From Princess Diana to Anne Boleyn to Michael Macfayden: The most Wikipedia’d people in our region
PUBLISHED: 10:57 12 June 2019 | UPDATED: 12:04 13 June 2019
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Have you ever wondered who the most famous person from your town or village is?
A new interactive map, which links place names with their most searched-for public figure on Wikipedia, reveals just that.
The map includes a wide-reaching spectrum of celebrities, and counts 18th-century poets and wrestling champions among its pinpoints.
The link between the location and the celebrity ranges from their place of birth, their current home or a connection. It uses click rates only from Wikipedia, which according to Alexa, an American web traffic analysis company, is the fifth most popular website worldwide.
Produced by The Pudding, an online publication which debates culture in visual essays, the map covers villages, towns and cities across the UK. Among the local celebrities are:
■ John Rhys Davies (Watton)
Before an illustrious acting career - with roles in Indiana Jones and The Lord of the Rings - Welsh actor John Rhys Davies taught at Watton County Secondary school.
Michael Carroll (Swaffham)
Swaffham-born bin man Michael Carroll hit the headlines when he won nearly £10m on the lottery. He became a tabloid celebrity and self-proclaimed 'King of Chavs'
■ Anne Boleyn (Blickling)
Anne Boleyn, born in Blicking, was Henry VIII's second wife before he had her executed. Her beheading was part of the political and religious upheaval that triggered the Reformation.
■ Edward Coke (Holkham)
Edward Coke is considered to be the greatest legal brain of the 16th century. His wealth funded Holkham Hall. Born in Mileham, he led the prosecution in high-profile cases involving Sir Walter Raleigh and the Gunpowder plot.
■ James Dyson (Cromer)
The domestic appliance entrepreneur and inventor, who lends his name to his multi-billion-pound vacuum empire, was born in Cromer and educated at Gresham's School.
■ Matthew Macfadyen (Great Yarmouth)
Great Yarmouth-born Matthew Macfayden is a BAFTA award-winning actor, who made his name as Mr Darcy in the film version of Pride and Prejudice. He's also a star on the small screen, most recognisably on BBC's Spooks.
■ Princess Diana (Diss)
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Born in Sandringham, Princess Diana was educated at Riddlesworth Hall School near Diss.
■ George VI (Sandringham)
Sandringham-born George VI inherited the throne after his brother Edward VIII abdicated to marry divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson.
■ Justin Fashanu (Attleborough)
Justin Fashanu was brought up by foster parents in Shropham. A gifted boxer in his youth, he eventually became a footballer - beginning his career at Norwich City. He became Britain's first £1m black footballer when he signed for Nottingham Forest.
■ Thomas Paine (Thetford)
A founding father of the United States, Thomas Paine was born in Thetford. His texts on political philosophy remain influential.
■ Paige (Norwich)
Norwich-born Paige began her wrestling career at the age of 13, before signing to WWE. In just eight years, she became the youngest ever champion of the title's Divas Championships.
■ Henry Blofeld (Wroxham)
Retired sports journalist Henry Blofeld's idiosyncratic approach to cricket commentary made him a broadcasting legend. Alongside sport books, he has written a memoir.
■ Samuel Lincoln (Hingham)
After a spell as weaver in Norwich, Samuel Lincoln left his home in Swanton Morley for the New World and settled in Massachusetts. He was a member of the Lincoln dynasty and great-grandfather to Abraham Lincoln.
■ Harold Davidson (Stiffkey)
Harold Davidson, known as the rector of Stiffkey, was a Church of England priest until he was convicted by immorality by the church and defrocked. Protesting his innocence, he took the unlikely step of exhibiting himself in Blackpool to raise funds for his unsuccessful acquittal bid.
■ Thomas Nashe (Harling)
Satirist and writing polymath Thomas Nashe was raised in West Harling, before his literary career took off in London. Outside writing, he was a prolific defender of the Church of England.
■ Chrissie Wellington (Feltwell)
Chrissie Wellington, from Feltwell, is a former triathlete and four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion. She is the only triathlete to have won the championship less than a year after turning professional.
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