Port Talbot - Notable People

Notable People

See Category:People from Port Talbot
  • William Abraham (1842–1922, b. Cwmafan), trade unionist and politician
  • Martyn Ashton, British mountain bike trials former world champion and multiple British champion, lives in Port Talbot.
  • Keith Barnes, Australian rugby league great was born in Port Talbot before emigrating aged 13.
  • Robert Blythe, Welsh actor, was brought up in Tan y Groes Street. Played Fagin Hepplewhite in the BBC comedy High Hopes.
  • Di Botcher, Welsh comedy actress
  • Rob Brydon, actor and comedian was brought up in Baglan, Port Talbot.
  • Richard Burton was born in Pontrhydyfen, Port Talbot as Richard Jenkins and had his early education in Port Talbot where he met his mentor, Philip H. Burton.
  • Peg Entwistle, successful Broadway theatre actress whose 1932 suicide from atop the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles forever tagged her as "The Hollywood Sign Girl" was born at 5 Broad Street, Port Talbot on 5 February 1908.
  • Professor Sir Christopher Evans, businessman, originally from Port Talbot, Wales,
  • William Evans (1883–1968), writer
  • Bernard Fox, actor, born Bernard Lawson.
  • Rhod Gilbert, comedian, lives in Port Talbot
  • James Hook, rugby union player, current Perpignan and Wales fly-half
  • Sir Anthony Hopkins, actor, was born and raised in Margam, Port Talbot.
  • Geoffrey Howe was born in Port Talbot and spent his early years there. When he was made a life peer in 1992 he chose the title Baron Howe of Aberavon.
  • Clive Jenkins (1926–1999), trade unionist.
  • Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899–1981, b. Cardiff), Calvinistic Methodist minister who ministered Bethlehem Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Sandfields, Aberafan from 1926 to 1938 prior to teaching at Westminster Chapel in London.
  • Michael Locke, aka 'Pancho' of TV series Dirty Sanchez, was born and brought up in Baglan, Port Talbot.
  • Dic Penderyn, was born as Richard Lewis in Aberavon in 1803, in the centre of what is now Port Talbot but before the town was named as such in 1840. He is buried at St. Mary's Church. in the centre of the town. He was convicted of assault on an army soldier and executed.
  • Paul Potts, an opera singer and the winner of Britain's Got Talent in 2007, lives in Port Talbot.
  • Linda Sharp, champion surfer from Aberavon, won the European surfing championships twice, the British surfing championships ten times and the Welsh surfing championships 19 times
  • Michael Sheen, Welsh actor was born in Newport but he was brought up in Port Talbot.
  • Rhys Taylor, footballer born in Neath on 7 April 1990 who plays for Chelsea
  • George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy was born in Tydraw Street, Port Talbot and was speaker in the House of Commons.
  • Andrew Vicari, painter was born in Port Talbot.
  • Freddie Williams, world speedway champion in the early 1950s was from Margam.
  • Colin Pascoe, former Swansea City, Sunderland and Wales international.
  • Richard Winpenny, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, The University of Manchester and director of The Photon Science Institute at the University of Manchester
  • Captain Beany, celebrity charity fundraiser, and celebrity look-a-like.

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