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Cardiff's greatest ever daughters

With International Women’s day on Sunday, the Cardiffian looks at some of Cardiff’s greatest daughters.

Shirley Bassey (1937 – )

She is perhaps Cardiff’s greatest ever daughter. Originally born in Tiger Bay, the Welsh singer-songwriter has written three James Bond theme tunes and has had a host of number ones.

Charlotte Church (1986 – )

Charlotte Church broke onto the music scene in 2005 and has solid over 10 million records in the UK. She was born in Llandaff and has previously presented the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

Tanni Grey-Thompson (1969 – )

The only olympian on the list, Baroness Grey-Thompson won 11 gold meals in wheelchair racing before retiring and moving into politics. She is a life peer of the House of Lords.

Source: Wikimedia commons

Source: Wikimedia commons

Cerys Matthews (1969 – )

The third musician on the list, Cerys Matthews is a BBC Radio 6 presenter most famous for fronting the band Catatonia. She has previously headlined Cardiff’s Big Weekend Festival.

Tessie O’Shea (1913 – 1995)

Born to a solider, Tessie O’Shea was a Welsh entertainer and actress who won a Tony award for best featured actress in a musical for The Girl Who Came to Supper. She died aged 82 of congestive heart failure.



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