Famous People Born In Oxford

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Stephen Hawking
(Theoretical Physicist - First to Set Out a Theory of Cosmology)
Stephen Hawking
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 8, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: March 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking was an English theoretical physicist and cosmologist, who despite being afflicted motor neurone disease that severely limited his physical abilities, was able to build a phenomenally successful career. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking was ranked 25 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, in 2002.

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Hugh Laurie
(Known for His Role Dr. Gregory House on the TV series ‘House’)
Hugh Laurie
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Birthdate: June 11, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini

A Guinness record holder for the most-watched leading man on TV, three-time Golden Globe-winner and two-time SAG Award-winner Hugh Laurie has also dabbled in blues music and written a novel. From starting his career with sketch comedy, to winning the OBE and CBE, the actor/comedian has come a long way.

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Florence Pugh
(Actress)
Florence Pugh
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Birthdate: January 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Academy Award- and BAFTA-nominated English actor Florence Pugh is best known for her roles in films such as Black Widow and Little Women. She has also appeared in series such as Marcella and Hawkeye. Her struggle with tracheomalacia as a child contributed to her raspy voice.

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Miriam Margolyes
(Actress)
Miriam Margolyes
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Birthdate: May 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Theo James
(Actor)
Theo James
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Birthdate: December 16, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Theo James is best known for his award-winning role of "Four" Tobias Eaton in the Divergent series of films. Audiences also loved him in the series Bedlam and Golden Boy. Theo has also performed for the band Shere Khan and is devoted to the cause of Syrian refugees.
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John, King of England
(King of England (1199-1216))
John, King of England
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Birthdate: December 24, 1166
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 19, 1216

John, King of England reigned over England from 1199 to 1216. His inability to retain the French lands, which was acquired by King Philip II of France, contributed to the subsequent growth of the Capetian dynasty; this is widely regarded as a turning point in the history of Europe.

 7 
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
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Birthdate: April 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Gugu Mbatha-Raw is best known as Tish Jones from Doctor Who. She won multiple awards for her portrayal of Dido Elizabeth Belle in the film Belle. Fans also loved her in Larry Crowne and the series Touch. She is also a seasoned theater actor and has received the MBE.
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Jonny Greenwood
(Guitarist, Banjoist, Composer, Ondist, Multi-instrumentalist, Actor, Songwriter)
Jonny Greenwood
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex
(Noblewomen)
Sophie, Countess of Wessex
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 10 
David Oyelowo
(British actor)
David Oyelowo
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Birthdate: April 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
 11 
Ed O'Brien
(Guitarist)
Ed O'Brien
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 12 
Piers Anthony
(Author Best Known for His Long-Running Novel Series Set in the Fictional Realm of 'Xanth')
Piers Anthony
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 6, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo

Best known for his Xanth novels, such as Well-Tempered Clavicle and Esrever Doom, bestselling science fiction and fantasy author Piers Anthony was born to Quaker parents in Britain, who later settled in the U.S. He lives with his wife in a remote forest area in Central Florida.

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Jacqueline du Pré
(Cellist)
Jacqueline du Pré
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 26, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: October 19, 1987
 14 
Tim Henman
(British Former Professional Tennis Player)
Tim Henman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 6, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo

Tim Henman is a British former tennis player who won 15 ATP titles, including 11 singles titles. In 1996, he won a silver medal in the men's doubles event at the Atlanta Olympics. In 1998, Henman reached the semi-finals of the Wimbledon singles championship, becoming the first male player from the UK to do so since Roger Taylor in 1973.

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Colin Greenwood
(Musician)
Colin Greenwood
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Yasmin Le Bon
(Model)
Yasmin Le Bon
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: October 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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P. D. James
(Writer)
P. D. James
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: November 27, 2014
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J.B.S. Haldane
(British Scientist Who Developed the Mathematical Theory of Population Genetics and One of the Founders of ‘Neo-Darwinism’)
J.B.S. Haldane
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 5, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 1, 1964

British geneticist J.B.S. Haldane is remembered for his pioneering use of statistics in biology. A proponent of neo-Darwinism, he was the son of physiologist John Scott Haldane and had begun assisting his father at age 8. He later joined the British Communist Party and also moved to India.

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Charlotte Johnson Wahl
(Painter, Mother of Boris Johnson)
Charlotte Johnson Wahl
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: September 13, 2021

Artist Charlotte Johnson Wahl is the mother of British prime minister Boris Johnson and British journalist Rachel Johnson. She is known for her portraits and her signature style that mirrors the Vorticist style. Her creations have been featured at the Bethlem Museum of the Mind.

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Jamie Laing
(English TV Personality, Investor and Founder of ‘Candy Kittens’ Known for His TV Series ‘Made in Chelsea’)
Jamie Laing
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Birthdate: November 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Jamie Laing is an English entrepreneur and television personality. He is credited with founding Candy Kittens, a confectionery company. Apart from appearing in reality television series, such as Made in Chelsea, Jamie Laing also hosts a couple of podcasts. Also renowned for his dancing skills, Laing won the runner-up trophy in the 18th series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2020.

