Celebrity Evertonians

They may have fame and fortune but there is a select band of celebrities who are as badly off as we are when it comes to football.

Below is a list of people in the public eye who are either known to or believed to follow Everton.  Some of the following are tenuous, others disputable.  Please feel free to write in and challenge a listing or suggest others.  Remember, sports broadcasters are notorious for hiding their true allegiances; what someone heard them say in a bar one night may not necessarily be true!  There is obviously a grey area to this feature and we haven't listed famous ex-players and managers who haven't gone on to post-football careers in the public eye, nor are we listing current Everton players, even if they are known Blues, like Alan Stubbs.

Music & Entertainment
Ian Astbury Lead singer of The Cult
James Barton Creator of Cream, the nightclub
Ian Bell Lead singer with Gomez
Pete Best Former Beatles drummer
Tony Blackburn BBC Radio 2 stalwart
Cahill Liverpool DJ who took his name from his favourite player and scored a Top 40 hit witth Trippin' on You
Neil Caple Marty from Brookside
Robert Carlyle

The Scottish actor rose to fame in Cracker playing a Red-loving nutter and repeated the feat in the film, 51st State, but rumour has it that Everton are the English team for this Rangers fan (or is it Celtic?!).

Alan Clarke Late film director
Paul & Oliver Collyer The brains behind the successful Championship Manager computer games
Kenneth Cope Randall and Hopkirk, deceased
Sharon Corr One of the three stunning sisters from Irish band, The Corrs. Her uncle Peter Corr played for Everton — does that mean Andrea, Caroline and Jim are Blues as well then?
Dead 60s Three of the four members of this new band are Blues, apparently
Bill Dean, RIP Great scouse comedian; Harry Cross in Brookside
Dame Judy Dench Oscar-winning actress and all-round good egg is an avowed Evertonian along with her husband and son, Sam. She is honorary patron of Everton In the Community.
Katie Downes Page 3 model
Paul Draper Lead singer with Mansun
Jenifer Ellison Brookside actress and lads mag favourite
Kenny Everett, RIP Late comedian 
Micky Finn Comedian
Susan George Actress
Will Hanrahan Onetime "Anne & Nick" morning show regular and dotTV presenter
Joey Harrison Member of the new band, The Crescent
Rex Harrison Actor, star of My Fair Lady, apparently a "famous Blue"
Ian Hart Actor, star of Clockwork Mice, Ken Loach's Land & Freedom, etc
Derek Hatton Politician turned radio presenter
Amanda Holden Actress and model expounded her Blue leanings on Sky Sports in April and has been seen in the gym with a "People's Club" wristband. She is the ex-wife of Les Dennis (see Unsubstatiated Connections below).
Gordon Honeycombe ITN Newsreader of old
John Hurt Actor — explains the permanently pained expression!
Dominic Johnson Football commentator and Virgin Radio DJ
Gethin Jones Blue Peter presenter
Ken Jones Late actor who starred in The Golden Visionand Porridge
Sam Kane Brookside, Coronation St actor; married to Linda Lusardi
Bill Kenwright Theatre impresario, former Coronation St actor, now Everton chairman
Andrew Lancel Currently starring in The Bill
Lee Latchford-Evans Pop singer with Steps
Sophie Lawrence Played Ricky's sister in EastEnders and had an aborted music career
John Lennon, RIP Although none of the Fab Four came out strongly for either Merseyside team, the late Beatle attended the 1966 FA Cup Final with Paul McCartney, lending credence to the belief that John was more Blue than Red.
Furthermore, former Beatle drummer Pete Best apparently recently confirmed that when pushed John was definitely a Blue.
Mike Lewis Of UK band, Lost Prophets
Sean Longworth Member of the new band, The Crescent
Dolph Lundgren The star of Rocky IV says, "I live in Los Angeles... But when I lived in Europe, I liked Everton."
Keavy Lynch Singer from pop band B*witched
Lee Mavers Ex of The La's
Sir Paul McCartney Britain's wealthiest and perhaps most famous musician is a Blue of sorts: "I went occasionally to watch football.  My family team was Everton and I went to Goodison Park a couple of times with my uncles Harry and Ron.  They were nice memories for me, but I wasn't that keen on football."
Liz McLarnon Pop singer with Atomic Kitten.  Recently refused an autograph to Lineker, saying she hadn't forgiven him for leaving the Blues!
Andy McNair "Dan Hunter" in Hollyoaks
Damon Minchella Bassist with Ocean Colour Scene
Jimmy Mulville Comedian, head of the prolific Hat-Trick Productions and major Everton shareholder
Gil Norton Music engineer/producer of bands such as China Crisis, Pixies, Foo Fighters
Simon O'Brien TV presenter/actor - Standing Room Only, Brookside
Tom O'Connor Day-time TV presenter who now qualifies (see below)
Keith O'Neill Drummer with Cast
Sophie Rankin Model and actress, who had a brief part on Emmerdale
Nicola Roberts Member of girly band, Girls Aloud
Leonard Rossiter Understated star of Rising Damp and the Rise & Fall of Reginald Perrin
Karl Rowlands Member of the new band, The Crescent
Michael Ryan Dream Team actor
Jenny Seagrove Actress and Bill Kenwright's longtime squeeze
Ian Smith Harold Bishop in Australian soap Neighbours is a Blue, apparently!
Sonia Pop singer from the early 90s' — does she even count?!
Sylvestor Stallone Famous Hollywood actor becomes a Blue overnight after being invited to his first Premiership game by friend and business partner, Robert Earl
Freddie Starr Comedian
Ed Stewart Radio personality
Sean Styles Radio Merseyside
Claire Sweeney Ex-Brookside actress
Dylan Taite Eccentric New Zealand music journalist and ex-The Merseyman drummer who died in 2003 aged 63
Sid Tate Veteran Liverpool comedian
Donny Tourette Musician, Towers of London, and 2007 Celebrity Big Brother contestant
Trickie Musician
'Comedy' Dave Vitty Radio personality ('Comedy Dave' on BBC Radio 1)
Mary Whitehouse The late but legendary campaigner against TV filth
Zutons Two members of this band are apparently Blues as revealed on Soccer AM recently

