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Famous People From Belfast

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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.
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  • BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityNorthern Ireland, United Kingdom

    Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh (born 10 December 1960) is a Northern Irish actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. Branagh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and in 2015  ...more

    #167 of 264 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today#3 of 48 The Best Irish Actors Working Today#212 of 1,017 The Best Actors In Film History

  • BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Northern Ireland

    Eamonn Holmes (born 3 December 1959) is a British journalist and broadcaster, best known for presenting Sky News Sunrise and This Morning. Holmes currently presents his show (4–7pm) weekdays on  ...more
  • Dec. at 69 (1842-1912)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Osborne Reynolds FRS (23 August 1842 – 21 February 1912) was a prominent Irish-born British innovator in the understanding of fluid dynamics. Separately, his studies of heat transfer between solids  ...more
  • Dec. at 99 (1893-1993)

    BirthplaceNorth Haven, Maine

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Harold Henry "Bev" Beverage (October 14, 1893 – January 27, 1993) is perhaps most widely known today for his invention and development of the wave antenna, which came to be known as the Beverage  ...more
  • Dec. at 67 (1926-1993)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityNorthern Ireland

    Robert Dennis "Danny" Blanchflower (10 February 1926 – 9 December 1993) was a former Northern Ireland international footballer who played for and captained Tottenham Hotspur, most notably during its  ...more

    #307 of 1,185 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#16 of 84 The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time#21 of 200 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

  • BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Gemma Dawn Garrett (born 25 September 1981, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a former holder of the titles Miss Great Britain and Miss Belfast. She is the official face of the Formula One British Grand  ...more
  • BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Sir James Galway, (born 8 December 1939) is an Irish virtuoso flute player from Belfast, nicknamed "The Man with the Golden Flute". He established an international career as a solo flute player. In  ...more
  • BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Anne Devlin (born 13 Sept 1951) is a short story writer, playwright and screenwriter born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She was a teacher from 1974–1978 and started writing fiction in 1976 in  ...more
  • BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Paula Malcomson (born 1 June 1970) is a Northern Irish actress. She is sometimes credited as Paula Williams.  ...more
  • BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Michael Conlan is an athlete.  ...more
  • BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Kiera Chaplin (born 1 July 1982) is a British / American actress and model. She is the granddaughter of the filmmaker Charlie Chaplin and the great-granddaughter of the author Eugene O'Neill.  ...more
  • BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityNorthern Ireland, United Kingdom

    Tara Lynne O'Neill (born 16 November 1975) is a film, theatre and television actor from Northern Ireland.  ...more
  • Dec. at 64 (1931-1996)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityNorthern Ireland

    Robert "Bob" Shaw (31 December 1931 – 11 February 1996) 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  ...more
  • Dec. at 83 (1838-1922)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce, (10 May 1838 – 22 January 1922) was a British academic, jurist, historian and Liberal politician.  ...more
  • Dec. at 77 (1921-1999)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityCanada, United Kingdom

    Brian Moore ( bree-AN; 25 August 1921 – 11 January 1999), was a novelist and screenwriter from Northern Ireland who emigrated to Canada and later lived in the United States. He was acclaimed for the  ...more
  • Dec. at 68 (1887-1956)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Benjamin Glazer (May 7, 1887 – March 18, 1956) was a screenwriter, producer, foley artist, and director of American films from the 1920s through the 1950s. He made the first translation of Ferenc  ...more
  • Dec. at 54 (1882-1937)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Herbert Hughes (16 May 1882 – 1 May 1937) was an Irish composer, music critic and a collector and arranger of Irish folksongs.  ...more
  • BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    David Holmes (born 14 February 1969) is an electronic musician and composer from Northern Ireland.  ...more
  • Dec. at 55 (1907-1963)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Frederick Louis MacNeice (12 September 1907 – 3 September 1963) was a British poet and playwright from Northern Ireland, and a member of the Auden Group, which also included W. H. Auden, Stephen  ...more
  • BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityNorthern Ireland

    Derek Mahon (born 23 November 1941) is an Irish poet. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  ...more
  • Dec. at 66 (1935-2002)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    George Derek Fleetwood Bell, MBE (21 October 1935 – 17 October 2002) was a Northern Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist and composer who was best known for his accompaniment work on various  ...more
  • Dec. at 83 (1873-1956)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    James Henry Cousins (22 July 1873 – 20 February 1956) was an Irish writer, playwright, actor, critic, editor, teacher and poet. He used several pseudonyms including Mac Oisín and the Hindu name  ...more
  • BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityNorthern Ireland

    Bernard MacLaverty (born 14 September 1942) is an Irish writer of fiction. His novels include Lamb, Cal, Grace Notes and The Anatomy School. He has written five books of short stories.  ...more
  • Dec. at 58 (1952-2011)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityNorthern Ireland

    Robert William Gary Moore (4 April 1952 – 6 February 2011) was a Northern Irish guitarist and singer-songwriter. His music was in genres including blues, heavy metal and hard rock. He is often  ...more

    The Best Gary Moore Albums of All Time#36 of 542 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time#494 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

  • Dec. at 72 (1900-1973)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Eileen Percy (21 August 1900 – 29 July 1973) was an Irish-born American actress of the silent era. She appeared in 68 films between 1917 and 1933. Percy lived in Brooklyn, New York, briefly briefly  ...more