Famous British Radio Personalities

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Richard Hammond
(Television presenter best known for co-hosting the BBC Two motoring programme Top Gear from 2002 until 2015)

Richard Hammond
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Birthdate: December 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Solihull, England

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Richard C Armitage
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Birthdate: August 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Huncote, Leicestershire, England

Richard Crispin Armitage is an English actor whose portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit film series earned him international recognition and a Saturn Award. Well-known for his baritone voice, Richard Armitage has also recorded many audiobooks; in 2014, he won an Audiobook of the Year award for his work on Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel.

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Karl Pilkington
(Television Presenter, Radio Producer)

Karl Pilkington
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Birthdate: September 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manchester

Karl Pilkington is an English comedian, television presenter, radio producer, and actor. He achieved popularity as the producer of Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais' radio program on Xfm. Pilkington is credited with co-founding a TV production company called RiSK Productions. Also known for his charity work, Pilkington designed and signed a card to benefit the Thomas Coram Foundation for Children.

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Lliana Bird
(Radio Presenter)

Lliana Bird
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Birthdate: August 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London
Lliana Bird has worked as a presenter for XFMLondon, Virgin Radio, and Capital Radio. She has also been a Sky News music commentator, has written for The Huffington Post, and owns a theater company. She also co-owns two charities, one for refugees and the other for women and children.

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Anthony Head
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Birthdate: February 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Camden, London, England, UK

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Terry Wogan
(Radio and Television broadcaster)

Terry Wogan
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Birthdate: August 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
Died: January 31, 2016

Irish radio and TV broadcaster, Terry Wogan, is remembered for his long career with BBC. For over 15 years, his weekday breakfast program, Wake Up to Wogan, drew in millions of listeners. At the peak of his career, he was probably the most listened-to radio broadcaster in Europe.  He was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Tamsin Greig
(Actress)

Tamsin Greig
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Birthdate: July 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Maidstone, Kent, England, UK
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Timothy Spall
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Birthdate: February 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Battersea, London, England, UK

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Bill Bailey
(Comedian)

Bill Bailey
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Birthdate: January 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bath, Somerset, England

Jonathan Ross
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Birthdate: November 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London

Distinguished for his troubled pronunciation of the letter R, Jonathan Ross is a TV and radio presenter who was practically a synonym for the Friday Night with Jonathan Ross show on BBC One, till he left the broadcaster. The flamboyant man who later pursued his career with ITV and Channel 4 is also a comedian and critic and appeared in a number of films.

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Debbie McGee
(Radio performer)

Debbie McGee
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Birthdate: October 31, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England, UK

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Jimmy Savile
(DJ, Television & Radio Personality)

Jimmy Savile
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Birthdate: October 31, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leeds
Died: October 29, 2011
Jimmy Savile gained fame after hosting BBC’s Jim'll Fix It and Top of the Pops. He initially worked in coal mines and dabbled in wrestling, before establishing himself as a professional DJ. Following his death, countless people accused him of sexual abuse. Subsequently, his was Madame Tussauds statue was melted. 

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Alan Carr
(Actor, Comedian, Film actor, Screenwriter)

Alan Carr
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Birthdate: June 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Weymouth

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Dominic Holland
(Comedian)

Dominic Holland
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Birthdate: May 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England

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Jeremy Kyle
(Television Presenter)

Jeremy Kyle
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Birthdate: July 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire

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Rylan Clark
(Winner of the British Reality TV Show 'Celebrity Big Brother 11')

Rylan Clark
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Birthdate: October 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stepney, London, England

Rylan Clark-Neal is an English TV and radio presenter, model, and singer. He has been modeling since he was 16 and forayed into TV as a young man. He began his career by appearing in variety shows and gained fame as a housemate in the 11th series of the reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother, which he ultimately won. 

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David Harewood
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Birthdate: December 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Birmingham, England, UK

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Kate Garraway
(Journalist)

Kate Garraway
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Birthdate: May 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England, UK

 19 
Nick Grimshaw
(Best Known as the Host of a Variety of Shows on BBC Radio 1)

Nick Grimshaw
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Birthdate: August 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oldham, Greater Manchester, England

Nick Grimshaw is an English TV and radio presenter who has hosted a variety of shows on BBC Radio 1. After attending the University of Liverpool, he began his career hosting shows for teenagers. He proved to be popular and went on to host The Radio 1 Breakfast Show. He is also an ambassador for The Albert Kennedy Trust.  

