19 famous people who you might not know are from South Shields
South Shields has always produced its fair share of famous people, in all walks of life.
From best-selling author Dame Catherine Cookson, to X Factor winner Joe McElderry, we’ve certainly seen some talent emerge from the town.
That’s not to mention Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards, who as half of Little Mix, are among the biggest pop stars around.
They’re the ones everybody knows about though.
What about the famous people who were born or brought up as Sand-dancers who might have passed under your radar.
We’ve chosen 19 people who have made an impact in many different ways.
There must be something in the water here, as our list includes a handful of actors, three more pop stars, and other assorted creative types.
That’s before you get us started on the Guinness Book of Records world record holder, the war hero, the politician or the F1 boss.
And did we mention the reality TV star, or the YouTuber?
We’re sure there’s lots more famous South Shields folk we could add to our list.
Can you think of any glaring omissions?