Famous People From Wakefield

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

This list is made up of a variety of people, including Royal Little and Jane Tomlinson.

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

    John W. Mitchell

    Dec. at 88 (1917-2005)
    • Birthplace: Wakefield, United Kingdom
    John W. Mitchell was a sound mixer and sound recordist.
  • George Gissing
    Dec. at 46 (1857-1903)
    • Birthplace: Wakefield, United Kingdom
    George Robert Gissing (; 22 November 1857 – 28 December 1903) was a British novelist who published 23 novels between 1880 and 1903. Gissing also worked as a teacher and tutor throughout his life. He ...more
  • David Dellinger
    Dec. at 88 (1915-2004)
    • Birthplace: Wakefield, USA, Massachusetts
    David T. Dellinger (August 22, 1915 – May 25, 2004) was an influential American radical pacifist and an activist for nonviolent social change. He achieved peak notoriety as one of the Chicago Seven, ...more
  • Johnny Longden
    Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)
    • Birthplace: Wakefield, United Kingdom
    John Eric "Johnny" Longden (February 14, 1907 – February 14, 2003) was an American Hall of Fame jockey who was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England. His father emigrated to Canada in 1909, settling ...more
  • John A. Volpe
    Dec. at 85 (1908-1994)
    • Birthplace: Wakefield, Massachusetts, USA
    John Anthony Volpe (; December 8, 1908 – November 11, 1994) was an American businessman, diplomat, and politician from Massachusetts. A self-made son of Italian immigrants, he founded and owned a ...more
  • Carleton S. Coon
    Dec. at 76 (1904-1981)
    • Birthplace: Wakefield, Massachusetts
    Carleton Stevens Coon (June 23, 1904 – June 3, 1981) was an American physical anthropologist, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, lecturer and professor at Harvard ...more