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

Examples of people on this list include Jason Prior and Mark Whitlock.

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

Stephen Daldry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Stephen Daldry age 56 - Stephen David Daldry, CBE is an English director and producer of both film and theatre. He has won the Tony Award for his work on Broadway, and has directed several feature films that have been ...more

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Donnie Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Donnie Wahlberg age 47 - Donald Edmond "Donnie" Wahlberg, Jr. is an American singer, actor, and film producer. He is a founding member of the boy band New Kids on the Block. Outside of music, Wahlberg has had ...more

Robert Newton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Robert Newton Died at 51 (1905-1956) - Robert Newton was an English stage and film actor. Along with Errol Flynn, Newton was one of the most popular actors among the male juvenile audience of the 1940s and early 1950s, especially ...more

Alex James is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Alex James age 48 - Steven Alexander "Alex" James is an English musician and songwriter, as well as a journalist and cheesemaker. Best known as the bassist of the band Blur, he has also played with ...more

William Fox Talbot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Dorset
William Fox Talbot Died at 77 (1800-1877) - William Henry Fox Talbot was a British inventor and photography pioneer who invented the calotype process, a precursor to photographic processes of the 19th and 20th centuries. Talbot was also a ...more

Thomas Hardy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Thomas Hardy Died at 88 (1840-1928) - Thomas Hardy, OM was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William ...more

Zara Dampney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Zara Dampney age 29 - Zara Dampney is a British beach volleyball player, and former indoor volleyball player. She has been chosen as one of the two players to take the home nation qualification spot at the 2012 ...more

David Croft is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Dorset
David Croft Died at 89 (1922-2011) - Major David John Croft OBE, born David John Andrew Sharland, was an English writer, producer and director. David Croft is particularly noted for producing and co-writing a string of popular BBC ...more

Maurice Evans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Maurice Evans Died at 88 (1901-1989) - Maurice Herbert Evans was an English actor noted for his interpretations of Shakespearean characters. In terms of his screen roles, he is probably best known as Dr. Zaius in Planet of the Apes ...more

Edgar F. Codd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Edgar F. Codd Died at 80 (1923-2003) - Edgar Frank "Ted" Codd was an English computer scientist who, while working for IBM, invented the relational model for database management, the theoretical basis for relational ...more

Annie Dalton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Annie Dalton age 67 - Annie Dalton, born 18 January 1948 in Dorset, is a British children's author, perhaps best known for writing the Agent Angel series, formerly known as the Angels Unlimited series, and now ...more

John Eliot Gardiner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Dorset
John Eliot Gardiner age 72 - Sir John Eliot Gardiner, CBE is an English conductor.

Greg Lake is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Greg Lake age 69 - Gregory Stuart "Greg" Lake is an English musician, songwriter, and producer. He was a singer and bassist for King Crimson, and the bassist, guitarist, singer, and lyricist for Emerson,

James Meade is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Dorset
James Meade Died at 88 (1907-1995) - James Edward Meade CB, FBA was a British economist and winner of the 1977 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences jointly with the Swedish economist Bertil Ohlin for their "pathbreaking ...more

Geoffrey Hutchings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Geoffrey Hutchings Died at 71 (1939-2010) - Geoffrey Hutchings was an English stage, film and television actor.

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John Mathieson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Dorset
John Mathieson age 54 - John Mathieson, BSC is a British cinematographer. He is one of a group of film makers who emerged from the music video industry of the late '80s and '90s. His peers include cinematographers Tim ...more

Llewelyn Powys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Llewelyn Powys Died at 55 (1884-1939) - Brother of author John Cowper Powys

Thomas Sydenham is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Thomas Sydenham Died at 65 (1624-1689) - Thomas Sydenham was an English physician. He was the author of Observationes Medicae which became a standard textbook of medicine for two centuries so that he became known as 'The English ...more

Tom Roberts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Tom Roberts Died at 75 (1856-1931) - Thomas William "Tom" Roberts was a prominent Australian artist and a key member of the Heidelberg School.

Bob Courtney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Bob Courtney Died at 88 (1922-2010) - Bob Courtney was a British-born South African actor and broadcaster. He appeared in more than twenty film roles and worked as an on-air presenter and broadcaster on Springbok Radio. ...more

Peter Oborne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Peter Oborne age 58 - Peter Alan Oborne is a British journalist. He is the associate editor of the Spectator and former chief political commentator of the Daily Telegraph, from which he resigned in early 2015. He is ...more

Richard D. Ryder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Richard D. Ryder age 77 - Richard Hood Jack Dudley Ryder is a British writer, psychologist, and animal rights advocate. Ryder became known in the 1970s as a member of the Oxford Group, a group of intellectuals loosely ...more

Rachel Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Rachel Lloyd age 42 - Rachel Lloyd is a British business executive, author, and sex trafficking abolitionist. She is known for her work advocating for the abolition of sex slavery. She immigrated to the US in 1997 ...more

Charles W. Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Charles W. Bartlett Died at 80 (1860-1940) - Charles William Bartlett was an English painter and printmaker who settled in Hawaii.

