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

People on this list include Reginald C. Lindsay and Shane Battier.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Birmingham?" or "Which celebrities were born in Birmingham?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Courteney Cox is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 54

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Courteney Bass Cox (born June 15, 1964) is an American actress, producer, and director. She is best known for her roles as Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends, Gale Weathers in the horror ...more

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Cat Deeley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 42

Birthplace: Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom

Catherine Elizabeth "Cat" Deeley (born 23 October 1976) is an English television presenter, actress, singer and model based in the UK and the United States. From 1998 to 2002, she ...more

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Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 71

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Emmylou Harris (born April 2, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She has released dozens of albums and singles over the course of her career and won 14 Grammys, the Polar ...more

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Kate Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 70

Birthplace: Birmingham, USA, Alabama

Lucy Kate Jackson (born October 29, 1948) is an American actress, director, and producer, known for her television roles as Sabrina Duncan in the series Charlie's Angels (1976–79) and Amanda ...more

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Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Dec. at 94 (1908-2002)

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader. Hampton worked with jazz musicians from Teddy Wilson, Benny ...more

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Carl Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 57

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American former track and field athlete who won nine Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver medal, and 10 World Championships ...more

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Angela Davis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 75

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, academic, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist in the 1960s working with the Communist ...more
Rob Halford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 67

Birthplace: Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom

Robert John Arthur Halford (born 25 August 1951) is an English singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest. He is ...more

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Paschal English is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 73

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Mel Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Dec. at 83 (1913-1996)

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Mel Allen (born Melvin Allen Israel; February 14, 1913 – June 16, 1996) was an American sportscaster, best known for his long tenure as the primary play-by-play announcer for the New York ...more
Nick Mason is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 75

Birthplace: Edgbaston, United Kingdom

Nicholas Berkeley Mason, (born 27 January 1944) is an English drummer, best known as a founder member of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. Mason is the only Pink Floyd member to have been ...more
David Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 55

Birthplace: Birmingham, USA, Alabama

David Lee Smith is an actor.
Christine Lahti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Christine Lahti Age: 68

Birthplace: Michigan, Birmingham, USA

Christine Ann Lahti (born April 4, 1950) is an American actress and filmmaker. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1984 film Swing Shift. Her other film ...more

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Wayne Rogers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 85

Birthplace: Birmingham, USA, Alabama

William Wayne McMillan Rogers III (April 7, 1933 – December 31, 2015) was an American actor, known for playing the role of Captain "Trapper" John McIntyre in the CBS television series ...more
Sun Ra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Dec. at 79 (1914-1993)

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Le Sony'r Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, May 22, 1914 – May 30, 1993), better known as Sun Ra, was an American jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, and poet known for his ...more

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Ibrehem Rahman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 41

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Ibrehem Rahman is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Palau.
Kenneth Tynan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Dec. at 53 (1927-1980)

Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Kenneth Peacock Tynan (2 April 1927 – 26 July 1980) was an English theatre critic and writer. Making his initial impact as a critic at The Observer (1954–58, 1960–63), he praised Osborne's Look ...more
Bobby Bowden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 89

Birthplace: Birmingham, USA, Alabama

Robert Cleckler Bowden (born November 8, 1929) is a retired American football coach. Bowden is best known for coaching the Florida State Seminoles football team from the 1976 to 2009 seasons. ...more
Gucci Mane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 39

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Radric Delantic Davis (born February 12, 1980), known professionally as Gucci Mane, is an American rapper. He helped pioneer the hip-hop subgenre of trap music alongside fellow Atlanta-based ...more

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Louise Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 84

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Estelle Louise Fletcher (born July 22, 1934), known professionally as Louise Fletcher, is an American actress. Fletcher had her acting debut in the television series Yancy Derringer in 1958. She ...more

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Walton Goggins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 47

Birthplace: Birmingham, USA, Alabama

Walton Sanders Goggins, Jr. (born November 10, 1971) is an American actor. He produced and starred in the 2001 short film The Accountant, which won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short ...more
Simon Fowler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 53

Birthplace: Meriden, United Kingdom

Simon Geoffrey Fowler (born 25 May 1965 in Meriden, Warwickshire) is an English singer and acoustic guitarist, best known as the frontman of Ocean Colour Scene.
Rickey Smiley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Birmingham

Birthplace: Birmingham, USA, Alabama

Broderick "Rickey" Smiley (born August 10, 1968) is an American stand-up comedian, television host, actor, and radio personality, known for his prank phone calls. The calls feature ...more

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Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 69

Birthplace: Aston, United Kingdom

Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler (born 17 July 1949) is an English musician and songwriter. Butler is best known as the bassist and primary lyricist of the heavy metal band Black ...more
Amber Benson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Birmingham
Age: 42

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Amber Nicole Benson (born January 8, 1977) is an American actress, writer, director, and producer. She is best known for her role as Tara Maclay on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and ...more