We may only be in the early days of the fifth month of the year, but we have already sadly lost a whole host of famous faces. They come from across the celebrity spectrum, including the worlds of sports, music, film and television.
The loss of a famous face can be devastating for their fans when their idol dies, but it also gives them the opportunity to remember their best work and everything that made them famous. It can also be a time to remember those for the good they have brought to the world during their lifetime.
For some, their contribution may span decades, while for others they could only be in the public eye for a short time. They could have been someone who was known around the world and adored by millions or, especially with the rise of social media stardom, a more nationally famous face.
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Wherever their fame came from, their loss will have been felt by their friends, family and those who admired them. But who are those who have left so far in 2022?
June Brown OBE (1927 – 2022)
Arguably the most famous person to leave this world so far in 2022, June Brown will forever be associated with former chain smoker Dot Cotton on the BBC soap opera Eastenders.
But the 95-year-old, who died in early April, had a career spanning almost 70 years, including acting on the small screen, the big screen, radio and even on stage in London’s famous West End.
Married twice and mother of six, June Brown announced she was stepping down from the role she will forever remember in Albert Square in February 2020, ending a character who first appeared on our TV sets. in 1985.
She received an MBE in 2008 and an OBE in the New Year’s Honors List in 2022, months before her death.
Shane Warne (1969 – 2022)
As an Australian cricketer, Shane Warne should have been hated by England fans, but the Victoria native managed to rise above the rivalry of the two testing nations to become one of the most beloved characters the game has ever seen. . The leg thrower died suddenly in March of a suspected heart attack while on vacation in Thailand.
His death showed how much the cricketer was loved and admired and not just in a sport where he won 708 Test wickets, the second most on record. Tributes poured in from around the world and from all walks of life. Indeed, once his death was announced, the Australian government offered his family a state funeral and a memorial service was held for the 52-year-old at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with tens of thousands in attendance.
Meatloaf (1947 – 2022)
The passing of Meat Loaf, or Michael Lee Aday as his family called him, marked the end of the career of a singer who recorded some of the most recognizable and popular songs ever to hit record. Beginning in 1968, the Texas native would become world famous for his powerful, wide voice and theater-style performances in both music videos and during his live shows.
The 74-year-old has made film and television appearances, but it’s his music that he will forever be remembered for, including the monumental hit album Bat Out of Hell in 1977. This disc recorded 44 million sales worldwide, becoming the fourth best-selling album in history. It would also be the 14th best-selling album of all time in the UK.
I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) remains her biggest selling single, reaching number one in 28 countries including the UK and US and featured Lorraine Crosby on guest vocals . The song also earned Meat Loaf a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Solo Artist.
Taylor Hawkins (1972 – 2022)
Known simply as the Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins was found dead in his hotel room in Colombia in March. Bogota health chiefs said he died of a suspected heart attack, likely caused by a drug overdose.
The 50-year-old joined the band, led by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, in 1997, but before that he had also played drums for Sass Jordan and Alanis Morisette. But it would be with the rock band, affectionately nicknamed ‘The Foos’ with whom he would have the most success.
Recording nine studio albums with the band, Taylor, who included Beatles drummer Ringo Star among his influences, helped The Foos become one of the biggest rock bands in the world. He has toured the world several times with the band and appeared on iconic anthems including ‘Learn to Fly’, ‘Best of You’ and ‘The Pretender’.
Mr. Sidney Poitier (1927 – 2022)
The legacy of Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier can never be overstated. The beloved star’s career spanned an incredible 71 years and included hit movies like ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ in 1967 and The Jackal (1997).
But he will be best remembered for breaking down boundaries within the film industry. He was the first black actor to win an Oscar for his role in the 1963 film “Lillies of the Field.” He also received a Grammy Award, two Golden Globes and a British Academy Film Award.
In 2002, he also received an Academy Honorary Award for Lifetime Achievement in Film. The award was presented to him by Denzel Washington. Seven years later, he will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. Previously, in 1974, he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire which was the Queen.
Peter Bowles (1936 – 2022)
A star of stage and screen, Peter Bowles will forever be remembered as the title character of the hit BBC sitcom To The Manor Born. The series, which only aired between 1979 and 1981, attracted huge viewing figures. The very last episode was one of those must-watch TV moments and 23 million of us tuned in.
Alongside Dame Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles starred as a self-made businessman, with the pair reprising their roles for a 2007 special.
But Peter Bowles has done much more than just sitcom roles, he’s also appeared in Holby City, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and, most recently, as the Duke of Wellington in the royal drama Victoria.
He died in March of cancer, leaving a wife in his 50s and three children.
Guillaume Hurt (1950 – 2022)
Oscar-winning actor William Hurt died on March 10 at the age of 71 after enjoying a remarkable career in Hollywood. He will be best remembered for his role as prisoner Luis Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman, a role for which he won an Oscar and a BAFTA.
This will remain his only Oscar win but not his only film. He also appeared in Children of a Lesser God, Broadcast News and A History of Violence, roles for which he was nominated for an Academy Award but did not collect the statue.
More recently, he appeared as an army general in Thaddeus Ross in the MCU. He starred in Captain America: Civil War, Infinity Wars, Endgame and Black Widow.
Lynda Baron (1939 – 2022)
The iconic actress, who has appeared in Eastenders, Doctor Who and Fat Friends, will forever be known for her role on the iconic BBC sitcom Open All Hours. Alongside Ronnie Barker and Sir David Jason, Lynda played nurse Gladys Emmanuel.
The love interest of Barker’s character, Arkwright, nurse Gladys Emmanuel was the only character who could leave the shop owner stuttering without words.
Tom Parker (1988 – 2022)
Thomas Parker died in March this year after a battle with an inoperable brain tumor aged just 33.
Lead singer of boy band The Wanted, Tom joined the band in 2009 with their debut single, All Time Low, which debuted on the charts at number one. The band would go on to be one of the most successful bands in British music until January 2014 when they announced their split.
Following the split, Tom embarked on a solo career and also became an avid DJ, working on tracks with Richard Rawson titled “Fireflies”, released in August 2014.
He also appeared on programs like Celebrity MasterChef, reaching the semi-finals and it was confirmed in 2016 that he would replace Tina Hobley on Channel 4’s The Jump. He eventually finished third in the series.
In 2017, Tom starred as Danny Zuko in the UK tour of the musical Grease. He even put his marriage to Kelsey Hardwick on hold so he could star in the production.
Gary Waldhorn (1943 – 2022)
Best known for playing Councilman David Horton on the BBC sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, actor Gary Waldhorn was much loved and featured on many programs during his career.
The 78-year-old started acting in 1969, before retiring in 2013. He also played Lionel Bainbridge in Brush Strokes and starred in The Sweeney, The New Avengers, Minder, Robin of Sherwood, Rumpole of the Bailey, The Bill and Heartbeat. .
He also performed in a number of stage productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
But it’s his role as a posh town councilor in the quirky village of Dibley, alongside Dawn French, who will be best remembered.