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

List features people like Bernard Meadows, Shane Herbert.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Norfolk?" or "Which celebrities were born in Norfolk?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Rupert Everett is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 58 Rupert James Hector Everett is an English actor and writer. He first came to public attention in 1981, when he was cast in Julian Mitchell's play and subsequent film Another Country as an openly ...more

Ed Schultz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 64 Ed Shultz is an actor.

Caroline Cossey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 63 Caroline "Tula" Cossey is an English model. She is one of the world's most well known trans women, having appeared in a James Bond film and been the first to pose for Playboy. Since ...more

Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 38 Plaxico Antonio Burress, is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Steelers eighth overall in the 2000 NFL Draft and later played for the New York Giants and the New ...more

Cathy St. George is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 63 Cathy St. George is an actress.

Lea Masters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 54 Lea Masters is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Vanuatu.

George VI is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 57 (1895-1952) George VI was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the ...more

Ella Baker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 83 (1903-1986) Ella Josephine Baker was an African-American civil rights and human rights activist. She was a largely behind-the-scenes organizer whose career spanned over five decades. She worked alongside ...more

Liam Kyle Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 44 Liam Kyle Sullivan is an American comedian, actor, and director. Sullivan has made several guest appearances on television programs—including Gilmore Girls, 8 Simple Rules, and Alias—but is best ...more

Grant Gustin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 25 Thomas Grant Gustin, better known as Grant Gustin, is an American actor and singer. He is known for his roles as Sebastian Smythe on the Fox series Glee and as Barry Allen / Flash on the CW ...more

Fred Ottman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 61 Fred Ottman is a retired American professional wrestler best known as Tugboat or Typhoon, and for teaming with John "Earthquake" Tenta as The Natural Disasters in the World Wrestling ...more

Samuel Mason is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 64 (1739-1803) Samuel Mason or Meason was a Revolutionary War, Virginia militia captain on the American western frontier, who following the war, became the leader of a gang of river pirates and highwaymen on ...more

General Norman Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 69 (1941-2010) General Norman Johnson was the frontman of Chairmen of the Board and an American rhythm and blues songwriter and record producer.

Ed Balls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 51 Edward Michael Balls is a British Labour Party and Co-operative Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Morley and Outwood since 2010, and is the current Shadow Chancellor of ...more

Prince George, Duke of Kent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 40 (1902-1942) Prince George, Duke of Kent KG KT GCMG GCVO was a member of the British Royal Family, the fourth son and fifth child of King George V and Queen Mary, and younger brother of Kings Edward VIII and ...more

Robert Walpole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 69 (1676-1745) Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, KG, KB, PC, known before 1742 as Sir Robert Walpole, was a British statesman who is generally regarded as the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. Although ...more

Scott Travis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 56 Scott Travis is a Grammy Award winning American rock musician, best known as the drummer for the English heavy metal band Judas Priest and the American heavy metal band Racer X.

Joe Weatherly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 42 (1922-1964) Joseph Herbert "Joe" Weatherly was a two-time NASCAR championship driver. Weatherly was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2009 after winning NASCAR's Grand ...more

Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 54 Bruce Bernard Smith is a former American football defensive end for the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He was a member of the Buffalo Bills teams that ...more

Harriet Martineau is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 74 (1802-1876) Harriet Martineau was an English social theorist and Whig writer, often cited as the first female sociologist. Martineau wrote many books and a multitude of essays from a sociological, holistic, ...more

Peter Child is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 64 Peter Burlingham Child is an American composer, teacher, and musical analyst. He is Professor of Music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a composer in residence with the New ...more

Peter Wisoff is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 59 Peter Jeffrey Kelsay Wisoff is an American physicist and former NASA astronaut. Wisoff qualified as mission specialist and flew in four manned Space Shuttle missions, with his first launch in ...more

Curtis Strange is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 63 Curtis Northrup Strange is an American professional golfer. He is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. He spent over 200 weeks in the top-10 of the Official ...more

Matthew Vassar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Matthew Vassar Died at 76 (1792-1868) Matthew Vassar was an English-born American brewer and merchant. He founded the eponymous Vassar College in 1861. He was a cousin of John Ellison Vassar.

