List of Residents of Wolverhampton

This is a list of notable people born in, or associated with, the city of Wolverhampton in England.

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  • Reg Allen (1917-1989) - Academy Award nominated set decorator
  • George Armstrong - Locomotive Superintendent, Northern Division, Great Western Railway, 1864-1897
  • Joseph Armstrong - Locomotive Superintendent, Northern Division, Great Western Railway, 1854-1864
  • Arthur Arrowsmith (1880-1954) - footballer, inside right
  • Richard Attwood - Winner, 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans. Former Formula One driver.
  • Keedie Babb - classical crossover soprano
  • Babylon Zoo - British electro rock band of the mid-1990s
  • Jono Bacon - Software developer and journalist (Community manager of the Ubuntu Linux project)
  • Ruth Badger - Runner-up of the second series of 'The Apprentice'
  • William Bagley - footballer, inside left
  • Jack Bannister - cricketer and commentator
  • Frances Barber - Actress
  • Joseph Barney (1753-1832) - artist and engraver.
  • Stuart Baxter - Football Manager. Current manager of Finland national football team
  • Sir William Maddock Bayliss - physician.
  • Ann Beach - actress
  • Nigel Bennett - actor
  • Gwen Berryman (1906-1983) - played Doris Archer, in the BBC radio soap opera The Archers from the first episode on 1 January 1951 until 1980
  • Bibio - British music producer.
  • William Bidlake (1861-1938) - architect, a leading figure of the Arts and Crafts movement in Birmingham and Director of the School of Architecture at Birmingham School of Art from 1919 until 1924.
  • Joan Blackham - actress, Bridget Jones's Diary
  • Sue Blane - theatrical costume designer
  • Thomas Edward Bridgen (1832-1895) - architect of hospitals in Manchester and London
  • Henry Brinton (1901-1977) - Author of 1962 cold war novel Purple-6
  • Norman Brook - Cabinet Secretary (1947–1962)
  • Rt Rev James Brown (1812-1881) - RC Bishop of Shrewsbury (1851-1881)
  • David Butler - footballer, winger
  • Tony Butler - radio presenter
  • Stephen Byers - former Cabinet Minister, Labour Party politician.
  • Wayne Clarke - footballer, striker.
  • Sean Clayton - Tenor
  • Ernest Frank Guelph Cox (1883–1959) – electrical and mechanical engineer and marine salvage expert
  • Mark Davies - Footballer currently playing for Bolton Wanderers.
  • Narinder Dhami - children’s author.
  • Michael Dibdin (1947-2007) - crime writer
  • David Dodd - co-founder of UK variety store chain Poundland
  • Catherine Eddowes - victim of the Whitechapel murders attributed to Jack the Ripper
  • Edward Elgar - despite living in Worcester, he was an ardent Wolverhampton Wanderers fan and may have travelled to home games on his bicycle. Elgar bought two Wolverhampton-produced Royal Sunbeam bicycles in 1903, which he named Mr Phoebus, and visited the Sunbeam Works in Upper Villiers Street for 'tuning'.
  • Simon Emmerson - Electroacoustic music composer working mostly with live electronics
  • Dr Robert William Felkin (1853–1926) - LRCS (Edinburgh), MD (Marberg), FRSE, FRGS; medical missionary; ceremonial magician, member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and founder of the Whare Ra lodge; author on Uganda and Central Africa; explorer and anthropologist.
  • Herbert Edward Forrest (1858-1942) - naturalist and author
  • Dr Helen Geake - archaeologist and Anglo-Saxon specialist on Time Team
  • Andre Gray - footballer, striker
  • Button Gwinnett - signatory of the US Declaration of Independence.
  • Helene Hayman, Baroness Hayman - first Lord Speaker.
  • Sir Jack Hayward, OBE - son of Wolverhampton factory owners, self-made millionaire, benefactor of many charities, fighter pilot in the Second World War, President of Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.
  • Rudall Hayward (1900-1974) - filmmaker
  • Rachael Heyhoe-Flint - captain of the England Women's Cricket World Cup team 1973.
  • Barbara Hicks - actress
  • Dave Hill - lead guitarist for the band Slade.
