Famous People Born In Bristol

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Cary Grant
(One of the Leading Men of Classic Hollywood Cinema)
Cary Grant
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Birthdate: January 18, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: November 29, 1986

Considered one of the greatest actors ever, Cary Grant’s good looks, popular appeal and a knack for romantic comedy made him an enduring Hollywood star from the 1930s to the 1960s. Penny Serenade, An Affair to Remember, To Catch a Thief, North by Northwest and Charade are some of his classic films. He was bestowed an honorary Oscar in 1970.

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Maisie Williams
(English Actress Who Portrayed Arya Stark on the HBO Series 'Game of Thrones')
Maisie Williams
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Birthdate: April 5, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries

English actress Maisie Williams shot to international fame with her debut role as Arya Stark in HBO’s medieval fantasy epic series Game of Thrones. She continued to entertain audience in the successive seasons of the series. Simultaneously, she has appeared in other projects like the movies, The Falling, The New Mutants , and the TV series, Doctor Who.

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Banksy
(Graffiti Artist)
Banksy
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Birthdate: 1974 AD

Speaking to world through his spray paints and stencils, Banksy is a popular, though anonymous, graffiti artist. He has a unique style that includes stenciling technique and is known for delivering satirical political and social messages. With fans all over the world, this mysterious artist’s works are worth millions of pounds.

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Stephen Merchant
(Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Radio personality, Film actor)
Stephen Merchant
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Birthdate: November 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Known for co-writing The Office, British comedian Stephen Merchant was born to a nurse mother and a plumber father. He began his career with the radio and then stepped into stand-up comedy. Over the years, he has used his 6’7” frame to the best in his performances.

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Lando Norris
(British Race Car Driver)
Lando Norris
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 13, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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James May
(TV Presenter)
James May
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Birthdate: January 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn

James May is an English journalist and television presenter. May is known for co-presenting the popular factual television show Top Gear alongside Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson. James May is credited with co-founding the independent TV production company W. Chump and Sons.

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Paul Dirac
(One of the Most Significant Physicists of the 20th Century and Nobel Laureate)
Paul Dirac
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 8, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: October 20, 1984

English theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Paul Dirac OM FRS, counted among leading physicists of the 20th century, made fundamental contributions in the early development of quantum electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. He derived the Dirac equation while the modern theory of antimatter began with one of his papers. His book The Principles of Quantum Mechanics remains an influential monograph on the subject.

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Judd Trump
(English Professional Snooker Player and Former World Champion)
Judd Trump
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Keren Woodward
(Singer-Songwriter and Founding Member of the Girl Group ‘Bananarama’)
Keren Woodward
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Keren Woodward soared to fame as part of the pop group Bananarama, along with Sara Dallin and Siobhan Fahey. They delivered Billboard Hot 100-charting tracks such as Venus. Keren later performed with Sara as a duo and also briefly reunited with Siobhan. Keren is also a trained pianist.
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Hannah Murray
(Actress)
Hannah Murray
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Birthdate: July 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Russell Howard
(Comedian)
Russell Howard
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Birthdate: March 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries

English comedian, TV presenter, radio presenter, and actor Russell Howard is best known for hosting the TV show Russell Howard's Good News. Though he studied economics at the University of the West of England, Bristol, he had no interest in pursuing a career in the field and shifted to performing comedy and hosting TV shows instead.  

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Veronica Cartwright
(British-American Actress Who is Known for Appearing in Science Fiction and Horror Films)
Veronica Cartwright
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Birthdate: April 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus

Known for her supporting roles, the American actress has appeared in numerous films and television series in her six-decade-long career since her debut as a child artist in 1961. Born in England, Veronica Cartwright is particularly known for her role in the Philip Kaufman-directed sci-fi Invasion of the Body Snatchers. She is the elder sister of noted actress Angela Cartwright.

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Nik Kershaw
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)
Nik Kershaw
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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William Penn
(Writer)
William Penn
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 14, 1644
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 30, 1718

William Penn was a writer and one of the earliest members of the Quakers. He is credited with founding the Province of Pennsylvania. He also oversaw the planning and development of the city of Philadelphia. Penn has several universities and schools named in his honor, including the William Penn University in Iowa. 

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Kevin McNally
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Birthdate: April 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus

Kevin McNally is best known for playing Joshamee Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise. He also voiced Robert Faulkner in the video game Assassin's Creed III. He has played Shakespearean characters such as King Lear on stage and has appeared as Bernard Ingham in The Crown.

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Damien Hirst
(Artist)
Damien Hirst
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini

Artist Damien Hirst first gained fame in the 1980s. A master of conceptual art, he creates everything from paintings and installations to sculptures and drawings, with topics ranging from mortality and beauty to rebirth and technology. One of his creations featured dead animals preserved in formaldehyde, while another featured rows of multicolored spots.

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Alice Evans
(Actress)
Alice Evans
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Birthdate: August 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Robert Stephens
(Actor)
Robert Stephens
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Birthdate: July 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: November 12, 1995
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Tuppence Middleton
(Actress)
Tuppence Middleton
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Birthdate: February 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Tom Hollander
(Best Known for His Portrayal of Mr. Collins in the Film ‘Pride & Prejudice')
Tom Hollander
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Birthdate: August 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo

Tom Hollander is an English actor best known for his roles in the films Pirates of the Caribbean and In the Loop. He grew up in a family with an academic and musical background and developed an early interest in dramatics. He began his career as a stage actor and then entered TV and films as well. 

