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Famous People From Reading

Updated June 8, 2017 6.3k views381 items

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

    BirthplaceReading, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known... more on Wikipedia

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  • Kate Winslet

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    Kate Elizabeth Winslet, (born 5 October 1975) is an English actress. She is particularly... more on Wikipedia

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  • Natalie Dormer

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    Natalie Dormer (born 11 February 1982) is an English actress. Born in Berkshire, she was... more on Wikipedia
  • Sam Mendes

    Sam Mendes

    Age: 55

    BirthplaceSouth East England, Eurasia, Reading, United Kingdom, England

    Samuel Alexander Mendes (born 1 August 1965) is an English film director, film producer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Will Young

    Will Young

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceWokingham, United Kingdom

    William Robert Young (born 20 January 1979) is a British singer-songwriter and actor from... more on Wikipedia

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  • Keith Haring

    Keith Haring

    Dec. at 32 (1958-1990)

    BirthplaceReading, Pennsylvania

    Keith Allen Haring (May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990) was an American artist whose pop art and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Lucy Benjamin

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    Lucy Benjamin (born Lucy Jane Baker, 25 June 1970) is an English actress. She has played Lisa... more on Wikipedia
  • Meg Foster

    Meg Foster

    Age: 72

    BirthplaceReading, USA, Pennsylvania

    Margaret Foster (born May 10, 1948) is an American actress who had roles in the TV miniseries... more on Wikipedia
  • Michael Constantine

    BirthplaceReading, USA, Pennsylvania

    Michael Constantine (born May 22, 1927) is an American actor of Greek descent.He is most... more on Wikipedia
  • Doug Williams

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    Douglas Clayton Durdle (born 1 September 1972) is an English retired professional wrestler,... more on Wikipedia
  • Elizabeth Taylor

    Elizabeth Taylor

    Dec. at 79 (1932-2011)

    BirthplaceHampstead Garden Suburb, United Kingdom

    Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was a British-American... more on Wikipedia

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  • Megan Gallagher

    BirthplaceReading, USA, Pennsylvania

    Megan Gallagher (born February 6, 1960) is an American theater and television actor. Having... more on Wikipedia
  • Wallace Stevens

    Wallace Stevens

    Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)

    BirthplaceReading, Pennsylvania

    Wallace Stevens (October 2, 1879 – August 2, 1955) was an American modernist poet. He was born... more on Wikipedia

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  • Damien Kane

    BirthplaceReading, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Jillian Murray

    BirthplaceReading, USA, Pennsylvania

    Jillian Murray is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Portlyn on Sonny with a... more on Wikipedia
  • Brian Gibson

    Brian Gibson

    Dec. at 60 (1944-2004)

    BirthplaceSouth East England, Eurasia, Reading, United Kingdom, England

    Brian Gibson (22 September 1944 – 4 January 2004) was an English film director.
  • John Kendrick

    John Kendrick

    Dec. at 51 (1573-1624)

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    John Kendrick (1573 – 30 December 1624) was a prosperous English cloth merchant and patron of... more on Wikipedia
  • Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (24 August 1932 – 1 September 2017) was a British cardinal of the Roman... more on Wikipedia
  • Peter Brocco

    Dec. at 89 (1903-1992)

    BirthplaceReading, USA, Pennsylvania

    Carl Peter Brocco (January 16, 1903 – December 20, 1992) was an American screen and stage... more on Wikipedia
  • Ronald Millar

    Ronald Millar

    Dec. at 79 (1919-1998)

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    Sir Ronald Graeme Millar (12 November 1919 – 16 April 1998) was an English actor,... more on Wikipedia
  • Richard Vernon

    Richard Vernon

    Dec. at 72 (1925-1997)

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    Richard Evelyn Vernon (7 March 1925 – 4 December 1997) was an English actor. He appeared in... more on Wikipedia
  • David Gill

    David Gill

    Age: 63

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    David Alan Gill (born 5 August 1957) is British football executive, formerly chief executive... more on Wikipedia
  • Michael O'Pake

    Dec. at 70 (1940-2010)

    BirthplaceReading, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Michael A. O'Pake (February 2, 1940 – December 27, 2010) was an American politician who served... more on Wikipedia
  • Kevin Laffan

    Dec. at 81 (1922-2003)

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    Kevin Barry Laffan (24 May 1922, Reading, Berkshire – 11 March 2003, London) was a British... more on Wikipedia
  • Walter Francis Willcox

    Dec. at 103 (1861-1964)

    BirthplaceReading, Massachusetts

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