Changing your name is a legal action that should not be done lightly. However, as a light hearted break from all of the legal information that we provide the following are examples of some ‘celebrities’ that have changed their names-
Adam Ant was known as Stuart Leslie Goddard
Born: 3 November 1954
Famous for 80’s hits including “Prince Charming”
Tim Allen was known as Tim Allen Dick
Born: 13 June 1953
Denver, Colorado, USA
Star of the top-rated TV sitcom "Home Improvement".
Jennifer Aniston was known as Jennifer Anastassakis (or Anistopolous)
Born: 11 February 1969
Sherman Oaks, California
Best known as Rachel in "Friends"
Cilla Black was known as Priscilla Marie Veronica White
Popular UK singer and presenter of “Blind Date”
David Bowie was known as David Robert Hayward-Jones
Born: 8 January 1947
Rock/Pop star who changed his name as not to be confused with Davy Jones of "The Monkees" fame
Jimmy White briefly became Jimmy Brown
Born: 2 May 1962
Fans favourite and snooker legend Jimmy White changed his name to "Jimmy Brown" to reflect the colour of the condiment produced by his sponsor (HP Sauce).
Nicolas Cage was known as Nicolas Coppola
Born: 7 January 1964
Long Beach, California
Oscar winner and star of “Face Off”and “Con Air”
(Sir) Sean Connery was known as Thomas Connery
Born: 25 August 1930
Best known as the James Bond but also for films like "The Untouchables".
Michael Crawford was known as Michael Patrick Dumbell-Smith
Born: 19 January 1942
Came to fame with "Some Mother's Do 'Ave 'Em" and later with the musical "Phantom of the Opera".
Tom Cruise was known as Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
Born: 3 July 1962
Syracuse, New York
Star of “Top Gun and “Mission Impossible”
Kirk Douglas Isidore Demsky
Born: 9 December 1916
Amsterdam, New York
Star of the epic movie "Spartacus".
Carmen Electra was known as Tara Leigh Patrick
Born: 20 April 1972
Famous for presenting on TV but also for “Baywatch” and appearing in “Playboy”.
Michael J Fox was known as Michael A Fox
Born: 9 June 1961
Star of “Back to the Future”
Cary Grant was known as Archibald Alexander Leach
Born: 18 January 1904
Died: 29 November 1986
Leading box office star from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Judy Garland was known as Frances Gumm
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Star of "The Wizard of Oz"
Audrey Hepburn was known as Edda Van Heemstra Hepburn-Rusten
Born: 4 May 1928
Died: 20 January 1993
Best known as the star of movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's".
Angelina Jolie was known as Angelina Jolie Voight
Born: 4 June 1975
Best known as "Lara Croft - Tomb Raider
Michael Keaton was known as Michael John Douglas
Born: 9 September 1951
Star of "Beetlejuice", played "Batman". Changed his name to avoid confusion with Michael Douglas.
Stan Laurel was known as Arthur Stanley Jefferson
Born: 16 June 1890
Died: 23 February 1965
One half of one of the best known slapstick comedy duos of all time: "Laurel and Hardy". See also Oliver Hardy.
Helen Mirren was known as Ilynea Lydia Mironoff
Born: 26 July 1946
Best known today for her television role as in "Prime Suspect", and for playing the Queen
Marilyn Monroe was known as Norma Jean Mortensen Baker
Born: 1 June 1926
Died: 4 August 1962
Famous for her role in many films
Joaquin Phoenix was known as Joaquin Raphael Bottom
Born: 28 October 1974
Brother of River Phoenix. Starred in "Gladiator" with Russell Crowe.
The Rock was known as Dwayne Douglas Johnson
Born: 3 May 1972
Hayward, California, USA
WWF wrestler now turned to acting!
Meg Ryan was known as Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra
Born: 19 November 1961
Star of "When Harry Met Sally" and "Top Gun"
Jane Seymour was known as Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg
Born: 15 February 1951
Best known as Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman.
John Wayne was known as Marion Michael Morrison
Born: 26 May 1907
Died: 11 June 1979
Best known as American movie icon and star of westerns.
Bruce Willis was known as Walter Willison
Born: 19 March 1955
Best known as the star of the Die Hard movie series
Tiger Woods was known as Eldrick Woods
Born: 30 December 1975
One of the world's best golfers changed his name to one with a bit more bite.