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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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Samuel Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 58
Barry Douglas,OBE in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is a classical pianist and conductor.
Jane Harris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Belfast
age 58
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
Dec. 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
age 54
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
age 60
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
Dec. 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
age 51
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
Dec. 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
James White is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 56
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
age 87
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Peter McDonald is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Belfast
age 56
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
age 40
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
age 60
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
age 84
Derek Bailey is a television director, producer, and screenwriter.
David Trimble is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Belfast
age 74
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 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
Dec. 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.