12 Successful Liverpudlians And Their Achievements

Updated: May 7, 2021

Here Are 11 People From The Pool Of Talent That Might Surprise You

David Morrissey starring in AMC's The Walking Dead as the formidable Philip Blake, AKA The Governor (Credit: AMC).
David Morrissey starring in AMC's The Walking Dead as the formidable Philip Blake, AKA The Governor (Credit: AMC).

There is a reason Liverpool is nicknamed The Pool of Talent. The Liverpool City Region is a hub of talent with highly successful people coming from all six of the Region's Boroughs; brimming with writers, actors, directors, artists, dancers and comedians. When people think of famous Liverpudlians from the Liverpool Region; their mind is immediately drawn to people that are frequently named such as Paul McCartney, Cilla Black, Taron Egerton, Steven Gerrard, John Bishop, Daniel Craig and Jamie Carragher. I have selected successful people that you may just not realise are from the Region.


David Morrissey

David Morrissey starring in an acclaimed episode of Doctor Who (Credit: BBC).
David Morrissey starring in an acclaimed episode of Doctor Who (Credit: BBC).

David Morrissey is a phenomenal actor and director that has been entertaining us for years on stage, through radio, television and in films. He has held main character roles in numerous high profile productions such as the TV Series 'Blackpool', his main role in AMC's The Walking Dead as Philip Blake, AKA The Governor, Sky Atlantic's new action-fantasy series Britannia as well the BBC's TV Series The City and the City. Morrissey is a true Liverpudlian success story.


Clive Barker

Clive Barker is a much celebrated horror writer and director. His work spans numerous mediums including novels, comic books, film, video games, plays and collectables. He is a horror icon on par with that of Stephen King and John Carpenter. He is possibly most notable for his novels Hellraiser and Candyman being turned into major motion pictures. He took strong creative direction with how the epicly successful franchises were shaped as he either directed, produced, or wrote them (or did a mixture of the three roles).


As a gay man, Barker portrays the LGBTQ+ community through his work in which the community has strongly applaud him for, it has also been appreciated that he has portrayed LGBTQ+ characters is done in a realistic and tasteful way. Barker is a keen artist and has had his paintings and illustrations exhibited, featuring in galleries across the United States.


Craig Charles

Craig Charles as seen in Red Dwarf (Credit: BBC).
Craig Charles as seen in Red Dwarf (Credit: BBC).

Craig Charles has had a fantastically varied career. He is a famous face across the UK that I have known growing up; from his role as Lloyd Mullaney on Coronation Street to the host of the much adored TV Series Robot Wars and as main character Dave Lister in BBC's TV Series Red Dwarf for more than 70 episodes to date. He has also been a DJ for BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music. In addition to all of these accomplishments, Charles has also turned his hand to stand-up comedy, film acting and even writing where he authored his autobiography, and even had a monthly column in The Liverpool Echo during the mid 2000s.


Rebecca Ferguson

Rebecca Ferguson is a singer that rose to prominence after coming 2nd Place in The X-Factor in 2010. She moved around the city as she grew up; living in areas such as Huyton, Woolton and Anfield. Rebecca has released 5 Studio Albums and has been nominated for awards such as The MOBOs and The MTV Music Awards. She has been signed with record labels including Sony, Epic and Columbia.


Shirley Ballas

Shirley Ballas, the talented Latin champion as Head Judge of Strictly Come Dancing (Credit: BBC).
Shirley Ballas, the talented Latin champion as Head Judge of Strictly Come Dancing (Credit: BBC).