If you think of famous people from Sheffield, you'll probably come up with the likes of Sean Bean, Jarvis Cocker and the Arctic Monkeys. But the city has a few other surprise celebs up its sleeve...


1. Marina Lewycka

Marina Lewycka Sheffield

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Author of bestsellers A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian and Two Caravans, Marina’s spent the last 35 years in Yorkshire. She was born to Ukrainian parents in a labour camp in Kiel, Germany in 1946, before the family fled to England. She currently lives in Sheffield, and spent many years as a lecturer at the city’s Hallam University.

2. Peter Stringfellow

Peter Stringfellow

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Nightclub and table-dancing club owner Peter Stringfellow is Sheffield born and bred! His first foray into the club scene was at St Aidan’s Church Hall in Sheffield back in 1962, and he went on to open a string of clubs across the city, hosting the likes of The Beatles, Rod Stewart and Elton John.

3. Graham Fellows

Graham Fellows

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Comedy actor and musician Graham Fellows was born in the Steel City. His most famous character creation, John Shuttleworth, is an aspiring singer-songwriter from Sheffield. And in 1978, he reached number four in the charts with the song he recorded as ‘Jilted John’.

4. Brian Glover

Brian Glover

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The actor, writer and wrestler first rose to fame playing the role of PE teacher Mr Sugden in the classic 1969 film Kes. Famed for his thick Yorkshire accent, Sheffield-born Brian Glover often landed roles as a hardman or criminal.

5. Richard McCourt

Dick and Dom

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Better known as Dick – the other half of the comedy duo Dick and Dom – Richard (left) has been a presenter on CBBC since 1996. Although he’s ditched his accent, he was born and grew up in Sheffield, attending Tapton School and Norton College.

6. Helen Sharman

Helen Sharman

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Forget Tim Peake, Helen Sharman was the first Briton to go into space – and she was born and grew up in the Steel City! She went to school in Grenoside before completing a BSc in Chemistry at the University of Sheffield. She was the first woman to visit the Mir Space Station back in 1991.

7. Paul Heaton

Paul Heaton

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Although born in born in Merseyside, the Housemartins and Beautiful South singer was brought up in Sheffield and was (and still is) an avid Sheffield United fan – despite the fact the rest of his family supported Wednesday!

8. Michael Palin

Michael Palin Sheffield

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Monty Python star and travel writer Michael Palin was born in the Broomhill area of Sheffield. His father was a manager at a steelworks in the city. Michael went to Birkdale Prep School as a youngster, before being sent to boarding school in Shrewsbury.

9. Julian Ovenden

Julian Ovenden Sheffield

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The singer and Downton Abbey actor was born in Sheffield, but he soon left his roots behind after he won a music scholarship to Eton College. La de da! He’s seen success as a stage and TV actor, as well as a solo singer with some of the world’s leading orchestras.