27 Celebrities Who Aren't Actually Using Their Real Names

A stage name is nothing new in the world of showbiz – the practise of using a different moniker when in the public eye dates way back to the early days of Hollywood.

However, we often don’t know when celebrities are using them, especially as it’s something more commonly associated with actors, rather than TV presenters or reality stars. 

With that in mind, here are 28 of the more unlikely stars who go by a different name to the one they were born with…

Tess Daly


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We’d always assumed Tess was short for Tessa, but turns out the ‘Strictly’ presenter was born Helen Elizabeth Daly.

Alex Jones


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The ‘One Show’ host is usually using her middle name, as her parents called her Charlotte when she was born. 

Greg James 


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Greg James is a strong radio name, so it’s maybe understandable why Greg Milward decided to start using his middle name as his surname.

Jessie Wallace


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You may know her best at EastEnders’ Kat Slater, but her real name isn’t Jessie at all – it’s Karen. 

Kim Woodburn


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The controversial ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ housemate, who made a name for herself by shouting “chicken livered shits” at people in the house, was actually born Patricia. 

Meghan Markle 


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Now referred to as the Duchess Of Sussex, Meghan’s birth name is actually Rachel. 

Denise Welch


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The ‘Loose Women’ star will always be wor Denzy to us, but her real name is actually Jacqueline.

Dermot O’Leary


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Dermot, who has an Irish family, follows a long-standing Irish…

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