Actors with Cornish connections

by info-913-333875 | created - 23 Jan 2015 | updated - 25 Jan 2015 | Public

Actors and actresses that were either born in Cornwall or lived in Cornwall for some time or now live in Cornwall.

1. Jenny Agutter

Actress | Logan's Run

Jenny Agutter was born on December 20, 1952, in Taunton, Somerset, England, UK. The daughter of an army officer, she spent her childhood traveling and living in different countries. Her film career began at the age of 12 in East of Sudan (1964), which was quickly followed by The Magical World of ...

Although her main home is in London, she spends a lot of their time at their Cornish home on The Lizard.

2. Morwenna Banks

Actress | Damned

Morwenna Banks was born in September 1961 in Flushing, Cornwall, England as Morwenna Tamsin Banks. She is an actress and writer, known for Damned (2016), Miss You Already (2015) and Saxondale (2006).

Morwenna was born on 14th January 1964 in Flushing, near Falmouth and attended Truro High School for Girls

3. Richard Driscoll

Actor | Eldorado

Richard Driscoll is an actor and director, known for Highway to Hell (2012), The Comic (1985) and GrindHouse 2wo (2016).

Richard was born on 14th June 1951 in Cornwall. His acting career (under the name of Steven Craine) included appearances in It Ain't Half Hot Mum (as Private Jones), The District Nurse (as John Morris), Boon (as Butch), Eldorado (as Oliver Rosenblum) and Back2Hell (as George Carney). Richard established the House of Fear film studios at Higher Nanpean Farm near Four Lanes, Redruth.

4. Paul Fox

Actor | Ford v Ferrari

Paul Fox was born on March 20, 1979 in Truro, Cornwall, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Ford v Ferrari (2019), Westworld (2016) and Mank (2020).

Paul was born on 20th March 1979 in Truro but moved to Birkenhead as a baby.

5. Dawn French

Actress | French and Saunders

Dawn French was born on October 11, 1957 in Holyhead, Wales as Dawn Roma French. She is an actress and writer, known for French and Saunders (1987), The Vicar of Dibley (1994) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). She has been married to Mark Bignell since April 20, 2013. She was ...

In 2007 she bought a 19th century 40 room mansion near Fowey in Cornwall (with her then husband Lenny Henry). On 6th April 2010, it was announced that Dawn and Lenny were to separate after 25 years of marriage. Their divorce was finalised in late October 2010. Dawn is still living in Cornwall. She married Mark Bignell at the Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, near Newquay in April 2013. Mark is the chief executive of the Plymouth-based Hamoaze House charity, founded by Dawn's late mother, which helps recovering drug and alcohol abusers reintegrate into society. In December 2014 it was announced that Dawn would be installed as chancellor of Falmouth University in a ceremony on Thursday March 26th 2015.

6. Simon Grant

Music_department | The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Simon Grant was born on November 3, 1980 in Cornwall, England. He is known for his work on Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), Shrek (2001) and Shrek 2 (2004).

Television presenter and actor Simon was born on 3rd July 1978 (or 3rd November 1980 depending where you look) in Falmouth. He began his presenting career on The Saturday Show, alongside Fearne Cotton, in 2002.

7. Alison King

Actress | Coronation Street

Alison King was born on March 3, 1973 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. at Leicester Royal Infirmary to Alex and June King, who were both nurses at the hospital. She was their fifth child and third daughter. She went to Markfield Mercenfeld Primary School and South Charnwood High School, where...

Alison's connection with Cornwall was at the age of 18 when she moved to Newquay and worked at Fat Willys Surf Shack.

8. John Nettles

Actor | Midsomer Murders

John Nettles has been a familiar face on British and International television screens for over thirty years.

From his early beginnings in the UK hit comedy The Liver Birds (1969), he became a household name overnight playing the Jersey detective "Jim Bergerac". The series, Bergerac (1981), was a ...

John Nettles was born on 11 October 1943 in St Austell and was adopted at birth by Eric and Elsie Nettles. He was educated at St Blazey Primary School, St Austell Grammar School and Southampton University.

9. Thandie Newton

Actress | Crash

Thandie Newton was born in London. She is the daughter of a Zimbabwean mother, Nyasha, a health-care worker from the Shona tribe, and Nick Newton, a British father who worked as a lab technician. She lived in Zambia until political unrest caused her family to move back to the UK. She then lived in ...

Thandiwe Nashita "Thandie" Newton was born in London on 6th November 1972 and was raised in London and Penzance, Cornwall.

