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Re: Famous People from your Home Town

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:54 am
by Dam
Cut and paste from wikipedia, don't know who most of these people are though..

Notable people from Beeston
William "Bendigo" Thompson, a 19th century bare-knuckle boxer.
Sir Paul Smith, the fashion designer who attended Beeston Fields Secondary Modern School for Boys whilst growing up.
Sir Neil Cossons (Chairman of English Heritage)
Edwin Starr, the Soul singer lived in Beeston and died there in 2003.[15]
Richard Beckinsale, the actor was brought up in the town.
Dr Robert Felkin, medical missionary and explorer, ceremonial magician and member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
Little Barrie, a music group that have since relocated to London.
Barry Foster, the actor famous for playing Dutch detective Van Der Valk

Re: Famous People from your Home Town

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:59 am
by Roo
The current WWE Intercontinental Champion used to live just five minutes away from me.

...and that's about it!

Re: Famous People from your Home Town

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:18 am
by sirclive1
We have the very funny - Eric Morecambe and Thora Hird .

Also more recently Paul Hayes off the cash in the attic programs , he's actually a decent guy .

Re: Famous People from your Home Town

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 5:00 am
by pforson
markopoloman wrote: Ann Sydney (Miss World 1964) Image
Really really would.

Re: Famous People from your Home Town

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:51 am
by oli_lar
Northwich was where I spent much of my time growing up, so: Tim Burgess from the Charlatans, Jennifer Saunders and someone from Placebo, apparently.

Re: Famous People from your Home Town

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:20 am
by SexyWayne
Copied and pasted from wiki:

* Richard Attwood - Winner, 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans. Former Formula One driver.
* Babylon Zoo - British electro rock band of the mid 1990s
* Jono Bacon - Software developer and journalist (Community manager of the Ubuntu Linux project)
* Frances Barber - Actress
* Stuart Baxter - Football Manager. Current manager of Finland national football team
* Sir William Maddock Bayliss - physician.
* Nigel Bennett - actor
* Norman Brook - Cabinet Secretary (1947–1962)
* Stephen Byers - former Cabinet Minister, Labour Party politician.
* Mark Davies - Footballer currently playing for Bolton Wanderers.
* Edward Elgar - despite living in Worcester, he was an ardent Wolverhampton Wanderers fan and may have travelled to home games on his bicycle. Elgar bought two Wolverhampton-produced Royal Sunbeam bicycles in 1903, which he named Mr Phoebus, and visited the Sunbeam Works in Upper Villiers Street for 'tuning'.
* Dr Robert William Felkin (1853–1926) - LRCS (Edinburgh), MD (Marberg), FRSE, FRGS; medical missionary; ceremonial magician, member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and founder of the Whare Ra lodge; author on Uganda and Central Africa; explorer and anthropologist.
* Button Gwinnett - signatory of the US Declaration of Independence.
* Helene Hayman, Baroness Hayman - first Lord Speaker.
* Sir Jack Hayward, OBE - son of Wolverhampton factory owners, self-made millionaire, benefactor of many charities, fighter pilot in the Second World War, President of Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.
* Rachael Heyhoe-Flint - captain of the England Women's Cricket World Cup team 1973.
* Dave Hill - lead guitarist for the band Slade.
* Noddy Holder - born in Walsall, singer/rhythm guitarist for Slade.
* Dave Holland - jazz bassist.
* Eric Idle - actor and comedian.
* Charles Jones (1866–1959) - gardener and photographer.
* Jamelia - musician originally from Birmingham now living in Wolverhampton.
* Rupert Alfred Kettle - county court judge and noted arbitrator.
* Mervyn King - Governor of the Bank of England, educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School.
* Beverley Knight - soul singer.
* Sir Richard Leveson - Vice Admiral of the Fleet for Life, hero of the Battle of Cadiz, 1596.
* Denise Lewis - Olympic Gold Medallist born in West Bromwich and raised in Wolverhampton.
* Barbara "Babs" Lord - dancer in Pan's People.
* Hayley Price- Olympic gymnast in Los Angeles.
* Anita Lonsbrough - Olympic Gold Medallist in swimming.
* Sir Geoffrey Le Mesurier Mander - chairman of Mander Brothers, Liberal MP for Wolverhampton East, donor of Wightwick Manor to the National Trust.
* Miles Mander - early Hollywood film actor, director and novelist.
* John Marston the founder of the Sunbeam company, in Upper Villiers Street
* Scott Matthews - singer/songwriter
* Mil Millington - journalist and novelist.
* Jimmy Mullen - Spent his whole career from 1938 to 1959 playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. He also played for England 12 times.
* Alfred Noyes - poet.
* Sean O'Connor, professional footballer, 2008 Scottish Cup finalist
* Suzanne Paul - Winner of New Zealand's 'Dancing with the Stars' 2007
* Brian Pendleton - rhythm guitarist with The Pretty Things in the sixties.
* Dora Penny - was the daughter of the Rector of Wolverhampton and a good friend of Edward Elgar and his family. She became immortalised as 'Dorabella' in the tenth of the Enigma Variations. Her autobiography 'Memories of a Variation' was penned under her married name of Mrs Richard Powell.
* Robert Plant - singer in Led Zeppelin, born in West Bromwich.
* Hugh Porter - Olympic cyclist, broadcaster and media personality.
* Lisa Potts - teacher and George Medal Holder.
* Enoch Powell - politician (Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West 1950 - Feb 1974), poet, scholar and soldier.
* Oscar Gustave Rejlander - the "father of art photography".
* Carina Round - Singer/Songwriter
* Kevin Rowland - singer in Dexys Midnight Runners.
* Tessa Sanderson - gold medallist in the javelin throw, 1984 Olympic Games.
* Nigel Slater - food writer and journalist.
* Vikram Solanki - England and Worcestershire cricketer.
* Mark Speight - Television presenter
* Percy Stallard - racing cyclist, founder of the British League of Racing Cyclists and, as organiser of the 1942 Wolverhampton-Llangollen race, the father of massed-start cycle racing on public roads in Britain.
* Josef Stawinoga - local hermit
* Meera Syal - actress, novelist and comedian.
* Jack Taylor - referee, 1974 FIFA World Cup final.
* Maggie Teyte - soprano, creator of role of Melisande in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande.
* Thomas Turner - pioneer of sanitary disposal.
* Evelyn Underhill - mystic and Anglican writer.
* Sir Charles Pelham Villiers - member of Parliament for sixty-three years, holding the record for being the longest serving MP in Parliamentary history. A statue of him stands in West Park in Wolverhampton.
* Sir Charles Wheeler - sculptor and former president of the Royal Academy.
* William Wood (1671–1730) lived at The Deanery, a large house in Wolverhampton. He was given a contract as a mintmaster to strike an issue of Irish coinage from 1722 to 1724. William Wood's coinage was extremely unpopular as a result of the publication of Jonathan Swift's Drapier's Letters and were recalled.
* Jonathan Wild - self-penned Chief Thieftaker General of Great Britain and Ireland.
* Bert Williams - Spent his whole career from 1945 to 1959 playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. He also played for England 24 times.
* Billy Wright - captain of England and Wolverhampton Wanderers and for a long period of time the most capped English football player.
* David Wright - former UK Ambassador to Japan.
* Percy M. Young - musicologist, writer and composer.

