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A.T.Dinsdale

(1908–1999) aged 90  Cinematographer Born: Alan T. Dinsdale December 27, 1908 in St Albans, Cinematographer (13 titles) / 1968 Mobilplex / 1957 Five Clues to Fortune / 1955 Timeslip  / 1955 The Stateless Man. etc

 

Abbot Ulsinus

(also known as Wulsin) was an ninth or tenth century Abbot of St Albans Abbey, England. According to the 13th century chronicler Matthew Paris, founded St Albans School there in 948 which is still active

 

Adam Astill

Adam Astill is a British actor who has been in The Bill, Hotel Babylon, EastEnders, Doctors, Hollyoaks, Casualty, My Family, Mistresses, Silent Witness, and The Amazing Mrs Pritchard. Was in Holby City, which is often filmed in St Albans. I got £500 when they filmed outside my flat in DeNovo, Stanhope Road. Adam lives in Chiswell Green. – Raff St AlbansNostalgia.

 

Adam David Lallana

Adam David Lallana (born 10 May 1988) In St Albans. English professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Liverpool and the England national team. began his career with Southampton as a youth player in 2000.

 

Alan Gregory Clayton Smith Dr. PhD MA

(b.14 February 1957) Current Bishop of St Albans, Ex a Bishop of Shrewsbury. Educated at Trowbridge Grammar School for Boys and the University of Birmingham where he obtained a degree in Theology. He was also awarded a MA. I have met him a few times - Raff

 

Alan Martin Smith

Lives in St. Albans (born 21 November 1962 in Hollywood, Worcestershire) is an English former professional footballer and current sports television pundit and patron of Alvechurch F.C.. As a player he was a striker from 1981 until retiring from injury in 1995.

 

Alban Conway

b.1906, St. Albans,  Actor: 1. Murder by Rope (1936) (unaccredited)  / Dance Pretty Lady (1932) (unaccredited)

 

Albert Moses

(born 19 December 1937) British-based actor born near Kandy, Sri Lanka. Acted 1960s in India . In the 70's, he played Ranjeet Singh, a Sikh in ITV sitcom Mind Your Language (1977–79) Ex-governor of a St Albans school. Ex-chairman of the St Albans Film Society. Still lives in St Albans

 

Allan Prior

(13/1/22 - 1/6/2006)  Newcastle Upon Tyne was a TV scriptwriter and novelist,  wrote over 300 television episodes from the 1950s onwards. Wrote the police drama Z-Cars total of 136 episodes for Z-Cars a His daughter is the Steeleye Span singer Maddy Prior.

 

Ardal O'Hanlon

b.8 Oct 1965  - Carrickmacross, Ireland - Irish comedian and actor, Father Dougal McGuire in Father Ted and George Sunday in My Hero. Lives in St Albans, that’s why he is always doing shows at the Alban Arena.

 

Arthur Melbourne - Cooper   

Director, Dreams of Toyland. b.1874. In St Albans, Founder of the British film industry, creator of the world's first animation films (or "trick" films, as he called them). Made donations for soldiers fighting in the Boer War. Built Cinema, site of the Odeon Lived Where Telford Court is Alma Road (Blue Plaque)

 

Arthur Swinson

(1915–1970) Writer / Producer August 1970 (age 54) in Spain /  wrote  1963-1965 Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV series)  / 1964 The Plane Makers (TV series)  /  1963 Dixon of Dock Green (TV series) / 1963 ITV Television Playhouse (TV series) / 1963 Suspense (TV series) etc

 

Ayan Panja

Doctor, b.1973 in Essex. Writer and TV presenter . BBC series Street Doctor and The Health Show, Works at The Maltings Surgery

 

Ben Richards

b 27 March 1972 in West Sussex) Actor / dancer. Studied dance from an early age and later took part in theatre. Was in Footballers' Wives, then Holby City and The Bill.( Uses same vet as me, saw him there with his fluffy white poodle, somehow didn’t look such a hard man as he did in The Bill - Raff)

 

Bennett Arron

Award-winning Welsh writer & stand-up comedian. In 1997 he was a finalist of the BBC New Comedy Awards, with Peter Kay. Past winner of the BBC Wales New Writer's Award and the TAPS Comedy Writer of The Year Award. Born in Port Talbot, later moved to St Albans.(Follows me on Twitter - Raff)

 

Benny Hill

Alfred Hawthorne Hill,  (21/1/1924 - 20/4/1992 famous for his long-running Benny Hill Show. In a live show someone said they were from St Albans Oh!’ said Benny ‘That’s where they carry their fish & chips in a briefcase!’ Loads of web info / Wikipedia says lived in St Albans I don't think he did - Raff

 

Betty Driver

Elizabeth Mary Driver, MBE (20 May 1920 – 15 October 2011) was an English singer, actress and author, best known for her role as Betty Williams on the British soap opera, Coronation Street, appearing in more than 2,800 episodes. She Lived in St Vincent’s Drive with her sister. (Information supplied by "CR" a StAlbansNostalgia follower)

 

Bill Johnson

Member of cult indie band The Pocket Gods - all from St Albans, wrote songs about sex, snacks & ufos, Discovered in 2005 by John Peel, who championed their songs about sex, curries & rock 'n' roll " Hi Raff, yes we are all from St Albans - Great Site www.StAlbansNostalgia.co.uk"  5 Jul 2013

 

Bruce David Rioch

 (b. 6 September 1947) is a football manager and former player. His last managerial post was at Aalborg BK in the Danish Superliga in 2008. As a player, he made more than 550 appearances in the Football League. Been told he on Verulam Estate St Albans

 

Bruce Forsythe Sir CBE

Born 22 February 1928 TV host and entertainer spanning 72 years. From his Autobiography he says first house he ever bought was in St Albans with Penny Calvert who he was married to from 1953 to 1973 and with whom he had three daughters: Debbie, Julie and Laura. Lived in St Vincent's Drive, I visited his house in the 50's when he lived there. (Information supplied by "CR" a StAlbansNostalgia follower)

 

Catherine Cookson

Dame Catherine Cookson, DBE (27 June 1906 – 11 June 1998) was an English author. She became the United Kingdom's most widely read novelist, with sales topping 100 million. Catherine met her husband Thomas (Tom) Henry Cookson in 1937, when he was a school master at Hastings Grammar School. They were married on 1 June 1940 at St Mary Star of the Sea in the High Street. During the war Catherine and Tom moved to St Albans with the Grammar School & lived in St Albans 1940 to 1945 in a flat above the old library in 11 - 13 Victoria street. (Now O’Neills Bar)

 

Charles Lippross

Film art director and production designer. also known as Charles M. Lippross  born in St Albans - Art Director (9 titles)  2001 Skeletons in the Closet  /  2001 All Over Again  / 2000 Seven Stages of Spiritual Growth  / 1999 George Lucas in Love / 1999 Postcards from Heaven, etc.

