British TV detective Gwilym Lee feared for his life last month (Jan14) when he arrived home and found burglars in his house. The actor, who plays a police officer in British crime show Midsomer Murders, discovered the front door of his London property had been tampered with and realised the thieves were still inside.
Lee, 30, decided against confronting the gang over fears they would attack him, so he stayed outside the house while he waited for the emergency services to arrive.
He says, "I got home at 6.30pm and saw the front door had been tampered with. Then I saw the light go on and I realised there was someone in the house. It was nerve-wracking. I left them to it, as I thought if they had tools to break in they probably wouldn't think twice about clobbering me over the head. I rang the police who arrived three minutes after the burglars left with my computer. They made a mess but didn't take much. It could have been worse."
He adds of the incident, which took place on 13 January (14), "I thought better of bursting in saying I was DS (detective superintendent) Nelson from Midsomer (Murders). I didn't think I'd be convincing enough, you can replace possessions but not my skull."
The gang made off with items including the star's laptop computer and wristwatch.
Oxenford, best known as the voice of British radio show Listen With Mother, passed away on 21 December (12), according to her daughter Kate Bradley.
She tells the BBC, "We were so proud of her. She touched so many people through her life... The amount of children anywhere, everywhere, who grew up devoted to that 15 minutes of Listen With Mother."
Oxenford began her career in showbusiness by entertaining troops during World War II, and she shot to fame in 1950 as the voice of Listen With Mother, which she presented for more than 20 years until 1971.
She was also famed as one of the original castmembers of popular British soap opera Coronation Street, playing Esther Hayes from 1960-1963, but making frequent returns following her departure.
The actress also made appearances in British TV shows Heartbeat, The Sweeney, To The Manor Born and popular drama series Midsomer Murders.
She filmed her last role in a 2008 episode of Doctor Who opposite David Tennant. Her scenes were cut from the initial U.K. broadcast but later added in for the DVD release.
Oxenford previously appeared in an episode of the cult sci-fi TV show in the 1980s with Sylvester McCoy playing the Time Lord.
She passed away on Sunday (03Jul11) after a battle with cancer.
Her agent says in a statement, "She will be remembered as a loving wife and mother, a cherished grandmother, a generous colleague and, always, a consummate professional. She will be greatly missed."
Massey was born into a showbusiness family - her father was famed Canadian-born actor Raymond Massey and her mother was British actress Adrianne Allen, while legendary director John Ford was her godfather.
She began her career on the stage and her big break came when she landed a role in Alfred Hitchcock's 1972 movie Frenzy.
Massey went on to star opposite her actor brother Daniel in 1973's The Vault of Horror, in which they played siblings, while her other major roles included her BAFTA-winning portrayal of a lonely spinster in a 1986 TV adaptation of Hotel du Lac.
She also starred in the 2002 adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest with Reese Witherspoon, and landed a role opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in 2002's Possession, as well as appearances in British TV shows Poirot and Midsomer Murders.
Massey was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to acting in 2004 and is survived by her second husband, Russian scientist Uri Andres, and her son, writer David Huggins, from her first marriage to actor Jeremy Brett.
The veteran star, known for her impersonations of former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, passed away in her sleep at a nursing home in Hove, south east England. Her death comes following a short illness, according to her agent Susan Angel.
Brown began her career in the 1930s, but it wasn't until the 1970s that she really found fame, showing off her impersonation skills during appearances on The Mike Yarwood Show.
Her Thatcher spoof was so good, she was cast as the leading politician in the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only in 1981.
She later starred in British TV dramas such as Midsomer Murders, Casualty and Hotel Babylon.
Brown, who was married to late Carry On star Peter Butterworth, is survived by their actor son Tyler Butterworth.
Brian True-May hit headlines earlier this month (Mar11) over his controversial comments and was axed pending a probe by bosses at the ITV network.
He has since apologised for any "unintended offence" and has been reinstated - but will leave the show "at the end of the current production run", according to a spokesman for the programme.
Brian True-May hit headlines in his native Britain earlier this week (beg14Mar11) for claiming multicultural characters would "look out of place" and "just wouldn't work" in the longrunning series, which is set in a quaint English village.
His bosses at the ITV network branded his words "shocking and appalling" and suspended him from his job while an investigation gets underway.
True-May has now opened up about his suspension, telling Britain's Daily Mail, "According to press reports I am going to be investigated as if I was a criminal. There's not a lot to investigate."
And when he was told some viewers had branded the reaction to his comments "hysterical", he replied, "You said it, not me. But I agree."
Lead actor Neil Dudgeon, who has replaced former star John Nettles in the series, has also spoken out to defend True-May, telling Britain's Daily Express, "If people have been quite happy for it not to change in 14 years, there's no reason to suppose they're going to want it to change now."
The show's executive producer, Brian True-May, has hit headlines in his native Britain for claiming multicultural characters would "look out of place" in the longrunning series, which is set in a quaint English village.
He told Radio Times, "We are a cosmopolitan society in this country, but if you watch Midsomer you wouldn't think so. I've never been picked up on that, but quite honestly I wouldn't want to change it... Maybe I'm not politically correct.... We just don't have ethnic minorities involved. Because it wouldn't be the English village with them. It wouldn't work.... They (fans) love the perceived English genteel eccentricity. It's not British, it's very English. We're the last bastion of Englishness and I want to keep it that way."
But his comments have angered bosses at ITV, the network behind the show, and he has now been suspended while an investigation is launched.
An ITV spokesman says, "We are shocked and appalled at these personal comments by Brian True-May which are absolutely not shared by anyone at ITV.
"We are in urgent discussions with All3Media, the producer, who have informed us that they have launched an immediate investigation into the matter and have suspended Mr True-May pending the outcome."
The show formerly starred John Nettles, who quit last year (10) after 13 seasons. He has been replaced by Neil Dudgeon.
The TV star, famed for his roles on hit 1980s show Bergerac and longrunning U.K. crime series Midsomer Murders, was presented with the prestigious medal on Tuesday (09Nov10) at Buckingham Palace in London for his services to drama.
Nettles is set to leave his role as Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby in Midsomer Murders in 2011 after 15 years on the programme.
The star passed away on Thursday (01Jul10) after battling a suspected viral infection.
Hutchings trained at Britain's famous Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and began his career on the stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), later winning a Laurence Olivier Award in 1982 for his role in popular musical Poppy.
He moved on to movie roles, appearing on the big screen opposite Clint Eastwood in 1990's White Hunter, Black Heart, as well as enjoying turns in Kenneth Branagh's Henry V, Topsy-Turvy, Clockwise with John Cleese and The Affair of the Necklace alongside Hilary Swank.
Hutchings' TV appearances included a notable role in Our Friends in the North with Daniel Craig, as well as numerous appearances in British shows such as Holby City, Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders and EastEnders.
The veteran actor was due to start filming a new series of hit U.K. TV show Benidorm at the time of this death.
Hutchings' agent Roger Charteris paid tribute to the late star, saying, "He never stopped working. Geoffrey was a delight to work with and he was absolutely one of a kind."
He is survived by his second wife, Andi.