Matt Berry

Matt Berry was the mad boss Douglas Reynholm in the IT Crowd.  Whilst the hilarious Channel Four show is probably his most famous work, he has also had significant roles in The Mighty Boosh and Snuff Box. Born in Bromham just outside Bedford he is also an accomplished music producer and of course, due to his distinctive…

John Le Messurier

Who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler? That was the sound track to one of Britain’s best loved comedy shows based on the antics of the nation’s home front, the ladies and men left behind in the war to defend our shores. John Le Messurier was best known as Sergeant Wilson in the…

Paula Radcliffe MBE

Paula Radcliffe will go down in history as one of the greatest ever UK athletes.  Born in 1973 from Cheshire, Paula, represented Bedford and County Athletic Club.  She lived in the small village of Oakley just north of Bedford. Paula won various gold medals at the World and European Championships and a gold in the…

Carol Vorderman MBE

Carol Vorderman was born in Bedford in 1960.  Maths genius Vorderman who is best known for her long standing role on Channel Four’s Countdown.  She also presented various other shows including Loose Women and Pride of Britain Awards. Vorderman has been no stranger to reality TV either with appearances in I’m A Celebrity and Strictly…

Ronnie Barker OBE

One of the UK’s most loved and most famous comedians Ronnie Barker was born in Bedford in 1929.  Part of the Two Ronnies, Ronnie Barker became a national treasure due to his endearing double act with Ronnie Corbett. Ronnie was honoured by royalty in 1978 when he as order the Order of the British Empire…

John Bunyan

Anybody that has gone to school in Bedford will know that John Bunyan the famous author of a Pilgrim’s Tale is from the great town. Bunyan was born in 1628, in Elstow, Bedford, to Thomas and Margaret Bunyan.  He spent some time imprisoned but that never stopped him writing a multitude of published titles.  

Famous Bedford

    Welcome to Famous Bedford.  This is a place where the very best of Bedford can be celebrated.  Bedford is a town that is much maligned by outsiders and at times by those that live there themselves.  For those that don’t know, Bedford is a small town that is towards the north of the…