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 January 19

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Football stars, Olympians, TV presenters and singers are among the famous faces born and bred in Peterborough.

And some of them are still spotted around the city today.

So to celebrate the launch of our swanky new Peterborough Live site, we’ve taken a look at some of the most famous faces from our home.

Let us know if we’ve missed any of the list in the comments below.

Read more on PeterboroughLive below:

George Alcock

An Astronomer who earned himself an MBE, Alcock was one a successful visual discoverer of novae and comets.

In 1953 he decided to start searching for comets and also turned his attention to novae in 1955.

Before long, he discovered comet C/1959 Q1 (Alcock), which was the first comet discovered in Britain since 1894. Just five days later discovered another, C/1959 Q2 (Alcock).

Jake Humphrey

Television presenter Jake Humphrey

Television presenter and journalist, Jake Humphrey was born in Peterborough.

After moving away from the city when he was six-years-old, Jake made his name in television on CBBC, hosting Bamzooki on the channel.

He went on to become a sport presenter, working on shows including Football Focus, Match of the Day and Final Score for the BBC.

He has also presented the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Formula One for them.

Nowadays, he can be found on BT Sport, hosting their football coverage.

Adrian Lyne

An Academy Award nominated director, Adrian Lyne was born in Peterborough.

Best known for directing Foxes, Fatal Attraction, 9½ Weeks, Flashdance and Indecent Proposal, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director in 1988, for his work on Fatal Attraction.

Having not directed a film since 2002, Lyne will return next year, at the helm of Deep Water, an adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel, starring Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck.

Aston Merrygold


Singer, dancer and TV personality, Aston Merrygold, was born and raised in Peterborough.

His band, JLS were runners up on the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008.

After five years of success, they, but Aston continued to stay in the limelight.

He went on to become a judge on the British dance talent show, Got to Dance, and took part in the fifteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Harry Wells

Rugby Union fans will know Harry Wells.

Born in Peterborough, the forward has been with Premiership club Leicester Tigers since 2012.

He has also played for Nottingham and Bedford, joining the latter initially on loan in 2014. He established himself in Bedford’s side and remained at the Championship club until 2016, when he returned to Leicester and joined the first team squad in 2016.

Louis Smith

Louis Smith

Olympic medallist Louis Smith was born and bred in Peterborough.

Having won gold in the Pommel Horse at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, he won bronze in the same event in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, making him the first British man to win an individual gymnastics medal at the Olympics since 1908.

He picked up three further Olympic medals across the 2012 and 2016 games, as well as winning six World Championships medals and claiming two gold medals in European Championships.

Away from the sport, Smith took part in the 2012 series of Strictly Come Dancing, in which he was crowned champion with his professional partner Flavia Cacace.

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Andy Bell

Lead singer of Erasure, Andy Bell’s roots lie in Peterborough.

Best known for his soulful voice and flamboyant stage persona, Bell’s band Erasure has penned over 200 songs and sold over 35 million albums across the world.

Lauren Steadman

Lauren Steadman with Strictly dance partner AJ Pritchard

British Paralympic athlete Lauren Steadman was born in Peterborough.

She has competed in three Summer Paralympics including the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing and 2012 Summer Paralympics in London as a swimmer.

At the 2016 Summer Paralmpics in Rio she switched to the paratriathlon and won a silver medal in the Women’s PT4.

She has also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing , where she and dance partner AJ Pritchard made it to the Semi-final.

Paul Nicholas

Best known for starring in the 1983 sitcom Just Good Friends, Paul Nicholas is an all-round entertainer.

He started out in a pop career, soon changed to musical theatre, and later again in the 1970s returned to the pop charts and began acting.

Read more on PeterboroughLive below:

Luke Pasqualino

Pasqualino is best known for his portrayal of Freddie McClair in the television series Skins and d’Artagnan in the television series The Musketeers.

From 2016–17, he also played Elvis Harte in another BBC show Our Girl.

The Peterborough native has mainly featured on the small screen, but has also appeared in a few films, including the 2013 cult hit Snowpiercer.

Joseph Valente

Winner of The Apprentice in 2015, Joseph Valente’s was born in Peterborough in 1989.

Now the managing director of company Impra Gas, he is a successful businessman as well as TV star.

He’s also author of Expelled from the Classroom to Billionaire Boadroom and made it onto Forbes 30 under 30 list.

David Bentley

David Bentley of England in action during the international friendly match between England and the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium on August 20, 2008

David Bentley of England in action during the international friendly match between England and the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium on August 20, 2008

After breaking through the ranks at Arsenal, David Bentley was tipped for great things but went on to become a journeyman, playing for several English clubs as well as Russian side FC Rostov.

Born in Peterborough in 1984, he started playing youth football at Wormley Youth Football Club in Hertfordshire before joining the Arsenal academy at age 13.

He played only nine times for the Arsenal first team, spending time on loan at Norwich City and Blackburn Rovers, before joining the Lancashire side permanently in 2006.

After performing well for Blackburn, he was called up to the England squad and moved to Tottenham Hotspur for £15 million in 2008.

Enjoying some success with Spurs, he also had loan spells at Birmingham City, West Ham United, FC Rostov and returned to Blackburn.

Bentley won seven England caps in total, but he retired from football in 2014 at the young age of 29.

He cited the fact that he had fallen out of love with the game and wanted to spend more time with his children.

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