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Andy McNab during the first Gulf War
Nell Gwynne, Frank Oz, Andy McNab - tell us your suggestion for the most famous Herefordian...
While other towns and cities promote their links with their famous sons and daughters, Herefordshire has always been strangely reticent. Then again, some of the contenders for the title of 'famous Herefordian' have led rather colourful lives!
These days many rich and famous people have chosen to make Herefordshire their home.
The former SAS soldier Andy McNab, who wrote books on his experiences in the first gulf war, used to live here with the regiment.
He now regularly appears on TV and radio, as well as public speaking at literary festivals.
King Charles II mistress hails from Hereford - anybody in the city will tell you that, even though Oxford and London also lay claim to her.
After an early career as a street trader, Nell became a famous actress where she caught the King's eye.
There are several memorials to her in the city - the former Edgar Street theatre was named after her, and there are several plaques in her name near the cathedral.
James Honeyman-Scott, Pete Fardon & Martin Chambers
James Honeyman-Scott was a british rock musician and one of the founding members of 'The Pretenders'.
He wrote most of the band's hits with Pete Fardon and Martin Chambers - although their career was based in London they all come from Hereford.
Star Wars thanks to Milton?
Another actor born in Hereford is the American Frank Oz.
His parents were living in the city at the time of his birth although he only spent the first weeks of his life here before they moved on.
Frank is probably best known as the voice of various characters on the Muppet show including Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear and Yoda in Star Wars.
Garden-guru Monty Don follows in the footsteps of gardening greats Percy Thrower, Geoff Hamilton and Alan Titchmarsh, as the main presenter of Gardeners' World.
Monty has a two-acre garden in Herefordshire, where he lives with his wife Sarah and their three children.
But who do you know?
There are so many more famous names, past and present. We need your help to compile our very list right here.
last updated: 04/03/2008 at 15:06
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