When TOWIE first aired back in 2010 it seemed to put Essex on the map. Dig a little deeper though, and its home to a hell of a lot of famous faces, some more than others. Even, here in Harlow, we’re home to some pretty big names. It must be something in the Essex water that’s churning out all this talent. We’re proud to present these ten famous faces from Essex…
Way before Posh Spice was into her Manolo’s and Gucci, it has been rumoured that she was seen shopping around The Harvey Centre during her childhood. Although, Victoria once claimed to want to forget her Essex roots. Although Victoria was born at Princess Alexandra Hospital, she was raised in Hertfordshire.
Better known as Ron Weasley from the infamous Harry Potter films, Rupert Grint lived his ‘muggle’ life in Harlow before heading to Hogwarts. He was born in Harlow, and attended stage school and was educated in close by Hertfordshire.
From Dagenham to jungle royalty. Stacey Solomon rose to fame in 2009 on the sixth series of The X Factor before going on to being named Queen of the jungle in the I’m A Celebrity Series. This Essex gal has always stuck to her Dagenham roots though, and that’s why we love her!
A less familiar face, but you may recognise Harry Eden from playing Nibs in the 2003 Peter Pan film. Harry, born in 1990 grew up in Old Harlow and went on to become an award-winning actor. His biggest role to-date starred alongside Keira Knightley in Pure. Harry is still acting, but you’re more likely to find him in his upmarket ‘Maisons Bar’ in Chelmsford.
The late Rik Mayall, was a comedy legend and known for his alternative comedian shows such as The Young Ones and Bottom, whilst also appearing in Hollywood film ‘Drop Dead Fred’. This true British favourite with his outlandish sense of humour actually hailed from Matching Tye, just outside of Harlow.
This football legend moved to Harlow at a young age and even attended Burnt Mill Academy. This was all of course before he began his footballing career with Tottenham Hot Spur in 1973. Now, residing in Berkshire, the former England manager can be seen on BT Sport and ITV Sport these days.
Another Harlow-born celeb to take to the streets of EastEnders is Jo Joyner. Best known for her role as Tanya Branning, she won The British Soap Award for ‘Best Dramatic Performance’ in 2008 and 2012. She was born and raised in Harlow, before going on to graduate from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
From Harlow to Albert Square, Davood found fame for his role as Kush Kazemi in EastEnders, as well as having roles in ‘John Carter’ and ‘Life’s Too Short. Davood is also the son of well-renowned Harlow landlord Mo Ghadami.
Best known for her roles in Les Miserables and Dark Shadows alongside Jonny Depp, Charlotte Spencer was born and raised in Harlow. Her parents helped support her to attend the Sylvia Young Theatre School at the age of 11, which has helped her to go on to achieve such great roles. When she’s not filming, Charlotte still resides here in Harlow with her parents!
Probably the most successful celebrity chefs to come out of Essex is beloved Brit favourite, Jamie Oliver. He was born in Clavering in 1975, and he’s gone on to ultimate success, from TV shows such as ‘The Naked Chef’ to ‘Jamie’s Kitchen’ to becoming a restauranteur. It’s nice to see that Jamie still sticks to his roots, and lives with his family in the village he grew up in.
We’re proud to say that out of our list of famous faces to come out of Essex, that the majority actually come from here in Harlow. If you can think of anymore that aren’t here, Tweet us at @TheHarveyCentre.