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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

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh (born 10 December 1960) is a Northern Irish actor, director,...  more

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  • Eamonn Holmes

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Eamonn Holmes (born 3 December 1959) is a British journalist and broadcaster, best known for...  more
  • Osborne Reynolds

    Osborne Reynolds

    Dec. at 70 (1842-1912)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Osborne Reynolds FRS (23 August 1842 – 21 February 1912) was a prominent Irish-born British...  more
  • Harold Beverage

    Harold Beverage

    Dec. at 100 (1893-1993)

    BirthplaceNorth Haven, Maine

    Harold Henry "Bev" Beverage (October 14, 1893 – January 27, 1993) is perhaps most widely known...  more
  • Danny Blanchflower

    Danny Blanchflower

    Dec. at 67 (1926-1993)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Robert Dennis "Danny" Blanchflower (10 February 1926 – 9 December 1993) was a former Northern...  more

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  • Gemma Garrett

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Gemma Dawn Garrett (born 25 September 1981, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a former holder of...  more
  • James Galway

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Sir James Galway, (born 8 December 1939) is an Irish virtuoso flute player from Belfast,...  more
  • Anne Devlin

    Age: 69

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Anne Devlin (born 13 Sept 1951) is a short story writer, playwright and screenwriter born in...  more
  • Paula Malcomson

    Paula Malcomson

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Paula Malcomson (born 1 June 1970) is a Northern Irish actress. She is sometimes credited as...  more
  • Michael Conlan

    Age: 28

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

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  • Kiera Chaplin

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Kiera Chaplin (born 1 July 1982) is a British / American actress and model. She is the...  more
  • Tara Lynne O'Neill

    Tara Lynne O'Neill

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Tara Lynne O'Neill (born 16 November 1975) is a film, theatre and television actor from...  more
  • Bob Shaw

    Bob Shaw

    Dec. at 65 (1931-1996)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Robert "Bob" Shaw (31 December 1931 – 11 February 1996) was a science fiction writer and fan...  more
  • James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce

    James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce

    Dec. at 84 (1838-1922)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce, (10 May 1838 – 22 January 1922) was a British academic,...  more
  • Brian Moore

    Brian Moore

    Dec. at 78 (1921-1999)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Brian Moore ( bree-AN; 25 August 1921 – 11 January 1999), was a novelist and screenwriter from...  more
  • Benjamin Glazer

    Benjamin Glazer

    Dec. at 69 (1887-1956)

    BirthplaceIreland, Europe, Northern Ireland, Eurasia, United Kingdom

    Benjamin Glazer (May 7, 1887 – March 18, 1956) was a screenwriter, producer, foley artist, and...  more
  • Herbert Hughes

    Dec. at 55 (1882-1937)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Herbert Hughes (16 May 1882 – 1 May 1937) was an Irish composer, music critic and a collector...  more
  • David Holmes

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    David Holmes (born 14 February 1969) is an electronic musician and composer from Northern...  more
  • Louis MacNeice

    Louis MacNeice

    Dec. at 56 (1907-1963)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Frederick Louis MacNeice (12 September 1907 – 3 September 1963) was a British poet and...  more
  • Derek Mahon

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Derek Mahon (born 23 November 1941) is an Irish poet. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland....  more
  • Derek Bell

    Dec. at 67 (1935-2002)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    George Derek Fleetwood Bell, MBE (21 October 1935 – 17 October 2002) was a Northern Irish...  more
  • James Cousins

    Dec. at 83 (1873-1956)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    James Henry Cousins (22 July 1873 – 20 February 1956) was an Irish writer, playwright, actor,...  more
  • BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Bernard MacLaverty (born 14 September 1942) is an Irish writer of fiction. His novels include...  more
  • Gary Moore

    Gary Moore

    Dec. at 59 (1952-2011)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Robert William Gary Moore (4 April 1952 – 6 February 2011) was a Northern Irish guitarist and...  more

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  • Eileen Percy

    Eileen Percy

    Dec. at 73 (1900-1973)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Eileen Percy (21 August 1900 – 29 July 1973) was an Irish-born American actress of the silent...  more