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List of famous people from Wakefield, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Wakefield, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Wakefield you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Wakefield, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

This list is made up of a variety of people, including Royal Little and Jane Tomlinson.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Wakefield?" or "Which celebrities were born in Wakefield?" then this list is a great resource for you.

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John W. Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
John W. Mitchell Died at 88 (1917-2005) - John W. Mitchell was a sound mixer and sound recordist.

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George Gissing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
George Gissing Died at 46 (1857-1903) - George Robert Gissing was an English novelist who published 23 novels between 1880 and 1903. Gissing also worked as a teacher and tutor throughout his life. He published his first novel, Workers ...more

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Adele Stevens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Adele Stevens age 47

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David Dellinger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
David Dellinger Died at 89 (1915-2004) - David T. Dellinger was an influential American radical, a pacifist and activist for nonviolent social change.

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Johnny Longden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Johnny Longden Died at 96 (1907-2003) - John Eric Longden was an American Hall of Fame jockey who was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England. His father emigrated to Canada in 1909, settling in Taber, Alberta. By 1912, Longden Sr. had ...more

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John A. Volpe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
John A. Volpe Died at 86 (1908-1994) - John Anthony Volpe was an American politician and member of the Republican Party who served as the 61st and 63rd Governor of Massachusetts from 1961 to 1963 and 1965 to 1969, as the United ...more

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Carleton S. Coon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Carleton S. Coon Died at 77 (1904-1981) - Carleton Stevens Coon was an American physical anthropologist, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, lecturer and professor at Harvard, and president of the American ...more

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David Mercer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
David Mercer Died at 52 (1928-1980) - David Mercer was an English dramatist.

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Helen Baxendale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Helen Baxendale age 46 - Helen Victoria Baxendale is an English actress of stage and television, best known for her roles in Cold Feet, Friends, Cardiac Arrest and An Unsuitable Job for a Woman.

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John Travers Wood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
John Travers Wood Died at 76 (1878-1954) - John Travers Wood was a physician and one-term congressman from northern Idaho.

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Noel Gay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Noel Gay Died at 56 (1898-1954) - Noel Gay was born Reginald Moxon Armitage. He also used the name Stanley Hill professionally. He was a successful British composer of popular music of the 1930s and 1940s whose output comprised ...more

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Reynold C. Fuson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Reynold C. Fuson Died at 84 (1895-1979) - Reynold Clayton Fuson was an American chemist. Born in Wakefield, Illinois, Fuson attended Central Normal College in Danville, Indiana, where after one year in 1914 he was certified as a ...more

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Claire Cooper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Claire Cooper age 36 - Claire Elizabeth Cooper is a British actress, best known for portraying Jacqui McQueen in Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, a character she had been playing from 2006 to 2013. Cooper co-owns ...more

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Chris Spence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Chris Spence age 45 - Chris Spence is an award winning New Zealand journalist and former political advisor on environmental issues and foreign affairs. He currently has 20 years’ experience working internationally ...more

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Joseph Bingham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Joseph Bingham Died at 55 (1668-1723) - Joseph Bingham, was an English scholar and divine.

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John Scott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
John Scott age 60 - John Gavin Scott LVO is an English organist and choirmaster. He directed the Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral in London from 1990 to 2004. He now directs the Choir of Men and Boys of Saint Thomas ...more

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Tim Booth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Tim Booth age 57 - Timothy John Booth is an English singer, dancer and actor best known as the lead singer from the band James.

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Royal Little is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Royal Little Died at 93 (1896-1989) - Royal Little, was the founder and chair of Textron, and is considered to be the Father of Conglomerates. Little graduated from Noble & Greenough School in 1915 and from Harvard University in ...more

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Luke Burgess is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Luke Burgess age 28 - Luke Burgess is an English professional rugby league footballer for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the National Rugby League. He previously played for South Sydney Rabbitohs). A forward like ...more

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Andy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Andy Kelly age 56 - Andy Kelly is a professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s and '90s, and rugby league coach, playing at representative level for England, and at club level for Wakefield Trinity, Hull ...more

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George Burton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
George Burton Died at 35 (1855-1890) - George Burton was a rugby union international who represented England from 1879 to 1881.

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Thomas Oliver Bennett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Thomas Oliver Bennett Died at 53 (1852-1905) - Thomas Oliver Bennett birth registered in Wakefield district, was an English rugby union footballer of the 1870s, playing at representative level for Yorkshire, and at club level for Wakefield ...more

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Alicia Blagg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Alicia Blagg age 19 - Alicia Blagg is a British diver. In 2010 Blagg became the England's youngest ever double national champion when she won both the 1 metre springboard and 3 metre synchronised titles in the ...more

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Frederick Lowrie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Frederick Lowrie Died at 34 (1868-1902) - Frederick "Fred" William Lowrie born in Wakefield, was a rugby union footballer of the 1880s and '90s, playing at representative level for England, and Yorkshire, and at club level for ...more

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Geoffrey Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Geoffrey Clarkson Died at 58 (1943-2001) - Geoffrey "Geoff" Clarkson born in Wakefield, was an English rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, playing representative level rugby union ...more

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Ian Lyons is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Ian Lyons age 43 - Ian Lyons is an actor.

