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Famous People From Leicester

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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
age 39
McKenzie Lee is a British pornographic actress.
Alison King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Leicester
age 45
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
age 44
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
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 49
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
age 66
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
Dec. 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
age 52
Andy Nyman is an English actor and magician.
Martin J. Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Leicester
age 67
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
age 42
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
age 56
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
Henry Nevinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Henry Nevinson Dec. 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
age 49
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
age 73
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
age 40
Ben Shillito is a screenwriter, film producer and casting director.
William Upham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Leicester
Dec. 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 34
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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
age 58
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 Dec. 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