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

These people, like Sheila Rowbotham and Jack Lendill include images when available.

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

Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Melanie Brown age 41 - Melanie Janine Brown, better known as Mel B or Melanie B, is a British recording artist, songwriter, dancer, actress, author, television presenter, talent competition judge and model. Brown rose ...more

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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Rihanna age 29 - Robyn Rihanna Fenty, known by her stage name Rihanna, is a Barbadian singer, actress, and fashion designer. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, her career began upon meeting record producer Evan ...more

Corinne Bailey Rae is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Corinne Bailey Rae age 36 - Corinne Bailey Rae is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist from Leeds, West Yorkshire. Bailey Rae was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2006 in an annual BBC poll of music ...more

Gabby Logan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Gabby Logan age 43 - Gabrielle Nicole "Gabby" Logan is a British presenter and a former Wales international gymnast who is best known for her presenting roles with BBC Sport and ITV. Logan hosted Final ...more

Jeremy Paxman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Jeremy Paxman age 66 - Jeremy Dickson Paxman is an English broadcaster, journalist and author. He has worked for the BBC since 1972 and is known for his forthright and abrasive interviewing style, particularly when ...more

Vic Reeves is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Vic Reeves age 56 - James Roderick Moir, better known by the stage name Vic Reeves and sometimes credited as Jim Moir, is an English comedian, artist, actor and television presenter best known for his double act ...more

Julian Barratt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Julian Barratt age 47 - Julian Barratt Pettifer, known professionally as Julian Barratt, is an English comedian, actor, musician, music producer and member of surreal comedy troupe The Mighty Boosh. He played Howard ...more

John Craven is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Leeds
John Craven age 76 - John Craven OBE is an English journalist and television presenter, best known for presenting the BBC programmes Newsround, Countryfile and Beat the Brain.

Amrita Hunjan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Amrita Hunjan age 32 - Amrita Hunjan is a British-Indian model and singer. She is perhaps best known for being a singer in the R'n'B/pop band Rouge. Amrita is also known in the British Asian community for being the ...more

Nick Hodgson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Nick Hodgson age 38 - Nicholas James David Hodgson is a drummer, backing vocalist, and lyricist, formerly of English indie band Kaiser Chiefs. He attended St. Mary's Menston with Nick Baines and Simon Rix. He then ...more

Rachael Cairns is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Rachael Cairns age 28 - Rachael Cairns is a British model and actress. She is best known for participating in Cycle 4 of Britain's Next Top Model, in which she placed fourth. She has also appeared in numerous acting ...more

Andrew Lippa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Andrew Lippa age 52 - Andrew Lippa is an American composer, lyricist, book writer, performer, and producer. He is a resident artist at the Ars Nova Theater in New York City.

Mike Nattrass is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Mike Nattrass age 71 - Mike Henry Nattrass FRICS is an English politician and former Member of the European Parliament, representing the West Midlands constituency. He was elected as a candidate for the UK ...more

Jack Birkett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Jack Birkett Died at 76 (1934-2010) - Jack Birkett was a British dancer, mime artist, actor and singer, best known for his work on stage as a member of Lindsay Kemp's theatre company, and in the films of Derek Jarman. He was often ...more

Jack Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Jack Shepherd age 76 - Jack Shepherd is an English actor, playwright, theatre director, saxophone player and jazz pianist, who made his film debut in 1969 with All Neat in Black Stockings and The Virgin Soldiers. He ...more

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Barry Cryer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Barry Cryer age 82 - Barry Charles Cryer OBE is a British writer and comedian. Cryer has written for many noted performers, including Dave Allen, Stanley Baxter, Jack Benny, Rory Bremner, George Burns, Jasper ...more

Oliver O. Howard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Oliver O. Howard Died at 79 (1830-1909) - Oliver Otis Howard was a career United States Army officer and a Union general in the American Civil War. As a brigade commander in the Army of the Potomac, Howard lost his right arm while ...more

Clive McLean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Clive McLean Died at 61 (1944-2005) - Clive McLean was an English photographer and an AVN Hall of Fame member best known for his work at Hustler and Barely Legal. He was sometimes credited as Oliver English and Clive McClean. McLean ...more

Herbert Hall Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Herbert Hall Turner Died at 69 (1861-1930) - Herbert Hall Turner FRS was a British astronomer and seismologist.

James Frain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Leeds
James Frain age 49 - James Dominic Frain is an English stage and screen actor. He is known for his role in the Showtime series The Tudors, in which he appeared as Thomas Cromwell from 2007-09. Other starring roles ...more

Ivan Noble is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Ivan Noble Died at 38 (1967-2005) - Ivan Noble was a British journalist who worked for BBC News Online and became well known for his diary documenting his fight against cancer. Born in Leeds, he lived in East Germany working as a ...more

Keith Usherwood Ingold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Keith Usherwood Ingold age 87 - Keith Usherwood Ingold, OC FRS FRSC FRSE is a British chemist. He was born to Sir Christopher Ingold and Dr. Hilda Usherwood, and studied for a BSc in Chemistry at the University of London, ...more

Peter Christopherson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Peter Christopherson Died at 55 (1955-2010) - Peter Martin Christopherson was a musician, video director, commercial artist, designer and photographer, and former member of British design agency Hipgnosis. He was one of the original members ...more

Ivor Wood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Ivor Wood Died at 72 (1932-2004) - Ivor Wood was a prolific Anglo-French stop motion director, producer, animator and writer known for his work on children's television series. Born in Leeds to an English father and a French ...more

Alfie Barker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Alfie Barker age 19 - Alfie Barker is a film director, screenwriter, cinematographer and film editor.

