A brand new interactive map shows who Bristol’s most notable people are.
Silver screen icon Cary Grant has been revealed as Bristol’s most notable person, alongside cricketer WG Grace and former snooker world champion Judd Trump
A new interactive map, designed by researcher and geographer Topi Tjukanovallows users to see who the most famous people in their area are.
The Finnish geographer revealed on Twitter that the data he used to build the interactive map contains a “rank value” and a notability “sum value”.
Tjukanov developed the map with colleagues at the University of Paris and used data scraped from Wikipedia and Wikidata to help determine the notability of celebrities in each local area under the categories “culture”, “discovery and science”, “leadership” and “sports and games.”
Who is Cary Grant?
Lauded by critics as one of the 20th century’s most influential actors, Cary Grant has been named as Bristol’s most notable name.
Grant was well known for his Hollywood exploits, including roles in romantic ‘screwball’ comedies such as The Awful Truth (1937) and The Philadelphia Story (1940).
Grant starred alongside revered names of the silver screen including Joan Fotaine and Grace Kelly.
Are there any other notable names from Bristol?
Following Cary Grant is WG Grace, widely regarded as a central figure in the development of cricket.
Grace played as an all-rounder, captaining England and Gloucestershire in his 44-season career. He is known for his batting style and exemplary first-class record.
Whitechurch born Judd Trump also rated highly. The professional snooker-player has achieved a number one ranking on four separate occasions – his longest stint at the top lasted for two years.
After turning professional in the 2005-2006 season, Trump has achieved 23 ranking titles, placing him at number six on the all -time list and led to an MBE In 2022 for his contributions to Snooker.
Clarinettist Acker Bilk, known for his breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register style, and distinctive appearance of goatee, bowler hat and striped waistcoat and theater director Lucy Bailey have ranked highly when it comes to culture.
Bristol can also boast the likes of theoretical physicist Paul Dirac, renowned physician Edward Long Fox and Major-General Sir Fabian Arthur Goulstone Ware, British educator, journalist, and the founder of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission notable for achievements in discovery and science.
Crystal Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland and cricketer-turned-footballer Arthur Milton are rated for their noteworthiness in the world of sport.
While feared pirate Blackbeard fka Edward Teach was presumed to be from Bristol. His popularity has risen once again recently due to the success of HBO show Our Flag Means Deathwith Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi assuming the role.