Travel // Famous People of the North East and Where to Find Associations*

You know when you’re casually browsing the news tab on Twitter (because sadly these days you have to see what terrible things are going on in the world so you can stay up to date) and you come across something that makes you raise your eyebrow? Well that was me the other day when I saw that people would like to see Newcastle Airport renamed “Ant & Dec Airport” ummm what? To me that’s insanity.

Ant and Dec aren’t the only famous people from the North East, there are many people from all aspects of the celebrity world who were born here or lived here for an extended period of time.

The Cairn Group have a compiled a list of famous people from the North East, along with why they are so well known and where in the North East you can visit  places which are associated with them.


Sir Bobby Charlton

– Part of the England football squad who won the 1966 World Cup.
– Part of the Manchester United football squad that won three Football League First Division titles.
– 1966 Ballon d’Or winner.
– Held the feat of most career goals for both England (49 goals) and Manchester United (249 goals) at the time of his retirement.

Where to find him;
While you would need to travel to Old Trafford in Manchester to find a statue of Sir Bobby Charlton however he was born in Ashington which is one of the largest towns in Northumberland. Football fans can head along to the football pitch on Woodhorn Lane where he started out. More information here.

Bryan Robson

– Part of the Manchester United squad that won three FA Cups and a UEFA Cup.
– Guided Middlesbrough to two promotions to the FA Premier League, as well as three cup finals during his stint as manager at the North-East club.

Where to find him;
Bryan Robson was born in a town between Durham and Newcastle called Chester-le-Street however it was Middlesbrough where Robson achieved glory. Head along to The Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough to catch some current Premier League Action. More Information here.

Rowan Atkinson

– Actor who is most famous for his roles in TV series Black Adder and Mr. Bean.
– Movie credits include The Lion King and Johnny English.
– Winner of the 1982 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Comedy Performance in the 1981 season.

Where to find him;
I had no idea Rowan Atkinson grew up on a farm in Consett! I didn’t have him pegged as someone from the North East. He attended the Cathedral Chorister School that forms part of Durham Cathedral and is open to the public to view. More information here.

Robson Green

– Actor who is most famous for his roles in TV series Soldier Soldier, Wire in the Blood and Grantchester.
– Winner of the Top Single & Album award at the 1996 Music Week Awards for Unchained Melody/White Cliffs of Dover with Jerome Flynn.

Where to find him
One of my mum’s all time favourite actors and TV presenters, she’s always so proud of the fact he’s from the North East. Born in the town of Hexham and raised in Dudley, Robson Green made his start in the Live Theatre in Newcastle, somewhere I’ve also personally performed in my college days, how cool? More information here.

Steve Cram

– The track and field athlete has achieved numerous feats on the athletics scene, with highlights including:
– Winner of a silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games.
– Winner of a gold medal at the 1983 World Championships.
– Winner of a gold medal at the 1982 Commonwealth Games and two gold medals at the 1986 Commonwealth Games.
– Winner of a gold medal at the 1982 European Championships and both a gold medal and a bronze medal at the 1986 European Championships.
– Winner of the 1983 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
– Three-time World Record holder over 1,500m, 2,000m and the mile distances.
– Founder and Chairman of worldwide charity COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas).

Where to find him;
Another one my mum is always so deeply proud of, I remember her telling me about how he was from the Newcastle area. The club he started in is still going strong today, producing athletes from the North East that still compete at high level competitions. Cram often competed at Monkton Stadium in Jarrow. More information here.

If this sort of tour appeals, The Cairn Group has a selection of fantastic hotels in Jesmond that will put you in the heart of the action.

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