Celebrities and Famous Brummies Past and Present (Birmingham
born and bred).
and others that lived, worked or made their showbiz, political, sporting, national or international fame
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|Comedian. b Robert Davies. Jasper Carrott was born in Acocks Green
Birmingham in 1945, and educated at Moseley Grammar School. His first
showbiz appearance was as resident singer at the Boggery Folk Club in
Solihull. There he discovered his talent for comedy, and the rest, as they
say, is history. In 1975 Jasper released his first single. Funky Moped
/ Magic Roundabout was a massive chart hit, selling over half a
million copies and giving Jasper his first Silver Disc. In 1992, Jasper
was named BBC TV's 'Personality Of The Year' and in this year teamed up
with actor Robert Powell to record The Detectives, a comedy series
based on the hilarious antics of two bungling detectives. Such was the
success of the initial series that there have been five further series of The
Detectives to date with a Christmas Special in 1997. > more
Cartland, Barbara (1901?2000),
|Barbara Cartland "The Lady in Pink"
Born: Edgbaston July 9th 1901. The family home was on Cartland Road, Kings
Heath. At the time of her death at the age of 98, she had published
732 books, translated into 36 languages. Hardly surprising, then, that
she?s listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world?s
top-selling author. In 1991 she was made a Dame of the Order of the
British Empire. She claimed to write a book in a week, and in one year
alone (1983) wrote 26 books! She was also famous for her love of pink
chiffon clothing. She died in her sleep May 21st 2000 after a short
illness, just two months short of her 99th birthday.
|Lisa Clayton, the first British woman to
sail single-handed and non-stop around the world .......was educated in
Birmingham at the Church of England School for Girls. On September 17th,
1994, Lisa Clayton set out to attempt two world records namely Fastest
Sail Around The World By A Woman, Single-Handed Without Assistance and
First* Woman To Sail Single-Handed And Non-Stop Around The World. Lisa
returned on June 29th, 1995 after 285 days at sea Her thirty-eight foot
yacht, the Spirit of Birmingham - named after her home city and the
University which contributed over ?40,000 and inestimable expertise to
make it possible for Lisa to realise her dream - I survived the 31,000
mile journey, despite capsizing 'seven times that I know of,' as Lisa
casually puts it.
Lisa is now better known as Lady Cobham married to Lord Cobham of Hagley Hall in Worcestershire.
World Sailing Speed Record Council recognise
Kay Cottee (now Kay Sutton), of Australia sailing "First
Lady" First non stop, singlehanded, circumnavigation by woman in
1987-1988, 189 days
|"Voice of the
Balls" Alan Dedicoat was born in Hollywood and
went to school at King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys Birmingham and
then on to Birmingham University. He
decided against a career in law, opting instead for the world of
showbusiness (in the form of BBC Radio Birmingham) and then BBC Radio
Devon. In 1987 he joined Radio 2's presentation department at Broadcasting
House in London, and now leads a team of announcers which keeps the
network on air 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Alan is also the
"Voice of the Balls" - calling out the numbers twice a week on
the National Lottery draw.
|Cat Deeley a TV presenter; born in Sutton Coldfield. Cat Deeley is one of
Britain's most famous TV personalities. She hosts a multitude of shows on
MTV UK and ITV, and is a regular on the cover of most glossy men's
magazines in England.
Trevor Eve born 1951,
Trevor's had a long and distinguished career in TV, film and theatre. He is
perhaps best remembered for his role as Private Eye Eddie Shoestring in the
late 1970s, but has matched that success with the part of
leader of the cold case team in
Waking The Dead.
|Violet Joan Pretty b1931 was was born in Handsworth. She joined St Mary's
School Acocks Green at the end of August 1938 from York Road School. She
lived at 147 Shaftmoor Lane. During the War the family moved to
Erdington, to 197 Bleak Hill Road, where they stayed until c.1950.