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Charles Chester is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Charles Chester Died at 92 (1919-2011) - Charles T. Chester birth registered in Wakefield district, was an English rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1930s, '40s and '50s, playing club level rugby union for ...more

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Leo Douglass is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Leo Douglass Leo Frederick Douglass was a professional football who played in the National Football League in 1926. Douglass split the 1926 season playing for the Brooklyn Lions and the Frankford Yellow ...more

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Roy Pollard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Roy Pollard Died at 85 (1927-2012) - Roy Pollard born in Wakefield district, was an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1940s and '50s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, and England, and at club ...more

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Osbert Mackie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Osbert Mackie Died at 58 (1869-1927) - Osbert Gadesden Mackie was an English rugby union centre and Anglican priest. Mackie played club rugby for Wakefield Trinity and Cambridge University and county rugby for Yorkshire. Mackie ...more

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Janet Davies is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Janet Davies Died at 59 (1927-1986) - Janet Kathleen Davies was an English actress best known for her recurring role as Mrs. Pike in the long-running sitcom Dad's Army. Although mainly remembered for her role as Mrs Pike in Dad's ...more

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Charles Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Charles Fernandes Died at 87 (1857-1944) - Charles Walker Luis Fernandes born in Wakefield, was a rugby union footballer of the 1880s, playing at representative level for England, and at club level for Leeds, and Yorkshire Wanderers, as ...more

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Thomas Brackin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Thomas Brackin Died at 65 (1859-1924) - Thomas Brackin was an English first-class cricketer, who played three matches for Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1882. Born in Thornes Common, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, Brackin was a ...more

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Fairfax Gill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Fairfax Gill Died at 34 (1883-1917) - Fairfax Gill was an English first-class cricketer, who played two matches for Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1906. Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, Gill was a right-handed middle order ...more

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Terry Caldwell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Terry Caldwell age 77 - Terence "Terry" Caldwell is an English former professional footballer who made nearly 400 appearances in the Football League playing as a defender for Huddersfield Town, Leeds United, ...more

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Chris Green is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Chris Green age 26 - Chris "Greenie" Green is an English professional rugby league footballer, who at club level has played for Hull FC, playing at Prop, or Second-row. He is well known by fans after his ...more

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Vivian Pitchforth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Vivian Pitchforth Died at 87 (1895-1982) - Roland Vivian Pitchforth RA ARWS was an English painter, teacher and an official British war artist during World War II. He excelled at watercolours and in later years concentrated on ...more

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Paul Hicks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Paul Hicks age 38 - Paul Hicks is a professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s, playing at club level for Normanton, Wakefield Trinity, Batley Bulldogs, and Dewsbury Rams, as a Prop.

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Bobby Jurasin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Bobby Jurasin age 51 - Robert Jurasin is a former defensive lineman for the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1986–1997 and the Toronto Argonauts in 1998. He was a CFL All-Star in 1987, 1988, 1992 and 1997. He was a part ...more

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Macgraff Leuluai is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Macgraff Leuluai age 25 - Macgraff David E. Leuluai is a New Zealand rugby league player who currently plays for Widnes. His father, James, and his brother, Thomas, have both represented New Zealand and he is part of a ...more

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Phyllis Katsakiores is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Phyllis Katsakiores age 81 - Phyllis M. Katsakiores is an American newspaper reporter and politician who represents the Rockingham 6 district of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. She previously served in the House ...more

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Ernest Bennett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Ernest Bennett Ernest Walter Bennett birth registered in Wakefield district, was an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1900s, playing at club level for Wakefield Trinity, as a Wing, i.e. ...more

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Geoffrey Oakes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Geoffrey Oakes age 77 - Geoffrey "Geoff" Oakes born in Belle Vue, Wakefield, is an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1950s and '60s, playing at club level for Wakefield Trinity, and ...more

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Stephen Mumford is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Stephen Mumford age 50 - Stephen Dean Mumford is a British philosopher, who is currently Dean of the Faculty of Arts at The University of Nottingham and Professor of Metaphysics in the Department of Philosophy. Mumford ...more

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Clarence Swanson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Clarence Swanson Died at 72 (1898-1970) - Clarence Swanson was an American football player. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973.

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Nealy Crosland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Nealy Crosland Arthur Kenealy "Nealy" Crosland birth registered in Wakefield district, was an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1900s, '10s and '20s, playing at representative level ...more

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Ray Girardin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Ray Girardin age 62 - Ray Girardin is an American actor. he studied acting at Boston University on the GI Bill, got his Equity card at the Charles Playhouse, then went off to New York where he did a lot of stage work ...more

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Lucius Beebe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Lucius Beebe Died at 64 (1902-1966) - Lucius Morris Beebe was an American author, gourmand, photographer, railroad historian, journalist, and syndicated columnist.

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Andrew Burt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Andrew Burt age 71 - Andrew Burt is an English actor, who has appeared in many British TV drama series from the 1970s to the present day. He is perhaps best known as the original Jack Sugden in Emmerdale Farm, a ...more

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Scott Brown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Wakefield
Scott Brown age 57 - Scott Philip Brown is an American attorney and politician. He was a United States Senator from Massachusetts, 2010 to 2013. Prior to his term in the Senate, Brown served as a member of the ...more