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Famous People From Reading

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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 Swift is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Reading
age 29
Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed ...more
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Reading
age 43
Kate Elizabeth Winslet, CBE, is an English actress and singer. She is the recipient of an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and a Grammy Award. She is the youngest person ...more
Natalie Dormer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Reading
age 37
Natalie Dormer is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Anne Boleyn in the Showtime series The Tudors, Irene Adler in Elementary, and Margaery Tyrell in the HBO series Game of ...more
Sam Mendes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Reading
age 53
Samuel Alexander "Sam" Mendes, CBE is an English stage and film director. He is best known for directing the comedy-drama film American Beauty, which earned him the Academy Award and ...more
Will Young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Reading
age 40
William Robert "Will" Young is a British singer-songwriter and actor who came to prominence after winning the 2002 inaugural series of the British music contest Pop Idol, making him ...more
Keith Haring is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Reading
Dec. at 32 (1958-1990)
Keith Allen Haring was an American artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s by expressing concepts of birth, death, sexuality, and war. ...more
Lucy Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Reading
age 48
Lucy Benjamin is an English actress.
Meg Foster is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Reading
age 70
Margaret "Meg" Foster is an American actress best known for her roles in the TV miniseries version of The Scarlet Letter and the films Ticket to Heaven, The Osterman Weekend and They
Michael Constantine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Reading
age 91
Michael Constantine is an American actor of Greek descent. He is probably now best known for his portrayal of Kostas "Gus" Portokalos, the Windex bottle-toting Greek father of Toula ...more
Doug Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Reading
age 46
Douglas Clayton Durdle is an English professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Doug Williams. He is best known for his work in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he was a oneā€“time ...more
Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Reading
Dec. at 79 (1932-2011)
Dame Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor, DBE was a British-born American actress. From her early years as a child star with MGM, she became one of the great screen actresses of ...more
Megan Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Reading
age 59
Megan Gallagher is an American actress. Her best-known roles are probably as Garry Shandling's wife on the HBO comedy The Larry Sanders Show, and as Catherine Black, wife of Frank Black on the ...more
Wallace Stevens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Reading
Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)
Wallace Stevens 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 life working as an executive for ...more
Damien Kane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Reading
age 58
Damien Kane is an American and retired professional wrestler and manager. He is best known for his appearances with the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based promotion Extreme Championship Wrestling ...more
Jillian Murray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Reading
age 34
Jillian Leigh Murray is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Portlyn on Sonny With a Chance, Olivia on MTV's Awkward, Gwen Adams in American High School, Lex Mitchell ...more
Brian Gibson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Reading
Dec. at 60 (1944-2004)
Brian Gibson was an English film director.
John Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Reading
Dec. at 51 (1573-1624)
John Kendrick was a prosperous English cloth merchant and patron of the towns of Reading and Newbury in Berkshire. Kendrick was born in Reading, Berkshire, possibly in Minster Street, in 1573 ...more
Cormac Murphy-O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Reading
age 86
Cormac Murphy-O'Connor is a retired bishop and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster and former President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and ...more
Peter Brocco is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Reading
Dec. at 89 (1903-1992)
Peter Brocco was an American film and TV character actor for nearly 60 years. He appeared as a criminal type in several episodes of Adventures of Superman. He holds the distinction of having ...more
Ronald Millar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Reading
Dec. at 79 (1919-1998)
Ronald Miller is an author.
Richard Vernon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Reading
Dec. at 72 (1925-1997)
Richard Vernon was a British actor. He appeared in many feature films and television programmes, often in aristocratic or supercilious roles. Prematurely balding and greying, Vernon settled in ...more
David Gill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Reading
age 61
David Alan Gill 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 G-14 management ...more
Michael O'Pake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Reading
Dec. at 70 (1940-2010)
Michael A. "Mike" O'Pake was a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate who represented the 11th District since his election in 1972. He had been the Democratic Whip in ...more
Kevin Laffan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Reading
Dec. at 81 (1922-2003)
Kevin Barry Laffan was an English playwright, screenwriter, author, actor and stage director. Laffan is best known for creating the ITV soap opera Emmerdale Farm, now titled Emmerdale. Raised in ...more
Walter Francis Willcox is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Reading
Dec. at 103 (1861-1964)
Walter Francis Willcox, Ph.D., LL.D. was an American statistician. He was born in Reading, Massachusetts, to William Henry Willcox and Anne Holmes Goodenow. He was graduated from Phillips ...more