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List Rules Only TV actors who were born or grew up in Essex.

List of famous television actors/actresses who were born in Essex, with photos when available. These renowned Essex actors and actresses are listed by popularity, so the names at the top of the list will be the most recognizable. A few of these actors may not have technically been born in Essex, but everyone on this list grew up in Essex and considers it to be their home. This list includes Essex TV actors from every type of show, including cartoons where they might have done voice over work. If you grew up in Essex then you should be proud of these television actors whose birthplace is Essex. Various bits of information are available for these Essex celebrities as well, such as what year they were born and what shows they are known for.

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Stephen Moyer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list TV Actors from Essex
True Blood, Ultraviolet, Grand Stephen Moyer is an English film and television actor and director who is best known as vampire Bill Compton in the HBO series True Blood since 2008. Moyer's first television role was in 1993 as ...more

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Rik Mayall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Actors from Essex
The Black Adder, The Young Ones, Bottom Richard Michael "Rik" Mayall was an English comedian, writer, actor and voice-over artist. Mayall was a pioneer of alternative comedy in the early 1980s. He formed a comedy partnership ...more

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Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Actors from Essex
EastEnders, Off Centre, Grange Hill Sean Maguire is an English actor and singer, who rose to fame in 1988 when at the age of eleven he took on the role of "Tegs" Ratcliffe on the BBC children's drama Grange Hill, in ...more

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Chris Haywood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Pacific Drive, Return to Eden, False Witness Chris Haywood is an English Australian-based film and television actor/producer.

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Tamzin Outhwaite is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Actors from Essex
EastEnders, Men Behaving Badly, The Fixer Tamzin Maria Outhwaite is an English actress. She became known for her role as Melanie Owen in the British soap opera EastEnders, whom she portrayed from 1998 until 2002. In 2012, she appeared ...more

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Nick Frost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Spaced, Green Wing, Man Stroke Woman Nicholas John "Nick" Frost is an English actor, comedian and screenwriter. He is best known for his work in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy of films, consisting of Shaun of the ...more

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Dermot O'Leary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Actors from Essex
A League of Their Own, Channel 4's Comedy Gala, The Big Breakfast Seán Dermot Fintan O'Leary, Jr., better known as Dermot O'Leary, is a British-Irish television and radio presenter, best known for his current television and radio work with ITV and BBC ...more

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Amanda Root is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Actors from Essex
The Forsyte Saga, Daniel Deronda, The Robinsons Amanda Root is an English stage and screen actress and a former voice actress for children's programmes. Root is known for her starring role in the 1995 BBC film adaptation of Jane Austen's ...more

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Phil Davis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Being Human, Whitechapel, Bleak House Philip Davis is an English film actor, writer and director who has appeared in many films and television series. He has written and directed various dramas during his career.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Actors from Essex
The Shadow Line, Dancing on the Edge, Tsunami: The Aftermath Chiwetelu Umeadi "Chiwetel" Ejiofor, OBE is an English actor of film, television, and theatre. After enrolling at the National Youth Theatre in 1995, and then subsequently gaining a ...more

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Russell Brand is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Brand X with Russell Brand, Russell Brand's Ponderland, The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Russell Edward Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist. In 2004, Brand achieved notoriety as the host of Big Brother's Big Mouth, a Big Brother spin-off. In 2007, ...more

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Margaret Tyzack is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Actors from Essex
EastEnders, I, Claudius Margaret Maud Tyzack, CBE was a British actress.

