Aliens star Jay Benedict dies from coronavirus aged 68

Aliens actor Jay Benedict had died from coronavirus at the age of 68, it has been confirmed.

The actor died on Saturday (4 April) following a battle with the Covid-19 virus, which has claimed almost 5,000 lives in the UK.

In a statement, his management team said: ‘It is with profound sorrow that we must announce Jay’s death on the 4th of April due to complications arising from a Covid-19 infection.’

Benedict is survived by his wife Phoebe Scholfield and their two sons Leopold and Freddie. The actor also had another daughter from a previous relationship.

The American actor was best known for playing Russ Jordan in James Cameron’s 1986 sci-fi epic alongside Sigourney Weaver and Bill Paxton.

However, he also appeared in The Dark Knight Rises and starred as John Kieffer, the US Army officer and friend of Christopher Foyle in Foyle’s War.

Recalling his time on the Aliens set, Benedict once said in an interview: ‘When I turned up on set there was practically a strike and a riot all in one and I remember the first AD telling me, “You picked a a bad day to come and do your day’s filming. We’re all walking out”.’


Together with his wife, Jay ran the Sync or Swim post-production company which provides automated dialogue replacement services to the movie and TV industry.

The company’s recent projects include Downton Abbey, Call The Midwife, Dickensian and Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands.

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Tributes for Benedict have poured in with Only Fools and Horses star John Challis tweeting: ‘Strangest coincidence this morning-talking on the telephone to my brother in law & telling him that my old friend Jay Benedict died yesterday.

‘Talented actor & someone I used to rock around with,& Johnny said “Oh no! Jay was my friend at school”. Weird or what? @SherrieHewson.’

Allo Allo star Vicki Michelle said: ‘Shocked to hear one of our most brilliant actors and kind lovely man Jay Benedict has passed. 

‘Married to my lovely friend Phoebe Scholfield #AlloAllo My heart goes out to her and her family at this sad time #PhoebeScholfield @FreddieBenedict #LeoBenedict #SyncorSwim #COVID19.’

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50 Cent Locked Out of Bedroom by Girlfriend Cuban Link for Mocking Her Cooking Skills

The fitness instructor shares a funny video of her boyfriend making a plea to be let inside the bedroom after the ‘In da Club’ rapper roasted her about the taste of the food she cooked.

AceShowbiz50 Cent‘s girlfriend Cuban Link has got the last laugh after he poked fun at her on Instagram. The rapper-turned-actor, who is known for his excessive trolling on social media, got locked out of the bedroom by his bae for mocking her cooking skills.

In several short clips shared on her own Instagram page on Sunday, April 5, Cuban filmed herself lying on the bed before she answered to 50’s plea from outside the room. She coyly smiled as she talked to him behind the door that he had to be lying on the couch.

“his a** ain’t so tough behind the door!! Talking about ‘ i don’t wanna lay on the couch,’ ” she wrote in the caption about her boyfriend, who asked to be let inside.

Earlier on Sunday, April 5, 50 trolled Cuban about the taste of the food she cooked with a video of a kid who appears to be struggling while eating something. “This is me when @_cuban_link cook LOL,” he captioned the clip.

People then took to the comment section of Cuban’s post to comment on her giving her boyfriend a lesson, “Y’all so cute, one said of the couple.” Another supported her, “That’s right sis put him in the dog house for dissing your cooking skills.”

Prior to this, Fiddy came up with an ultimatum for his girlfriend about quarantining together. He told her that she would either have to start cleaning around his place or be forced to leave and deal with the coronavirus pandemic on her own. “I got these for @_cuban_link she got mad, I don’t care she gotta clean up or go out side with the corona’s,” so he wrote on Instagram along with a photo of rubber gloves with the word “Hernes”, a play on the name of the famous fashion brand, handwritten on it.

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Susanna and Piers pay tribute to Kate Garraway's husband Derek

Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan send Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper ‘every ounce of strength’ during his ‘agonising’ recovery from COVID-19 in hospital

  • Former Blair adviser Derek, 52, taken to hospital on Monday with coronavirus
  • Kate, 52, hasn’t been tested and is self-isolating at home with their two children  
  • After first paying tribute to their GMB co-host Kate’s husband on social media last Friday, Susanna and Piers once again expressed their well-wishes to the family on Monday’s programme 

Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan paid tribute to Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper during Monday’s edition of Good Morning Britain.

