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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
Russell Brand age 41 - 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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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Essex
Maggie Smith age 82 - Dame Margaret Natalie Smith, CH, DBE is an English actress. She made her stage debut in 1952 and has had an extensive, varied career in stage, film and television spanning over sixty years. ...more

Jamie Oliver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Essex
Jamie Oliver age 41 - 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

Sarah Kane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Essex
Sarah Kane Died at 28 (1971-1999) - Sarah Kane was an English playwright. Her plays deal with themes of redemptive love, sexual desire, pain, torture — both physical and psychological — and death. They are characterised by a ...more

Jane Leeves is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Essex
Jane Leeves age 55 - 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

Olly Murs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Essex
Olly Murs age 32 - Oliver Stanley "Olly" Murs is an English singer-songwriter, musician, and television presenter. He rose to fame after finishing as the runner-up in the sixth series of The X Factor in ...more

Grayson Perry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Essex
Grayson Perry age 57 - Grayson Perry, CBE is an English artist, known mainly for his ceramic vases and cross-dressing. Perry's vases have classical forms and are decorated in bright colours, depicting subjects at odds ...more

Russell Tovey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Essex
Russell Tovey age 35 - 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

Holly McGuire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Essex
Holly McGuire age 37 - Holly McGuire is a glamour model who has appeared in the British tabloid, The Sun as a Page 3 girl.

Hayley-Marie Coppin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Essex
Hayley-Marie Coppin age 33 - Hayley Marie Coppin is an English glamour model, known for her topless and nude modelling as well as softcore pornography. Coppin began her modelling career in 2003 with Page 3 appearances in ...more

Charles Spurgeon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Essex
Charles Spurgeon Died at 58 (1834-1892) - Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a British Particular Baptist preacher. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of various denominations, among whom he is known as the "Prince of ...more

Chiwetel Ejiofor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Essex
Chiwetel Ejiofor age 39 - 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

Jack Straw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Essex
Jack Straw age 70 - John Whitaker "Jack" Straw is a British politician who served as the Member of Parliament for Blackburn from 1979 to 2015. Straw served in the Cabinet from 1997 to 2010 under the ...more

Ross Kemp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Essex
Ross Kemp age 52 - 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

Thomas Tyrwhitt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Essex
Thomas Tyrwhitt Died at 71 (1762-1833) - Chief instigator in the building of Dartmoor Prison in 1805 and the Plymouth - Princetown Railway which opened in 1822

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Leanne Nagle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Essex
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Mike Holoway is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Essex
Mike Holoway age 54 - Mike Holoway 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 cult TV series The Tomorrow People .

David Gandy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Essex
David Gandy age 37 - David James Gandy is an English model. After winning a televised competition, Gandy became a successful model. For several years, Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana featured him in their ...more

Sandie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Essex
Sandie Shaw age 70 - Sandie Shaw is an English pop singer, who was one of the most successful British female singers of the 1960s. In 1967 she was the first British act to win the Eurovision Song Contest. She has ...more

Faris Badwan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Essex
Faris Badwan age 30 - Farris Rotter is a member of the musical group The Horrors.

Fakir of Ava is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Essex
Fakir of Ava Died at 78 (1813-1891) - Isaiah Harris Hughes, better known as the Fakir of Ava, was a 19th-century stage magician, the teacher of Harry Kellar. Hughes was born in Essex, but moved to the United States and became an ...more

Jo Joyner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Essex
Jo Joyner age 39 - 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

David Irving is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Essex
David Irving age 79 - David John Cawdell Irving is an English Holocaust denier and author who has written many books on the military and political history of World War II, with a focus on Nazi Germany. His works ...more

Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Essex
Sean Maguire age 40 - 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

Anna Taverner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Essex
Anna Taverner age 32 - Anna Taverner is a glamour model who has appeared in the British tabloid, The Sun as a Page 3 girl.

Rita Joanne Simons is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Essex
Rita Joanne Simons age 40 - Rita Joanne Simons is an English actress, singer, and model from London, who plays Roxy Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.

