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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.
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Belfast
age 58
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
age 59
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 37
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
age 79
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 67
Anne Devlin is a screenwriter.
Paula Malcomson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Belfast
age 45
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 27
Michael Conlan is an athlete.
Kiera Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Belfast
age 36
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
age 44
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
Dec. 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
Dec. at 84 (1838-1922)
James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce OM GCVO PC FRS FBA was a British academic, jurist, historian and Liberal politician.
Brian Moore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 50
David Holmes is a Northern Irish electronic musician and composer.
Louis MacNeice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Dec. 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
age 77
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
Dec. 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.
James Cousins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Belfast
Dec. 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
age 76
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
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
Dec. at 73 (1900-1973)
Eileen Percy is an actor.