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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 51 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 64 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 56 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
Dec. 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 42 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 42 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, CLit, 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

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 39 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 59 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 50 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 61 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 90 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

Thomas Drummond is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 43 (1797-1840) Captain Thomas Drummond, from Edinburgh, Scotland, was an army officer, civil engineer and senior public official. Drummond used the Drummond light which was employed in the trigonometrical ...more

Charles Falconer, Baron Falcon... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 66 Charles Leslie Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton, PC, QC, is a British Labour politician and barrister. Falconer became the Lord Chancellor and the first Secretary of State for Constitutional ...more

Alexander Robertson MacEwen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 60 (1856-1916) Alexander R. MacEwen was Scottish writer, minister, professor and Moderator of the United Free Church of Scotland. He was born on 14 May 1856 at Edinburgh and was the son of Rev. Alexander ...more

James I of England is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 59 (1566-1625) James VI and I was King of Scotland as James VI from 24 July 1567 and King of England and Ireland as James I from the union of the Scottish and English crowns on 24 March 1603 until his death. ...more

Cecil Gray is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 56 (1895-1951) Cecil Gray was a Scottish music critic and composer. He published books on the composers Jean Sibelius, Peter Warlock and Carlo Gesualdo, the last of these co-authored by the same Warlock; also ...more

Lindsay Duncan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 67 Lindsay Vere Duncan, CBE is a Scottish stage, television and film actress. On stage she has won two Olivier Awards, a Tony Award for her performance in Private Lives, and another Tony Award ...more

Gilbert Burnet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 72 (1643-1715) Gilbert Burnet was a Scottish theologian and historian, and Bishop of Salisbury. He was fluent in Dutch, French, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Burnet was respected as a cleric, a preacher, and an ...more

Hugh McDermott is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 64 (1908-1972) Hugh McDermott was a British actor who made a number of film and television appearances between 1936 and 1972. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1908 and made his screen debut in Well Done, ...more

David Hope, Baron Hope of Crai... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 79 James Arthur David Hope, Baron Hope of Craighead, KT PC FRSE is a retired Scottish judge who served as the first Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, having previously ...more

James David Forbes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 59 (1809-1868) James David Forbes FRS FRSE FGS was a Scottish physicist and glaciologist who worked extensively on the conduction of heat and seismology. Forbes was a resident of Edinburgh for most of his ...more

David Mitton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 69 (1939-2008) David Nelson Godfrey Mitton was a British television producer and director, and an experienced model-maker and author, best known for producing and directing the children's TV series Thomas the ...more

Jack Docherty is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
The Jack Docherty Show was a nightly comedy chat show which aired on Channel 5 in the United Kingdom between 1997 and 1999. Presented by comedian Jack Docherty the programme was one of the first ...more

Donald Runnicles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 63 Donald Runnicles, OBE is a Scottish conductor. The son of William Runnicles, a director of a furniture supplier and a choirmaster and organist, and Christine Runnicles, he began his education at ...more

David Greig is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 49 David Greig is a Scottish playwright and theatre director. His work has been performed at all of the major theatres in Britain, including the Traverse Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Royal ...more

Irvine Welsh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 59 Irvine Welsh is a Scottish novelist, playwright and short story writer. He is recognised for his novel Trainspotting, which was later made into a critically acclaimed film of the same name. His ...more

David Alan Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 84 (1854-1938) David Alan Stevenson was a lighthouse engineer who built twenty six lighthouses in and around Scotland. Born into the famous Stevenson family of lighthouse engineers, son of David Stevenson, ...more

Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmou... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 1st Earl of Minto Dec. at 63 (1751-1814) Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 1st Earl of Minto PC, known as Sir Gilbert Elliott between 1777 and 1797 and as The Lord Minto between 1797 and 1813, was a Scottish politician diplomat. He was ...more

Ken Stott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 63 Kenneth Campbell "Ken" Stott is a Scottish actor, particularly known in the United Kingdom for his many roles in television. He is best known for his roles as the eponymous title ...more

Balfour Stewart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 59 (1828-1887) Balfour Stewart was a Scottish physicist. His studies in the field of radiant heat led to him receiving the Rumford Medal of the Royal Society in 1868. In 1859 he was appointed director of Kew ...more

Gilbert Adair is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 67 (1944-2011) Gilbert Adair was a Scottish novelist, poet, film critic and journalist. He was critically most famous for the "fiendish" translation of Georges Perec's postmodern novel A Void, in ...more

Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Iro... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 79 (1880-1959) Field Marshal William Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside GCB, CMG, DSO was a British military commander, who served as Chief of the Imperial General Staff during the first year of the Second ...more

Graham Hancock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 67 Graham Hancock is a British writer and journalist. Hancock specialises in unconventional theories involving ancient civilisations, stone monuments or megaliths, altered states of consciousness, ...more

Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Me... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 80 (1771-1851) Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville KT, PC, FRS was a British statesman, the son of Henry Dundas, the 1st Viscount. Dundas was the Member of Parliament for Hastings in 1794, Rye in 1796 and ...more

Nicky Campbell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
age 56 Nicholas Andrew Argyll "Nicky" Campbell is a Scottish radio and television presenter and journalist. From 1988 until 1996, Campbell presented the game show Wheel of Fortune and from ...more

John Stuart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Edinburgh
Dec. at 81 (1898-1979) John Stuart, born John Alfred Louden Croall, was a Scottish actor, and a very popular leading man in British silent films in the 1920s. He appeared in two films directed by Alfred Hitchcock. He ...more