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Famous People From Leeds

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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
Age: 43

Birthplace: Harehills, United Kingdom

Melanie Janine Brown (born 29 May 1975), known professionally as Mel B, is an English singer, songwriter, rapper, television personality, and author. Brown rose to prominence in the 1990s as a ...more

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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Age: 31

Birthplace: Saint Michael Parish, Barbados

Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, record producer, businesswoman, fashion designer, actress and philanthropist. She is known for embracing various ...more

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Corinne Bailey Rae is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Age: 39

Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom

Corinne Jacqueline Bailey Rae (née Bailey; born 26 February 1979) is a British singer and songwriter from Leeds. Bailey Rae was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2006 in ...more

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Gabby Logan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Age: 45

Birthplace: Leeds, England

Gabrielle Nicole Logan (née Yorath; born 24 April 1973) is a British presenter and a former international rhythmic gymnast who is best known for her presenting roles with BBC Sport and ...more
Jeremy Paxman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Age: 68

Birthplace: England, Leeds

Jeremy Dickson Paxman (born 11 May 1950) is a British broadcaster, journalist, author, and television presenter. Born in Leeds, Paxman was educated at Malvern College and St Catharine's College, ...more
Vic Reeves is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Age: 60

Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom

James Roderick Moir (born 24 January 1959), better known by the stage name Vic Reeves, is an English comedian, artist, actor and television presenter, best known for his double act with Bob ...more

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Julian Barratt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Age: 50

Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom

Julian Barratt Pettifer (born 4 May 1968) is an English comedian, actor, musician, and record producer. He is best known as a member of the surreal comedy troupe The Mighty Boosh, primarily for ...more

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John Craven is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Age: 78

Birthplace: England, Leeds

John Raymond Craven, (born 16 August 1940) 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
Age: 34

Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom

Amrita Hunjan (born 25 June 1984) is a British-Indian model and singer. She is known for being a singer in the R'n'B/pop band Rouge. Amrita is also known in the British Asian community for being ...more
Nick Hodgson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Age: 41

Birthplace: England, Leeds

Nicholas James David "Nick" Hodgson (born 20 October 1977) is a drummer, backing vocalist, and songwriter, formerly of English indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs. He attended St. Mary's ...more
Rachael Cairns is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Age: 30

Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom

Rachael Cairns (born 11 August 1988) 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 ...more
Andrew Lippa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Age: 54

Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom

Andrew Lippa (born December 22, 1964) 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: 73

Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom

Michael Henry Nattrass FRICS (born 14 December 1945) is a British politician who was a Member of the European Parliament, representing the West Midlands constituency, from 2004 to 2014. He was ...more
Jack Birkett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Dec. at 76 (1934-2010)

Birthplace: England, Leeds

Jack Birkett (11 June 1934 – 10 May 2010) 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 ...more
Jack Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Age: 78

Birthplace: England, Leeds

Jack Shepherd (born 29 October 1940) is an English actor, playwright, theatre director, saxophone player and jazz pianist. He is known for his television roles, most notably the title role in ...more
Barry Cryer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Age: 83

Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom

Barry Charles Cryer, OBE (born 23 March 1935) is an English writer, comedian and actor. Cryer has written for many noted performers, including Dave Allen, Stanley Baxter, Jack Benny, Rory ...more
Oliver O. Howard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Dec. at 79 (1830-1909)

Birthplace: Leeds, Maine

Oliver Otis Howard (November 8, 1830 – October 26, 1909) 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, ...more
Herbert Hall Turner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Dec. at 69 (1861-1930)

Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom

Herbert Hall Turner FRS (13 August 1861, Leeds – 20 August 1930, Stockholm) was a British astronomer and seismologist.
James Frain is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Age: 50

Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom

James Dominic Frain (born 14 March 1968) is an English stage and screen actor. His best known roles include those of Thomas Cromwell in the TV series The Tudors (2007–2009), vampire Franklin ...more

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Ivan Noble is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Dec. at 38 (1967-2005)

Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom

Ivan Noble (June 1967 – 31 January 2005) 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 ...more
Keith Usherwood Ingold ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Age: 89

Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom

Keith Usherwood Ingold, (born 31 May 1929) 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) 22 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Dec. at 55 (1955-2010)

Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom

Peter Martin Christopherson (also known as Sleazy, 27 February 1955 – 25 November 2010) was a musician, video director, commercial artist, designer and photographer, and former member of British ...more
Ivor Wood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Dec. at 72 (1932-2004)

Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom

Ivor Sydney Wood (4 May 1932 – 13 October 2004) was a prolific Anglo-French stop motion director, producer, animator and writer known for his work on children's television series.Born in Leeds ...more
Alfie Barker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Age: 22

Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom

Alfie Barker is a film director, screenwriter, cinematographer and film editor.
Alan Baddeley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Leeds
Age: 85

Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom

Alan David Baddeley, CBE, FRS, FMedSci (born 23 March 1934) is a British psychologist. He is professor of psychology at the University of York. He is known for his work on working memory, in ...more