edit: Suzi Perry too

Not bad considering I come from a shithole in the arse-end of nowhere

Re: Famous People from your Home Town

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:25 am
by aztecca
Birmingham is not surprisingly crap for famous people even though it is a large city.Only ones i can think of are

Shakespeare :wink: (Maybe)
Toyah Wilcox
Arthur conan doyle
J r Tolkien
Jasper carrott
Cat deeley
Ozzy Osbourne
ocean color scene
Duran Duran
Dexys midnight runners
Nigel mansell(Used to work with his sister)
James watt
Tony Hancock
Bill oddie
Judas priest

Re: Famous People from your Home Town

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:08 am
by necronom

An edited copy/paste from Wiki:

Captain James Cook
Rugby union players Rory Underwood and Alan Old
Footballers Don Revie, Peter Beagrie, Wilf Mannion, Darren Williams, Chris Kamara and Brian Clough, as well as current England players, Aston Villa's Stewart Downing and Tottenham Hotspur's Jonathan Woodgate
Middlesbrough FC Chairman Steve Gibson
Cricketers Liam Plunkett, Geoff Cook, Bill Athey and Chris Old
Boxer Paul Truscott
Olympic swimmer Jack Hatfield and Commonwealth Games swimmer Alyson Jones
British long jump record holding athlete Chris Tomlinson
Model Preeti Desai
Comedians Dave Morris, Bob Mortimer, Roy Chubby Brown and Kevin Connelly
Musicians Cyril Smith, Chris Rea, Paul Rodgers, Micky Moody, Alistair Griffin, Vin Garbutt, Chris Corner and Stephen Mark Barchan
Actors Wendy Richard, Thelma Barlow, Christopher Quinten, Elizabeth Carling, Mark Benton, Jerry Desmonde and Jamie Parker
Magician Paul Daniels
TV Presenter Kirsten O'Brien
X Factor third place contestants Journey South
Magician Pete Firman

And one they missed: Rob Smedley - Felipe Massa's Race Engineer. He was born in Normanby, which is the village I live in.

Re: Famous People from your Home Town

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:05 am
by resident paul
Done the same with wiki cut & paste:


* Richard Arkwright (1732–1792) — inventor of the water frame that kick-started the textile industry in the late 18th century


* Professor Sir George Grenfell Baines, OBE (1908–2003) — Architect, pioneer of multi-disciplinary design and founder of the Building Design Partnership
* Kenny Baker (born 1934) — an actor who plays R2D2 in Star Wars. Although he only lives in Preston, he doesn't come from Preston.
* Roy Barraclough (born 1935) — Actor from Coronation Street
* Stephen Barton (born 1982) — Noted film composer and protege of Harry Gregson-Williams
* Stu Bennett aka Wade Barrett (born 1980) — WWE superstar
* Tom Benson - Marathon Walker who held the world record on three occasions.


