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Famous People From Bournemouth

Updated on July 5, 2016

Famous People With A Bournemouth Connection

When I was growing up in the Poole/Bournemouth area I never realised at the time that it was the home to so many famous people. I never imagined that Bournemouth was associated with famous musicians, actors, authors or other celebrities, and spies too! Bournemouth has also had more than its fair share of spies who have a connection to this seaside town.

There are many more famous people from Bournemouth than you might imagine, especially if you include famous people who have lived in Bournemouth and not just those who were born or died in Bournemouth.

It was not until I was doing research on my original Bournemouth page here that I discovered that the list of celebrities is actually rather large, too large in fact to dedicate a whole section to everyone who has a connection with Bournemouth. This list is still growing as I come across even more people connected to the area. Please feel free to leave a comment if I have missed someone out or if you have additional information.

With Bournemouth being a popular seaside town on the South Coast of England, and a highly desirable place to retire to as well, there are many well known people who have a connection to Bournemouth now or have had one in the past.

Even our next door neighbours when I was growing up had a connection to show-business. My Mum excitedly called me one day to say that Bruce Forsyth and Morecombe And Wise had visited next door. Sadly we no longer live in the affluent village of Lilliput, on the edge of Sandbanks. My Mum sold the house that I grew up in in 1978 for £25,000. Today it's worth well over £600,000. If only we knew back then.

But back to the page and the list of Famous People from Bournemouth.

I hope you enjoy exploring the list, and if you find that you know someone with a Bournemouth connection who is no on it, please let me know. You can add details of other people from Bournemouth that I have missed after you vote in the Poll below. Please also don't forget to sign the visitors book so I know you dropped by, and if you did enjoy this page, a Thumbs Up or a share to Twitter/Facebook is always appreciated.

All images used on this page unless otherwise stated are the property of Tony Payne, or have been taken from Wikimedia Commons and used under licence.

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If you haven't even heard of Bournemouth, it's a seaside town on the South Coast of England, and where I grew up.

I created another page about my home town of Bournemouth which won both Lens Of The Day as well as Purple Star awards on Squidoo (a now defunct site where this content was originally featured).

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Famous People From Bournemouth (A - M)

Colin Allen
Colin Allen | Source

Collin Allen

Collin Allen is a songwriter and drummer who was born in Bournemouth in 1938.

Chances are that you have never heard of him, however you will almost certainly be aware of people that he has played with, including Zoot Money, Andy Summers (The Police), Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker, Solomon Burke, Marc Bolan and T.Rex, Focus (the Dutch band best known for "Hocus Pocus"), Eric Clapton, Donovan and Stone The Crows.

As a songwriter, Collin's works have been recorded by artists that include Paul McCartney's Wings and Fleetwood Mac.

Most recently Collin Allen has been performing with the British Blues Quintet, alongside other British Blues/Jazz legends Zoot Money, Maggie Bell, Miller Anderson and Colin Hodgkinson.


Interview With Collin Allen

Jayne Atkinson
Jayne Atkinson

Jayne Atkinson

Jayne Atkinson was born in Bournemouth in 1959 but at the age of 9 she moved to Hollywood in Florida with her parents, and was the Homecoming Queen at Pine Crest School in 1977.

She studied communications at Northwest University, and became involved with the Yale Drama School.

After various roles on stage, Jayne appeared in some well known films, that include Free Willy, Free Willy 2, The Village and Syriana.

Jayne is best known however for her television role as Karen Hayes on 24 where she stars opposite Kiefer Sutherland, and she has also starred in Criminal Minds, The X Files, Law And Order and The Practice.

Curiously enough, I grew up in Bournemouth and have also lived in Hollywood, Florida. It's amazing what you learn when you do research for Squidoo lenses.

Tony Blackburn
Tony Blackburn

Tony Blackburn

Former Radio Caroline and Radio One DJ

Tony Blackburn is best known for being one of the original Radio Caroline DJ's in the 1960s, and his breakfast show was the first show to be broadcast on BBC Radio One when it was launched on 30th September 1967.

Tony was born in 1943 in Guildford in Surrey, but the family moved to Bournemouth 3 years later, living in the next road to where I grew up in Lilliput.

He originally wanted to be a singer, but despite releasing 14 singles in the early 1960s, his singing career didn't take off, and he found work as a DJ on the offshore radio stations Radio Caroline and Radio London, which were based on board ships that were anchored just outside the UK territorial limit.

In 1967 Tony joined the BBC and his breakfast show was a bit hit, mainly due to his fun and friendly style and terrible corny jokes. He went on to take over hosting of the Sunday morning show for children Junior Choice and in more recent years he has presented shows on Radio London and Capital Radio, as well as co-hosting Seaside Special on BBC Television.

