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

A list made up of people like Alice Vickery and James Robert Dickson.

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

Rosemary West is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Devon
Rosemary West age 63 - Rosemary Pauline "Rose" West is a British serial killer, now an inmate at HMP Low Newton, Brasside, Durham, after being convicted of 10 murders in 1995. Her husband Fred, who committed ...more

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Peter Cook is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Devon
Peter Cook Died at 58 (1937-1995) - Peter Edward Cook was an English actor, satirist, writer and comedian. An extremely influential figure in modern British comedy, Cook is regarded as the leading light of the British satire boom ...more

Ben Howard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Devon
Ben Howard age 29 - Benjamin John "Ben" Howard is an English singer-songwriter. He self-released his debut EP Games in the Dark followed by two more EPs, These Waters and Old Pine. He is currently signed ...more

Guy Burgess is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Devon
Guy Burgess Died at 52 (1911-1963) - Guy Francis de Moncy Burgess was a British radio producer, intelligence officer and Foreign Office official. He was a member of the Cambridge Five spy ring that passed Western secrets to the ...more

Bradley James is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Devon
Bradley James age 32 - Bradley James is an English actor from Exeter, Devon. He made his television debut in the ITV series Lewis in 2008 and is best known for portraying King Arthur in the BBC television program

Sharron Davies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Devon
Sharron Davies age 54 - Sharron Elizabeth Davies MBE is a retired swimmer from the United Kingdom. She won a silver medal in the 400-metre individual medley at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, and two gold medals at the ...more

Mecia Simson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Devon
Mecia Simson Mecia Simone Simson is a British model, who was announced as the winner of the fifth cycle of Britain's Next Top Model in July 2009.

Natasha Mealey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Devon
Natasha Mealey age 34 - Natasha Mealey is an English model who is based in London.

Christopher Condent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Devon
Christopher Condent Christopher Condent, born in Plymouth in Devon, was an English pirate who led the return to the Eastern Seas. He and his crew fled New Providence in 1718, when Woodes Rogers became governor of ...more

Bruno Langley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Devon
Bruno Langley age 34 - Bruno Langley is an English actor. He is best known for playing Adam Mitchell in the 2005 series of Doctor Who and Todd Grimshaw in Coronation Street.

Donald Moffat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Devon
Donald Moffat age 86 - Donald Moffat is an English actor, long based in the United States.

Charles Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Devon
Charles Kingsley Died at 56 (1819-1875) - Charles Kingsley was a priest of the Church of England, a university professor, historian and novelist. He is particularly associated with the West Country and northeast Hampshire. He was a ...more

George Passmore is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Devon
George Passmore age 73 - George Passmore (born 1942) is one-half of the artistic collaborators known as Gilbert and George.

Donald Sinden is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Devon
Donald Sinden Died at 91 (1923-2014) - Sir Donald Alfred Sinden CBE FRSA was an English actor in theatre, film, television and radio as well as an author. Achieving early fame as a Rank Organisation film star in the 1950s, Sinden ...more

Tom Daley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Devon
Tom Daley age 22 - Thomas Robert "Tom" Daley is an English diver and television personality. Daley specialises in the 10 metre platform event and was the 2009 FINA World Champion in the individual event ...more

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Ben Way is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Devon
Ben Way age 35 - Benjamin Peter Bernard Way is a serial entrepreneur and best selling author best known for his appearance on Secret Millionaire, The Startup Kids and as a cast member on Start-Ups: Silicon ...more

Angela Rippon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Devon
Angela Rippon age 72 - Angela Mary Rippon OBE is an English television journalist, newsreader, writer and presenter. Rippon presented radio and television news programmes in South West England before moving to BBC ...more

David McKee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Devon
David McKee age 80 - David McKee is a British writer and illustrator, chiefly of children's books and animations. He has used the pseudonym Violet Easton. He is frequently referenced as David McKee. For his ...more

William Kingdon Clifford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Devon
William Kingdon Clifford Died at 34 (1845-1879) - William Kingdon Clifford FRS was an English mathematician and philosopher. Building on the work of Hermann Grassmann, he introduced what is now termed geometric algebra, a special case of the ...more

Robin Milner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Devon
Robin Milner Died at 76 (1934-2010) - Arthur John Robin Gorell Milner FRS FRSE, known as Robin Milner or A. J. R. G. Milner, was a prominent British computer scientist.

Thomas Bodley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Devon
Thomas Bodley Died at 68 (1545-1613) - Sir Thomas Bodley was an English diplomat and scholar, founder of the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

Dermot Murnaghan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Devon
Dermot Murnaghan age 59 - Dermot Murnaghan is a British broadcaster. A presenter for Sky News, he was a news presenter at CNBC Europe, Independent Television News and BBC News. He has presented news programmes in a ...more

William Benjamin Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Devon
William Benjamin Carpenter Died at 72 (1813-1885) - William Benjamin Carpenter CB FRS was an English physician, invertebrate zoologist and physiologist. He was instrumental in the early stages of the unified University of London.