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Dorothy L. Sayers
(English crime writer and poet.)
Dorothy L. Sayers
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 13, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 17, 1957
 22 
Emily Berrington
(Actress)
Emily Berrington
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Birthdate: December 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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E. P. Thompson
(British Historian, Writer and Socialist Known for His Work 'The Making of the English Working Class')
E. P. Thompson
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 28, 1993

British historian E. P. Thompson is best remembered for his iconic works such as The Making of the English Working Class. He was also a poet, a novelist, and a biographer. An anti-nuclear activist, too, he played a significant role in the formation of the New Left.  

 24 
Martin Keown
(Footballer)
Martin Keown
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Lucy Gordon
(Actress)
Lucy Gordon
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Birthdate: May 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: May 20, 2009
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Tom Bateman
(Actor)
Tom Bateman
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Birthdate: March 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Domonique Foxworth
(American football player)
Domonique Foxworth
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Mark Lester
(Actor)
Mark Lester
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Birthdate: July 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Julian Richings
(Actor)
Julian Richings
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Birthdate: September 8, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Sebastian de Souza
(Actor)
Sebastian de Souza
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Birthdate: April 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Jane Moore
(Journalist)
Jane Moore
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Birthdate: May 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Laura Mulvey
(British Feminist Film Theorist and Filmmaker)
Laura Mulvey
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Birthdate: August 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
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John Kendrew
(English Biochemist, Crystallographer and One of the Winners of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Chemistry)
John Kendrew
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 24, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: August 23, 1997

Nobel Prize-winning biochemist John Kendrew revolutionized science with his 3-D model of the muscle protein myoglobin. The Cambridge alumnus later co-founded the European Molecular Biology Organization and had been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Molecular Biology. He had also worked on operational research for the Royal Air Force.

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Thomas Harriot
(Mathematician, explorer, astronomer)
Thomas Harriot
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 1560 AD
Died: July 2, 1621
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Vivian Stanshall
(Musician)
Vivian Stanshall
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 21, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: March 5, 1995
 36 
Ophelia Dahl
(Social justice and health care advocate)
Ophelia Dahl
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
 37 
Marcus Walz
(Spanish Sprint Canoeist and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Marcus Walz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
 38 
Henry Marsh
(Neurosurgeon)
Henry Marsh
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: March 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces

A neurosurgeon and best-selling author, Henry Thomas Marsh is also the subject of two BBC documentaries, Your Life in Their Hands and The English Surgeon, the later being based on his pioneering work in the field neurosurgery in Ukraine. A senior consultant neurosurgeon till his retirement from St George's Hospital, London, he specializes in performing brain operation under local anesthesia.

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Sophie Sumner
(Model)
Sophie Sumner
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: January 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 40 
David Usher
(Singer-songwriter and the lead singer for the alternative rock band Moist.)
David Usher
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Jason Plato
(British Racing Driver)
Jason Plato
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra

British racing-driver Jason Plato presently competes for BTC Racing in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). His achievements so far include becoming BTCC Champion twice, first for Vauxhall in 2001 and then for Silverline Chevrolet in 2010; and holding the record for most overall race wins in the championship. Plato is a co-presenter for the motoring television series Fifth Gear.  

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Mike Bartlett
(playwright)
Mike Bartlett
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
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Simon Woodroffe
(English Motivational Speaker and Entrepreneur)
Simon Woodroffe
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 44 
Ben Macintyre
(Journalist)
Ben Macintyre
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 45 
John Owen
(The Greatest Theologian of the English 'Puritan Movement')
John Owen
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Birthdate: 1616 AD
Died: August 24, 1683

English Puritan minister John Owen was a strong advocate of Congregationalism and a close associate of Oliver Cromwell. He also served as the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. A proponent of Calvinism, or Reformed Theology, he also penned works on theological history and other religious topics.

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Noel Godfrey Chavasse
(Military physician, Athletics competitor)
Noel Godfrey Chavasse
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 9, 1884
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: August 4, 1917
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Lisa Jardine
(Historian, Professor, Non-fiction writer)
Lisa Jardine
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Birthdate: April 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: October 25, 2015
 48 
Pico Iyer
(Essayist and Novelist Best Known for His Travel Writing)
Pico Iyer
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius

A descendant of Indian Gujarati author, Mahipatram Nilkanth, British-born author and travel writer Pico Iyer was educated at the prestigious Eton, Oxford, and Harvard. He is known for his contribution to Time magazine and for his bestselling travel-themed books such as The Open Road and The Art of Stillness.

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Fuchsia Dunlop
(English Writer and Cook Who Specialises in Chinese Cuisine)
Fuchsia Dunlop
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Listed In: Food Experts
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Dexter Blackstock
(England Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Dexter Blackstock
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)