Nine Past and Present Famous People from Kettering

With so many famous names from the area, there is always a possibility you might find homes to rent in Kettering once owned by someone who made their mark on the town’s history. Kettering has scores of well-known people from past and present including footballers, cricketers, snooker players, actors and comedians. It is impossible to name all of these here, so we have put the spotlight on nine prominent people who lived in the town, including some who still do.

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Faryl Smith – Born in 1995, teen mezzo-soprano Faryl Smith shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent. After her appearance, the record offers flooded in and she released her debut album ’Faryl’ in 2009. It made history by being Britain’s fastest ever selling solo classical album. She attended Henry Gotch Primary and Southfield School for Girls and still lives with her family in Kettering.

Charley Hull – Kettering’s most famous golfer was born in 1996 and became a champion on the circuit before the age of 18. She began playing golf with her dad at Kettering Golf Club and has ranked number three in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. She turned professional in 2013.

James Acaster – This well-known stand-up comedian was born in Kettering in 1985 and was a pupil at Montagu Secondary School. He was a drummer in various local bands including Pindrop and The Wow! Scenario before he decided on a career change. Among the many TV shows he has appeared in include Russell Howard’s Good News Extra, 8 Out of Ten Cats and Mock the Week.

Sienna Guillory – Sienna, who was born in Kettering in 1975, is an actress and model. She has appeared in several films and TV shows including Love Actually (2003), the Resident Evil films, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and season three of the Luther TV series. The mum of twins is the daughter of an American folk guitarist and English model, and is friends with “Buffy” actress Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Hugh Dennis – Born in the town in 1962, Hugh Dennis has several strings to his bow and is an impressionist, comedian, actor and writer. The father-of-two is a regular on Mock the Week and was also on the popular BBC1 sitcom Outnumbered. Along with Steve Punt, Hugh is co-host and co-writer of Radio 4’s award-winning The Now Show, one of the UK’s longest running satirical comedy shows. The Cambridge graduate has also appeared on QI, Have I Got News for You and Would I Lie to You?

Jane E Clarke – Born in Kettering in 1954, Jane E Clarke was a pupil at Hawthorn Road Country Primary and Kettering High for Girls. The mother-of-two, who now lives in Kent, is a prolific writer of children’s books including Only Tadpoles Have Tails, Gilbert the Great, Dino Dog and I’m Not Wearing That!

John Profumo – John Profumo was the conservative MP for Kettering between 1940 and 1945, but is best known for the Profumo Scandal, which was the inspiration behind the 1989 film Scandal. In 1963, Profumo, the Secretary of State for War, was involved in a brief affair with Christine Keeler who was also involved with a Soviet attaché. The scandal rocked the political world and ultimately led to Profumo’s resignation. His downfall was thought to have led to the Conservative defeat in the General Election in 1964.

Sir Alfred East – Landscape painter Alfred East was born in Kettering in 1844 and lived in Lower Street, before eventually studying at the Glasgow School of Art. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and travelled across Europe, Britain and Asia. He donated various works to the town in 1910 and died three years later, not long after a gallery was dedicated to him. You can see his works at the Kettering Museum and Art Gallery.

Jon Alfred Gotch – Born in 1852, Gotch was an influential architect who attended Kettering Grammar School. He designed a number of buildings, wrote several books and was also appointed the very first Charter Mayor of Kettering in the 1930’s. He established his architectural practice in 1879, which is still in operation today under the name of Gotch, Saunders & Surridge LLP, also known as GSS Architecture.

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