When it comes to making the transition from D-list to A-list the right name can make all the difference between Hollywood and just plain humdrum.
So it’s no surprise that aspiring actors, actresses, singers and more are willing to trade in their everyday names for something that screams LA in order to hit the big time.
And it seems there could be a little science involved in name fame game, with some celebs even turning to naming experts such as the late Laurence Y Payg – of Agyness Deyn fame – to ensure that each character counts.
In the name of fame
Yep a name may just be a collection of letters to some but to those who walk the streets of Tinseltown, it’s is pretty much EVERYTHING. Does the name Reggie Dwight ring a bell? Hmmm didn’t think so. How about Elton John? Well for those in the know these people are one in the same!
If first impressions really do count, then surely the right name is the best way for an A-lister to put the best sparkly foot forward.
We’ve rounded up a selection of celebrities real names for your scrolling pleasure. Prepare yourself for more than a few ooohs and aaghs!
Agyness Deyn – Laura Michelle Hollins
Agyness used the skills of of the late Laurence Y Payg – a professional name analyst who used a 3,000-year-old Chinese technique- to create a name that screamed supermodel career.
Speaking in 2008 he said:
: “When I first met her, Agyness was entering a three-year period of losses, as indicated by the U in Laura, and her names didn’t work well together.
“Lauras can be childlike, they’re naturally inquisitive and might love dressing up, as this Laura did, but coupled with Hollins, it was never going to work.”
Credit: Agyness Deyn/Instagram
Kim Cattral – Clare Woodgate
Clare/Kim was actually born in Mossley Hill, Liverpool in 1956. Her mother, Gladys Shane (née Baugh), was a secretary, and her father, Dennis Cattrall, was a construction engineer. The family emigrated to Canada when Clare was three months old.
Credit: Kim Cattrall/Instagram