In 2002 Tony Blackburn became the first winner of the reality show "I'm A Celebrity get Me Out Of Here" and in 2010 he took over as host of the long running radio show "Pick Of The Pops".

Tony published his autobiography in 2007 entitled Poptastic!: My Life in Radio

Sir Anthony Blunt
Sir Anthony Blunt

Sir Anthony Blunt

Born in Bournemouth in 1907, Anthony Blunt is best known for being a Soviet spy.

The son of a vicar and a civil servant, Anthony had loose connections with the Royal Family (he was a third cousin to the late Queen Mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon).

When his father was sent to Paris with the British Embassy Chapel for several years, Anthony learned to speak French fluently, and also developed a love of art.

He went to Trinity College in Cambridge on a mathematics scholarship, completed his degree, then went on to teach French and study French art histroy as a post-graduate.

It was during this time that he joined a discussion group of 12 undergraduates, most of whom were homosexuals and Marxist. Several others in this group were also later accused of being spies.

It is unclear as to how Anthony Blunt was recruited by the Soviets, but in 1933 as a Cambridge don he made a trip to the Soviet Union, and during the following years in Cambridge he is likely to have been the recruiter of other spies, including Kim Philby and DOnald Maclean.

Joining the British Army in 1939 at the outbreak of WWII, Blunt was evacuated from Dunkirk and later recruited by MI5.

By the late 1940s it was suspected that Blunt was passing information to the Soviets, but it was after Burgess and Maclean defected to Moscow in 1951 that he really came under suspicion. It was 1963 however before he was exposed by one of his recruits, and he confessed to being a spy on 23rd April 1964.

Anthony Blunt had been knighted in 1956, but was stripped of his honours in 1979 after a book, Climate Of Treason by Andrew Boyle made clear referrences to him.

His life ended in 1983 when he suffered a heart attack at his home in London, at the age of 75.

Max Bygraves (from MaxBygraves.com)
Max Bygraves (from MaxBygraves.com)

Max Bygraves

Born in 1922 Max Bygraves was a singer and entertainer who was popular throughout the UK for many years.

Those of us who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s will remember those classic songs of his that were always on the radio, including "Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellenbogen By The Sea" and "You're A Pink Toothbrush", both regular features on Junior Choice.

From 1983 to 1985 Max presented the popular television game show Family Fortunes.

He lived in Alum Chine in Bournemouth for many years, retiring to Australia in 2008. Sadly Max passed away in Australia on 1st September 2012, he had Alzheimer's Disease.

Asia Booth Clarke, sister of John Wilkes Booth
Asia Booth Clarke, sister of John Wilkes Booth

Asia Booth Clarke

Asia Booth Clarke was the sister of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth, and was born in Maryland in 1835.

She married John Sleeper Clarke and had 8 children, 2 of whom became actors.

Following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the family moved to England, and Asia died in Bournemouth in 1888.

She is best known for John Wilkes Booth: A Sister's Memoir which provided a rare insight into her brother's life. Although she wrote the book in 1874, she kept it hidden, and it was finally published in 1938.

Tony Brock, played with Spontaneous Combustion, Strider, The Babies, Rod Stewart and Roy Orbison
Tony Brock, played with Spontaneous Combustion, Strider, The Babies, Rod Stewart and Roy Orbison

Tony Brock

Tony Brock was born in Poole in 1954 and became the drummer for Spontaneous Combustion in the early 1970s.

Spontaneous Combustion lived up to their name, and split up in 1973, after releasing two albums, which were produced by Greg Lake (of Emerson Lake and Palmer), who is also from Poole.

Tony has also played with well known musicians including Rod Stewart, Roy Orbison, Jimmy Barnes and Elton John.

He was introduced to Rod Stewart when his (then) current band, Strider, opened for The Faces. Although Tony went on to join "The Babys", he was re-introduced to Rod Stewart in 1982 and became a part of the Rod Stewart Group.

At the present time Tony Brock has his own studios and works in engineering and production.

Lou Brown Singer-Songwriter
Lou Brown Singer-Songwriter

Lou Brown

Lou Brown is a singer-songwriter from Bournemouth.

Lou was born in 1978, and has earned a lot of respect in the UK music industry, being awarded the Southwest's Young Achiever of the Year Award in 2003 and taking part in the Prince's Trust "Soundlive" programme.

She has released 2 albums, "What Are You Singing About" being released in 2006, and "Calm The Rising Waters" in 2010.

