense (1984), My Family and Other Animals (1987), Taggart (1993) and Jonathan Creek (1998). In 2000, Gordon played Glynis, the woman who kills Victor Meldrew in “Things Aren’t Simple Any More“, the final episode of the sitcom One Foot in the Grave.[3]

Since 2000, she has made guest appearances in Midsomer Murders (2000), Monarch of the Glen (2002) and Heartbeat (2004) in which she played Mrs Barton in episode 5 of series 14, Hunter’s Moon.[3]

From 1998 to 2001 she hosted the Channel 4 programme Watercolour Challenge.[4]

She also more recently appeared in the 2007 Christmas episodes of BBC Scotland soap River City, as hotel owner Rose who had rescued Archie Buchanan from the cliffside and taken him in because of his memory loss. In the final episode of series 7 of the BBC series Hustle (2011), she played an old flame of Albert Stroller.

In the 2015 crime drama series Unforgotten made for ITV, she played Grace Greaves, wife of Father Robert Greaves.

Stage and theatre[edit]

Hannah Gordon narrated Sergei Prokofiev‘s Peter and the Wolf in a Christmas concert with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra at St. James’s Church, Piccadilly, London on 14 December 2007.[5]

She was the narrator of the opening concert at the 2008 Edinburgh International FestivalRise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht at Usher Hall on Friday, 8 August 2008.[6] This performance brought together the RSNO, the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the ladies of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and eight soloists.[7]

From 9–20 March 2009, Gordon read Nina Bawden‘s novel Family Money for BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime.

Safeway UK[edit]

Throughout the 1980s, Hannah was the face of the British division of Safeway. She appeared in all the TV commercials, voiced the radio adverts and was present at many store openings[citation needed].

Hannah Gordon – the rose[edit]

In 1983/84 W. Kordes and Son, Germany, bred a tall, slender shrub rose, which they named ‘Hannah Gordon’. It is a cross of an unnamed seedling x ‘Bordure Rose’ (Floribunda, Delbard, 1974).[8]


Emily V. Gordon Picture

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Actress (1 credit)
 2016 Sidekick with Matt Mira (TV Series)

Emily Vance Gordon (born in May 3, 1979)[1][2] is an American writer, producer and podcast host. She co-wrote the 2017 romantic comedy film The Big Sick, based on her relationship with her husband and frequent collaborator, comic Kumail Nanjiani. Gordon and Nanjiani won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for The Big Sick; they were also nominated for a 2018 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, among many other nominations.

Gordon began her career as a family and couples therapist before becoming a writer and comedy producer. She co-created the live show The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail and its television counterpart for Comedy Central, and has written for television (The Carmichael Show), a book (Super You), and for several online and print publications.

Writing and comedy[edit]

Gordon began her comedy career in New York, where she worked at Comix comedy club and produced a live show with Pete Holmes.[3] By the time she moved to Los Angeles in 2010,[3] Gordon was pursuing comedy and freelance writing full-time.

Gordon has written two webseries aimed at teenagers, called Power Up and ExploreD, at Disney.com. She wrote for the second season of The Carmichael Show on NBC, writing an episode called “New Neighbors”. In addition to writing, Gordon also produces comedy. In 2010, she created a weekly live show co-hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani called The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, located in the back of comic bookstore Meltdown Comics; Gordon served as producer and booker.[4] In 2011 she was asked by Chris Hardwick, who wanted to turn the space into a curated comedy venue, to act as program director.[3] She served as program director of the Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics from 2011 to 2012.[citation needed] In 2013 Comedy Central ordered a pilot for The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, which was made a series in 2014;[4] Gordon was an executive producer.[5]

Gordon and Nanjiani co-host a Nerdist network podcast called The Indoor Kids,[6] which “isn’t just about video games, but it isn’t not about video games.”[7]

Gordon is signed to adapt Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney 2016 novel The Nest for Amazon’s film studio. Jill Soloway and Andrea Sperling will produce the feature film.[8]

Super You[edit]

Gordon’s first book, Super You: Release Your Inner Superhero, a tongue-in-cheek self-improvement guide, was released in 2015.[9][10]

The Big Sick[edit]

Gordon also co-wrote the screenplay of and co-executive produced the 2017 film The Big Sick, with her husband Kumail Nanjiani. The critically acclaimed film is based on the beginning of their relationship, with Nanjiani playing himself, and Gordon (renamed Emily Gardner) played by Zoe Kazan. The Big Sick was directed by Michael Showalter and produced by Judd Apatow.[11]

Gordon and Nanjiani’s script won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.[12] It was also nominated for a 2018 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay,[13] as well as screenwriting awards from the Writers Guild of America,[14] the Gotham Awards,[15] and a dozen critics’ associations.


Jacqueline’s father Elroy Fernansez is a Sri Lankan and mother Kim is a Malaysian. She has two brothers and an older sister. Her parents moved to Bahrain when she was very young. After her schooling in Bahrain, she was awarded a Scholarship to study at the University of Sydney, where she pursued a degree in Media and Communications in Sydney, …
Actress (21 credits)
 2018/I Drive (filming)
 2018 Race 3
 2018 According to Mathew
Daphne Reynolds
 2017 Judwaa 2
 2017 A Gentleman
 2016 A Flying Jatt
 2016 Dishoom
 2016 Housefull 3
 2015 Definition of Fear
Sarah Fording
 2015/I Brothers
 2015 Bangistan
 2015 Roy
Ayesha / Tia
 2014 Kick
Shaina Mehra
 2013 Ramaiya Vastavaiya
Special Appearance
 2013 Race 2
 2012 Housefull 2
Bobby (as Jaqueline Fernandes)
 2011 Murder 2
 2010 Housefull
Dhanno (uncredited)
 2009 Aladin
Jasmine (as Jaqueline Fernandes)


Karen Dalferes is known for her work on The First (2018), Green Book and The Last Laugh (2018).
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Actress (9 credits)
 2018 The Last Laugh (filming)
Interested Condo Buyer / Comedy Concert Goer
 2018 The First (TV Series) (pre-production)
Vista Executive / Mechanical Engineering Supervisor

Episode #1.1 (2018) … Vista Executive / Mechanical Engineering Supervisor
  Green Book (post-production)
Concert Goer / Waitress / Hotel Guest
 2018 When We First Met
Mother (uncredited)
 2017 One Mississippi (TV Series)
Concert Goer

Who Do You Think You Are? (2017) … Concert Goer (uncredited)
 2017 Preacher (TV Series)
Diner Patron

On Your Knees (2017) … Diner Patron (uncredited)
 2017 Claws (TV Series)

Escape (2017) … Various (uncredited)
 2017 Queen Sugar (TV Series)

Line of Our Elders (2017) … Various (uncredited)
 2016 Bad Moms
Soccer Mom (uncredited)
Hide Hide Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (4 credits)
 2018 The First (TV Series) (spencer stand-in – 1 episode) (pre-production)

Episode #1.2 … (spencer stand-in)
  Green Book (utility stand-in) (post-production)
 2017 NCIS: New Orleans (TV Series) (photo double – 1 episode)

The Asset (2017) … (photo double: Vanessa Ferlito)
 2017 Girls Trip (Kate Walsh Stand-In – uncredited)