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Famous People raised in Kinship Care

Famous people raised in kinship care or who have been kinship carer to a child in their family network

Presidents, actors, musicians, comedians, models, scientists, writers and many more…

Please email Yasmin Choudhury ychoudhury@frg.org.uk if you have more names to add.

  • Maya Angelou (writer)
  • Oksan Baiul (sportswoman)
  • Lucille Ball (comedian)
  • Tallulah Bankhead (actress)
  • Simone Biles (brought up by her grandparents) (Olympic gold medal winning gymnast for USA)
  • Cherie Booth (barrister)
  • Pierce Brosnan (actor)
  • Carol Burnett (actress and entertainer)
  • Richard Burton (brought up by his sister) (actor)
  • Brian Cox (brought up by his four siblings) (actor)
  • Catherine Cookson (brought up by her grandparents) (author)
  • Naomi Campbell (model)
  • Eric Clapton (musician)
  • Sir Ed Davey MP (brought up by his grandparents from the age of 15 years old following his parents’ death) (Leader, Liberal Democrats)
  • Mo Farah (brought up by aunt) (Olympic 10,000m gold medal winning runner for Great Britain in 2012)
  • Jamie Foxx (actor)
  • Morgan Freeman (actor)
  • Anna Harrison (First Lady of the United States in 1841)
  • Jimi Hendrix (musician)
  • The Right Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin MBE (Bishop of Dover and former chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen)
  • Langston Hughes (poet)
  • Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (musician)
  • Samuel L. Jackson (actor)
  • Matthew Janney (rugby player)
  • Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP (brought up by sibling carer) (author and former politician)
  • Diane-Louise Jordan (adopted her niece), broadcaster)
  • Sheila Jordan (musician)
  • Siya Kolisi (Brought up by his late grandmother after his mother died when he was 15 years old. Has subsequently adopted his two younger siblings) (captain of South Africa’s 2019 world cup winning rugby team)
  • Baroness Doreen Lawrence (campaigner)
  • John Lennon (musician)
  • Stephen Paul Manderson (Professor Green) (musician)
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez (author)
  • Davina McCall (presenter)
  • Dylan McDermott (actor)
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery (author)
  • Nicki Minaj (singer)
  • Willie Nelson (musician)
  • Prince Rogers Nelson (musician)
  • Isaac Newton (scientist)
  • Jack Nicholson (actor)
  • Barack Obama (former USA President)
  • Al Pacino (actor)
  • Gregory Peck (actor)
  • Kellie Pickler (musician)
  • Mary Portas (brought up her younger brother) (retail consultant and broadcaster)
  • Sterling Ramsey (raised by his grandparents, until age 14) (member of boy band Rough Copy)
  • Lou Rawls (musician)
  • Lionel Richie (raised Nicole, who was the child of his friends, and then adopted her) (musician)
  • Victoria Rowell (actress)
  • Sir Walter Scott (author)
  • Bessie Smith (brought up by sibling carer) (musician)
  • Vanna White (TV presenter)
  • Oritse Williams aka OWS (raised his younger siblings) (musician, JLS)
  • Oprah Winfrey (media proprietor and presenter)
  • Ellen Wood (author)
  • Tammy Wynette (musician)
  • Malcolm X (brought up by sibling carer) (civil rights activist)

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