Keith Stroud is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Keith Stroud age 47 - Keith Paul Stroud is an English football referee who officiates in the Football League. He is based in Gillingham, Dorset.

Sarah Fielding is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Sarah Fielding Died at 58 (1710-1768) - Sarah Fielding was a British author and sister of the novelist Henry Fielding. She was the author of The Governess, or The Little Female Academy, which was the first novel in English written ...more

Patrick Lumb is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Patrick Lumb age 49 - Patrick Lumb is a film art director and production designer.

Olaf Pooley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Olaf Pooley Olaf Pooley is an English actor and writer. Pooley was born of an English father and Danish mother in Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, England. He studied architecture and then painting in London. In ...more

Samuel Henry Strong is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Samuel Henry Strong Died at 84 (1825-1909) - Sir Samuel Henry Strong, PC, QC was a lawyer and the third Chief Justice of Canada. Strong was born in Poole, England to Samuel Spratt Strong and Jane Elizabeth Goose. He emigrated to Upper ...more

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John Morton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Dorset
John Morton Died at 80 (1420-1500) - John Morton was an English prelate who served as Archbishop of Canterbury from 1486 to 1500. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 1493.

John Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Dorset
John Wheeler Died at 66 (1815-1881) - John Wheeler was an American educator, the second principal of Baldwin Institute and the first president of Baldwin University in Berea, Ohio. Baldwin University would eventually merge with ...more

Ian Cundy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Ian Cundy Died at 64 (1945-2009) - Ian Patrick Martyn Cundy was a Church of England cleric who served successively as area Bishop of Lewes and Bishop of Peterborough.

Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Ear... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury Died at 62 (1621-1683) - Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury PC, known as Anthony Ashley Cooper from 1621 to 1631, as Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, 2nd Baronet from 1631 to 1661, and as The Lord Ashley from 1661 ...more

Rebecca Night is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Rebecca Night age 30 - Rebecca Night is an English actress who starred in the title role of the James Hawes's BBC Four adaptation Fanny Hill.

Claire Johnstone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Claire Johnstone age 33 - Claire Johnstone is a Scottish football goalkeeper, currently playing for Glasgow City in the Scottish Women's Premier League.

Richard Upjohn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Richard Upjohn Died at 76 (1802-1878) - Richard Upjohn was a British-born American architect who emigrated to the United States and became most famous for his Gothic Revival churches. He was partially responsible for launching the ...more

Archie Gibson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Archie Gibson Died at 66 (1877-1943) - Archie Gibson was an English cricketer. He played for Essex between 1895 and 1927.

Eliza Darby is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Eliza Darby age 21 - Eliza Darby is an actress.

Serena Scott Thomas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Serena Scott Thomas age 55 - Serena Harriet Scott Thomas is an English actress.

Phil Gunter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Phil Gunter Died at 75 (1932-2007) - Philip Edward Gunter was an English footballer who played for Portsmouth and Aldershot.

Joe Beckett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Joe Beckett Died at 73 (1892-1965) - Joseph "Joe" Beckett born in Wickham, Hampshire was an English professional light heavy/cruiser/heavyweight boxer of the 1910s and '20s, who won the National Sporting Club British ...more

Edward Austin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Edward Austin Edward James Austin was an English cricketer. Austin was a right-handed batsman who bowled roundarm medium pace, though which arm he bowled with is unknown. He was born at Buckland Ripers, ...more

Ernest Lemon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Ernest Lemon Died at 70 (1884-1954) - Sir Ernest John Hutchings Lemon, OBE was Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and later one of its three Vice-Presidents. During the run-up to the Second World ...more

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Kate Macgregor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Kate Macgregor age 24 - Kate Macgregor is an athlete. She represented United Kingdom in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

John Wright is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Dorset
John Wright age 82 - John Francis Dominic Wright is an English former footballer who played as a goalkeeper in the Football League for Colchester United.

Charlie Callaghan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Charlie Callaghan age 17 - Charlie Callaghan is an actor.

Birdengine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Birdengine age 35 - Birdengine, was an English musician and singer-songwriter from Winterbourne Steepleton, Dorset. Lawry Joseph Tilbury

Kit Kemp is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Kit Kemp age 59 - Kit Kemp is the co-founder of Firmdale Hotels PLC.

Mark Zella is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Dorset
Mark Zella age 43 - Mark Zella is an actor and film producer.

P. K. Page is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Dorset
P. K. Page Died at 94 (1916-2010) - Patricia Kathleen "P. K." Page, CC OBC FRSC was best known as a Canadian poet, though the citation as she was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada reads "poet, ...more