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Quiz about The Only Way is Sussex
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The Only Way is Sussex Trivia Quiz


This quiz is about ten celebrities whose journey towards stardom started in the historic English county of Sussex.

A multiple-choice quiz by Fifiona81. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Fifiona81
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
395,294
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
272
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Wordpie (10/10), clevercatz (10/10), muzzyhill3 (10/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. Which former editor of the 'Daily Mirror', a British tabloid newspaper, appeared as a judge on 'America's Got Talent' and had his own talk show on CNN from 2011 to 2014? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Which newsreader and TV presenter won the first series of the celebrity dance competition 'Strictly Come Dancing' in 2004? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. The actress who appeared in the BBC series 'Sherlock' as Sherlock Holmes' mother, is also the real-life mother of Benedict Cumberbatch - the actor who portrayed Sherlock. What is her name? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Which acting Amanda, who suffered serious burns as a child, appeared on TV as Alison Braithwaite in 'At Home with the Braithwaites' and as Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman in the first ten series of 'New Tricks'? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Known for playing 'Kevin the Teenager' and 'Loadsamoney', what is the name of the comedian and actor whose eponymous sketch show aired on British TV for much of the 1990s? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Who was the British middle distance runner who won an Olympic gold medal in the 800 metres at the 1980 Moscow Games? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Which model, who was formerly known by the pseudonym Jordan, won the 15th series of the UK TV show 'Celebrity Big Brother' in 2015? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Which 'EastEnders' actress represented the UK at the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest under her maiden name of Janus? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. In 2015, who became the first British astronaut from the European Space Agency to join the crew of the International Space Station? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Which star of 'Desperate Housewives' also appeared as Paige Matheson in the soap opera 'Knots Landing'? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which former editor of the 'Daily Mirror', a British tabloid newspaper, appeared as a judge on 'America's Got Talent' and had his own talk show on CNN from 2011 to 2014?

Answer: Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan, who was born in a small village in East Sussex in 1965, worked as a journalist for several British tabloid newspapers before becoming editor of the now defunct 'News of the World' in 1994 at the age of just 29. He then moved on to edit the 'Daily Mirror' from 1995 to 2004. His television career began as the presenter of some documentary and current affairs shows in the UK, but didn't really take off until he moved to the US to appear as a judge on the first series of 'America's Got Talent' in 2006, a role that he continued to hold until 2011 when his chat show 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (later called 'Piers Morgan Live') was chosen to replace the long-running CNN programme 'Larry King Live'. His other television work has included winning the 2008 edition of Donald Trump's 'The Celebrity Apprentice', judging 'Britain's Got Talent' and co-hosting the ITV breakfast programme 'Good Morning Britain'.

Howard Stern and Howie Mandel both served stints on the judging panel of 'America's Got Talent', while Nick Cannon was the show's main presenter between 2009 and 2016. However, none of them are British.
2. Which newsreader and TV presenter won the first series of the celebrity dance competition 'Strictly Come Dancing' in 2004?

Answer: Natasha Kaplinsky

Natasha Kaplinsky was born in Brighton, East Sussex in 1972. She started her career in local television before moving to Sky News in 2000 to present their breakfast programme and evening news show. She came to more general prominence after taking up a role as a BBC Breakfast presenter and newsreader on the famous 'Six O'Clock News' show. Her winning performances on the first series of 'Strictly Come Dancing' with her professional partner Brendan Cole (and the couple's onscreen chemistry) made her a household name.

'Strictly Come Dancing' went on to become one of Britain's favourite TV shows and the format was exported around the world - most notably becoming 'Dancing with the Stars' in the US.

All of the incorrect options are British television news presenters who have appeared on 'Strictly Come Dancing' over the years. None of them won the competition but Susanna Reid was a joint runner-up in 2013.
3. The actress who appeared in the BBC series 'Sherlock' as Sherlock Holmes' mother, is also the real-life mother of Benedict Cumberbatch - the actor who portrayed Sherlock. What is her name?

