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

Examples include Joseph Coates and Barry Middleton.

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

Jeremy Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Jeremy Clarkson age 57 - Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson is an English broadcaster, journalist and writer who specialises in motoring. He is best known for co-presenting the BBC TV show Top Gear with Richard Hammond and ...more

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Charles Laughton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Charles Laughton Died at 63 (1899-1962) - Charles Laughton was an English stage and film actor and director. Laughton was trained in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and first appeared professionally on the stage in 1926. In ...more

Louis Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Louis Tomlinson age 25 - Louis Tomlinson is a member of the musical group, One Direction.

James Mason is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
James Mason Died at 75 (1909-1984) - James Neville Mason was an English actor. After achieving stardom in his native Great Britain, he made the transition to the United States and became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, ...more

Zayn Malik is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Zayn Malik age 24 - Zain Javadd "Zayn" Malik is an English singer and songwriter, and a previous member of the boy band One Direction. In 2010, Malik auditioned as a solo artist for the British television ...more

Jessica Ennis-Hill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Jessica Ennis-Hill age 31 - Jessica Ennis-Hill, CBE, née Ennis, is a British track and field athlete, specialising in multi-eventing disciplines and 100 metres hurdles. A member of the City of Sheffield Athletic ...more

Dynamo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Dynamo age 34 - Steven Frayne, commonly known by his stage name "Dynamo", is an English magician, best known for his show Dynamo: Magician Impossible. Dynamo was born in Bradford, England.

Sophie Lowe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Sophie Lowe age 26 - Sophie Lowe is an actress.

Helen Sharman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Helen Sharman age 52 - Helen Patricia Sharman, OBE PhD, is a British chemist who became the first Briton in space and the first woman to visit the Mir space station in 1991. Sharman was born in Grenoside, Sheffield, ...more

David Hockney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
David Hockney age 79 - David Hockney, OM CH RA is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. He lives in Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, and Kensington, London. Hockney ...more

Savannah Gold is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Savannah Gold Died at 27 (1984-2011)

Harold Wilson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Harold Wilson Died at 79 (1916-1995) - James Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx, KG, OBE, FRS, FSS, PC was a British Labour Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1964 to 1970 and 1974 to ...more

Adrian Edmondson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Adrian Edmondson age 60 - Adrian Charles "Ade" Edmondson is an English comedian, actor, writer, musician, television presenter and director. He came to prominence in the early 1980s and was part of the ...more

Amy Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Amy Green age 28

William Kent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
William Kent Died at 63 (1685-1748) - William Kent was an eminent English architect, landscape architect and furniture designer of the early 18th century. Kent introduced the Palladian style of architecture into England with the ...more

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Peter Stringfellow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Peter Stringfellow age 75 - Peter James Stringfellow is a British businessman and nightclub owner.

John Obadiah Westwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
John Obadiah Westwood Died at 88 (1805-1893) - John Obadiah Westwood was an English entomologist and archaeologist also noted for his artistic talents. Born in Sheffield, he studied to be a lawyer but abandoned that for his scientific ...more

Gareth Gates is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Gareth Gates age 32 - Gareth Paul Gates is an English singer-songwriter. He was the runner-up in the first series of the ITV talent show Pop Idol. Gates has sold over 3.5 million records in the UK. He is also known ...more

John Elderfield is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
John Elderfield age 72 - John Elderfield was the Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, from 2003 to 2008.

John Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
John Hewitt Died at 81 (1880-1961) - John Hewitt was a South African zoologist and archaeologist of British origin. He was born in Dronfield nearby Sheffield, England, and died in Grahamstown, South Africa. He was the author of ...more

Naseem Hamed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Naseem Hamed age 43 - Naseem Hamed is a British former professional boxer from Sheffield, England. He is the former WBO, WBC, IBF, and Lineal featherweight champion, and European bantamweight champion. He also ...more

Angie Layne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Angie Layne Died at 22 (1969-1991) - Angela Layne is a glamour model who has appeared in the British tabloid, The Sun as a Page 3 girl.

Sacheverell Sitwell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Sacheverell Sitwell Died at 91 (1897-1988) - Sir Sacheverell Reresby Sitwell, 6th Baronet CH was an English writer, best known as an art critic, music critic, and writer on architecture, particularly the baroque. Dame Edith Sitwell and Sir ...more

Harry Wright is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Harry Wright Died at 60 (1835-1895) - William Henry "Harry" Wright was an English-born American professional baseball player, manager, and developer. He assembled, managed, and played center field for baseball's first ...more

John Alan Robinson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
John Alan Robinson age 87 - John Alan Robinson is a philosopher, mathematician and computer scientist. He is University Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University, United States. Alan Robinson's major contribution is to the ...more

Selina Scott is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Selina Scott age 65 - Selina Mary Scott is an English television presenter, who was a major figure in the launch of breakfast TV in the UK. Scott first came to public notice as a newsreader on ITV’s News at Ten ...more

Andrea Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Andrea Dunbar Died at 29 (1961-1990) - Andrea Dunbar was a British playwright best known for Rita, Sue and Bob Too, an autobiographical drama about the sexual adventures of teenage girls living in a run-down part of Bradford, West ...more

Stuart Reardon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Stuart Reardon age 35 - Stuart Reardon is an English fitness model and professional rugby league footballer who is currently playing for North Wales Crusaders. He plays as a fullback, wing or centre.