  • Noddy Holder - born in Walsall, singer/rhythm guitarist for Slade.
  • Dave Holland - jazz bassist.
  • Dave Holland - drummer with Judas Priest.
  • Eric Idle - actor and comedian.
  • Sir Stephen Jenyns - wool merchant, Master of the Merchant Taylors' Company, Mayor of London, founder of Wolverhampton Grammar School
  • Jake Jervis - footballer, striker
  • Charles Jones (1866–1959) - gardener and photographer.
  • Jamelia - musician originally from Birmingham now living in Wolverhampton.
  • Jonathan Kemp = professional squash player, represented England
  • Rupert Alfred Kettle - county court judge and noted arbitrator.
  • Mervyn King - Governor of the Bank of England, educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School.
  • Beverley Knight - soul singer.
  • Michael Langdon (born Frank Birtles, 1920-1991)- bass opera singer.
  • James Langley MBE MC (1916-1983) - Lieutenant Colonel Coldstream Guards, MI9, joint commander of IS9(WEA)
  • Joanne Latham - former English glamour model.
  • Jim Lea - musician, member of Slade
  • Margaret Lee - actress
  • Sir Richard Leveson - Vice Admiral of the Fleet for Life, hero of the Battle of Cadiz, 1596.
  • Denise Lewis - Olympic Gold Medallist born in West Bromwich and raised in Wolverhampton.
  • Barbara "Babs" Lord - dancer in Pan's People.
  • Anita Lonsbrough - Olympic Gold Medallist in swimming.
  • Macka B - born Christopher MacFarlane, in Wolverhampton, reggae artist, performer and activist
  • Sir Charles Tertius Mander - manufacturer, philanthropist and public servant
  • Sir Geoffrey Le Mesurier Mander - chairman of Mander Brothers, Liberal MP for Wolverhampton East, donor of Wightwick Manor to the National Trust.
  • Miles Mander - early Hollywood film actor, director and novelist.
  • Rob Marris - solicitor, politician and MP
  • Sir Charles Marston F.S.A., K.St.J PEF (1867–1946) - businessman who funded several major archaeological excavations across Palestine between 1929-1938. Son of John Marston
  • John Marston (1836-1914) - founder of the Sunbeam company, in Upper Villiers Street
  • Scott Matthews - singer/songwriter
  • Maria Miller - born Maria Frances Lewis; politician, MP and marketing consultant
  • Mil Millington - journalist and novelist.
  • Caitlin Moran - broadcaster and columnist grew up in Wolverhampton
  • Jimmy Mullen - Spent his whole career from 1938 to 1959 playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. He also played for England 12 times.
  • Alfred Noyes - poet.
  • Sean O'Connor, professional footballer, 2008 Scottish Cup finalist
  • Tina Packer - actress and artistic director of the Shakespeare & Company theatre company in Massachusetts
  • Liam Payne - contestant on The X Factor in 2010 and member of UK boyband One Direction
  • Suzanne Paul - Winner of New Zealand's 'Dancing with the Stars' 2007
  • Brian Pendleton (1944-2001) - rhythm guitarist with The Pretty Things in the sixties.
  • Dora Penny - was the daughter of the Rector of Wolverhampton and a good friend of Edward Elgar and his family. She became immortalised as 'Dorabella' in the tenth of the Enigma Variations. Her autobiography 'Memories of a Variation' was penned under her married name of Mrs Richard Powell.
  • Bob Plant - soldier, recipient of MC
  • Robert Plant - singer in Led Zeppelin, born in West Bromwich.
  • Clive Platt - footballer, striker
  • Hugh Porter - Olympic cyclist, broadcaster and media personality.
  • Lisa Potts - teacher and George Medal Holder.
  • Enoch Powell - politician (Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West 1950 - Feb 1974), poet, scholar and soldier.
  • Hayley Price- Olympic gymnast in Los Angeles.
  • Paul Raven (1961-2007) - musician.
  • William Regal 1968, ring name of Darren Kenneth Matthews WWE/WCW/ECW wrestler,commentator and general manager. Also King Regal, Lord Steven Regal, Roy Regal, Steve Regal and Steven William Regal. Member of The Blue Bloods.