Lou performed at the Glastonbury Festival in 2009, and has also appeared on Wake Up To Wogan on BBC Radio 2.

Clive Gregson, an Englishman living in Nashville, produced her second album, which was launched at "Mr Kyps" in Poole.

Vera Chapman, founder of the Tolkien Society and author of Arthurian books
Vera Chapman, founder of the Tolkien Society and author of Arthurian books

Vera Chapman

Vera Chapman was born in Bournemouth in 1898 and went on to found the first Tolkien Society, within which she was often referred to as Belladonna Took.

She was one of the first women to qualify as a full member of Oxford University, and persuaded Tolkien to make her the honorary president of the society which she founded after his books gained a cult following.

She began writing herself at the age of 77, publishing pesudo-historical and Arthurian books, and continued writing until her death in 1996.

Her books can still be found on Amazon, and her novel The King's Damosel was used as the basis for the Warner Brothers movie Quest For Camelot.

Leilani Dowding, Page 3 girl and glamour model
Leilani Dowding, Page 3 girl and glamour model

Leilani Dowding

Leilani Dowding was born in Bournemouth in 1980, and has been a Page Three girl (The Sun Newspaper), a Glamour Model, Television Celebrity and a contestant in the Miss Universe Pageant.

Her mother is from the Philippines, her father from the UK, and she was christened Leilani which means "heavenly flower" after her mother's cousin.

Together with her sister Melanie, Leilani went to St. Peter's School in Bournemouth, and she then went on to study economics at the4 University of London, and had every intention of working in the stock market in London.

That was until she entered the Miss Great Britain pageant in 1998 at the age of 18 and won. Leilani then decided to make a career out of modelling.

Later in 1998 she represented Great Britain in the Miss Universe contest, and was the first woman of Asian descent to represent the nation.

Leilani dropped out of university, and turned to topless modelling in the popular UK tabloid The Sun.

In 2003 Leilani was voted one of the 100 Sexiset Women In The World by FHM magazine, being listed at #89.

She is currently working as a promotional model in the motorsports industry, and has travelled to various overseas destinations to help boost moral among British troops abroad.

Robert Fripp
Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp was born in Wimborne Minster, a few miles northwest of Bournemouth in 1946.

He began his career playing with hotel dance bands while he was studying economics, and moved to London in 1967 having joined with brothers Michael and Peter Giles.

Together they formed Giles Giles And Fripp (see more under Michael And Peter Giles on this page), and went on to be a founder member of King Crimson.

Even though 1972-1975 was probably the best period for King Crimson musically, with John Wetton on bass and vocals, and Bill Bruford on drums, Robert Fripp decided to call it a day and disolved the band, at a point where their fame might have surpassed the days of Court Of The Crimson King.

He then returned to his educational studies, and disappeared from the public eye, until Peter Gabriel persuaded him to play on his first solo album after leaving Genesis.

Robert went on to play sessions with David Bowie and Blondie, and produced records for Daryl Hall.

In 1986 Robert married Toyah Willcox.

A more detailed guide to the music career of Robert Fripp can be found on NNDB.

The Cheerful Insanity Of Giles Giles And Fripp
The Cheerful Insanity Of Giles Giles And Fripp

Michael And Peter Giles

Born in the Bournemouth area, brothers Michael Giles and Peter Giles formed Giles Giles And Fripp in 1967, with Michael Giles on drums and vocals, Peter Giles on bass guitar and vocals, and Robert Fripp on guitar.

The band only released an album, The Cheerful Insanity Of Giles Giles And Fripp, which did not sell well.

In 1968 Peter Giles left the band, while Michael Giles and Robert Fripp formed King Crimson, who had a number of hit albums, the best known being In The Court Of The Crimson King.

Peter joined up with King Crimson for their second album, In The Wake Of Poseidon.

Michael left King Crimson in 1969, and became a session musician, playing for artists such as Leo Sayer and Steve Winwood. He formed a King Crimson tribute band in 2002, 21st Century Schizoid Band. In 2008 he formed the Michael Giles MAD Band.

Peter Giles reunited with other former members of King Crimson in the 21st Century Schizoid Band, and has recently been working on an album of original music with his wife Yasmine.

Lawrence Grant
Lawrence Grant

Lawrence Grant

Lawrence Grant was a well known supporting actor who appeared in a number of classic movies between 1924 and 1941, including The Mask Of FuManchu, Bulldog Drummond and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

He was born in Bournemouth in 1870 and christened Percy Reginald Lawrence-Grant.

Growing up he was a huge fan of the Native American Indians, and this influenced his move to the USA in 1908, which was with a theatre company.

