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Famous People From Yorkshire

Updated June 14, 2019 18.4k views996 items
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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.
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  • BirthplaceDoncaster, England

    Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born 11 April 1960) is an English broadcaster, journalist and writer who specialises in motoring. He is best known for co-presenting the motoring programmes Top Gear,...  more

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  • Charles Laughton

    Dec. at 63 (1899-1962)

    BirthplaceScarborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

    Charles Laughton (1 July 1899 – 15 December 1962) was an English stage and film actor. Laughton was trained in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and first appeared professionally on the...  more

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  • BirthplaceDoncaster, England

    Louis William Tomlinson (24 December 1991) is an English singer, songwriter and television personality. He rose to fame as a member of the boy band One Direction after beginning his career as an...  more

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  • James Mason

    Dec. at 75 (1909-1984)

    BirthplaceHuddersfield, United Kingdom

    James Neville Mason (; 15 May 1909 – 27 July 1984) was an English actor. Mason achieved considerable success in British cinema before becoming one of Hollywood's biggest stars. He was the top box...  more

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  • Zayn Malik

    Age: 28

    BirthplaceBradford, United Kingdom

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  • BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill (born 28 January 1986) is a retired British track and field athlete from England, specialising in multi-eventing disciplines and 100 metres hurdles. As a competitor in...  more
  • Dynamo

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceBradford, England

    Steven Frayne (born 17 December 1982), better known by his stage name Dynamo, is an English magician born in Bradford, West Yorkshire. His television show Dynamo: Magician Impossible ran from July...  more
  • BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

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    Helen Patricia Sharman, CMG, OBE, HonFRSC (born 30 May 1963) is a chemist who became the first British cosmonaut and the first woman to visit the Mir space station in May 1991....  more
  • BirthplaceBradford, United Kingdom

    David Hockney, (born 9 July 1937) is an English painter, draftsman, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer. As an important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered...  more

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  • Harold Wilson

    Dec. at 79 (1916-1995)

    BirthplaceHuddersfield, United Kingdom

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  • BirthplaceBradford, United Kingdom

    Adrian Charles Edmondson (born 24 January 1957) is an English comedian, actor, musician and television presenter. He was part of the alternative comedy boom in the early 1980s and had roles in the...  more
  • William Kent

    Dec. at 63 (1685-1748)

    BirthplaceBridlington, United Kingdom

    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 villa at...  more
  • BirthplaceSheffield, England

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  • John Obadiah Westwood

    Dec. at 87 (1805-1893)

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    John Obadiah Westwood (22 December 1805 – 2 January 1893) was an English entomologist and archaeologist also noted for his artistic talents. Born in Sheffield, he studied to be a lawyer but abandoned...  more
  • BirthplaceBradford, United Kingdom

    Gareth Paul Gates (born 12 July 1984) 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...  more
  • BirthplaceYorkshire, United Kingdom

    John Elderfield (born 25 April 1943) was Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, from 2003 to 2008. He is currently the Allen R. Adler, Class of 1967,...  more
  • John Hewitt

    Dec. at 80 (1880-1961)

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    John Hewitt (23 December 1880 – 4 August 1961) was a South African zoologist and archaeologist of British origin. He was born in Dronfield, Derbyshire, England, and died in Grahamstown, South...  more
  • BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

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  • Sacheverell Sitwell

    Dec. at 90 (1897-1988)

    BirthplaceScarborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

    Sir Sacheverell Reresby Sitwell, 6th Baronet (; 15 November 1897 – 1 October 1988) was an English writer, best known as an art critic, music critic (his books on Mozart, Liszt, and Domenico...  more
  • Harry Wright

    Dec. at 60 (1835-1895)

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    William Henry "Harry" Wright (January 10, 1835 – October 3, 1895) was an English-born American professional baseball player, manager, and developer. He assembled, managed, and played center field for...  more
  • BirthplaceYorkshire, United Kingdom

    John Alan Robinson (9 March 1930 – 5 August 2016) was a philosopher, mathematician, and computer scientist. He was a professor emeritus at Syracuse University. Alan Robinson's major contribution is...  more
  • BirthplaceScarborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

    Selina Mary Scott (born 13 May 1951) is a British television presenter who was co-presenter of the first breakfast television programme in the UK before crossing the Atlantic to join West 57th, a...  more
  • Andrea Dunbar

    Dec. at 29 (1961-1990)

    BirthplaceBradford, United Kingdom

    Andrea Dunbar (22 May 1961 – 20 December 1990) was an English playwright. She wrote The Arbor (1980) and Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1982), an autobiographical drama about the sexual adventures of teenage...  more
  • BirthplaceBradford, United Kingdom

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