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

These people, like Henry Herford and Alan MacKenzie include images when available.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Edinburgh?" or "Which celebrities were born in Edinburgh?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Shirley Manson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 52
Shirley Ann Manson is a Scottish singer, songwriter, musician and actress, best known internationally as the lead singer of the alternative rock band Garbage. For much of her international ...more
Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 65
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is a British Labour Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. He now runs a consultancy business and performs ...more
Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 54
Iain Glen is a Scottish film, television, and stage actor. Glen is best known for his roles in the Resident Evil films and for portraying Ser Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones.
Ian Charleson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Died at 41 (1949-1990)
Ian Charleson was a Scottish stage and film actor. He is best known internationally for his starring role as Olympic athlete and missionary Eric Liddell, in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots ...more
Stuart Sutcliffe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 22 (1940-1962)
Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe was a Scottish-born artist and musician best known as the original bassist for the Beatles. Sutcliffe left the band to pursue his career as an artist, having ...more
Kirsty Gallacher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 39
Kirsty Jane Gallacher, is a British television presenter.
Gail Porter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 47
Gail Porter is a Scottish television presenter and former model. In the 1990s she became known for photos in men's magazines such as FHM, including one nude which was projected on to the Houses ...more
Robert Fergusson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 24 (1750-1774)
Robert Fergusson was a Scottish poet. After formal education at the University of St Andrews, Fergusson followed an essentially bohemian life course in Edinburgh, the city of his birth, then at ...more
William Couper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 51 (1568-1619)
William Couper was a Scottish bishop of Galloway.
John Hamilton-Gordon, 1st Marq... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 87 (1847-1934)
John Campbell Hamilton-Gordon, 1st Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair KT GCMG GCVO PC, known as The Earl of Aberdeen from 1870 to 1916, was a Scottish politician. Born in Edinburgh, Hamilton-Gordon ...more
KT Tunstall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 43
Kate Victoria "KT" Tunstall is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist. She broke into the public eye with a 2004 live solo performance of her song "Black Horse and the Cherry ...more
Muriel Spark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 88 (1918-2006)
Dame Muriel Spark, DBE, FRSE, FRSL was an award-winning Scottish novelist. In 2008 The Times newspaper named Spark in its list of "the 50 greatest British writers since 1945", at No.
Ernest Torrence is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 55 (1878-1933)
Ernest Torrence was a Scottish born film character actor who appeared in many Hollywood films, including Broken Chains with Colleen Moore, Mantrap with Clara Bow, and Fighting Caravans with Gary ...more
Helen Bannerman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 84 (1862-1946)
Helen Bannerman, born Brodie Cowan Watson was a Scottish author of children's books. She is best known for her first book, Little Black Sambo.
Ainslie Henderson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 40
Ainslie Thomas Henderson is a Scottish singer-songwriter. He is best known for his appearance on the BBC's television programme, Fame Academy, and his subsequent Top 5 UK single, "Keep Me a ...more
Bruce Marshall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 88 (1899-1987)
Lieutenant-Colonel Claude Cunningham Bruce Marshall, known as Bruce Marshall was a prolific Scottish writer who wrote fiction and non-fiction books on a wide range of topics and genres. His ...more
Mike Scott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 60
Mike Scott is a writer.
James Boswell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 55 (1740-1795)
James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck, was a Scottish lawyer, diarist, and author born in Edinburgh. He is best known for the biography he wrote of one of his contemporaries, the English ...more
William John Macquorn Rankine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 52 (1820-1872)
William John Macquorn Rankine, FRSE FRS was in the first place a Scottish mechanical engineer and on second place civil engineer, physicist and mathematician. He was a founding contributor, with ...more
John Leslie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 54
John Leslie is a former Scottish television presenter turned property developer. Debuting on Music Box in 1987, he later presented BBC One's Blue Peter, and ITV's This Morning and the gameshow ...more
Naomi Mitchison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 102 (1897-1999)
Naomi Mary Margaret Mitchison, CBE was a Scottish novelist and poet. Often referred to as the doyenne of Scottish literature, she wrote over 90 books covering a wide range of genre including ...more
Fyfe Robertson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 85 (1902-1987)
James Fyfe Robertson was a Scottish television journalist. Robertson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was one of six children of Jane Dunlop and James Robertson, a miner, who became a ...more
Gordon Strachan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 62
Gordon David Strachan OBE is a Scottish football manager and former player. Strachan is the manager of the Scotland national team. Strachan played for Dundee, Aberdeen, Manchester United, Leeds ...more
Alexander Fleming is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 51 (1824-1875)
Alexander Fleming, M.D., was born in 1824 at Edinburgh, where he studied medicine and graduated M.D. in 1844. His chief work was his college essay on the 'Physiological and Medicinal Properties ...more
James Mackay, Baron Mackay of ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 91
James Peter Hymers Mackay, Baron Mackay of Clashfern, KT, PC, QC is a British advocate. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, Lord Advocate, and Lord Chancellor. He is an active member ...more