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 July 11

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Southport, like many towns across Merseyside, has given the world a whole host of famous faces.

Whether they were born, brought up in, or with another unique tie to the town, Southport boasts a huge list of celebrities.

From footballers like Jack Rodwell, to award-winning actress Miranda Richardson, they all have a special connection with the seaside town.

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Some, like comedian Lee Mack, are more well-known, but there are others you may not be aware of.

Some Sandgrounders still live in the town, or nearby, while others have flown the nest and made a name for themselves more further afield.

It’s not an exhaustive list, but have a read through and see if any surprise you.

1. Tommy Fleetwood

Tommy Fleetwood

Tommy Fleetwood

Tommy Fleetwood, is an English professional golfer who has won five times on the European Tour.

Fleetwood was born in Southport in January 1991 and grew up in the town. He also regularly plays at Formby Hall golf course.

The 30-year-old is known for his northern sense of humour and quirky fashion sense.

Speaking of his appearance, he has previously told the Mirror : “I like looking a bit different.

“It’s nice to have something that sets you apart. There are a lot of people who have long hair on planet Earth, but not many of them are golfers.

“My dad is going bald, so I might as well make the most of my hair as long as I have got it!”

2. Lee Mack

Lee Mack

Lee Mack

Lee Gordon McKillop is better known by stage name Lee Mack.

The actor, comedian and presenter is best known for writing and starring in the sitcom Not Going Out, being a team captain on the BBC One comedy panel show Would I Lie to You?, hosting the Sky One panel show Duck Quacks Don’t Echo and presenting the panel show They Think It’s All Over.

A Sandgrounder through and through, he has even donated his lawnmower to Southport’s famous museum.

3. Jack Rodwell

Jack Rodwell in action for Everton in 2009

Jack Rodwell in action for Everton in 2009

Thirty-year-old Jack joined Everton’s academy at the young age of seven, making his debut in 2007.

He spent five years in the first team before transferring to Manchester City in 2012.

After just 16 league appearances in two seasons, Rodwell was sold to Sunderland in August 2014.

The centre back currently plays for Sheffield United, and he has represented England at all levels from under-16 to the senior team.

His senior international debut was at a game that saw England claim a 1-0 win over Spain at Wembley, in 2011.

4. Adele Roberts

Adele Roberts

Adele Roberts

Adele Roberts, 42, first rose to fame on the third series of reality TV show Big Brother.

She came in seventh place after being evicted on July 5, 2002.

Since then, Adele has become a star in her own right, with radio presenting jobs at Rock FM, Capital, BBC Radio 1Xtra and, more recently, BBC Radio 1’s Early Breakfast Show.

Adele is also a regular presenter for BBC Sport.

And in 2020, Roberts won the sixth series of Celebrity Coach Trip on E4 alongside her girlfriend, Kate Holderness.

5. Jake Bidwell

Jake Bidwell of Swansea City

Jake Bidwell of Swansea City (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Swansea footballer Jake Bidwell grew up in Southport.

Then a goalkeeper, he joined Everton’s academy at the age of 11.

Later switching to left back, he made his club debut early in the 2008/09 season.

Bidwell broke the record as Everton’s youngest ever player to play in a European game at a Europa League group stage game at home to BATE Borisov in December 2009.

He joined Swansea City in July 2019, and scored his first goal for the team in October 2020 – in a match against Millwall.

6. Alexei Sayle

Alexei Sayle at Southport Little Theatre for Southport Comedy Festival 2019

Alexei Sayle at Southport Little Theatre

Comedy genius Alexei Sayle was a central figure in the British alternative comedy movement in the 80s.

The comic was born in Anfield in 1952, but he has Southport to thank for part of his success.

Alexei studied at Southport College, before attending Chelsea College of Art and Design in London.

He also performed at the town’s Comedy Festival in 2019.

Alexei was voted the 18th greatest stand-up comic of all time on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-ups in 2007.

7. Miranda Richardson

Miranda Richardson attends the Global premiere of Amazon Original

Miranda Richardson (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Actor Miranda Richardson made her film debut playing Ruth Ellis in Dance with a Stranger in 1985.

A seven-time BAFTA Award nominee, she has also been nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards, winning twice for Enchanted April (1992) and the TV film Fatherland (1994).

The 63-year-old’s career began in 1979, and she made her West End debut in the 1981 play Moving.

She is most commonly known for her roles in Blackadder, The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle, Harry Potter, and Chicken Run.

8. Marcus Wareing

Marcus Wareing

Marcus Wareing

Celebrity chef Marcus Wareing is perhaps best known for his role as a judge on MasterChef: The Professionals.

Wareing is also currently Chef Patron of the one-Michelin-starred restaurant Marcus in Knightsbridge.

He also runs The Gilbert Scott at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

Born and raised in Southport, Marcus attended Stanley High School, and had his first job in the food industry at the age of just 11 – packing potatoes with his father.

Marcus also went on to attend Southport College, where he took a three-year City & Guilds course in catering.

9. Souad Faress

Actress Souad Faress

Actress Souad Faress

Actress Souad Faress grew up in Southport, after being born in Ghana, to Irish and Syrian parents.

In 2001, she played Dev Alahan’s mother Umila in longstanding soap Coronation Street.

Faress also appeared as the Old Rani in The Sarah Jane Adventures serial The Mad Woman in the Attic in October 2009.

Between 2010 and 2011 she played Jay Faldren’s grandmother, Maryam Shakiba, in Casualty.

Later, she joined the HBO series Game of Thrones in Season 6 as the High Priestess of the Dosh Khaleen, and more recently she has appeared in Brief Encounters and Back To Life.

10. Lee Slattery

Lee Slattery (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Lee Slattery (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Lee Andrew Slattery is an English professional golfer who has twice won the European Tour, once in Madrid and once in Russia.

His journey from schoolboy golfer at his local muni to European Tour winner has been a long, and at times tortuous, one.

Slattery, who once stacked shelves in a high street shop, cut his teeth on the municipal course in Southport before first moving to Hesketh at 13 and then Formby Hall.

More recently, he represented Great Britain in the 2018 European Championships.

11. Ryan Prescott

Ryan Prescott as Ryan Connor in Coronation Street

Ryan Prescott as Ryan Connor in Coronation Street

Southport lad Ryan took on the role of Ryan Connor in Coronation Street in 2018.

He previously played the role of Flynn Buchanan in fellow ITV soap Emmerdale in 2011.

Prescott has also appeared in Holby City, The Syndicate, Vampire Academy and Casualty, as well as having a recurring role on the BBC daytime soap Doctors.

Ryan graduated from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 2010.

Recently, his character on the cobbles has got into hot water, after waking up in bed with a woman who is not his girlfriend.

12. Marc Almond

Marc Almond

Marc Almond

Peter Mark Sinclair “Marc” Almond, OBE, rose to fame as one half of synthpop/new wave duo Soft Cell.

Marc also had a diverse career as a solo artist, and his collaborations include a duet with Gene Pitney on the 1989 UK number one single “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart”.

With a career spanning more than four decades, Marc has enjoyed much acclaim, and has sold more than 30 million records worldwide.

Marc grew up in Birkdale and has previously said he still spends Christmases in the town.

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