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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
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

Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Essex
age 81
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
age 43
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
Dec. 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
age 54
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
age 34
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
age 58
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
age 37
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
age 40
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
age 35
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
Dec. 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
age 41
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
age 72
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
age 54
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 Dec. at 71 (1762-1833)
Chief instigator in the building of Dartmoor Prison in 1805 and the Plymouth - Princetown Railway which opened in 1822

Leanne Nagle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Essex
Leanne Nagle age 30

Mike Holoway is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Essex
age 58
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
age 39
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
age 72
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
age 32
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
Dec. 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
age 41
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
age 80
David John Cawdell Irving is an English Holocaust denier and author who has written many books on the military and political history of WWII, with a focus on Nazi Germany. Irving's reputation as ...more

Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Essex
age 42
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
age 36
Anna Taverner is a glamour model who has appeared in the British tabloid, The Sun as a Page 3 girl.