Kenneth Branagh (1960-)
Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh, professionally known as Kenneth Branagh, is a British actor, producer, director, and screenwriter, who is well known for his film and TV adaptations of a number of Shakespeare’s plays as well as for blockbusters like ‘Thor’ and ‘Cinderella.’ Trained at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he later served as its president, succeeding Richard Attenborough. Interested in dramatics from a young age, Kenneth Branagh joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he received acclaim for his performances in Shakespeare’s plays like ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Henry V’. He co-founded the Renaissance Theatre Company and started adapting Shakespearean plays into films, making them accessible to the masses. This Irish-born British actor/director became one of the two non-American actors to be nominated for Oscars for writing, directing, and acting, and one amongst the only eight actors to have received this honor. A man wearing many professional hats, he has been active in the television industry as well. He played the title role in BBC radio broadcasts of ‘Hamlet’ and ‘King Lear,’ and has narrated several audiobooks. He received an honorary Doctorate in Literature from the Queen’s University of Belfast and has been conferred with the Freedom of the City of Belfast. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the RomaFictionFest in 2009.
Nia Peeples (1961-)
Nia Peeples, born Virenia Gwendolyn Peeples, is an American singer and actress. She is famous for portraying the character of Nicole Chapman on the series ‘Fame’ as well as of Pam Fields in the drama ‘Pretty Little Liars’. She is also recognized for playing Sydney Cooke and Karen Taylor on ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ and ‘The Young and the Restless’ respectively. Peeples has guest-starred in a number of TV shows, such as ‘Tales of the Gold Monkey’, ‘Hardcastle and McCormick’, ‘T.J. Hooker’, ‘Matlock’, ‘Highlander: The Series’, ‘Marker’, ‘Andromeda’ and ‘Longmire’. On the silver screen, she has acted in movies like ‘North Shore’, ‘DeepStar Six’, ‘Blues Brothers 2000’, ‘Poodle Springs’, ‘Alpha Mom’ and ‘Sub Zero’. As a singer, Peeples has released the albums ‘Nothin’ But Trouble’, ‘Nia Peeples’ and ‘Songs of the Cinema’. The American beauty, who appeared as a mentor at the 2nd annual Hatch audiovisual festival, is said to be an amazing human being in real life. She is a social media lover and this is why she is immensely active on Twitter, Instagram, MySpace, and Facebook.
Natti Natasha (1986-)
Natalia Alexandra Gutiérrez Batista is a reggaeton and hip hop singer and actress from the Dominican Republic. She is more popular by her professional name, Natti Natasha. A native of the city of Santiago de los Caballeros, Natasha started singing at an early age. When she was eight years old, she enrolled at the School of Fine Arts in Santiago for singing lessons and for honing her musical abilities. As she grew up, she developed a deep interest and respect for the likes of Bob Marley, Jerry Rivera, Lauryn Hill, and Ivy Queen. By the time she turned 14, she had begun recording songs for fun. Natasha got her first taste of success as a featured artist in Don Omar’s Latin tropical pop song ‘Dutty Love’ in 2012. That year, she also put out her first and only extended play to date, ‘All About Me’. In the ensuing years, she worked with several other artists before releasing her single, ‘Otra Cosa’, in 2017. She has since put out eight more singles and has appeared as an actress in the TV series ‘Atlantic City Chronicles’. Natasha is presently signed to Puerto Rican record label Pina Records.
Vidyut Jammwal (1980-)
Vidyut Jammwal (born 10 December 1980)is an Indian actor, martial artist, and stunt performer, who predominantly works in Hindi films. Best known for his roles in action films like the Commando series, he is a trained martial artist, having learned the Indian martial art of Kalaripayattu since the age of three. Jammwal was born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. He is one of three children born to an Army officer, and lived in various parts of India (owing to his father’s transferable job)and trained in Kalaripayattu in an ashram in Palakkad, Kerala since he was three years old, which was run by his mother. He traveled to many countries training with martial artists in various forms, some of which find their base in Kalaripayattu. After earning a degree in martial arts, Jammwal travelled to over 25 countries, where he performed in live-action shows. He participated as a contestant in Gladrags in the year 2000 and has been living in Mumbai ever since. He was a model in Delhi since 1996, but after a dismal career in modeling, landed his debut role in Sakthi, a Telugu film. He later landed his first role in a Bollywood movie in Nishikant Kamat’s Force after one audition
Bae Suzy (1994-)
Bae Suzy is a South Korean actor and singer, who, prior to making a career in acting, was a part of the famous Korean girl music group ‘miss A’. Born and brought up in Gwangju, South Korea, she always knew what she wanted from her life and was a well-sorted kid, a rare feat for millennial kids. Upon growing up, she attended the School of Performing Arts in Seoul and started her career as a shopping mall model at the age of 15. She entered the talent hunt show ‘Mnet Superstar K’ and was loved by the judges initially, but couldn’t do very well against the more talented performers and got eliminated. But this didn’t dishearten her and she went on to form a girl group ‘miss A’ with JYP Entertainment. After her musical success, she took up acting with films like ‘Architecture 101’ and ‘Sound of a Flower’ and television series’ such as ‘Uncontrollably Fond’ and ‘My Love from the Star’. In 2017, Bae came out with her debut solo album titled ‘Yes? No?’ and is keenly awaiting the release of her new TV show ‘While You Were Sleeping’.
Bobby Flay (1964-)
Robert William “Bobby” Flay is a celebrity chef who has hosted several popular cookery shows on the television channel, Food Network. He is most famous for his innovative style of cooking and for his love for traditional Southwestern and Mediterranean cuisines. The owner of a chain of successful restaurants, Flay is someone who not only converted a childhood passion into a full-time profession but also proved to the world that it is very much possible to reach the pinnacles of success doing what you love to do the most. He developed an interest in cooking from a young age and wanted an easy-to-use oven when he was eight. Finding a job at a fast-food restaurant seemed to be the most appropriate option for him as a teenager. He attended the French culinary Institute and received his degree in culinary arts. He eventually became a partner at the Mesa Grill where he once worked as an executive chef—this was just the first step in becoming the proud owner of a chain of restaurants. He has appeared in numerous cookery shows on the Food Network and served as the Iron Chef on the show ‘Iron Chef America’. He is also the author of several cookbooks.