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Famous People from Chester

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Chester is the birth place of or home to some well known writers, sport stars, musicians, politicians and artists. We list a few of the most notable here. If you have the time, we urge you to read a little more about each one on the internet.

Daniel Craig is one of Chester's best known actors. Born in the city on the 2nd March 1968, he lived in the local area before moving to the Wirral and then Liverpool. He has starred in many films and television dramas but will be best known for the role of Ian Fleming's British secret agent James Bond.

Geoffrey Leonard Cheshire, Baron Cheshire (1917-1992) was a highly decorated Royal Air Force pilot and group captain during the Second World War, and a philanthropist. Among the honours Cheshire received as a pilot was the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry. He was the youngest group captain in the RAF and one of the most highly decorated pilots of the war. After the war he founded a hospice that grew into the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability. He became known for his work in conflict resolution. In 1991 he was created a life peer in recognition of his charitable work.

Robert Wilcox was one of The Oaten Hill Martyrs (also known as the Canterbury martyrs). Born in Chester in 1558 and entered the seminary at Rheims when he was twenty-five years old and was ordained on 20 April 1585. He was sent to England with other priests seeking to expand the Catholic faith and deal with the country's expanding Protestantism under Queen Elizabeth I. Wilcox arrived in England on 7 June 1586 but was arrested almost immediately. Wilcox was the first of the four to be executed by hanging, drawing and quartering at Oaten Hill, Canterbury, on 1 October 1588. These four were beatified by Pope Pius XI in 1929.

John Douglas (1830-1911), born in Sandiway, Cheshire was an English architect who designed over 500 buildings in Cheshire, North Wales, and northwest England, in particular in the estate of Eaton Hall. He was trained in Lancaster and practised throughout his career from an office in Chester.

Sir Adrian Cedric Boult (1889-1983), was an English conductor was conductor of the City of Birmingham Orchestra and also established the BBC Symphony Orchestra becoming its chief conductor.

For the arts, comedy actor and musician Russ Abbot (born 1947), actor John Steiner (born 1941), actor Malcolm Hebden (born 1939) - Coronation Street's Norris Cole, actor Tom Hughes (born 1985), actress Emma Cunniffe (born 1973), actor Ronald Pickup (born 1940), singer (and part of pop group Steps) Lee Latchford-Evans (born 1972), actor Hugh Lewis Lloyd MBE (1923-2008), comedian and presenter Bob Mills (born 1957) and actor Basil Radford (1897-1952).

Sport stars include footballers Michael Owen (born 1979), Tom Heaton (born 1986), Ryan Shawcross (born 1987) and Joseph Hewitt (1881-1971).

Last Updated Wednesday 15 April 2020

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