Kettering's 21 most famous faces

Hollywood actors, famous footballers and renowned musicians are among the most well-known people from Kettering.

Friday, 4th October 2019, 5:13 pm
Comic James Acaster draws on his experiences growing up in the town of Kettering as part of his incredibly popular stand-up routine. He went to Montagu School and was the 'Mash King' of The Star at Geddington, sat on the terraces of Kettering Town FC and worked at Wicksteed Park during his school holidays.
Comic James Acaster draws on his experiences growing up in the town of Kettering as part of his incredibly popular stand-up routine. He went to Montagu School and was the 'Mash King' of The Star at Geddington, sat on the terraces of Kettering Town FC and worked at Wicksteed Park during his school holidays.

We take a look at some of the most famous people who have been born, lived, or worked in the borough during the past century. They’re listed in no particular order.

The actor and comedian went to Latimer Arts College and is best known for his interpretive dance of Natalie Imbruglia's Torn. He's gone on to appear in How Not to Live Your Life, Fast and Loose and in Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends at the Harold Pinter theatre in London.
The BAFTA-winning comedian and comedy actor was born in Kettering before moving to London. He is most famous for his long-running Punt and Dennis radio show.

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Writer of more than 45 children's books, Jane attended Hawthorn Road County Primary and Kettering School for Girls. Her most famous stories are Stuck in the Mud and Knight Time, both of which have been Cbeebies bedtime stories.
Voted the UK's most eligible woman in 2001, the Hollywood actress starred in Resident Evil and most recently in Stan Lee's Lucky Man. She was born in Kettering in 1975 to American folk guitarist Isaac Guillory and model Tina Thompson.
Born in Kettering in 1888, David Hawthorne was in 43 films including Rob Roy in 1922. He died in 1942.
Recording under the name Jack Lucien, the Pipewell-born singer was chosen to write a song for Andorra in the Eurovision Song contest in 2007 but it was pulled at the last minute. He's had several albums and a Russian number 7 single. He's now a stand-up comedian.
The Southfield School pupil was one of the breakout stars of the second series of Britain's Got Talent in 2008. Since then, the soprano has gone on to appear at major sporting fixtures and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Internationally-renowned rock band Temples were formed in Kettering by son of fish & chip shop owner James Bagshaw and bassist Tom Walmsley who went to Bishop Stopford School.Their debut album charted at number seven in the UK.
The Burnley FC manager Sean Dyche learned his trade playing youth football on the Ise Lodge estate before going to play for Nottingham Forest and becoming one of the English Premier League's best-known managers.
Comic James Acasters experiences of growing up in the town of Kettering are a major part of his stand-up routine. He went to Montagu School and was the 'Mash King' of The Star pub at Geddington. His comedy series Sweet Home Ketteringa features local places Kettering Town FC and Wickesteed Park, where he worked during his school holidays. He switched on the towns Christmas lights in 2017.
Tony Wright was educated at Desborough Primary School before going on to Harvard, LSE and Oxford. He then became MP for Cannock Chase from 1997 to 2010.
Charley Hull, former Latimer Arts College pupil, is one of the UK's most successful golfers. She still lives in Burton Latimer with her new husband, Ozzie Smith.
A member of the 2012 Olympic bronze medal-winning team, Anne Panter began her career at Kettering Hockey Club. She grew up in Irthlingborough and opened the new school extension in her medal-winning year.
The 27-year-old professional snooker player grew up in Kettering and went to Montagu School. He's still a member of the towns pool league in which he plays for the Argyll Club. His wife Sophie runs a shop in The Yards and the couple still lives in the area with their two children. His career winnings total 1.3m.
The former Nottingham Forest footballer was part of the 1979/80 European cup winning team. He was born in Kettering in 1958 and went on to play for Corby town later in his career.
Jim Dale, star of the Carry On films, was born in Rothwell. He went on to be nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Now 84, he was awarded the MBE in 2003.
Emily Canham began blogging about the outfits she wore for sixth form while a schoolgirl in Kettering and now has a million Youtube subscribers and 674k instagram followers. Now aged 22, she posts about travel, beauty and fashion from her homes in London and LA.
Celebrated by hard house fans across Europe, Tidy Boys started recording in their home town of Kettering. One of the pair - now called Amadeus Mozart, was originally known as Lee Marlow and went to Kettering Boys School.
The Thunderbirds and Dan Dare comic book artist was born in Kettering in 1917. He started work at William Blamire's studio, in Kettering in 1933, before going on to illustrate a weekly illustration for the Evening Telegraph and the famous Garth for the Daily Mirror.
The founder of Ska band The Specials, Horace Panter, spent his formative years in Kettering and later went on to have a successful art career.
Baron Kenneth Woolmer of Leeds was born in Kettering in 1940. He is a university lecturer and politician and was educated at Kettering Grammar School. He was MP for Batley and Morley and was later made a life peer.