Notable People from Knowsley - Liverpool City Region
Knowsley's variety of famous and most notable people is long and extremely rich with stature.
Deciding which people are more worthy than others is a near impossible task.
The people mentioned in detail below are known throughout the world over,
having all achieved greatness thoughout their lives.
That is not to say, that anyone not mentioned in detail isn't worthy of such accolades.
When you see Knowsley's contribution to the national and international stage, you could be forgiven for imagining Knowsley to be a metropolis of at least ten million people. The list includes 3 current England international players and a host of top flight professional footballers like Phil Thompson, Peter Reid, Steven Gerrard, Leighton Baines, Tony Hibbert, Mark Anthony Hughes, Iain Jenkins, Martin Kelly, Alan Stubbs, Steve McMahon, Mike Marsh, Sue Smith, Chris Shuker, Mark Ward, Paul Cook, Michelle Hinnigan, Craig Hignett, Joey Barton, Craig Noone, Clint Hill, Micky Quinn, Conor McAleny, Callum Mcmanaman, Alan Dugdale, Mark Anthony Hughes, Tommy Caton, Ian Bishop, Rickie Lambert, David Fairclough and Terry McDermott. The latter two won an array of honours with Liverpool Football Club during a similar period to when Phil Thompson played for the club. Fairclough and McDermott both won 6 English titles, 3 European Cups, a UEFA Cup, 3 consecutive League Cups and a European Super Cup.
Knowsley has excelled in other sporting arenas too. In boxing they've always punched above their weight, producing world champion boxers John Conteh and Paul Hodkinson.
Record breaking track and field athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson was born in Halewood, she is a heptathlon specialist winning Gold in the 'World Youth Championships' in 2009. At the 'World Junior Championships' three years later she also took Gold, this time for the long jump. Early in 2014 she broke the British indoor high jump record at an incredible height of 1.96 metres.
On the political spectrum Knowsley has had its fair share of politicians, like the Australian politician Jeanette Powell, the Baroness of Huyton Sally Morgan and the Wirral educated two-time British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Who won four general elections while in control of the Huyton constituency.
An orchestra of musical acts also come from Knowsley. Acts like the 1980's band from Kirkby 'China Crisis', indie rock band 'Space', Cantril Farm band 'The Farm', Matthew Murphy lead singer from 'The Wombats', lead singer of the 'Zutons' Dave McCabe, 'T'Pau' lead singer Carol Decker, Paul Rutherford from 'Frankie Goes to Hollywood', Tony Jones from 'The Christians', Mel C from the 'Spice Girls', Kym Marsh from 'Hearsay', Lally Stott, Natalie McCool, classical pianist Paul Lewis, composer John McCabe and organist Professor Ian Tracey. And the 'Fifth Beatle' himself, Stuart Sutcliffe, who spent his most of his life in the borough, having moved there at the age of just three years old.
It's quite fitting that this musical haven also became home to the famous classical music conductor and founder of the 'Royal Philharmonic Orchestra', Sir Thomas Beecham.
Many television celebrities also come from the borough, like Huyton comedians Freddie Starr and Stan Boardman. Social realist writer Alan Bleasdale, who created the 'British Academy Television Award' winning drama 'Boys from the Blackstuff' and the equally successful 'Scully'. The prolific stage, television and cinema writer Willy Russell. Whose own work includes 'Shirley Valentine', 'Educating Rita' and 'Blood Brothers'.
Famous actors like the award-winning 'Al Capone' actor Stephen Graham, Craig Charles, Margi Clarke, Stephanie Davis, Fred Emney, Alicya Eyo, Sue Johnston, Samuel Kane, Sam Kelly, John Philip Kemble, Tony Maudsley, Sharon Maughan, Danny McCall, Tricia Penrose, Andrew Schofield and Sir Rex Harrison.
Sir Rex Harrison starred in the blockbuster films 'My Fair Lady' and 'Cleopatra', he was born on Tarbock Road in Huyton and attended St Gabriel's School. Harrison was an extremely successful thespian, he won most major awards during his career that spanned almost 60 years, his filmography is one of the most impressive of any actors, he also starred alongside some of the greatest names in showbiz. James Bond's very own '007' actor Daniel Craig also spent part of his childhood in Knowsley.
As well as poet and artist Edward Lear, the jaw-dropping list goes on and on.
Television Producer - Screenwriter - Academic
Phil Redmond was born in Huyton in 1949.