Sport & Sport Media
Graham Beecroft Talk sport presenter
Tony Bellew Professional boxer
Riddick Bowe Two-time Heavyweight Champion boxer expressed his Evertonian leanings on Twitter, using Dave Hickson as his cover photo in honour of the legend's passing in June 2013
Gabriel Clark ITV Sport reporter
Phil Clarke International Sea Angler, Team Wales
Ian Cobain Chief Reporter with The Times
John Conteh Boxer
Matt Dawson England international & World Cup winning rugby player
John Duncan Of The Observer
Cyril Dixon Royal correspondent of the Daily Express
Martin Dwyer Classic-winning jockey
Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards National and Olympic ski-jumping hero
Fandango WWE wrestler who became a fan following a bizarre incident over Twitter involving his theme song
Chris Foy Premier League referee
George Gavin Sky Sports TV presenter
Austin Healey England international rugby player
Stephen Hendry Snooker player; his dad was apparently a big Hearts fan and became a Blue when Alex Young moved south to Goodison
John Higgins Snooker player; a Celtic man, primarily, but Everton are his team in England
Adam Jones International Wales and British Lions rugby player
Gary Imlach Presenter of the American football show on Channel 4, son of Stuart Imlach who was team coach under Catterick and Bingham
Graham Lee National hunt jockey
Andy Mayers When Saturday Comes
Charlie McCann Does the horseracing on Talk Sport
Ken McKenna Manager of Total Network Solutions
Phil McNulty BBC Head Football Writer and ex-Echo journo
Ian Millward St Helens Rugby League coach
Martin Moxon Yorkshire cricketer
Shea Neary Professional boxer
John Parrot Professional snooker player and Question of Sport captain
Mike Parry Talk Sport presenter
Steve Smith British Olympic high jumper
Elton Welsby Sports presenter
Neil Wolstenholme Great-nephew of Ken "They think it's all over!"

Football Players, Past and Present
Eirik Bakke Leeds player
Joey Barton Newcastle United midfielder
Dan Bennett Wrexham player
Paul Connolly Plymouth player
Landon Donovan Darling of USA "soccer" and two-time Everton player
Sean Dundee South African striker, once of Liverpool
David Eyes Oldham Athletic player
Bryan Hughes Birmingham City player
Kenny Irons A Huddersfield Player
Henrik Larsson Swedish international footballer
Gary Nelson Ex-Brighton striker and author of Left Foot Forward and Left Foot in the Grave
David Nugent Rising Preston North End star who was rumoured to be an Everton target in the summer of 2005
Iffy Onuora Ex Mansfield, Gillingham, Swindon, Sheffield United, Tranmere and currently at Huddersfield Town
Wayne Rooney Once a Blue, always a Blue apparently
Graeme Sharp Goodison legend turned local radio personality
Gary Speed The late Wales Manager, previously of Everton and Leeds and Newcastle
David Thompson Blackburn player, previously of Liverpool and Coventry
Lee Trundle Once a Wrexham player, now with Bristol City
David Unsworth Now with Portsmouth
Steven Wright Sunderland player, ex-Liverpool

