Norfolk - Notable People From Norfolk

Notable People From Norfolk

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  • Peter Bellamy, folk singer and musician, who was brought up in North Norfolk
  • Henry Blofeld, Cricket commentator
  • Henry Blogg, the UK's most decorated lifeboatman, who was from Cromer
  • Francis Blomefield, Anglican rector, early topographical historian of Norfolk
  • James Blunt, English acoustic folk rock singer-songwriter who was raised in Norfolk during his childhood
  • James Blyth, author of weird fiction and crime mysteries, many of which are set in and around the Norfolk Broads
  • Boudica, scourge of the occupying Roman Army in first century Britain and queen of the Iceni, British tribe occupying an area slightly larger than modern Norfolk
  • Sir Thomas Browne, English Renaissance writer, physician and early archaeologist
  • Martin Brundle, former motor-racing driver and now a commentator was born in King's Lynn
  • Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, writer, born at Heydon
  • Dave Bussey, former BBC Radio 2 and current BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter
  • Howard Carter, archaeologist who discovered Tutankhamun's tomb; his childhood was spent primarily in Swaffham
  • Edith Cavell, a nurse executed by the Germans for aiding the escape of prisoners in World War I
  • Nick Conrad, UK speech radio presenter, born in Norwich
  • Deaf Havana, Alternative rockband from the King's Lynn area.
  • Cathy Dennis, singer and songwriter, from Norwich
  • Diana, Princess of Wales, first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, was born and grew up near Sandringham
  • Anthony Duckworth-Chad, landowner and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk
  • Sir James Dyson, inventor and entrepreneur, was born at Cromer, grew up at Holt and was educated at Gresham's School
  • Bill (1916–1986), Brian (1922–2009), Eric (1914–1993), Geoff (1918–2004), John (1937–), and Justin (1961–) Edrich, cricketers
  • E-Z Rollers, Drum and bass group was formed in Norwich.
  • Nathan Fake, electronic dance music producer/DJ
  • Pablo Fanque, equestrian and popular Victorian circus proprietor, whose 1843 poster advertisement inspired The Beatles song, Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!, born in Norwich
  • Natasha and Ralph Firman, racing drivers, were both born and brought up in Norfolk and educated at Gresham's School
  • Caroline Flack, television presenter, who grew up in East Wretham and went to school in Watton
  • Margaret Fountaine, butterfly collector, was born in Norfolk, and her collection is housed in Norwich Castle Museum
  • Elizabeth Fry, prominent 19th century Quaker prison reformer pictured on the Bank of England £5 note, born and raised in Norwich
  • Stephen Fry, actor, comedian, writer, producer, director and author who was born in London and was brought up in the village of Booton near Reepham and also briefly attended Gresham's School. He now has a second home near King's Lynn.
  • Samuel Fuller, signed the Mayflower Compact
  • Claire Goose, actress who starred in Casualty, was raised in Norfolk
  • Roderick Gordon, writer of Tunneles series.
  • Ed Graham, drummer of Lowestoft band The Darkness, was born in Great Yarmouth
  • Sienna Guillory, actress, from north Norfolk, who was educated at Gresham's School
  • Sir Henry Rider Haggard, novelist, author of She, King Solomon's Mines, born Bradenham 1856 and lived after his marriage at Ditchingham
  • Jake Humphrey, BBC presenter, spent most of his childhood in Norwich
  • Andy Hunt, footballer, grew up in Ashill.
  • Julian of Norwich, mediaeval mystic, born probably in Norwich in 1342; lived much of her life as a recluse in Norwich
  • Robert Kett,leader of Kett's Rebellion in East Anglia 1549, from Wymondham
  • Sid Kipper, Norfolk humourist, author, songwriter and singer
  • Myleene Klass, former Hear'Say singer, comes from Gorleston
  • Holly Lerski, singer and songwriter, former member of the band Angelou, grew up and resides in Norfolk
  • Henry Leslie, actor and playwright, born 1830 at Walsoken.
  • Samuel Lincoln, ancestor of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
  • Matthew Macfadyen, actor who starred in Spooks, was born in Great Yarmouth
  • Ruth Madoc, actress, was born in Norwich
  • Kenneth McKee, surgeon who pioneered hip replacement surgery techniques, lived in Tacolneston
  • Roger Taylor, drummer of the rock band Queen was born in King's Lynn and spent the early part of his childhood in Norfolk.
  • Danny Mills, footballer, born in Norwich.
  • Horatio, Lord Nelson, Admiral and British hero who played a major role in the Battle of Trafalgar, born and schooled in Norfolk.
  • Nimmo Twins, sketch comedy duo well known in Norfolk
  • King Olav V of Norway, born at Flitcham on the Sandringham estate
  • Beth Orton, singer/songwriter, was born in Dereham and raised in Norwich.
  • Thomas Paine, philosopher, born in Thetford.
  • Ronan Parke, Britain's Got Talent 2011 finalist and runner up.
  • Margaret Paston, author of many of the Paston Letters, born 1423, lived at Gresham.
  • Barry Pinches, snooker player who comes from Norwich.
  • Matthew Pinsent, Olympic champion rower, was born in Holt.
  • Prasutagus, 1st century king of the Iceni, who occupied roughly the area which is now Norfolk
  • Philip Pullman, author, born in Norwich
  • Anna Sewell, writer, author of Black Beauty, born at Great Yarmouth, lived part of her life at Old Catton near Norwich and buried at Lamas, near Buxton.
  • Thomas Shadwell, playwright, satirist and Poet Laureate
  • Allan Smethurst, 'The Singing Postman' who sang songs in his Norfolk dialect, was from Sheringham
  • Hannah Spearritt, actress and former S Club 7 singer, who is from Gorleston
  • Adam Thoroughgood, colonial leader in Virginia, namer of New Norfolk County, which later became Norfolk, Virginia.
  • Peter Trudgill, sociolinguist specialising in accents and dialects including his own native Norfolk dialect, was born and bred in Norwich
  • George Vancouver, born King's Lynn. Captain and explorer in the Royal Navy
  • Stella Vine, English artist, spent many of her early years in Norwich
  • Sir Robert Walpole, first Earl of Orford, regarded as the first British prime minister
  • Tim Westwood, rap DJ and Radio 1 presenter, grew up in and around Norwich
  • Parson Woodforde, 18th century clergyman and diarist


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