 

Charles Walter Stansby Williams

(20 September 1886 – 15 May 1945) Poet, novelist, theologian, literary critic, Williams was born in London in 1886, He had a sister, Edith, b. 1889. Educated at St Albans School, went to University College London, but had to leave in 1904 without taking a degree his parents ran out of money.

 

Cheryl Campbell

b. 22 May 1949, St. Albans. Attended Francis Bacon School. (The Ibsen Girl) was Eileen in Dennis Potter's "Pennies from Heaven" (1978), received a BAFTA  "Testament of Youth" (1979), "Malice Aforethought" (1979) and "The Duke of Wellington". Won the Laurence Olivier Award in 1983 for Nora Helmer in "A Doll's House."

 

Chris Batten

Member of Enter Shikari are a post-hardcore band formed in 2003 in St Albans, They combine post-hardcore and heavy metal sub-genres, such as metalcore & alternative metal, with elements of various electronic genres, such as electronica, dubstep, trance, creating a unique sound

 

Christopher Lewis

(b. 1944), Dean of St Albans 1994-2003  Son of Admiral Sir Andrew Lewis KCB / wife, Rachel Elizabeth (née Leatham), Educated at Marlborough College, & The University of Bristol (BA in 1969), Corpus Christi College, (PhD in 1974) and Westcott House, where he trained for the priesthood.

 

Christopher Mark Wells Read

(born 10 August 1978) is an English cricketer, a wicket-keeper who is the captain of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. He has been the first-choice England wicket-keeper on numerous occasions during his career. Lives in St Albans (Unconfirmed)

 

Christopher Stephen Clark

(born 1980,  in St Albans) , is an electronic musician, currently signed to Warp Records. With the 2006 release of Throttle Furniture, he shortened his artist name to Clark.. His album, Clarence Park was named after Clarence Park in St Albans

 

Christopher William Herbert

Former Bishop of St Albans. He was born on 7 January 1944, in Lydney in the Forest of Dean. His father helped run the family road haulage business. Bishop of St Albans Diocese of St Albans from 20 January 1996 - 7 January 2009

 

Colin Blunstone

Member of the Zombies formed in 1962 in St Albans and led by Rod Argent (piano, organ and vocals) and Colin Blunstone (vocals). The group had hits in 1964 with "She's Not There". In the US, two further singles, "Tell Her No" and, in 1969, "Time of the Season", were also successful.

 

Craig Joseph Charles

 (b. 11/7/1964) is English actor, comedian, author, poet, TV presenter and radio DJ. Best known for playing Dave Lister in Red Dwarf, and Lloyd Mullaney in Coronation Street. 

 

Dame Anna Neagle, DBE

(20 October 1904 – 3 June 1986), born Florence Marjorie Robertson, was a popular English stage and film actress and singer.- born in Forest Gate, Essex, attended primary school in Glasgow and then St Albans High School for Girls - Renowned for portrayals of Nell Gwynn, 1934 / Queen Victoria 1937

 

Damien Hill

Damon Graham Devereux Hill OBE (b 17/960) British racing driver son of Graham Hill. His father died in an aeroplane crash when Hill was 15. Lived in Shenley Lyndhurst Manor Green Street

 

David Essex

Did Not live in St Albans - Just added his name to dismiss all the web sites & Wikipedia that says he did. I tweeted David Essex & he replied straight back . . . " Hi Raff No never lived there, but it's a great place" , so at least its official David Essex thinks St Albans is  a great place - Raff

 

Dean Austin

(born 26 April 1970 in Hemel Hempstead) Former footballer played as a defender. He started his career at St Albans then played for Southend United, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace. He retired after the 2002–03 season. Now works as a coach.

 

Donovan

(born Donovan Phillips Leitch, 10 May 1946) Scottish singer - In 1956, his family moved to Little Berkhamsted Nr. Hatfield - Hits Sunshine Superman (1966) Mellow Yellow (1967) The Hurdy Gurdy Man (1968) Went To St Albans Art College & Spent a lot of time with Mac MacLeod from St Albans

 

Duncan Matthew James Inglis

(born 7 April 1978), known as Duncan James, is an English singer, actor and television presenter. He is best known as a member of the boyband Blue from 2000 to 2005 and again from 2009 following their reformation. (Haven't been able to confirm he lived in St Albans - Raff)

 

Ed Macfarlane

Member of Friendly Fires are an English band from St Albans, Hertfordshire, England. They are currently signed to XL Recordings. Their self-titled debut album was released on 1 September 2008 and was announced as one of the shortlisted twelve for the 2009 Mercury Prize on 21 July 2009

 

Edd Gibson

Member of Friendly Fires are an English band from St Albans, Hertfordshire, England. They are currently signed to XL Recordings. Their self-titled debut album was released on 1 September 2008 and was announced as one of the shortlisted twelve for the 2009 Mercury Prize on 21 July 2009

 

Edmund Becket

Edmund Beckett, 1st Baron Grimthorpe QC (12 May 1816 – 29 April 1905), 5th Baronet was a "lawyer, mechanician and controversialist as well as a noted horologist and architect. In 1851 he designed the mechanism for the clock of the Palace of Westminster, responsible for the chimes of Big Ben.

 

Edward Warner, (Private 7602) V.C.