Violet went to Fentham Road Secondary School. she changed her
name to Anne Heywood, and in 1956 was given a seven year contract
with Rank as an actress. Miss Great Britain (1949) - Lady Godiva rides
again (1951), , G) and a
string of other films followed. Altogether Anne starred in over thirty films, in Italy and
in Hollywood as well as in Britain, many produced by her husband,
Raymond Stross, whom she married in 1960. Now living in Beverly Hills.
|Ann Jones is one of Britain's most
successful-ever tennis players. Now a TV summariser for the BBC, she was
Wimbledon ladies champion in 1969, and the beaten finalist in
1967.Birmingham-born Ann was also a semi-finalist on a further six
occasions, and a mixed doubles champion (with Fred Stolle) in 1969. Away
from Wimbledon, she won the French Open in 1961 and 1966, reached the
final in Paris a further three times, and was twice a finalist at the US
sensation Jamelia was born and grew up in the Handsworth and Aston area of
Birmingham, went to Brookfield Primary School and Kingshurst Technology
College. she first came into the public's attention with her single Money
which hit the top spot, she had another hit Call Me. The 23 year old
superstar is now Queen of the Mobos after she scooped three awards
including Best Single for Thank You and best video for See It In A Boy's
Eyes. The MOBOS
Music of Black Origin awards were held in London on 30th September 2004
Jamelia started singing from a young age, but it was when her cousin took
one of her Karaoke machine tapes she recorded to an A&R representative
at Parlophone records that she was noticed and subsequently signed up. Her
favourite venue in her home-town is Star City.
>Jamelia's official website
Robert Kilroy-Silk, Former MP now a former TV talk show presenter. Educated at
Sparkhill Commercial School, elected as a Labour MP In 1974. Kilroy
was first broadcast on 24 November 1986 The BBC took Robert Kilroy-Silk's
morning talkshow off air whilst it investigated comments he made in the Sunday
Express at the in January 2004.
In a piece titled 'We owe the Arabs nothing', Kilroy-Silk
- a former Labour MP - called Arabs "suicide bombers, limb-amputators,
women repressors". source
In the news again! June 2004 Kilroy-Silk
was elected as MEP to the East Midlands for the UK Independence Party.
Pledging to "wreck" the European Parliament. >more
from BBC News
|Ian Lavender b1946 plays Derek Harkinson in EastEnders Ian's
had a long career in TV, most famously as Private Pike in Dad's Army.
He's been in episodes of Casualty, Yes, Minister and Goodnight,
Sweetheart. His film roles include Carry on Behind in 1975.
| Sue Lawley was born in Dudley. TV and radio presenter; current presenter of Desert
b1953 one of Britain's
greatest racing drivers, spent most of his childhood and early adult
years in Hall Green. He was a pupil at Rosslyn School then Hall Green
Bilateral before studying engineering at Matthew Boulton College his final home
in Hall Green was a detached house in Doveridge Road before he moved to
the Isle of Man in 1985. He is also an accomplished low handicap amateur
golfer and combines golf with his World of Motor Racing Experience at Woodbury
Park Hotel and Country Club in Devon.
Susan Maughan b1942 lived in Greenway Street Small Heath and went to Tilton Road school before
hitting the charts with Bobby's Girl.
& Electric Light Orchestra
Move was one of the finest and most contradictory groups of the sixties. A
successful string of memorable hit singles were set against a brutal,
dynamic and musically thrilling live act that featured heavier, West
Coast-style material, usually by other writers and bands that were strong
influences on the group.
The Move was formed during an impromptu after-hours jam
session at Birmingham's legendary Cedar Club in February 1966.