Their co-host Kate is reportedly ‘sick with worry’ as Derek battles COVID-19 in intensive care, after being admitted to the hospital a week ago and testing positive for the virus.

Susanna, 49, said: ‘I know I speak for all of the team and all of our viewers when we send our love to Kate Garraway and her husband Derek Draper.

Expressing their support: Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan paid tribute to Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper during Monday’s edition of Good Morning Britain, as he continues to battle COVID-19 in hospital 

‘We send him every ounce of strength as he recovers from coronavirus and our love to Kate.’

Piers, 55, also discussed the ordeal, describing it as ‘agonising for everyone involved’.  

Kate, 52, is now self-isolating at home with her two children after displaying mild symptoms. 

Heartfelt: On Friday, Piers and Susanna first shared their well wishes for co-star Kate via the medium of social media

Taking to Twitter to express her support, Susanna shared: ‘All my love to Kate and Derek’ with a heart emoji.

Piers took to his account and penned: ‘Now it’s been made public, I can say this horrendous situation has brought the Coronavirus crisis sharply into the hearts of all of us. My love & prayers to Kate & Derek’, alongside a praying hands emoji.  

Also sharing his well wishes was Ben Shephard, who tweeted a message of support for his co-presenter.

He wrote: ‘Just wanted to send all my love to Darcey and Billy. Sending Derek strength and positivity. Love to everyone going through this right now.’ 

Heartbreaking: Kate, 52, has been left ‘sick with worry’ after her husband was rushed to hospital on Monday where he was tested positive for the virus (pictured in December 2019)

Kind words: A host of Kate Garraway’s Good Morning Britain colleagues and friends sent their love to the presenter (GMB team pictured at National Television Awards last year) 

This was retweeted by GMB star Richard Arnold, who added a praying hands emoji.

Also revealing his support for Kate on Twitter were Lord Alan Sugar and Spandau Ballet frontman Martin Kemp. 

The Apprentice star wrote: ‘Sorry to hear about your husband via @piersmorgan. I wish him well and a speedy recovery.’ 

Martin added: ‘sending so much love to @kategarraway and her husband Derek. Wishing your man well Kate! xxx’. 

Reaching out: Her co-presenters have shared tweets sending love to the journalist who is now self-isolating at home with her two children after displaying mild symptoms

On the frontline: ITV Love Island star Dr Alex George vowed to stand up and fight back as he shared a selfie in protective clothing during his shift at a London hospital 

Derek, who was a former adviser to Tony Blair, was rushed to hospital on Monday where he was tested positive for coronavirus.  

Kate met Prince Charles at an event on March 11, but began displaying symptoms on Monday, which is beyond the two-week incubation period.  

It comes as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK topped 38,000 on Friday, with 3,605 deaths.  

Concerns: Just days ago, the presenter voiced her fears on GMB meeting with Prince Charles before he tested positive for coronavirus (pictured at the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11) 

Kate’s meeting with Prince Charles  

Fears that Kate could have contracted coronavirus from Prince Charles have been ruled out. 

The ITV presenter met Prince Charles at an event on March 11, but began displaying symptoms on Monday, which is beyond the two-week incubation period. 

The ‘incubation period’ means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. 

Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days. 

The GMB presenter, who hasn’t been tested but is displaying ‘mild symptoms’ is self-isolating at home with their two children – Darcey, 14, and William (Bill), ten. 

Just days ago, the presenter voiced her fears on Good Morning Britain after meeting with Prince Charles before he tested positive for coronavirus.

She spoke about their encounter live on air, revealing that the pair had got ‘relatively close’ at the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11. 

Kate’s spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Kate’s husband, Derek Draper, has been taken to hospital and is being treated in intensive care with a confirmed case of COVID-19. 

He was admitted on Monday and has since tested positive for the virus. 

‘Kate, hasn’t been tested, however she has also been displaying mild symptoms, also since Monday, and as a result has been on strict isolation with her children at home.’    

A source added to The Sun: ‘This is a desperate situation for Kate who is sick with worry about Derek’s health. 

‘She is obviously off TV too. Everyone at GMB is so worried for her.’ 

WHERE DID TODAY’S CORONAVIRUS DEATHS HAPPEN? 

