Famous People from Colchester
There's actually a surprising number of people who came from or who have strong links with Colchester who have made their mark in History.
Damon Albarn - Lead Singer from Blur and creater of Rock Band Gorillaz. Former pupil of Stanway School
Paul Allender - Lead Guitarist of Cradle of Filth was born in Colchester.
Boudica (Boadicea) - Queen of the Iceni virtually destroyed Roman Colchester in AD60
Allister Carter - Professional Snooker Player
Graham Coxon - Former Blur Guitarist and Pupil of Stanway School.
John Constable - The Landscape Painter was born in East Bergholt and famous for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale
Darren Day - Actor and West End Star who attended Sir Charles Lucas School
Cunobelin (Shakespeare's Cymbeline) - King of Britons 9AD - 40AD. His coins have been found locally and are displayed at Colchester Castle Museum. He is also the subject of a Shakespeare play.
William Gilberd - Chief Physician to Elizabeth I and pioneer in the field of Magnetism
John Grant - Author of Lovejoy Stories set just outside Colchester
Joan Hickson - Played Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and died in Colchester in 1998
Matthew Hopkins - Witchfinder General during the time of the English Civil War lived in Manningtree
Jay Kay - Jamiroquai frontman and former pupil of Holmwood House Preparatory School
Bernard Mason - Prominent Colchester Businessman, Philanthropist and Clock Collector. His former home, Tymperleys (also the former home of William Gilberd), now a museum houses his collection.
Dermot O'Leary - Television Presenter, born in Colchester and attendeed Colchester 6th Form College
Dave Rowntree - Drummer with Blur
Jeremy Spake - Appeared in fly-on-the-wall documentary Airport is from Great Bentley.
Jane and Anne Taylor - Authors and Poets who wrote the lyrics to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
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