Some years later he was privileged enough to spend a few months living with several tribes in Wyoming and Montana, and shot a series of documentary footage of his experiences.

Lawrence was soon recognised as a talented actor, and had 25 years of success in Hollywood movies.

In 1931 he was the host of the 3rd Academy Awards.

Lawrence Grant passed away in 1952, following a decline in his health as a result of acting at a theatre in Santa Barbara during a heat wave.

Charles Gray "Blofeld" in the James Bond movies
Charles Gray "Blofeld" in the James Bond movies

Charles Gray

Charles Gray was an actor who will be remembered for his roles in a number of classic movies, but he is best known for playing Blofeld in the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever.

He was born in Bournemouth in 1928, being christened Donald Marshall Gray, and went to Bournemouth School, which he attended with Benny Hill, who was evacuated there during the war from nearby Southampton.

Donald was interested in acting from an early age, and it is said that his bedroom was covered with pictures of movie stars.

In the late 1950s after some minor acting roles on the stage in Bournemouth, he moved away and changed his name to Charles, as there was already an actor called Donald Gray.

In the 1960s Charles achieved some success in television shows such as Danger Man alongside Patrick MacGoohan and Maigret, but his big breakthrough came in 1967 when he played a lead role in The Night of the Generals, along with Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif.

His best known role came in 1971 with the character of Blofeld in Diamonds Are Forever, however he did also play an Australian intelligence officer four years prior in You Only Live Twice, which makes him one of only a handful of actors to play both a good and bad guy in the James Bond movies.

Charles went on to have further successes, as the narrator in the film version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and as Sherlock Holmes evil brother Mycroft in The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes.

His other movies include The Devil Rides Out and Mosquito Squadron

Charles Gray died from cancer in May 2000 in London. You can see a full list of his movies on Wikipedia.

Tony Hancock grew up in Bournemouth
Tony Hancock grew up in Bournemouth

Tony Hancock

Tony Hancock is one of the best known British comedians and actors, whose shows like Hancock's Half Hour are now British comedy classics.

He was born in Birmingham in 1924, but three years later his family moved south to Bournemouth, where his father worked as an entertainer at the Railway Hotel in Holdenhurst Road which he also ran.

He went to Durlston Court Preparatory School, which was a boarding school, and then to Bradfield College in Reading, but left school at 15.

He joined the RAF in 1942, failed entry to ENSA, the organisation for entertaining the troops, and ended up working with the Ralph Reader Gang Show, as a comedian at the Windmill Theatre in London. This presented him with the opportunity to appear on radio, and Tony was soon to appearing on radio shows like Worker's Playtime, Variety Bandbox and Educating Archie, where he played the tutor to a ventriloquist's dummy.

The latter show made him nationally famous,and in 1954 he was given his own radio show, Hancock's Half Hour, which lasted for 7 years, and eventually transferred to television.

Tony's shows often involved other well known comedians from the period, including Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Bill Kerr and Kenneth Williams.

From 1956 to 1957 the Tony Hancock Show was a hit on BBC Television, and most people in the UK if not aware of anything else that he did are familiar with the episode where he had to give blood, entitled The Blood Donor.

A minor car accident in 1959 left him with concussion, after which Tony struggled to remember his lines, and subsequent shows were recorded instead of being shown live.

Tony Hancock suffered from depression caused by a mixture of egotism and self doubt, which led him to ostracise many of those who had helped him on the road to success, and his life headed on a path of self destruction.

The Punch And Judy Man followed, a sitcom about a failing seaside entertainer, which borrowed much from his growing up in Bournemouth, and he also became a script writer for Steptoe And Son, one of the UK's best loved comedies, which was cloned in the USA as Sandford And Son.

He committed suicide in 1968, in Sydney. Australia.

Karen Hardy
Karen Hardy

Karen Hardy

Karen Hardy was born in Weymouth, 30 miles west of Bournemouth in 1970.

She began dancing at 5 years old after her parents moved to Bournemouth, and is now a professional ballroom dancing coach, having retired from dancing in 1999.

During her career Karen and her dancing partner Bryan Watson were named the Most Outstanding Latin American Couple in 1995, and she won the International Latin American Dance Championship in 1998,

Karen is best known to the public for her appearance in the 3rd season of the BBC television show Strictly Come Dancing.

Gordon Haskell
Gordon Haskell

Gordon Haskell

Gordon Haskell was born in 1946 in the village of Verwood, just north of Bournemouth.

As a bass guitarist and vocalist, he is yet another of the members of King Crimson to come from the Bournemouth area.

