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Famous People From Reading

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

Examples of people on this list: David Gill, Alexander Ross Clarke and more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Reading?" or "Which celebrities were born in Reading?" then this list is a great resource for you.
  • Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage. Born and raised ...more
  • Kate Elizabeth Winslet, (born 5 October 1975) is an English actress. She is particularly known for her work in period dramas and tragedies, and is often drawn to portraying troubled women. Winslet ...more
  • Natalie Dormer (born 11 February 1982) is an English actress. Born in Berkshire, she was educated at Chiltern Edge Secondary School and Reading Blue Coat School, and trained at the Webber Douglas ...more
  • Samuel Alexander Mendes (born 1 August 1965) is an English film director, film producer, screenwriter, and stage director best known for directing the drama film American Beauty (1999), which earned ...more
  • William Robert Young (born 20 January 1979) is a British singer-songwriter and actor from Wokingham, England, who came to prominence after winning the 2002 inaugural series of the ITV talent contest ...more
  • Keith Allen Haring (May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990) was an American artist whose pop art and graffiti-like work grew out of the New York City street culture of the 1980s.Haring's work grew to ...more
  • Lucy Benjamin (born Lucy Jane Baker, 25 June 1970) is an English actress. She has played Lisa Fowler in the BBC soap opera EastEnders intermittently between 1998 and 2019.
  • Margaret Foster (born May 10, 1948) is an American actress who had roles in the TV miniseries version of The Scarlet Letter and the films Ticket to Heaven, The Osterman Weekend, and They Live among ...more
  • Michael Constantine (born Gus Efstratiou (Ευστρατίου); May 22, 1927 – August 31, 2021) was an American actor. He is most widely recognized for his portrayal of Kostas "Gus" Portokalos, the Windex ...more
  • Douglas Clayton Durdle (born 1 September 1972) is an English retired professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Doug Williams. He is best known for his work in Total Nonstop Action ...more
  • Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was a British-American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian. She began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s, and ...more
  • Megan Gallagher (born February 6, 1960) is an American theater and television actor. Having studied at the Juilliard School under the supervision of John Houseman, Gallagher began her career on ...more
  • Wallace Stevens (October 2, 1879 – August 2, 1955) was an American modernist poet. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, educated at Harvard and then New York Law School, and he spent most of his ...more
  • Edward Bazzaza (born April 16, 1960), known by his ring name Damien Kane, is an American retired professional wrestler and manager. He is best known for his appearances with the Philadelphia, ...more
  • Jillian Murray is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Portlyn on Sonny with a Chance, Olivia on MTV's Awkward, Gwen Adams in American High School, Lex Mitchell in Forget Me Not, Brandi ...more
  • Brian Gibson (22 September 1944 – 4 January 2004) was an English film director.
  • John Kendrick (1573 – 30 December 1624) was a prosperous English cloth merchant and patron of the towns of Reading and Newbury in Berkshire.
  • Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (24 August 1932 – 1 September 2017) was a British cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop of Westminster and president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England ...more
  • Carl Peter Brocco (January 16, 1903 – December 20, 1992) was an American screen and stage actor. He appeared in over 300 credits, notably Spartacus (1960) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), ...more
  • Sir Ronald Graeme Millar (12 November 1919 – 16 April 1998) was an English actor, scriptwriter, and dramatist.After Charterhouse and studying at King's College, Cambridge, for a year, Millar joined ...more
  • Richard Evelyn Vernon (7 March 1925 – 4 December 1997) was an English actor. He appeared in many feature films and television programmes, often in aristocratic or supercilious roles. Prematurely ...more
  • David Alan Gill (born 5 August 1957) is British football executive, formerly chief executive of Manchester United and a vice-chairman of The Football Association. He served as vice-chairman of the ...more
  • Michael A. O'Pake (February 2, 1940 – December 27, 2010) was an American politician who served as a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 11th District from 1973 to 2010. He had ...more
  • Kevin Barry Laffan (24 May 1922, Reading, Berkshire – 11 March 2003, London) was a British playwright, screenwriter, author, actor and stage director. Laffan is best known for creating the ITV soap ...more
  • Walter Francis Willcox (March 22, 1861 – October 30, 1964) was an American statistician. He was born in Reading, Massachusetts, to William Henry Willcox and Anne Holmes Goodenow. He was graduated ...more