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Billie Whitelaw was best known for her close collaboration with playwright Samuel Beckett, here performing in a Beckett Trilogy at The Riverside Studios, Hammersmith

Billie Whitelaw: Acclaimed actress dies, aged 82

Whitelaw starred in Hitchcock's penultimate film, Frenzy, but was best known for her stage collaborations with Samuel Beckett

Liam Williams: welsh rugby international apologises for 'blacking up' as Swansea footballer Wilfried Bony

The rugby player has now deleted the picture he posted to Twitter showing him in fancy dress with four friends

Russell Brand joins residents and supporters from the New Era housing estate in East London as they deliver a petition to 10 Downing Street

Russell Brand hailed by New Era estate protest that saved 93 families from eviction: 'I don't think we'd be here now without his support'

Tenants' association chief says 'everyone could see Russell was doing a good thing'

File: James Woods attends the 52nd New York Film Festival at Walter Reade Theater on September 27, 2014

New York police shooting: James Woods calls Al Sharpton a 'race pimp' and hits out at Bill de Blasio on return to Twitter

Controversial actor has been in social media exile since mid-September

Muhammad Ali in hospital with mild pneumonia spokesman confirms

The three-time heavyweight champion is in a stable condition at an undisclosed hospital

Anne-Marie Huby is the co-founder of JustGiving, the first online charity platform in the UK

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Ten million of us have used the website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder tells Karen Attwood that being dynamic is as important as being kind

The Interview: Rob Lowe says Sony cancelling Kim Jong-Un assassination film is like Europe giving in to Hitler

Actor says 'Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud'

Russell Brand has responded to Jo's letter

Russell Brand responds to hilarious letter from disgruntled RBS worker who complained anti-capitalist publicity stunt left him hungry

Brand apologised for holding up the worker, and for "being lairy".

Sir Ian McKellen tempts the Cookie Monster

Sir Ian McKellen joins the Cookie Monster on Sesame Street

He taught the Monster about the word 'resist'

Anthony Crolla celebrates his win over John Murray back in April

Anthony Crolla: Boxer's trainer Joe Gallagher fears he may never fight again after burglar attack

The Mancunian suffered a fractured skull and a broken ankle in brutal attack

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates reminds us of the good news of 2014

The founder posted 5 positive new stories on his blog

Arnie Mitchell: Wing-half who played in all 11 positions for Exeter City and led the club to their first professional promotion

Mitchell was at his best as a driving, inspirational midfielder

Branden in 1997 at an event in Washington to mark the 40th anniversary of the publication of 'Atlas Shrugged'

Nathaniel Branden: Disciple and lover of the libertarian Ayn Rand until they split tempestuously, who went on to write self-help books

His principles for leading a purposeful life included self-assertiveness, self-acceptance, self-responsibility and personal integrity

Bonsall: in retirement he took up the cause of preserving Bletchley Park for posterity

Sir Arthur Bonsall: Linguist who broke wartime aircraft codes at Bletchley Park and went on to serve as Director of GCHQ

In retirement Bonsall took up the cause of preserving the Bletchley site for posterity

Bill Cosby breaks his silence over sexual assault allegations

Bill Cosby says he expects 'black media' to stay neutral over sexual assault allegations

The comedian also paid homage to his wife Camille

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