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Famous Edinburgh – Your Guide To The Stars Of Our City

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From the breath-taking Edinburgh Castle and Princess Street Gardens, to the luxurious Edinburgh hotels and famous Edinburgh pubs, Scotland’s artistic and historic capital is a star in its own right. In addition to the many famous Edinburgh attractions, this vibrant city is also home to a number of famous Edinburgh celebrities.

Sir Sean Connery as Bond, James Bond

Sir Sean Connery is arguably the sexiest James Bond we’ve ever seen. Born in Edinburgh in 1930, the retired Scottish actor is without a doubt Scotland’s most famous actor. From 1962 to 1983 he played the distinctive man of mystery, he’s won numerous awards including an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards, three Golden Globes, and was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2009. In 1989 he was voted “Sexiest Man Alive” in a poll by People Magazine, and in 1999 won the title of “Sexiest Man of the Century”.

Shirley Manson’s Garbage Music

Born in Edinburgh, Shirley Manson is a famous Scottish singer better known as the lead singer of the alternative rock band Garbage. In 1995, Garbage released its first album, which went double platinum and catapulted Shirley into the global limelight. As a result of the band’s success, Garbage was given the opportunity to create the 1999 James Bond theme song, The World is Not Enough – an honour reserved for an elite few musicians.

The Notoriously Famous Burke & Hare

Famous for all the wrong reasons, Burke and Hare were the notorious body snatchers who decided to take the supply and demand of fresh cadavers into their own hands in the 1800s. In a spree of murders, they sold the corpses of their victims to Dr Robert Knox, coining the term “burking” (to smother) in their wake. In 1928, Hare turned “King’s evidence” and testified against Burke. Burke was trialled, convicted and sentenced to death. An in an ironic twist of fate, his body was publically dissected in the name of science.

Calling Attention To Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell is a Scottish-born scientist, inventor and engineer who needs no introduction. Born in Edinburgh, his father, grandfather and brother’s work in elocution and speech, as well as his mother and wife’s hearing impediments, greatly influenced his life’s work. His research into hearing and speech led him to experiment with hearing devices, which in turn led to his greatest invention – the fist telephone. The famous Edinburgh born inventer also made a number of ground-breaking discoveries in the fields of optical telecommunications, hydrofoils and aeronautics.

Old telephone

Our Favourite Game Of Thrones Knight, Ser Jorah Mormont

Iain Glen is a famous Scottish film, television and stage actor, as well as a local favourite. Born in Edinburgh, he went to school at Edinburgh Academy and Studied at the University of Aberdeen. The famous Edinburgh actor is better known for his role in the Resident Evil films and playing Ser Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones’. He’s also starred in a number of big movies and TV shows, including the popular Doctor Who and Downton Abbey.

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