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List of famous people from Essex, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Essex, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Essex you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Essex, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

This list contains people like Ron Fogg and Vicki Michelle.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Essex?" or "Which celebrities were born in Essex?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Russell Brand is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 43

Birthplace: Grays, United Kingdom

Russell Edward Brand (born 4 June 1975) is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist. After beginning his career as a stand-up comedian and later becoming an MTV presenter, ...more

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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 84

Birthplace: Ilford, London, United Kingdom

Dame Margaret Natalie Smith (born 28 December 1934) is an English actress. She has had an extensive, varied career on stage, film, and television, spanning over 67 years. Smith has appeared in ...more

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Jamie Oliver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 43

Birthplace: Clavering, United Kingdom

James Trevor Oliver (born 27 May 1975) is a British chef and restaurateur. He is known for his approachable cuisine, which has led him to front numerous television shows and open many ...more

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Sarah Kane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Essex
Dec. at 28 (1971-1999)

Birthplace: Brentwood, United Kingdom

Sarah Kane (3 February 1971 – 20 February 1999) was an English playwright who is known for her plays that deal with themes of redemptive love, sexual desire, pain, torture—both physical and ...more

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Jane Leeves is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 57

Birthplace: London, England

Jane Elizabeth Leeves (born 18 April 1961) is an English actress, model, producer, comedian, singer, and dancer. She played Daphne Moon on the television sitcom Frasier from 1993 until 2004, for ...more

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Olly Murs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 34

Birthplace: Witham, United Kingdom

Oliver Stanley Murs (born 14 May 1984) is an English singer, songwriter and presenter. He first came to national attention for coming second in the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009. He is ...more

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Grayson Perry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 58

Birthplace: Chelmsford, England

Grayson Perry (born 24 March 1960) is an English contemporary artist. He is known for his ceramic vases, tapestries and cross-dressing, as well as his observations of the contemporary arts ...more
Russell Tovey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 37

Birthplace: Billericay, United Kingdom

Russell George Tovey (born 14 November 1981) is an English actor. He is known for playing the role of werewolf George Sands in the BBC's supernatural drama Being Human, Rudge in both the stage ...more

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Charles Spurgeon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Essex
Dec. at 58 (1834-1892)

Birthplace: Kelvedon, United Kingdom

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) was an English Particular Baptist preacher. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of various denominations, among whom he ...more

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Chiwetel Ejiofor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 41

Birthplace: Forest Gate, England

Chiwetel Umeadi Ejiofor ( CHOO-ə-tel EJ-ee-oh-for; born July 7, 1977) is a British actor.After enrolling at the National Youth Theatre in 1995 and attending the London Academy of Music and ...more

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Jack Straw is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 72

Birthplace: Buckhurst Hill, England

John Whitaker Straw (born 3 August 1946) is a British politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Blackburn from 1979 to 2015. Straw served in the Cabinet from 1997 to 2010 under ...more
Ross Kemp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 54

Birthplace: Barking, London, United Kingdom

Ross James Kemp (born 21 July 1964) is an English actor, author and investigative journalist. He rose to prominence in the role of Grant Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Since 2004, ...more
Thomas Tyrwhitt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Essex
Thomas Tyrwhitt Dec. at 71 (1762-1833)

Birthplace: Wickham Bishops, United Kingdom

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Leanne Nagle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Essex
Leanne Nagle Age: 30

Birthplace: Colchester, United Kingdom

Mike Holoway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 58

Birthplace: Dagenham, London, England

Mike Holoway (born 28 January 1961 in Dagenham, Essex) is a British musician and actor. He was the drummer and percussionist in Flintlock and at the same time became an actor, notably in the ...more
David Gandy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 39

Birthplace: Billericay, United Kingdom

David James Gandy (born 19 February 1980) is a British model who, after winning a televised model-search competition, became a model. For several years, Gandy was the lead male model for Italian ...more
Sandie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Essex
Sandie Shaw Age: 72

Birthplace: Dagenham, London, England

Sandie Shaw, MBE (born Sandra Ann Goodrich; 26 February 1947) is an English singer. One of the most successful British female singers of the 1960s, she had three UK number one singles with ...more

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Faris Badwan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 32

Birthplace: Bexley, London, United Kingdom

Faris Adam Derar Badwan (born 21 September 1986) is an English musician, best known as the lead vocalist of the Horrors, and more recently as half of Cat's Eyes.
Fakir of Ava is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Essex
Dec. at 78 (1813-1891)

Birthplace: Essex, United Kingdom

Isaiah Harris Hughes (25 December 1813 – 24 May 1891), better known as the Fakir of Ava, was a 19th-century stage magician, the teacher of Harry Kellar.
Jo Joyner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 41

Birthplace: Harlow, England

Joanne Mary "Jo" Joyner (born 24 May 1977) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Tanya Branning in the BBC soap opera EastEnders and Mandy Carter in Channel 4 drama ...more
David Irving is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 80

Birthplace: Brentwood

David John Cawdell Irving (born 24 March 1938) is an English author and Holocaust denier who has written on the military and political history of World War II, with a focus on Nazi Germany. His ...more
Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 42

Birthplace: Ilford, London, United Kingdom

Sean Maguire (born 18 April 1976 in Ilford, London) 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 ...more
Rita Joanne Simons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 41

Birthplace: Essex, England

Rita Joanne Simons (born 10 March 1977) is an English actress, singer, and model from London, who is known for playing Roxy Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 2007 to 2017, when her ...more
Anthony Sloman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 73

Birthplace: Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom

Anthony B. Sloman (born 6 May 1945 in Waltham Abbey, Essex) is an English film producer and screenwriter.Tony Sloman is a cinema critic and historian, whose long career has encompassed many ...more
Ben Shephard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Essex
Age: 44

Birthplace: Epping, United Kingdom

Benjamin Peter Sherrington Shephard (born 11 December 1974) is an English television presenter, actor and journalist who is currently employed by ITV and Sky Sports. His most recognised role was ...more