Guide to East London

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East End Celebrities

Showbiz, sports, music or otherwise notable people who were born or spent their youth in East London:

Alfred Hitchcock, film director, Leytonstone High Road.
Anthony Newley, actor, singer, composer, director, writer, producer - Hackney
Alf Ramsey, England Football Team, Manager 1966 - Dagenham
Angela Lansbury, actress - Poplar
Anna Neagle, actress - Forest Gate
Barbara Windsor, 'Carry On' actress, currently in BBC 'Eastenders' television soap - Shoreditch
Bert Weedon, singer - East Ham
Bobby Moore, England Football Team, Captain 1966 - Barking
Brian Poole, lead singer in the Tremeloes - Manor Park
Bryan Forbes, actor - Stratford
Bud Flanagan, comedian - Spitalfields
Claudia Fontaine, actress, backing vocalist - Bethnal Green
Damon Albarn, actor - Leytonstone
David Bowie, musician - Stepney Green
David Essex, musician - Canning Town. He first played at 'the Eagle', 157 Chobham Road, Stratford
David Farrar, actor, Forest Gate
Derek Jacobi, actor - Leyton
Des O'Connor, singer, entertainer - Stepney
Don Henderson, actor - Leytonstone
Dudley Moore, actor - Dagenham, Essex
Gary Brooker, musician, Procul Harum - East Ham
Geoff Hamilton, television gardening presenter - Stepney
Graham Gooch, cricketer - Leytonstone (moved later to Wanstead)
Greer Garson, actress - Manor Park
Harold Pinter, writer, actor, director - Hackney
Henny Youngman, 'American' comedian, ('King of the One-Liners'), born in Whitechapel
Honor Blackman, actress, one of James Bond's girls (Goldfinger) - Plaistow
Jack Warner, actor, star in television series 'Dixon of Dock Green' - Bow
Joe Brown, pop singer - Plaistow
Kenny Lynch, actor and comedian - Stepney
Lennox Lewis, boxer - West Ham
Marty Feldman, actor and comedian - Canning Town
Oscar Lewenstein, producer - Hackney
Ray Winstone, amateur boxer, actor - Hackney
Reg Varney, comedian and actor, star in TV Series 'On the buses' - Plastow
Terrence Dicks, producer, writer, actor - East Ham
Terence Stamp, actor - Bow
Sandie Shaw, singer - Dagenham
Stanley Holloway, actor - Manor Park
Steve Marriot, musician in Small Faces and Humble Pie - Manor Park
Sweet Georgia Brown, singer - Whitechapel
Matt Monro, entertainer - Shoreditch
Mark Bolan, musician - Hackney
Martine McCutcheon, actress - formerly 'Tiffany' in BBC 'Eastenders' television soap - Hackney
Max Bygraves, comedian and entertainer - East Ham (Born in Rotherhithe)
Warren Mitchell, star of the television series 'Til Death Us Do Part' - West Ham
Vera Lynn, Thackeray Road, East Ham

Other 'celebrities' include Jack Cohen, born in Whitechapel. Jack used his wife name, Tess, as a trade name for the family market stall. Virtually every High Street in the UK is host to a 'Tesco' supermarket. Archbishop George Carey was born in Bow and the hairdresser, Vidal Sassoon is also an East Londoner. The actor Michael Caine is however, not an East Londoner, like Max Bygraves he was born across the river in Rotherhithe.

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