Ted Warner, was born 18 11 1883, in St Albans. He enlisted into the Beds Regiment late in 1903. Arrived Near Ypres on the Western Front on the 16th August 1914 Early on the morning of the 1st May 1915 he saved his troops from a German gas attack & was posthumously awarded the VC

 

Eleanor Anne Ormerod

(11 May 1828 – 19 July 1901) was an English entomologist. She was a daughter of George Ormerod, F.R.S., author of The History of Cheshire, and was born at Sedbury Park, Gloucestershire. Lived at Torrington House 47, Holywell Hill, AL1 1HD / Corner of Belmont Hill

 

Emma Catherine Crosby

(born 5 June 1977, St Albans) , Television newsreader and journalist, currently presenting for 5 News on Channel 5. Acted in Philpott House Fire: The Truth (2013). Worked for BBC News, Sky News, GMTV, Presented Prince William and Catherine: A Fairytale Wedding (2011)

 

Enter Shikari 

Hardcore group formed in 2003 in St Albans, They combine post-hardcore and various heavy metal sub-genres

 

Eric Morecombe

Lived in Harpenden - John Eric Bartholomew OBE (14/5/26 - 28/5/84)  Comedian with Ernie Wise 1941 - 1984 when he died of a heart attack in 1984. Named after his home town.

 

Esmé  Bianco

b. May 25, 1982  in St Albans, At 18 she moved to London to study for a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths College. Once in London, pursued a career in modelling, posing for lingerie label 'Agent Provocateur' in  2003. Shoe designer Terry de Havilland, named  a pair of his shoes after her

 

Francis Bacon (Sir)

Sir Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St. Alban, Kt., KC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator and author.  Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. Lived at Gorhambury House  St Albans  - Born The Strand - Died Highgate

 

Gavin Toomey

Visual Effects | Composer | Director - b.May 25, 1974 in  St Albans. Special effects for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - 2006 Superman Returns,  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, etc

 

Geoff Meade

Broadcaster, journalist ex-war correspondent for GMTV - www.themeade-ia.co.uk

 

Geoff Shreeves

Geoff Shreeves is a reporter on Sky Sports, joined the channel in 1992. Went to Verulam School in St Albans, and has three children, Jack, Lottie and Ellie. Used to drink in The Six Bells & The Black Lion.

 

Geoffrey Crawley

Geoffrey Crawley (10 December 1926 – 29 October 2010) was a photographic expert and journalist, and was the editor in chief of British Journal of Photography for 20 years. He was noted for exposing the photographs of the Cottingley Fairies taken in the early 20th century as a hoax. He was my next door neighbour in Wynchlands Crescent (Information supplied by "CR" a StAlbansNostalgia follower)

 

George Gilbert Scott (Sir)

(13 July 1811 – 27 March 1878) was an English Gothic revival architect, He was one of the most prolific architects which Great Britain has produced, over 800 buildings, he was the architect of St Pancras Station, the Albert Memorial & worked on St Albans Abbey 1856 -1877

 

George Tankerfield

Protestant martyr burned by Marian persecutors at Romeland Hill, St. Albans. From York, he had been a late  convert to " the New Doctrines," and in King Edward's days he " had been a Papist." But was revolted by the cruelties of the Marian persecutors.

 

Gilberto Silva

(born 7 October 1976) is a Brazilian football player. He plays for Panathinaikos and Brazil national team. Lived in St Albans when he played for Arsenal FC (Haven't been able to confirm this - Raff)

 

Ginger Mills

The wild man of St Albans, who lived on the very edges of society. a colourful character and the stuff of legend. A figure who inspired Jez Butterworth's recent critically-acclaimed West End play, 'Jerusalem'.

 

Graham Frederick Young

10 9 1947  - 1 8 1990 - Serial killer sent to Broadmoor in 1962 Poised members of his family then in 1971 + 70 more people, 2 died - tried at St Albans Crown Court 

 

Graham Hill

(Lived in Shenley) Norman Graham Hill OBE (15/2/29 – 29/11/75) Twice won Formula One World Champion. Le Mans, Indianapolis 500 and Formula One World Champion. Lived in Shenley Lyndhurst Manor Green Street

 

Harvey & Isobel Dagul

Piano duettists. They have shown that four hands at one piano is a highly entertaining and approachable medium, and Isabel and Harvey are intimate with the huge wealth of music from the well-known and loved to the unfamiliar and neglected, both were teachers at Beaumont School. Harvey was my music teacher 1964 – 1969, Isobel was there for just one year – Raff.

 

Helen Wyman

b.  4 March 1981 n St Albans, cyclist represented UK at international, World Cups &  World Championships. In 2006 was British  champion in cycle-cross 5 years consecutively. 

 

Herbert Mundin

(21 August 1898 – 5 March 1939) Family moved soon after he was born to (1901 census shows) as   St Helens Villa, Paxton Road, St Albans. Mundin was educated at St Albans School, In 1931, Contracted to Twentieth Century Fox Studios - Was in 50 films like Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

 

Hugo Napier

 Actor b June 18, 1946 in St. Albans,  Actor (17 Films ) 1997 Tomorrow Never Dies  Jeff Hobbs /  1996 Silent Witness (TV series)  / Coroner's Officer / Sins of the Fathers: Part 2 (1996) … Coroner's Officer  /1995 How to Be a Little Sod (TV series) etc.

 

Ian Scott Holloway

(born 12 March 1963) is an English football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of Crystal Palace. A midfielder, played for Bristol Rovers in 1981, going on to play for Wimbledon, Brentford, Torquay United. In February 2001 Ian, Kim and & 4 children Moved to St Albans

 

Jack Ryder

Jack Seigfried Ryder (born 21 September 1981) Actor, best known for playing Jamie Mitchell in Enders from 1998 to 2002 Was married to Kim Marsh 10/8/2002 - 20/3/2008 Lived in St Albans while married to Kim Marsh

 

Jack Savidge

Member of Friendly Fires, band from St Albans, They are currently signed to XL Recordings. Their self-titled debut album was released on 1 September 2008 and was announced as one of the shortlisted twelve for the 2009 Mercury Prize on 21 July 2010

 

James Runcie  (The Hon.)

(born 1959) Novelist, documentary film-maker, television producer, theatre director, and Head of Literature and Spoken Word at the Southbank Centre in London. Son of Rosalind & Robert Runcie, the former Archbishop of Canterbury. In 2006  - 2007, spent a year filming the life of  J.K. Rowling.

 

Jeanne Willis

Born St Alban's, England – award winning an author of several children's books, including The Monster Bed (1986),[2] the Dr Xargle's series of books (1988–2004), and Shamanka (2007). Willis lives in London, England, with her husband and two children.

