Although not regarded as one of the major cities in Europe, Birmingham certainly plays a big part in the culture of the UK and is known as England’s second most populated city with over 3.7m residents.
Among the millions to have resided there, some of the most famous people in the UK have grown up in and around the surrounding areas in Birmingham.
As with any big city in England, football is a massive part of many local people’s life. Birmingham has three major football clubs, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa, currently playing in the English Premier League. The Midlands is well renowned for producing local football talent, and Gabriel Agbonlahor, Nathan Delfounseo (Aston Villa), Seth Johnson (formerly of Leeds United), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City) and Ian Ashbee (Hull City) all came through the youth ranks at one of those aforementioned clubs to make it as a professional footballer.
Birmingham has a great knack of producing top-class sportsmen; there must be something in the water.
Former NHL player Ken Hodge is from Birmingham; Nigel Mansell (Former F1 World Champion) also resides from the black-country as does famous formula one commentator Murray Walker – “and there go, go, go”.
From sports to music, Birmingham has a wide range of talented people. Reggae singer Pato Banton grew up in the area as did former Misteeq star Zena McNally and hit singer Jamiela. Although RnB plays a big part in the music culture, Birmingham’s during the 80’s was the hub of rock and pop music.
Geezer Butler, who was the bass guitarist in Black Sabbath, Mick Mason from Pink Floyd and three members of Duran Duran, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor, all grew up in the suburbs of Birmingham.
Towns with this size and scope, usually provide plenty of people who possess plenty of characteristics associated with being able to perform in front of an audience and Birmingham is no different. One of its most celebrated comics is Jasper Carrott, who ruled the TV screens in the 1970’s – hosting shows like Carrot Confidential, 24 Carrott Gold and Canned Carrott. Current famous TV personalities include husband and wife presenting duo Richard and Alison Hammond, Cat Deeley, Julia Hartley-Brewer, and former apprentice turned presenter Kate Walsh.
The Harry Potter films are very popular in Birmingham, and a reason they attract so much attention is that two local boys, James and Oliver Phelps play a starring role in the films. The brothers play identical twins Fred and George Weasley in the hit film series.
By: Lewis Jones