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List of famous people from Belfast, 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 Belfast, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Belfast 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 Belfast, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

List ranges from Phil Hughes to Rhona Torney and more.

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

Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Kenneth Branagh age 57 - Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh is an actor, director, producer and screenwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has directed or starred in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's ...more

Eamonn Holmes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Eamonn Holmes age 58 - Eamonn Holmes is an Irish journalist and broadcaster, best known for presenting Sky News, Songs of Praise and This Morning. Holmes co-presented GMTV for twelve years between 1993 and 2005, ...more

Osborne Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Osborne Reynolds Died at 70 (1842-1912) - Osborne Reynolds FRS was a prominent innovator in the understanding of fluid dynamics. Separately, his studies of heat transfer between solids and fluids brought improvements in boiler and ...more

Harold Beverage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Harold Beverage Died at 100 (1893-1993) - Harold Henry "Bev" Beverage is perhaps most widely known today for his invention and development of the wave antenna, which came to be known as the Beverage antenna and which for the ...more

Danny Blanchflower is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Danny Blanchflower Died at 67 (1926-1993) - Robert Dennis "Danny" Blanchflower was a former Northern Ireland international footballer and football manager, and journalist who captained Tottenham Hotspur F.C. during its ...more

Gemma Garrett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Gemma Garrett age 36 - Gemma Dawn Garrett is a former holder of the titles Miss Great Britain and Miss Belfast. She is also the official face of the Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone. She appeared with ...more

James Galway is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Belfast
James Galway age 78 - Sir James Galway, OBE is a virtuoso flute player from Belfast, Northern Ireland, nicknamed "The Man With the Golden Flute". Following in the footsteps of Jean-Pierre Rampal, he became ...more

Anne Devlin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Anne Devlin age 66 - Anne Devlin is a screenwriter.

Paula Malcomson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Paula Malcomson age 48 - Paula Malcomson is a Northern Irish actress born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Malcomson is sometimes credited as Paula Williams. She starred as Trixie in the HBO series Deadwood and Colleen in ...more

Michael Conlan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Michael Conlan age 26 - Michael Conlan is an athlete.

Kiera Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Kiera Chaplin age 35 - Kiera Chaplin is a British actress and model. She is also granddaughter of filmmaker Charlie Chaplin and great-granddaughter of author Eugene O'Neill.

Tara Lynne O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Tara Lynne O'Neill age 43 - Tara Lynne O'Neill is an Irish film, theatre and television actress.

Bob Shaw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Bob Shaw Died at 65 (1931-1996) - Robert "Bob" Shaw was a science fiction writer and fan from Northern Ireland, noted for his originality and wit. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 1979 and 1980. His short ...more

James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryc... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Belfast
James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce Died at 84 (1838-1922) - James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce OM GCVO PC FRS FBA was a British academic, jurist, historian and Liberal politician.

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Brian Moore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Brian Moore Died at 78 (1921-1999) - Brian Moore, who has been described as "one of the few genuine masters of the contemporary novel", was a novelist and screenwriter from Northern Ireland who emigrated to Canada and ...more

Benjamin Glazer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Benjamin Glazer Died at 69 (1887-1956) - Benjamin Glazer was a screenwriter, producer, foley artist, and director of American films from the 1920s through the 1950s. He made the first translation of Ferenc Molnár's play Liliom ...more

Herbert Hughes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Herbert Hughes Died at 55 (1882-1937) - Herbert Hughes was an Irish composer, music critic and a collector and arranger of Irish folksongs.

David Holmes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Belfast
David Holmes age 49 - David Holmes is a Northern Irish electronic musician and composer.

Louis MacNeice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Louis MacNeice Died at 56 (1907-1963) - Frederick Louis MacNeice CBE was an Irish poet and playwright. He was part of the generation of "thirties poets" that included W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender and Cecil Day-Lewis, ...more

Derek Mahon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Derek Mahon age 76 - Derek Mahon is a Northern Irish poet. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Derek Bell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Derek Bell Died at 67 (1935-2002) - George Derek Fleetwood Bell, MBE was an Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist and composer who was best known for his accompaniment work on various instruments with The Chieftains.

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James Cousins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Belfast
James Cousins Died at 83 (1873-1956) - James Henry Cousins was an Irish writer, playwright, actor, critic, editor, teacher and poet. He used several pseudonyms including Mac Oisín and the Hindu name Jayaram. Cousins was born ...more

Bernard MacLaverty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Bernard MacLaverty age 75 - Bernard MacLaverty is a writer of fiction. His novels include Lamb, Cal, Grace Notes and The Anatomy School. He has written five books of short stories.

Gary Moore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Gary Moore Died at 59 (1952-2011) - Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer and virtuoso guitarist. In a career dating back to the 1960s, Moore played with musicians including ...more

Eileen Percy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Eileen Percy Died at 73 (1900-1973) - Eileen Percy is an actor.