Preferring the musical style of Nat King Cole and Ray Charles to the psychedelic style that was evolving from the band, Gordon left and played for a while with artists such as Cliff Richard and Tim Hardin in the early 19760's, as well as with the cult folk rock band Stackridge .

The 1980 brought depression and debt, and Gordon ended up for a while playing in bars in Denmark, but his fortune turned around in 2001 when his jazz ballard How Wonderful You Are which was given to BBC Radio 2 DJ Johnnie Walker the day before 9/11. This song became the most requested song on Radio 2, even before it was released as a single.

An album Harry's Bar was released in 2002 and made it to #2 in the UK Album charts, and a DVD was made about his life and The Road To Harry's Bar in 2005.

Gordon has more recently been working on his autobiography.

Adrian Havill
Adrian Havill

Adrian Havill

Adrian Havill was born in Bournemouth in 1946. After being educated in Canada and the United States he served for four years as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, following which he gained his American Citizenship in 1961.

In 1962 Adrian began writing for the U.S. News & World Report. He graduated to being the owner and operator of a highly successful advertising and public relations firm in Washington from 1970 to 1980.

Having retired for four years, Adrian began to write biographies, and has written a number of books, the best known being "The Spy Who Stayed Out in the Cold", which is about the life of FBI Double Agent, Robert Hanssen.

Adrian also writes regularly for the press, and his posts can be seen in The Washington Post and The New York Times.

John Hawken
John Hawken

John Hawken

John Hawken is a keyboard player who is best known for being a member of The Nashville Teens (best known for their single Tobacco Road) and he was also a founder member of Renaissance.

John was born in Bournemouth in 1940, and studied classical piano at school, however his love of Rock And Roll took him down another path.

As well as playing with The Nashville Teens and Renaissance, John was also a member of Vinegar Joe and The Strawbs.

John also had a minor movie role in the 1970s, as a keyboard player in the David Essex movie That'll be the Day. The band also featured Billy Fury and Keith Moon

In 1979 John moved his family to the USA and continued to tour with The Strawbs, as well as reuniting with other members of Renaissance as Renaissance Illusion.

He retired in June 2008. A full detail of his music career can be found on his web site JohnHawken.com.

Benny Hill
Benny Hill

Benny Hill

One of the UK's best known commedians and known worldwide, Benny Hill also has a connection with Bournemouth.

Although Benny Hill was born in Shirley in Southampton in 1924, during the Second World War he was evacuated to Bournemouth School in Bournemouth, to avoid the bombing, since Southampton is a major port and industrial centre and was bombed heavily during the blitz.

After leaving school Benny had jobs as a milkman (later to help greatly in his career), he worked at Woolworths, and also trained as a mechanic, but in the late 1940s, inspired by the success of the Old Time Music Hall, he decided that he wanted to get into comedy.

He changed his name to Benny (he was christened Alfred Hawthorne Hill), and began performing in working men's clubs.

His first professional theatre job was playing a straight man to Reg Varney (of "On The Buses" fame), beating Peter Sellers to get the role, Peter Sellers still then being unknown.

As well as the famous Benny Hill Show, Benny played parts in a number of classic comedy movies, including Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Italian Job.

His greatest musical achievement was of course the now classic Ernie The Fastest Milkman In The West, not forgetting of course his appearance in the Genesis music video for Anything She Does.

Benny passed away in 1992 and is buried in Southampton.

We have visited Benny's grave, which is in Hollybrook Cemetery in Southampton. I saw him once in Oxford Street in London when I was working there, but sadly never got a chance to meet him.

Amanda Holden Official Website
Amanda Holden Official Website

Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden is a well known actress and television presenter in the UK, and has appeared in television shows that include the ITV drama series Wild At Heart, Big Top, The Grimleys, Hearts And Bones as well as being a judge on Britain's Got Talent.

She was born in Bishops Waltham outside of Southampton, but her family moved to nearby Bournemouth when she was 16.

Amanda has been involved in drama since the age of 9, and studied Drama and English Literature at school before going to the Mountview Academy Of Theatre Arts in North London.

First appearing on the game show Blind Date in 1991 as a contestant, Amanda quickly picked up further television work, and she is now a household name in the UK, and in 2009 she was even offered the opportunity of being a guest presenter on The Early Show on CBS.

She became the second wife of comedian Les Dennis in 1995, but the marriage ended in divorce in 2003.

In 2006 Amanda gave birth to a daughter by her fiancé Chris Hughes in 2006, and they were married in 2008.

Amanda is a vegetarian and does a lot of work for charity, running the London Marathon in 2008 for the Born Free Foundation.

