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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 68 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 54 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 90 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 46 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 93 Geoffrey Clarke (1924) is a British sculptor.

Nigel Hitchin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
age 71 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 69 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

Edmund Maynard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Dec. at 70 (1861-1931) Edmund Anthony Jefferson Maynard was an English cricketer who played for Derbyshire from 1880 to 1887 and captained the side for two seasons. Maynard was the son of Edmund Gilling Maynard, of ...more

James Stubbings is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
James Stubbings Dec. at 56 (1856-1912) James Stubbings was an English cricketer who played first class cricket for Derbyshire between 1880 and 1885. Stubbings was born in Whitwell, Derbyshire, the son of James Stubbings, a mason, and ...more

John Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
John Smith Dec. at 57 (1841-1898) John Smith was an English cricketer who played for Derbyshire from 1871 to 1878. He was a member of the team that played Derbyshire's first match in May 1871. Smith was born in Clifton, Derby ...more

Thomas Barker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Thomas Barker Dec. at 61 (1812-1873) Thomas Rawson Barker was an English first-class cricketer, whose career spanned the 1833 to 1849 seasons. Barker was an amateur who appeared in only nine matches due to his business commitments. ...more

Edwin Hatch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Dec. at 64 (1835-1899) Edwin Hatch was an English theologian. He is best known as the author of the book Influence of Greek Ideas and Usages Upon the Christian Church, which was based on the lectures he presented ...more

John Woodward is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
John Woodward Dec. at 63 (1665-1728) John Woodward was an English naturalist, antiquarian and geologist, and founder by bequest of the Woodwardian Professorship of Geology at Cambridge University. Though a leading supporter of the ...more

Ellen MacArthur is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
age 41 Dame Ellen Patricia MacArthur, DBE is a retired British sailor, from Whatstandwell near Matlock in Derbyshire, now based in West Cowes, Isle of Wight. MacArthur is a successful solo ...more

Richard Felix is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Richard Felix age 69 Richard Felix is an English paranormal investigator and historian from Stanley, Derbyshire most noted for his appearances on Living TV's Most Haunted series.

Michael Knowles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
age 81 Michael Knowles is an English actor and scriptwriter. He is best known for his roles in BBC sitcoms written by David Croft and Jimmy Perry.

Mickey Simmonds is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Mickey Simmonds age 59 Mickey Simmonds is an English session keyboardist, arranger and composer. He is best known for his work with progressive rock acts, Mike Oldfield, Renaissance, Camel and Fish. He has also worked ...more

Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
age 40 Thomas Stuart "Tom" Chambers is an English actor, known for his role as Sam Strachan in the BBC medical drama Holby City and as Max Tyler in BBC drama series Waterloo Road. He also won ...more

Rik Makarem is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Rik Makarem age 36 Rik Makarem is an English actor, best known for playing Nikhil Sharma in Emmerdale from 2009 to 2013.

John Cotton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Dec. at 68 (1584-1652) John Cotton was a clergyman in England and the American colonies and, by most accounts, the preeminent minister and theologian of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Following five years of study at ...more

Katharine Burdekin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Katharine Burdekin Dec. at 67 (1896-1963) Katharine Burdekin was a British novelist who wrote speculative fiction concerned with social and spiritual matters. She was the sister of Rowena Cade, creator of the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. ...more

James Bagshaw is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
James Bagshaw Dec. at 81 (1885-1966) John James Bagshaw was an English football player who spent the majority of his career with Derby County. He also represented the English national side. He was a defender who could play anywhere ...more

Samuel Pegge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Samuel Pegge Dec. at 92 (1704-1796) Samuel Pegge the elder was an antiquary. Born at Chesterfield, Derbyshire, he was the son of Christopher Pegge and his wife Gertrude, daughter of Francis Stephenson of Unstone, near ...more

Dan Tremelling is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Dan Tremelling Dec. at 81 (1897-1978) Richard Daniel "Dan" Tremelling was an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He made nearly 450 appearances in the Football League for Birmingham and Bury, ...more

Richard A. Brualdi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Richard A. Brualdi age 78 R. A. Brualdi is a professor emeritus of combinatorial mathematics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Brualdi received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1964; his advisor was H. J. ...more

Sir Charles Fox is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Sir Charles Fox Dec. at 64 (1810-1874) Sir Charles Fox was an English civil engineer and contractor. His work focused on railways, railway stations and bridges.

Valerie Flint is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Valerie Flint Dec. at 73 (1936-2009) Valerie Irene Jane Flint was a British scholar and historian, specialising in medieval intellectual and cultural history.

Bill Carter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Dec. at 77 (1918-1995) Bill Carter was an actor.

Ivor Grattan-Guinness is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Ivor Grattan-Guinness age 76 Ivor Owen Grattan-Guinness was a historian of mathematics and logic.

Dafydd Wigley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
age 75 Dafydd Wigley, Baron Wigley is a Welsh politician. He served as Plaid Cymru Member of Parliament for Caernarfon from 1974 until 2001 and as an Assembly Member for Caernarfon from 1999 until ...more

Gilbert Curgenven is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Gilbert Curgenven Dec. at 52 (1882-1934) Gilbert Curgenven was an English cricketer who played first class cricket for Derbyshire between 1901 to 1922. Curgenven was born at Friar Gate, Derby, the son of William Curgenven a doctor who ...more

Sue Gibson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Derbyshire
Sue Gibson age 66 Sue Gibson is a cinematographer.