Samuel Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Samuel Ferguson Died at 76 (1810-1886) - Sir Samuel Ferguson was an Irish poet, barrister, antiquarian, artist and public servant. Perhaps the most important Ulster-Scot poet of the 19th century, because of his interest in Irish ...more

Thomas Andrews is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Thomas Andrews Died at 72 (1813-1885) - Thomas Andrews FRS HFRSE ĵ was a chemist and physicist who did important work on phase transitions between gases and liquids. He was a longtime professor of chemistry at Queen's University of

Barry Douglas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Barry Douglas age 57 - Barry Douglas,OBE in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is a classical pianist and conductor.

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Jane Harris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Jane Harris age 57 - Jane Harris is a British writer of fiction and screenplays. Her most recent work is the critically acclaimed Gillespie and I. Her first novel, The Observations, was shortlisted for the Orange ...more

William C Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Belfast
William C Atkinson Died at 90 (1902-1992) - William Christopher Atkinson, Hispanic scholar, born Belfast 9 August 1902, Lecturer in Spanish Armstrong College Newcastle upon Tyne 1926-32, Stevenson Professor of Hispanic Studies Glasgow ...more

Ben Jeapes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Ben Jeapes age 53 - Ben Jeapes is an English science fiction writer living in Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

James McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Belfast
James McCaffrey age 59 - James G. McCaffrey is an actor best known for his role as Max Payne in the Max Payne video game series.

Brian Desmond Hurst is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Brian Desmond Hurst Died at 91 (1895-1986) - Brian Desmond Hurst was a Belfast-born film director. Responsible for over 30 films as director, Hurst was Ireland's most prolific film director during the 20th century. Scrooge is probably his ...more

Adrian McKinty is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Adrian McKinty age 50 - Adrian McKinty is an Irish novelist. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1968 and grew up in Victoria Council Estate, Carrickfergus, County Antrim. He read law at the University of ...more

James Quinn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Belfast
James Quinn Died at 89 (1919-2008) - James Quinn, born James Charles Frederick Quinn, was a film administrator, producer and exhibitor. He was educated at Rockport School in Holywood, Co Down. He was best known as one of the ...more

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James White is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Belfast
James White Died at 71 (1928-1999) - James White was a Northern Irish author of science fiction novellas, short stories and novels. He was born in Belfast and returned there after spending his early years in Canada. After a few ...more

John Robinson McClean is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Belfast
John Robinson McClean Died at 60 (1813-1873) - John Robinson McClean CB FRS, was a British civil engineer and Liberal Party politician.

Michael Smiley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Michael Smiley age 55 - Michael Smiley is a comic and actor from Northern Ireland currently living in London.

Brian Hutton, Baron Hutton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Brian Hutton, Baron Hutton age 86 - James Brian Edward Hutton, Baron Hutton, Kt, PC, QC is a former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland and British Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.

Elizabeth Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Elizabeth Hamilton Died at 60 (1756-1816) - Elizabeth Hamilton was a Scottish essayist, poet, satirist and novelist. She was most probably born on 25 July 1756, though the date is often given as 1758. Born in Belfast to Charles Hamilton, ...more

James Graham Fair is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Belfast
James Graham Fair Died at 63 (1831-1894) - James Graham Fair was an Irish immigrant to the United States who became a highly successful mining engineer and businessman. His investments in silver mines in Nevada made him a millionaire, ...more

David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Belfast
David Robinson Died at 76 (1928-2004) - Professor David Willis Robinson BSc MS PhD VMM FI was an Irish horticultural scientist who made important contributions to the national and international field of horticulture and agriculture ...more

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Peter McDonald is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Peter McDonald age 55 - Professor Peter McDonald is a poet, university lecturer and writer of literary criticism. He holds the post of Christopher Tower Student and Tutor in Poetry in the English Language at Christ ...more

Warren Christie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Warren Christie age 42 - Hans Warren Christie is a Northern Irish-born Canadian television and film actor known for his roles as Ray Cataldo on the ABC drama October Road and as Aidan "Greggy" Stiviletto on ...more

Bill Neely is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Bill Neely age 59 - Bill Neely is a Northern Irish journalist and Chief Global Correspondent for NBC News. He has been a broadcaster since 1981. Neely was appointed to his current post in 2014 after 25 years at ...more

Derek Bailey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Derek Bailey age 83 - Derek Bailey is a television director, producer, and screenwriter.

David Trimble is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Belfast
David Trimble age 73 - William David Trimble, Baron Trimble, PC, is a British politician who was the first First Minister of Northern Ireland from 1998 to 2002, and the Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party from 1995 to ...more

Kathy Clugston is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Kathy Clugston Kathy Clugston is a newsreader and continuity announcer on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra and the BBC World Service. Born in Belfast, Clugston attended Methodist College and then studied French ...more

David McCann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Belfast
David McCann age 45 - David McCann is an Irish professional road bicycle racer. He rides for the Synergy Baku Cycling Project, an Azerbaijan-registered UCI Continental team.

Ruby Murray is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Ruby Murray Died at 61 (1935-1996) - Ruby Florence Murray was one of the most popular singers in the United Kingdom and Ireland in the 1950s. In 1955 alone, she secured seven Top 10 UK hit singles.