People from South Shields

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  1. Ridley Scott

    Ridley Scott


    Sir Ridley Scott (born 30 November 1937) is an English film director and producer. Following his commercial breakthrough with the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), his better-known works are the neo-noir dystopian science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), crime drama Thelma & Louise (1991), historical drama and Best Picture Oscar winner Gladiator (2000), war film Black Hawk Down (2001), crime thriller Hannibal (2001), biographical film American Gangster (2007), and science fiction films Prometheus (2012) and The Martian (2015).

  2. Eric Idle

    Eric Idle


    Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author, singer-songwriter, musician, writer and comedic composer. Idle is a member of the English surreal comedy group Monty Python, a member of The Rutles on Saturday Night Live, and the author of the Broadway musical Spamalot.

  3. Joe McElderry

    Joe McElderry


    Joseph "Joe" McElderry (/məˈkɛldəri/; born 16 June 1991) is an English singer and songwriter. He won the sixth series of the ITV show The X Factor in 2009. His first single "The Climb" reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Charts. He was also crowned the winner of the second series of Popstar to Operastar in 2011 and the first series of The Jump in 2014.

  4. Flora Robson

    Flora Robson


    Dame Flora McKenzie Robson, DBE (28 March 1902 – 7 July 1984) was an English actress and star of the theatrical stage and cinema, particularly renowned for her performances in plays demanding dramatic and emotional intensity. Her range extended from queens to murderesses.

  5. John Woodvine

    John Woodvine


    John Woodvine (born 21 July 1929) is an English stage and screen actor who has appeared in more than 70 theatre productions, as well as a similar number of television and film roles.

  6. Craig Conway

    Craig Conway


    Craig Conway (born 1975) is an English actor. Conway has appeared in a number of stage plays and television series in addition to his film work.

  7. The Wildhearts

    The Wildhearts


    The Wildhearts are a British rock group originally formed in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The band's sound is a mixture of hard rock and melodic pop music, often described in the music press as combining influences as diverse as The Beatles and 1980s-era Metallica. However, this characterization is denied by the band, who see their influences as being far broader, as shown in the song "29 X The Pain", which lists many of group leader Ginger's influences. Despite several top 20 singles and one top 10 album in Britain, the Wildhearts have not achieved major commercial success, owing in part to difficulties with record companies and many internal problems often relating to recreational drugs and depression. Much of the band's early career was affected by bitter feuds with their record company, East West.

  8. Ron Cook

    Ron Cook


    Ron Cook (born 1948) is an English actor who has been active in the theatre, film and television since the 1970s. He was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, and is a graduate of Rose Bruford College.

  9. Catherine Cookson

    Catherine Cookson


    Dame Catherine Cookson, DBE (27 June 1906 – 11 June 1998) was an English author. She became the United Kingdom's most widely read novelist, with sales topping 100 million, while retaining a relatively low profile in the world of celebrity writers. Her books were inspired by her deprived youth in South Tyneside, North East England, the setting for her novels.

  10. David Foley

    David Foley


    David John Foley (born 12 May 1987 in South Shields) is an English footballer who currently plays for South Shields FC. Prior to joining them, he had last played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American Soccer League in 2013.

  11. Exodus: Gods and Kings

    Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)


    Exodus is an upcoming drama film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Steven Zaillian. The film stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton and Aaron Paul.

  12. Sarah Millican

    Sarah Millican


    Sarah Jane Millican (née King; born 29 May 1975) is an English comedian. Millican won the if.comedy award for Best Newcomer at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In February 2013 she was listed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

  13. John Simpson Kirkpatrick

    John Simpson Kirkpatrick


    John (Jack) Simpson Kirkpatrick (6 July 1892 – 19 May 1915), who served under the name John Simpson, was a stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during the Gallipoli Campaign in World War I. After landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915, Simpson began to use donkeys to provide first aid and carry wounded soldiers to the beach, for evacuation. Simpson and the donkeys continued this work for three and a half weeks, often under fire, until he was killed, during the Third attack on Anzac Cove. "Simpson and his Donkey" are a part of the "Anzac legend".

  14. Ginger (musician)

    Ginger (musician)


    Ginger Wildheart (born David Walls; 17 December 1964 in South Shields, in the North East of England) is a rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, best known for his band The Wildhearts.

  15. Richard Short

    Richard Short


    Richard Ian Porterfield Short (born 8 October 1975) is an English actor based in Los Angeles. In 2015 he will be seen on Agent Carter on ABC and in the independent films A New York Love Story, Cockroaches, and The Butterflies of Bill Baker. On television he has had recurring roles on Covert Affairs and 666 Park Avenue, and has appeared on American Horror Story, White Collar, and Blue Bloods. Short has appeared in more than 30 films and television shows in the USA and UK. On Broadway, he was a member of the 2011 company of Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem at the Music Box Theatre.

  16. Lindsay Kemp

    Lindsay Kemp


    Lindsay Kemp (born Cheshire, England, 3 May 1938) is a British dancer, actor, teacher, mime artist and choreographer.

  17. Craig Russell (footballer)

    Craig Russell (footballer)


    Craig Russell (born 4 February 1974) is an English former footballer. He played 305 league games in a 13-year career in English and Scottish football.

  18. Stan Mortensen

    Stan Mortensen


    Stanley Harding "Stan" Mortensen (26 May 1921 – 22 May 1991) was an English professional footballer, most famous for his part in the 1953 FA Cup Final (subsequently known as the "Matthews Final"), in which he became the only player ever to score a hat-trick in a Wembley FA Cup Final. He was also both the first player to score for England in a FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign and the first England player to score in the tournament proper.

  19. Harry Cook

    Harry Cook


    Henry Wilson Cook (born 1949), widely known as Harry Cook, is a British martial artist, teacher, and author. He has written several martial art books, most notably Shotokan Karate: A precise history (2001). Cook began training in karate in 1966, and was the Chief Instructor of the Seijinkai Karatedo Association, a school he founded to teach his own style of karate. He holds the rank of 7th dan in karate. In June 2012 he was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple sexual offences over a period of 26 years including indecent assault, sexual assault, and making indecent and possessing pornographic images of children.

  20. Steve Furst

    Steve Furst


    Steven Larry Furst (born 3 September 1967) is an Irish comedian, actor and writer. He starred in the Orange mobile phone cinema adverts in the UK (with Brennan Brown), playing the role of Eliot, a spoof studio executive and has appeared regularly in the BBC comedy television programme Little Britain.

  21. Martyn Waghorn

    Martyn Waghorn


    Martyn Thomas Waghorn (born 23 January 1990) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Scottish Championship club Rangers. He is a former England U21 international.

  22. Trevor Womble

    Trevor Womble


    Trevor Womble (born 7 June 1951 in South Shields) is a former English footballer who played in the Football League for Rotherham United, Crewe Alexandra and Halifax Town.

  23. Susan Price

    Susan Price


    Susan Price (born 1956 in South Shields) is a British academic, currently Vice-Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, West Yorkshire, a position which she took up on 1 January 2010 following the resignation of Simon Lee in January 2009. Price was Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of East London, to which office she was appointed in 2008 after having been Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 2007 and previously Pro Vice-Chancellor from 2002.

  24. John McReady

    John McReady


    John Lewis McReady (born 24 July 1992) is an English footballer who plays for Spennymoor Town as a midfielder.

  25. Gerry Monroe

    Gerry Monroe


    Gerry Monroe (20 January 1933 – October 1989) was an English pop singer, who enjoyed brief popularity in the early 1970s.

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