Authors, Journalists & TV Presenters
Ian Birrell Deputy Editor of The Independent
Bill Bryson Sardonic author of travel books and other excellent works
Kevin Dunn ITV foreign correspondent
Liam Fogarty BBC Reporter
Everton Fox BBC Weatherman
Dominic Lawson Former editor of The Spectator and son of ex-Chancellor, Nigel
Roger McGough Liverpool-born poet
Mark Owen Ex-Granada Tonight Presenter
Paul Preston, OBE Professor of Spanish Studies, LSE; Franco biographer
Brian Viner Columnist for The Independent
Gary Nelson Former Charlton player and author of "Left Foot Forward"
Sir Ken Robinson Inspirational creativity guru
Bill Tidy Newspaper cartoonist
Alan Towers Ex-BBC newsreader and reporter

Politics & Business
Brendan Barber General Secretary of the TUC
Martin Beamount Chief Executive of the Co-Op
Joe Benton Labour MP for Bootle
Warren Bradley Leader of Liverpool City Council
Andy Burnham Former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Mark Carney Head of the Bank of England
Cllr Eddie Clein Previous Lord Mayor of Liverpool
Prof Gary Davies Physicist and Astronomer, Director of the UKIRT, Hawaii
Cllr Mark Dowd Chairman of MerseyRail
Lord Faulkner Labour peer
Steve Fitzsimmons "Cream" licensee, ex-Conservative councillor in Liverpool
Cllr Ron Gould Lord Mayer of Liverpool
Lord Barry Jones Ex-MP of Deeside N. Wales
Peter Kilfoyle MP for Walton
Sir Terry Leahy Tesco CEO
James Major Son of former Prime Minister, John Major
Eric Moonman Professor; former MP and ESCLA chairman
Bernie Mullin President and CEO of Atlanta Spirit, owner of the Atlanta Hawks basketball team
Alan Simpson Labour MP for Nottingham South
Steve Sinnott General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers
Bob Wareing MP for West Derby
Tony Woodley Tony Woodley, Gen. Sec. of the Transport and General Workers Union

