Prominent People Born in Birmingham or Strongly Associated With It
- sorted by Activity and Era

Best Known
Activity

Era

 

 Last Name

Details

Adventure

19th c.

Daniel Wycliffe

Sargent

 African explorer;

Adventure

20th c.

Lisa

Clayton

 circumnavigator;

Art

18th/19th c.

William

Ashford

 artist;

Art

18th/19th c.

Joseph

Barber

 artist;

Art

18th/19th c.

William Armfield

Hobday

 artist;

Art

18th/19th c.

Samuel

Lines

 artist;

Art

18th/19th c.

James

Millar

 artist;

Art

19th c.

Edward

Burne- Jones

 artist;

Art

19th c.

David

Cox

 artist;

Art

19th c.

Andrew

Hunt

 artist;

Art

19th c.

Thomas Henry

Illidge

 artist;

Art

19th c.

Augustus

Pugin

 architectural designer;

Art

19th/20th c.

Henry Albert

Payne

 artist;

Art

20th c.

Norman

Edwards

 sports cartoonist;

Art

20th c. 

Bernard

Fleetwood- Walker

 artist;

Art

20th c.

Bernard

Sleigh

 artist;

Art

20th c.

Tom

Webster

 cartoonist;

Authorship

18th c.

Samuel

Johnson

 playwright and author;

Authorship

19th c.

George (Old Humphrey)

Mogridge

 writer;

Authorship

19th/20th c.

Hilaire Pierre René

Belloc

 historian/writer;

Authorship

20th c.

Simon

Inglis

 historian/author;

Authorship

20th c.

Barbara

Cartland

 novelist;

Authorship

20th c.

Henry Vollam

Morton

 newspaper journalist;

Authorship

20th c.

Sax (Arthur Ward)

Rohmer

 novelist;

Authorship

20th c.

J.R.R.

Tolkien

 author;

Authorship

20th c.

Kenneth

Tynan

 playwright;

Authorship

20th c.

John

Wyndham

 author;

Authorship

20th/21st c.

Lee (Jim Grant)

Child

 novelist;

Authorship

20th/21st c.

Carl

Chinn

 social historian;

Authorship

20th/21st c.

Judith

Cutler

 novelist;

Authorship

20th/21st c.

Lindsey

Davis

 novelist;

Authorship

20th/21st c.

David

Edgar

 playwright;

Authorship

20th/21st c.

Benjamin

Zephaniah

 poet;

Aviator

20th c.

Alfred Victor

Blenkiron

 WW1 air ace (RFC/RAF);

Aviator

20th c.

Albert James

Enstone

 WW1 air ace (RNAS/RAF);

Aviator

20th c.

Henry St John

Fancourt

 pioneering naval aviator (WW1- WW2);

Aviator

20th c.

Edwin

Prosser

 early enterprising aviator;

Aviator

20th c.

Robert H. M.  Spencer

Saundby

 aviator (WW1- WW2);

Clergy

19th c.

Edward White

Benson

 Archbishop of Canterbury;

Clergy

19th c.

George

Dawson

 preacher;

Clergy

19th c.

Cardinal John Henry

Newman

 religious leader;

Commerce

18th c.

Sampson II

Lloyd

 banker;

Education

19th c.

George

Dixon

 politician/educationalist. His son Arthur Stansfield Dixon became an important metal worker and architect;

Education

19th c.

Josiah

Mason

 industrialist and educationalist;

Entertainment

20th c.

Michael

Balcon

 film producer;

Entertainment

20th c.

Sid

Field

 music hall, theatre and film comedian;

Entertainment

20th c.

Noele

Gordon

 actress/TV presenter;

Entertainment

20th c.

Tony

Hancock

 TV, film and radio comedian;

Entertainment

20th c.

Victor

Saville

 film director, producer and screenwriter;

Entertainment

20th/21st c.

Jasper (Bob Davis)

Carrott

 TV comedian;

Entertainment

20th/21st c.

Adrian

Chiles

 TV personality;

Entertainment

20th/21st c.

Tony

Garnett

 film and TV producer;

Entertainment

20th/21st c.

Ian

Lavender

 TV and film actor;

Entertainment

20th/21st c.

William "Bill"

Morris

 BBC producer/2012 Olympics chief;

Entertainment

20th/21st c.

Nick

Owen

 TV personality;

Entertainment

20th/21st c.

Barbara

Slater

 TV sports producer;

Entertainment

21st c.