  • London: 161
  • Midlands: 150
  • North West: 88 
  • East of England: 66 
  • North East & Yorkshire: 62 
  • Scotland: 46
  • South East: 41
  • South West: 36
  • Wales: 24
  • Northern Ireland: 12

Total: 686 

NB: The totals of all countries’ separate counts add up to more than the official total for the UK because the Department of Health stops recorded at 5pm the day before it publishes the statistics. Some of the deaths outside of England will be counted in tomorrow’s total for Britain. 

Kate shared a video of herself clapping for the NHS on Thursday night where she said her family had an ‘extra special reason’ to clap for our carers. 

She wrote: ‘We had a an extra special reason to #clapthecarers in our house tonight but there’s a special reason for us all isn’t there. 

‘Thank thank you to all the health workers caring for our loved ones and key workers keeping our lives going [clapping emojis] you are incredible.’ 

Kate’s GMB co-star Susanna Reid, who just ended her own quarantine after someone in her household displayed COVID-19 symptoms, commented with a heart emoji. 

‘I don’t have any symptoms, so I’m not blaming him for anything at all, but people are going to be concerned. He’s a man that meets a lot of people.’

Just a day later, Kate assured fans that she was in ‘perfect’ health and had been to hospital to have her eye checked over, following reports conjunctivitis is listed as a symptom of COVID-19.

The Prince of Wales has a ‘mild’ form of the illness and his doctor believes that the royal may have been contagious from March 13 at the earliest.  

Family: Former Blair adviser M, 52, pictured with their two children Darcey, 14, and William (Bill), ten, in November

Shortly after Kate met Prince Charles on March 11, GMB played footage of the two together.  

The presenter pointed out: ‘We’re relatively close there, as indeed were all the other people that were involved in that. 

Kate and Derek have been married for fourteen years, with the former lobbyist cheering his wife on for the duration of her stint on I’m A Celebrity last year, he flew out to Australia with their two children to meet her. 

The couple, who wed in September 2005, have previously discussed their union, with Derek admitting that he feared she was ‘a high-maintenance TV bimbo’.  

Following her stint on I’m A Celebrity, the couple were planning to renew their views in the coming months. 

Kate, who was married to Ian Rumsey from 1998 to 2002, met Derek when they were set up by mutual friend, then-political editor of GMTV Gloria De Piero. 

The I’m A Celeb star told The Times: ‘One day, as the sun was rising, she said, ‘I’m having an epiphany. You and Derek Draper.’ I was, like, ‘Who?’

‘Derek had just moved back from America, having left politics and retrained as a psychotherapist, and she thought we’d be perfect for each other…

‘She set up drinks with a group of people at Claridge’s. Derek arrived thinking it was a date and that I was being incredibly cool by ignoring him.’

Derek then admitted he was relieved he went on the date as Kate dispelled all the myths he believed of dating a TV personality. 

Kate’s GMB co-star Piers Morgan has previously spoke about Derek as they used to butt heads when he was a press chief for Labour and Piers was editor of the Daily Mirror. 

Heartfelt: Kate shared a video of herself clapping for the NHS on Thursday night where she said her family had an ‘extra special reason’ to clap for our carers

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Diane Kruger Covers Up for Grocery Store Run with Norman Reedus

Diane Kruger makes a quick trip to Whole Foods to pick up some groceries on Sunday afternoon (April 5) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The 43-year-old actress stepped out wearing a mask across her face and gloves on her hands as she tried to stay safe while out in public.

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After her trip inside the store, Diane headed back out to her car where longtime boyfriend Norman Reedus helped her load up the groceries before heading home.

If you missed it, the couple was recently spotted packing on some major PDA!

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John Krasinski is Joined by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Original ‘Hamilton’ Cast to Surprise Young Fan – Watch!

John Krasinski is back with Some Good News!

On the second episode of his YouTube series, the 40-year-old actor surprised 9-year-old Hamilton super-fan Aubrey, 9, with a performance of her favorite song “Alexander Hamilton,” the opening number for the musical with Lin-Manuel Miranda and the original Hamilton cast!

Lin-Manuel, who played Hamilton, kicked off the performance via video conference before former castmates Leslie Odom Jr, Anthony Ramos, Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Phillipa Soo, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Javier Munoz all joined in.

Aubrey had plans to see a performance of Hamilton in Jacksonville, Florida, but due the global health pandemic, she wasn’t able to attend.

Before the Hamilton cast called in, John told Aubrey that he would send her and her mom to the Broadway show in New York “When it’s all over.”