 

Jeff Wayne

Lives in Shenley - b. 1/7/43, New York, musician best known Musical Version of The War of the Worlds. Wrote approximately 3,000 advertising jingles & CD Spartacus. I have met him several times and heard Spartacus from the master tapes in the recoding studio. I was there during some of the recording including the bit where someone put the kettle on and it caused a click on the mater tape. Had to fly singers back from USA to re-record Mr Wayne was not happy, Raff.

 

Jeffrey Philip Hywel John

(born 10 February 1953) is a Church of England priest and the current Dean of St Albans (Since 2004). He made headlines in 2003 when he was the first person to have openly been in a same-sex relationship to be nominated as a Church of England bishop. Met him several times - Raff

 

Jeremy Summers

(b.1931 in St Albans) is a retired television director and film director, best known for his directorship of ITC productions in the 1960s and 1970s, most notably The Saint. He directed nearly 50 different TV programmes between 1960 and 1999, including The Saint and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)

 

Jerry Allen

(Played The Lowry Organ) lived in Stanley Avenue & had a music shop In Holywell Hill near the Cathedral (Same side) Daughter Mandy went to Townsend Girls & son Gene went to Francis Bacon Grammar School In the 60's. Jerry Did TV shows including an appearance on Sooty Show

 

Jez Butterworth

Dramatist and film director. b.1969 London, England, and attended Verulam School. His brother Steve is a producer and brothers Tom and John-Henry are also writers. Director of Birthday Girl With Nicole Kidman & Ben Chaplin filmed mostly in St Albans.

 

Jim Rodford

Member of the  Zombies formed in 1962 in St Albans and led by Rod Argent (piano, organ and vocals) and Colin Blunstone (vocals). The group had hits in 1964 with "She's Not There". In the US, two further singles, "Tell Her No" and, in 1969, "Time of the Season", were also successful.

 

Jimmy Hill OBE

(born 22 July 1928) is an association football personality. His career was football, including player, union leader, coach, manager, director, chairman, television executive, presenter, analyst and match official. Lived in St Albans - Now lives in Harpenden ( I have not been able to verify this - Raff)

                    

Jimmy Joel

Jim Joel (1895–1992), businessman, philanthropist, Thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder The Joel family made a fortune in diamond and gold mining in South Africa. Lived at Childwickbury Manor. Sold to Stanley Kubrick after Jimmy Joel died.

 

John Ball

(c. 1338 - 15 July 1381) was an English Lollard priest who took a prominent part in the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 - He was born and lived in St. Albans, Hertfordshire and later moved to Colchester during the Black Death. He also lived in Kent at the time of the 1381 rebellion

 

John Harford Williams

b 1962 in St. Albans,  Director (4 titles). 2012 Sado Tempest. 2006 Starfish Hotel. 2001 Firefly Dreams. 1996 Midnight Spin. Hide Hide Show Show.

 

John Hartson

(born 5 April 1975) Welsh international footballer / striker, best known for his spells with West Ham and Celtic. Also featured prominently for Wales, earning 51 caps until his international retirement in 2006. He retired in Jan  2008. Now after dinner speaker. (Unconfirmed Emailed 5/7/2013 - Raff)

 

John Mitchell

Ex-Chief Executive Luton Town FC & Footballer, played for Fulham & Chrystal Palace. Lived in Cottonmill. 

 

John Saunders

b. 1921 in St. Albans/ Actor (33 films)  incl. 1988 The Return of Sherlock Holmes (TV series)  / 1979 The Professionals (TV series)  Mr. Pagett-Munro / 1979 Rebecca (TV series)  Dr. Baker /  1976 The New Avengers (TV series)  1971 Armchair Theatre (TV series) /  TV Interviewer

 

John Sessions

Real name John Gibb Marshall (b 11/1/ 1953), Stage name John Sessions, Scottish actor  / comedian. TV shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway? acted in films, in the UK & Hollywood - Born in Largs, &  spent  early years in St Albans, Went To Verulam School Brampton Road

 

John Walker Motson OBE 

(b 10 July 1945, Manchester,), also known as Motty, since 1971 is  a  football commentator for over 1500 games including covering all the major football championships: World Cups, FA Cups, and European Championships Moved to St Albans 2000 approx

 

John Wilan

Lottery drawmaster, Lives in Sandpit Lane

 

Jonathan Anthony Stroud

(born 27 October 1970, Bedford, is an author of fantasy books, mainly for children and young adults. Stroud began to write stories at a very young age. Among his most prominent works are the best-selling Bartimaeus Trilogy. He grew up in St Albans

 

Joseph 'Joe' McGann

(b 24 July 1958) is an English actor. His most well known role is the lead role of Charlie Burrows, the "housekeeper" in the TV comedy series The Upper Hand (1990–1996). He is also known as a television reporter on the BBC's South. ( Haven't been able to confirm that he lived in St Albans )

 

Julian Chagrin 

Actor, Writer, Director. Lived in Lancaster Road. In 76 moved to Israel. 2 Oscar Nominations  The Concert ('74) & The Morning Spider ('75) (Whites Lemonade Advert) Sent Me Message 22 Feb 2014  - Hi Raff Just seen a photo of me on your web site, asking who is this on a Zebra Crossing, I have to admit that it is me. It was a publicity still for a short film " The Concert" we made in 1973 while we were living in Stalebuns. We actually shot it outside The Albert Hall. In 1974 it was nominated for an Oscar and won First Prize The Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. About that time I did R. WHITES - to be honest I never did understand its popularity - mind you I'm not knocking it, bless it's little heart!

 

Julian Remo Perretta         

(born 13 January 1989) Singer / songwriter, best known for his song, "Wonder Why". Perretta was born in London to an Italian father and Irish mother, having 6 siblings. Perretta left school at 16 after gaining a scholarship for Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London

 

Justin Somper                     

Justin Somper is the British author of the Vampirates children's novel series.(Not confirmed Emailed him 5 / 7 / 2013 - Raff)

 

Kate Allan

(b. 1975) is British historical romance novelist, educated at the all-girls' Bedford High School . She is member of the Romantic Novelists Association, She was shortlisted for the 2005 Joan Hessayon New Writers Award. Lives in St Albans

 

Kenneth Francis Jackett

(b January 1962) Former Welsh international footballer, who has since moved into management. He is the head coach of League One club Wolverhampton Wanderers. "has had his family home in St Albans for many years" ExpressAndStar.com. 

