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Who Is The Most Famous Riley In The World?

Updated March 8, 2021 444 votes 22 voters 6.8k views55 items

List RulesVote up everyone you recognize with the last name Riley.

How many celebrities with the last name Riley can you think of? The famous Rileys below have many different professions, including notable actors with the last name Riley, famous musicians named Riley, and even athletes named Riley.

Amber Riley is certainly one of the most famous Rileys on this list. One of the famous actresses with the last name Riley, she is best known for playing Mercedes Jones on Glee. She won Dancing with the Stars in 2013 and served as a judge on the series Let It Shine.

Another of the famous people with the last name Riley is Boots Riley. He is the lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club. He directed his first film, Sorry to Bother You, in 2018.

Did we forget one of your favorite famous people with the last name Riley? Just add them to the list. Then be sure to vote up all of the celebrities with the surname Riley that you've heard of! 

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    Amber Riley

    1986-02-15

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Amber Patrice Riley (born February 15, 1986) is an American actress, singer and author. She is best known for her portrayal of Mercedes Jones on the Fox comedy-drama series Glee (2009–2015). For her...  more

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    Boots Riley

    1971-01-01

    GenderMale

    Raymond Lawrence Riley (born April 1, 1971), better known by his stage name Boots Riley, is an American rapper, producer, screenwriter, film director, and activist. He is the lead vocalist of The...  more

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    Charlotte Riley

    1981-12-29

    BirthplaceGrindon, England, UK

    GenderFemale

    Charlotte Frances Riley (born 29 December 1981) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Sarah Hurst in Easy Virtue, Catherine Earnshaw in ITV's adaptation of Wuthering Heights and in...  more
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    Madison Riley

    1990-03-16

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Madison Riley Aplanalp, better known as Madison Riley, is an American actress....  more
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    Rachel Riley

    1986-01-11

    BirthplaceRochford, United Kingdom

    GenderFemale

    Rachel Annabelle Riley (born 11 January 1986) is an English television presenter and mathematician. She co-presents the Channel 4 daytime puzzle show Countdown and its comedy spin-off 8 Out of 10...  more
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    Sam Riley

    1980-01-08

    BirthplaceMenston, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    Samuel Peter W. Riley (born 8 January 1980) is an English actor and singer. He is best known for his performance in the 2007 biographical film Control about the life of Ian Curtis, as protagonist Sal...  more
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    Talulah Riley

    1985-09-26

    BirthplaceHertfordshire, United Kingdom

    GenderFemale

    Talulah Jane Riley-Milburn (born 26 September 1985), known professionally as Talulah Riley, is an English actress. She has appeared in films such as Pride & Prejudice, St Trinian's, The Boat That...  more
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    Lisa Riley

    1976-06-13

    BirthplaceBury, United Kingdom

    GenderFemale

    Lisa Jane Riley (born 13 July 1976 in Bury, Greater Manchester) is an English actress and television presenter. Riley portrayed Mandy Dingle in the television soap opera Emmerdale between 1995 and...  more
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    Steve Riley

    1956-01-22

    BirthplaceRevere, Massachusetts, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Steve Riley (born January 22, 1956 in Revere, Massachusetts) is an American rock and glam metal drummer, best known being the drummer of L.A. Guns and W.A.S.P.....  more
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    BirthplaceStamford, Texas, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Jeannie C. Riley (born Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson; October 19, 1945) is an American country music and gospel singer. She is best known for her 1968 country and pop hit "Harper Valley PTA" (written by...  more

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    Bridgett Riley

    1973-05-13

    BirthplaceOakville, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    For the painter, see Bridget Riley.Bridgett Riley (born May 13, 1973) is a female boxer and motion picture stuntwoman from Oakville, Missouri. While working as an airline attendant, she decided to...  more
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    Terry Riley

    1935-06-24

    BirthplaceColfax, California

    GenderMale

    Terrence Mitchell Riley (born June 24, 1935) is an American composer and performing musician associated with the minimalist school of 20th century music, of which he was a pioneer. Influenced by both...  more
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    Jack Riley

    1935-12-30

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameJack Riley

    John Albert Riley Jr. (December 30, 1935 – August 19, 2016) was an American actor and comedian. He was known for playing Elliot Carlin on The Bob Newhart Show and for voicing Stu Pickles in the...  more
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    Gina Riley

    1961-05-06

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    GenderFemale

    Gina Riley (born 6 May 1961) is an Australian actress, writer, singer and comedian....  more
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    Marc Riley

    1961-07-10

    BirthplaceManchester, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    Marc Riley (born 10 July 1961 in Manchester) is an English radio DJ, alternative rock critic and musician. He currently presents on BBC Radio 6 Music. Formerly a member of the Fall, he had his own...  more
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    Alex Riley

    1981-04-28

    BirthplaceFairfax Station, Virginia

    GenderMale

    Kevin Robert Kiley Jr. (born April 28, 1981) is an American professional wrestler and commentator best known for his tenure with WWE under the ring name Alex Riley. He was a participant in the second...  more
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    Herlin Riley

    1957-02-15

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    GenderMale

    Herlin Riley (born February 15, 1957) is an American jazz drummer and a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis. A native of New Orleans, Riley started on the drums when...  more
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    Ben Riley

    1933-07-17

    BirthplaceSavannah, Georgia, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Benjamin Alexander Riley Jr. (July 17, 1933 – November 18, 2017) was an American jazz drummer known for his work with Thelonious Monk, as well as Alice Coltrane, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Eddie...  more
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    Billy Lee Riley

    1933-10-05

    BirthplacePocahontas, Arkansas

    GenderMale

    Billy Lee Riley (October 5, 1933 – August 2, 2009) was an American rockabilly musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer. His most memorable recordings include "Rock With Me Baby", "Flyin'...  more
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    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Edward Theodore Riley (born October 8, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist credited with the creation of the new jack swing genre. (Riley credits Barry...  more
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    Teddy Riley

    1924-05-10

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    GenderMale

    Theodore "Teddy" Riley (10 May 1924 – 14 November 1992) was a jazz trumpet player and bandleader. On occasion he also sang and played flugelhorn. Riley was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he...  more

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    Larry Riley

    1953-06-20

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

    GenderMale

    Larry Riley (June 20, 1953 – June 6, 1992) was an American actor and musician, best known for his role as C.J. Memphis in the film A Soldier's Story (1984) and as Frank Williams in the prime-time TV...  more
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    Robert Christopher Riley

    1980-10-11

    BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameRobert Christopher Riley

    Robert Christopher Riley is an African-American film, television, and stage actor. He may be best known for his roles as "Terrence Wall" on Vh1 hit television drama series Hit The Floor, and for...  more
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    Tom Riley

    1981-04-05

    BirthplaceMaidstone, England, UK

    GenderMale

    Tom Riley (born April 5 1981) is an English actor, producer and director....  more
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    Bridget Riley

    1931-04-24

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    GenderFemale

    Bridget Louise Riley (born 24 April 1931) is an English painter who is one of the foremost exponents of Op art. She currently lives and works in London, Cornwall and the Vaucluse in France....  more