These fascinating photographs seize a bunch of North Wales celebrities of their youthful days.
North Wales have by no means been wanting native legends and expertise, boasting an enormous catalogue of actors, musicians, comedians and extra. Whether or not they had been born or introduced up in the area, their roots had been in North Wales earlier than they rose to stardom.
From starring in large Hollywood productions to successful Grammy Awards and the hearts of the nation, these photographs present a variety of our stars in years passed by. Delving into the archives, North Wales Live has unearthed these snaps from means again when.
Some had been taken in first breakout roles and as their careers had been starting, whereas different photographs present our celebrities in earlier years. And a few appear to not have aged a day, whereas others are barely recognisable from the celebrities we now know and love.
From well-known artists to Hollywood A-listers, award winners and extra, these throwbacks are fascinating. Listed here are 11 of North Wales’ well-known exports in years gone by.
Sir Jonathan Pryce
Actor and singer Sir Jonathan Pryce started his profession as a stage actor within the Nineteen Seventies and his work in theatre, together with an award-winning efficiency within the Royal Courtroom Theatre’s ‘Hamlet’, led to a number of supporting roles in movie and tv. Pryce, from Carmel in Flintshire, later noticed his breakthrough display efficiency in Terry Gilliam’s 1985 cult movie ‘Brazil’.
He has since starred in such movies as Evita, Pirates of the Caribbean and the James Bond movie Tomorrow By no means Dies and The Excessive Sparrow in TV’s Sport of Thrones. We have dug by means of the archives to rediscover this photograph of Pryce again in 1976.
Carol Vorderman is amongst a few of the greatest family names within the UK, most well-known for her co-hosting on Countdown. Though born in Bedford, the mathematical Countdown genius moved to Prestatyn after her mother and father separated three weeks after she was born.
After 26-years on Countdown, from 1982 till 2008, she has appeared on our screens visitor internet hosting exhibits comparable to Have I Bought Information for You, The Sunday Night time Venture and Lorraine and in addition joined ITV’s Unfastened Ladies from 2011 till 2014. She additionally competed on in style TV exhibits comparable to Strictly Come Dancing and I’m a Superstar.. Get Me Out of Right here.
Lead guitarist and co-founder of Coldplay Jonny Buckland might need been born in Islington, however it’s Wales he calls residence. The Buckland household moved to Pantymwyn in Flintshire when Jonny was simply 4 and it was there that he grew into the rock star everyone knows and love.
Buckland helped kind the band when he was at College School London and by 1999, the band had signed with Parlophone. Beneath is a throwback photograph of Jonny earlier than the band offered hundreds of thousands of albums worldwide and received quite a few awards, together with seven Grammys.
Comedienne and actress Daybreak French was born in Holyhead’s former Y Gors maternity hospital in 1957, whereas her father Denys was a corporal technician stationed at close by RAF Valley. She rose to fame together with her comedy double act with Jennifer Saunders within the vastly in style BBC sequence French and Saunders.
All through her profession, she has additionally starred in The Vicar of Dibley, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and extra just lately returned to Wales to movie the Roald Dahl movie Roald & Beatrix reverse Rob Brydon. Here is French the last decade she burst onto our screens.
Born in Wrexham in 1974, footballer Robbie Savage started his profession as a youth participant at Manchester Utd, earlier than becoming a member of Crewe Alexandra when he was launched by the Purple Devils. The previous Welsh midfielder went on to play within the Premier League for golf equipment together with Leicester Metropolis, Birmingham Metropolis, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County.
After hanging up his boots, he has change into a soccer pundit for the BBC and BT Sport. Amongst different issues, he has additionally made appearances on tv and radio to debate all the newest soccer gossip.
Born in 1946, actor Timothy Dalton is finest recognized for portraying James Bond in The Dwelling Daylights in 1987 and Licence to Kill in 1989. Born in Colwyn Bay, Dalton fell in love with acting at 16 years old after seeing a manufacturing of Macbeth.
He’s additionally recognized for taking part in Rhett Butler within the 1994 TV mini-series Scarlett, in addition to starring in Physician Who and Penny Dreadful all through his careers. Publish-Bond, Dalton’s different notable movies embrace Made Males, The Rocketeer, Scorching Fuzz and Toy Story 3.
Ian Fraser ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister
Lemmy Kilmister moved to Anglesey as a 10-year-old and lived and labored within the area earlier than discovering rock superstardom within the Nineteen Seventies. Greatest often known as the lead vocalist, bassist, principal songwriter and the founding and sole fixed member of the heavy metallic band Motörhead, Lemmy attended Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones in Amlwch and famous he was ‘the only English kid in a school of 700 Welsh ones.’
After leaving North Wales, he joined The Rocking Vicars, earlier than changing into a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, later happening to hitch Hawkwind earlier than Motorhead was fashioned in 1975. Lemmy died in December 2015 on the age of 70.
Paula Yates was one of the vital recognisable celebrities from the 80s and 90s, presenting Channel 4 exhibits The Tube and The Massive Breakfast. Initially from Colwyn Bay, Yates had three youngsters, Fifi, Peaches and Pixie with Boomtown Rats’ Sir Bob Geldof, and in addition welcomed Tiger, who was from her subsequent relationship with the late Australian INXS rocker Michael Hutchence.
However in 2000, Yates was discovered useless at her residence on the age of 41 following an overdose on heroin. Beneath is a childhood photograph of Yates together with her mother and father.
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Having damaged onto the scene as Spike, the slovenly lodger of Hugh Grant’s hero in 1999’s Notting Hill, the Haverfordwest-born and Ruthin-raised Rhys Ifans has gone on to have a vastly profitable movie profession. Ifans has starred in quite a few blockbusters together with Harry Potter, Notting Hill and naturally, Kevin and Perry Go Massive!
He’s additionally recognized for taking part in Lizard in Marvel’s Spider-Man franchise and Mycroft Holmes in CBS sequence Elementary. Delving into the archives, we discovered this snap of Ifans again within the late Nineteen Nineties.
Singer-Songwriter Lisa Scott-Lee is finest recognized for being one fifth of the favored pop-group Step. Born in Rhyl, Lisa and the band launched hits comparable to Stomp, 5,6,7,8 and Deeper Shade Of Blue and in addition acquired a BRIT Award.
Because the band cut up in 2001, she managed her three youthful brothers’ band referred to as 3SL in addition to showing in actuality present Completely Scott Lee together with her household. Right here, you possibly can see a younger Scott-Lee when Steps first burst onto the scene.
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Ian Rush, who scored 346 targets in 660 appearances for Liverpool, grew up sharing a bed room together with his 5 older brothers in a council home in Flint whereas his father labored in Shotton Steelworks. The previous Welsh worldwide performed for close by Chester Metropolis till 1980 earlier than being signed by Liverpool.
He later spent two seasons at Juventus earlier than heading again to Anfield. He returned to North Wales in 1998 amid a lot fanfare for Wrexham aged 37 and later went on to work as a tv soccer pundit.