Answer: Wanda Ventham

Wanda Ventham was born in Brighton, East Sussex in 1935. Her first film appearance came in the 1956 British film 'My Teenage Daughter' and her early acting career also included roles in two 'Carry On' films as well as guest appearances in some of the most famous British TV shows of the 1960s and 1970s, including 'The Saint', 'The Avengers', 'The Prisoner', 'Doctor Who', 'Z-Cars', 'The Sweeney' and 'Emmerdale Farm'. Her second husband, the theatre actor Timothy Carlton, appeared alongside her as Sherlock's father in several episodes of the hit show 'Sherlock' in the 2010s. As Carlton uses a stage name and Ventham acts under her maiden name, it wasn't instantly clear from the show's credits that the pair were also Benedict Cumberbatch's parents.

Diana Rigg is the mother of the actress Rachael Stirling; Maggie Smith is the mother of the actor Toby Stephens; and Vanessa Redgrave is the mother of actresses Joely Richardson and the late Natasha Richardson.
4. Which acting Amanda, who suffered serious burns as a child, appeared on TV as Alison Braithwaite in 'At Home with the Braithwaites' and as Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman in the first ten series of 'New Tricks'?

Answer: Amanda Redman

Amanda Redman was born in Brighton, East Sussex in 1957 and suffered serious burns to most of her body in a kitchen accident when she was just 18 months old. The incident left her with severe scarring to her left arm that can often be seen on-screen. 'At Home with Braithwaites' was a comedy-drama series featuring a dysfunctional family who won 38 million on the National Lottery. It ran from 2000 to 2003 and Redman received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress for her role as the family matriarch. 'New Tricks' - which featured a cold-case investigation team of retired police officers - ran for twelve series from 2003 to 2015. Redman played the serving senior police officer given the job of managing the quirky and somewhat renegade team until 2013.

Amanda Abbington played Dr. Watson's wife Mary in 'Sherlock'; Amanda Barrie played Alma in the long-running soap opera 'Coronation Street'; and Amanda Burton is probably best-known for her roles in 'Peak Practice' and 'Silent Witness'.
5. Known for playing 'Kevin the Teenager' and 'Loadsamoney', what is the name of the comedian and actor whose eponymous sketch show aired on British TV for much of the 1990s?

Answer: Harry Enfield

Harry Enfield was born in the West Sussex town of Horsham in 1961 (not in the London borough he shares his name with). He first gained fame in the 1980s with his comedic appearances on Channel 4 show 'Saturday Live', which also featured other future stars such as Ben Elton, Chris Barrie and Tracey Ullman. His famous character 'Loadsamoney' - an unpleasant and boastful (about money) Cockney - first appeared on this show. He later developed his own comedy sketch show that was initially called 'Harry Enfield's Television Programme' and later known as 'Harry Enfield and Chums'. It aired on the BBC from 1990 to 1998 and introduced other Enfield characters such as the rude and obnoxious Kevin the Teenager, Tim-Nice-But-Dim, and the Tory Boy (a dig at young, male Conservative politicians).

Hugh Laurie is known for his double act with Stephen Fry and as the eponymous Dr. Gregory House in the US TV series 'House'. Alexander Armstrong appears with comedy partner Ben Miller and has also had various acting and presenting roles, including the popular quiz show 'Pointless'. Matt Lucas is probably best known for the comedy series 'Little Britain' and his role as Nardole in 'Doctor Who'.
6. Who was the British middle distance runner who won an Olympic gold medal in the 800 metres at the 1980 Moscow Games?

Answer: Steve Ovett

Steve Ovett was born in Brighton, East Sussex in 1955 and started racing for the city's local athletics club as a young teenager. He was primarily known for competing in the 800 metres and 1500 metres track events, but also ran longer distances such as the mile, 3000 metres and 5000 metres. His first major international success came when he won a silver medal in the 800 metres at the 1974 European Championships in Rome and he followed that up with gold medals in the 1500 metres at both the 1977 IAAF World Cup and the 1978 European Championships. He reached the pinnacle of athletics achievements by winning Olympic gold in Moscow in 1980, but actually came away from those Games with two medals as he also won bronze in the 1500 metres event. He also held the world record for the 1500 metres from 1980 to 1985 (with the exception of one week in 1983 after his time had been beaten by the American athlete Sydney Maree) .

