People from Smethwick

Posted Oct 26, 2009
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  1. Charles Chaplin

    Charles Chaplin


    Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the silent era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977, and encompassed both adulation and controversy.

  2. Christine McVie

    Christine McVie


    Christine Anne Perfect (born 12 July 1943), professionally known as Christine McVie, is an English singer, keyboardist and songwriter. Her fame came as one of the lead vocalists of rock band Fleetwood Mac, joining the band in 1970, while married to bassist John McVie. She has also released three solo albums. McVie is noted for her smoky, low alto vocal performances and, as described by AllMusic critic Steve Leggett, her direct but poignant lyrics about the joys and pitfalls of love. Leggett further describes her as an "Unabashedly easy-on-the-ears singer/songwriter, and the prime mover behind some of Fleetwood Mac's biggest hits." Eight of her songs appeared on Fleetwood Mac's 1988 Greatest Hits album, including "Don't Stop", "Little Lies", "Hold Me", "Everywhere", "As Long as You Follow", "Over My Head", "Say You Love Me" and "You Make Loving Fun".

  3. Jamelia



    Jamelia Niela Davis (born 11 January 1981) is an English R&B recording artist, television presenter and actress. She has released three studio albums, each of which has reached the Top 40 in the UK, which collectively have spawned eight UK top ten singles. In addition, Jamelia has won four MOBO Awards, a Q Award and has received nine BRIT Award nominations. Her career has spanned over ten years after being signed straight out of school at 15 to a major record label.

  4. Julie Walters

    Julie Walters


    Julia Mary "Julie" Walters, CBE (born 22 February 1950) is an English actress and writer. She has won two BAFTA Film Awards, four BAFTA TV Awards and received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2014. Walters first came to international prominence in 1983, for playing the title role in Educating Rita. It was a role she had created on the West End stage and it earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. It also won her a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. She received a second Academy Award nomination, this time for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in the 2000 film Billy Elliot, which also won her a BAFTA. Her other film roles include Personal Services (1987), Prick Up Your Ears (1987), Buster (1988), Stepping Out (1991), Calendar Girls (2003) and Mamma Mia! (2008). She has also played Molly Weasley in seven of the eight Harry Potter films (2001–2011). On stage, she won an Olivier Award for Best Actress for the 2001 production of All My Sons.

  5. Liza Goddard

    Liza Goddard


    Liza Goddard (born 20 January 1950) is an English television and stage actress, best known for her work in the 1970s and 1980s.

  6. Harold John Colley

    Harold John Colley


    Harold John Colley VC MM (26 May 1894 – 25 August 1918) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

  7. Sydney Barnes

    Sydney Barnes


    Sydney Francis Barnes (19 April 1873 – 26 December 1967) was an English professional cricketer who is generally regarded as one of the greatest ever bowlers. He was right-handed and bowled at a pace that varied from medium to fast-medium with the ability to make the ball both swing and break from off or leg.

  8. Mark Van Hoen

    Mark Van Hoen


    Mark Van Hoen (born September 1966, Croydon, London, England) is an English electronic music artist. He has created music under his own name as well as Locust, and Autocreation. The BBC said, "in a brief listen one can hear the influence on Boards of Canada's damaged melodies and dense claustrophobia, more so even than usual suspects like the Aphex Twin." Pitchfork said, "Musically, Van Hoen belongs to a distinguished family tree. Originally influenced by the likes of Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream, and later presaging both Autechre's glitch and Boards of Canada's pastoral IDM, with his latest album Van Hoen would fit in just as well alongside White Rainbow or Atlas Sound on a current label like Kranky: He combines oceanic drone with pop lyricism, using technology as a catalyst."

  9. Ann George

    Ann George


    Ann George (5 March 1903 – 8 September 1989) was a British actress best known for her role as Amy Turtle in the television soap opera Crossroads.