 

Kim Marsh                           

Kim Marsh b. 13 June 1976) Actress / Singer. Stars as Michelle Connor in Coronation Street, and has enjoyed chart success as both a member of Hear'Say and a solo artist. Was married to Jack Ryder 10/8/2002 - 20/3/2008 Lived in St Albans while married to Jack Ryder.

 

Kurt Jackson

(born 1961 Blandford Dorset) Painter whose large canvases reflect a concern with natural history, he developed an interest in natural history and landscape. Went to Francis Bacon School in St Albans as a teenager, then St Peter's College, Oxford, and The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art

 

Lee Dixon

Lee Michael Dixon (born 17 March 1964) is a retired English professional footballer who played as a right-back for Arsenal, Burnley, Bury, Chester City and Stoke City as well as the England national team. Lives in Harpenden.

 

Les "Leslie" Ferdinand MBE

b 8 December 1966 in Paddington, London) Former English footballer. Played QPR, Beşiktaş, Newcastle United, Tottenham, West Ham, & Bolton Wanderers a number of appearances for England. First player to score for six different Premier League clubs. Les said " I live out near St. Albans"

 

Leslie Bailey

The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan is a 1953 British Technicolor film that was based on the book written by Leslie Baily - Born: December 14, 1906 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, UK. Died: February 21, 1976 (age 69).

 

Liz Hobbs

Water Ski Champion Liz Hobbs MBE, National Ladies Water Ski Racing Champion in 1976. World Water Ski Racing Champion in 1981 and again in 1984 after a near-fatal accident. Was married to Frazer Hines Actor in Emmerdale. (Divorced 2003)

 

Lord Grimthope

Edmund Beckett, 1st Baron Grimthorpe (1816–1905), lawyer, horologist, architect; redesigned West Front St A. Abbey Designed Big Ben. Lived at Batchwood Hall

 

Lucy Clarke,

started her musical career after being signed up with Si Paul Management in 2005 & her work has gone onwards and upwards & was published with Hookline & Singer through Notting Hill. In 2010, she was published through 23rd Precinct, and now settled in with VSA Artist Rights Management as of 2012 - Ex-Beaumont School & one of my St Albans Nostalgia Facebook  friends. See Lucy's web site - http://lucyclarkemusic.co.uk/

 

Luisa Zissman

She lists her favourite business brands as Christian Louboutin and Virgin Atlantic for their strong brand identities. Her first job was as a Saturday girl in an estate agent and she also owned the Dixie's cupcake shop, 11 Market Place, St. Albans, AL3 5D, which ceased trading in 2014. She also runs a website &  electronics business.

 

Luke Roberts

 (born 1977) Actor, most notable for his role as Joseph Byrne on Holby City. He has previously appeared as Captain Dan Pieterson in the Sky1 drama Mile High. Before that he was in third series of the TV classic Crossroads. His character Joseph suffers with OC.

 

Mac MacLeod

Mac MacLeod (born Keith MacLeod, 9 July 1941, St Albans, Musician who was a part of the Hertfordshire folk and blues scene from 1959 onwards. He played in St Albans alongside Mick Softly, Maddy Prior  and toured with John Renbourn. Taught Donovan how to play the guitar.

 

Maddy E. Prior, MBE

 (b.) is an English folk singer, best known as the lead vocalist of Steeleye Span Born in Blackpool, Prior moved in her teens to St Albans, where she befriended the young Donovan Leitch and Mac MacLeod in The Cock pub . She later formed a duo with MacLeod called 'Mac & Maddy'.

 

Mark Christopher Lee

Member of cult indie band The Pocket Gods - all from St Albans, wrote songs about sex, snacks & ufos, Discovered in 2005 by John Peel, who championed their songs about sex, curries & rock 'n' roll Hi Raff, yes we are all from St Albans - Great Site www.StAlbansNostalgia.co.uk"  5 Jul 2013

 

Mark Gerard Lawson

(born 11 April 1962) Journalist and author. Specialising in culture and the arts, he is known for his column in The Guardian, and for presenting the flagship BBC Radio 4 arts programme Front Row, and BBC Four's Mark Lawson talks to.. In 1962 and went to school at St Columba's College in St Albans.

 

Martin Lee Gore

 (b 23 July 1961) Depeche Mode lead singer,  songwriter, wrote most their songs. Best known compositions are hits such as, "Enjoy the Silence", "I Feel You", "People Are People", "Everything Counts". (Met him & his daughter, Ava Lee , at their house in Wheathampstead. Raff)

 

Matthew Holness

b. 1975, Whitstable, Kent, Actor, comedian, better known as Garth Marenghi, lives ibn St Albans  British Alma mater Trinity Hall, Cambridge ( I have not been able to verify this - Raff)

 

Matthew Paris

(c. 1200—1259) historian, Benedictine monk, and polymath  English chronicler and manuscript illuminator. Became a monk at the monastery of St Albans in 1217. Appointed monastery chronicler in 1236. In 1248, sent to Norway to reform of St Benet-Holme Monastery. No connection with France

 

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo, OBE, FKC, AKC, (born 5 October 1943) born in St Albans, author, poet, playwright and librettist, best known for his work in children's literature. He was the third Children's Laureate. Also writer of War Horse / Play / Film. His father was actor Tony Van Bridge

 

Michelle Bass

 (b 2 February 1981) Glamour model and television personality turned singer and columnist. She first came to fame on the fifth series of the Big Brother. Previously, Bass had worked as a mortgage adviser. Saw her in Homebase in St Albans - Raff

 

Mike Newell

Michael Cormac "Mike" Newell (b.28/3/42) in St Albans director and producer, film & television. Newell won the 1994 BAFTA Award for Best Direction for Four Weddings and a Funeral 1994. Directed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Son of amateur actors, educated at St Albans School.

 

Mike Oldfield

b.15 May 1953 (age 60) Reading, Berkshire. He had a retreat home in St Albans for many years, and apparently the "growly" bit in Tubular Bells is influenced by walking down George Street at midnight.

