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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

    BirthplaceHarehills, United Kingdom

    Melanie Janine Brown (born 29 May 1975), known professionally as Mel B, is an English singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Rihanna


    Age: 32

    BirthplaceSaint Michael Parish, Barbados

    Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, record... more on Wikipedia

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  • Corinne Bailey Rae

    BirthplaceLeeds, United Kingdom

    Corinne Jacqueline Bailey Rae (née Bailey; born 26 February 1979) is a British singer and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Gabby Logan

    BirthplaceLeeds, United Kingdom

    Gabrielle Nicole Logan (née Yorath; born 24 April 1973) is a British presenter and a former... more on Wikipedia
  • Jeremy Paxman

    BirthplaceEngland, Leeds

    Jeremy Dickson Paxman (born 11 May 1950) is a British broadcaster, journalist, author, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Vic Reeves

    Vic Reeves

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceLeeds, United Kingdom

    James Roderick Moir (born 24 January 1959), better known by the stage name Vic Reeves, is an... more on Wikipedia
  • Julian Barratt

    BirthplaceEngland, Leeds

    Julian Barratt Pettifer (born 4 May 1968) is an English comedian, actor, musician, and record... more on Wikipedia

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  • John Craven

    BirthplaceEngland, Leeds

    John Raymond Craven, (born 16 August 1940) is an English journalist and television presenter,... more on Wikipedia
  • BirthplaceLeeds, United Kingdom

    Amrita Hunjan (born 25 June 1984) is a British-Indian model and singer. She is known for being... more on Wikipedia
  • BirthplaceEngland, Leeds

    Nicholas James David "Nick" Hodgson (born 20 October 1977) is a drummer, backing vocalist, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Rachael Cairns

    BirthplaceLeeds, United Kingdom

    Rachael Cairns (born 11 August 1988) is a British model and actress. She is best known for... more on Wikipedia
  • Andrew Lippa

    BirthplaceLeeds, United Kingdom

    Andrew Lippa (born December 22, 1964) is an American composer, lyricist, book writer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Mike Nattrass

    Mike Nattrass

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceLeeds, United Kingdom

    Michael Henry Nattrass FRICS (born 14 December 1945) is a British politician who was a Member... more on Wikipedia
  • Jack Birkett

    Jack Birkett

    Dec. at 76 (1934-2010)

    BirthplaceEngland, Leeds

    Jack Birkett (11 June 1934 – 10 May 2010) was a British dancer, mime artist, actor and singer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Jack Shepherd

    BirthplaceEngland, Leeds

    Jack Shepherd (born 29 October 1940) is an English actor, playwright, theatre director,... more on Wikipedia
  • Barry Cryer

    BirthplaceEngland, Leeds

    Barry Charles Cryer, OBE (born 23 March 1935) is an English writer, comedian and actor. Cryer... more on Wikipedia
  • Oliver O. Howard

    Oliver O. Howard

    Dec. at 79 (1830-1909)

    BirthplaceLeeds, Maine

    Oliver Otis Howard (November 8, 1830 – October 26, 1909) was a career United States Army... more on Wikipedia
  • Herbert Hall Turner

    Herbert Hall Turner

    Dec. at 69 (1861-1930)

    BirthplaceLeeds, United Kingdom

    Herbert Hall Turner FRS (13 August 1861, Leeds – 20 August 1930, Stockholm) was a British... more on Wikipedia
  • James Frain

    BirthplaceLeeds, United Kingdom

    James Dominic Frain (born 14 March 1968) is an English stage and screen actor. His best known... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ivan Noble

    Ivan Noble

    Dec. at 38 (1967-2005)

    BirthplaceLeeds, United Kingdom

    Ivan Noble (June 1967 – 31 January 2005) was a British journalist who worked for BBC News... more on Wikipedia
  • BirthplaceLeeds, United Kingdom

    Keith Usherwood Ingold, (born 31 May 1929) is a British chemist. He was born to Sir... more on Wikipedia
  • Peter Christopherson

    Peter Christopherson

    Dec. at 55 (1955-2010)

    BirthplaceLeeds, United Kingdom

    Peter Martin Christopherson (also known as Sleazy, 27 February 1955 – 25 November 2010) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Ivor Wood

    Dec. at 72 (1932-2004)

    BirthplaceWest Yorkshire, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Leeds, England

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  • BirthplaceLeeds, United Kingdom

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  • Alan Baddeley

    BirthplaceLeeds, United Kingdom

    Alan David Baddeley, CBE, FRS, FMedSci (born 23 March 1934) is a British psychologist. He is... more on Wikipedia