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

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McKenzie Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Leicester
McKenzie Lee age 37 - McKenzie Lee is a British pornographic actress.

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Alison King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Alison King age 44 - Alison King is an English actress. She has had major television roles as Lynda Block in the Sky One television series Dream Team, and since 2006 as Carla Connor in the ITV soap opera Coronation ...more

Gok Wan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Gok Wan age 42 - Gok Wan is an English fashion consultant, author and television presenter, perhaps best known for his Channel 4 television programme How to Look Good Naked. Initially training in the performing ...more

Klimaszewski Twins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Klimaszewski Twins Diane and Elaine Klimaszewski are Polish American models better known as the Coors Light Twins. They are also actresses and were briefly members of World Championship Wrestling's Nitro Girls.

Jon Lord is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Jon Lord Died at 71 (1941-2012) - John Douglas "Jon" Lord was an English composer, pianist, and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep ...more

Ernest Gimson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Ernest Gimson Died at 55 (1864-1919) - Ernest William Gimson was an English furniture designer and architect. Gimson was described by the art critic Nikolaus Pevsner as "the greatest of the English architect-designers". ...more

James Densmore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Leicester
James Densmore Died at 69 (1820-1889) - James Densmore was a business associate of Christopher Sholes, who along with Carlos Glidden and Samuel W. Soule helped contribute to inventing one of the first practical typewriters at a ...more

Alan Walters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Alan Walters Died at 83 (1926-2009) - Professor Sir Alan Arthur Walters was a British economist, best known as the former Chief Economic Adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher from 1981 to 1983 and again in 1989 after his ...more

Julie Etchingham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Julie Etchingham age 46 - Julie Anne Etchingham is a British television newsreader and journalist with ITV News. A graduate of Newnham College, Cambridge, Etchingham joined the BBC as a trainee after completing her ...more

David Icke is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Leicester
David Icke age 64 - David Vaughan Icke is an English writer, public speaker and a former professional footballer and sports broadcaster. He promotes conspiracy theories about global politics and has written ...more

C. P. Snow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Leicester
C. P. Snow Died at 75 (1905-1980) - Charles Percy Snow, Baron Snow, Kt., CBE, was an English physical chemist and novelist who also served in several important positions in the British Civil Service and briefly in the UK ...more

Andy Nyman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Andy Nyman age 49 - Andy Nyman is an English actor and magician.

Martin J. Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Martin J. Taylor age 63 - Sir Martin John Taylor, FRS is a British mathematician and academic. He was professor of pure mathematics at the School of Mathematics, University of Manchester and, prior to its formation and ...more

Dale Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Dale Smith age 40 - Paul Dale Smith is a writer and playwright from Leicester, England but currently living and working in Greater Manchester. He writes under the name Dale Smith, and has had previous works ...more

Martin Hollis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Martin Hollis age 52 - Martin Hollis is a computer and video game designer and the founder and CEO of Zoonami. He has worked in the computer and video game industry since 1996 and was Head of Software at Rare. He was ...more

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Henry Nevinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Henry Nevinson Died at 85 (1856-1941) - Henry Woodd Nevinson was a British war correspondent during the Second Boer War and World War I, a campaigning journalist exposing slavery in western Africa, political commentator and ...more

Dion Dublin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Dion Dublin age 46 - Dion Dublin is an English former footballer and TV presenter. Born in Leicester, Leicestershire, he was capped four times for England. Dublin started his career as a centre-back with Norwich ...more

James Acheson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Leicester
James Acheson age 69 - James Acheson is a British costume designer. Born in Leicester, Acheson has a twin brother, Patrick. In the early 1950s, Acheson was a pupil at St. Marys Convent School, in Priory Street, ...more

Ben Shillito is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Ben Shillito age 37 - Ben Shillito is a screenwriter, film producer and casting director.

William Upham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Leicester
William Upham Died at 61 (1792-1853) - William Upham was a United States Senator from Vermont.

Samit Patel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Samit Patel age 31 - Samit Rohit Patel is an English cricketer of Indian descent. A right-handed batsman and a left-arm orthodox spin bowler, he plays first-class cricket for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. ...more

Brian Davison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Brian Davison Died at 66 (1942-2008) - Brian Davison, nicknamed "Blinky", was a British drummer, best known for his work in The Nice. He was born in Leicester and died in Horns Cross, Devon.

Louis Stone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Louis Stone Died at 64 (1871-1935) - Louis Stone was an Australian novelist and playwright. Stone was born in Leicester, England, baptized as William Lewis, son of William Stone, a basketmaker, and his wife Emma, née Tewkes. ...more

Josette Simon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Josette Simon age 55 - Josette Patricia Simon OBE is a British actor from Leicester of Antiguan descent. She trained for the stage at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Albert Knight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Albert Knight Died at 74 (1872-1946) - Albert Ernest Knight was an English professional cricket player. He was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys. From 1895 until 1912 he played for Leicestershire as a somewhat dour ...more

David Barnes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Leicester
David Barnes age 39 - David Michael Barnes is a rugby union prop for Bath Rugby in the Guinness Premiership. Barnes was educated at Nevill Holt, Sedbergh School and Durham University. Whilst at Durham, he competed ...more

Andy Hunter° is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Andy Hunter° age 41 - Andy Hunter is a British Christian DJ and composer of electronic dance music.