 

Mike O’Neill  

Piano player and song writer. Died 17th October 2013. O’Neil was married to Rachel Bell, (see separate entry) I know their daughter. Letty H.


Mike Walling

(b. 8 July 1950 in Salford, Lancashire) is an English comic actor and screenwriter. Walling moved into situation comedy, appearing in several series - "Just Liz", "Bootle Saddles" and then the very successful "Brush Strokes". ( Haven't been able to confirm that he lived in St Albans )

 

Minhyong Kim (Prof)

b.1963 from  South Korean mathematician who specialises in arithmetical algebraic geometry. He received his PhD at Yale University. Has worked at number of universities, including M.I.T., Columbia, Arizona, Purdue, the Korea Institute for Advanced Study. Lives in St Albans

 

Morgan Howell

St Albans artist Morgan Howell FRSA Paints ‘supersize’ singles in minute detail, even down to the tears and wrinkles of their paper sleeves. His many exhibitions are rare opportunity to see a collection of many of these classic works, some of which are available to purchase.

 

Natalie B

Natalie B is one of the most talented and accomplished female radio presenters in the UK. Over the last eight years, she has hosted prime time radio shows.

 

Nicholas Bacon Sir

Sir Nicholas Bacon (28 December 1510 – 20 February 1579) was an English politician during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, notable as Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. He was the father of the philosopher and statesman Sir Francis Bacon.

 

Nicholas Breakspear (Sir)

Pope Adrian IV (Latin: Adrianus PP. IV, Italian: Adriano IV; c. 1100 – 1 September 1159), born Nicholas Breakspear head of the Catholic Church from 4 December 1154 to his death in 1159. Born Abbots Langley received his early education at the Abbey School, St Albans

 

Nick Barker

Film director b. 13 May 1948  in St Albans. He is the father of the actress Jessica Barker

 

Nicole Kidman

Kidman fell in love with the place when staying in the area to make Eyes Wide Shut with Stanley Kubrick. It was only when her then husband, Tom Cruise, had to relocate to Australia to make Mission Impossible II that she decided she had to forgo the delights of the city to be by his side.

 

Nigel James Gibbs

(born 20 November 1965 in St Albans), is a former English footballer. A Watford supporter, as well as a product of their youth system, Gibbs spent his entire professional career as a right back for the club. He is currently assistant manager of Leeds United after being appointed on 12 April 2013

 

Nigel Marven

(b. 27 November 1960) Wildlife presenter, TV  producer, author and ornithologist - Like many youngsters, Nigel’s first pet was a hamster called Hammy. Before long he had an entire colony in the bedroom of his parents’ terraced house in St Alban’s and began collecting other animals.

 

Noel Storey

Member of cult indie band The Pocket Gods - all from St Albans, wrote songs about sex, snacks & ufos, Discovered in 2005 by John Peel, who championed their songs about sex, curries & rock 'n' roll Hi Raff, yes we are all from St Albans - Great Site www.StAlbansNostalgia.co.uk"  5 Jul 2013

 

Olivia Allison

(b. 1990), Married Name Federici GB synchronised swimmer, lived in St Albans & attended St Albans Girls' School

 

Patsy Palmer

English actress. Made an early television appearance Grange Hill, but is best known for playing Bianca Jackson in the popular British television soap opera EastEnders. Born: May 26, 1972. Bethnal Green

 

Patsy Rowlands

(19 January 1931 – 22 January 2005) Actress In the Carry On films series, and as Betty Lewis in the popular ITV Thames sitcom Bless This House, and as Alice Meredith in the Yorkshire TV sitcom Hallelujah!. - Lived 57 Albert Street St Albans Met her 3 times for a long chat - such a nice lady - Raff

 

Paul Cattermole

Paul Gerald Cattermole (born 7 March 1977), In St Albans, English singer and actor. He was a member of S Club. He was spotted by Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment when he appeared in a show there and was asked to audition for S Club 7

 

Paul Merson

Footballer Lived in Belvedere Gardens Chiswell Green. (born 20 March 1968)  footballer and manager, midfielder in a career that lasted from 1985 to 2006. Notably played in the Premier League for Arsenal, Middlesbrough and Aston Villa, Merson earned 21 caps for England, scoring 3 times

 

Penny Calvert

Penny Calvert, a dancer / singer at London's Windmill Theatre. Married to Bruce Forsythe 1953 - 1973. Bought their first house together in St Vincent's Drive St Albans

 

Peter Mensah

(born on 27 August 1959 in Accra, Ghana), is a English-Ghanaian actor, best known for his roles in Tears of the Sun, 300 and Dead Space (video game) (Grew up in St Albans - Unconfirmed)

 

Philip Madoc

(5 July 1934 – 5 March 2012) Welsh actor who had many TV and film roles, including the lead role in the detective series A Mind to Kill, the eponymous hero of The Life and Times of David Lloyd George and famously, a U-boat captain in an episode of Dad's Army. Lived in Hatfield & St Albans


Rachel Bell

Rachel B. Bell was born in 1947 in Richmond, Yorkshire, she is an actress, known for her many television credits and has been associated as a long-running character with three series: Margaret Holmes in Grange Hill (1997–2002); Edith Pilchester in The Darling Buds of May (1991–1993); and Louise, the overbearing chair in Dear John (1986–1987). She also appeared in the Doctor Who story The Happiness Patrol (1988) and the Only Fools and Horses episode "To Hull and Back" (1985).  Appeared as Jennifer Fortescue in Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye (1985) In 2008 she appeared in the Keira Knightley film, The Edge Of Love. In 2010 she played Hyacinth Bucket in a theatrical adaptation of the BBC situation comedy Keeping Up Appearances that toured the UK. (Married to Mike O’Neill - See separate entry) Their daughter is a good friend of mine. Letty H

 

Ralph Nicholas Chubb

(8 February 1892 – 14 January 1960) A poet, printer, and artist., his work was highly intricate personal mythology, one that was anti-materialist and sexually revolutionary. Born in Harpenden, his family moved to St Albans before his first birthday. Attended St Albans School, was an officer in WW1

 

Richard Of Wallingford

After the death of his father, a blacksmith of Wallingford, Oxfordshire, He  was adopted by the prior of Wallingford. He was at Oxford University as a student from 1308 to 1314 and taught there from 1317 to 1326  before becoming the abbot of St. Albans.