  • Oscar Gustave Rejlander - the "father of art photography".
  • Mark Rhodes -Mark Thomas Rhodes (born 11 September 1981) is an English singer and television presenter. Mostly famous for TMi, Copycats and Pop Idol 2
  • Pauline Richards - as Rocket in Gladiators
  • Carina Round - Singer/Songwriter
  • Kevin Rowland - singer in Dexys Midnight Runners.
  • Tessa Sanderson - gold medallist in the javelin throw, 1984 Olympic Games.
  • Charles Simon (b. 4 February 1909) - Actor, Shadowlands, 102 Dalmatians
  • Nigel Slater - food writer and journalist.
  • Harry Smith (born 1932) - footballer, left back
  • Vikram Solanki - England and Worcestershire cricketer.
  • Mark Speight - Television presenter
  • Roger Squires - world's most prolific crossword compiler
  • Percy Stallard - racing cyclist, founder of the British League of Racing Cyclists and, as organiser of the 1942 Wolverhampton-Llangollen race, the father of massed-start cycle racing on public roads in Britain.
  • Derek Statham - footballer, full back
  • Josef Stawinoga - local hermit
  • Richard Stearman - footballer, centre back, right back
  • Stevens family - Joe Stevens, father of Harry, George, Albert John (‘Jack’), and Joe Stevens Junior, engineers, Stevens Screw Company Ltd and later A J Stevens & Co (AJS) motorcycles.
  • Dave Swift - bassist with Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.
  • Meera Syal - actress, novelist and comedian.
  • Nathan Talbott - footballer, midfielder
  • James W. Tate (1875-1922) - ongwriter, accompanist, and composer and producer of revues and pantomimes.
  • Jack Taylor (1930-2012) - referee, 1974 FIFA World Cup final.
  • Andy Tennant - professional track and road racing cyclist.
  • Maggie Teyte (1888-1976) - soprano, creator of role of Melisande in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande.
  • Kristian Thomas - a British artistic gymnast. He comes from Wolverhampton and is a member of the Earls gymnastics club. He is coached by Michelle Bradley and Alexei Popov. Educated at St Edmund's Catholic School, Wolverhampton.
  • Colonel Stephen John Thompson (1875-1955) - mechanical engineer and maufacturer, High Sheriff and later Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Staffordshire, President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (1942)
  • Billy Tuft (born 1874) - footballer, full back
  • Syd Tyler (1904-1971) - footballer, full back
  • Evelyn Underhill - mystic and Anglican writer.
  • Sir Charles Pelham Villiers - member of Parliament for sixty-three years, holding the record for being the longest serving MP in Parliamentary history. A statue of him stands in West Park in Wolverhampton.
  • George Wallis, FSA (1811-1891) artist, museum curator and art educator, was the first Keeper of Fine Art Collection at South Kensington Museum (Victoria & Albert Museum, London)
  • David Watkins - designer of London 2012 Olympics medal and special effects maker for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Sir Charles Wheeler - sculptor and former president of the Royal Academy.
  • Jonathan Wild - self-penned Chief Thieftaker General of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Ashley Williams (footballer) - footballer, defender
  • Bert Williams - Spent his whole career from 1945 to 1959 playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. He also played for England 24 times.
  • Gary Williams - footballer, won European cup with Aston Villa, as well as playing for Leeds, Bradford and Watford.
  • Paul Willis - social scientist, and well known as a major contemporary figure in sociology and cultural studies
  • Tony Wilson - boxer, British light heavyweight champion, represented Great Britain in the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • William Wood (1671–1730) lived at The Deanery, a large house in Wolverhampton. He was given a contract as a mintmaster to strike an issue of Irish coinage from 1722 to 1724. William Wood's coinage was extremely unpopular as a result of the publication of Jonathan Swift's Drapier's Letters and were recalled.
  • Billy Wright - captain of England and Wolverhampton Wanderers and for a long period of time the most capped English football player.
  • Billy Wright (loyalist) (1960-1997)- Wolverhampton-born prominent Ulster loyalist
  • David Wright - former UK Ambassador to Japan.
  • Percy M. Young - musicologist, writer and composer.

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