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Famous People

Where to start? There are too many to do justice to everyone ‘famous’ from Yorkshire. But here are just a few to start with -

 

  • Sir Thomas Allbut 1836-1925 Doctor
  • Sir Edward Appleton 1892-1965 Physicist
  • John Arden 1930- Playwright
  • Dicken Ashworth 1946- Actor
  • Joseph Aspdin 1788-1855 Inventor of Portland cement
  • Herbert Asquith 1852-1928 Prime Minister 1908-1916
  • W H Auden 1907-1973 Poet
  • Donald Bailey 1901-85 Inventor of Bailey bridge
  • Dame Janet Baker
  • Keith Baron 1934- Actor
  • John Barry 1933- Composer
  • William Bateson 1861-1926 Geneticist
  • Alan Bennett 1934- Writer
  • Phyllis Bentley 1894-1977 Writer
  • Rodney Bewes 1938- Actor
  • Brian Blessed 1936- Actor
  • David Blunkett 1947- Labour politician
  • Baroness Boothroyd
  • Gordon Bottomley 1874-1948 Poet
  • Frederick Bower 1855-1948 Botanist
  • William Bradford
  • John Braine 1922-1986 Writer
  • Joseph Bramah
  • Harry Brearley
  • Henry Briggs
  • Anne, Charlotte and Emily Bronte More>>
  • Marti Caine 1944-1995 Comedian
  • Alistair Campbell 1957- Journalist
  • Ian Carmichael 1920- Comedian
  • Frank Carr 1858-1916 Composer
  • Sir George Cayley 1773-1857 Inventor
  • Bruce Chatwin 1940-89 Writer
  • Thomas Chippendale More>>
  • Brian Clough Footballer
  • Sir John Cockcroft
  • Joe Cocker 1944- Singer
  • William Congreve
  • Captain James Cook 1728-1779 Explorer
  • Tom Courteney 1937- Actor
  • John Curwen
  • Henry Dawson 1811-1878 Artist
  • Kiki Dee 1947- Singer
  • Frederick Delius More>>
  • Judi Dench 1934- Actress
  • Reece Dinsdale 1959- Actor
  • Margaret Drabble 1939- writer
  • Adrian Edmonson 1957- Actor
  • Sir William Empson 1906-1984 Poet
  • William Etty 1787-1849 Artist
  • General Sir Thomas Fairfax
  • Guy Fawkes (1570-1606)
  • Dame Honor Fell 1900-1986 Biologist
  • John Firth 1890-1960 Linguist
  • St John Fisher
  • John Flaxman 1755-1826 Artist
  • Lesley Garrett Singer
  • George Gissing 1857-1903 Novelist
  • Sir Harry Godwin 1901-1985 Botantist
  • Sir Robert Hadfield 1858-1940 Metallurgist
  • Joseph Hansom 1803-1882 Architect and inventor of the Hansom cab
  • William Hague Politician
  • Barbara Harrison & the GCs
  • John Harrison
  • Tony Harrison 1937- Poet
  • Roy Hattersley 1932- Labour politician
  • Denis Healey 1917- Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Barbara Hepworth 1903-75 Sculptress
  • Patrick Heron 1920-1999 Artist
  • Barry Hines 1939- Writer
  • Alan Hinkes
  • David Hockney More>>
  • CSM Stanley Hollis VC
  • Frankie Howerd 1921-1992 Comedian
  • John Hoyland 1934- Artist
  • Sir Fred Hoyle 1915-2001 Astronomer
  • Ted Hughes 1930- Poet
  • Sir Edward Hulton 1906-1988 Journalist
  • Sir Leonard Hutton Cricketer
  • Tony Jacklin 1944- Golfer
  • Amy Johnson 1903-41 Aviator
  • Henry Kettlewell 1907-1979 Entomologist
  • Tom Kilburn 1921-2001 computer Engineer
  • Hannah Kilham 1774-1832 Liguist
  • Ben Kingsley 1943- Actor
  • Charles Laughton 1899-1962 Actor
  • Kenneth Leighton 1929-1988 Composer
  • Maureen Lipman 1946- Actress
  • John Mackintosh 1868-1920
  • Andrew Marvell
  • James Mason 1909-1984 Actor
  • Malcolm McDowell 1943- Actor
  • John Metcalfe 1717-1810 Road engineer
  • Gertie Millar 1879-1952 Actress
  • Edward Milne 1896-1950 Astrophysicist
  • Henry Moore 1898-1986
  • Adrian Moorhouse Swimmer
  • Nevill Mott 1905-1996 Physicist
  • Adelaide Neilson 1846-1880 Actor
  • Phil Oakey 1955- Singer
  • Michael Palin 1943- Comedian
  • Robert Palmer Musician
  • Julia Pardoe 1806-1862 Writer
  • Michael Parkinson
  • Donald Pleasance 1919-1995 Actor
  • Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers
  • George Porter 1920-2002 Chemist
  • Joseph Priestley 1733-1804 Chemist
  • J B (John Boyton) Priestley
  • J Arthur Rank
  • Sir Owen Richardson 1879-1959 Physicist
  • Diana Rigg 1938- Actress
  • Brian Robinson Cyclist
  • Lord Rockingham
  • Neil Rollinson 1960- Poet
  • Jean Rook 1931-1991 Journalist
  • Sir Michael Sadler
  • Sir Titus Salt Industrialist
  • Sir James 'Jimmy' Saville 1926-2012 DJ
  • Arthur Scargill Trade Union Leader
  • Helen Sharman 1963- First Briton in space
  • Percy Shaw 1890-1976 Invented 'cats eyes'
  • Henry Sidgwick 1838-1900 Philosopher
  • Dame Judith Sitwell 1887-1964 Poet
  • John Smeaton
  • Harvey Smith 1938- Equestrian
  • Stevie Smith 1902-1971 Poet
  • Patrick Stewart 1940- Actor
  • Elaine Storkey 1944- Writer
  • Mollie Sugden 1922- Actress (Famous as Mrs. Slocombe)
  • Samuel Sugden 1892-1950 Chemist
  • Mick Sullivan 1934- Rugby player
  • Freddie S Trueman Cricketer
  • John E Walker 1941- Chemist
  • James Ward 1843-1925 Philosopher
  • Mortimer Wheeler Historian
  • Richard Whiteley Presenter
  • William Wilberforce 1759-1833
  • William Williamson 1816-1895 Paleobotanist
  • Harold Wilson Prime Minister
  • Penelope Wilton 1946- Actor
  • Sir Almroth Edward Wright
  • John Wycliffe

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