In anticipation of the Hartlepool by election this Thursday (6th May 2021), I thought I would showcase some of the famous names (other than myself of course) who either hail from Hartlepool, or lived there for a period of their lives. Who would have thought that there were so many !
- Andy Capp – Andy is a working-class figure who never actually works, living in Hartlepool with his long suffering wife, Flo. * Not a real person*
- Andy Linighan – Born in 1962, he played for his hometown club before scoring the winning goal with a header for Arsenal in the 1993 FA Cup final replay against Sheffield Wednesday.
- Janick Gers – Born in 1957, the guitarist was part of Hartlepool heavy metal band White Spirit before joining Gillan and later rock legends Iron Maiden.
- Savannah Marshall – Born in May 1991, Marshall became the first British female amateur world boxing champion in 2012 and also represented Great Britain at middleweight in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.
- Sir Compton Mackenzie – The author of novel Whisky Galore and co-founder of the Scottish National Party was born in West Hartlepool in 1883 although it is believed his theatrical family left town within weeks. He died in 1972.
- Phil Middlemiss – He is best known for television appearances as bookie Des Barnes in Coronation Street and as David Buckley in Where the Heart Is.
- Jack Rowell – Born in 1937, Rowell coached rugby union side Bath before taking charge of the England national side and leading them to the semi-final of the 1995 World Cup.
- Sir Ridley Scott – While born in South Shields in 1937, movie director Scott is included after attending West Hartlepool College of Art before later finding fame as director of Alien and Gladiator. His early short movie Boy and Bicycle is also filmed here.
- Wayne Sleep -Although born in Plymouth in 1948, the future ballet dancer and choreographer moved to Hartlepool with his family in 1951 and spent ten years there. from the ages of two and 12 and still returns to town occasionally to train tomorrow’s potential stars.
- Jeff Stelling – Born in 1955, the Sky Sports Gillette Soccer Saturday anchorman, Hartlepool United fanatic, charity fundraiser and former Hartlepool Mail journalist has never forgotten his roots and is an honorary freeman of the town.
- Wincey Willis – is a former weather forecaster and television presenter who spent part of her life growing up in town. Her first name is apparently short for Winsome. She also went to the same junior school as me (quite a few years ahead of me I must add), quite possibly her most important claim to fame.
- Guy Pearce – A star of Australian soap opera, Neighbours, Guy and his family lived in Hartlepool until he was four, when they moved ‘down under’. He is also known for his roles in films such as Rules of Engagement, Memento and LA Confidential.
This is not an exhaustive list, and I am sure you will all be able to think of others who should be on the list.