Alan Baddeley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Alan Baddeley age 83 - Alan David Baddeley FRS FMedSci CBE is a British psychologist. He is professor of psychology at the University of York. He is known for his work on working memory, in particular for his multiple ...more

Sheilah Graham Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Sheilah Graham Westbrook Died at 84 (1904-1988) - Sheilah Graham Westbrook was an English-born American nationally syndicated gossip columnist during Hollywood's "Golden Age," who, with Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper, wielded power ...more

Alexander Cannon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Alexander Cannon Died at 67 (1896-1963) - Alexander Cannon was a British psychiatrist, occultist, hypnotist and author. He became well known in the 1930s for his occult writings, and more recently for his alleged influence on King ...more

Robert Blackburn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Robert Blackburn Died at 70 (1885-1955) - Robert Blackburn, OBE, FRAeS was an English aviation pioneer and the founder of Blackburn Aircraft. Blackburn was born in Kirkstall, Leeds, Yorkshire, England. He attended Leeds Modern School ...more

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Alan Hawkshaw is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Alan Hawkshaw age 78 - Alan Hawkshaw is a British composer and performer, particularly of themes for movies and television programmes. Hawkshaw worked extensively for the KPM production music company in the 1960s and ...more

Alex Zane is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Alex Zane age 36 - Alex Zane is an English television presenter and DJ.

Tom Paulin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Tom Paulin age 66 - Thomas Neilson Paulin is a Northern Irish poet and critic of film, music and literature. He lives in England, where he is the GM Young Lecturer in English Literature at Hertford College,

Savage Pencil is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Savage Pencil age 64 - Savage Pencil is a comics artist, and is the nom de plume of English music journalist Edwin Pouncey.

Terry George is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Terry George age 50 - Terry George is an openly gay, British entrepreneur, philanthropist, nightclub tycoon, photographer and celebrity columnist. He was born and raised in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

John Rowe Townsend is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Leeds
John Rowe Townsend Died at 92 (1922-2014) - John Rowe Townsend was a British children's writer and children's literature scholar. His best-known children's novel is The Intruder, which won a 1971 Edgar Award, and his best-known academic ...more

John Gott is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Leeds
John Gott Died at 76 (1830-1906) - John Gott was the third Bishop of Truro from 1891 until his death in 1906.

Joe Sayers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Joe Sayers age 32 - Joe Sayers is an English first-class cricketer, who has played for the Oxford University Centre of Cricketing Excellence, Oxford University and Yorkshire. He is a left-handed opening batsman and ...more

Gordon Pirie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Gordon Pirie Died at 60 (1931-1991) - Douglas Alistair Gordon Pirie was a long-distance runner. He was born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England but was brought up in Coulsdon, Surrey and ran for South London Harriers. He ...more

Sally Timms is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Sally Timms age 56 - Sally Timms is an English singer and songwriter. Timms is best known for her long involvement with The Mekons whom she joined in 1985.

Chris Newby is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Chris Newby age 58 - Christopher Newby is a British film director and screenwriter. He studied at Leeds Polytechnic and The Royal College of Art in London. He has made several short films, including The Old Man and ...more

Richard Anthony Salisbury is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Richard Anthony Salisbury Died at 68 (1761-1829) - Richard Anthony Salisbury, FRS was a British botanist. While he is remembered as a valuable worker in horticultural and botanical sciences, several bitter disputes caused him to be ostracised by ...more

Ralph Brown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Ralph Brown Died at 85 (1928-2013) - Ralph Brown RA came to national prominence in the late 1950s with his large-scale bronze Meat Porters, commissioned for Harlow New Town, Essex and remains esteemed for his sensual, figurative ...more

Elizabeth Bower is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Elizabeth Bower age 39 - Elizabeth Bower is an English actress, best known for starring as Dr Melody Bell in Doctors from 2007 to 2009.

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Ron Tree is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Leeds
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Charles Henry Schwanfelder is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Charles Henry Schwanfelder Died at 63 (1774-1837) - Charles Henry Schwanfelder was an English animal, landscape and portrait painter. Schwanfelder was born and died in Leeds. He was the son of a German decorative painter and started out helping ...more

Peter Walker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Peter Walker Died at 72 (1912-1984) - Peter Douglas Conyers Walker was a British racing driver. He was born in Leeds, Yorkshire and died in Newtown, Worcestershire. Based in Herefordshire, Walker enjoyed success in both circuit ...more

John Hawkshaw is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Leeds
John Hawkshaw Died at 80 (1811-1891) - Sir John Hawkshaw, was an English civil engineer.

Alfred Austin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Alfred Austin Died at 78 (1835-1913) - Alfred Austin DL was an English poet who was appointed Poet Laureate in 1896, after an interval following the death of Tennyson, when the other candidates had either caused controversy or ...more

Danny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Danny Jackson age 36 - Danny Jackson is an English central defender/sweeper who last played for the Seattle Sounders, and served as captain from 2004-2008.

Gemma Bonner is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Gemma Bonner age 24 - Gemma Bonner is an English football defender. In November 2012 she signed for Liverpool Ladies of the FA WSL, after beginning her career with hometown club Leeds United then spending two seasons ...more