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Famous People From Yorkshire

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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

    BirthplaceDoncaster, England

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  • Charles Laughton

    Charles Laughton

    Dec. at 63 (1899-1962)

    BirthplaceScarborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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  • Louis Tomlinson

    BirthplaceDoncaster, England

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  • James Mason

    James Mason

    Dec. at 75 (1909-1984)

    BirthplaceHuddersfield, United Kingdom

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  • Zayn Malik

    Zayn Malik

    Age: 27

    BirthplaceBradford, United Kingdom

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  • Jessica Ennis-Hill

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

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  • Dynamo


    Age: 37

    BirthplaceBradford, United Kingdom

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  • Sophie Lowe

    BirthplaceSheffield, England

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  • Helen Sharman

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    Helen Patricia Sharman, CMG, OBE, HonFRSC (born 30 May 1963) is a chemist who became the first...  more
  • David Hockney

    BirthplaceBradford, United Kingdom

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  • Harold Wilson

    Harold Wilson

    Dec. at 79 (1916-1995)

    BirthplaceHuddersfield, United Kingdom

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  • Adrian Edmondson

    BirthplaceWest Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Eurasia, United Kingdom, England

    Adrian Charles Edmondson (born 24 January 1957) is an English comedian, actor, musician and...  more
  • William Kent

    William Kent

    Dec. at 63 (1685-1748)

    BirthplaceBridlington, United Kingdom

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  • Peter Stringfellow

    BirthplaceSheffield, England

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  • John Obadiah Westwood

    John Obadiah Westwood

    Dec. at 88 (1805-1893)

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    John Obadiah Westwood (22 December 1805 – 2 January 1893) was an English entomologist and...  more
  • Gareth Gates

    BirthplaceBradford, United Kingdom

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  • John Hewitt

    Dec. at 81 (1880-1961)

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

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  • Naseem Hamed

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

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  • Sacheverell Sitwell

    Dec. at 91 (1897-1988)

    BirthplaceScarborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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  • Harry Wright

    Harry Wright

    Dec. at 60 (1835-1895)

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

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  • John Alan Robinson

    BirthplaceYorkshire, United Kingdom

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  • Selina Scott

    BirthplaceScarborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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  • Andrea Dunbar

    Andrea Dunbar

    Dec. at 29 (1961-1990)

    BirthplaceBradford, United Kingdom

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  • Stuart Reardon

    BirthplaceBradford, United Kingdom

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