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Famous People From Dorset

Updated June 8, 2017 7.3k views412 items

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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  • Stephen Daldry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    BirthplaceDorset, United Kingdom

    Stephen David Daldry, CBE (born 2 May 1960) is an English director and producer of film,... more on Wikipedia
  • Donnie Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    BirthplaceDorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Donald Edmond Wahlberg Jr. (born August 17, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, actor,... more on Wikipedia

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    #513 of 1,030 The Best Actors in Film History#103 of 119 The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

  • Robert Newton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    Robert Newton

    Dec. at 51 (1905-1956)

    BirthplaceShaftesbury, United Kingdom

    Robert Guy Newton (1 June 1905 – 25 March 1956) was an English stage and film actor. Along... more on Wikipedia
  • Alex James is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    Alex James

    Age: 51

    BirthplaceBoscombe, United Kingdom

    Steven Alexander James, FRSA (born 21 November 1968) is an English musician and songwriter, as... more on Wikipedia
  • William Fox Talbot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    William Fox Talbot

    Dec. at 77 (1800-1877)

    BirthplaceDorset, England

    William Henry Fox Talbot FRS FRSE FRAS (; 11 February 1800 – 17 September 1877) was an English... more on Wikipedia
  • Thomas Hardy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    Thomas Hardy

    Dec. at 88 (1840-1928)

    BirthplaceStinsford, England

    Thomas Hardy (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian... more on Wikipedia

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    #61 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#156 of 342 The Greatest American Writers of All Time

  • Zara Dampney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    BirthplaceChristchurch, United Kingdom

    Zara Dampney is a British beach volleyball player, and former indoor volleyball player. She... more on Wikipedia
  • David Croft is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    David Croft

    Dec. at 89 (1922-2011)

    BirthplaceSandbanks, United Kingdom

    Major David John Croft, (born David John Andrew Sharland; 7 September 1922 – 27 September... more on Wikipedia
  • Maurice Evans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    Maurice Evans

    Dec. at 88 (1901-1989)

    BirthplaceDorchester, Dorset, England

    Maurice Herbert Evans (3 June 1901 – 12 March 1989) was a British actor, noted for his... more on Wikipedia
  • Edgar F. Codd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    Edgar F. Codd

    Dec. at 80 (1923-2003)

    BirthplaceIsle of Portland, England

    Edgar Frank "Ted" Codd (19 August 1923 – 18 April 2003) was an English computer scientist who,... more on Wikipedia
  • Annie Dalton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    BirthplaceDorset, United Kingdom

    Annie Dalton, born 17 January 1948 in Dorset, is a British children's author, perhaps best... more on Wikipedia
  • John Eliot Gardiner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    BirthplaceFontmell Magna, United Kingdom

    Sir John Eliot Gardiner, CBE HonFBA (born 20 April 1943) is an English conductor, particularly... more on Wikipedia
  • Greg Lake is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    Greg Lake

    Age: 72

    BirthplacePoole, United Kingdom

    Gregory Stuart Lake (10 November 1947 – 7 December 2016) was an English singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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    #150 of 739 The Best Singers of All Time#186 of 639 The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time

  • James Meade is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    James Meade

    Dec. at 88 (1907-1995)

    BirthplaceSwanage, United Kingdom

    James Edward Meade, (23 June 1907 – 22 December 1995) was a British economist and winner of... more on Wikipedia
  • Geoffrey Hutchings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    Geoffrey Hutchings

    Dec. at 71 (1939-2010)

    BirthplaceDorchester, Dorset, England

    Geoffrey Hutchings (8 June 1939 – 1 July 2010) was an English stage, film and television actor.
  • John Mathieson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    BirthplacePurbeck District, England

    John Mathieson OAL BSC (born 3 May 1961) is an English cinematographer and commercial... more on Wikipedia
  • Llewelyn Powys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    Llewelyn Powys

    Dec. at 55 (1884-1939)

    BirthplaceDorchester, Dorset, England

    Llewelyn Powys (13 August 1884 – 2 December 1939) was a British essayist, novelist and younger... more on Wikipedia
  • Thomas Sydenham is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    Thomas Sydenham

    Dec. at 65 (1624-1689)

    BirthplaceWynford Eagle, England

    Thomas Sydenham (10 September 1624 – 29 December 1689) was an English physician. He was the... more on Wikipedia
  • Tom Roberts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    Tom Roberts

    Dec. at 75 (1856-1931)

    BirthplaceDorchester, Dorset, England

    Thomas William "Tom" Roberts (8 March 1856 – 14 September 1931) was an English-born Australian... more on Wikipedia
  • Bob Courtney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    Bob Courtney

    Dec. at 88 (1922-2010)

    BirthplaceDorset, England

    Bob Courtney (31 October 1922 – 24 October 2010) was a British-born South African actor and... more on Wikipedia
  • Peter Oborne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    Peter Oborne

    Age: 63

    BirthplacePoole, United Kingdom

    Peter Alan Oborne (; born 11 July 1957) is a British journalist and broadcaster. He is the... more on Wikipedia
  • Richard D. Ryder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    BirthplaceCorfe Castle, Dorset, United Kingdom

    Richard Hood Jack Dudley Ryder (born 1940) is a British writer, psychologist, and animal... more on Wikipedia
  • Rachel Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    Rachel Lloyd

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceStalbridge, United Kingdom

    Rachel Lloyd (born 1975) is a British anti trafficking advocate, author and the founder of... more on Wikipedia
  • Charles W. Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    Charles W. Bartlett

    Dec. at 80 (1860-1940)

    BirthplaceBridport, United Kingdom

    Charles William Bartlett (1 June 1860 – 16 April 1940) was an English painter and printmaker... more on Wikipedia
  • Keith Stroud is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Dorset

    Keith Stroud

    Age: 51

    BirthplaceBournemouth, United Kingdom

    Keith Paul Stroud (born 12 August 1969) is a professional English football referee who... more on Wikipedia
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