Essex Girls (& Boys)
6.41. Denise Van Outen
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Her most notable roles to date were as a presenter on The Big Breakfast, and as Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago on both the West End and on Broadway.
5.62. Chantelle Houghton
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Famous for appearing on Big Brother TV Show in UK.
6.93. Amanda Tapping
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She is best known for portraying Samantha Carter in Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. She is currently starring as Dr. Helen Magnus in the Sci Fi Channel series Sanctuary.
7.64. Vikki Blows
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Vikki is a topless model who first appeared in The Daily Star and then The Sun. She also landed an acting role on the TV show "Footballers’ Wives".
5.55. Jodie Marsh
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She has appeared topless in many tabloid newspapers and has appeared on her own reality show, Totally Jodie Marsh.
56. Victoria Beckham
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Songwriter, dancer, fashion designer, author, businesswoman, actress and model. Victoria rose to fame as Posh of the Spice Girls and remained the focus of attention following her marriage to David Beckham (footballer).
7.87. Helen Mirren
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Famous actress of film & TV fame. Not an Essex Girl, but just made it into this list because she used to work in Southend on Sea, Essex, at "The Kursaal" amusement park as a "blagger" to attract customers on to rides.
5.88. Hermione Norris
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In 1996, she was cast in her breakout role of Karen Marsden in the comedy drama television series Cold Feet. She appeared in every episode of the series from 1998 to 2003 and was nominated for a British Comedy Award. From 2002 to 2005, she co-starred in the crime drama series Wire in the Blood and since 2005 has co-starred in the BBC One spy drama Spooks, as Ros Myers. Her role in Spooks won her the award for Best Actress at the 2008 ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards. Since 2007, she has co-starred in the ITV comedy drama Kingdom, opposite Stephen Fry.
7.19. Alison Moyet
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Her mainstream pop career began in 1981 when she formed the electropop duo Yazoo with former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke. In the United States, the band became known as Yaz. In 1984, Moyet released her debut solo album Alf, a huge hit in Britain, reaching #1 in the album charts. Alf spawned three international hit singles, "Love Resurrection" (UK #10), "Invisible" (UK #21) and "All Cried Out" (UK #8).
6.510. Penny Lancaster
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Her relationship with Rod Stewart brought her fame, together with her modelling and fitness videos.
6.811. Sarah Miles
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Her debut was in 1962 as a precocious schoolgirl in Terms of Trial, opposite Laurence Olivier. The following years she became a popular actress of New Wave with her roles in Joseph Losey's The Servant and in Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow Up.
5.712. Denise Pearson
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Best known for being the lead vocalist with the British pop/R&B group Five Star.
7.113. Kara Tointon
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Best known for playing Dawn Swann in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders.
6.514. Vicki Michelle
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Essex's answer to Sophia Loren, Vikki is best known for her role in the BBC Comedy Allo Allo, and her sexy cry of 'Ohhh Rrrennnnnnn-ayyy!
7.519. Dave Gahan
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Lead singer for the British electronic band Depeche Mode, also an accomplished solo artist.
7.820. Martin Gore
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Founder of British electronic band Depeche Mode.
7.521. Rik Mayall
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Actor, writer and comedian. Rik is probably best known for his comedy partnerships with Adrian Edmondson.
5.822. Russell Brand
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English comedian, actor, columnist and presenter of radio and television. Achieved mainstream fame in the UK for presenting Big Brother's Big Mouth, and for his radio show, among other television series and award ceremonies.
4.923. Joe Pasquale
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Comedian famous for his very high-pitched voice, use of visual gags and being crowned "King of the Jungle" on the reality TV show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!.
7.624. Jamie Oliver
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Best known for his growing list of food-focused television shows and his roles in campaigning against the use of processed foods in national schools and his campaign to change diets and cooking habits across the United Kingdom. Awarded MBE.
6.125. Dermot O'Leary
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Best known for presenting Big Brother's Little Brother and The X Factor.
5.726. Noel Edmonds
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A DJ for BBC Radio 1, then presenter of many light entertainment television programmes, including Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, Top of the Pops, The Late, Late Breakfast Show and Noel's House Party.
7.227. Damon Albarn
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Albarn came to prominence as the frontman and lyricist of Britpop rock band Blur, but is perhaps best known for his work with popular virtual band Gorillaz, under the alias "2D".
5.228. Keith Flint
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Famous for being the Dancer and Vocalist of the English electronic band The Prodigy
5.329. Richard Madeley
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Best known for presenting This Morning, which he and his wife hosted from its inception in 1988 until 2001.
3.530. Scott Robinson
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Most famous for having been a member of the boy band Five.
4.531. Darren Day
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Actor, singer and television presenter, but most well known for his colourful personal life and 'Dirty Love Rat' image in the press.
7.732. Frank Lampard
Gained fame playing football. Internationally, Lampard gained his first senior England cap in 1999 team and has played in Euro 2004 (scoring three goals in four games), the 2006 World Cup and the Euro 2008 qualifiers.
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