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James Purefoy

Actor James Purefoy was born in Taunton

Somerset celebrities: Who do you think should be on the list?

This is the page for Somerset celebrities: I to P. We've listed a couple of celebs for each letter to get you started. You can add your own by using the form at the bottom of the page. Follow the links to the right for A to H and Q to Z.

Sir Henry Irving

Born in Keinton Mandeville in 1838, Henry Irving was the first actor in British history to receive a knighthood. In performances of Hamlet (1874), Macbeth (1875) and Othello (1876), he gained the reputation as the greatest English actor of his time.

Howard Jones

Calling all you 80s kids out there, synth-pop king Howard Jones lives in Creech St Michael.


K is for...? Any ideas anyone?

Jekyll & Lutyens

The legendary partnership between architect Edwin Lutyens and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll was rooted in the notion that a house and its garden should seem to grow out of the landscape. They designed the Formal Garden at Hestercombe Gardens.

James Laurenson

The Frome-based actor has starred in countless TV, film and stage productions - Hustle, State of Play, The Bourne Identity and Pink Floyd's The Wall to name just a few.

Andrew Lincoln

Andrew Lincoln was born in Bath

Andrew Lincoln

Andrew Lincoln was born in 1973 in Bath. He made his first appearance in Drop the Dead Donkey and rose to fame in This Life playing Edgar "Egg" Cook before going on to star in Teachers. His film roles include appearances in Human Traffic and Love Actually.

John Locke

Seventeenth century philosopher John Locke was born in Wrington in 1634. Locke's notions of man's natural rights had an enormous influence on the development of political philosophy. His ideas formed the basis for the concepts used in American law and government, and allowed the colonists to justify revolution.

Dominic Masters

Frontman of new rock band The Others, Dominic Masters lived in Dulcote near Wells until he was four years old, before moving to Haybridge until he was 18. The band are renowned for their unannounced one-off guerrilla gigs, and for their libertarian, socially inclusive focus.

You can read an interview with Dominic by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

Kevin McCloud

The designer, author and presenter of Channel 4's Grand Designs lives in Frome.

You can listen to an interview with Kevin by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

Don McCullin

Based in Somerset, Don McCullin is one of the world's leading photojournalists. He has documented the major conflicts of the second half of the last century including Cyprus, the Congo, Biafra, Vietnam, Cambodia and Iraq. Since 1991 he has concentrated on still life and is also known for his landscape photography of Somerset.

Paul Nicholls

Ditcheat-based horse trainer, Paul Nicholls is at the forefront of a younger breed of trainers challenging at the top of the National Hunt code. Nicholls' most successful horse to date has been See More Business, who claimed the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1999 and won the King George VI Chase twice. Nicholls has clocked up over 100 winners, with many of his big-race winners coming with talented Irish jockey Ruby Walsh in the saddle.

Sarah Parish in Blackpool

Yeovil's Sarah Parish in Blackpool


Ooooooh - no O's. Can anyone help?

Sarah Parish

The Cutting It and Blackpool star was born in Yeovil in 1969. She's previously starred in Peak Practice and Hearts and Bones.


Geoff Barrow, the founder of this trip hop band of the 90s, is originally from Weston-super-Mare. After teaming up with vocalist Beth Gibbons, who's from Keynsham, he named the band Portishead, after the town where he spent most of his teens.

James Purefoy

Actor James Purefoy was born in Taunton, and even worked as a porter at Yeovil District Hospital for a while. Film-wise, James Purefoy starred as the Black Prince in A Knight's Tale, opposite Heath Ledger, and co-starred with Milla Jovovich in the futuristic horror film Resident Evil. He also played Rawdon Crawley in Vanity Fair (some of which was filmed in Bath) with Reese Witherspoon and Jim Broadbent.

Most recently, James has starred as Mark Antony in the big-budget BBC/HBO drama called Rome.

You can read and listen to our interviews with him by clicking on the links at the top of this page.

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Have Your Say

Who do YOU think should be on the Somerset celebrities' I to P list?

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Julia Sawalha, without a doubt.

Madonna has a home just outside Frome (or is it Guy Ritchie's now)

Ashley Pharoah, LIFE ON MARS creator, grew up in Nailsea. Think she lives in Bath now.

Bex & Rosie
Kate O'Mara lives round the Blackdown Hills area.

Emma Jacobs - actress in Holby City - comes from Street, Somerset

Andrew Coates
Is Howard Jones now living in Somerset?

Trevor Peacock: the actor, who plays Jim "no, no, no, yes" Trott in The Vicar of Dibley, lives near Yeovil.

Sir Antony Jay, who co-wrote Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minseter should certainly be up there with the best. He lives in Long Sutton, near Martock, and the series' were voted among the greatest ever.


Shaun O'Dell - He's pretty famous in the film industry

Ruth Mikusko
Terry Pratchett

Norma Huxstable
Famous Author- still writing ans entertaining the Exmoor Folk

Boris Johnson
His family own a farm and land at Winsford, near Dulverton. He grew up there, when not away at school.

Paul Terry
Jack Burnham Erin Bilge Nicholas Hayes Oliver Hobbs

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