The real names of celebrities in the public eye

Stage Names

The real names of famous celebrities - their pseudonyms uncovered.

There are many reasons for choosing a stage name instead of using your birth name. Often names are changed because they don't have the right sound or they are thought to be too plain and ordinary. Sometimes people wish to conceal their family origins. Another reason for changing a name, particularly in the acting profession, is that many acting organisations specifically prevent more then one member having the same name. For example David Walliams of Little Britain fame changed his name from Williams because of an existing member of Equity Acting Association

Celebrity Stage Name Real Name
50 Cent Curtis Jackson
Adam Ant Stuart Leslie Goddard
Adam Faith Terence Nelhams
Alice Cooper Vincent Damon Furnier
Anna Nicole Smith Vickie Lynn Hogan
Axl Rose William Bailey
Barbara Windsor Barbara-Ann Deeks
Barry Manilow Barry Alan Pinkus
Benny Hill Alfred Hawthorne Hill
Bez Mark Berry
Big Daddy Shirley Crabtree
Bill Wyman William Perks
Billy Idol William Broad
Billy Ocean Leslie Sabastian Charles
Bing Crosby Harry Lillis Crosby
Bob Dylan Robert Allen Zimmerman
Bono Paul Hewson
Boy George George O Dowd
Brigette Bardot Camille Javal
Buddy Holly Charles Hardin Holley
Carmen Electra Tara Patrick
Charlie Sheen Carlos Irwin Estevez
Charlton Heston John Charles Carter
Cher Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPiere
Cheryl Baker Rita Crudgington
Chris De Burgh Christopher Davidson
Cilla Black Priscilla White
Cliff Richard Harry Webb
Crystal GayleBrenda Gail Webb
David Bowie David Robert Jones
David Copperfield David Kotkin
David Essex David Albert Cook
David Jason David John White
David Tennant David McDonald
David WalliamsDavid Williams
Demi Moore Demetria Gene Guynes
Diana Ross Diane Earle
Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong
DJ Jazzy Jeff Jeffrey Townes
Elle Macpherson Eleanor Gow
Elton John Reginald Dwight
Elvis Costello Declan Mcmanus
Eminem Marshall Bruce Mathers III
Englebert Humperdinck Arnold George Dorsey
(Gerry Dorsey was an earlier stage name)
Eric Clapton Eric Clapp
Frank Skinner Chris Collins
Freddie Mercury Farrokh Bulsara
Freddie Starr Freddie Powell
Gary Glitter Paul Gadd
Gary Numan Gary Webb
Gene Wilder Jerome Silberman
George Michael Georgios Panaylotou
George Orwell Eric Blair
Gloria Estefan Gloria Fajardo
Goldie Clifford Price
Harry Houdini Erich Weiss
Hulk Hogan Terry Bollea
Janet Street Porter Janet Bull
Jennifer Aniston Jennifer Anastassakis
Joe StrummerJohn Graham Mellor
John Cleese John Cheese
John Wayne Marion Morrison
Jordan Katie Price
Kenny Everett Maurice Cole
Lulu Marie Lawrie
Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone
Marilyn Manson Brian Warner
Marilyn Monroe Norma Baker
Meatloaf Marvin Aday
Meg Ryan Margaret Hyra
Mel Gibson Columcille Gibson
Michael Barrymore Michael Parker
Michael Caine Maurice Micklewhite
Michael Crawford Michael Dumble-Smith
Moby Richard Melville Hall
Mos DefDante Terrell Smith
Natalie Portman Natalie Hershlag
Neil Diamond Noah Kaminsky
Nicolas Cage Nicolas Coppola
Nina Ricci Maria Nielli
Nina Simone Eunice Wayman
Omar Sharif Michael Shalhoub
Ozzy Osbourne John Osbourne
Paul McCartney James Paul McCartney
Pink Alecia Moore
Prince Prince Nelson
Ralph Lauren Ralph Lipschitz
Ricky Martin Enrique Morales
Ringo Starr Richard Starkey
Robert Palmer Alan Batley
Russ Abbot Russell Roberts
Seal Sealhenry Samuel
Shakin Stevens Michael Barratt
Snoop Doggy Dogg Calvin Broadus
Spike Milligan Terence Alan Milligan
Stevie Wonder born Steveland Judkins
changed to Steveland Morris
Stewart Granger James Lablanche Stewart
Sting Gordon Sumner
Suggs Graham Mc Pherson
The Edge David Evans
Tiger Woods Eldrick Woods
Tina Turner Anna Bullock
Tom Cruise Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
Twiggy Lesley Hornby
Vanilla Ice Robert Van Winkle
Vic Reeves Jim Moir
Vin Diesel Mark Vincent
Whoopi Goldberg Caryn Johnson
Woody Allen Allen Konigsberg

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