 

Ricky Lopez

Mr Elvis Schmelvis & singer / actor. Sings songs from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Louis Armstrong and Eddie Calvert. Not just a singer but a great entertainer too. Dubbed the English Michael Bublé. Appeared on the One Show & Holby City as Elvis Schmelvis. (And one of my friends on Facebook – Raff - www.AL1.org)

 

Rob Rolfe

Member of Enter Shikari are a post-hardcore band formed in 2003 in St Albans, They combine post-hardcore and heavy metal sub-genres, such as metalcore & alternative metal, with elements of various electronic genres, such as electronica, dubstep, trance, creating a unique sound

 

Robert Fayrfax

Robert Fayrfax (April 23, 1464 – October 24, 1521) was an English Renaissance composer, in  the reigns of Kings Henry VII and Henry VIII of England. Born in Deeping Gate, Lincs He was organist of St Albans Abbey responsible for the music there from 1498 to 1502 & is buried there

 

Robert Runcie

Robert Alexander Kennedy Runcie, Baron Runcie PC MC (2 October 1921–11 July 2000) was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1980 to 1991. In 1981, Runcie officiated at the marriage of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer. Lived in Jennings Road St Albans

 

Rod Argent

(b. 1945) was born here and sang in St Albans Cathedral choir  forming The Zombies formed in 1962 in St Albans and Rod Argent (piano, organ and vocals) and Colin Blunstone (vocals). Hits in 1964 with "She's Not There". "Tell Her No" and, in 1969, "Time of the Season", were also successful.


Rodney Clarke

Grew up in St Albans - pro skater and winner of the street skating competition at the Sprite Urban Games for the last two years running. " I skated a lot around St. Albans, I always have. I skated there for a few years before there was anything there to skate and then we built The Pioneer Skate Park".


Ron Henry

(born 17 August 1934) is a retired footballer who played for Tottenham Hotspur, and won one cap for England. His grandson, Ronnie Henry, currently plays for Luton Town. Ron Henry currently lives in Redbourn, and owns bedding plant nursery.


Rory Clewlow

Member of Enter Shikari are a post-hardcore band formed in 2003 in St Albans, They combine post-hardcore and heavy metal sub-genres, such as metalcore & alternative metal, with elements of various electronic genres, such as electronica, dubstep, trance, creating a unique sound

 

Rosie Marcel

(born 6 May 1977) Roehampton, English actress. Best known as Jac Naylor, the Consultant cardiothoracic surgeon. Also appeared in The Bill She is the daughter of television director Terry Marcel and sister of writer and actress Kelly Marcel. Often see he walking her dog at the lake - Raff

 

Rou Reynolds

Member of Enter Shikari are a post-hardcore band formed in 2003 in St Albans, They combine post-hardcore and heavy metal sub-genres, such as metalcore & alternative metal, with elements of various electronic genres, such as electronica, dubstep, trance, creating a unique sound

 

Russell Christopher Green

(born 30 July 1959) is a former English cricketer. Green was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm fast-medium. He was born in St Albans, Green made his debut for Suffolk against Cambridgeshire in the 1982

 

Ruth Madoc

(b. 16 April 1943 in Norwich, England) is an actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Gladys Pugh in the 1980s BBC television comedy Hi-de-Hi!, and as Daffyd Thomas's mother in the second series of Little Britain. Lived in Hatfield & St Albans

 

Sacha Baron Cohen

(b. 1971) studied at St Columba's College in St Albans before finding global fame as Ali G and Borat.

 

Saint Alban

Saint Alban was the first British Christian martyr. Along with his fellow saints Julius and Aaron, Alban is one of three martyrs. Alban is listed in the Church of England calendar for 22 June. In 2006 The Church of England suggested that Alban become patron saint of England.

 

Samuel Ryder

(24/3/1858 - 2/1/1936) Entrepreneur, golf enthusiast, Sold garden seeds in "penny packets" . In 1926 Funded the "Ryder Cup", Now golf's most important Cup. Lived at 1 Marlborough Gate & 53 Victoria Street 25 Clarence Road Met his Grandson at Ryder's Sports shop - Not a very nice man - Raff

 

Sarah Churchill

(née Jenyns, now spelt Jennings ) Duchess of Marlborough (1660–1744), wife of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough and close friend of Queen Anne, was born at Holywell House St Albans. Related to Sir Winston Churchill & The Lady Dianna Spencer Family.

 

Siobhan Fahey

Ex-Bananarama and Shakespeare's sister went to Loretto College and was told she would make nothing of her life While I was in St Albans I met a guy called Jim Rodford, a local celebrity, who is bass player with The Kinks. I tweeted her & She told me above info - Raff

 

Sonja Aldén

(born 20 December 1977 in St Albans,) Swedish singer famous for her 2006, 2007 and 2012 Melodifestivalen entries, friends with Shirley Clamp wrote songs for the hard rock/heavy metal band The Poodles, who also participated in the Swedish Melodifestivalen 2006

 

Stacey Dooley

(born 9 March 1987) is a British television personality. She rose to fame in 2009 after appearing in a number of BBC Three documentaries highlighting child labour issues in developing countries. Born in Luton, worked as a shop assistant. Lives in St Albans.(unconfirmed tweeted 5 Jul 2013 - Raff)

 

Stanley Kubrick

July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor - Born in the Bronx, New York. Some of his films are Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange & many more. Lived at Childwickbury Manor

 

Stephen Andrew "Steve" Bould

(b 16 November 1962) Former professional footballer and assistant manager of Premier League side Arsenal. Began his football career with his hometown club Stoke City where he gained a reputation as an impressive young defender. Moved to Arsenal in 1988 - Lived in Sopwell Lane St Albans

 

Stephen F. Blinkhorn

(CPsychol, FBPsS) (born 1949) occupational psychologist and psychometrician - Produced a number of landmark papers, many of which have taken the form of book reviews for Nature magazine, & argued about the inappropriate misuse of personality tests. Lives & Works in St Albans

 

Stephen Hawking

Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA (born 8 January 1942) is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge. Expert in gravitational singularities, black holes, cosmology & relativity and quantum mechanics

 

Stephen James Lander, KCB (Sir)

(b. 1947) is a former chairman of the United Kingdom's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), who also served as Director-General of the British Security Service (MI5) from 1996 to 2002  ( I have not been able to verify this - Raff)

 

Steve Collins

(b 21 July 1964, Cabra, Dublin, Ireland) is a former professional boxer. having competed against the best boxers on both sides of the Atlantic became an actor in low budget films. (Haven't been able to confirm he lived in St Albans - Raff)

 

Steve Rodford

Member of the  Zombies formed in 1962 in St Albans and led by Rod Argent (piano, organ and vocals) and Colin Blunstone (vocals). The group had hits in 1964 with "She's Not There". In the US, two further singles, "Tell Her No" and, in 1969, "Time of the Season", were also successful.