Brian Glover is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Brian Glover Died at 63 (1934-1997) - Brian Glover was an English character actor, writer and wrestler. Glover was a professional wrestler, teacher, and finally a film, television and stage actor. He once said, "You play to ...more

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Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond age 72 - Brenda Marjorie Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE, QC, PC, FBA is a British legal academic, barrister, judge, and Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. In 2004, she ...more

James Cusack is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
James Cusack age 30

Charles Frederick Crisp is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Charles Frederick Crisp Died at 51 (1845-1896) - Charles Frederick Crisp was a United States political figure. A Democrat, he was elected as a Congressman from Georgia in 1882, and served until his death in 1896. From 1890 until his death, he ...more

George W. Buckley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
George W. Buckley age 68 - Sir George William Buckley is a British businessman. He is the former Chairman, President, and Chief Executive of 3M. He was named to these positions on December 7, 2005. Buckley came to 3M from ...more

Gloria De Piero is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Gloria De Piero age 43 - Gloria De Piero is a British Labour Party politician and journalist who has been the Member of Parliament for Ashfield since 2010. She was previously known for her work on GMTV.

John Gatenby Bolton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
John Gatenby Bolton Died at 71 (1922-1993) - John Gatenby Bolton FRS was a British-Australian astronomer from Sheffield, England. He attended King Edward VII School, followed by Trinity College, Cambridge from 1940 to 1942, during which ...more

Effie Bancroft is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Effie Bancroft Died at 82 (1839-1921) - Marie Effie Wilton, Lady Bancroft was an English actress and theatre manager. She appeared onstage as Marie Wilton until after her marriage in December 1867 to Squire Bancroft, when she usually ...more

Jon Harris is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Jon Harris age 48 - Jon Harris is a film editor and director.

Marti Caine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Marti Caine Died at 50 (1945-1995) - Marti Caine, born Lynne Denise Shepherd was an English actress, dancer, presenter, singer, writer, and comedienne who gained fame from the television talent show New Faces and became a major ...more

Jim Carter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Jim Carter age 68 - Jim Carter is an English actor. Carter's film credits include Top Secret!, A Month in the Country, A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia, The Madness of King George, Richard III, Brassed Off, ...more

Eliza Carthy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Eliza Carthy age 40 - Eliza Carthy MBE is an English folk musician known for both singing and playing fiddle. She is the daughter of English folk musicians singer/guitarist Martin Carthy and singer Norma Waterson.

Murder of Sharon Beshenivsky is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Murder of Sharon Beshenivsky PC Sharon Beshenivsky was a West Yorkshire Police constable shot dead by a criminal gang during a robbery in Bradford on 18 November 2005, becoming the seventh female police officer in Great ...more

Anita Rani is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Anita Rani age 38 - Anita Rani is an English radio and television presenter and journalist of Indian descent.

John Braine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
John Braine Died at 64 (1922-1986) - John Gerard Braine was an English novelist. Braine is usually associated with the Angry Young Men movement.

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Simon Easterby is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Simon Easterby age 40 - Simon Easterby is a former Irish rugby union footballer. He is currently the forwards coach for the Ireland national rugby union team.

George Layton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
George Layton age 74 - George Layton is an English actor, director, screenwriter and author. He was educated at Belle Vue Boys' Grammar School in Bradford and studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where ...more

Stuart Zender is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Stuart Zender age 41 - Stuart Patrick Jude Zender is an English bassist, songwriter and record producer. He is best known for being the original bass player for Jamiroquai.

Victoria Glendinning is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Victoria Glendinning age 79 - Victoria Glendinning, CBE, is a British biographer, critic, broadcaster and novelist; she is an Honorary Vice-President of English PEN, a winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, was ...more

Harry Gration is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Harry Gration age 65 - Harry Gration, MBE is a journalist and broadcaster based in Leeds. He is one of the main anchors for the BBC Yorkshire regional magazine programme Look North. Born in Bradford, West Riding of ...more

Innes Ireland is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Innes Ireland Died at 63 (1930-1993) - Robert McGregor Innes Ireland, was a British military officer, engineer, and motor racing driver. He was a larger-than-life character who, according to a rival team boss, "lived without ...more

Ken Draper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Yorkshire
Ken Draper age 73 - Kenneth Draper (1944 -) is a British sculptor.