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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
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
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Leeds
age 31
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
age 39
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
age 45
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
age 68
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
age 60
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
age 50
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
age 78
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
age 34
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
age 41
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
age 30
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
age 54
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 73
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
Dec. 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
age 78
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
Barry Cryer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Leeds
age 83
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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 50
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
Dec. 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
age 89
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 22
Alfie Barker is a film director, screenwriter, cinematographer and film editor.