Television

People from Bournemouth with a connection to the television industry.


Emma Stephens is an actress who was born in Bournemouth and who is headed up the stairway to stardom. After training at the Bridget Baugi Acadamy, the Big Little Youth Theatre and the Jo Heynes school of dance, Emma moved to London to train at Laine Theatre Arts, graduating three […]

Emma Stephens


Alison Newman is an actress, born in Bournemouth in 1968, and best known for her role as Hazel Bailey in the UK television series Footballer’s Wives. Her parents, both school teachers, encouraged her to have an interest in acting, but did not enourage her to go to stage school when […]

Alison Newman


Amanda Holden is a well known actress and television presenter in the UK, and has appeared in television shows that include the ITV drama series Wild At Heart, Big Top, The Grimleys, Hearts And Bones as well as being a judge on Britain’s Got Talent. She was born in Bishops […]

Amanda Holden



One of the UK’s best known commedians and known worldwide, Benny Hill also has a connection with Bournemouth. Although Benny Hill was born in Shirley in Southampton in 1924, during the Second World War he was evacuated to Bournemouth School in Bournemouth, to avoid the bombing, since Southampton is a […]

Benny Hill


Karen Hardy was born in Weymouth, 30 miles west of Bournemouth in 1970. She began dancing at 5 years old after her parents moved to Bournemouth, and is now a professional ballroom dancing coach, having retired from dancing in 1999. During her career Karen and her dancing partner Bryan Watson […]

Karen Hardy


Tony Hancock is one of the best known British comedians and actors, whose shows like Hancock’s Half Hour are now British comedy classics. He was born in Birmingham in 1924, but three years later his family moved south to Bournemouth, where his father worked as an entertainer at the Railway […]

Tony Hancock



Born in 1922 Max Bygraves was a singer and entertainer who was popular throughout the UK for many years. Those of us who grew up in the 1950’s and 1960’s will remember those classic songs of his that were always on the radio, including “Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellenbogen By The […]

Max Bygraves


Jayne Atkinson was born in Bournemouth in 1959 but at the age of 9 she moved to Hollywood in Florida with her parents and was the Homecoming Queen at Pine Crest School in 1977. She studied communications at Northwest University, and became involved with the Yale Drama School. After various […]

Jayne Atkinson