10. Leon Ockenden

Actor | Mr Selfridge

Leon Ockenden was born in 1978 in Cornwall, England. He is an actor and director, known for Mr Selfridge (2013), Waterloo Road (2006) and Coronation Street (1960). He has been married to Vanessa Hehir since October 2010.

Leon grew up in Looe and attended Looe Comprehensive School and then studied performing arts at Plymouth's College of Further Education before winning a place at LAMDA.

11. Sue Perkins

Actress | Last Christmas

Sue Perkins was born on September 22, 1969 in East Dulwich, London, England as Susan Elizabeth Perkins. She is an actress and writer, known for Last Christmas (2019), The Great British Baking Show (2010) and Dinotopia (2002).

Sue moved from London to Penzance in 2006, having fallen in love with Cornwall whilst on holiday here six months before.

12. Kristin Scott Thomas

Actress | The English Patient

The acclaimed Cornish actress Dame Kristin Scott Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall, to Deborah (Hurlbatt) and Lieutenant Commander Simon Scott Thomas. Her father was a pilot for the British Royal Navy and died in a flying accident in 1964. Her stepfather, Lt. Cdr Simon Idiens, was also a pilot, ...

Dame Kristin Scott Thomas was born in Redruth on 24th May 1960. She is the great-great-niece of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, the Antarctic explorer who lost his life during the return from the South Pole in 1912.

13. Frances Speedie

Actress | Hard Shoulder

Frances Speedie was born as Frances Eve Speedie. She is an actress, known for Dead End (2012), The Kid (2010) and Black Smoke Rising (2012).

Frances went to primary school in Devoran, and then Penair in Truro. She also went to Truro College to study a BTec in performing arts, before gaining a place at ArtsEd in London. In 2008 Frances returned to Cornwall to play a part in the film Golden Brown, directed by Sharon Sheehan.

14. Edward Woodward

Actor | The Wicker Man

British actor Edward Woodward made a highly successful transition into Hollywood stardom in the mid 1980s thanks to a popular TV dramatic series. Possessing a magnetic, yet coldly handsome demeanor in the same mold as Christopher Plummer, he was born on June 1, 1930, in London and received his ...

Towards the end of his life, Edward and his wife (actress Michele Dotrice) lived at Hawker's Cove near Padstow. Edward was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro suffering from pneumonia, where he died on 16th November 2009.

15. Rory Wilton

Actor | All in the Valley

Film, television and stage actor, Rory Wilton graduated from The Hub Theatre School in 1992. He became Co-Artistic Director of Bedlam Theatre Company of Cornwall with Emma Spurgin Hussey in 1994, touring adventurous new writing productions nationally until 2006. He started working in film and TV ...

16. Fleur Bennett

Actress | Grace & Favour

Fleur was born in St. Ives, Cornwall, England on 18 June 1968 and was named Fleur Alison Bennett. When she was a little girl, she was affectionately called 'flower' or 'Fleurpops.' Fleur has green eyes, and now stands 5' 7". Ms. Bennett attended St. Ives High School, in St. Ives. It is now known as...

17. Michael Ward

Actor | An Ideal Husband

Michael Ward was born George William Everard Yeo on 9th April 1909 in the village of Carmenellis, Cornwall. Being the son of a clergyman, his family moved from parish to parish for most of his early life. He detested this nomadic lifestyle and being an only child. It was not until 1930 when the ...

18. Calvin A. Dean

Actor | Tormented

Born on May 21, 1985 in Cornwall, England, Calvin attended Fowey Community College. By the age of 12 Calvin was appearing in school productions and amateur theatre. At the age of 16, Calvin joined the National Youth Theatre and subsequently trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Upon ...

19. Ian T. Dickinson

Actor | V for Vendetta

Ian Dickinson lives in the UK and Berlin, Germany. He was born (1963) in Plymouth, England, and grew up in St. Germans, a small village in South East Cornwall. He moved to London in 1983 where, together with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, he co-founded and managed the music publishing company 'Anxious...

20. Ken Stamp

Actor | The View

Showreels at kenstamp.com

So he said "Ken, have you ever done any acting before?". So I said "No". So he said "Right, I've got just the part for you..." ...and the rest as they say is...well not quite yet but maybe one day, we'll see. This is how Ken explains his start in what he affectionately ...

21. Carole Gill

Actress | Wycliffe

Carole is the third daughter of Alan and Sheila Dowling. She was born in St Austell on 27th May 1978. Following her parents divorce and her mother's remarriage to Andrew Gill, she changed her surname to Gill. Carole has had a love of dancing and acting since her childhood and has appeared in many ...



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