Family is one of the most important things in life. It usually is the biggest influence on a Childs life and often the place where siblings meet their first friends. Family is a source of comfort and safety, which may be the reason why parents decide to have two to four children. Making it an average size family. Well, the Radfords, who are also known as Britain’s biggest family, decided that the bigger their family the better…
Meet The Radfords
Sue and Noel Radford met when they were both just teenagers. It didn’t take much time before the couple was expecting their first child, Sue was just 14 years old at the time of her pregnancy, while Noel was 18. The young lovebirds then decided to get married in September 1992. The couple now lives in North-West England in a town called Lancashire.
Filling The World
As of 1999, the couple owns and runs Radford’s Pie Company, which is their main source of income for the large and expanding family. So they definitely know all about providing fresh and healthy food for everyone. In the 15 years of running a pretty successful business, a lot has happened for the Radford family…
Britain’s Largest Family
Over the years, they have been famously known as “Britain’s largest family”. They even have their own TV show which pretty much reveals all that goes on in their daily lives of having 22 children, and what’s truly amazing is there is not one set of multiples! The latest one began to air in February 2021. Due to the significant size of the family and the desire to keep them all under one roof, they currently live in a former care home. Imagine that? Let’s keep reading to see more about this intriguing family…
As we mentioned before, Noel and Sue had their first child in 1989, they were both very young at the time. Christopher or has many call him Chris is the Radfords first son. Today he is 31 years and has two children, Maisie and Jacob with his girlfriend, Nicole Spencer. He is a huge fan of Liverpool FC and never misses a football game.
Next on the family tree, is The Radford’s second child and first daughter, Sophie Rose. The absolutely gorgeous 27 years old is married to Joe and together they have 3 children, two daughters, and a son. Just prior to the release of 22 And Counting, Sophie took to Instagram saying 2020 was a terrible year, and after not being able to see her family she was excited to see what was coming! Along with being a full-time mom, she also sells fragrances, makeup, and skincare products.
In 1995, The Radfords’ welcomed their third child and second daughter, Chloe Anne. Chloe also works in the Radford’s Pie Company by helping to make the pies. According to her dad, Noel, “Chloe is the next generation artisan pie maker, she has been in the shop for several years now. She also has some great suggestions for delicious new recipes”. However, that’s not the only specialty of Chloe’s – she also is an aspiring makeup artist…
Over the next five years, the family expanded quite quickly. Sue gave birth to three sons, each of them less than 2 years apart. The first son who then became the Radford’s fourth child was named Jack Richard. Almost immediately people could see the resemblance between baby Jack and big brother Christopher. Jack often prefers to stay out of the public eye as much as possible.
In March 1999, Sue and Noel along with their other four children welcomed another baby boy – Daniel Leon. Today, the soon to be 22 year also works in the family business. According to his dad, Daniel helps out with anything and everything in the pie company. It can be taking orders, preparing the pies that need to be delivered, or making sure the place is completely spotless after a long, hard day’s work. He also loves spending time with his younger siblings. However, it’s pretty obvious that Daniel would rather be a professional football player.
In the United Kingdom, an average size family consists of two or three children. So with Sue Radford already expecting baby number 6, they were definitely not the “average family. And it seemed as though their expanding family was not going to come to a halt any time soon. Towards the end of 2000, Luke James was born. Much like many of the other members of his family, the 20-year-old loves to bake and play football.
After 4 sons and 2 daughters, Suzanne Rashford announced that she was pregnant yet again and was expecting a girl. Of course, everyone was overjoyed as team blue had been taking over the Radfords’ house for several years already. Millie Jo was born in 2001. At the beginning of 2020, 18-year-old, Millie took to Instagram to announce her pregnancy. At the end of the year, she gave birth to daughter Ophelia Jo, and she is just so adorable. But the Radford’s story is far from over…
Not too long after Millie Jo was born Sue and Noel announced that they were pregnant, yet again. And in November 2002, Katie Louise was born. Today, this stunning young lady is 18 years old and loves to play and take care of her younger siblings. Katie’s favorite food is pizza and she makes a point of that on her Instagram page. If you haven’t seen her yet…go take a look.