The Inciders
The Inciders

The Inciders

The Inciders are a hardcore punk/metal band that formed in 2003 in Bournemouth.

The band never gained national fame, but have played regularly at gigs on the South Coast of England, and even as far north as Wolverhampton in The Midlands.

They can be uniquely identifed by their mascot "Ciderman", which reflects their party and heavy drinking style shows, cider being a popular drink these days in the UK for getting drunk on.

The band split in 2006, but were reformed in 2010. Their latest updates can be found on Wikipedia.

Alex James of Blur (image from Wikipedia)
Alex James of Blur (image from Wikipedia)

Alex James

Alex James is a musician and songwriter who is best known for playing bass and vocals with the band Blur.

He was born as Stephen Alexander James in the Boscombe suburb of Bournemouth in 1968 and attended Bournemouth Grammar School, before going to Goldsmiths College in London, which is where he met Graham Coxon, who was a fellow founding member of Blur.

Alex has led a rather bizarre lifestyle, which ranges from the hedonistic, where he claims to have spent more than a million pounds on champagne and cocaine, to his presenting The A-Z of Classic FM Music on Classic FM Radio and writing a weekly food column for various British newspapers.

More recently Alex moved to Oxfordshire where he purchased a 200 acre cheese farm and now specialises in producing organic cheese, his three types so far being called Blue Monday, Farleigh Wallop and Little Wallop.

So here we have one of the more diverse people who came from Bournemouth. You can discover more about Alex James and his life on Wikipedia.

Lee Kerslake, drummer with Uriah Heep
Lee Kerslake, drummer with Uriah Heep

Lee Kerslake

Lee Kerslake was born in Bournemouth in 1947 and is best known as drummer for Uriah Heep and the Ozzy Osbourne band.

Lee first joined Uriah Heep in 1971, and played with the band until 1979, when he left but rejoined in 1982. He left the band in 2007 due to health problems.

During his hiatus from Uriah Heep, Lee played together with bass player Bob Daisley in Ozzy Osbourne's band. Both of them were not listed in the credits for the Diary Of A Madman album, and just after the recording sessions they were fired. A lawsuit was raised against the Osbournes, seeking royalties and credits, but their performances were later erased from the album. The lawsuit was later dismissed.

Lee Kerslake played on probably the best Uriah Heep albums, Demons & Wizards and The Magician's Birthday, both from 1972.

Annunzio Paulo Mantovani - world famous bandleader of The Mantovani Orchestra
Annunzio Paulo Mantovani - world famous bandleader of The Mantovani Orchestra

Annunzio Paulo Mantovani

World Famous Musican and Orchestra leader

There are not many people who lived through the middle years of the 20th century who will not have heard some of the best loved songs from The Mantovani Orchestra, which was founded and led by Annunzio Paulo Mantovani.

Mantovani was born in Venice, Italy in 1905, and in 1909 his family moved to London, where he was found to be a gifted musician, and by the 1930s his orchestrated music was being used by the BBC and Pathe News.

He moved to Bournemouth with his wife and family to get away from the hustle and bustle of London, and his house was aptly named "Greensleeves" for one of his greatest hits. He lived there until his death in March 1980.

Mantovani was the first artist to sell over 1 million stereophonic LP's, and sold no less than 35 millon recordings during his lifetime. He will best be remembered for classics such as Charmaine, Greensleeves, Moulin Rouge, Exodus and Moon River, which are just a few of his recordings. You can find out more about Mantovani on the The Mantovani Orchestra web site.

Zoot Money
Zoot Money

Zoot Money

Well it's not everyone that is born into a money family, but in 1942 George Bruno Money did just that, and yes the family name is actually "money".

George always had a love of music, playing the french horn and singing in the choir at school, and in 1961 having been heavily influenced by listening to Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles, he formed the Big Roll Band, which during the next two years became a line up of Andy Summers (guitar), Nick Newall (saxophone), Colin Allen (drums), and Zoot playing piano and Hammond organ.

Before long the Big Roll Band was playing the famous Flamingo Club in Wardour Street in London's Soho, alongside other well known acts including Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames and The Animals.

In the late 1960s the band morphed into Dantalian's Chariot, and played at gigs with other top psychedelic acts of the day, including the original Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett, Soft Machine, and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown.

Zoot went on to play in the USA for a while, but returned to the UK where in the early 1980s he turned to acting, playing the music director in the BBC television show "Tutti Frutti", which helped launch the careers of Emma Thompson and Robbie Coltrane.

Back to today, where Zoot has returned to his Jazz/Blues roots with the formation of the British Blues Quintet, which sees Zoot playing alongside other British Blues/Jazz legends Maggie Bell, Miller Anderson, Colin Hodgkinson and drummer Collin Allen.