Unsubstantiated Connections
Arthur Askey Liverpool-born comedian who many believe is a Chelsea fan but may well have been an Evertonian who watched the London blues because of the colour of their strip
Cherie Blair The former Prime Minister's wife apparently watched the Blues in the late 1960s, but we're told she's a Kopite. Thank God!
Richard Branson This one keeps coming up but so far we have nothing conclusive. Apparently he has roots in Maghull but we're also told he's a Southampton fan
Helena Bonham-Carter Actress (Planet of the Apes, Fight Club, numerous period dramas)
Neil Buchanan Aintree-born Art Attack presenter who, we're told, is a Red
Frank Carson Irish comedian who we're told could have been more into Arsenal
Helena Christiansen Apparently the Super Model's Blue credentials were in The Echo, but along with Bonham-Carter, could be made up
David Coleman BBC presenter and MotD commentator for many years, when presenting Grandstand on FA Cup day in February 1966 that "his team" Everton had just beaten Bedford Town away 3-0.
Dickie Davies Badger-haired Sports TV presenter
Les Dennis Family Fortunes host who we're told is a Red, though his ex, Amanda Holden is a Blue
Nate Dogg A reader writes: "In a recent magazine interview, Nate Dogg said when asked Liverpool or Everton: 'Everton. I actually saw them play when I was a little boy; they are my team.'"
Andy Gray If he could have two favourite teams, Sky's loud-mouthed summariser would choose Everton and Aston Villa, but his real soft spot does appear to be for Villa.
Sam Kelly aka Warren in Porridge
Jay-Z A reader writes: "The rapper loves the colour blue and this was shown when he joined in the chants at a recent Charlton game when he was over here last."
Ken Jones aka Ives of Porridge and The Golden Vision
Anders Limpar Former Everton winger who apparently named Bob Latchford as his all-time favourite player
Gerry Marsden Of "Ferry cross the Mersey" fame who, like Cilla Black, apparently started out Blue but was enticed to the Dark Side.
Stella McCartney Fashion Designer; daughter of Beatle Paul, although we're told her dog's name is "Red" and wears a red collar so...
Shane McGowan A reader writes of The Pogues's lead singer: "I recently saw the Pogues play in Manchester and Shane McGowan announced his utter dissapointment at Man United's win over Everton and branded Rooney as a traitor."
Brian Nash Guitarist with Frankie Goes To Hollywood; the only 'Bluenose' in the band we thought, but his cousin writes to tell us that he's a Red.
Stephen Norris Conservative MP, Mayor of London candidate. Evertonian by birth, he is now a Fulham season ticket holder.
Tom O'Connor We've had e-mails insisting he's devout a red and yet more attesting to his Blue leanings:
1) His Everton memorabilia was on Through the Keyhole recently
2) "A couple of years ago I met him at the match of the day exhibition. As I was walking out he came over to talk to me because I was wearing my Everton shirt. He said whilst giving the talk he had spotted me on the front row because of the shirt and wanted to talk to me. He also asked if I had seen a stand that was selling Everton shirts, so he could buy one. I had my photo taken with him and then, later on, I saw him again he said (holding up a an everton shirt), 'got one,' smiled and walked off." - Andy
3) I challenge the fact that Tom O'Connor is a Blue. He was my teacher in a distant past and wore a Red badge in his lapel. Always!
4) He is definitley a Blue, he said so in a column in last Saturday's Echo 01/10/05. I was suprised as I thought he followed the team from the crypt.
Michael Owen Along with Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Jamie Carragher and Ian Rush. All boyhood Blues who were lured to the Dark Side, so it's hard to say whether any of them can be regarded as Evertonians now.
Matthew Perry Could Chandler Bing be a Blue? Surely a wind-up!
The Queen Mother This has neither been proved nor disproved but there is a persistent connection between Everton and the Queen Mum, probably due to vivid memories of that handsome devil Dixie Dean in the 1933 FA Cup Final and Everton's towering status being on everyone's lips back when the old girl was in her heyday.
Mark P Sadler Novelist: Blood On His Hands.
Robbie Savage Lairy ex-Birmingham City midfielder turned BBC pundit
Slick Rick London-born Brit musician. It was claimed during his childhood that his favourites were Andy Gray and Paul Bracewell but he'd have been 20 in 1985. Jury still out on this one...
Jeff Stelling Sky Sports presenter is a Hartlepool United supporter, apparently.
Graham Stuart Hero of that game, the "Diamond Geezer" has apparently been converted and plans to move back to Merseyside when his playing days are over.
Ian Thorpe According to Blue Kipper, the Australian Olympic swimming hero is a lifelong Blue. A reader insists he supports Spurs.
Rita Tushingham An ESCLA member of old, apparently, but we've also been told she's a red.
Mike Tyson Took a liking to Thomas "Mad Dog" Gravesen after seeing him play. Whether that means he now follows the Blues is another matter.
Venus Williams The tennis star fell in love with Wayne Rooney during Euro 2004 and said that she would probably support whichever team he played for. Hopefully that will be Everton...
Sir Norman Wisdom Comic genius of another generation was a lifelong Brighton & Hove Albion supporter and a member of their Board. Did he have a soft spot for the Blues?
Sir Clive Woodward England Rugby chief. Is he Everton Blue or Chelsea blue? We've had adamant proclamations both ways.

Ridiculous Assertions
Adolf Hitler "Rumoured to have lived in Dingle in the early twenties, was supposed to be that fond of the Blues that he watched them regularly and was a big fan of the dangerous 'Dixie Dean', who inspired early thoughts of aerial bombardment.  Also the Observer / Independent wrote a ditty on Everton a few years ago regarding Hitler, saying "the most hated man in the world followed the Blues."  Well, let's hope his penchant for red had him leaning the other way!
Colonel Gadaffi If you believe a persistent and surely ridiculous story, the controversial Libyan leader has a thing for Everton.  Rumour has it that after the Blues played there under Gordon Lee in the late 70s, the Colonel was impressed enough to change the Libyan national strip from green to Royal Blue!  But his son's recent enquiries about Liverpool show that the family tradition does not extend to Tripoli.
John F Kennedy & Family A reader writes: "Due to their Irish ancestry. Tommy Eggo was a great favourite with some of their elders."
The Sultan of Brunei No one is sure where the laughable story that the world's then second-richest man wanted to buy a stake in our beloved Blues came from, but it certainly wasn't true. Ironically, though, ex-Blue Mike Lyons became the coach of the Sultan's team in Brunei in 2002, so you never know what Mick might whisper into his "shell-like".

