What ‘Lincs’ Geoff Capes and Ella Henderson?

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Actress Sheridan Smith is the toast of the small screen at the moment – with stellar performances in Mrs Biggs, Cilla and The C Word under her belt.

But did you know the 33-year-old, who came to prominence following comedy roles in The Royal Family, Two Pints of Lager and Packet of Crisps, Gavin and Stacey and Benidorm, is a Lincolnshire Yellowbelly?

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Born in Epworth, north Lincolnshire, in 1981, Sheridan is the daughter of Colin and Marilyn Smith, who performed as a country and western duo called The Daltons. Though she never trained at drama school, she was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre.

Here’s some other famous faces who it might surprise you to know have Lincolnshire on their birth certificates:

* Jennifer Saunders – one of the nation’s favourite funny women, best known for making us laugh through her partnership with Dawn French and as Edina Monsoon in 1990s comedy Absolutely Fabulous, was born in Sleaford, in 1958. Her mother was a biology teacher and her father an RAF pilot.

* Jim Broadbent – an academy award winner with films including Moulin Rouge!, Iris, Bridget Jones, Cloud Atlas and Harry Potter on his CV, Broadbent was born in the village of Holton Cum Beckering, six miles outside Market Rasen. His parents Doreen and Roy were both amateur actors.

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Margaret Thatcher when prime minister ANL-150616-120303001

* Michael Foale – the most experienced UK-born astronaut with six space shuttle missions and extended stays on both Mir and the International Space Station to his name, was born in Louth. Now retired and living in Texas he still holds the cumulative-time-in-space record for a UK citizen.

* Robert Webb – the English comedian, actor and writer, is best known as one half of the double act Mitchell and Webb, alongside David Mitchell. He was born in Boston, and grew up in Woodhall Spa, the youngest of three brothers.

* Guy Martin – British motorcycle racer, lorry mechanic and now TV reporter, Martin was born in Grimsby and has always lived in North Lincolnshire. He has competed in road racing events including the Isle of Man TT and fronts various television programs including Speed with Guy Martin and Our Guy in India.

* Kelly Adams – born in Lincoln, the actress has credits including Holby City, Doctors, Bluestone 42 and Death in Paradise to her name. She grew up in North Hykeham and is married to fashion photographer Chris Kennedy, another Lincolnshire Yellowbelly, who hails from Boston.

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Stuart Storey talks at Holbeach reading room'John Topper and John Taylor of Civic Society, speaker Stuart Storey ENGANL00120130811090321

* Kevin and Joanne Clifton – the Strictly Come Dancing siblings were both born in Waltham, North Lincolnshire. Growing up they were taught by their parents, former world number ones Keith and Judy Clifton, who run Clifton’s Dance Academy in Grimsby. The pair competed nationally and internationally together as children before going their separate ways and later reuniting on the BBC1 dance show. 

* Ella Henderson – the Tetney-born youngster starred in the ninth series of the X-Factor in 2012 and made into the final 12 before finishing sixth. She was subsequently signed to Syco Music and her first single Ghost, released last June, gave her her first UK Singles chart number one. Her debut album, released in October, also peaked at the top of the chart.

* Colin Dexter – the crime writer is best known for his Inspector Morse novels, which were written between 1975 and 1999 and then adapted for television between 1987 and 2000, starring John Thaw. Dexter was born in Stamford in 1930 and was educated at Stamford School.

* Patricia Hodge – the Cleethorpes-born actress made her West End debut in 1972 and has numerous stage and screen credits to her name, including Rumpole of the Bailey, Hotel Du Lac and more latterly she played Penny, the mother of the eponymous main character in BBC1 comedy Miranda.

* Tony Jacklin – the English golfer was the most successful player of his generation, winning two major championships. The Scunthorpe-born sportsman was also the most successful European Ryder Cup captain ever.

* Stuart Storey – the British sports commentator and former 110m hurdler was born in Louth, but grew up and was educated in Holbeach and Spalding. He represented Great Britain at the 1968 Olympics and 1970 Commonwealth Games in the 110m hurdles and held the British record at 200m hurdles. Since 1973 he has commentated on nine Olympic Games.

*Two of the most famous people from Lincolnshire must be former prime minister Margaret Thatcher and strongman legend Geoff Capes.

Mrs Thatcher was born in Grantham on October 13, 1925.

The grocer’s daughter was UK prime minister from 1979 to 1990 and the leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the only woman to have held the 
office. A Soviet journalist called her the ‘Iron Lady’, a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style.

She died on April 8, 2013.

Geoff Capes was born in 1949 in Holbeach. He grew up in the town and went to the former George Farmer School.

He represented both England and Great Britain in field athletics, specialising in the shot putt, an event in which he was twice Commonwealth champion, twice European champion, and three time Olympian.

As a strongman, he twice won the title of World’s Strongest Man, was World Muscle Power champion on two occasions and also had numerous other titles to his name.

He still lives in Lincolnshire.