A History of Newport in Celebrities!


Michael Sheen, Kayne West and even Houdini. They all have a connection with Newport. Read on for some fascinating facts about our beloved city and tales of her shoulder-rubbing with the stars!


Perhaps the world's most famous escape artist came to Newport to perform in The Lyceum Theatre on Bridge Street where the Travelodge now stands. 


Josie trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and is a regular presenter on BBC Songs of Praise. She is also well-known to 90's kids as a presenter of children's television. 


The star of films such as Frost Nixon and The Twilight Saga, Michael Sheen is now a household name. He is also a political activist and heavily involved in charity work. 


We're not 100% sure if this one is true but apparently Kayne went to great lengths to get his hands on a Welsh curry. So much so that he flew the chef from The British Raj in Rogerstone over to New York for a banquet for twelve of his friends. 


Pill boy W H Davies is probably best known for his poem "Leisure", featured on a TV advert for Center Parcs. 


We hope you enjoyed our little history of celebrity in Newport. If you know of any more we've missed, let us know on our social channels!



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