Rejected Connections
Craig Bellamy Newcastle striker who was alleged to have an Everton tattoo on his arm, claims to have been a boyhood RS supporter
Halle Berry Hollywood actress.  Her Liverpool-born mother is supposedly a Blue. But Halle has now categorically denied being an Everton fan.  Can it possibly get any worse?
John Birt Government guru and former head of the BBC has been linked with the Blues, but someone who went to his school claims he was torn between Liverpool and Manchester United.
Georgina Bowman Radio 1 News presenter ditched the Blues along with her Evertonian boyfriend and now follows Macclesfield Town.
Bobby Davro Cheesey 80s comedian/TV personality who developed an affection for the Blues in 83/84 but apparently supports Tottenham
Michael Foot Although a confirmed Plymouth Argyle fan, he wrote a poem extolling Everton's footballing virtues. It seems the Blues were clearly his second team.
Michael Head Once lead singer of the Pale Fountains and, more recently, Shack; apparently a Red, despite moves to put him forward as an Evertonian. 
Lenny Henry Comedian most notable for his work with Comic Relief is a West Brom devotee.
Sophie Howard The Page 3 model rose to prominence as the Everton rep in FHM Magazine's crass "Premiership of Women" but numerous web sources insist she's a red.
Rod Hull Late entertainer and operator of Emu who is believed to have fallen off his roof while trying to improve his TV reception so he could watch a Manchester United game.  He was a Bristol Rovers fan, apparently.
Goran Ivanisevic May have grown fond of the Blues when Slaven Bilic was at Goodison but he has recently declared his allegience to West Brom of all teams!
Samuel L Jackson Developed an affinity for football while filming 51st State on Merseyside. While it was at first thought that he favoured the Blues, his recent TV appearance sporting a Liverpool cap and red-carpet appearance with a Reds replica shirt confirms he was brainwashed by the dark side.
John Motson Football commentator whose first match was Everton; they say he has retained a fond spot for Everton but he is known more for his Tottenham leanings. Others have suggested a fondness for Charlton Athletic.
Dermot Murnaghan Suave ITV News anchor. His Blue credentials have been challenged by readers. A Gooner we're told.
Christian O'Connell X-FM DJ revealed his Southampton leanings and Liverpool sympathies in 442 magazine
Bill Oddie Says he was a Chelsea fan in the 60s (used to go to games with Eric Idle), stopped going when they sold Osgood et al but picked it up again and has been a Man Utd fan for the last twenty years... Glory hunter!
Heidi Range Ex-Atomic Kitten now of Sugababe... apparently prefers the Shite
Matt Smith Even though a reader writes: "My Uncle went to school with him, and now works with him. He is most certainly a Blue," he's a red according to a few irate e-mails and his own entry on the Radio 5 Live site where he makes a couple of references to Liverpool, including wanting to be Steven Gerrard for a day.
Sharlene Spiteri Apparently once featured in The Mirror with a Blues strip on, Thierri Henry once celebrated a goal by revealing a T-shirt congratulating the Texas singer on the birth of her baby indicating she might be a Gooner, but we're told she's a confirmed Celtic fan.
Phil Taylor A reader writes of the darts champion: "Where is Phil "the power" Taylor? Wasn't he paraded at goodison as a fan recently?" Apparently not, as we're told he's a Port Vale fan.
Roger Taylor Queen drummer who supposedly fell in love with the Blues after the Cup Winners' Cup triumph in Rotterdam but is apparently a Chelsea fan
Clive Tyldesley Football commentator whose voice graces the video of the 1986-87 Championship season, but is apparently a follower of Manchester United, Manchester City, Nottingham Forest, or Liverpool, depending who heard what from whom...
Simon Weston Falklands survivor made famous by a heroic battle against potentially fatal burns is a confirmed Man United fan.
Paul Whitehouse The Fast Show funnyman was rumoured to have been hooked on the Blues since his dad took him to see the Blues play Luton years ago but he's a Spurs fan.
Sly Stallone
Tony Bellew


Amanda Holden


Riddick Bowe


Jenifer Ellison

Sly Stallone
Sylvestor Stallone


Liz McLarnon


Sharon Corr


Ian Astbury


Sir Paul McCartney


Ian Hart


Kenny Everett


Dame Judi Dench


John Hurt


Sir Norman Wisdom


Ed Stewart


Leonard Rossiter


Clare Sweeney


Jimmy Mulville


Kenneth Cope


Nicola Roberts


Freddie Starr


Matt Dawson


John Parrott


Austin Healy


Shea Neary


Graeme Sharp


Elton Welsby


Bill Bryson


Paul Preston


Brendan Barber


Sir Terry Leahy


Bernie Mullin

If you know of a famous Blue not on this list who would like to challenge the inclusion of someone above, drop us a line using the feedback form.

 


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