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Paul Potts
(Tenor Singer)
Paul Potts
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
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Kimberley Nixon
(Actress)
Kimberley Nixon
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Birthdate: September 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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David Prowse
(British Actor and Weightlifter)
David Prowse
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: November 28, 2020
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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Michael Redgrave
(Actor)
Michael Redgrave
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Birthdate: March 20, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: March 21, 1985
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Sara Dallin
(Pop Singer and a Founding Member of the Music Group Bananarama)
Sara Dallin
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Chris Morris
(Writer)
Chris Morris
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Birthdate: September 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo

Chris Morris is an English actor and filmmaker. He is known for his deadpan dark humor and surrealism and often dabbles in controversial subjects in his works. Along with radio producer Armando Iannucci, he created the TV show The Day Today, which went on to be hailed as one of the most important satirical shows of the 1990s. 

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Lee Evans
(Stand-up comedian)
Lee Evans
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Birthdate: February 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces

Known for his hit Roadrunner tour, English comedian Lee Evans has also appeared in movies such as The Fifth Element and There's Something About Mary. After gaining immense fame for his slapstick and physical humor, he retired in 2014. In 2021, he was spotted in public, riding a bicycle, after years.

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Claudia Fragapane
(British Artistic Gymnast)
Claudia Fragapane
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 24, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Apart from 4 Commonwealth gold medals, British artistic gymnast Claudia Fragapane has also earned 3 European Championship silver medals and two World Championship bronze medals. She also reached the semi-finals of the reality show Strictly Come Dancing at 18, the second-youngest public figure on the show ever.

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Robert Del Naja
(Musician, Songwriter)
Robert Del Naja
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Jenny Jones
(British Professional Snowboarder)
Jenny Jones
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer

British snowboarder Jenny Jones, especially known for winning Great Britain's first Olympic medal on the snow, rather than on ice, learned to ski before switching to snowboarding. Eventually she started representing her country in various international competitions, winning medals, making history by finishing third at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, earning a bronze medal in the women's slopestyle event.

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Ben Collins
(Racing Driver and Winner of the 2003 ASCAR Championship)
Ben Collins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius

British racing-driver Ben Collins has competed in several categories including Formula Three and has won the 2003 ASCAR Championship. He has worked as precision-driver in many films including driving James Bond's car in Casino Royale and appeared in shows like Top Gear. He was revealed to be Stig from the Top Gear show during a court-battle over his impending autobiography.  

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Ian Holloway
(Football manager)
Ian Holloway
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 12, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Chris Mason
(English Former Professional Darts Player)
Chris Mason
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Jo Durie
(Former World No. 5 Tennis Player)
Jo Durie
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo

Once ranked world number five, British tennis player Jo Durie has two Grand Slam titles in her kitty. She is a seven-time British National Singles winner and a nine-time British National Doubles winner. Post-retirement, she has been working as a coach and a BBC and Eurosport commentator.

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William Rees-Mogg
(Journalist)
William Rees-Mogg
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Birthdate: July 14, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 29, 2012
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Jack Butland
(Association football player)
Jack Butland
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Tricky
(British Record Producer and Rapper)
Tricky
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Isaac Rosenberg
(Poet)
Isaac Rosenberg
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Birthdate: November 25, 1890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: April 1, 1918
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Robin Cousins
(Former British Competitive Figure Skater and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Robin Cousins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Beth Gibbons
(English Singer-Songwriter and Member of the Trip Hop Band 'Portishead')
Beth Gibbons
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Singer and lyricist of the English band Portishead, Beth Gibbons was at her family’s farm in Exeter and grew up shunning modern lifestyle or education. Throughout her career, she has collaborated with many artists. She has also been a judge at the Independent Music Award.

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Jack Thorne
(Screenwriter, Writer)
Jack Thorne
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Polly Parsons
(Television presenter)
Polly Parsons
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Birthdate: February 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Robert Southey
(Former poet of the Romantic school, and Poet laureate from 1813 until his death)
Robert Southey
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 12, 1774
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: March 21, 1843
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Briony May Williams
(Chef Who Appeared on Series 9 of The Great British Bake Off 2018)
Briony May Williams
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: 1984 AD
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Richard Lynn
(psychologist, university teacher)
Richard Lynn
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Birthdate: 1930 AD
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Russ Conway
(Musician, Pianist, Songwriter)
Russ Conway
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 2, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: November 16, 2000
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Emily Blackwell
(Physician)
Emily Blackwell
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: October 8, 1826
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: September 7, 1910
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Thomas Lawrence
(Painter)
Thomas Lawrence
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Birthdate: April 13, 1769
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: January 7, 1830
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Samuel Barnett
(Actor)
Samuel Barnett
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Birthdate: April 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Thomas Chatterton
(Former Poet whose best known poem, O synge untoe mie roundelaie was set to a five-part madrigal by Samuel Wesley)
Thomas Chatterton
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 20, 1752
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: August 24, 1770