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Famous People with a Hillingdon Link Updated Jan 2007

| Michael Anderson Jr Actor  | Luisa Bradshaw-White Actress | Lee Charles Football | Linford Christie Athlete | Brian Connolly Sweet | Sue Cook TV and Radio Presenter | Fearne Cotton  Presenter | Andy Coughlan Writer | Greg Dyke ex-DG BBC | Chris Finnegan Boxer | Simon Fisher Becker Actor | Wally Gentleman Director and Special Effects| Russell Grant Astrologer | Audley Harrison Boxer | Huw Higginson Actor | Glenn Hoddle Football | Hammasa Kohistani Miss England | Kwame Kwei-Armah Actor | Steve Luscombe Musician Moore Marriott Comedy Actor | Betty Marsden Comedy Actress Bernard Miles Actor | Lana Morris Actress | Michael Olowokandi  Sportsman | Dave Parsons Musician | David Quilter Actor | Julian Rhind-Tutt  Actor | Claire Richards Steps | Andy Serkis Actor | Jane Seymour Actress | John Stears Special Effects | Ronnie Wood Rolling Stones | 

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Fearne Cotton - Presenter

Born Northwood 1982

Interviewed Prince William and Prince Harry before the 2007 concert at Wembley to Celebrate Princess Diana's 46 Birthday.

Presenter of Children's TV including many of the fundaising programmes for children.

Went to Haydon School in Northwood

Luisa Bradshaw-White - Actress

 Born 1975 in Eastcote

Various TV roles including Holby City, Bad Girls and Grange Hill

David Quilter - Actor

Born Northwood 1942

Various TV and Films including Anna Karenina and Grange Hill  

Michael Olowokandi - Basketball Player

Standing 7 feet tall and son of a Nigerian Diplomat Michael went to Brunel University in Uxbridge before going to University of the Pacific and then on to be picked for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2003. Known as Kandiman.

Wally Gentleman - Director and Special Effects

1926 - 2001 Born Yiewsley

In 1968 he built the spacecraft for Stanley Kubrik's 2001 A Space Odyssey 

John Stears - Special Effects Genius

1934 -1999 Born Uxbridge

Responsible for the special effects on a large number of films including James Bond movies. He is credited as being the Magic Carpet Designer for the Thief of Baghdad. Won Oscars (as part of special effects team for Star Wars 1977 and Thunderball 1965)


Peter Porteous - Actor

Died Northwood 2005

Appeared in various films including Octopussy as the villain Lenkin.

Andy Serkis - Actor

Played Gollum in Lord of The Rings and King Kong in the film of the same name.

Born Ruislip 1964

Lana Morris - Actress

Born Ruislip 1930 Died Windsor 1998

Appeared in several films (including the Red Beret with Alan Ladd) and featured in the Forsyte Saga where she played Helene Forsyte. Also starred in Howards Way.

Betty Marsden - Comedy Actress

Born Liverpool Liverpool 1919 - Died Northwood 1998

Famous for her characters in Round the Horn she also appeared in Carry On and a variety of other films.


Jane Seymour

Glamorous Star of "Dr Quinn Medicine Woman" was born and brought up in Hillingdon. She was recently interviewed live on the internet for Yahoo, which used these photographs.

What they said: Born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg in Hillingdon, England, to a doctor father and nurse mother, Seymour worked as a ballet dancer before making her film debut as a chorus girl in 1968's Oh! What A Lovely War.

She made her first big splash five years later as Bond girl Solitaire in Live and Let Die, and spent much of the '70s and '80s portraying uppercrust vamps in films and, especially, on TV.

Off-screen, Seymour played wife three times (including to manager David Flynn, with whom she had three children) before wedding Keach in 1993, the year Dr. Quinn launched.

Seymour and husband James Keach, who is a well-known director and the brother of actor Stacy Keach

Audley Harrison 

beat Kazakhstan's Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov to become the Heavyweight Gold Medallist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He was  the first Briton to win in the maximum weight class since Ronald Rawson's knockout win in 1920 and the first British Boxing Gold Medallist since Chris Finnegan took the middleweight Gold in 1968. Audley has a strong link with Hillingdon.

He completed a 10,000-word thesis on amateur boxing for his Sports Science and Leisure Management degree at Brunel University.

He currently has a boxing club in nearby Northolt.

Well done Audley!

Strangely enough both of the British Gold Medallist boxers have a Hillingdon Link - see Chris Finnegan lower down

greg dyke 4.JPG (2820 bytes) Greg Dyke

The ex Director General of the BBC. Greg Resigned after the Hutton inquiry criticised the BBC. This caused a huge outpouring of goodwill towards Greg from the BBC employees.

Greg grew up and went to School in Hillingdon. 

Former boss of LWT and  Pearson TV was born in Hayes and lived in Cerne Close until he was 9. The family then moved to Cedars Drive, Hillingdon.

Greg went to Yeading Primary and then to Hayes Grammar, now Rosedale College.

He was a reporter on a local paper - the Hillingdon Mirror which is now defunct.