Jonathan Pearce is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Devon
Jonathan Pearce age 57 - Jonathan Pearce, is a British football commentator for the BBC. Known for his loud, exuberant commentaries, he has worked for both Radio Five Live and Match of the Day, as well as participating ...more

Danny Thompson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Devon
Danny Thompson age 78 - Daniel Henry Edward 'Danny' Thompson is an English multi-instrumentalist best known as a double bassist and businessman. He has had a long musical career playing with a large variety of other ...more

Richard Francis Burton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Devon
Richard Francis Burton Died at 69 (1821-1890) - Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS was a British explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer, and diplomat. He was ...more

John Loder is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Devon
John Loder Died at 59 (1946-2005) - John F. Loder was an English sound engineer, record producer and founder of Southern Studios, as well as a former member of EXIT and co-founder of the Southern Records distribution company with ...more

John Ford is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Devon
John Ford Died at 53 (1586-1639) - John Ford was an English playwright and poet of the Jacobean and Caroline eras born in Ilsington in Devon.

William Froude is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Devon
William Froude Died at 69 (1810-1879) - William Froude was an English engineer, hydrodynamicist and naval architect. He was the first to formulate reliable laws for the resistance that water offers to ships and for predicting their ...more

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Beth Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Devon
Beth Gibbons age 52 - Beth Gibbons is an English singer and songwriter. She is the singer and lyricist for the English band Portishead.

Joanna Southcott is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Devon
Joanna Southcott Died at 64 (1750-1814) - Joanna Southcott, was a self-described religious prophetess. She was born at Taleford, and raised in the village of Gittisham in Devon, England.

Leonard Strong is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Devon
Leonard Strong Died at 62 (1896-1958) - Leonard Alfred George Strong was a highly popular English novelist, critic, historian and poet, and published under the name "L. A. G. Strong." He served as a director of the ...more

Francis Chichester is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Devon
Francis Chichester Died at 71 (1901-1972) - Sir Francis Charles Chichester KBE, aviator and sailor, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for becoming the first person to sail single-handed around the world by the clipper route, and the ...more

Belinda Lee is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Devon
Belinda Lee Died at 26 (1935-1961) - Belinda Lee was an English actress.

Victor Canning is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Devon
Victor Canning Died at 75 (1911-1986) - Victor Canning was a prolific writer of novels and thrillers who flourished in the 1950s, '60s and '70's. He was personally reticent, writing no memoirs and giving relatively few newspaper

Richard Greene is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Devon
Richard Greene Died at 67 (1918-1985) - Richard Marius Joseph Greene was a noted English film and television actor. A matinee idol who appeared in more than 40 films, he was perhaps best known for the lead role in the long-running ...more

Piers Nash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Devon
Piers Nash age 47 - Piers David Nash is the director of business development and outreach University of Chicago's Center for Data Intensive Science. He is the son of academic Roger Nash.

Betty Neels is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Devon
Betty Neels Died at 92 (1909-2001) - Betty Neels was a prolific British writer of over 134 romance novels, beginning in 1969 and continuing until her death. Her work is known for being particularly chaste.

Thomas Wakley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Devon
Thomas Wakley Died at 67 (1795-1862) - Thomas Wakley, was an English surgeon. He became a demagogue and social reformer who campaigned against incompetence, privilege and nepotism. He was the founding editor of The Lancet, and a ...more

Edward Davy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Devon
Edward Davy Died at 79 (1806-1885) - Edward Davy was an English physician, scientist, and inventor who played a prominent role in the development of telegraphy, and invented an electric relay. Davy was born in Ottery St Mary, ...more

James Holden is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Devon
James Holden age 36 - James Alexander Goodale Holden is a British electronic music artist and DJ.

John Bowring is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Devon
John Bowring Died at 80 (1792-1872) - Sir John Bowring, KCB was an English political economist, traveller, miscellaneous writer, polyglot, and the 4th Governor of Hong Kong.

Frederick Holman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Devon
Frederick Holman Died at 28 (1885-1913) - Frederick "Fred" Holman was a British breaststroke swimmer from Dawlish, Devon, who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics. He won the gold medal in the 200 metre breaststroke event and ...more

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James Withycombe is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Devon
James Withycombe Died at 65 (1854-1919) - James Withycombe was an American politician, a Republican, and the 15th Governor of Oregon.

Christopher F. Foss is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Devon
Christopher F. Foss age 71 - Christopher "Chris" F. Foss is a British artist and science fiction illustrator. He is best known for his science fiction book covers and the black and white illustrations for the ...more

Paul Seed is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Devon
Paul Seed age 68 - Paul Seed is a British television director and former actor. Born in Bideford in Devon, he began his career as an actor, appearing in numerous television series, including Z-Cars, Softly Softly: ...more

Nick Jago is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Devon
Nick Jago age 39 - Nick Jago is an English musician. He was born in Abadan, Iran to an English father and Peruvian mother and grew up in Devon, England. He attended secondary school at St Cuthbert Mayne and ...more

Samuel Prout is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Devon
Samuel Prout Died at 69 (1783-1852) - Samuel Prout was one of the masters of British watercolour architectural painting. Prout secured the position of Painter in Water-Colours in Ordinary to King George IV in 1829 and afterwards to ...more

Adrian Cooper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Devon
Adrian Cooper age 70 - Adrian Cooper is a film art director and a cinematographer.

Richard Hansford Worth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Devon
Richard Hansford Worth Died at 82 (1868-1950)