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

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Stephen Hawking is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Age: 77

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Stephen William Hawking (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the ...more

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Clara Barton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Dec. at 91 (1821-1912)

Birthplace: Oxford, Massachusetts

Clarissa Harlowe Barton (December 25, 1821 – April 12, 1912) was a pioneering American nurse who founded the American Red Cross. She was a hospital nurse in the American Civil War, a teacher, ...more

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Vivian Stanshall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Dec. at 52 (1943-1995)

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Vivian Stanshall (born Victor Anthony Stanshall; 21 March 1943 – 5 March 1995) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, author, poet and wit, best known for his work with the Bonzo Dog ...more
Emma B is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Age: 48

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Emma Louise Boughton (born 27 November 1970 in Oxford, Oxfordshire), better known as Emma B, is a radio presenter in the UK.
Miriam Margolyes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Age: 77

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Miriam Margolyes, (; born 18 May 1941) is a British-Australian actress and voice artist. Her earliest roles were in theatre and after several supporting roles in film and television she won a ...more

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Lucy Gordon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Dec. at 29 (1980-2009)

Birthplace: England, Oxford

Lucy Gordon (22 May 1980 – 20 May 2009) was an English actress and model. She became a face of CoverGirl in 1997 before starting an acting career. Her first film was Perfume in 2001 before going ...more
Joseph Mawle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Age: 44

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Joseph Daniel Turner Mawle (born 21 March 1974) is an English actor. Mawle is best known for his roles as Benjen Stark in Game of Thrones, Detective Inspector Jedediah Shine in Ripper Street, ...more
Dorothy L. Sayers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Dorothy L. Sayers Dec. at 64 (1893-1957)

Birthplace: South East England, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Oxford, England, + more

Dorothy Leigh Sayers (; 13 June 1893 – 17 December 1957) was an English crime writer and poet. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best known for her mysteries, a ...more
Angela McGlowan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Age: 48

Birthplace: Oxford, Mississippi

Angela McGlowan (born March 2, 1970) is an American political commentator, best selling author, and CEO of Political Strategies & Insights (PSI), a government affairs, political strategy, ...more
Heather Angel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Dec. at 77 (1909-1986)

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Heather Grace Angel (9 February 1909 – 13 December 1986) was a British actress.
Adam Clayton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Age: 58

Birthplace: Chinnor, United Kingdom

Adam Charles Clayton (born 13 March 1960) is an English-born Irish musician who is the bass guitarist of the rock band U2. He has resided in County Dublin, Ireland since his family moved to ...more

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Claire Marshall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Age: 44

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Claire Victoria Marshall (born 1975) is an English journalist who works for BBC News. After leaving Chew Valley Comprehensive and then Blundell's School, Devon in 1993, she read for a law degree ...more
Jonny Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Jonny Greenwood Age: 47

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

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Thomas Harriot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Dec. at 61 (1560-1621)

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Thomas Harriot (Oxford, c. 1560 – London, 2 July 1621), also spelled Harriott, Hariot or Heriot, was an English astronomer, mathematician, ethnographer and translator who made advances within ...more
Nathan Bedford Forrest I... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Dec. at 59 (1872-1931)

Birthplace: Oxford, Mississippi

Nathan Bedford Forrest II was the grandson of Confederate Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest, a pioneering leader of the Ku Klux Klan, and father of Brigadier General Nathan Bedford ...more
Richard of Wallingford ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Dec. at 44 (1292-1336)

Birthplace: Wallingford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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Mark Heap is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Mark Heap Age: 61

Birthplace: India, Kodaikanal

Mark Heap (born 13 May 1957) is an English actor, best known for his roles in television comedies such as Brass Eye, Big Train, Jam, Green Wing, Upstart Crow and Friday Night Dinner.
J. B. S. Haldane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Dec. at 72 (1892-1964)

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

John Burdon Sanderson Haldane (; 5 November 1892 – 1 December 1964) was a British-Indian scientist known for his work in the study of physiology, genetics, evolutionary biology, and mathematics. ...more
Tristram Cary is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Tristram Ogilvie Cary, OAM (14 May 1925 – 24 April 2008), was a pioneering English-Australian composer. He was also active as a teacher and music critic.
Laura Mulvey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Age: 77

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Laura Mulvey (born 15 August 1941) is a British feminist film theorist. She was educated at St Hilda's College, Oxford. She is currently professor of film and media studies at Birkbeck, ...more
Orlando Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Dec. at 42 (1583-1625)

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Orlando Gibbons ( (listen); baptised 25 December 1583 – 5 June 1625) was an English composer, virginalist and organist of the Elizabethan (late Tudor) and early Jacobean periods. Due to his ...more
John O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Dec. at 34 (1960-1994)

Birthplace: Oxford, Ohio

John O'Brien (May 21, 1960 – April 10, 1994) was an American author. His first novel, Leaving Las Vegas, was published in 1990 by Watermark Press and made into a film of the same name in 1995.
Georgie Born is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Age: 63

Birthplace: Wheatley, United Kingdom

Georgina Emma Mary Born, is a British academic, anthropologist and musician. As a musician she is known as Georgie Born and is known for her work in Henry Cow and with Lindsay Cooper.
John Richard Green is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Dec. at 46 (1837-1883)

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

John Richard Green (12 December 1837 – 7 March 1883) was an English historian.
Colin Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Oxford
Age: 49

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Colin Charles Greenwood (born 26 June 1969) is an English musician and the bassist for the alternative rock band Radiohead. Along with his younger brother, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, ...more