* Eddie Calvert (1922–1978) — Trumpeter, "The Man With the Golden Horn"
* Dave D. Chambers (born 1969) — Original drummer with indie Rock band Cornershop and DJ; featured in NME Book of Quotes in the 1990s[citation needed]


* Gregory Doran (born 1958) — Associate Director, Royal Shakespeare Company.
* Tupele Dorgu (born 1977) Actress, known for role of Kelly Crabtree in Coronation Street
* Robin Drinkall (born 1965) British Entreprenuer and award winner.


* Sir Tom Finney (born 1922) — Footballer
* Andrew Flintoff (born 1977) — cricketer


* Zara Glover (born 1982) — International Ten-pin Bowler


* James Hebblethwaite (1857–1921) — poet
* John Ainsworth Horrocks (1818-1846) — explorer and South Australian settler


* John Inman (1935–2007) — Comedy actor and drag artiste


* Ian Kirkham — saxophone player, Simply Red.


* General Sir Percy Henry Noel Lake — first Chief of the Canadian General Staff, commander of the 7th Indian Division and Chief of the Indian General Staff
* Mark Lawrenson (born 1957) — Footballer turned football pundit
* Joseph Livesey (1794–1884) — Social reformer and pioneer of the Temperance movement in the 19th century[1]


* Ian McCulloch (born 1971) — snooker player who reached career highest ranking of #16.


* Ken Nicol (born 1951) — musician and guitarist in electric folk band Steeleye Span.


* Nick Park (born 1958) — animator famous mainly for the Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run claymation animation classics.
* Stuart Pettman (born 1975) — Snooker player
* Colin Potter — Sound engineer and musician in UK group Nurse With Wound[citation needed]
* Alastair Postlethwaite — Ballet Dancer


* Edith Rigby (1872–1948) — Suffragette
* Samuel Ryder (1858–1936) — founder of the Ryder Cup Golf Competition
* Elenor Rigby (1856- 1938) Suffragette(Yes that one from the Beatles song)


* Ranvir Singh — BBC news presenter and journalist
* Johnny Sullivan (1932-2003) - Boxer British and Commonwealth Middleweight Champion
* Robert W. Service (1874-1958) born Preston - World famous poet renowned for his poems about the Yukon and the Klondike


* A.J.P. Taylor (1906–1990) — historian.
* Jessica Taylor (born 1980) singer with Liberty X
* Francis Thompson (1859–1907) — poet


* John Wall (1620–1679) — Martyr and Saint

Also add David Moyes - Everton Manager lives in Preston

Re: Famous People from your Home Town

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:14 am
by Nienna
Copy and paste from wiki

Hawick, Scottish Borders

Dame Isobel Baillie
Sir Chay Blyth
Brian Bonsor
John Brunton Daykins VC
Steve Hislop
Stuart Easton
Nigel Griffiths
Jimmie Guthrie
James Paris Lee
Sir John Blackwood McEwen
Bill McLaren
James Murray
Anne Redpath
Henry Scott Riddell
Francis George Scott
Andrew Smith
David Wallace
James Wilson

Don't know most of these.

Re: Famous People from your Home Town

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:17 am
by ismellicecream
Cant believe I forgot the most famous:


and now I jump on the wikiwagon: ... Merseyside ... Merseyside

Re: Famous People from your Home Town

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:37 am
by subzero
Easy one for me: Ewan McGregor, alan cumming, stephen hendry, dougie maclean...

where are i from?

Re: Famous People from your Home Town

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:38 am
by Sputryk
My hometowm of 30-odd years (though living elsewhere now) - Silsden, W. Yorks. Home of the entire, trials-riding LAMPKIN clan, Dougie being the most famous and coveted - he has an MBE among his awards!

Re: Famous People from your Home Town

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:38 am

Re: Famous People from your Home Town

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:39 am
by Antiriad2097
A few significant highlights. I had no idea about Michael Sheard!

Lewis Grassic Gibbon (1901–1935), author
Annie Lennox (born 1954), singer
Evelyn Glennie (born 1965), internationally renowned virtuoso percussionist
Thomas Blake Glover (1838–1911), trader in Meiji era Japan and founder of Mitsubishi corporation
Michael Sheard (1938 - 2005), actor

Some of these people might also be famous:
Jim Bett (born 1959) footballer
Martin Buchan (born 1949), footballer
David Carry (born 1981), swimmer and Commonwealth Gold Medal winner in 2006
Peter Craigmyle (born 1893) referee
Chris Cusiter (born 1982), Rugby Union footballer
John Hewitt (born 1963), footballer and scorer of winning goal in European Cup Winners Cup 1983
Denis Law (born 1940), footballer
Paul Lawrie (born 1969), golfer
Gavin Rae (born 1977), footballer
John Rattray (born 1978), professional skateboarder
Jason White (born 1978), Rugby Union footballer
Russell Anderson (born 1978) footballer