Many thanks to Stewart Roney <stewart@thesweet.com> for the Chris Finnegan photo and for the updated info on Brian Connolly

Chris Finnegan DoB 5/6/1944

Middleweight Boxing Champion, Olympic Gold Medallist,1968.  He beat Aleksei Kisselyov, (Soviet Union) in the Olympic final and now lives in Cowley. 

The Ring Magazine Fight of the Year 1972 involved Chris when he fought Bob Foster, unfortunately Chris was  knocked out in the 14th round. When you see the 1971 "Fight of the Year" was between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali and the 1973 FotY was between George Foreman and  Joe Frazier you can see the level that Chris reached in his professional career.

Lee Charles.jpg (17938 bytes) Lee Charles

Queens Park Rangers football club
(DOB - 20/8/71, Hillingdon)
Lee was signed from Non League Chertsey Town in August 1995 for 67,500 after he impressed playing against QPR Reserves in a pre-season friendly when he scored a hat-trick. Prior to that Lee played for Yeading

Hammasa Kohistani, 18 years old (August 2005)
Student at Uxbridge College wins Miss England Contest.

The first Muslim contestant to win this title.

Controversy surrounds this as some Islamic groups have criticised the showing of naked flesh in public. Miss Kohistani wore a see through gown over her bathing costume.

linford3.JPG (4626 bytes) Linford Christie

100 metres Gold Medallist, World Record 1993 lived in Ruislip

9.87 seconds for the 100 metres 1993 (Stuttgart 15.08.93)
37.77 Great Britain 1993 (4 x 100 m relay)

1992 Olympic Champion:
Linford Christie (GBR): 9.96
4x200m 1:22.11 United Kingdom GBR Glasgow 3.3.91 (Christie, Braithwaite, Mafe, Regis)

Thanks to Sue Cook for giving me updated information
Sue Cook

TV and Radio Presenter Presenter including Making History and Crime Watch

Sue is An honours graduate in Psychology at Leicester University the university awarded her an honorary D.Litt in 1997 in recognition of her contribution to British broadcasting.

Sue's first novel On Dangerous Ground was published May 2006.

Making History is her weekly series on Radio 4 since 1997

Sue went to Glebe Primary School and Vyners.
She worked at the Petrol Station on Long Lane for a while.

Ronnie Wood

Rolling Stones (Ex Rod Stewart and the Faces) from West Drayton

Here's a link to one of the many Rolling Stones sites

Russell Grant

Famous Astrologer, lives in Uxbridge

Click on his picture to be taken to his web site http://www.russellgrant.com/

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Claire Richards

from STEPS is a local girl. She went to Bishopshalt School in Uxbridge.

information Bernard Miles 

Actor - Lord Bernard Miles
(1907-1991) b. Uxbridge, Hillingdon,

Many films and TV appearances. For further info look at imdb.com 

Thanks to Ceri Morgan for this info

Moore Marriott 

Comedy Actor - Co star of Will Hay

[George Thomas Moore-Marriott] (1885-1949) 
b. West Drayton
Reputed to have appeared in over 300 films. He is perhaps most famous for his role as a very  cantankerous, old man who often got the better of Will Hay. For further info look at imdb.com 

Michael Anderson Jr 

b. 6 August 1943 Hillingdon

Elvis Meets Nixon, Logan's Run, The Sundowners and many, many more films and TV shows.

Gave actress Hayley Mills her first screen kiss in the film In search of the Castaways. For further info look at imdb.com 

  Huw Higginson 

b. 21 February 1964 Hillingdon,

PC George Garfield The Bill plus several other TV roles. For further info look at imdb.com 

Brian Francis Connolly 1945 - 1997

The Sweet (Wig Wam Bam, Ballroom Blitz, Little Willie) born Harefield then lived in Cowley

Link to his tribute page

  Julian Rhind-Tutt 

 b. 20 July 1968 West Drayton,

The Madness of King George, Tomb Raider, Monty Pippin in Keen Eddie plus many, many others. For further info look at imdb.com 

Glenn Hoddle

Footballer and Football Manager

b. 27 October 1957, Hayes

Do you have a photo of Bernard we could use? Bernard Holley
Appeared in Dr Who; Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less; The Gentle Touch, For further info look at imdb.com 

b. 9 August 1940, Eastcote

Do you have a photo of
Simon we could use?
Simon Fisher-Becker
Appeared as Fat Friar in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. For further info look at imdb.com 

b. November 1961

Kwame Kwei-Armah
Born Ian Roberts
Appeared as Joe Black in Fade To Black (2006)
Played Finlay Newton in Casualty 1999 - 2004

b. 1967 Hillingdon

Steve Luscombe
Blancmange pop group with Neil Arthur.
4 top 20 singles in the 1980s

b29 October 1954 Hillingdon

Dave Parsons
Bassist with Bush
Previously with Transvision Vamp

b. 2 July 1965, Hillingdon


Honey Lantree
Drummer with The Honeycombs

No 1 Hit with "Have I the Right" (June 1964)

b. Hillingdon, 1943

Do you have a photo
of Andy we could use?
Andy Coughlan Writer
Secret Thoughts of Angels 2006
House of Donn 2006

b. Hillingdon 15 October 1972

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