Famous people of Hertfordshire and places in the county of Herts.
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Places and famous faces in HERTS

Watford is the largest town in Hertfordshire which is north of London.

Berkhamstead to the west of the county was were King Harold successor, Edgar Aetheling finally surrendered to William the Conqueror.

The third largest roman town was Verulamium which today has developed into st Albans.

To the south of the county Elstree film studios is the home to shows such as 'are you smarter than a ten year old?', Big Brother, Holby city and Eastenders. Major motion pictures such as star wars and raiders of the lost ark have also been filmed at Elstree.

Other major towns and citys in Hertfordshire include Bishops Stortford, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Potters Bar, Party, Radlett, Rickmansworth, Royston, Stevenage, Tring, Ware and Welwyn Garden City.

Some famous faces

Brian Johnston was the voice of cricket on BBC television and radio for nearly 50 years. Brian was born at Little Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire in 1912.


Esther Rantzen also born in Berkhampsted 1940 and joined the BBC in the mid sixties she went on to present popular consumer affairs program that’s life. From the mid 1970’s to 1980 Easther presented TV show ‘The big time’ it was on this show 80s pop star Sheena Easton had her first big break.

Francis de la Tour was born in Bovingdon Hertfordshire 1944. Star of stage and screen has appeared in numerous roles including as Miss Jones in rising damp, and more recently as the giant headmistress of Beaux batons Academy in the Harry potter film.

Guy Ritchie was born 1968 in Hatfield Guy is a writer and director of films such as lock stock and snatch.

Jennie Bond journalists, royal correspondent and television presenter was born 1950 in Hitchin.

Lewis Hamilton born in Stevenage Herts in 1985. Before formula one Lewis made a name for himself as a go cart champion by the age of ten.

Michael Portillo came from Bushey in Hertfordshire. The former MP for Southgate in Enfield was also famous in the sixties for advertising Ribena.

Simon Le Bon also from Bushey, Simon was born in 1958 and was the lead singer of the 1980s pop music band Duran Duran. The name Duran Duran comes from a 1960s science fiction film Barbarella.

Victoria Beckham lived in Geoff’s Oak, back in the mid 90s the cousin of the author worked in swimming pool maintenance. The cousin regularly cleaned Victoria's family pool and was told by Victories mum ‘Jackie’ about a new band her daughter was going to be in. She told him if he fancied a bet, bet on the band having a number one single. He did not do this and is still cleaning pools.

Vinnie Jones, footballs hard man was born in Watford. Now more famous for his film rolls than football.

Terry Scott also a Watford boy was born in 1927 and was a much loved comedy star of many British film and TV shows. He appeared in several carry on films such as carry on Henry and Khyber and most famously stared along side June Whitfield in Terry and June. Terry also provided the voice of penfold in dangermouse and was the curly wurly kid back in the 1970s.

Michael Bentine another king of comedy was also born in Watford 1922. Michel had an alternative approach to comedy and stared along side spike Milligan and Sir Harry Secombe in the Goon show, as well as kids show potty time.

This list is not complete and may contain errors so should therefore not be used as a factual source of reference. However if you are famous face from Hertfordshire please contact us and we will add your details or hire a mobile disco at great DJ hire rates.