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Famous People From Essex

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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

    BirthplaceGrays, United Kingdom

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  • Maggie Smith

    BirthplaceEngland, London

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  • Jamie Oliver

    BirthplaceClavering, United Kingdom

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  • Sarah Kane

    Sarah Kane

    Dec. at 28 (1971-1999)

    BirthplaceBrentwood, United Kingdom

    Sarah Kane (3 February 1971 – 20 February 1999) was an English playwright who is known for her...  more

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  • Jane Leeves

    BirthplaceIlford, London, United Kingdom

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  • Olly Murs

    Olly Murs

    Age: 36

    BirthplaceWitham, United Kingdom

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  • Grayson Perry

    BirthplaceChelmsford, England

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  • Russell Tovey

    BirthplaceBillericay, United Kingdom

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  • Charles Spurgeon

    Charles Spurgeon

    Dec. at 58 (1834-1892)

    BirthplaceKelvedon, United Kingdom

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  • Chiwetel Ejiofor

    BirthplaceForest Gate, England

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  • Jack Straw

    Jack Straw

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceBuckhurst Hill, England

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  • Ross Kemp

    Ross Kemp

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceLondon, Barking, United Kingdom

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  • Thomas Tyrwhitt

    Dec. at 71 (1762-1833)

    BirthplaceWickham Bishops, United Kingdom

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  • Leanne Nagle

    Leanne Nagle

    Age: 31

    BirthplaceColchester, United Kingdom

  • BirthplaceDagenham, London, England

    Mike Holoway (born 28 January 1961 in Dagenham, Essex) is a British musician and actor. He was...  more
  • David Gandy

    BirthplaceBillericay, United Kingdom

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  • Sandie Shaw

    Sandie Shaw

    Age: 73

    BirthplaceDagenham, London, England

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  • Faris Badwan

    BirthplaceBexley, London, United Kingdom

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  • Fakir of Ava

    Fakir of Ava

    Dec. at 78 (1813-1891)

    BirthplaceEssex, United Kingdom

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  • Jo Joyner

    Jo Joyner

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceHarlow, United Kingdom

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    BirthplaceIlford, London, United Kingdom

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  • Rita Joanne Simons

    BirthplaceEssex, England

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  • BirthplaceWaltham Abbey, United Kingdom

    Anthony B. Sloman (born 6 May 1945 in Waltham Abbey, Essex) is an English film producer and...  more
  • Ben Shephard

    BirthplaceEpping, United Kingdom

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