 

Stuart 'Pinkie' Bates

Musician - Played the Hammond organ with Neil Hannon's band, The Divine Comedy. Bates was the band's organ player on all of The Divine Comedy's records from Casanova to Regeneration. Hannon is an aficionado of the Hammond and was eager to employ a Hammond player with the band.

 

Sue Brice (Coco)

Better known by her stage name Coco Star singer-songwriter. She is currently signed to Universal Music and EMI. Coco Star has collaborated with artists such as Craig David, Artful Dodger[5] and Fragma for the number 1 hit, "Toca's Miracle". She lived with her parents at Oakwood Drive St Albans

 

Terry Waite

I chatted to him as I have his autobiography and he signed my book for me - He is such as nice bloke. His official job with the church was Assistant for Anglican Communion Affairs & Special Envoy for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie who lived in Jennings Road.

 

Thomas "Tommy" Hampson

(28 October 1907 – 4 September 1965) was an English athlete, winner of the 800 metres at the 1932 Summer Olympics. From Clapham (London), didn't take up running seriously until the last year of his studies at Oxford University. Became a teacher in 1930 at St Albans School

 

Thomas Spencer Wells  (Sir)

(1818 - 1897)  Baronet, Born 3 February 1818 in St Albans, Occupation General surgeon and Obstetric and gynaecological surgeon, was surgeon to Queen Victoria and president of the Royal College of Surgeons.

 

Tim Hart

(bass-player of Steeleye Span) started his career singing in "The Goat" with his sister Kathy. Their father, Rev Dennis Hart, was vicar of St. Saviours. Maddy Prior was a St. Albans girl. Her father, playwright Alan Prior wrote episodes of Z Cars, etc.

 

Tim Rice (Sir)

Sir Timothy Miles Bindon "Tim" Rice (born 10 November 1944) is a British lyricist and author. Best known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom he wrote Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita. Went To St Albans School

 

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman fell in love with the place when staying in the area to make Eyes Wide Shut with Stanley Kubrick. It was only when hubby, Tom Cruise, had to relocate to Australia to make Mission Impossible II that she decided she had to forgo the delights of the city to be by his side.

 

Tom Toomey

Member of the Zombies formed in 1962 in St Albans and led by Rod Argent (piano, organ and vocals) and Colin Blunstone (vocals). The group had hits in 1964 with "She's Not There". In the US, two further singles, "Tell Her No" and, in 1969, "Time of the Season", were also successful.

 

Valerie Shute

Actress / Dancer - My next door neighbour, her mum was called Doris , lived at 9 Woodstock Road South ( Next door to me at No.11) Was married to Willis Hall, Playwright , for radio and TV. Moved to Clarence Road which I visited a few times. Valerie Shute has: Played Sarah Levinson in "How We Used to Live" in 1968. Played Nurse in "Carry on Again Doctor" in 1969. Played Pat in "Carry on Camping" in 1969. Played Girl Lover in "Carry on Loving" in 1970. Played Maid in "Carry on Henry" in 1971. Played Girl in "The Fenn Street Gang" in 1971. Played Miss Smethurst in "Carry on Matron" in 1972. Played Sarah James in "Emmerdale Farm" in 1972. Played Mme. Lebrun in "Secret Army" in 1977. Played Policewoman in "The Danedyke Mystery" in 1979. Played Lover Girl in "Carry on Laughing" in 1981. Played Lover Girl in "What a Carry On" in 1983. Played Member of the Company in "Pride of our Alley" in 1983. Raff


Vinnie Jones

Vincent Peter "Vinnie" Jones (born 5 January 1965 in Watford) is a British actor and former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1984 to 1999 notably for Wimbledon, Leeds United and Chelsea - Lived at Cherry Tree Cottage on the outskirts of St Albans when he lived with his parents. Went there in about 1995, Raff..

 

William Cowper

1st Earl Cowper, Baron Cowper Of Wingham   (born c. 1665 - died Oct. 10, 1723, Colne Green, Herts  / Whig politician /  first lord high chancellor of Great Britain. The elder son of Sir William Cowper, 2nd Baronet, educated at St. Albans School and was called to the bar in 1688.

 

William Henry Bell

known as W H Bell (20 August 1873 – 13 April 1946), was an a composer, conductor and lecturer. Born in St Albans and studied in London at the Royal Academy & at the Royal College of Music. Professor of Harmony at the Royal Academy of Music, where he taught from 1903 to 1912

 

William Henry Page

(1861–1934) A prolific and pioneering historian & editor. The last 30 years of his life was general editor of the Victoria County History - In 1896 he moved to St Albans, where in 1897 he became assistant secretary of the St Albans Architectural &  Archaeological Society of which I am a member - Raff

 

Willis Edward Hall

(6 April 1929 – 7 March 2005) Playwright , radio and TV From Leeds. Lived in Clarence Road His best-known stage show 1959 novel Billy Liar (1960), On 2 November 1973, he married 28-year-old dancer and actress Valerie Shute ( Met him & been to his house -  Val was my next door neighbour - Raff )

 

Yeah Photek

aka Rupert Parkes born 1972 in St Albans LA record producer and DJ. Attended Verulam Boys School in Brampton Road

 

Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin

(1884 - 1937) was a Russian author of science fiction and political satire. Lived in Fleetville - His novel We, a story of a dystopian future, was influenced by his stay in Hertfordshire

 

Zena Skinner

She was a chef, writer, and cookery expert on television and radio. Skinner served in the Women's Royal Naval Service during World War II, she appeared as a "castaway" on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 3 March 1969, presented cookery programmes for the BBC and, later, Channel 4. - She lives in Redbourn.  

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