Famous People From Dorset

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.
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    • Birthplace: Dorset, United Kingdom
    Stephen David Daldry, CBE (born 2 May 1960) is an English director and producer of film, theatre, and television. He has won three Olivier Awards for his work in the West End and two Tony Awards for ...more
    • Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    Donald Edmond Wahlberg Jr. (born August 17, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and film producer. He is a founding member of the boy band New Kids on the Block. Outside ...more
  • Robert Newton
    Dec. at 50 (1905-1956)
    • Birthplace: England, Shaftesbury
    Robert Guy Newton (1 June 1905 – 25 March 1956) 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 ...more
  • Alex James
    Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Boscombe, United Kingdom
    Steven Alexander James, FRSA (born 21 November 1968) 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 ...more
  • William Fox Talbot
    Dec. at 77 (1800-1877)
    • Birthplace: Dorset, England
    William Henry Fox Talbot FRS FRSE FRAS (; 11 February 1800 – 17 September 1877) was an English scientist, inventor and photography pioneer who invented the salted paper and calotype processes, ...more
  • Thomas Hardy
    Dec. at 87 (1840-1928)
    • Birthplace: Stinsford, England
    Thomas Hardy (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) 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 ...more