The city of Brighton, located on the south coast of England, is one of the most famous seaside resorts in the United Kingdom.
Known for its stony beach, historic pier, the Royal Pavilion and much more, Brighton has always been popular with visitors and locals alike.
A host of influential and famous people were either born there or decided to move there later in life due to its many attractions, including its friendly atmosphere.
One of its most famous residents is the British DJ Fatboy Slim – or Norman Cook if you prefer his real name – who played to a crowd of 250,000 on Brighton Beach in July 2002. Cook married TV presenter Zoë Ball in 1999.
One television presenter born in the city is Holly Willoughby, who has hosted the popular weekday morning show ‘This Morning’ since 2009. UK audiences will also be familiar with the journalist and newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, who has presented the news for the BBC and ITV.
Whether they like it or not, the UK public know all about “media personality” Katie Price, who initially shot to fame as a glamour model. She later appeared on the ITV reality show ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ several series before Brighton-born singer David van Day also entered the jungle.
Several well-known actresses also hail from the south-coast city. Amanda Redman has starred a multitude of television dramas on UK television; Samantha Womack is known for her role as “Ronnie Branning” in ‘Eastenders’ and also represented the United Kingdom at the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest, while Rosie Taylor-Ritson is best known for his portrayal of “Celia” in ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’.
Meanwhile, Academy Award-winning Australian actress Cate Blanchett lived in Brighton for several years.
If you ever visit the city and happen to see a big blue truck, it might have been boxing legend Chris Eubank driving it. Eubank retired from the sport in the nineties, but his son Chris Eubank Jr is currently making a big impression in the ring as he bids to replicate his dad’s achievements.
Brighton is also home to Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, whose Uruguayan manager Gus Poyet played for several clubs including Chelsea and Tottenham.
One of the Seagulls’ star players is the former Spain internationalVicente Rodríguez, who spent 11 years with European heavyweights Valencia between 2000 and 2011.
Three-time Champion Jockey Ryan Moore was born in Brighton, as was the former cricketer Peter Wales, former freestyle swimmer Karen Pickering and rugby union player-turned-coach at Clermont Auvergne Alex King.
And the iconic sports presenter Des Lynam was born in Ireland but moved to Brighton aged six and is an avid supporter of the local football team.
The city has also produced its fair share of musician over the years. Luke Pritchard helped form the Indie rock group ‘The Kooks’; Jordan Stephens and Harley Alexander-Sule are better known as the popular group ‘Rizzle Kicks’, while Dave Clark is a techno DJ.
George Hólm – bassist of the well-known Icelandic band Sigur Rós – was briefly a resident of Brighton, where he became fluent in English.
Other successful people to come from Brighton include the entrepreneur Ivan Massow, who founded PayMeMy.com in September 2011; Comedian and author Tony Hawks– not to be confused with the American skateboarder Tony Hawk; Broadcaster and columnist at The Times Caitlin Moran; narrator of the classic kids’ television programme Ray Brooks, and Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant.
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By: Robert Swan