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Bath's Tears for Fears. Lovin' the 80s!
Somerset celebrities: Who do you think should be on the list?
This is the page for Somerset celebrities: Q to Z. 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 I to P.
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Athlete Mary Rand was born in Wells in 1940. She won a gold medal in the long jump at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo to become the first British woman to win an Olympic gold medal in track and field.
Viv Richards is arguably one of the great cricket batsmen. He made his debut for Somerset in 1974, and made 191 first-class appearances in a 13-year career. With Joel Garner and Ian Botham, he was part of the Somerset side in the late 1970s and early 80s.
Julia Sawalha with Jennifer Saunders in Ab Fab
The star of Press Gang, Absolutely Fabulous, Pride and Prejudice and Jonathan Creek revealed on The Graham Norton Show on BBC TWO in April 2007 that she lives in rural Somerset.
John Stringfellow was a tool-maker who flew the world's first powered aeroplane, a ten-foot, steam-driven model, in Chard in 1848.
Joe Strummer, the former vocalist with The Clash, lived near Bridgwater and was a supporter of The Engine Room - the multimedia centre on Bridgwater High Street, which opened in 2003. The Strummerville charity, based in Bridgwater, was set up in his name to support young talent in music, art and film.
Tears for Fears
Bath-based duo Tears for Fears were a major pop band of the 80s. Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal scored eight Top 10 hits, three multi-million-selling albums, and won an Ivor Novello in 1986. Their hits include Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Shout, and Sowing the Seeds of Love.
Responsible for The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, the infamous Sex Pistols mockumentary, musical filmmaker Julien Temple is an avid supporter of local charity Strummerville. Julien Temple is also involved with The Engine Room in Bridgwater and is in the process of making a film about Glastonbury Festival.
Bath's Indira Varma in The Canterbury Tales
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Actress Indira Varma was born in Bath. Her credits include the TV series Rome (with Taunton's James Purefoy), Bride & Prejudice, and the BBC's adaptation of The Canterbury Tales, which also starred Bath's Andrew Lincoln.
Novelist Evelyn Waugh lived in Combe Florey. He had his first literary success with his novel Decline and Fall in 1928. Other works include Vile Bodies, which was adapted into the film Bright Young Things by Stephen Fry in 2003, and Brideshead Revisited.
Sir George Williams
Born in Dulverton in 1821, Sir George Williams was the founder of the YMCA.
Adge Cutler and The Wurzels, renamed The Wurzels after Cutler's death, are synonymous with Somerset. Popular in the 1970s, The Wurzels are famous for such hits as Combine Harvester (Brand New Key), Blackbird and I Am a Cider Drinker. In 2001, the band made a big return to the charts in support of Britain's farmers - they agreed to donate 50p from each sale of the re-release of Combine Harvester (Brand New Key) to a fighting fund for the foot-and-mouth crisis. Today, the band have started to gain a cult following among people who weren't around to hear them the first time around.
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last updated: 19/02/2009 at 18:21
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