Notable People from Sefton - Liverpool City Region
The borough of Sefton has been a breeding ground for some of Britain's most celebrated people.
From world renowned Mathematician Edmund Whittaker to the record-breaking Olympic swimmer and multiple Gold Medalist Francesca Halsall. The list includes silver screen filmstars like: the veteran war film actor Sir Anthony Quayle, he was cast in major films like classic award-winning epics 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'The Guns of Navarone'; John Warburton and the 'Harry Potter' actress and double Golden Globe winner Miranda Richardson. Richardson has been cast alongside a remarkable list of actors including Nicole Kidman, Bill Paxton, Meryl Streep, Robert Duvall, Jack Nicholson, Billy Bob Thornton, Johnny Depp, Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine. She has won and been nominated for countless awards along her distinguished career. She even played 'Queenie' in the hit comedy series 'Blackadder', alongside Tony Robinson, Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.
Indeed, down the years Sefton has produced a long list of television celebrities like actors Sophie Abelson, Tony Jordan, Jan Holden, David Lonsdale, Robin Askwith, Neil McDermott, presenters Anne Robinson, Martyn Andrews, Neil Buchanan, William Hanrahan, Keith Chegwin, celebrity chef Marcus Wareing and honoured winner of the 'Special Achievement Award' at the 'British Soap Awards', producer Gavin Blyth.
On the lighter side of the borough, if it's laughter your after. There's the elegant Tom O'Connor, multi award-winning comedian Lee Mack and the one and only Kenny Everett.
The character rich Kenny Everett was an ever-present celebrity on the television and radio during the sixties right through to the eighties. He established himself early on as a hugely popular radio disc jockey. He is still considered by many as a legend of comedy, helping to transform the face of Britain with his unique original style of comedy.
From big hands to safe hands with former England international goalkeeper Anthony Waiters. He went on to manage the 'Canadian National Football Team' and even qualified for the 1986 World Cup finals. As a manager, he also won the 'NASL Championship' with the Canadian team the 'Vancouver Whitecaps'. But of course that's not all! In a theme running through the Liverpool City Region, Sefton has produced a long line of top flight professional footballers. Players like West Ham legend Alvin Martin, James McEwen, Jimmy Payne, Andy Rankin, Jack Rodwell, Stuart Rimmer, John Rimmer, Ron Dellow, Roy Evans, Johnny Wheeler, William Wright, Jose Baxter and Jamie Carragher.
Carragher is a legend of Liverpool Football Club, he has played more European matches for the club than any other player. He has been a fan favourite for the reds picking up 11 major honours during his playing career, before moving on to be an astute post game analysist. Other sporting greats are Crosby's international elite artistic gymnast Daniel Purvis, who along with his team took Gold at the 2012 'European Championships' in Montpellier.
The 2010 'English Amateur Champion' and now professional golfer Tommy Fleetwood is from this rich sporting borough too. Together with Bootle's professional ice hockey defenceman Alexander Smith, he was a 'National Hockey League' player for 11 seasons. He plied his trade in the NHL for the 'Detroit Falcons', 'Boston Bruins', 'New York Americans' and the 'Ottawa Senators'. He won ice hockey's famous Stanley Cup with the 'Ottawa Senators' in 1927 and even has his name engraved on the prestigious trophy. Other sports stars include International Rugby League star James Graham and Three-time Karate Gold Medalist Billy Higgins.
The music waves eminating from the Sefton sound include Bootle's Merseybeat legend Billy J Kramer, the Maghull band 'Apollo 440', brass band composer/conductor William Rimmer and Marcus Collins.
Other notable figures from Sefton are philosopher Edward Craig, barrister Cherie Blair, sociologist Dame Janet Finch, middle-distance runner Michael Rimmer, commercial artist Josh Kirby, Poet Roger McGough, Chemist Max Muspratt, Red Rum's trainer Ginger McCain, Artist Adrian Scott Stokes, "Gilbert and Sullivan" opera singer Charles H. Workman, Bootle's retail mogul George Davies and the highly esteemed writer Anthony Holden.