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Hermione Norris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Spooks, Wire in the Blood, Kingdom Hermione Norris is an English actress. She attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in the 1980s, before taking small roles in theatre and on television. In 1996, she was cast in ...more

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Ben Shephard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Actors from Essex
The Krypton Factor, Soapstar Superstar, Who Dares Benjamin "Ben" Peter Sherrington Shephard is an English television presenter and journalist who is currently employed by both ITV and Sky Sports. His most recognised role was as a main ...more

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Ross Kemp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Actors from Essex
EastEnders, Emmerdale, The Chief Ross James Kemp is an English actor, author and BAFTA award-winning investigative journalist who rose to prominence in the role of Grant Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Since 2006, ...more

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Jaime Murray is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Dexter, Warehouse 13, Ringer Jaime Murray is an English actress, known for playing Stacie Monroe in the BBC series Hustle and Lila West in the Showtime series Dexter. She is also known for her recurring roles as Gaia in ...more

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Juliet Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Actors from Essex
The Hour, Masterpiece, The Legends of Treasure Island Juliet Anne Virginia Stevenson, CBE is an English actress of stage and screen. She won an Olivier Award in 1992 and was made a CBE in the 1999 Queens Birthday Honours. Stevenson joined the Royal ...more

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Jeremy Sheffield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Merlin, Hollyoaks, Holby City Jeremy Sheffield is an English actor and former professional ballet dancer. He is most noted for his roles in Holby City and Murder in Suburbia on television, as well as in the films Creep and ...more

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Beth Goddard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Gimme Gimme Gimme, Peak Practice, Daylight Robbery Elizabeth Jane "Beth" Goddard is a British actress. She grew up in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex and attended Clacton County High School and the Rose Bruford College in Sidcup, Kent, from 1986 ...more

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Charlotte Rampling is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Actors from Essex
My Uncle Silas Tessa Charlotte Rampling, OBE, is an English actress. In a career spanning fifty years, she has appeared in English language, French and Italian cinema. She was appointed an Officer of the Order ...more

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Sanjeev Bhaskar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Goodness Gracious Me, Mumbai Calling, Chopratown Sanjeev Bhaskar, OBE is a British comedian, actor and broadcaster, best known for his work in the BBC Two comedy series Goodness Gracious Me and as host of The Kumars at No. 42. He also ...more

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Rhys Thomas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Actors from Essex
The Fast Show, Nathan Barley, Bang Rhys Thomas is a British BAFTA nominated, Emmy and Rose D'Or winning director, producer, actor and writer. He is most famous for his roles in Star Stories, The Fast Show, Sirens and Nathan ...more

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Ken Campbell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Law and Order, Law & Order, Herman's Head Kenneth Victor Campbell was an English writer, actor, director and comedian known for his work in experimental theatre. He has been called "a one-man dynamo of British theatre." ...more

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Daniel Mays is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Ashes to Ashes, Red Riding, Outcasts Daniel Alan Mays is an English actor.

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Alex Jennings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Whitechapel, Cranford, The State Within Alex Jennings is an English actor whose roles have included Prince Charles in The Queen.

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Jane Leeves is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Frasier, Murphy Brown, Hot in Cleveland Jane Leeves is an English actress, producer, comedian, singer, and dancer. Leeves made her screen debut with a small role in 1983 on the popular British comedy television show The Benny Hill ...more

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Ian Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Birds of Prey, Santa Barbara Ian Abercrombie was an English actor. He played Alfred Pennyworth in Birds of Prey, Justin Pitt during the sixth season of Seinfeld, Rupert Cavanaugh in Desperate Housewives, Professor Crumbs in ...more

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Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Stephen William "Billy" Bragg is an English singer-songwriter and left-wing activist. His music blends elements of folk music, punk rock and protest songs, and his lyrics mostly deal ...more

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Alastair Duncan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Tracey Takes On..., Birds in the Bush, Around the World in 80 Days (1972)

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Danny Young is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Out of Control, The Match, Kerching! Daniel "Danny" Young is an English actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Warren Baldwin on the popular long-running soap Coronation Street, and for his participation in the ...more

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Georgina Hale is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Budgie, The Strauss Family, T-Bag Georgina Hale is an English actress notable for many stage, film and television appearances; often in the works of director Ken Russell and writer Simon Gray. She is perhaps best known for her ...more

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Alex Walkinshaw is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Casualty, Side by Side, Nelson's Column Alex Newcombe Walkinshaw is an English actor best known for playing the role of Dale "Smithy" Smith in ITV's long running police procedural series, The Bill and his role in both ...more

