11 Famous People You May Not Have Realised Were From Walthamstow

So we all knew about Harry Kane, but what about the others?

England captain and relentless goalscorer Harry Kane is from Walthamstow, Artists, footballers, actors and even a Prime Minister.

Walthamstow has had its fair share of talented individuals over the years, so we have put together a list of some of the most interesting.How many did you actually know were from Walthamstow?

Harry Kane

Born and raised in Walthamstow, The man, the myth… After his heroic captaincy at the World Cup last summer this man needs no introduction.Born and raised in Walthamstow he eventually moved to Chingford where he attended Larkswood Primary Academy before going on to have a successful football career that continues to surprise and impress.  

Lethal Bizzle

The influential grime artist grew up on the Boundary Road Estate and has said he does genuinely love Walthamstow.But he eventually felt he had to leave the area because his fame had made him a target of violence.

Lethal Bizzle’s breakthrough came with More Fire Crew way back in the early noughties. Their debut single, “Oi!”, was released in 2002 and Lethal Bizzle has since gone on to achieve quite ridiculous levels of fame.

East 17

East 17, back in the day,The group was named East 17 after the postcode of their hometown, Walthamstow.During the mid-90s they were one of the UK’s most popular boy bands, aided in part by their rebel image compared to the more clean-cut personalities of Take That.

Tony Mortimer Brian Harvey, John Hendy, and Terry Coldwell loved their hometown so much, they named their first album after it. “Walthamstow” eventually reached no.1 on the UK albums chart.

Clement Atlee

From one of Britain’s greatest grime stars to… one of our greatest prime ministers of course.The Labour politician wasn’t born in Walthamstow, but he was MP for the area for five years from 1950 – 1955.Mr Atlee served as Prime Minister from 1945 to 1951. As Prime Minister, he massively improved social services and the public sector in post-war Britain by creating the National Health Service and nationalising major industries such as coal, the railways and electricity.

He is regarded by many as Britain’s most successful prime minister ever, although that’s arguably not the most difficult competition to win…

Fabrice Muamba

The former professional footballer Fabrice Muamba holds a place in most fan’s memories after he suffered a heart attack during a match between Bolton and Tottenham in 2012.

Fabrice Muamba had an amazing recovery,He eventually recovered despite his heart having stopped for 78 minutes…Muamba was originally born in the Democratic Republic of Congo but his father was forced to flee the country in 1994.

The family received asylum in the UK and eventually settled in Walthamstow where Muamba attended Kelmscott School.

William Morris

Morris was born at Elm House in Walthamstow in 1834 before his family moved to Essex when he was six.The Marxist thinker was the last of the major English romantics and was a talented poet, critic, artist and designer.

By the mid-1860s, William Morris was concentrating on designing wallpaper. His patterns were inspired by the natural world and they are now some of his best-known works.

Adam Woodyatt

To many, the name Adam Woodyatt might not ring any bells, but if we call him by his real name, I’m sure most people in the country will know who he is.

That’s right. It’s Ian BealeEveryone’s favourite (or not) EastEnder was born in Walthamstow in 1968 and attended Forest School.  He is the show’s longest serving actor and the only one to have appeared continuously since the show began in 1985.

Daniella Westbrook

Wendy Richard as Pauline Fowler on the left with Adam Woodyatt as Ian Beale, Bill Treacher as Arthur Fowler and Daniella Westbrook as Sam Mitchell on set in 1991 

Ian Beale (never Adam Woodyatt) is not the only EastEnders actor to come from Walthamstow. Daniella Westbrook was born in Walthamstow but moved to Essex when she was a kid.

Playing Sam Mitchell, the sister of Phil and Grant was always going to be a challenging role, but Daniella has also struggled in her personal life over the years and her battle with cocaine addiction is well documented.

Baroness Scotland

So far it seems like Walthamstow is lacking in notable female residents… Step up Baroness Scotland.

Born in Dominica in 1955 her family emigrated to Walthamstow where she attended Chapel End Secondary School and Walthamstow School for Girls.She went on to become the first black woman to be appointed a Queen’s Counsel. In 2007 she also became the first woman to be appointed Attorney General since it was founded in 1315.

Theodore Ronald Brailey

Who? Alright, so Brailey may not be a household name, but he is from Walthamstow and he is really interesting and (sort of) famous.So, you know that bit in Titanic, where the ship is sinking and everything’s chaotic and people are screaming, but then the band starts playing music to calm everyone down?  

Well, Theodore was a pianist on the Titanic and that actually happened! According to a number of eye-witness accounts, the band continued playing right up until the very end.

Ian Drury

Finally, we have one of punk-rocks most artistic and lyrical voices; Ian Drury.He gained a place at Walthamstow School of Art in 1959, where a love of jazz and cockney rhyming slang helped him sail through his studies.He met painter Peter Blake, who came to teach at Walthamstow in 1961 and his art career flourished under Blake’s guidance.

During the 70s Ian became famous surfing the success of the New Wave music scene as Ian Drury and the Blockheads and before that as Kilburn and the High Roads.

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