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Famous people from Chester

From Chester to Stardom

Many Notable Figures Who Called Chester Home

This was a really interesting project to do and I found myself amazed on finding that there are so many famous people with a connection to Chester. Lets start off with a favourite of mine...

Daniel Craig

Bond with a Chester Legacy

Born: 2 March 1968 Age: 55 years (as of 2023)

Before gracing the big screen as the iconic James Bond, Daniel Craig was just a boy from Chester.


Craig's youth in the city was filled with dreams bigger than the encompassing Roman Walls.


Educated at the Hilbre High School in nearby West Kirby, he often visited Chester for its culture and arts. An avid fan of theatre from a young age, Craig often cites his visits to the Chester Mystery Plays as foundational to his passion for acting.


Outside of acting, Craig is deeply interested in environmental causes and is an active supporter of several charitable initiatives.

Estimated net worth of $130 million (really?)

Daniel Craig
Being Bond - Daniel Craig
Russ Abbott

Russ Abbot

Chester's Gift to Comedy


Born: 16 September 1947 Age: 76 years (as of 2023)

Russ Abbot, a name deeply etched in British comedy, has Chester running through his veins.


Born in the city, he spent his formative years absorbing the local culture, humour, and quirks.


His love for comedy was evident from his school days, where he often regaled classmates with his imitations of teachers.


Beyond his comedic genius, Russ is a keen golfer and enjoys exploring historical sites, with Chester's rich history serving as an initial spark for this interest.

Lee Latchford-Evans

Took the right Steps!


Born: in 1975 - Chester

English singer Lee Latchford-Evans is known as a member of the pop group Steps, has had fourteen straight top-five singles and has sold more than twenty million albums.



He studied at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom and joined Steps in 1997.



He has also appeared on several reality shows, including The Games and Fear Factor.



He married Kerry-Lucy Taylor in November 2012.

Lee Latchford Evans
Tom Hughes

Tom Hughes

Chester's Regal Thespian


Born: 18 April 1986 - Chester

Tom Hughes, best recognized for his portrayal of Prince Albert in 'Victoria', was molded by Chester's artistic backdrop.


With roots in the Chester Youth Theatre, Hughes's love for acting was evident from a tender age.


When he's not in front of the camera, Tom, a Chester native, is an avid musician and often spends time exploring Chester's music scene.


He's also expressed interest in local conservation efforts, attributing his love for nature to Chester's scenic beauty.

Michael Owen


Born: December 14, 1979, Chester

Michael Owen, once a superstar on the pitch, has settled down in Wales after hanging up his boots in 2013.


He's made his home in a swanky £4 million pad in North Wales that's been his since 2001, decked out with all the bells and whistles like a private cinema and a space just for gaming.


There's chatter that he's got a spot in Malpas, Cheshire, too.

When it comes to Chester Football Club, Michael's had more than a passing interest.


He was close to taking the leap into ownership, egged on by the electric vibe over at rival team Wrexham.


He's put his money where his heart is, too, leading the charge to pull Chester out of a financial rut by rallying for funds, and even laced up his boots for a charity match in 2018 to drum up some much-needed cash.

Buying a club's a big deal, though, and even Michael Owen knows it's a hefty investment that'd take more than just him to handle.


While he flirted with the idea, it seems like he's since stepped back to focus on other things. It's all in his book 'Reboot'

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Michael Owen
Michael Owen Book

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Other Famous People From Chester

James Brittain-McVey


Another Chester native, James Brittain-McVey, born on April 30, 1993, is best known as the lead guitarist and backup vocalist for The Vamps, a pop-rock band formed in 2012. Estimated net worth of £1.8 million. I think I still have some of The Vamps on vinyl somewhere.

Matt Hancock


This Chester-born British politician, Matt Hancock, born on October 2, 1978, has held various roles, including Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, and later, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Lots of TV shows like 'I'm a Celebrity' and not the most popular guy in the UK. Estimated net worth of £1.2 million.

Martin Tyler

Chester's own Martin Tyler, born on September 14, 1945, is revered as a football commentator and has also dabbled in coaching. Notably, he has been the voice of the Premier League and UEFA Champions League for Sky Sports. Has an estimated net worth of £4 million. I think I am right in saying his voice is on some of the Football games? I maybe wrong!

Chloe Hewitt

Chloe Hewitt, born on July 27, 1995, in Chester, reached the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent's seventh series and has been a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing. I find her a very talented lady and being in Strictly says it all. Nice one Chloe.

Ryan Shawcross 


This former professional footballer, born on October 4, 1987, in Chester, is known for his time as a centre-back starting at Manchester United. Maybe Utd could do with a player these days to his standards.

Tom Heaton


Born on April 15, 1986, in Chester, Tom Heaton plays as a goalkeeper for Aston Villa and the England national team. 

Bert Lipsham


The late Bert Lipsham was born on April 29, 1878, in Chester. A professional footballer, he was part of the Sheffield United team that won the 1902 FA Cup Final. He passed away on October 10, 1932.

Hugh Lloyd


Born on April 22, 1923, in Chester, Hugh Lloyd became a well-known actor in film and TV comedy, especially during the '60s. He passed away on July 14, 2008.

Frank Eric Lloyd


As a member of the British South Africa Police, Frank Eric Lloyd, born on August 20, 1909, in Chester, is remembered for his book "Rhodesian Patrol." He died on June 6, 1985.

John Steiner


An actor recognized for his tall and lean appearance, John Steiner was born on January 7, 1941, in Chester. Having honed his skills at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made a name for himself in Italian films.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it. 

Nigel Clarkson

Lets Go Chester - 8th Jan 2024

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