Indeed, when it comes to producing distinguished people that have stamped their influence on their chosen field. The Liverpool City Region presents its wealth of talented individuals and the coastal borough of Sefton is clearly no exception.
There is certainly something in the water here in the Liverpool City region.
Edmund T. Whittaker
Mathematician - Highest Honour in British Science
Edmund Taylor Whittaker was born in Southport in 1873.
In 1902 he created 'A Course of Modern Analysis' which included a second edition in 1915 with fellow mathematician George Watson. Together they became Whittaker and Watson. Whittaker's work has remained in constant print for over a century and has been the study book to subsequent mathematicians in Cambridge like Godfrey Harold Hardy.
|Awarded the 'Tyson Medal for Mathematics and Astronomy'||1895|
|Elected as a 'Fellow of Trinity College' in Cambridge||1896|
|Authors the mathematical masterpiece 'A Course of Modern Analysis'||1902|
|He became the 'Royal Astronomer of Ireland'||1906|
|Became a 'Professor of astronomy' at Trinity College in Dublin||1906|
|Authors 'A History of the Theories of Aether and Electricity'||1910|
|Became a Professor at the University of Edinburgh||1911|
|Creates a Second Edition of his 1902 masterpiece with George Watson||1915|
|Writes 'The Calculus of Observations: A Treatise on Numerical Mathematics'||1924|
|Awarded the Royal Society's prestigiuos 'Sylvester Medal'||1931|
|Writes 'Treatise on the Analytical Dynamics of Particles and Rigid Bodies'||1937|
|Writes the biography of the late Italian mathematician 'Vito Volterra'||1941|
|Editor of 'Eddington's Fundamental Theory'||1946|
|Writes 'Euclid to Eddington, A Study of Conceptions of the External World'||1949|
|Awarded the highest honour in British Science, the 'Copley Medal'||1954|
Footballer - Pundit - Academic
A striker as a child,
Jamie Carragher converted into one of the best defenders ever to don the famous red jersey.
He was born in Bootle in 1978 and was an Evertonian in his youth. Even signing for the Everton FC Academy in 1988, before signing with the Liverpool FC Academy in 1989. He broke into the first team in 1997 and went on to become a Liverpool Football Club Legend winning 11 major honours.
|Wins the FA Youth Cup for Liverpool FC||1996|
|Makes his Debut under Roy Evans in the League Cup quarter-final||1997|
|Broke into the first team at Liverpool FC||1998|
|Liverpool Football Club 'Player of the Year'||1999|
|FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup and Charity Shield with Liverpool FC||2001|
|Wins the UEFA Super Cup to complete a unique quintuple with Liverpool FC||2001|
|Won the League Cup with Liverpool FC||2003|
|European Champions with Liverpool FC||2005|
|Won the UEFA Super Cup with Liverpool FC||2005|
|Won the FA Cup with Liverpool FC||2006|
|Voted in the 'PFA Team of the Year' with Liverpool FC||2006|
|Liverpool Football Club 'Player of the Year' for a 3rd time||2007|
|Awarded 'Freedom of the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton'||2008|
|Plays the last of his 38 caps for England||2010|
|Won the League Cup with Liverpool FC||2012|
|Awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University||2012|
|Makes his last and club record '150th European Match' for Liverpool FC||2013|
|Retires after 17 years and 737 appearance for Liverpool FC||2013|
Swimmer - Multiple Gold Medal Winner
Born in Southport in 1990, Francesca Halsall is an Olympic Swimmer specializing in freestyle and butterfly. She has competed for Great Britain at the Commonwealth Games, European Championships, World Championships and the Olympics. She attended St Mary's College in Crosby and has gone on to become the 'Most successful British Swimmer at a Single Championships' winning 5 medals at the same event.
