Looking Back: Famous faces that have called our county their home

Made in Northamptonshire

Tuesday, 5th March 2019, 3:04 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th March 2019, 4:10 pm
Lady Diana Spencer, aged eight, pictured in 1967 with her brother, Charles, now Earl Spencer, grew up at Althorp House near Great Brington

Northampton and its shire has been home to many noteworthy names and famous faces over the years. The birthplace of kings, queens, princes and princesses Northamptonshire has also been the location of at least one Queen's execution. One of the first famous Northamptonians was Ælfgifu of Northampton, born in around 990AD. She came from an important Midlands family and married King Cnut. Ælfgifu ruled Norway with her eldest son for four years and helped another son Harold Harefoot become King of England. More Just over 900 years later, another powerful woman with connection to the town was Margaret Bondfield - a politician, trade unionist, and women’s rights activist, elected as Labour MP for Northampton in 1923. She later became the first female cabinet member. On the sporting fields Edgar Mobbs, a rugby player from Northampton who played for England, and Walter Tull, who played for Northampton Town Football Club. Both served men with gallantry in the First World War and both sportsmen lost their lives in the bloody conflict. Oscar winning composer Sir Malcolm Arnold born in 1921 grew up in St George's Avenue and was a pupil of Northampton Grammar School. Nobel Prize winning scientist Francis Crick was the son of a bootmaker. Born in Weston Favell, he too went to school in Northampton and was acclaimed for discovering the structure of DNA with James Watson. From royalty through to those with humble beginnings, Northampton has been home to so many people who have excelled across the globe in their chosen careers.

Lady Diana Spencer, aged eight, pictured in 1967 with her brother, Charles, now Earl Spencer, grew up at Althorp House near Great Brington
Also from Great Brington are BBC Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley and her sister Frances, seen here during a set at a club night at the New Roadmender in 2007. The girls' mum Christine ran the village post office.

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Musician, TV and radio presenter and county vicar Rev Richard Coles was born in Northampton in 1962. A chorister at school, he moved to London to work as a session musician, joining pop group chart-toppers The Communards.
In 2006, Lumbertubs Primary School pupil Tyron Frampton, 11, (front, in white top) now know as rapper slowthai. slowthai was included in the BBC's Sound of 2019 poll and has been critically acclaimed by the music press for his music.
Writer Alan Moore was born in 1953 in Northampton, the town which he celebrates in his 2016 mighty novel 'Jerusalem'. 'The Show' a film which started production written by Mr Moore and shot around the town is set for release in 2019.
TV star Judy Carne (born Joyce Botterill) at a charity event in The Five Bells, Kingsthorpe in 1969. She rose to fame as a regular member of the The Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In cast.
Actor Matt Smith visits his old school , Northampton School For Boys, in March 2010 with Karen Gillan before their appearance as the newest occupants of the TARDIS. Matt as Doctor Who and Karen as Amy Pond.
Comedian and TV presenter Alan Carr outside The Bear in Sheep Street before filming in January 2010. Alan's dad Graham was manager of Northampton Town FC from 1985-1990.
Northampton-born England cricketer Graeme Swann at a coaching session in Oundle in January 2008. The former Sponne School pupil played for his home county before moving to Nottinghamshire.