"Moving" from the cream of the city bands were: Bev Bevan, Carl
Wayne, Chris "Ace" Kefford (Carl Wayne & the Vikings); Roy
Wood (The Nightriders); and Trevor Burton (Danny King & The Mayfair
|Janice Nichols Born in Wednesbury and
became famous for saying 'Oi'll
give it foive' on Thank Your Lucky Stars recorded at Aston Studios. in
|Vocalist and founding member of Black Sabbath;
real name John Michael Osbourne, born December 3, 1948 at 14
Lodge Road Aston,
Birmingham, England. Ozzy Osbourne founded Black Sabbath with fellow Brummies Geezer
Butler (bass), Bill Ward (drums) and Tony Iommi (guitar) in 1969; left
band in 1979 to pursue a solo career, and returned to the band in March
1997. Album appearances: Black Sabbath thru Never Say Die & Reunion.
Other bands: Blizzard of Ozz (aka Ozzy Osbourne Band).
|Conductor. Sir Simon Rattle was born
in Liverpool in January 1955 He
came to Birmingham in 1980, when the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
was looking for a new conductor. A combination of brilliantly chosen
repertory, rigorous training, the firm support of Birmingham City
Council. Rattle developed a rapport with the Birmingham audience who
came to trust his taste whether he took them into Messiaen?s Turangalila
Symphony, new music from Robin Holloway and Nicholas Maw, Sibelius and
Nielsen symphony cycles, or the challenges of the second Viennese school.
|Nick Rhodes was born Nicholas Bates in Moseley, . Rhodes began playing guitar while he was at Woodrush
School and still living with his parents in Hollywood,
Rhodes left Woodrush at sixteen,
his first and only occupation outside of a
band being as the disc jockey for the Rum Runner dance club in Birmingham,
where he established the core that would evolve into Duran Duran. Aside of
replacing occasional band members and early changes to the band's name,
Duran Duran is the only group Rhodes had been a part of until 1985, when
he and bandmates Simon Le
Bon and Roger
Taylor (III) took a sabbatical from Duran Duran to record an album as
Arcadia. Rhodes, Le Bon, John Taylor, and guitarist Warren
Cuccurullo returned to Duran Duran in 1986, recording seven more
studio albums through 2000.
in Shirley before achieving notoriety in the Profumo scandal of
1963, In July 1961, the British Secretary of State for War,
John Profumo, shared a sexually charged frolic with goodtime girl
Christine Keeler in the swimming pool of Cliveden, the Berkshire mansion
owned by Lord Astor. At the same time as seeing Profumo, Keeler was also
having an affair with a Russian naval attach? Yevgeny Ivanov, about whom
allegations of espionage later surfaced. Amidst accusations that national
security had been breached, Profumo initially lied to Parliament regarding
his involvement with Keeler. He was later unmasked and compelled to
resign, in June 1963. Stephen Ward, the society osteopath and painter who
first introduced Keeler to Profumo, Ivanov and Lord Astor, was then
charged with living off immoral earnings. During the trial in 1963,
Keeler's friend Mandy Rice-Davies gave evidence in court that she and Lord
Astor had slept together. Ward committed suicide before the jury returned
|'Bomber' Pat Roach -Actor and former wrestling champion. at
6ft 5in Pat was an accomplished actor, having appeared in films such as Raiders
of the Lost Ark, Never Say Never Again and Robin Hood:
Prince of Thieves. Television credits include Life With Billy
and five years as 'Bomber' of the highly popular "Auf Wiedersehen
Pet". As a wrestler he was trained by Alf Kent and
held the British & European Heavyweight Championship title. He
was still involved in the world of acting, and also found
time to run a Gymnasium and Fitness Centre at Gravelly Hill North,
Erdington, in Birmingham. Sadly Pat died in July 2004 after a long
If : The Pat Roach story
Tells his unique life story to his co-writer Shirley
If traces Pat's life, from poverty stricken childhood to famous celebrity, it reveals 'the man behind the image', and covers his considerable achievements in the fields of sport, film and television.
better known as Bex Reynolds, the new, feisty receptionist on BBC's
Casualty at Holby General. With the longest legs and shortest skirts, it is hard to believe this lad?s rag
centrefold was once a gawky grammar school teenager who used to be called ?Uggers Manners?!
