Edmund Taylor Whittaker - Jamie Carragher - Beryl Bainbridge - Kenny Everett - Miranda Richardson

Notable People from Sefton - Liverpool City Region


Sefton's Southport Actress Miranda Richardson as Rita Skeeter in Harry Potter 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.
Reds legend Jamie Carragher receives an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University 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'. The Beatles with Merseybeat legend Billy J Kramer from Bootle 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.


The genius mathematician Edmund T. Whittaker

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.

Chronology Year
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


Liverpool FC Legend Jamie Carragher from Bootle

Jamie Carragher

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.

Chronology Year
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


Gold Medal Swimmer Francesca Halsall from Southport in Sefton

Francesca Halsall

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.

Chronology Year
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


Award-winning Southport actress Miranda Richardson

Miranda Richardson

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.

Chronology Year
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


Liverpool author Dame Beryl Bainbridge from Formby

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.

Chronology Year
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


Southport Actor Anthony Quayle from Sefton

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.

Chronology Year
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


BBC Comic Kenny Everett from Seaforth in Bootle

Kenny Everett

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.

Chronology Year
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 worked with Brian Epstein and The Beatles

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'.

Chronology Year
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