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

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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Derbyshire?" or "Which celebrities were born in Derbyshire?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Arthur Lowe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)
Arthur Lowe was an English actor. His career spanned over thirty years, including starring roles in numerous theatre and television productions. He is best known for playing Captain George ...more

Maurice Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Dec. at 66 (1915-1981)
Sir Maurice Oldfield GCMG CBE was a British intelligence officer and espionage administrator. He was the seventh director of the Secret Intelligence Service from 1973 to 1978. Oldfield was ...more

Herbert Spencer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Dec. at 83 (1820-1903)
Herbert Spencer was an English philosopher, biologist, anthropologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist of the Victorian era. Spencer developed an all-embracing ...more

Robert Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
age 69
Robert Lindsay Stevenson, better known as Robert Lindsay, is an English actor known for his stage and television work, including appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and in musical ...more

Rick Allen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
age 55
Richard "Rick" John Cyril Allen is an English drummer, who has played for the hard rock band Def Leppard since 1978. He overcame the amputation of his left arm in 1985 and continued to ...more

Geoffrey Allen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
age 91
Sir Geoffrey Allen, FRS FREng is a British chemist who has also served as a Vice-President of the Royal Society. He is primarily known for his work on the physics and chemistry of polymers. He ...more

Alison Hargreaves is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Dec. at 32 (1963-1995)
Alison Jane Hargreaves was an English mountain climber from Derbyshire. Her accomplishments included scaling Mount Everest alone without supplementary oxygen in 1995. She soloed all the great ...more

Jo Guest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
age 47
Joanne Guest is an English former glamour model and media figure.

Phillip Whitehead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Phillip Whitehead Dec. at 68 (1937-2005)
Phillip Whitehead, was a British Labour politician, television producer and writer.

Samuel Richardson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Dec. at 72 (1689-1761)
Samuel Richardson was an 18th-century English writer and printer. He is best known for his three epistolary novels: Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded, Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady and The ...more

Joan Waste is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Joan Waste Dec. at 22 (1534-1556)
Joan Waste was a blind woman who was burned in Derby for refusing to renounce her Protestant faith.

John Flamsteed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Dec. at 73 (1646-1719)
John Flamsteed FRS was an English astronomer and the first Astronomer Royal. He catalogued over 3000 stars.

John Cowper Powys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Dec. at 91 (1872-1963)
John Cowper Powys was a British novelist, lecturer, philosopher, literary critic, and poet. Although Powys published a collection of poems in 1896 and his first novel in 1915, he did not gain ...more

James Harkness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Dec. at 59 (1864-1923)
James Harkness was a Canadian mathematician, born in Derby, England, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. Coming early to the United States, he was connected with Bryn Mawr College from ...more

T. F. Powys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
T. F. Powys Dec. at 78 (1875-1953)
Theodore Francis Powys – published as T. F. Powys – was a British novelist and short-story writer. He is best remembered for his allegorical novel Mr. Weston's Good Wine, where Weston the wine ...more

E. W. Hobson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Dec. at 77 (1856-1933)
Ernest William Hobson FRS was an English mathematician, now remembered mostly for his books, some of which broke new ground in their coverage in English of topics from mathematical analysis. He ...more

Gordon Pask is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Dec. at 68 (1928-1996)
Andrew Gordon Speedie Pask was an English cybernetician and psychologist who made significant contributions to cybernetics, instructional psychology, experimental epistemology and educational ...more

Bella Hardy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Arwen Arabella Hardy, known as Bella Hardy, is a contemporary folk musician, singer and songwriter from Edale in Derbyshire, UK, who performs a combination of traditional and self-penned ...more

Terry Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Dec. at 51 (1952-2003)
Terence Ellis "Terry" Lloyd was a British television journalist who reported extensively from the Middle East. He was killed by the U.S. military while covering the 2003 invasion of ...more

Frank Conroy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Dec. at 74 (1890-1964)
Frank Parish Conroy was a British film and stage actor who appeared in many films, notably Grand Hotel, The Little Minister and The Ox-Bow Incident. He appeared on the Broadway stage and won a ...more

Geoffrey Clarke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
age 94
Geoffrey Clarke (1924) is a British sculptor.

Nigel Hitchin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
age 72
Nigel James Hitchin FRS is a British mathematician working in the fields of differential geometry, algebraic geometry, and mathematical physics.

Frances Fyfield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
age 70
Frances Fyfield is the pseudonym of Frances Hegarty, a lawyer and crime-writer. Born and brought up in Derbyshire, Hegarty was mostly educated in convent schools before reading English at ...more

George Stanhope is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Dec. at 68 (1660-1728)
George Stanhope was a clergyman of the Church of England, rising to be Dean of Canterbury and a Royal Chaplain. He was also amongst the commissioners responsible for the building of fifty new ...more

Eric Malpass is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Eric Malpass Dec. at 86 (1910-1996)
Eric Lawson Malpass was an English novelist noted for his humorous and witty descriptions of rural family life, in particular that of his creation, the extended Pentecost family. However, ...more