Gwyneth Rees is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Gwyneth Rees age 47 - Gwyneth Rees is a British author of children's books. Her novel The Mum Hunt won the Red House Children's Book Award for Younger Readers in 2004, and another, My Mum's from Planet Pluto, was ...more

John Hunting is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Leicester
John Hunting age 80 - John Hunting is an English former football referee who operated in the Football League and for FIFA. During his time on the List he was based in Leicester, where he worked as a university

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Robin Platts is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Robin Platts age 66 - Robin Platts is a Canadian thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey. He began his jockey career at age 16 and went on to become the winner of the 1979 Sovereign Award for Outstanding ...more

Philip Voss is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Philip Voss age 79 - Philip Voss is a British stage, radio, film and television actor. He has played small roles since the 1960s, but more notable ones include roles in such as the 1964 Doctor Who serial, ...more

Lucy Hall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Lucy Hall age 23 - Lucy Hall is an English triathlete. As of 2012, Hall is 1.78 metres tall and weighs 60 kilograms. She is coached by Mark Pearce. She is studying towards a foundation degree in Sports Science and ...more

Damon Buffini is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Damon Buffini age 55 - Damon Buffini is an English businessman, who used to head the private equity company Permira.

Neville Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Neville Hamilton Died at 49 (1960-2009) - Neville Hamilton was an English footballer and coach. Hamilton, a native of Leicester, began his career at his hometown club Leicester City, making his debut against Manchester United on 27 ...more

Chris Seager is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Chris Seager age 66 - Chris Seager is a cinematographer.

Parmjit Singh Gill is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Parmjit Singh Gill age 49 - Parmjit Singh Gill is a British Liberal Democrat politician. As Member of Parliament for Leicester South from 2004 to 2005, he is the only ever ethnic-minority Liberal Democrat MP. He was first ...more

Suzanna Leigh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Suzanna Leigh age 70 - Suzanna Leigh is an English actress known for her film and television roles in the 1960s and 1970s.

Betty Driver is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Betty Driver Died at 91 (1920-2011) - Elizabeth Mary "Betty" Driver, MBE was an English actress, singer and author, best known for her role as Betty Williams on the British soap opera, Coronation Street from 1969-2011, ...more

Henry Ernest Atkins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Henry Ernest Atkins Died at 83 (1872-1955) - Henry Ernest Atkins was a British chess master who is best known for his unparalleled record of winning the British Chess Championship nine times in eleven attempts. He won every year from 1905 ...more

Frank Bale is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Frank Bale Died at 78 (1891-1969) - Frank Bale was an English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Leicestershire between 1920 and 1928. He was born and died at Leicester, Leicestershire. Bale was a professional ...more

Jamie Green is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Jamie Green age 33 - Jamie Green is a British professional racing driver. He is currently employed by Audi Sport Team Abt in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters touring car championship.

Jon Callard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Jon Callard age 49 - Jonathan Edward Brooks Callard is a coach at the Rugby Football Union's National Academy. He formerly played rugby union at fullback for Bath and England. He is the brother of ex-Newport RFC ...more

Ollie Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Ollie Smith age 33 - Oliver James Smith is a former English rugby union international and domestic head coach, having had a spell with Esher RFC. During his playing career, he played for Harlequins F.C. Rugby Club, ...more

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Joe Mattock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Joe Mattock age 26 - Joseph William "Joe" Mattock is an English footballer who currently plays as a defender for Sheffield Wednesday. Mattock is a graduate of the Leicester City youth academy and has also ...more

Joe Tucker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Joe Tucker age 49 - Joe Tucker is an actor.

Simon Welsford is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Simon Welsford age 44 - Simon Welsford is a screenwriter and a film director.

Chris Charsley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Chris Charsley Died at 81 (1864-1945) - Charles Christopher "Chris" Charsley was an English footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Small Heath and England, and a police officer who rose to the rank of Chief Constable.

Colin McAlpin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Colin McAlpin Died at 72 (1870-1942) - Colin McAlpin was an English composer, organist and writer of critical essays on music.

Michael Reed is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Michael Reed age 27 - Michael 'Mike' Thomas Reed is an English cricketer who is currently without a club. He is a right-handed batsman who bowls right-arm fast-medium pace. He was born in Leicester, Leicestershire. ...more

Tom Williamson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Tom Williamson age 31 - Tom Williamson is an English footballer, currently playing for Basingstoke Town. His contract at Grays Athletic was terminated by mutual consent on 3 August 2007. Following his release from ...more