Here are just some of the famous faces that sadly passed away last year...
Anne Kirkbride (21 June 1954 – 19 January 2015) was beloved for her long-running role as Deidre Barlow on Coronation Street, a part she played for 42 years.
Greek singer Demi Roussos (15 June 1946 – 25 January 2015) died having sold over 60 million albums worldwide, including Forever and Ever and Quand je t’aime.
One of the leading figures of the New Romantic movement, Steve Strange (28 May 1959 – 12 February 2015) came to fame as the leader of 80s band Visage, most famous for their single Fade to Grey.
Leonard Nimoy (26 March 1931 – 27 February 2015) was loved by Star Trek fans for his portrayal of half-human half-vulcan, Spock, a role he played from 1964 to 2013.
Terry Pratchett (28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015) was a popular British fantasy author best known for his series of Discworld novels. He sold more than 85 million books worldwide.
Ventriloquist Keith Harris (21 September 1947 – 28 April 2015) had his own TV show in the 1980s, and was most famous for appearing with his puppet Orville, a green, nappy-wearing duck.
Hot Chocolate frontman Errol Brown (11 December 1943 – 6 May 2015) is remembered for hits including You Sexy Thing and It Started With a Kiss.
American blues artist B.B. King (16 September 1925 – 14 May 2015) had a long and celebrated career. He’s ranked 6th in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Vetran British actor Christopher Lee (27 May 1922 – 7 June 2015) remained a fan favourite from his early work in Hammer Horror films of the 1950s and 1960s, right up until his roles in more recent blockbusters, such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Irish singer Val Doonican (3 February 1927 – 1 July 2015) had his own BBC show in the 1960s and fans adored him for his colourful sweaters as well as for his music. He recorded over 50 albums in his long career.
Egyptian actor Omar Sharif (10 April 1932 – 10 July 2015) was most celebrated for his iconic roles in Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia – for which he received an Oscar nomination. He continued to work up until last year.
A cherished British entertainer, Cilla Black (27 May 1943 – 1 August 2015) began her career as a singer. Her single Anyone Who Had a Heart was the UK’s biggest selling single by a female artist in the 1960s. Later, she hosted popular entertainment shows including Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.
George Cole (22 April 1925 – 5 August 2015) had an acting career that spanned 70 years, but was always most associated with his iconic role in Minder, where he played dodgy used car dealer Arthur Daley.
Jackie Collins (4 October 1937 – 19 September 2015) wrote 32 novels, which sold over 500 million copies worldwide. Many of her romances were adapted for television.
Peter Baldwin (29 July 1933 – 21 October 2015) drew public adoration with his role as Derek Wilton in Coronation Street, where his marriage to Mavis (Thelma Barlow) made him one of the shows most memorable and popular characters.
Maureen O’Hara (17 August 1920 – 24 October 2015) starred in over 60 films, including Miracle on 34th Street. She was known for her red hair and fiery character, and was one of the last living stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister (24 December 1945 – 28 December 2015) was as famous for his hellraising lifestyle as he was for his music with the band Motörhead. Beloved by his fans, Lemmy continued to tour and perform until his death, age 70.