A growth spurt and a brace later, the Birmingham born actress landed five adverts in just one year
and has since become one of FHM?s Hot 100 Sexiest Women. She was educated at
the Bluecoat School in Harborne and later left the renowned King Edward?s Grammar School with 10 GCSEs and
| Moody Blues,
|In the beginning.... There were five. It was the lads from the Birmingham area; Ray Thomas, Graeme Edge, Mike
Pinder, Denny Laine, and Clint Warwick that put together the R&B group that would evolve into the Moody Blues.
The name was originally going to be 'The
M&Bs' named after M&B or Mitchell and Butler, an English brewery
based in the Midlands. The band, started their life in a pub. JOHN LODGE was born on 20th July 1945 in Birmingham and attended Birches Green Junior School, Central Grammar School and the Birmingham College of Advanced Technology, where he was an Engineering Student.
RAY THOMAS was born on 29th December 1941 in Stourport on Severn, attended the Paget Road Secondary Modern School, and later qualified as a toolmaker.
In the early '50s Ray joined the Birmingham Youth Choir and then sang with various groups including The Saints and Sinners and The Ramblers
|Actress Zita Sattar
played Nurse Anna Paul in the BBC TV Series Casualty other TV credits include Heartburn Hotel; Back
Up; Hale & Pace; The Bill; Drop the Dead Donkey; Gimme Gimme Gimme;
Zita was also a celebrity contestant for the TV Medics round of The
Weakest Link. After winning she returned (8-Feb-2003)
to face the wrath of Anne Robinson again in a champion of
champions final in a bid to win ?50,000 for her favourite charity. Zita
reached the head to head final and just missed out on winning.
Zita was also one of the founder members of Birmingham's Central
|Rt Hon Clare Short, b1946 MP for Birmingham
Ladywood was Secretary of State for International Development. Educated at
St Francis JI School, Handsworth; St Paul's Grammar, Birmingham. Ms Short
had threatened quit the cabinet before the start of war with Iraq,
describing Tony Blair as "reckless" during the build-up to
military action. Clare later quit her cabinet job, after accusing Tony
Blair of breaking promises over Iraq's future.
|Who wants to be a Chris Tarrant millionaire.
Chris started as a young presenter on ITV's Midlands News before
presenting the cult kids Saturday morning show TISWAS which later became
|Their recording studio is in Digbeth.
Band members James Brown Born 1957, he attended Marlborough
Road Primary School, and Mosley School Of Art, Robin Campbell Guitar
/ Vocals Born 1954, he attended St. Paul's and St. Luke's primary
schools, and George Dixon's grammar school (which he loathed). Ali
Campbell Vocals / Guitar Born 1959, he went to St. Luke's Junior
School and Moseley Road School of Art. Michael Virtue Keyboards He
was born on January 19th 1957, and attended Clifton Road primary school
and Golden Hillock comprehensive. Norman Hassan Percussion / Vocals
he was born 1958, and went to school at Tindall Street, Clifton Road, Park
Hill and Queensbridge Road. Earl Falconer
Bass / Vocals He was born 1959, and attended St. Benedict's junior school
and Mosley Road School Of Art, Astro Vocals / Trumpet Astro toasts
and plays trumpet. He is also the show's M.C. Born 1957, he attended Greet
and Golden Hillock Schools, Brian Travers
Saxophones / Horn Arrangements Born on February 7th, he went to Cape Hill
and Lakey Lane primary schools, and Moseley School Of Art. >more
Walker Born 30 March 1945 (Hampton-in-Arden)
DJ who started out on the pirate Radio Caroline in 1966, before moving to BBC Radio 1 not long after Caroline's demise. Since then he's been a continual presence on various stations, most recently presenting Radio 2's Drivetime Show. Born Peter
Dingley, he announced in June 2003 that he was suffering from non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
|Murray Walker Former
Racing driver before becoming better known as a commentator.