In the 1960s my Dad worked repairing Hammond Organs, and I wonder if he ever had to work on Zoot's? Alas that is something I will never know.

(Photo of Zoot Money from The British Blues Quintet)

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Famous People From Bournemouth (N - Z)

Alison Newman, actress who played in Footballers Wives, Holby City and more
Alison Newman, actress who played in Footballers Wives, Holby City and more

Alison Newman

Alison Newman is an actress, born in Bournemouth in 1968, and best known for her role as Hazel Bailey in the UK television series Footballer's Wives.

Her parents, both school teachers, encouraged her to have an interest in acting, but did not enourage her to go to stage school when she was young. As her interest in acting developed, she joined the National Youth Theatre at the age of 16, and later studied drama at Manchester University.

It was 10 years after graduating before Alison did any acting, however, being offered a part in a play written by someone she had previously worked with, and then she was offered a role in Touching Evil III in 1999, and another in Butterfly Collectors with the late i>

Her best known role as Hazel Bailey, the lesbian football agent in Footballer's Wives came in 2002, and her father sadly passed away during the filming of the second series of the show.

Alison has also appeared in other movies, including The Prince And The Pauper, Ashes And Sand and Kidulthood.

She has had other television appearences in shows like The Bill, Great Expectations, Holby City, Casualty, and has appeared as a guest on This Morning and The Paul O'Grady Show.

Alison also regularly appears on stage in the West End.

Melita Norwood

The Spy Who Came In From The Co-op.

Melita Norwood was a KGB agent for 40 years, and her identity was only revealed in 1999 following the defection of another agent.

Born in 1912 in the Pokesdown suburb of Bournemouth, Melita Stedman Norwood was recruited by the KGB in 1937 and was given the codename "Hola".

She was considered to be the most important female agent that they ever recruited, and the fact that she went undetected for so long says much for her ability to remain under cover.

Melita's life and career are the subject of a book by David Burke, The Spy Who Came In From The Co-op.

Richard Palmer-James Band on Myspace
Richard Palmer-James Band on Myspace

Richard Palmer-James

Richard Palmer-James is best known for writing the lyrics for a number of early King Crimson songs, and for being a founder member of the band Supertramp.

He was born in Bournemouth in 1947, and played with various local bands before joining King Crimson.

Richard wrote the lyrics for 3 tracks on Lark's Tongues In Aspic, which is the mist highly regarded King Crimson album, and wrote all the lyrics for the first Supertramp album.

He has lived in Munich since the early 1970s and today works mainly as a songwriter.

Hubert Parry, the composer of Jerusalem
Hubert Parry, the composer of Jerusalem

Hubert Parry

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry was born in Bournemouth in 1848 and is best known for the choral song Jerusalem

Hubert was the sixth child to be born to his upper middle class parents, three of his siblings dying while infants and his mother dying when he was 12 days old.

He was sent away to preparatory school, where he developed a love of music. From there he went on to be educated at Eton, and was the youngest person to have sat the Oxford Bachelor Of Music exam.

Hubert went to work as an underwriter with Lloyds Of London, but continued to study music, and in 1883 he was appointed professor of composition and musical history at the Royal College Of Music, where his pupils included Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst.

He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in 1898 and made a baronet in 1902.

His last years produced some of his most famous works, including Symphonic Fantasia (1912), Ode on the Nativity (1912), Jerusalem (1916) and the Songs of Farewell (1916-1918).

Hubert Parry passed away in 1918, during a Spanish flu epidemic, and he is buried in Saint Paul's Cathedral in London. A blue plaque marks his birthplace in Richmond Hill in Bournemouth.

Don Patridge, the busker who gave us "Rosie"
Don Patridge, the busker who gave us "Rosie"

Don Partridge

Don Partridge was an English singer and songwriter, popularly known as the King of the Buskers", and had a one hit success with his song Rosie in 1968, when it reached #4 on the UK Singles charts.

Born in Bournemouth in 1941, Don had an interesting early life, leaving home at 15, and having some 45 jobs, including being a burglar.

Being inspired by the American singer Jesse Fuller, he travelled around Europe, earning a living from playing on street corners (busking).

Initially just playing a guitar, Don found that he would gain a larger audience if he played as a one man band, and so he turned to playing the guitar, kazoo, harmonica, bass drum and cymbal at the same time.

He gained popularity in 1964 by playing in London, something which people hadn't seen since the Second World War, and was often arrested since playing on street corners was illegal.

