Famous People Born In York

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Judi Dench
(English Actress Who is Regarded as One of the Britain's Best Actresses)
Judi Dench
45
Birthdate: December 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Judi Dench is one of the most respected and decorated English actresses of all time. Counted among the most influential people in the United Kingdom, Dame Judi Dench is a patron of more than 180 charities, such as York Against Cancer. Since 1985, she has been serving as the president of Questors Theatre.

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Guy Fawkes
(Soldier)
Guy Fawkes
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 13, 1570
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: January 31, 1606

Guy Fawkes was a member of an infamous group which unsuccessfully plotted the murder of King James I. The plot, which came to be known as the Gunpowder Plot, became popular and Guy Fawkes became synonymous with the plot. The failure of the plot has been commemorated as Guy Fawkes Night, during which Fawkes' effigy is burned on a bonfire.

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W. H. Auden
(One of the Greatest Authors of 20th Century)
W. H. Auden
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 21, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: September 29, 1973

W. H. Auden was an Anglo-American poet. His poetry was noted for its technical achievement and versatility. He wrote poems on love, political and social themes, and cultural and psychological themes. Throughout his career, Auden was both influential and controversial. His personal life also attracted attention as he had sexual relationships with men, which was unusual at the time.

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Mark Addy
(Actor Known for His TV Sitcoms: ‘The Thin Blue Line’, ‘Atlantis’ and ‘Still Standing’)
Mark Addy
4
Birthdate: January 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Mark Addy is best known as Gary Boyle from The Thin Blue Line and as Hercules from Atlantis. His debut in The Full Monty earned him a BAFTA nomination. He also played Fred Flintstone in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas and Robert Baratheon in Game of Thrones.
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David Bradley
(Actor)
David Bradley
4
Birthdate: April 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Steve McClaren
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Steve McClaren
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Vince Cable
(Political Leader)
Vince Cable
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Kate Atkinson
(Novelist)
Kate Atkinson
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Martin Rees
(British Cosmologist and Astrophysicist)
Martin Rees
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer

Born to educator parents, Martin Rees excelled in math since childhood. The cosmologist and astrophysicist later taught at Cambridge, Princeton, and Harvard. Known for his research on the big-bang theory, he also won awards such as the Templeton Prize and penned books such as Our Final Century.

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Alcuin
(Scholar, Clergyman and Poet)
Alcuin
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 0735 AD
Died: May 19, 0804

Eighth-century Anglo-Latin poet and cleric Alcuin served as the head of the Palatine school, established by Charlemagne. A significant figure of the Carolingian Renaissance, he introduced English learning methods into Frankish schools and reformed Roman Catholicism. He also wrote extensively on education, philosophy, and theology.

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Christopher Hill
(English Marxist Historian and Academic)
Christopher Hill
1
Birthdate: February 6, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 23, 2003
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Jamie Hopcutt
(Footballer attacking midfielder)
Jamie Hopcutt
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Seebohm Rowntree
(British Sociologist and Philanthropist Known for His Studies of Poverty and Welfare)
Seebohm Rowntree
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Birthdate: July 7, 1871
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: October 7, 1954

Though he initially studied chemistry, Seebohm Rowntree soon joined his family cocoa business. He soon introduced employee-friendly policies, such as the 5-day work week and a pension plan, in the company. His pioneering study of working-class homes in York became an iconic sociological treatise on the poor.

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William Etty
(English Artist Best Known for His History Paintings Containing Nude Figures)
William Etty
2
Birthdate: March 10, 1787
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: November 13, 1849
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Amlaíb Cuarán
(Warrior)
Amlaíb Cuarán
0
Birthdate: 0927 AD
Died: 0980 AD
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Elizabeth Montagu
(British Social Reformer, Patron of the Arts, Salonnière, Literary Critic and Writer)
Elizabeth Montagu
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 2, 1718
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: August 25, 1800

Part of the 18th-century London intellectual circle, socialite Elizabeth Montagu was a pioneering member of the Bluestockings, a group of women who engaged in evening conversations as a substitute to card-playing. The wife of affluent landowner Edward Montagu, she inherited his riches and later built the Montagu House.

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Wally Herbert
(Explorer)
Wally Herbert
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 24, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: June 12, 2007
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Johnny Leeze
(Actor)
Johnny Leeze
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Birthdate: December 31, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 25, 2020
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Sir William Harcourt
(Lawyer)
Sir William Harcourt
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 14, 1827
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: October 1, 1904
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Barbara Ward, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth
(Economist)
Barbara Ward, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth
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Birthdate: May 23, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: May 31, 1981
Born in England, Barbara Ward, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, before working on Austrian economics in Germany and then moving to Oxford. One of the first proponents of sustainable development, she also wrote for The Economist and advised World Bank policy makers.
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Thomas Of Bayeux
(Archbishop)
Thomas Of Bayeux
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Died: November 18, 1100
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Silvanus Phillips Thompson
(Electrical engineer)
Silvanus Phillips Thompson
1
Birthdate: June 19, 1851
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: June 12, 1916
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Peter Harrison
(British architect)
Peter Harrison
2
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: June 14, 1716
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: April 30, 1775
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Mike Atkinson
(Belizean Footballer Who Plays as a Right-Back or Midfielder)
Mike Atkinson
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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John Earle
(Bishop)
John Earle
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1601 AD
Died: November 17, 1665

Seventeenth-century English bishop John Earle is best known as the author of Microcosmographie, or a Peece of the World Discovered, which displayed his wit and humor. An Oxford alumnus, he had served as a tutor of Charles I and had been the bishop of Worcester and of Salisbury.