He was born Graeme Murray Walker on 10th October 1923 at 214
Reddings Lane, Hall Green, The family later moved to Wolverhampton in
With his beaming personality and high-octane television commentaries
peppered with wonderful blunders, Murray Walker was a national treasure
known far beyond Formula 1. to the great man's retirement at the end
The first chapter in his autobiography
is call A Proud Brummie
character actress Julie Walters OBE has made a career out of playing
working-class women with good hearts and sharp tongues -- which should
come as no surprise, given her background. Born in Birmingham on February
22, 1950,, lived in Bearwood, went to Holly Lodge Girls School.
Walters was raised in a strong, practical family where she was encouraged
to study nursing. Walters made her London stage debut in Funny Peculiar,
and in 1980, she was cast in the title role of the Royal Shakespeare
Company's production of Willy Russell's play Educating Rita. Walters was
cast in the film version of Educating Rita opposite Michael Caine, and the
movie was a solid critical and financial success in both Europe and the
United States. Other films include Personal Services, Buster, but her next
major screen success wouldn't arrive until 2000, when she played dance
instructor Mrs. Wilkinson in the international hit Billy Elliot; the role
earned her another Academy Award nomination, as well as a British Film
Academy nomination. In 1999, Walters received special recognition for her
work in the arts when she was presented an Order of the British Empire by
Queen Elizabeth for her services to British drama. In 2003 Julie stars
with Helen Mirren in Calendar
Girls The film is based on the story of how they stripped off for a WI
calendar to raise almost ?600,000 for charity.
Graham Webb was cycling World Road Race champion in 1967, still the only
living British male to have won this event in the more than 80 year history
of this highly contested sporting event. He was born at Dudley Rd Hospital
13th January 1944 and lived his youth in Leamington Rd, Sparkbrook. He
attended Clifton Rd School & Dennis Rd School. He moved abroad in 1966 to
race as a professional and now lives in Belgium.
Toyah Wilcox singer and TV presenter. Born
1958 in Kings Heath and went to Queensbridge School
before fame as a Punk singer. in 2003 was a celebrity in "I'm a celebrity
get me out of here" more recently Toyah has been on screen as a
presenter of programs about Tolkien
Winwood first came to prominence when playing piano and singing in his
distinctively soulful, R&B voice in Birmingham, England, at the age of
15. Kicked out of school before he was 16, Steve cut his teeth in the
Spencer Davis Group, and later teamed up with Chris Wood (saxophone and
flute), Jim Capaldi (drums), and. initially, Dave Mason (guitar) - three
musicians from the Midlands who had also contributed backing vocals and
percussion to "Gimme Some Lovin." Traffic went on to become the
seminal sixties group whose members, over the years, made some of the most
quintessential English music ever.
Musical Youth because
they were famous black Brummies.
Skinner - of The Streets,
Asian Dub Foundation,
Frank Skinner, born in the Black Country, but widely considered to be a
Runners (Kevin Rowland and most other members)
Murray Rose, Olympic
Swimmer World Record Holder Gold Medallist
Kenneth Mathews. Birmingham's 1st Olympic Gold Medallist 1964
Louise Sauvage, Great Paralympian Olympic Gold Medallist last two or three
The Beat Mirror
in the Bathroom, Stand Down Margaret, Tears of a Clown, Can't get used to Losing
Sonia Lannaman -athlete,
went to Queensbridge School, Kings Heath.
Joan Armatrading -
b 1950, Basseterre, St Kitts,
West Indies. Joan
Armatrading was the first black woman singer/songwriter based in Britain to
compete on equal terms with white women. While Madeleine Bell and P.P. Arnold
pre- dated Armatrading's success, the latter has remained consistent for 20
years. The Armatrading family moved to Birmingham in 1958, and Joan taught
herself to play piano and guitar,
Christine Perfect (Fleetwood Mac) of Handsworth.
Ocean Colour Scene (OCS)
> More musicians
William Dargue 2001 History of Birmingham on your Doorstep www.bgfl.org
Steve Thorne a born and bred
Brummie and a lecturer in the History of the English Language and Modern English
Language at the University of Birmingham.