The region has produced many character that have gone on to find both national and international fame. The arts are popular in East Anglia and many of its most recognizable residents have emerged from this particular area. James Blunt is currently forging a successful career in the music business and grew up as part of a military family spending part of his childhood living in Cley-next-the-Sea where his father owned the Cley windmill. Blunt rose to fame in 2004 with the release of his debut album “Back to Bedlam” which has gone to sell over 11 million copies world-wide. The album chopped the UK charts and so far he has sold over 20 million careers in his career.
One of cooking’s most famous faces is Delia Smith who as well as being married in Stowmarket still lives in the area. She is the country’s best selling cook book author having sold more than 21 million copies and she has appeared regularly the BBC presenting her own television programs. She also owns shares in Norwich City FC and with her husband is a joint majority shareowner. During the side’s tenure in the premiership in the 2005 season, she shot to prominence at half time against Manchester, when she appealed to the crowd at half time to get behind the side more vocally.
Another regular face on the BBC is the actress June Brown who appeared for 27 years as Dot Cotton in the soap, “Eastenders”. Born in Needham Market she was schooled in Ipswich before serving in the army. During her television career she has appeared in Coronation Street and Doctor Who, but it is as playing Dot Cotton that she will always be remembered for. In 2005 she received the Lifetime Achievement award at the British Soap awards, and in 2008 she was awarded the MBE for her services to Drama and Charity.
Ralph Fiennes is one of Britain’s most successful and recognized actors and was born in Ipswich in 1982. His brother Joseph is also an actor, his sister Martha is a film director and brother Magnus is a composer. Their cousin Ranulph is a renowned explorer. Ralph has made his name in a number of Hollywood hit movies. His role as the Nazi war criminal Amon Goth in 1993 in “Schindler’s List” saw him shoot to prominence and his has followed this with major parts in James Bond and Harry Potter movies. He has twice been nominated for an Oscar, firstly for his role in “Schindles List” and secondly for his performance as Count Almasy in “The English Patient”.
Another actor who has found fame in Hollywood is the actor Bill Nighy who resides in Aldeburgh in Suffolk. He made his name for his performance in the 1991 film “The Men’s Room” as the womanizing Mark Carelton and went on to appear in “Love Actually” and “Pirates of the Caribbean”. He also appeared in the TV film “Gideon’s Daughter” for which he received a Golden Globe”. His other work has included being used in several productions as a voice artist.
Author Anthony Horowitz resides at Orford in Suffolk. During his career he has sold many books aimed at young adults including the “Diamond Brother” series and the “Alex Rider” series’ He has even written scripts for Sherlock Holmes novels and a James Bond movie. The region even has the 1960s model Twiggy living in Southwold and the serenity of the area is proving to be an irresistible attraction for many people.