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Jamie Oliver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list TV Actors from Essex
James Trevor "Jamie" Oliver, MBE is an English celebrity chef, restaurateur, and media personality known for his food-focused television shows, cookbooks and more recently his global ...more

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Victoria Beckham is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Victoria Beckham: Coming to America Victoria Caroline Beckham is an English businesswoman, fashion designer, model and singer. In the late 1990s, Beckham rose to fame with the all-female pop group Spice Girls and was dubbed Posh ...more

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Philip Latham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list TV Actors from Essex
The Troubleshooters (UK), The Pallisers, Leaving Philip Latham is a British actor. He was educated at Felsted School. In the late 1960s/early 1970s he was well known to British TV viewers for his portrayal of chief accountant Willy Izard, the ...more

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Jeff Brazier is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Celebrity Wrestling, The Farm, Shipwrecked Jeffrey Carl Brazier is an English television presenter, reality TV star and former professional footballer, notable for being the father to the late Jade Goody's children. He is currently best ...more

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Jo Joyner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list TV Actors from Essex
EastEnders, North and South, North & South Joanne Mary "Jo" Joyner is an English actress, best known for her role as Tanya Branning in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 2006 to 2013, before returning in 2015. For this role she ...more

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Nicholas Farrell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Sex, Chips & Rock n' Roll, The Diary of Anne Frank Nicholas Farrell is an English stage, film and television actor.

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Cathy Murphy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list TV Actors from Essex
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The House of Eliott Cathy Murphy born as Catherine McKevitt Murphy, is a British actress who studied at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. She played the role of Lorna in 1991, a love interest of Mark Fowler in soap ...more

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Terrence Hardiman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list TV Actors from Essex
The Worst Witch, Cadfael, The Demon Headmaster Terrence Hardiman is an English actor. He is best known for playing The Demon Headmaster in the children's television series of the same name, and also for Reinhardt in the 1970s drama series ...more

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Michelle Dockery is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Downton Abbey, Hogfather, Terry Pratchett's Hogfather Michelle Suzanne Dockery is an English actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV drama series Downton Abbey, for which she has been nominated for three ...more

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Francis de Wolff is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Jesus of Nazareth, The Tomorrow People Francis de Wolff was an English character actor. Large, bearded, and beetle-browed, he was often cast as villains in both film and television. Born in Essex, he made his film debut in Flame in ...more

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Jenny Powell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Celebrity Wrestling, Wheel of Fortune, To Buy or Not to Buy Jenny Powell is an English television presenter.

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Russell Tovey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Being Human, Little Dorrit, Looking Russell George Tovey is an English actor with numerous television, film and stage credits. Tovey is best known for playing the role of werewolf George Sands in the BBC's supernatural drama Being ...more

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Neil Innes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Do Not Adjust Your Set, The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch, The Raggy Dolls Neil James Innes is an English writer and performer of comic songs, best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, and for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles.

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Kellie Bright is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list TV Actors from Essex
EastEnders, Bad Girls, The Upper Hand Kellie Bright is an English actress who is best known for her role as Joanna Burrows in the British sitcom The Upper Hand and as Linda Carter in British soap opera EastEnders. She has also ...more

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Sarah Miles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Dandelion Dead, Dandelion Dead Sarah Miles is an English theatre and film actress. Her best known films include The Servant, Blowup, Ryan's Daughter and Hope and Glory.

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Danny Lee Wynter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Joe's Palace, Capturing Mary Danny Lee Wynter is a British actor and campaigner perhaps best known for his performance as Joe in Stephen Poliakoff's films Joe's Palace and Capturing Mary.

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Darren Day is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Don't Try This at Home, Win, Lose or Draw Darren Day is an English actor, singer and television presenter, well known for his West End theatre starring roles.

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Tom Payne is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list TV Actors from Essex
Luck, Waterloo Road, Wuthering Heights Thomas "Tom" Payne is an English actor. He is best known for playing Brett Aspinall in television drama series Waterloo Road from January 2007 to March 2008. Payne grew up in Bath, ...more