|Youngest 'Team England' member at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games||2006|
|Takes 2 Silver Medals in the medley and freestyle at Melbourne||2006|
|Wins Gold at the European Aquatics Championships with the relay team||2006|
|Takes 1 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals at World Short Course Championships||2008|
|Wins Gold at the European Aquatics Championships in Eindhoven||2008|
|Sets new British record at 53.81 for 100m freestyle at the Summer Olympics||2008|
|Sets 100m freestyle championship record in Rome World Championships||2009|
|Sets the new national record of 24.11 for the 50m freestyle||2009|
|Takes Silver in Rome and sets a new national record for the 100m freestyle||2009|
|Takes Bronze in the 100 m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games in India||2010|
|Wins Commonwealth Gold Medal with a national record for the 50m butterfly||2010|
|Takes 3 Silver Medals totalling 5 Medals in India||2010|
|Wins 2 Gold Medals at the European Championships in Budapest||2010|
|Takes 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze totalling 5 Medals in Budapest||2010|
|Becomes the 'Most successful British Swimmer at a Single Championships'||2010|
|Wins Silver at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Istanbul||2012|
|Takes Bronze in the 50m freestyle at the World Championships in Barcelona||2013|
|Wins Gold setting a new Commonwealth Games Record for the 50m Freestyle||2014|
|Wins Gold setting a British and Commonwealth record for the 50m butterfly||2014|
|Wins Gold at the World Aquatics Championships for the mixed medley relay||2015|
Actress - Double Golden Globe Winner
Miranda Jane Richardson was born in Southport in 1958.
In 1993 she won a BAFTA for 'Best Supporting Actress' in the film 'Damage'. That same year she won the Golden Globe's 'Best Actress' award for her star role in the musical comedy, 'Enchanted April'. Since then she has won her second Golden Globe and continues to be an accomplished actress, appearing in major movies like Sleepy Hollow and Harry Potter.
|Plays the last woman to be hanged in the UK in her film debut 'Ruth Ellis'||1985|
|Plays Queen Elizabeth the 1st (Queenie) in the hit comedy 'Blackadder II'||1985|
|Plays Mrs Victor in the multi award-winning film 'Empire of the Sun'||1987|
|'Royal TV Society Award for Best Female Performance' in 'Sweet as You Are'||1987|
|Stars in her 5th West End play 'Etta Jenks' at the Royal Court Theatre||1990|
|Nominated for a BAFTA for her performance in 'The Crying Game'||1992|
|Wins a BAFTA along with 2 other awards for the Jeremy Irons film 'Damage'||1992|
|Wins a Golden Globe for Best Actress in 'Enchanted April'||1992|
|Wins the 'National Board of Review Award for Best Actress' in 'Tom & Viv'||1994|
|Academy, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award nominee for 'Tom & Viv'||1994|
|Wins a Golden Globe starring alongside Rutger Hauer in 'Fatherland'||1994|
|Stars with Bill Paxton and Jack Nicholson in the sequel 'The Evening Star'||1996|
|Stars with Robert Duvall and Billy Bob Thornton in 'The Apostle'||1997|
|Nominated twice for the television drama 'Dance to the Music of Time'||1997|
|Nominated for a Golden Globe in the TV Film 'Merlin'||1998|
|Stars in TV adaptation of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'||1999|
|With Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci in Tim Burton's horror 'Sleepy hollow'||1999|
|Nominated as a voice over in the animated musical film 'The King and I'||1999|
|Stars with Evertonian Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine in 'Get Carter'||2000|
|Nominated twice alongside Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep in 'The Hours'||2002|
|Wins 3 Awards and a triple nominee for her role in the thriller 'Spider'||2002|
|Double nominee for her role in the British television drama 'The Lost Prince'||2003|
|Double nominee for her role in the Australian film 'The Rage in Placid Lake'||2003|
|Alongside Gerard Butler and Jennifer Ellison in 'The Phantom of the Opera'||2004|
|Plays Rita Skeeter in the 4th Harry Potter blockbuster 'The Goblet of Fire'||2005|
|Nominated for her role in the BBC television drama 'Gideon's Daughter'||2006|
|Stars as Mrs Claus in the hit comedy film 'Fred Claus'||2007|
|Nominated for her role in the British film 'Made in Dagenham'||2010|
|Returns in the 7th Harry Potter blockbuster 'The Deathly Hallows: Part 1'||2010|
|Plays Mrs Wannop in the critically acclaimed TV series 'Parade's End'||2012|
|Appears in the Disney Muppets film 'Muppets Most Wanted'||2014|
Dame Beryl Bainbridge
Author - Booker Prize Special Honour Awardee
Beryl Bainbridge was born in Liverpool in 1932 and raised in Formby. She was considered a national treasure and posthumously honoured with a special award by the Booker Prize committee a year after her death. Her repertoire includes many award-winning novels and a number of short stories and non-fiction books, including the 'Northern Stories Vol.5' edition which she part edited with David Pownall.
