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Waltham Forest is the birthplace of
William Morris, best known as one of the principal founders of the British Arts and Crafts Movement. Morris was a designer of wallpaper and patterned fabrics, a writer of poetry and fiction, and a pioneer of the socialist movement in Britain.
Other famous people such as Footballer and former England Captain
David Beckham, star I, Claudius Derek Jacobi, former Essex and England Cricket Captain Graham Gooch and film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock were also born in the borough.
Among those who were born in the
London Borough of Waltham Forest, or have dwelt within the borders of the modern borough are (alphabetical order):
Keith Albarn, manager of Soft Machine and father of Damon Albarn, taught art at Walthamstow Art College in the 1960s
Jodi Albert (former Hollyoaks actress)
Trevor Bailey, Essex and England cricketer.
Graham Barnfield, pundit and academic, moved to Highams Park in 2001. He lived in the former home of actress Tara Moran.
David Beckham grew up in Chingford having been born at Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone on 2 May 1975. As a child he attended Chingford School and played football for Ridgeway Rovers, a local side.
John Berger, socialist artist and writer, lived in Highams Park as a child.
Peter Blake (artist), artist, painted sleeve cover of the Beatles . Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
Blazin' Squad, members of the band lived in or near Highams Park and studied at Highams Park School.
Mick Box, guitarist for Uriah Heep born in Walthamstow.
Boy Kill Boy
Matthew Bourne, choreographer and dancer, was born in Walthamstow.
Frederick Bremer, Inventor.
Sir Reader William Bullard
Lee Butcher, Leyton Orient Goalkeeper
Edward Buxton (conservationist)
David Cairns guitarist with Secret Affair was born in Walthamstow.
Harry Cohen M P for Leyton, attended Selwyn School
Phil Collen, lead guitarist of Def Leppard.
Jack Cornwell VC, born in Leyton in 1900
Johnny Dankworth, jazz musician, born in Highams Park in 1927, attended Selwyn School and Sir George Monoux Grammar School.
Paul Di'Anno, lead singer of Iron Maiden 1978-1981.
Alan Davies, stand-up comedian and regular guest on quiz show QI, was born in Chingford
Curtis Davies (Premiership footballer)
Joe Dever, author and games designer, was born in Chingford in 1956.
Adam Devlin, guitarist for The Bluetones lives in Walthamstow.
Benjamin Disraeli, former British Prime Minister, attended Higham Hall School in Walthamstow
Iain Duncan Smith M P
Ian Dury, singer and songwriter, studied at Walthamstow Art College.
East 17, British pop boy band, including singer/song writer Brian Harvey. Sir
George Edwards (aviation), aircraft designer (Concorde) and industrialist was born in Hale End Road, Highams Park, on 9 July 1908.
Eamon Everall studied at Waltham Forest School of Art
James Foster (cricketer)
Neil Gerrard M P for Walthamstow
Terry Gibson Sir
Peter Greenaway CBE
Gunshot (British Hip hop group)
King Harold I
Steve Harris (Founder and bass player of Iron Maiden)
Brian Harvey (musician)
Martin Hayes (footballer)
Peter Hennessy, historian.
John Hewer "Captain Birdseye"
Sir Alfred Hitchcock
Richard Holmes (military historian)
Tom Hood, humourist and playwright, born at Lake House in 1835
Mick Hume, journalist.
Nasser Hussain OBE
Doug Insole England Cricketer
Jonathan Ive, designed the iPod (all generations) iMac (all generations), iBook, Powerbook, MacBook and MacBook Pro, as well as the new iPhone.
Lena Kennedy The
Kray twins are buried in Chingford cemetery.
T E Lawrence
Russell Lissack from Bloc Party grew up in Chingford
Valentine McEntee, 1st Baron McEntee
Dominic McVey Britain's youngest self made millionaire
George Allan Mitchell VC
Chris Moncrieff, Political Journalist.
George Monoux, Lord Mayor of the City of London, 1514
More Fire Crew
Frank Muir (Writer and radio personality)
Grant Nelson, Radio DJ went to school in Chingford.
Peter Nicol MBE
Michael Nyman, composer and musicologist.
Grayson Perry, ceramicist and 2003 Turner Prize winner, has his studio in Walthamstow.
Pascale Petit, poet, twice shortlisted for T.S. Eliot Prize, lives in Walthamstow.
Leslie Phillips, comedy star of the Carry On Films, lived in Chingford.
Daniel Pickering Creator of Little Charley Bear was born in Walthamstow
Fred Pontin, founder and managing director of Pontins holiday camps
Lt.Col V.C. 'Dope' Richmond, designer of the R101
Alliot Verdon Roe
Pam St. Clement
June Sarpong, television presenter.
Baroness Scotland, Attorney General, grew up in Walthamstow and attended Walthamstow School for Girls.
Teddy Sheringham (footballer) was born on 2 April 1966 in Highams Park.
Rita Simons British actress, singer and model
John Smith, avant–garde filmmaker. Born in Highams Park, attended Selwyn Avenue School and George Monoux School.
Rodney "Gypsy" Smith
Vivian Stanshall, musician, painter, singer, broadcaster, songwriter, poet and writer, best known for his work with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, grew up in Grove Road, Walthamstow.
Seán Mac Stíofáin
Thomas Griffith Taylor (1890-1963) Antarctic explorer
Angela Watkinson M P
Danniella Westbrook, former star lives in Chingford. EastEnders
Adam Woodyatt, English actor who plays Ian Beale in , born in Walthamstow 1968. EastEnders
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