The most famous person born in every town in Berkshire: from Kate Middleton to Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Berkshire has produced many famous faces over the years – from comedians to writers.
BerkshireLive has put together a list of the most famous faces in each of Berkshire’s major towns.
The list focuses only on those born in each of the area’s towns, from Newbury to Maidenhead and Slough to Reading, rather than those who later moved to the area – meaning famous faces like the queen will not be on this list – although she is fairly well known.
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Be sure to let us know in the comments section if we missed any big names!
Berkshire’s most famous celebrities
Reading – Kate Middleton
I mean, who else could this be (sorry Kate Winslet)? To start our list, we have the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Kate was born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading and raised in the village of Bucklebury, before meeting her future husband Prince William at university in Scotland – and the rest is history! The couple are said to be considering returning to Berkshire and are considering schools for Prince George.
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Newbury – Richard Adams
Richard Adams was born at Wash Common near Newbury in 1920 and continued to write Ship down – which has sold over 50 million copies worldwide. It is reported that he started telling the story to his daughters on a road trip and they insisted that he publish it. Richard died in Oxford in 2016 at the age of 96.
Slough – Tracey Ullman
The Berkshire-born comedian and actress began life in Slough, and her show continued until birth The simpsons. Tracey has an estimated net worth of £ 80million, which currently makes her the richest British actress.
Windsor – Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Mr. Ranulph Fiennes explored some of the greatest places in the world – and Windsor. Born in the city, he studied at Eton College before becoming one of the world’s greatest explorers. He is the first person to cross Antarctica on foot – and received an OBE in 1993.
Maidenhead – Geraldine James OBE
the Sherlock holmes and Downton abbey The actress was born in Maidenhead and has been nominated for four BAFTAs and a Tony Award. She has appeared in a multitude of televisions and also on the big screen. She attended Downe House School in Newbury.
Wokingham – Nicolas Hoult
The Wokingham actor made his breakthrough in About a boy and drama for teens Skins and has continued to receive worldwide success ever since. The former Ranelagh school student also starred in the X-Men series and was most recently on our screens in The Great on Channel 4.
Bracknell – Dani Harmer
the Becher Tracy star started life in Bracknell, and went on to make the town proud – even going all the way to the grand finale of Come dance strictly in 2012.
The former Redroofs Theater School student now runs her own drama academy. She was back on our screens this year in the new CBBC My Mum Tracy Beaker series.