Also making appearance in the episode was John’s wife Emily Blunt, who starred in Mary Poppins Returns with Lin-Manuel.

Find out which The Office star joined John Krasinski on the first episode of Some Good News!

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Billy Porter is Making Self-Care a Priority After Admitting He's a 'Workaholic'

Billy Porter may have just come sparkling into the public eye most recently for his daring and gender-bending red carpet outfits, such as his pink caped ensemble at the 2019 Golden Globes, but he’s been hard at work as an actor for over 30 years.

From the stage, to the small screen, to the big screen, Porter has been working tirelessly pursuing his passions since he was a child.

Now, at age 50, he’s not only learning how to more bravely and boldly express himself in public, but how to practice more self-care in private as well.

Friends and family thought Billy Porter would be a preacher

Billy Porter was born in Pittsburgh, PA and knew by age 11 that he wanted to act. He sang in church and was the only student out of 100 at his middle school whose role in the musical wasn’t double cast. It may have been one of his first hints at his future in the business. Around the same time, he wowed his community by giving a sermon at his church.

 “So many people felt something special—a special energy coming from me in my life early on. And it’s immediately about ‘little preacher man.’ You’re going to be a preacher. Because it’s the only space that they understand a special energy like that,” he told Esquire.

That “special energy” did not lead him to pursue a life in the ministry, but to a scholarship to study drama at Carnegie Mellon. He credits the decision to the insistence of his high school counselors. At the time, he wanted to head straight to New York, but they advised him to get the acting chops to go along with his stellar voice to have a more stable future in the industry.

Billy Porter has won a Tony, Emmy, and Grammy

It seems the advice to study acting paid off for Porter, and continues to pay off for the fans that get to appreciate his work. Porter landed his first Broadway role in Miss Saigon in 1991, followed by his role as Teen Angel in the 1994 revival of Grease.

For a time, he left New York to study screenwriting at UCLA. When he returned to New York in 2010, he was back on Broadway as Belize in the play Angels in America, a hard-hitting drama and a vast departure from his past musical roles.

It was his role as Lola in Kinky Boots just a few years later that really changed Porter’s life. He won a Tony for the role in 2013, followed by a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album for the show in 2014. In 2019, he won an Emmy for his role as Pray Tell in FX’s show, Pose.

Billy Porter uses the one-year rule for his clothes

In a recent interview with Hello Giggles, Porter went into detail about how he practices self-care. He is working with Clorox Scentiva to promote the idea that cleaning can be self-care in their “Spring Queening” campaign.

Part of Porter’s decluttering efforts, he shared,  is to use this popular rule on his clothes: if he hasn’t worn it in a year, it gets donated. He makes a point to donate his unwanted clothing to an NYC non-profit, Housing Works, that works to end AIDS and homelessness.

His striking runway clothes, however, are safe from this rule. Pieces that aren’t yet featured in a museum are kept by the designers or Porter himself.

Billy Porter is working on not being a perfectionist

Beyond cleaning, Porter does a lot to keep his life in balance. “The self-care thing is new for me as a workaholic, as a person who’s just always like work, work, work, work, working,” he told Hello Giggles.

The performance work he does, especially on a show like Pose, can leave him emotionally drained. He enjoys meditating (Tara Brach is one of his favorite guides), writing, and listening to music.

His last piece of self-care advice, as a perfectionist himself, that can ring true for all of us is this: “One must allow themselves to forgive themselves for not getting it right, for not being perfect.”

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Chris Evans: ‘Let’s not take the Mickey’ Virgin Radio host issues warning to listeners

Chris Evans, 53, urged people to stay at home over the weekend, despite the temperature soaring into the 20s. The government worried that the warm weather over the past two days would encourage people to venture outside regardless of the UK coronavirus lockdown that was enforced two weeks ago.

But bear in mind, let’s not take the Mickey – get out there for your exercise, but let’s not take the Michael because we need our hour of exercise

Chris Evans

With many celebrities using their platforms to implore fans to follow the rules, Chris was among them, warning listeners “not to take the Mickey”.

While discussing the upcoming weekend on Friday’s show, the former BBC host reiterated the important message.

“It’s going to be gorgeous over the weekend,” he said.

“It’s going to be very nice for many of us on Sunday, with highs of 21 degrees!