After appearing on the Eamonn Andrews Show on television, he was offered a recording contract, which led to his recording Rosie, which shot up in the charts.

Don played with a number of well known musicians, including Gene Pitney, Status Quo, and Gordon Giltrap.

The 1970s saw Don move to Sweden, then busk around Canada, where he performed at the Montreal Olympic Games, before returning to the UK and settling in Sussex in 1990.

He died of a heart attack in 2010 in the Sussex town where he spent much of his later years.

Emma Stephens from Bournemouth - photo from her official website
Emma Stephens from Bournemouth - photo from her official website

Emma Stephens

Emma Stephens is an actress who was born in Bournemouth and who is headed up the stairway to stardom.

After training at the Bridget Baugi Acadamy, the Big Little Youth Theatre and the Jo Heynes school of dance, Emma moved to London to train at Laine Theatre Arts, graduating three years later and landing the role of Sophie in the 2005 UK Tour of Saturday Night Fever.

From there Emma appeared in the 2007 UK Tour of Starlight Express, and has also appeared in other stage productions that include Grease, Dreamboats And Petticoats and several pantomimes.

Emma has also made appearances in a number of television shows, including Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Take Away, Children In Need, BBC Breakfast, This Morning), The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Ready Steady Cook and The Weakest Link.

On 31st March 2012 Emma married X-Factor finalist Ray Quinn in a ceremony on the island of Barbados, their first child is due in July 2012.

Fans of Emma can keep up to date with her career on her Official Site, via her Facebook Fan Page and via the Internet Movie Database.

Flora Thompson - the author of the trilogy Lark Rise To Candleford
Flora Thompson - the author of the trilogy Lark Rise To Candleford

Flora Thompson

The author of Lark Rise To Candleford

Flora Thompson who is best known for her trilogy Lark Rise To Candleford lived in the Bournemouth suburb of Winton from 1903 until a few months after her brother was killed in Belgium in 1916, when they moved to Liphook in Hampshire and where the Lark Rise books were later published.

You can read more about Flora Thompson's connection with Bournemouth on the Winton Forum which has some other fascinating history about this suburb and it's famous inhabitants.

J.R.R. Tolkien author of The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien author of The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien

Hands up anyone who has never heard of J.R.R. Tolkien?

All hands down as I imagined, and of course practically everyone knows the author of The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings, especially with the recent film adaptations of these amazing books about Middle Earth.

Tolkien came to Bournemouth on holiday for 30 years, always staying in the same room at the Hotel Miramar and renting another room which he used to write in.

He finally moved to Bournemouth in the 1960s when the attention if his fast growing fans became too much for him. He lived with his wife Edith in a house off Branksome Chine until his death in 1973.

Books by J.R.R. Tolkien

John Wetton, singer songwriter with Asia, Roxy Music, King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash
John Wetton, singer songwriter with Asia, Roxy Music, King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash

John Wetton

John Kenneth Wetton was born in Derbyshire in 1949, but grew up in Bournemouth.

Since the late 1960s he has been a professional singer and songwriter, as well as playing guitar, bass guitar and keyboards.

His early music career saw him playing with bands that include Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music / Bryan Ferry, Uriah Heep, Uk and Wishbone Ash.

John was also the front man and main songwriter for Asia, whose debut album sold 8 million copies and was the Billboard magazine #1 album of 1982.

Like many musicians, John suffered with alcoholism, but has been sober since 2005.

In 2007 he had heart surgery, which resulted in the Asia tour being suspended. Their subsequent album, Phoenix was released in 2008, the artwork being created by Roger Dean.

Asia: Self Titled Debut Album

Other People From Bournemouth (A - M) - Other people who were born, lived or died in Bournemouth

Not everyone with a Bournemouth connection made it to the featured list, however there are many more people from all walks of life who at least deserve a mention on this page.

© 2010 Tony Payne

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      drgordonhopkins22 3 years ago

      The acclaimed children's writer Patricia Rubinstein, who published under the name Antonia Forest, lived in Bournemouth for most of her life, having been born in Hampstead, the daughter of the eminent solicitor and playwright Harold Rubinstein. I own her autograph book of 1924, which is for sale.

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      Tony Payne 3 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @Namsak: I didn't know that either growing up there. I hope you have fond memories of honeymooning there. The town has changed enormously since then.

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      Namsak 3 years ago

      Bournemouth was were my wife and I went on honeymoon - many years ago. Didn't know so many famous people can from there.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      This is quite the list. Who knew?

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      LisaDH 4 years ago

      Wow, that's quite a list! It's always interesting to look at someone's roots and see where they came from.

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