He is the creator of several television programs that has helped shape
society from the seventies right through to the present day.
After creating the very successful children's TV show 'Grangehill' in 1978, he went on to make Liverpool's iconic TV soap 'Brookside' which aired for over two decades. In 1995 he created the still running successful television soap 'Hollyoaks'.
|Creates Successful TV show 'Grange Hill' for 'BBC One' television||1978|
|Creates Successful Liverpool TV soap 'Brookside' for 'Channel 4' television||1982|
|Honorary Professor of Media Studies at Liverpool John Moores University||1989|
|Creates another successful TV soap 'Hollyoaks'||1995|
|Liverpool TV soap 'Brookside' ends after 21 years||2003|
|Awarded CBE for services to drama||2004|
|Long running TV Show 'Grange Hill' finishes after 30 years on the BBC||2008|
|Awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Chester||2010|
|Declares an interest in the role of 'Elected Mayor of Liverpool'||2012|
British Prime Minister - Huyton Member of Parliament
James Harold Wilson was the only elected Member of Parliament
for the Huyton constituency during its 33 year existence.
He was born in Huddersfield in 1916 and moved to the Wirral where he
became 'Head Boy of Wirral Grammar School'.
After World War 2 he took control of the Ormskirk constituency.
In 1950 he ran for and won the newly formed Huyton constituencey,
which he held until he retired in 1983.
|Director of 'Economics and Statistics at the Ministry of Fuel and Power'||1943|
|Elected a Member of Parliament for the Ormskirk constituency||1945|
|Appointed the 'Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works'||1945|
|Elected a Member of Parliament for the newly formed Huyton constituency||1950|
|Became 'Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer'||1955|
|Became 'Shadow Foreign Secretary' after 6 years as Chancellor||1961|
|Elected Labour Party leader||1963|
|Wins the United Kingdom general election becoming Prime Minister||1964|
|Wins his 2nd United Kingdom general election by an increased margin||1966|
|Elected a 'Fellow of the Royal Society'||1968|
|Loses the election and spends four years as 'Leader of the Opposition'||1970|
|Regains the post of 'Prime Minister' after a hung parliament||1974|
|Relinquishes his role as Prime Minister||1976|
|'Huyton Constituency' is replaced by the 'Knowsley South Constituency'||1983|
|Retires from parliament||1983|
Musician - Artist - The fifth Beatle
Stuart Sutcliffe is regarded by many as the fifth member of 'The Beatles'. He was born in Edinburgh and moved to Liverpool in 1943 aged only 3 years old. He attended the Park View Primary School in Huyton and later the Prescot Grammar School. In 1961 he left 'The Beatles' to persue his love for art and enrolled at the 'Hamburg College of Art'. In 1962 he died in Hamburg of a brain aneurysm, he was just 21 years old.
|The 'Liverpool Walker Art Gallery' displays one of his paintings||1959|
|Joins Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison in the 'Silver Beatles'||1960|
|John Moores buys Sutcliffe's exhibition painting for his son||1960|
|Plays in Hamburg with 'The Beatles' Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison||1960|
|Sutcliffe decided to leave the group to persue his love of art||1961|
|Enrols at the 'Hamburg College of Art'||1961|
|Dies in Hamburg of a brain aneurysm at the young age of just 21||1962|
|Featured on the 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' cover||1967|
|The film 'Backbeat' stars American actor Stephen Dorff as Stuart Sutcliffe||1994|
|Featured on 'The Beatles' compilation albums 'Anthology One' and 'Three'||1995|
Footballer - Manager - Pundit
Everton legend Peter Reid was born in Huyton in 1956.
After catching the attention of Everton, he signed for a poultry fee of just £60,000 in 1982. This proved to be excellent business for the blues as Peter Reid went on to see Everton through their most successful era. Winning the FA Cup in 1984, the League twice, the Charity Shield a consecutive 4 times and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1985.
|English 2nd Division Champions with Bolton Wanderers FC||1978|
|Signed for Everton FC||1982|
|Won the FA Cup with Everton FC||1984|
|English League Champions with Everton FC||1985|
|Won the European Cup Winners Cup with Everton FC||1985|
|Voted 'PFA Footballer of the Year' with Everton FC||1985|
|Voted 4th for 'World Player of the Year' behind Platini and Maradona||1985|
|Again foiled by Maradona as Argentina knock England out of the World Cup||1986|
|English League Champions with Everton FC||1987|
|English 2nd Division Champions as Manager of Sunderland FC||1996|
|Wins the 'LMA Manager of the Year' Award with Sunderland FC||1996|
|Awarded the 'Everton Giant' accolade for services to Everton FC||2006|
Footballer - International Captain
Steven Gerrard is one of the greatest midfielders ever to grace the game of football. He was born in Whiston in 1980 and was brought up on Huyton's Bluebell estate. His illustrious career has seen him lift most major trophies but for the elusive league title. He has been named in the 'PFA Team of the Year' a record eight times. At international level he has been an influential captian for England winning over a century of caps.
|FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup and Charity Shield with Liverpool FC||2001|
|Wins the UEFA Super Cup to complete a unique quintuple with Liverpool FC||2001|
|'PFA Young Player of the Year' and the 'PFA Fans Player of the Year'||2001|
|Makes it into the 'PFA Team of the Year' for the first time||2001|
|Won the League Cup with Liverpool FC||2003|
|European Champions with Liverpool FC also winning 'Man of the Match'||2005|
|'UEFA Club Footballer of the Year' and 'UEFA Team of the Year'||2005|
|Won the UEFA Super Cup with Liverpool FC||2005|
|Won the 'Ballon d'Or Bronze Award' with Liverpool FC||2005|
|Won the FA Cup with Liverpool FC also winning 'Man of the Match'||2006|
|Goal of the Season for his last minute goal in the FA Cup Final||2006|
|PFA Players' Player of the Year with Liverpool FC||2006|
|PFA Players' Player of the Year and 'UEFA Team of the Year'||2006|
|'IFFHS World's Most Popular Footballer' Award with Liverpool FC||2006|
|Earns an 'MBE' for services to football||2007|
|'England Player of the Year' and 'FWA Footballer of the Year'||2009|
|Awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University||2009|
|'FIFA/FIFPro World XI' for third consecutive season||2009|
|Won the League Cup with Liverpool FC||2012|
|'England Player of the Year' Award for a 2nd time||2012|
|Wins the 'FWA Tribute' Award with Liverpool FC||2012|
|Earns a place in the 'PFA Team of the Year' for a record 8th time||2014|
|Plays the last of his 708 games for Liverpool FC scoring 186 goals||2015|
|Leaves Liverpool FC after an incredible career for MLS team LA Galaxy||2015|
Footballer - Pundit - Teacher
Philip Bernard Thompson is a former defender and a Liverpool Football Club legend.
During 1972 and 1983 he won 7 English league titles with his boyhood team.
He was born in Kirkby in 1954 and signed for his beloved reds in 1971.
In his debut season he was crowned champions of English football and won the UEFA Cup for an impressive double.
He was capped 42 times for England scoring one goal.
|English League Champions and UEFA Cup double with Liverpool FC||1973|
|Won the FA Cup with Liverpool FC||1974|
|English League Champions and UEFA Cup double again with Liverpool FC||1976|
|European Champions and English League Champions with Liverpool FC||1977|
|Completes the treble by winning the UEFA Super Cup with Liverpool FC||1977|
|European Champions again with Liverpool FC||1978|
|English League Champions with Liverpool FC||1979|
|English League Champions with Liverpool FC||1980|
|Won the League Cup with Liverpool FC||1981|
|European Champions with Liverpool FC for a 3rd time||1981|
|Won the League Cup with Liverpool FC for a 2nd time||1981|
|English League Champions with Liverpool FC||1982|
|Wins the FA Charity Shield for a 6th time with Liverpool FC||1982|
|English League Champions with Liverpool FC for a 7th time||1983|
|UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup as Liverpool FC Assistant Manager||2001|
Professional Boxer - World Champion - Actor
It was the boxing legend and world icon Muhammad Ali that persuaded John Conteh to fight at Light-Heavyweight
instead of Heavyweight.
What sound advice that turned out to be.
As Conteh went on to win the World WBC Light-Heavyweight title in 1974 and retain it for a further 3 years.
He was born in Kirkby in 1956 and won 34 fights during his successful career, winning 23 by way of knockout.
|EBU/Commonwealth/BBBofC British Light Heavyweight Titles||1973|
|Featured on Paul McCartney's 'Band on the Run' Wings album cover||1973|
|WBC World Light Heavyweight Title||1974|
|British Television show 'Superstars' competition champion||1974|
|Retired from professional boxing with 34 victories, 4 defeats and 1 draw||1980|
|Made his acting debut in a role as a boxer for the television show 'Boon'||1989|