|Publishes her 1st novel 'A Weekend with Claude'||1967|
|Although written first 'Harriet Said' becomes her 3rd published novel||1972|
|Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for her Liverpool novel 'The Dressmaker'||1973|
|Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for the novel 'The Bottle Factory Outing'||1974|
|Won the Guardian Fiction Prize for the novel 'The Bottle Factory Outing'||1974|
|Awarded the 'Whitbread prize for best novel' for the tough tale 'Injury Time'||1977|
|Her novel and screenplay is adapted into the film 'Sweet William'||1980|
|She publishes a novel she wrote in her teens 'Filthy Lucre'||1986|
|Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for the novel 'An Awfully Big Adventure'||1989|
|The film 'An Awfully Big Adventure' stars Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant||1995|
|Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for the novel 'Every Man for Himself'||1996|
|Won the Whitbread Prize for the novel 'Every Man for Himself'||1996|
|Awarded a DBE for her services to writing||2000|
|'Doctor of the University' honorary degree with the Open University||2001|
|Awarded the 'David Cohen Prize' for Literature together with Thom Gunn||2003|
|The British Library acquire many of her private letters and diaries||2005|
|Dies in London of cancer aged 77 years old||2010|
|Posthumously awarded a special honour by the Booker Prize committee||2011|
Sir Anthony Quayle
Actor - Director - Narrator
Anthony Quayle was born in Southport in 1913.
He was a well known actor during the middle part of the 20th century and
appeared in huge films during his time.
He was good friends with Alec Guiness,
having worked with him during his early days in theatre and later films like 'Lawrence of Arabia'.
He was an army officer during the Second World War and was often cast as a soldier in many of his roles.
|Appears in the Laurence Olivier film 'Moscow Nights'||1935|
|Makes his Broadway debut in 'The Country Wife'||1936|
|First credited part as an Italian wigmaker in the successful film 'Pygmalion'||1938|
|Plays Marcellus the soldier in Laurence Olivier's 'Hamlet'||1948|
|Starts directing at the 'Shakespeare Memorial Theatre'||1948|
|Stars with Henry Fonda in Alfred Hitchcock's true story 'The Wrong Man'||1956|
|Stars in the triple BAFTA nominated war film 'The Battle of the River Plate'||1956|
|Stars in the World War 2 film 'Ice Cold in Alex'||1958|
|Supporting cast with Sean Connery in the film 'Tarzan's Greatest Adventure'||1959|
|Part of a large cast in the box office blockbuster 'The Guns of Navarone'||1961|
|Stars alongside Alec Guinness and Dirk Bogarde in 'H.M.S. Defiant'||1962|
|Part of a big cast in the multi award-winning mega epic 'Lawrence of Arabia'||1962|
|Plays Verulus in the historic epic 'The Fall of the Roman Empire'||1964|
|Nominated for an 'Academy Award' for the film 'Anne of the Thousand Days'||1969|
|Wins a 'Drama Desk Award' for his well received role in the play 'Sleuth'||1970|
|Narrates the acclaimed aviation documentary 'Reaching for the Skies'||1970|
|Stars with Michael Caine and Donald Sutherland in 'The Eagle Has Landed'||1976|
|Founded the 'Compass Theatre Company'||1984|
|Knighted for his services to the silver screen||1985|
|First creation of Matt Damon's hit and his last TV film 'The Bourne Identity'||1988|
|Dies of cancer aged 76 years old||1989|
Comedian - Radio DJ - Presenter
Maurice Cole was born in Seaforth in 1944. He first adopted the name Everett as a precaution whilst working on a pirate radio station called 'Radio London', it comes from his childhood hero the American comedian Edward Everett Horton. He was originally a radio DJ before making the successful move to TV. He made 'The Kenny Everett Video Show' for ITV and later 'The Kenny Everett Television Show' for the BBC.
