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Who's Who 2005


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Who's Who 2005

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Publication date: Monday 10th January 2005
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Where will you find Academy and BAFTA award-winning actress Nicole
Kidman this week? Between the famous red covers of the brand new Who's
Who, where she joins the likes of ex-husband Tom Cruise amongst pages of
the fêted and the famous.

Who's Who 2005 recognises the achievements of over 32,000 of the people
who represent us, interest us, or influence our lives in society today -
including 1000 brand new entries for 2005. The uniquely autobiographical
entries, supplied and checked by the biographees themselves, convey an
enlightening and often amusing snapshot of the lives of those of
enduring interest from all walks of life. Once in Who's Who, biographees
will remain there until their death when they enter Who Was Who.

What do you know about those in the public eye who affect our daily
lives? Professors and MPs, business people and educational VIPs,
hereditary peers and entertainers, athletes and scientists... what sort
of people are they, and how did they get where they are today? This is
your chance to find out more about their career, family, publications,
education, birth date and even their favourite recreations, from a
source known and respected for over 150 years.

Trends for 2005

Reflecting changes in society, an increasing number of the new
biographees this year are women. Among them are BBC TV's Middle East
Correspondent, Orla Guerin, and author, Joanne Harris who apparently
enjoys 'mooching, lounging, strutting, priest-baiting, and quiet
subversion of the system' in her spare time. Of the men, TV chef Jamie
Oliver, born in 1975, is this year's youngest non-hereditary new name
(closely followed by Timothy Toulmin, Director of the Press Complaints
Commission - also 1975).

Who's new?

Well-known faces making their first appearance this year are singer,
guitarist and songwriter Eric Clapton and actor, comedian, and Arsenal
FC fan, Alan Davies. Tennis player Tim Henman is a new entry from the
sporting world and completes a good year including the birth of his
second daughter and reaching the semi-finals of the French and US Opens.
He is also amongst the youngest new non-hereditary biographees.

...and others, whose work may be more familiar than their face

Friendsreunited has been an internet phenomenon and husband and wife
team Julie and Stephen Pankhurst, the co-founders both appear in Who's
Who 2005. Scottish artist Jack Vettriano makes an impression this year
with his highly popular, if controversial artistic success - even Jack
Nicholson is a fan! Dinesh Dhamija, chairman and chief executive of
ebookers also makes his first appearance.

Anyone for skidelling?

As always there is a vast array of weird and wonderful pastimes, from
the death-defying (swimming with sharks), to the mysterious
(skidelling), the intriguing (Medieval bastides, lost villages,
Mâcon-Villages) to the diverse and fanciful (bricklaying, herding
penguins).

Finally, Happy Birthday for Thursday to another new entry Hugh
Fearnley-Whittingstall!

Visit the Who's Who web site: www.ukwhoswho.com

WHO'S WHO 2005: A SELECTION OF NEW NAMES

CHAKRABARTI, Shami, (Mrs M. J. Hopper) - Director, Liberty
CLAPTON, Eric Patrick - singer, guitarist and songwriter
COHEN, Robert - cellist and conductor
CRAVEN, Philip - President, International Paralympic Committee
DAVIES, Alan Roger - actor and comedian
DHAMIJA, Dinesh - Chairman and Chief Executive, ebookers plc
FEARNLEY-WHITTINGSTALL, Hugh Christopher Edmund - writer, broadcaster,
cook and food campaigner
GUERIN, Orla - Middle East Correspondent, BBC TV
HARRIS, Joanne MichEle Sylvie - author
HENMAN, Timothy Henry - tennis player
IWAN, Dafydd - President and Leader, Plaid Cymru
KIDMAN, Nicole - actress
MANNING, Maurice - President, Irish Human Rights Commission
NEWLAND, Martin - Editor, The Daily Telegraph
NIGHY, William Francis, (Bill) - actor
OLIVER, Jamie - chef
PANKHURST, Julie Kathryn - Co-founder, Friendsreunited
PANKHURST, Stephen - Director and Co-founder, Friendsreunited
SAMPSON, Adam - Director, Shelter
SCOTT THOMAS, Kristin - actress
SNOWBALL, Priscilla Deborah, (Cilla) - Chief Executive, Abbott Mead
Vickers.BBDO Ltd
TATCHELL, Peter Gary - gay rights and human rights campaigner;
journalist and author
TYLER, Ian Paul - Chief Executive, Balfour Beatty Plc
VETTRIANO, Jack - artist
YEA, Philip Edward - Chief Executive, 3i Group plc


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