The most famous people from Southend have been revealed, according to a new interactive map.

Mapbox researcher and geographer, Topi Tjukanov, developed the insightful map which reveals the birthplaces of the most 'notable people' around the world.

The data is based on a study published in June this year by researchers from the University of Paris. 

A person's significance was calculated based on information scraped from Wikipedia and Wikidata. 

The data accounts for a series of factors including the number of Wikipedia entries, their average length, the average number of views from 2015-18 as well as the total number of external links.

"The data contains a rank value and a notability "sum value" these are used to determine which names are shown and how big they are," Mr Tjukanov explained to users on Twitter.

You can explore the map and view the noteworthy people from all over the world in four different categories:

  • Culture
  • Discovery & Science
  • Leadership
  • Sports & Games

Who are the most notable people from Southend?

The interactive map reveals that the most notable person from Southend is the author John Fowles, known for works such as The French Lieutenant's Woman, Magus, The Ebony Tower, Daniel Martin and Mantissa.

Born in Leigh on March 31 1926 he lived to the age of 79, where he passed away in 2005 in Lyme Regis, Dorset.

Many of his works were adapted into films, including The French Lieutenant's Woman, which starred Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons.

The actress Lara Pulver was another notable name from the area. She is known for her roles in TV series such as Spooks, Sherlock and The Split

Alongside those two there is the philosopher Bernard Williams.

See if you recognise any notable names by heading to the map now.