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“But bear in mind, let’s not take the Mickey – get out there for your exercise, but let’s not take the Michael because we need our hour of exercise.”

He noted that the UK’s situation could get a lot worse than our current state if people didn’t follow the rules.

“We are in a soft lockdown, it could be a lot more severe if we don’t do what we’re supposed to do, which is stay home, stay safe, help the NHS and save lives!”

The UK coronavirus death toll now stands at an estimated 4,934, and according to the Department of Health, the number who have tested positive across the UK as of 9am on Sunday, now stands at 47,806.

In Sunday’s daily coronavirus briefing, health secretary Matt Hancock also made clear that if people continue to break the rules, there could be consequences for us all.

He implored people not to venture outside unnecessarily despite the warm weather, and confirmed that sunbathing was against the rules as the temperatures are set to sky rocket once again this coming week.

It comes after pictures emerged of police forces up and down the country dispersing sunbathers in parks and other public areas who were lapping up the rays.

The West Suffolk MP warned that if people flout them, “we might have to take further action”.

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Chris repeated his point from earlier in the week, where he slammed people who were complaining about staying at home.

Under the circumstances, the ex-Top Gear presenter wasn’t best pleased.

“For most of us, it should be more than bearable,” he snapped, before structuring a scenario where the same rules apply, but in a different situation.

“Imagine if you were at home on a Sunday night and it’s a school night, no wine for the grown-ups, and then your boss calls you at, let’s say 4:30-5:30pm on a Sunday,” he began.

“They say ‘Do you fancy the week off? There’s one condition – you have to stay home with your kids.'”

He continued: “So, you can go out once a day to get food and you can go for a bike ride every single day. But other than that you have to stay at home.”

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He paused for a second to let it sink in before making his final point.

“You’d jump at the chance, wouldn’t you?!”

He did however, sympathise with people who have specific circumstances that would make quarantine particularly difficult.

“For some people with child care, absolutely I get it and for people who’s income – I get all that.”

“But for a lot of other people – shut up honestly. Let’s just get on with it.”

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky airs weekday at 6:30am on Virgin Radio.

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Clare Crawley Kept Her ‘Bachelor’ Breakup Dress For This Reason

Clare Crawley found a piece of The Bachelor history hanging in her closet.

The 39-year-old reality star, who is set to be the star of The Bachelorette‘s next season, revealed she found the iconic blue dress in her closet while cleaning it out over the weekend.

“Cleaning out closets today… look familiar?!” Clare wrote with the pics of the one-shouldered gown. “Fun fact: the entire zipper is shredded and unusable because I ripped this dress off as soon as I got in the car.”

Clare actually wore this dress during the moment Juan Pablo Galavis broke up with her, and she delivered one of the best moments on the show, telling him exactly what she, and most of Bachelor Nation, thought of him.

While the moment was something she’d like to forget, she still hung onto the dress.

“HOWEVER! 2 reasons I kept it: 1) Cary [Fetman] hand-beaded this and it meant the world to me,” she explained, and “2) It was the most empowering moment of my life.”

Clare‘s season of The Bachelorette might actually be recasted. Find out why here!

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Elton John Donates $1M to Support AIDS Patients During Covid-19 Crisis

The Rocket Man offers a generous donation for HIV/Aids patients to make sure they receive the medical care they need during the global coronavirus pandemic.

AceShowbiz -Sir Elton John is planning to sink $1 million into his namesake foundation in a bid to make sure HIV/Aids patients get the care they need during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 73-year-old “Rocket Man” singer insists the funding will be available in the months ahead.

During an appearance on Miley Cyrus‘ Bright Minded Instagram Live show on Friday, April 3, 2020, Elton said, “I’m going to stick to my guns with the Aids Foundation and make sure because of this global pandemic that’s happening that the people who are suffering from another global pandemic don’t get forgotten.”

“That’s what my foundation has tried to do – help the marginalised, help the poor, help the people who mustn’t get left behind. That is my main focus in the next three months – to make sure these people on the HIV and Aids lifeline we give them, don’t get forgotten.”

Elton has also played a big part in the coronavirus relief effort after stepping in at the last minute to front the iHeart Living Room Concert for America on Sunday, March 29, 2020, which raised more than $8 million for the charities Feeding America and the First Responders Children’s Foundation.

The virtual pop festival featured at-home performances from Elton, Mariah Carey, the Backstreet Boys, and Tim McGraw among others.

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