Peter Reid - Steven Gerrard - Phil Redmond - John Conteh - Harold Wilson - Stuart Sutcliffe - Phil Thompson

Notable People from Knowsley - Liverpool City Region


John Conteh with close friend Muhammad Ali 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. Track and field athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson from Halewood
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 The Beatles - Stuart Sutcliffe, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison '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.


Phil Redmond - Grange Hill - Brookside - Hollyoaks

Phil Redmond

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'.

Chronology Year
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


Liverpool Prime Minister Harold Wilson from Knowsley

Harold Wilson

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.

Chronology Year
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


The Fifth Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe from knowsley

Stuart Sutcliffe

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.

Chronology Year
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


Everton FC Legend Peter Reid from Huyton

Peter Reid

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.

Chronology Year
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


Liverpool FC Legend Steven Gerrard from Huyton

Steven Gerrard

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.

Chronology Year
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


Liverpool FC Legend Phil Thompson from Kirkby

Phil Thompson

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.

Chronology Year
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


Liverpool WBC World Boxing Light-Heavyweight Champion John Conteh from Kirkby

John Conteh

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.

Chronology Year
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