|Declines his first break as a radio presenter for the BBC||1962|
|Opts for a less restrictive role at the pirate radio station 'Radio London'||1962|
|Doubles up with Dave Cash for the 'Kenny & Cash Show' on 'Radio London'||1962|
|Accompanies his close friends 'The Beatles' in the US||1966|
|Given his own show for the first time on the station 'Radio Luxembourg'||1966|
|Joins the BBC and previews the forthcoming Sgt. Pepper's album||1967|
|One of the founding DJ's for the brand new radio station 'BBC Radio 1'||1967|
|Produced and edited his 1st Christmas record for 'The Beatles'||1968|
|Produced and edited his 2nd Christmas record for 'The Beatles'||1969|
|Makes for TV 'The Kenny Everett Explosion', 'Making Whoopee' and 'Ev'||1970|
|Given his own show on the new commercial radio station 'Capital Radio'||1973|
|Creates the 'Kenny Everett Video Show' for London's Thames Television||1978|
|Returned to BBC for a Saturday Radio 2 show||1981|
|Returns to the BBC in 'The Kenny Everett Television Show'||1981|
|Stars in the horror spoof film 'Bloodbath at the House of Death'||1983|
|Hosts the comedy quiz show 'Brainstorm' with Brazilian friend Cleo Rocos||1988|
|Reveals to the public that he had been living with HIV for several years||1993|
|He dies a hero of comedy in London aged just 50 years old||1995|
Billy J. Kramer
Singer - Musician - Merseybeat Star
William Howard Ashton grew up the youngest of seven children in the town of Bootle. He was first to release several songs written specifically for him by close friends John Lennon and Paul McCartney, first reaching the number one spot with 'Bad to Me'. His song 'Do You Want to Know a Secret?' again written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, rose to 2nd spot in the UK, ironically missing out to 'The Beatles'.
|With Brian Epstein forms 'Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas'||1963|
|Releases 'Do You Want to Know a Secret?' written by Lennon & McCartney||1963|
|Releases 'I'll Be on My Way' written by Lennon & McCartney||1963|
|Reaches number 1 with 'I Call Your Name' written by Lennon||1963|
|Reaches number 1 with 'Bad to Me' written by Lennon||1963|
|Won the 'Gold Disc' for selling over a million copies of his No.1 hits||1963|
|Reaches number 1 with the song 'Little Children'||1964|
|Reaches the Top Ten in the US charts with the song 'Little Children'||1964|
|Reaches the Top Ten in the US charts with 'Bad to Me' written by Lennon||1964|
|Releases his last UK single 'From a Window' written by Lennon & McCartney||1964|
|In the compilation album 'The Songs Lennon and McCartney Gave Away'||1979|
|He records a song for Sandra Boynton's children's album called 'Cow Planet'||2005|
|Wrote the introduction to the best-selling book 'The Fifth Beatle'||2013|