Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

9 Stars You Didn't Know Lived Here

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

9 Stars You Didn't Know Lived Here

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Byline: LAURA LOVE laura.love@trinitymirror.com @laura_love87

MANY big names have hailed from Teesside.

Comedian Bob Mortimer, magician Paul Daniels, Hollywood actor Jamie Bell, and musician Chris Rea are just some of the celebrities you will be familiar with.

And of course there are also the countless sporting stars and X Factor singing sensations that our area is proud to have produced.

But there are so many more - some of whom you might be surprised to hear are from our area. So here are 11 famous people that you might not know have Teesside connections.

Marcus Bentley The Geordie accent aside, this British actor, broadcaster and voiceover artist was actually brought up in Stockton.

Bentley is perhaps most famous for being the narrator of reality show, Big Brother.

Franc Roddam This film director, businessman, screenwriter, television producer and publisher was born in Norton.

He created the worldwide TV phenomenon, Masterchef, which is shown in 200 countries worldwide.

He also produced formats for shows such as Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Janick Gers Best known for being one of the three current guitarists in Iron Maiden, Janick was born in Hartlepool and still lives in the area today - residing in Yarm, where he is a popular face around the town.

Alan Davey A former Stockton Sixth Form and The Grangefield Academy pupil, Alan is the current controller of BBC Radio 3.

The son of an electrician, he is a former civil servant and arts council administrator. Davey was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to the arts.

Guy Pearce A star of Australian soap opera, Neighbours, Guy and his family lived in Hartlepool until he was four, when they moved Down Under.

He is also known for his roles in films such as Rules of Engagement, Memento and LA Confidential. …

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