Of course most people link Paddington with a certain famous but fictional bear, but actually there are lots of real famous people who grew up in the popular London area.
Paddington is home to St Mary’s Hospital and therefore a popular maternity hospital in the region. Opened in 1845, the hospital has seen a number of notable births.
On the screen
One of the most surprising Paddington-born stars is Kiefer Sutherland. The 24 star was born in London just days before Christmas in 1966 along with his twin sister. His famous parents Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, both successful Canadian actors, moved back to California and this helped Kiefer become an A-list celebrity.
Another famous actor born in Paddington was David Suchet. Most famous for playing the popular Hercule Poirot on television, he was born in May 1946 and has become one of the country’s most popular performers. His brother is also seen regularly on television as a newscaster and presenter.
Joan Collins also had the pleasure of being born in Paddington. Raised in nearby Maida Vale, she made her first stage debut at the age of nine and was in her first film at 17.
Other notable actors born in Paddington include Paul Eddington, Emma Thompson, Rhona Mitra, Patrick Macnee, Alfred Molina and Hermione Norris.
Famous Paddington sporting names
Sporting greats also seem to have at one point called Paddington home, with Olympic star Kriss Akabusi born in the London region, as well as footballers Joe Cole and Les Ferdinand plus a bare-knuckle boxer appropriately named Paddington Time Jones.
Musical influences from Paddington
Declan Patrick MacManus, aka Elvis Costello, was born in Paddington on August 25th 1954 and has had a major influence on the world’s music scene. In learnt his craft playing in many of London’s pub rock scenes in the early 1970s and went on to have a string of international hits.
Other musicians coming from Paddington over the years include composter George Butterworth and Seal.
Other notable Paddington births include Robert Baden-Powell who founded the popular Scout Movement and Alan Turing, who is credited with creating the first computer and playing a key role in helping decipher Germany messages during the Second World War.