Chris Tarrant sprang to fame as the presenter of TISWAS on ITV and now is best known in his dual role as host of Capital Radio's breakfast show and ITV's 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'.
William Makepeace Thackeray
William Makepeace Thackeray was born in Calcutta in 1811. On his way to England from India, the small Thackeray saw Napoleon on St Helena. In 1837, Thackeray came to London and became a regular contributor to Fraser's Magazine. From 1842 to 1851, he was on the staff of Punch, and this was when he wrote Vanity Fair, the work which placed him in the first rank of novelists. He completed it when he was thirty-seven.In 1857, Thackeray stood unsuccessfully as a parliamentary candidate for Oxford. In 1859 he took on the editorship of the Cornhill Magazine. He resigned the position in 1862 because kindliness and sensitivity of spirit made it difficult for him to turn down contributors.Thackeray drew on his own experiences for his writing. He had a great weakness for gambling, a great desire for worldly success, and over his life hung the tragic illness of his wife Isabella, with whom he had hree daughters, one dying in infancy.Thackeray died December 24, 1863. He was buried in Kensal Green, and a bust by Marochetti was put up to his memory in Westminster Abbey.
Manny the Frenchie
Manny the Frenchie was adopted as a four-month-old puppy and quicklybecame 'the most famous French bulldog in the world' (BuzzFeed),delighting millions of fans on social media. Named after Manny Pacquiao,he is known for sleeping ANYWHERE (most famously in the bathroomsink), talking with a humanlike bark, and for his philanthropy efforts.Manny loves giving back and regularly partners with major corporationsand travels the country supporting different charities while spreading hisgoodwill and cheer. @manny_the_frenchie, mannythefrenchie.com.
E. V. Thompson
E V Thompson was born in London and spent nine years in the Navy before joining Bristol police. He moved to Hong Kong, then Rhodesia and had over 200 stories published before returning to England to become a full-time award-winning writer. He passed away in 2012.
Sandi Toksvig went into theatre as a writer and performer after graduating from Cambridge. Well known for her television and radio work as a presenter, writer and actor, she has written more than twenty books for children and adults. She also writes for theatre and television: her film The Man starred Stephen Fry and Zoe Wanamaker and her play Bully Boy starring Anthony Andrews opened the St James Theatre, London in 2012. She was Chancellor of Portsmouth University from 2012 to 2017. In 2016 Sandi took over as chair on QI, and in 2017 she started presenting The Great British Bake Off. She lives in London and Kent.
Ricky Tomlinson was born in 1939 and grew up in Liverpool. He has starred in many TV series including The Royle Family; Brookside; and Cracker and in films such as Raining Stones; Mike Bassett, England Manager and The 51st State. He lives in Liverpool with his wife, Rita.
Jessica Treadway is a novelist and short-story writer interested primarily in the psychological lives of characters who may be hiding things from themselves. A former news reporter for United Press International, she published her first book of stories in 1992, followed by her first novel in 2001 and a second collection, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, in 2010. Most of her work is realistic fiction about families. Jessica is a professor of creative writing at Emerson College in Boston.
Jonathan Trott is a former England Test cricketer who was ICC and ECB Cricketer of the Year in 2011. He currently plays for Warwickshire, having retired from all international cricket in 2015.