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Famous People From Southampton



There are some talented celebrities who were born in Southampton or lived there at some point in their lives.

Many of Southampton’s most famous sons come from the world of music. There is Will Champion, a Coldplay drummer, born in Southampton in 1978. Champion’s father, Timothy, is currently a professor of archeology at the University of Southampton, where his mother was also a professor. Champion went to Cantell secondary school in Basset Southampton, before moving to University College London to study anthropology. That’s where he would meet with his future band friends in Coldplay. Champion played the guitar growing up and names Tom Waits and Irish traditional music among his early musical influences.

Another Southampton product is R&B singing sensation and songwriter Craig David. He was born Craig Ashley David in 1981 in the Holy Rood estate in the city center. His father is Grenadian and his mother is Jewish-English. David, who has sold over 13 million albums worldwide (2007), attended Bellemoor School. David is proud to be a Southampton FC fan and is happy to correct those who think he is rooted for Leeds United (as Leigh Francis has shown in the comedy TV show “Bo ‘Selecta.” And how great Craig David is now Singer Singer Elton John was quoted as saying, “If there is a better singer in England than Craig David, I am Margaret Thatcher.”

BBC Radio One’s DJ Scott Mills is also from Southampton, where he was born in 1974. He has made a name for himself in UK culture through his ‘drive time’ show on BBC Radio 1, known as The Scott Mills Show. At risk of losing his hearing base, Mills admitted his homosexuality to the press in 2001. In 2007, the Independent on Sunday named Pink List Mills as the 41st most influential gay person in Britain.

During the 17th century, Southampton was the birthplace of the “Father of English Hymnody,” Isaac Watts (July 17, 1674 – November 25, 1748). One of his most famous works, O God Our Help In Ages Past, is the school hymn of King Edward VI ‘s school in Southampton. The skin is also the civic center clock tower. Watts is recognized as the first prolific and popular English hymn writer, with over 750 hymns to his name. Many of them are still in use today and have been translated into many languages. Watts attended the King Edward VI School, where one of the houses is now named in his honor. Moreover, he was a gifted theologian and logicist, and a writer of many books and essays on these subjects. Westminster Abbey has a memorial to Isaac Watts, the earliest surviving memorial erected in his honor. On November 25, 2006, he was commemorated as a hymn writer in the Calendar of the Saints of the Lutheran Church.

In the 19th century, Southampton produced another great artist, the British painter and illustrator, Sir John Everett Millais (June 8, 1829 – August 13, 1896), who was identified as one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

A son of a distinguished family based in Jersey, Millais distinguished by winning, at the age of 11, a spot in the Royal Academy, an unprecedented achievement at the time for such a young man. In 1948, together with his academy contemporaries William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Millais assembled the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in Millais’ own house.

International comedian Benny Hill is also a Southampton product, born Alfred Hawthorn Hill in 1924. He attended Tauntons School and, during World War II, was one of the students transferred to Bournemouth School. on East Way, Bournemouth. Upon graduation he returned to Southampton, Eastleigh, where he worked as a milkman, driver, drummer and bridge operator, but could only break into entertainment by working as an assistant stage manager. He will soon follow in the footsteps of the great British music hall playwrights, changing his name to Benny (in honor of his idol, Jack Benny) in the process,. Despite his successful comic career, Hill spent much of his life living with his mother in Westrow Gardens in Southampton.

Two famous radio and television personalities trace their roots to Southampton – international radio presenter Andy Collins and naturalist TV presenter Chris Packham.

From the ranks of the armed forces is Admiral John Jellicoe (December 5, 1859-20 November, 1935), former commander of the British navy and admiral of the British Royal Navy.

The exile, Juan Manuel de Rosas (1793-1877), a former dictator of Argentina, spent his last years in Southampton. Rosas was head of Argentina from 1829 to 1852. He is remembered as one of the first famous caudillos in Latin America (a powerful political-military leader).

In the field of sport, Southampton is among the sons of former England and Southampton FC footballer Matthew Le Tissier, who has lived in the city since the 1980s. Other popular residents are Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas and former tennis player Wally Masur.

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