5 Famous People From Wortley 

Wortley was the starting point for some of the biggest celebs! Sports, YouTube, Music, and TV are some of the areas where people from Wortley have achieved fame and greatness. In this roundup, we’re taking a brief look at some of the most famous people to come from Wortley.  

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1. Kalvin Phillips 


Kalvin is a growing star in the football field making a name for himself as a midfielder for Premier League Club – Leeds United. A graduate of Leeds United Academy, Kalvin made his first-team debut in 2015. 

Before becoming one of the highest regarded and talented football players, Kalvin attended the Farnley Academy during his secondary school years and played for a Wortley football club from 2003 to 2010 before joining Leeds United Academy at age 14. 

2. James Milner 


Wortley born James’ love for football has catapulted him into stardom having played for many major teams including Leeds United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Manchester City, and Liverpool to name a few. James was first scouted to the Leeds United Academy at age 10 after being scouted while playing for Westbrook Juniors in Horsforth.

It’s safe to say James’s football career has made him one of the most well-known players in the sporting industry with a legacy likely to continue for decades. 

3. Adam Moran AKA 'Beard Meats Food'


Adam is best known for consuming huge portions of food in popular American restaurants and diners. He competes in eating challenges in England and major league eating contests in North America and is currently ranked the 11th best professional competitive eater in the world! 

Originally from Wortley, Adam was formerly a banker before breaking into stardom with his eating talents. An American-style-diner chain has since taken out £1 million in insurance on his stomach and tastebuds before giving Adam the position of food tester in their establishment! 

4. Leigh Francis AKA Keith Lemon 


Leigh Francis was born in Beeston but brought up on a council estate in Old Farnley before moving on to Jacob Kramer College and receiving a qualification in graphic design. Well-known TV presenter Davina McCall landed Leigh his first television role on Dom and Kirks Nite O’ Plenty where he portrayed Bobby Stark. Other TV shows where you will likely recognise Leigh include, Through the Keyhole, Sing if You Can and most notably, Celebrity Juice. 

5. Alan Bennett


Now a very well-known actor, author and playwright screenwriter, Alan was born and raised in Armley where he attended Upper Armely Church of England school. 

In August 1960, Bennett along with other notable actors including Dudley Moore and Jonathan Miller gained fame after an appearance at the Edinburgh Festival in the Satirical Revue – Beyond the Fringe. From there on Alan’s playwriting and acting career exploded with him going on to write many famous plays and starring in many films and TV shows as well as becoming a renowned author. 

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