12 famous people who lived in Chesterfield - how many do you know?

From the very well know to the unsung hereos, Chesterfield has a lot to be proud of.

Friday, 21st August 2020, 10:03 am
John Hurt, originally from Chesterfield, died aged 77 but had a career that spanned decades before and was known to be people as Ollivander from Harry Potter, the War Doctor from Doctor Who. The BAFTA award winning actor has also starred in Alien, The Elephant Man and Lord of the Rings.
John Hurt, originally from Chesterfield, died aged 77 but had a career that spanned decades before and was known to be people as Ollivander from Harry Potter, the War Doctor from Doctor Who. The BAFTA award winning actor has also starred in Alien, The Elephant Man and Lord of the Rings.

Of course we couldn’t do a list with everyone who is famous who has lived in the shadow of the Crooked Spire, but here are some people you know – and some you may be surprised to know - lived or worked in our great town.

Paul Burrell from Grassmoor is a former servant of the British Royal Household. He was a footman for Queen Elizabeth II and later butler to Diana, Princess of Wales.  Since her death in 1997, Burrell has featured prominently in the media in connection with her, and since 2004 as an occasional entertainment show celebrity.
Rik Makarem  from Chesterfield was born on January 18, 1982 and is most famous for playing Nikhil Sharma in Emmerdale.Classically trained he is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama. He won a Laurence Olivier Bursary in 2004 in association with the Society of London Theatre.

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George Stephenson was a mechanical engineer who built the first public railway in the world to use steam locomotives, ended his days at Tapton House which is now a Chesterfield College campus
Fred Davis, was born on August 14, 1913 in Chesterfield, and  was an English professional player of snooker and billiards, one of only two players ever to win the world title in both, the other being his brother Joe. He was an 8-time World Snooker Champion. He died in 1993.
32-year-old James Hill from Chesterfield rose to fame in 2014 by taking part in the tenth series of The Apprentice. Subsequently, James took part in the sixteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2015, and was crowned the winner
Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Matthew joined Sheffield United's academy in 2004. He spent time on loan with both non-league Sheffield and Hungarian side Ferencváros before making the break into United's first team in 2010 and now plays for Burnley
Olave St Clair Baden-Powell, Lady Baden-Powell was born on 22 February 1889 in Chesterfield and  was the first Chief Guide for Britain and the wife of Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting and Girl Guides.
Born in 1910 in Chesterfield Barbara  was a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Blackburn from 1945 to 1979 and she was the longest-serving female MP in the history of the House of Commons until that record was broken in 2007
Born in 1972 Jo from Chesterfield  was a former Page Three Girl for The Sun and other men's magazine
Simon was born in Chesterfield in Derbyshire and was brought up on a farm in Dethick, which he often visited for Blue Peter reports. He was educated at Herbert Strutt Grammar School in Belper. He worked briefly as an English teacher before becoming a disc jockey and joining Blue Peter in 1978.
The 23-year-old Chesterfield born British racing driver began his racing career in karting at the age of nine and is now part of the McLaren GT Driver Academy. He was part of the McLaren young driver programme from 2010 to 2015 and drive in Formula 3.