Anthony Sloman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Essex
Anthony Sloman age 71 - Anthony Barney Sloman is an English broadcaster, film critic, film director, film editor, film producer, lecturer, production manager, screenwriter, sound editor and actor. Tony Sloman is a ...more

Ben Shephard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Essex
Ben Shephard age 42 - 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

Charlotte Lamb is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Essex
Charlotte Lamb Died at 63 (1937-2000) - Sheila Holland, née Sheila Ann Mary Coates was best known under the pseudonym Charlotte Lamb as a prolific romantic novelist. She signed her novels with her married or maiden names – ...more

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Dennis F. Rasmussen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Essex
Dennis F. Rasmussen age 68 - Dennis F. Rasmussen is an American politician from the state of Maryland. A member of the Democratic Party, he has served as Baltimore County Executive, a Delegate within the Maryland House of ...more

Mike Edmonds is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Essex
Mike Edmonds age 71 - Mike Edmonds is an English actor with dwarfism, known for his role as Little Ron in the children's television show Maid Marian and Her Merry Men. Edmonds can also be seen dancing in the Men ...more

Alex Day is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Essex
Alex Day age 26 - Alex Richard George Day is a musician, vlogger and writer from Essex, England. Day has released three studio albums, two EPs, and had three UK Top 40 hits; his song "Forever Yours" ...more

Warren Ellis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Essex
Warren Ellis age 49 - Warren Girard Ellis is an English author of comics, novels, and television, who is well known for sociocultural commentary, both through his online presence and through his writing, which covers ...more

Bramwell Tovey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Essex
Bramwell Tovey age 62 - Bramwell Tovey, OC OM is a British conductor and composer.

Margaret Cavendish is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Essex
Margaret Cavendish Died at 50 (1623-1673) - Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne was an English aristocrat, a prolific writer, and a scientist. Born Margaret Lucas, she was the youngest sister of prominent royalists Sir John ...more

Bartholomew Legate is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Essex
Bartholomew Legate Died at 37 (1575-1612) - Bartholomew Legate was an English anti-Trinitarian martyr. Legate was born in Essex and became a dealer in cloth. In the 1590s, Bartholomew and his two brothers, Walter and Thomas, began ...more

Mary Renault is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Essex
Mary Renault Died at 78 (1905-1983) - Mary Renault, born Eileen Mary Challans, was an English writer best known for her historical novels set in Ancient Greece. In addition to vivid fictional portrayals of Theseus, Socrates, Plato ...more

Leeroy Thornhill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Essex
Leeroy Thornhill age 48 - Leeroy Thornhill is an English electronic music artist and formerly a rave dancer and occasionally keyboardist for the British breakbeat band The Prodigy. He has produced solo work under the ...more

Denise Levertov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Essex
Denise Levertov Died at 74 (1923-1997) - Denise Levertov was a British-born American poet.

David Nightingale Hicks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Essex
David Nightingale Hicks Died at 69 (1929-1998) - David Nightingale Hicks was an English interior decorator and designer, noted for using bold colours, mixing antique and modern furnishings, and contemporary art for his famous clientele.

Anna Neagle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Essex
Anna Neagle Died at 82 (1904-1986) - Dame Anna Neagle, DBE, born Florence Marjorie Robertson, was a popular English stage and film actress and singer. Neagle proved to be a box-office sensation in British films for over 25 years ...more

Ralph H. Fowler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Essex
Ralph H. Fowler Died at 55 (1889-1944) - Sir Ralph Howard Fowler OBE FRS was a British physicist and astronomer.

Pat Higgins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Essex
Pat Higgins age 41 - Pat Higgins is a film director, writer, producer and owner of independent production company Jinx Media Ltd. Higgins' first feature from the company, Trash House, was filmed in 2004 and released ...more

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Dave Snowden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Essex
Dave Snowden age 61 - David John Snowden is a Welsh academic, consultant and researcher in the field of knowledge management. He is the founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge, a research network ...more

Mick Jackson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Essex
Mick Jackson age 73 - Mick Jackson is a British film director and television producer. Between 1973 and 1987, Jackson directed many documentary and drama productions for BBC TV and Channel 4. Relocating to Hollywood, ...more

Antonio Pappano is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Essex
Antonio Pappano age 57 - Sir Antonio "Tony" Pappano is a British born, Italian naturalized conductor and pianist, music director of the Royal Opera House since 2002.

William Hope Hodgson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Essex
William Hope Hodgson Died at 41 (1877-1918) - William Hope Hodgson was an English author. He produced a large body of work, consisting of essays, short fiction, and novels, spanning several overlapping genres including horror, fantastic ...more

Alex Jennings is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Essex
Alex Jennings age 59 - Alex Jennings is an English actor whose roles have included Prince Charles in The Queen.

Sally Gunnell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Essex
Sally Gunnell age 50 - Sally Jane Janet Gunnell OBE DL is a British former track and field athlete who won the 1992 Olympic gold medal in the 400 m hurdles. She is the only female British athlete to have won Olympic, ...more

Jackie Brambles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Essex
Jackie Brambles age 50 - Jackie Brambles, formerly known as Jakki Brambles, is an English journalist, radio DJ and television presenter.