  10. Bert Turner (footballer born 1899)

    Bert Turner (footballer born 1899)


    Herbert Lewis "Bert" Turner (17 February 1899 – 21 December 1953) was an English professional footballer who could play in any of the forward positions.

  11. Lee Hughes

    Lee Hughes


    Lee Hughes (born 22 May 1976) is an English professional footballer who plays for National League North side Worcester City as a striker. A former England semi-pro international, he is a strong striker with excellent finishing abilities. After being released as a youth footballer, Hughes worked as a roofer alongside his father.

  12. Matthew Hayes

    Matthew Hayes


    Matthew "Matt" Hayes is a British angler. who is featured in televised angling shows on Discovery Real Time.

  13. David Davis (footballer)

    David Davis (footballer)


    David Lowell Davis (born 20 February 1991) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Championship club Birmingham City.

  14. Ken Wharton

    Ken Wharton


    Ken Wharton (21 March 1916, Smethwick – 12 January 1957, Ardmore, Auckland, New Zealand) was a British racing driver from England. He competed in off-road trials, hillclimbs, and rallying, and also raced sports cars and single-seaters. He began racing in the new National 500cc Formula in his own special, and later acquired a Cooper. His World Championship Grand Prix debut was at the 1952 Swiss event, run to Formula 2 regulations, where he started from 13th position on the grid and finished 4th. He participated in a total of 15 World Championship Grands Prix, from which he scored 3 championship points.

  15. William Alfred Savage

    William Alfred Savage


    William Alfred Savage VC (30 October 1912 – 28 March 1942) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

  16. Bobby Thomson (footballer born 1943)

    Bobby Thomson (footballer born 1943)


    Robert Anthony "Bobby" Thomson (5 December 1943 – 19 August 2009) was an English professional footballer. He made 478 appearances in the Football League and won eight caps for England.

  17. Frederick Castle (footballer)

    Frederick Castle (footballer)


    Frederick Charles Castle (29 November 1898 – 1974) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for Birmingham. He played as a centre forward.

  18. Charles Douglas Fox

    Charles Douglas Fox


    Sir (Charles) Douglas Fox (14 May 1840 – 13 November 1921) was an English civil engineer.

  19. Oswald Rayner

    Oswald Rayner


    Oswald Rayner (29 November 1888, in Smethwick, Staffordshire, England – 6 March 1961, in Botley, Oxfordshire, England) was a British MI6 agent in Russia during World War I. He later went on to be The Daily Telegraph correspondent in Finland.

  20. Den Brotheridge

    Den Brotheridge


    Lieutenant Herbert Denham Brotheridge was a British Army officer who served with the 2nd Battalion The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (the 52nd) during the Second World War. He is often considered to be the first Allied soldier to be killed in action on D-Day, 6 June 1944. He was killed during Operation Tonga: the British airborne landings which secured the left flank of the invasion area before the main assault on the Normandy beaches began.

  21. Fred Haycock

    Fred Haycock


    Frederick "Fred" Haycock (1886–1955) was an English professional footballer who scored 13 goals from 40 appearances in the Football League playing as a forward for West Bromwich Albion and Lincoln City.

  22. Charles Sprigg

    Charles Sprigg


    Charles Sprigg (1889 – 1969) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for Birmingham. He played as an outside left.

  23. Jackie Whitehouse

    Jackie Whitehouse


    John Charles Whitehouse (4 March 1897 – 1 March 1948) was an English professional footballer who played as a forward. He made more than 400 appearances in the Football League for Birmingham, Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday and Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic.

  24. Archie Mitchell

    Archie Mitchell


    Archibald P. Mitchell was an English football centre-half and manager. He is best remembered for his long spell as a player with Queens Park Rangers, for whom he made over 300 appearances.

  25. Harry Crump (footballer)

    Harry Crump (footballer)


    William Harold 'Harry' Crump was a professional football left half who played in the Football League for Luton Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers. He also played in the Southern League for Tottenham Hotspur.

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