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Leicester in the limelight

Over the years, Leicester has been associated with some pretty famous people. The squad of Leicester City Football Club are rather famous right now after their staggering success last season but the city is also known for its association with Walkers crisps and Gary Lineker. The famed Attenborough brothers are another renowned duo to hail from the city. But how well do you know your celebrity facts and who are some of the lesser well known talented people from Leicester? Let’s take a look:

Frank Benbini is from Leicester but if you’re not familiar with the name, you will be with the band he is drummer for – the Fun Lovin’ Criminals. He joined the band in 2003.

Richard Armitage has been in a number of UK TV dramas and was born in Leicester. He most recently played the character of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit movie.

Rosemary Conley CBE is a pretty famous name and has been responsible for helping thousands of women to shift the pounds. She is the founder of one of the UK’s most successful weight loss organisations and has released many books and DVDs.

Emile Heskey, the football player, made over 150 appearances for Leicester City and was also a player for the England team.

In history, Lady Jane Grey was thought to have been born at Bradgate Park in the county. She was executed by Queen Mary I, after a plot to overthrow the queen and have Lady Jane Grey take the crown instead, went wrong.

Gok Wan can often be seen on our television screens offering fashion advice and presenting shows about body image. He also has popular clothing ranges.

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If you’re a keen science buff then you might recognise the name Jon Tickle. He is the presenter of the Brainiac show, who graduated from the University of Leicester.

Terri Dwyer, who stars in hit Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, was born in Syston and Chris Pyatt is a former middleweight boxing champion who hails from the city as well.

Henry Curry opened his first shop in Belgrave Gate in the 1800s which would be the first of many in what later became the Currys chain of superstores. For your own Leicester success story, think about using Web design Agency Leicester. For more information, visit https://www.freshwebservices.com/web-design-leicester.

Derrick Errol Evans, otherwise known as Mr Motivator, moved to the city in 1961. If you don’t remember him, he used to have a very energetic slot on breakfast television, demonstrating aerobic exercises in a lycra-clad frenzy!

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If you’re an avid fan of the Eurovision Song Contest then you may recall Molly Smitten-Downes. She was born in Anstey and represented the UK at the 2014 contest.

Martin Johnson CBE is a big name in the world of rugby who played for both England and Leicester Tigers from 1989-2006.

The nine times British chess master champion, Henry Ernest Atkins, was born in Leicester and so too was the fourteen times bowls world champion, Tony Allcock MBE.

Sir Alec John Jeffreys developed DNA fingerprinting in the city whilst Alf Adams, who studied at Leicester University, was the physicist behind the strained-layer quantum-well laser (whatever that is)!


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