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Maxine Peake
(Actress)

Maxine Peake
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Birthdate: July 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Westhoughton, Bolton, Lancashire, England, UK

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Caroline Catz
(Actress)

Caroline Catz
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Birthdate: October 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manchester, United Kingdom

 22 
Maajid Nawaz
(Activist, Radio Presenter and Founding Chairman of the Think Tank 'Quilliam')

Maajid Nawaz
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Birthdate: November 2, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England

As a young boy, Maajid Nawaz had frequent clashes with the skinheads of Essex. Born in England, the SOAS and LSE alumnus had a 4-year stint in an Egyptian jail for his association with the Islamic extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir. He now promotes secular Islam and has also advised David Cameron.

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Sacha Dhawan
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Birthdate: May 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bramhall, Cheshire, England

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Kenny Everett
(Comedian)

Kenny Everett
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Birthdate: December 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seaforth, Lancashire, England
Died: April 4, 1995

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Chris Morris
(Writer)

Chris Morris
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Birthdate: September 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bristol, England

Chris Morris is an English actor and filmmaker. He is known for his deadpan dark humor and surrealism and often dabbles in controversial subjects in his works. Along with radio producer Armando Iannucci, he created the TV show The Day Today, which went on to be hailed as one of the most important satirical shows of the 1990s. 

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Larry Lamb
(Actor)

Larry Lamb
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Birthdate: October 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edmonton, London, England

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Geraldine James
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Birthdate: July 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, UK

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Paul O'Grady
(Comedian)

Paul O'Grady
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Birthdate: June 14, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birkenhead, Cheshire, England

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Sally Ann Howes
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Birthdate: July 20, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. John's Wood, London, England, UK

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Stephanie Cole
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Birthdate: October 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Solihull, Warwickshire, England, UK

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Melanie Sykes
(TV Presenter)

Melanie Sykes
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Birthdate: August 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England

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Gyles Brandreth
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Birthdate: March 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wuppertal, Germany

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Craig Charles
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Birthdate: July 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Liverpool, England, UK

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James Fleet
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Birthdate: March 11, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bilston, Staffordshire, England, UK

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Liza Tarbuck
(English Actress & Radio and Television Presenter )

Liza Tarbuck
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Birthdate: November 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

Liza Tarbuck is a British actress and TV and radio presenter. The daughter of comedian, Jimmy Tarbuck, she decided to follow in her father’s footsteps. After graduating from the National Youth Theatre and RADA, she began her career with comedic roles in TV shows. She is also a radio presenter and hosts her own show.

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Isa Guha
(English Cricket Commentator and Former Cricketer Who Played as a Right-Arm Fast-Medium Bowler and Right-Handed Batter)

Isa Guha
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Birthdate: May 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
British cricket commentator and TV/radio sportscaster Isa Guha is also a former cricketer who has been part of the English squads of the 2005 and the 2009 World Cups, winning the latter with the squad. She was named the 2002 BBC Asian Network Sports Personality of the Year.

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Lydia Wilson
(Actress)

Lydia Wilson
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Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: London, England, UK

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Dermot O'Leary
(Radio personality, DJ)

Dermot O'Leary
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Birthdate: May 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Colchester, Essex, England

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Marvin Humes
(Singer)

Marvin Humes
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Birthdate: March 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenwich, London, England, UK

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Tim Pigott-Smith
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Birthdate: May 13, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rugby, Warwickshire, England, UK
Died: April 7, 2017

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Adrian Chiles
(Television presenter)

Adrian Chiles
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Birthdate: March 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hagley, Worcestershire, England, UK

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Tim Westwood
(British DJ and TV Personality Known for Hosting the 'Radio 1' Rap Show)

Tim Westwood
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Birthdate: October 3, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lowestoft, Suffolk, England

Tim Westwood is a British DJ and television and radio presenter. He is best known for presenting the popular British reality TV show Pimp My Ride UK. Over the years, Tim Westwood has received several prestigious awards, including MOBO Awards and Radio Academy John Peel Award.

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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen
(Interior designer and television personality best known for appearing on the BBC programme Changing Rooms)

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen
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Birthdate: March 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England

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Kenneth Cranham
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Birthdate: December 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, UK

Scottish actor Kenneth Cranham, a RADA alumnus, was equally skilled on the big screen and on stage, especially West End, in his heyday. Known for his Olivier Award-winning role in the play The Father, he also played major roles in films such as Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Layer Cake.

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Lisa Snowdon
(Television presenter)

Lisa Snowdon
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Birthdate: January 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England

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George Shelley
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Birthdate: July 27, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Clevedon, North Somerset

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Jeremy Beadle
(Television host)

Jeremy Beadle
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Birthdate: April 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 30, 2008

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Robert Glenister
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Birthdate: March 11, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Watford, Hertfordshire, England, UK

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Tom Mison
(Actor)

Tom Mison
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Birthdate: July 23, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London

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Daniela Denby-Ashe
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Birthdate: August 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom