Seven Famous People from Sheffield

If you think that Sheffield is all about metal plates and steel, you’d be wrong. The 142-square mile city homes some of the most celebrated names in the show business, music industry, science, and even sports. Here are seven of our favorite Sheffield-born celebs that you might not know were from the town.

Brian Glover

Both an actor and writer, Brian Glover was born in Sheffield but was raised in the town of Barnsley. Nevertheless, he still grew up with a thick Yorkshire accent that made him famous on the big screen. Since his first appearance in the 1969 film Kes as a gym teacher, he was often given criminal or “hard man” roles. Aside from his acting career, Glover is also a teacher and a professional wrestler.

Helen Sharman

Atrue Sheffield native, Helen made her hometown proud when she went to space as the first ever woman to do so. She was also the first Briton to set foot on the Mir Space Station in 1991.

Having graduated from the University of Sheffield with a chemistry degree and finishing off with her Ph.D. in the University of London, Sharman was destined for greatness. Before training for her space adventure, she first worked for Mars Incorporated because she loved chocolates.

Marina Lewycka

Although Marina Lewycka is not a natural Sheffield native and was born in Germany, she is presently residing in Sheffield. She is a world-renowned author of two books, Two Caravans, and AShort History of Tractors in Ukrainian. Having grown fond of the town, she nowworks in Hallam University as a lecturer.

Jessica Ennis-Hill

The current Olympic heptathlon champion, Jessica, is a Sheffield native famous forher many titles in track and field. Being the former world champion in indoor pentathlon and heptathlon, Jessica is committed to bringing more medals and awards to her hometown.

Currently, she is a member of the City of Sheffield Athletic Club and dedicates herself to training in 100 meters hurdles and multi-eventing disciplines.

Richard McCourt

Although Richard rarely uses his accent nowadays, he cannot deny his Sheffield roots. More popularly referred to as Dick, one of the comedy duo Dick and Dom, Richard grew up in the town and has finished his studies in Tapton School and Norton College.

Paul Carrack

Dubbedby BBC as Carrack “The Man with the Golden Voice”, Paul’s talent insinging and songwriting earned him spots in several popular bands which laterturned into solo recordings and recognition. Some of his former bands were RoxyMusic, Roger Waters, and Squeeze.

Julian Ovenden

Being a son of Reverend Canon John Ovenden, a former chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II, didn’t make Julian Ovenden famous. His talent in acting and singing brought him to huge heights such as Broadway, West End stages, and many other TV series and films.

He was a Sheffield-born celeb, but eventually, he needed to move out of the town when he was awarded a music scholarship in Eton College. His legacy, however, lives on.

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