Five prom­i­nent Le­ices­terites

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC -

As Le­ices­ter City over-per­form to spec­tac­u­lar ex­tent in the Pre­mier­ship, the world won­ders who, aside from Stephen Fr ears, has brought us joy from that East Mid­lands city.

Richard At­ten­bor­ough

The great ac­tor and di­rec­tor’ s fa­ther was prin­ci­pal of Univer­sity Col­lege, Le­ices­ter, and Dickie made his the­atri­cal de­but in that city’ s Lit­tle The­atre be­fore go­ing to Rad a. De­voted Chelsea sup­porter, alas.

Joe Or­ton

The play­wright was, ap­pro­pri­ately, im­mor­talised in Stephen Frears’s ex­cel­lent Prick Up Your Ears( 1987). “He didn’t get it from Le­ices­ter,” Joe’ s con­ser­va­tive brother once re marked of his ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.

Gary Lineker

More con­spic­u­ously associated with the city than any other cur­rent celebrity, the big-ea red crisp flog­ger be­gan his ca­reer with Le­ices­ter City. Hon­orary VP of the club.

Kevin My­ers

For­merly of this paris hand lately of the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent, the spiky colum­nist was raised in Le­ices­ter to an Ir­ish fam­ily. He later at­tended UCD be­fore cover­ing North­ern Ire­land dur­ing the Trou­bles.

En­gel­bert Humperdinck

Born Arnold Dorsey, the pop­u­lar crooner was raised in Le­ices­ter. His big­gest hit, Re­lease Me( 1967), fa­mously kept Penny Lane/ Straw­berry Fields off the top spot.

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