We may only be in the early days of the fifth month of the year but unfortunately we’ve already lost a whole bunch of famous faces. They come from across the spectrum of celebrities including the worlds of sports, music, film and television.
Losing a famous face can be devastating to their fans when their idol dies, but it also provides them with a chance to remember their best work and all the things that made them famous. It can also be an opportunity to remember those for the good they brought to the world during their lifetime.
For some, their contribution could span decades, while for others, they could only be in the public eye for a short period of time. They could have been someone who is known worldwide and loved by millions of people or, especially with the rise of celebrities on social media, a more nationally recognizable face.
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Whatever their fame, their loss will be felt by their friends, family, and those they look up to. But who are the ones gone so far in 2022?
June Brown OBE (1927 – 2022)
Arguably the most famous person to leave this world so far in 2022, John Brown will forever be linked to former chain-smokers laundry worker Dot Cotton on the BBC soap opera Eastenders.
But the 95-year-old, who died at the beginning of April, has enjoyed a career that spanned nearly 70 years that has included performing on the small screen, the big screen, radio and even on the world-famous West End stage in London.
Married twice and with six children, John Brown announced that she left the role she will forever remember on Albert Square in February 2020, thus ending a character who first appeared on our televisions in 1985.
She was awarded an MBE in 2008 and an OBE on the New Year’s Honor Roll in 2022, months before her death.
Shane Warren (1969-2022)
As an Australian cricketer, England fans were supposed to hate Shane Warren, but the Victoria native has managed to bypass the competition between the two Test-playing nations to become one of the most beloved characters the game has ever seen. The fuzzy soccer player died suddenly in March of a suspected heart attack while on vacation in Thailand.
His death showed how much the cricketer is loved and admired and not just within a sport as he performed 708 demo wickets, the second highest sum ever. Honors poured in from all over the world and from all aspects of life. Once his death was announced, the Australian government gave his family a state funeral and a memorial service was held for the 52-year-old at Melbourne Cricket Ground, attended by tens of thousands of people.
Meatloaf (1947 – 2022)
Met Love, or Michael Lee Addai, as he was known to his family, marked the end of the singer’s career who had recorded some of the most famous and popular songs on disc. Beginning in 1968, the Texan native became world famous for his powerful, wide-ranging voice and stage performances in music videos and during his live performances.
The 74-year-old has appeared in film and television, but his music will forever be remembered, including the famous and successful album Bat Out of Hell in 1977. This record set 44 million sales worldwide, and became the fourth best-selling album. in history. It would also be number 14 of the best-selling albums of all time in the UK.
I’d Do Anything for Love (but I wouldn’t) remains his best-selling song, reaching #1 in 28 countries, including in the UK and USA and featuring Lauren Crosby as guest vocals. The song also earned a Meat Loaf a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Solo Artist.
Taylor Hawkins (1972-2022)
Taylor Hawkins, known simply as the drummer from the Foo Fighters, was found dead in his Columbia hotel room in March. Health chiefs in Bogota said he died of a suspected heart attack, possibly from a drug overdose.
The 50-year-old joined the band, fronting former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, in 1997, but before that he also beat drums for Sass Jordan and Alanis Morissette. But it will be with the rock band, affectionately known as “The Foos” who will have the most success.
Recording nine studio albums with the band, Taylor, who included drummer Ringo Starr among his influences, helped The Foos become one of the biggest rock bands in the world. He toured the world several times with the band and appeared on popular hits including “Learn to Fly”, “Best of You” and “The Pretender”.
Sir Sidney Poitier (1927 – 2022)
The legacy of Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier cannot be overstated. The beloved star’s career spanned a staggering 71 years, and included blockbuster films such as Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner in 1967 and The Jackal (1997).
But people will remember him a lot for breaking boundaries within the film industry. He was the first black actor to win an Academy Award for his role in the 1963 film Lillies of the Field. He has also won a Grammy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and a British Academy Film Award.
In 2002 he was also honored with an Honorary Academy Award for his life achievements in cinema. The award was presented to him by Denzel Washington. Seven years later, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Prior to that, in 1974, he was awarded the title The Queen of Knights of the Order of the British Empire.
Peter Bowles (1936 – 2022)
Theater and screen star Peter Bowles will remain the main character of the popular BBC comedy series To The Manor Born. The series, which only ran between 1979 and 1981, attracted a huge number of views. The final episode was one of those must-see TV moments that 23 million of us watched.
Starring alongside Dame Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles played a self-made businessman as the pair reprized their roles in the 2007 film special.
But Peter Bowles has done more than just one role on the sitcom, 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 passed away in March of cancer, leaving his wife of more than 50 years and three children.
William Hurt (1950 – 2022)
Academy Award-winning actor William Hurt passed away on March 10 at the age of 71 after enjoying a brilliant Hollywood career. People will remember him very much for his role as prisoner Luis Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman, a role for which he won an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award.
It will remain his only Oscar win but not his only movie. 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 statuette.
He recently appeared as Army General of Thaddeus Ross in the MCU. He appeared in Captain America: Civil War, Infinity Wars, Endgame, and Black Widow.
Linda Barron (1939-2022)
The famous actress, who has appeared in Eastenders, Doctor Who and Fat Friends will forever be famous for her role in the BBC sitcom Open All Hours. Starring alongside the likes of Ronnie Parker and Sir David Jason, Linda played nurse Gladys Emmanuel.
The loving interest in Parker Arkwright’s character, Nurse Gladys Emmanuel was the only character who could leave the stammering shopkeeper missing for words.
Tom Parker (1988-2022)
Thomas Parker died in March of this year after a battle with an inoperable brain tumor at the age of 33.
Tom, the lead singer of The Wanted, joined the group in 2009 with their first single, All Time Low, debuting on the charts at number one. The band would continue to be one of the most successful bands in British music until January 2014 when they announced their separation.
As a result of the breakup, Tom took off on a solo career and also became an avid DJ, working on tracks with Richard Rawson called ‘Fireflies’ which was released in August 2014.
He also appeared on shows like Celebrity MasterChef, where he reached the semi-finals and was confirmed in 2016 that he would replace Tina Hobley on Channel 4’s The Jump. Ultimately he finished third in the series.
In 2017, Tom was playing Danny Zuko on the UK tour of the musical Grease, even holding off his wedding to Kelsey Hardwick so he could star in the production.
Gary Waldhorn (1943 – 2022)
Best known for playing chancellor David Horton on the BBC sitcom, Dipley’s Vice, actor Gary Waldhorn has been a well-liked actor and has appeared on a whole host of shows during his career.
The 78-year-old made his acting debut in 1969, before retiring in 2013, and has also played Lionel Bainbridge in Brush Strokes and has appeared in The Sweeney, The New Avengers, Minder, Robin of Sherwood, Rumpole of the Bailey and The Bill and Heartbeat .
He has also starred in a number of stage productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
But his role as a posh counselor in the quirky village of Dipley, starring alongside Dawn French, will be the best he can remember.