Steve Cram, Sebastian Coe and Roger Bannister were all notable British middle distance runners of the 20th century.
7. Which model, who was formerly known by the pseudonym Jordan, won the 15th series of the UK TV show 'Celebrity Big Brother' in 2015?

Answer: Katie Price

Katie Price was born in Brighton, East Sussex in 1978 and first came to prominence as a "Page 3" glamour model in 'The Sun' newspaper in the mid-1990s. Her fame grew after she appeared in the 2004 series of 'I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here!' alongside one of her future husbands, the singer Peter Andre. She then branched out across the entertainment industry as a TV presenter, chat show host, singer and star of numerous reality TV shows about her life. She also became a best-selling author after writing (in part anyway) a string of popular novels, various children's books and several autobiographies.

Naomi Campbell, Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss are all British models, although none of them have ever used the name 'Jordan'! They also weren't amongst the celebrities that Katie Price defeated to win 'Celebrity Big Brother'...some of the famous names that she shared the Big Brother House with included Patsy Kensit, Katie Hopkins and Perez Hilton.
8. Which 'EastEnders' actress represented the UK at the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest under her maiden name of Janus?

Answer: Samantha Womack

Samantha Janus was born in Brighton, East Sussex in 1972 and was known professionally by that name until she married fellow actor Mark Womack in 2009. She sang 'A Message to Your Heart' at the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest (despite not being known as a singer) and finished in joint tenth place with a total of 47 points. The song also made it to number 30 in the UK Singles Chart.

Womack is now better known for her portrayal of the character of Ronnie Mitchell in the British soap opera 'EastEnders'. She first appeared in the role from 2007 to 2011 and then had a second stint from 2013 until 2017, when Ronnie and her sister Roxy were killed off together in a swimming pool accident.

The incorrect options all represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest - Frances Ruffelle in 1994, Nicki French in 2000 and Lindsay Dracass in 2001.
9. In 2015, who became the first British astronaut from the European Space Agency to join the crew of the International Space Station?

Answer: Tim Peake

Timothy "Tim" Peake was born in Chichester, the county town of West Sussex, in 1972 and joined the European Space Agency in 2009. Prior to that he had a career in the British Army Air Corps as a helicopter pilot. On being launched into space for his six-month stint on the International Space Station (ISS) he became the first British astronaut to be officially funded by the UK government. During his time in space he became something of a celebrity thanks to various broadcasts of his time on the ISS. These included his New Year's message from space, various question-and-answer sessions for children's TV and coverage of his attempt to run the London marathon on an ISS treadmill. After his return to Earth, Peake published several books about his experiences.

Interestingly, Peake was not the first astronaut to have been born in Sussex - that honour went to Piers Sellers who took part in three Space Shuttle missions for NASA between 2002 and 2010. Helen Sharman was the first Briton to go into space in 1991. Michael Foale, a British-American dual national, took part in several NASA missions between 1992 and 2004.
10. Which star of 'Desperate Housewives' also appeared as Paige Matheson in the soap opera 'Knots Landing'?

Answer: Nicollette Sheridan

Nicollette Sheridan was born in Worthing, West Sussex in 1963 and emigrated to the United States at the age of 10 after her actress mother became the partner of American actor Telly Savalas. Sheridan's first worked as a model and her first major acting role was in the unsuccessful ABC soap 'Paper Dolls' in 1984. She played Paige Matheson in 'Knots Landing' from 1986 until 1993, initially in a recurring role but later as part of the regular cast. However, Sheridan is arguably most famous for portraying the man-hunting Edie Britt in the hit show 'Desperate Housewives' from 2004 to 2009. Her character was killed off in a car accident during the show's fifth season amid (what turned out to be) Sheridan's particularly acrimonious departure from the series. Sheridan's other notable appearances on film and TV include roles in 'Spy Hard' (1996), 'Beverley Hills Ninja' (1997) and as Alexis Carrington in the 2018 reboot of 'Dynasty'.

Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross were three of the other stars of 'Desperate Housewives'.
Source: Author Fifiona81

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