John Haines is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 87 (1924-2011) John Haines was an American poet and educator who had served as the poet laureate of Alaska. John Meade Haines, who was born in Juneau, Alaska, published nine collections of poetry. He was ...more

Kam Chancellor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 29 Kameron Darnel Chancellor is an American football strong safety for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Virginia Tech, and was drafted by ...more

Frances Burney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 88 (1752-1840) Frances Burney, also known as Fanny Burney and after her marriage as Madame d'Arblay, was an English novelist, diarist and playwright. She was born in Lynn Regis, now King's Lynn, England, on 13 ...more

Olav V of Norway is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 88 (1903-1991) Olav V was the King of Norway from 1957 until his death. A member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, Olav was the son of Haakon VII and Maud of Wales. He became heir ...more

Gary Fleder is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 52 Gary Fleder is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. His most recently completed film Homefront was released by Open Road Films and Millennium Films in November 2013.

Rebecca Nurse is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 71 (1621-1692) Rebecca Towne Nurse was executed for witchcraft by the government of the Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England in 1692, during the Salem witch trials. She was the wife of Francis Nurse, ...more

Ray Copeland is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 58 (1926-1984) Ray Copeland was an American jazz trumpet player and teacher.

Dorothy Celeste Boulding Fereb... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 82 (1898-1980) Dorothy Celeste Boulding Ferebee was an African-American physician and activist.

Matthew Pinsent is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 47 Sir Matthew Clive Pinsent, CBE is an English rower and broadcaster. During his rowing career, he won 10 world championship gold medals and four consecutive Olympic gold medals, of which three ...more

Murray Leinster is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 79 (1896-1975) Murray Leinster was a nom de plume of William Fitzgerald Jenkins, an award-winning American writer of science fiction and alternate history. He wrote and published more than 1,500 short stories ...more

Cathy Dennis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 49 Catherine Roseanne "Cathy" Dennis is a British singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. After a moderately successful international solo career, Dennis later received great ...more

Julian Jarrold is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 57 Julian Edward Peter Jarrold, born in Norwich, Norfolk, is a BAFTA Award-nominated English film and television director.

Delores G. Kelley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 81 Delores Goodwin Kelley is an American politician from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party. She is currently serving in her 4th term in the Maryland State Senate, representing ...more

Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucest... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 74 (1900-1974) Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester KG KT KP GCB GCMG GCVO was a soldier and third son of King George V and Queen Mary. He was appointed potential regent for his niece, Princess Elizabeth, when his ...more

Miles Corbet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 67 (1595-1662) Miles Corbet was an English politician, recorder of Yarmouth and Regicide.

Daniel Francis Bloy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Norfolk

Jodi Rell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 71 Mary Jodi Rell is an American former Republican politician and the 87th Governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut from 2004 until 2011. Rell also served as the state's 85th Lieutenant Governor, ...more

Richard Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 83 (1929-2012) Richard Michael "Kip" Carpenter was an English television screenwriter, author and actor who created a number of British television series, including Robin of Sherwood and Catweazle. ...more

H. Rider Haggard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
H. Rider Haggard Died at 69 (1856-1925) Sir Henry Rider Haggard, KBE — known as H. Rider Haggard — was an English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a pioneer of the Lost World literary ...more

Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 54 Pernell Whitaker, nicknamed "Sweet Pea," is a professional boxing trainer and retired American professional boxer. Whitaker was the lightweight silver medalist at the 1982 World ...more

Prince John of the United King... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Died at 14 (1905-1919) Prince John of the United Kingdom was the fifth son and youngest of the six children of King George V and his wife, Queen Mary. At the time of John's birth, his father was the Prince of Wales ...more

Jimmie Massie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 59 James P. "Jimmie" Massie III is an American politician of the Republican Party. Since 2008 he has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. He currently represents the 72nd ...more

Tim Reid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 73 Timothy L. "Tim" Reid is an American actor, comedian and film director best known for his roles in prime time American television programs, such as Venus Flytrap on WKRP in Cincinnati, ...more

Rob Estes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 54 Robert "Rob" Estes is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Harry Wilson on the teen drama series 90210, as Sgt. Chris Lorenzo on the crime drama series Silk Stalkings, and ...more

Roger Lancelyn Green is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
Roger Lancelyn Green Died at 69 (1918-1987) Roger Lancelyn Green was a British biographer and children's writer. He was an Oxford academic who formed part of the Inklings literary discussion group along with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R.

Craig Murray is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Norfolk
age 59 Craig John Murray is a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, and was Rector of the University of Dundee. While at the embassy in Tashkent, he accused the Karimov administration of human ...more