After Katie was born, her parents were extremely keen on having more kids, it seemed as though they had big plans for expanding their family. Just before Katie’s first birthday, little James was born. Of course, his older brother was so happy that there was another boy in the house to play with. In just a couple of months, James will get to celebrate his 18th birthday. But it seems as though his future plans are being kept a big secret…but why?
After the 9th child, many of their friends and family thought the Radford’s would not be having any more children. And were shocked to find out that Sue was pregnant yet again. In May 2005, Noel and Sue brought home another adorable baby girl who was later named Ellie May. Today she is 15 years old and her mom Sue has often said that Ellie is a huge help around the house and is very close to her younger siblings, nieces, and nephews. But as great as things seemed, something else was going on behind the scenes…
By the end of 2006, the Radford’s celebrated a huge milestone. Not only had Sue and Noel been married for 13 years but they 10 beautiful children…did they need anything more in life? Apparently, the goal to have a really big family had not been met just yet. Aimee Elizabeth their 6th daughter and 11th child was born. Although Aimee is only 14 years, she has a lot of fans, many of which she acquired after appearing on This Morning with her family back in 2018. What she revealed surprised the world…
Was something else happening inside the Radford home that no one knew about? With the Radford’s oldest child being 18 and the youngest 1-year-old, what could be the reasoning behind them wanting to have more children? It seemed as though there was no answer in sight because soon another baby boy was born – Josh Benjamin. Many people in the community were astounded. How was this family able to financially support themselves with 12 children?
Eventually, Sue and Noel explained that they were both adopted as babies so part of the reasoning behind their big family was that they wanted each of the children to grow up surrounded by many people. And their dream was coming true. Just before Christmas of 2008, Sue gave birth to another baby boy – Max Joseph. Today, Max is 13 years old and shares a small blue room with his older brother Josh. Was this where the Radford family tree stopped?
No! Definitely not, Noel and Sue had alternate things in mind. But what was it? Could Aimee have given away part of the family secret? Family and friends of the Radfords were always eagerly awaiting more news from this family who had now become famous in England. When May 2010 arrived, all that was announced is the arrival of another baby. The Radford’s 7th daughter – Tillie May. Sadly the doctors had some bad news…
Lucky Number 14
Tillie needed to have a procedure on her right leg…Sadly she was born with one leg being significantly shorter than the other. This meant that she needed to wear a special leg brace. Back in 2019, her mom Sue explained that it was an extremely hard year for the family. Part of the reason was Tillie needed to have a unique frame fitted onto her leg to try and lengthen it as it had stopped growing after she was about 18 months old. At 10 years old, she has gone through a lot including several major surgeries. Little did they know there was a lot more in store for the family…
Even after all they had been through, Sue and Noel were determined to have more kids. The birth of baby boy Oscar Will pushed the Radford kid count to 15. Not too long after this, the Radford’s became a huge sensation all over the world. They became part of a TV show called, 15 Kids and Counting. It briefly showed how this enormous family copes in their everyday lives. The world got to see a glimpse into this incredible family and finally, they revealed a small piece of information that would finally stop people from asking so many questions…
What exactly was the big secret? Well, it was no surprise that Noel and Sue explained that the two are actually addicted to having children. Despite the size of their family, they did not indicate when they planned to stop having children. In October 2011, the Radfords’ welcomed Casper Theo. Without a doubt, he is one of the most adorable of the Radford kids. Today, Casper is 9 years old and shares a room with his older brother Oscar. The family were now at 16 children and were sadly going to experience one of the most devasting things…
At the end of 2013, Sue announced to the family that she was pregnant. And just like every pregnancy, all her other children were excited. However, tragedy struck in July 2014. By now the family had a huge following so she decided to share the news with the world. She posted on Facebook, “Our beautiful baby boy Alfie Thomas was born sleeping at 7.53 am today. He was so perfect in every way. “Our hearts are breaking, you will always be a huge part of our lives, Alfie, know that we loved you very much.” Naturally, everyone was devasted but fortunately, good things were on its way…