We’re aware that this is a controversial subject. There have been many Liverpudlians (“Liverpudlians” is the name given to the people who live in Liverpool, England) who became famous, but we think we’ve cracked the top ten most well-known stars.
1. The Beatles
Has anyone not heard of the Beatles? When it comes to the most famous Liverpudlians of all time, The Beatles really take the biscuit. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr rose to fame in the early 1960’s. By 1963, Beatlemania had gone wild and it was only a year later that the band took America by storm.
It was in 1967, when their long-time manager, Brian Epstein, died of a drug overdose that The Beatles started falling apart, and in 1970, they went their separate ways. However, The Beatles were already set to be legendary figures in the history of music. You can follow in the footsteps of The Beatles by touring Liverpool – check out the history of this seismic band yourself: http://www.liv.ac.uk/hospitality.
2. William Gladstone
The oldest Liverpudlian on our list is William Gladstone, who was born in 1809. If you are interested in the history of politics, it’s likely that you have heard this name before. William Gladstone was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom several times during the 1880’s. Even outside the UK, Gladstone is admired, with roads named after him. He’s most famous for giving Bulgaria independence.
3. Ken Dodd
Born in 1927, Ken Dodd is famous for his comedy, music, and his frizzy hair. In the 1960’s his song writing made him popular, but he’s better known for his comedic appearance.
4. Heidi Range
Heidi India Range is a singer and songwriter known for being the member in world-famous British pop girl band the Sugababes.
5. Alexei Sayle
Sayle has enjoyed big film roles such as Gorky Park and Indianna Jones and the Last Crusade, but he earned his reputation as a controversial writer and a stand-up comedian in the 1980’s.
6. John Hulley
John Hulley was one of the instigators of the Olympic movement in Britain. He organized the UK’s 1st Grand Olympic Festival (held in Liverpool in 1862), established the National Olympian Association, the forerunner of the British Olympic Association (at his Liverpool Gymnasium in 1865) and, together with William Penny Brookes and Ernst Georg Ravenstein, staged Britain’s first National Olympian Games (held on 31 July 1866 at the River Thames at Teddington for aquatic events and 1 August 1866 at the Crystal Palace Park Cricket Ground for other events).
7. Clive Barker
Horror fiction has enjoyed a popular following over the years – people really do enjoy getting chills up their spine. In the 1980’s, his bestselling series ‘Books of Blood’ were raved about in the UK and US. Clive Barker is anything but a one trick horse; he also directed the film Hellraiser, which was a success.
8. Alfred Waterhouse
Alfred Waterhouse was a British architect, who designed Manchester Town Hall, University College London’s Cruciform Building, the Metropole Hotel in Brighton, Hutton Hall in Yorkshire, Darlington town clock, the Natural History Museum in London and many other buildings throughout the UK.
9. Jeremiah Horrocks
Considered to be the Father of English astronomy, Jeremiah Horrocks was the first astronomer to demonstrate that the Moon moved around the Earth in an elliptical orbit and to predict (and then observe and record) the transit of Venus of 1639.