Adil

Ray

 radio/TV presenter/entertainer;

Ent't /Theatre

19th c.

Thomas Barry

Sullivan

 stage actor;

Ent't /Theatre

20th c.

George Melville

Cooper

 stage, film and TV actor;

Ent't /Theatre

20th c.

Raymond

Huntley

 stage, film and TV actor;

Ent't /Theatre

20th c.

Barry

Jackson

 theatre director;

Ent't /Theatre

20th c.

Hugh

Manning

 TV and film actor;

Ent't /Theatre

20th/21st c.

Anthony "Tony"

Britton

 TV and film actor;

Ent't /Theatre

20th/21st c.

David

Harewood

 film and TV actor;

Ent't /Theatre

20th/21st c.

Terence

Rigby

 TV and film actor;

Ent't /Theatre

20th/21st c.

Martin

Shaw

 TV and film actor;

Ent't /Theatre

20th/21st c.

Julie

Walters

 TV and film actress;

Industry

18th c.

John

Taylor

 manufacturer/banker;

Industry

18th/19th c.

James

Watt

 steam engine industrialist;

Industry

19th c.

John

Cadbury

 chocolate businessman. Business developed by his sons George Cadbury and Richard Cadbury;

Industry

19th c.

George Richards

Elkington

 inventor/manufacturer;

Industry

19th c.

Joseph

Gillott

 inventor/manufacturer;

Industry

19th c.

Joseph

Lucas

 founder of Lucas Industries;

Industry

19th/20th c.

Herbert

Austin

 automobile manufacturer;

Industry

20th/21st c.

Derek

Hathaway

 businessman/philanthropist;

Medicine

18th/19th c.

Richard

Pearson

 physician;

Medicine

20th c.

Leon David

Abrams

 surgeon/inventor;

Military

20th c.

William Joseph "Bill"

Slim

 military commander;

Music

19th/20th c.

Granville

Bantock

 classical music composer;

Music

19th/20th c.

Edward

Elgar

 classical music composer;

Music

20th c.

Leslie Webster

Booth

 classical tenor;

Music

20th c.

Ian

Campbell

 folk singer (the Ian Campbell Folk Group, with sister Lorna) and sons Ali Campbell and Robin Campbell of pop group UB40.

Music

20th c.

Stanley

Myers

 musical composer;

Music

20th c.

Simon

Rattle

 classical music conductor;

Music

20th c. 

George

Thalben- Ball

 classical musician;

Music

20th c.

Carl (Colin Tooley)

Wayne

 musician;

Music

20th c.

Toyah

Willcox

 singer/actress;

Music

20th c.

Stephen "Steve"

Winwood

 musician;

Music

20th/21st c.

Joan

Armatrading

 singer/songwriter;

Music

20th/21st c.

John Michael "Ozzie"

Osbourne

 musician/entertainer;

Philanthropy

18th c.

William

Russell

 merchant/benefactor;

Philanthropy

19th c.

Louisa

Ryland

 benefactor;

Planner

20th c.

Herbert J

Manzoni

 town planning engineer;

Politics

18th c.

Samuel

Garbett

 merchant/politician;

Politics

19th c.

Thomas

Attwood

 reforming politician/economist;

Politics

19th c.

John

Bright

 social reform campaigner, politician;

Politics

19th c.

Edward Augustus

Freeman

 historian and politician;

Politics

19th c.

George Frederic

Muntz

 industrialist/politician;

Politics

19th c.

John Benjamin

Stone

 politician/photographer;

Politics

19th c.

Joseph Powell

Williams

 reforming politician;

Politics

19th/20th c.

Joseph

Chamberlain

businessman, reforming local and national politician, as were his B'ham born sons Austin Chamberlain (Nobel Peace Prize winner) and Arthur Neville Chamberlain (prime minister, 1936-40).

Politics

19th/20th c.

Jesse

Collings

 reforming politician;

Politics

20th c.

Roy

Hattersley

 Politician/historian;

Politics

20th c.

Denis

Howell

 politician/football official;

Politics

20th c.

Enoch

Powell

 politician;

Politics

20th/21st c.

Digby

Jones

 businessman/politician;

Politics

20th/21st c.

Clare

Short

 politician;

Science

18th c.

Joseph

Priestley

 scientist and philosopher;

Science

18th c.

William

Withering

 scientist;

Science

19th c.

Francis

Galton

 anthropologist/inventor/explorer/scientist;

Science

20th c.

Francis William

Aston

 chemist/Nobel Prize winner;

Science

20th c.

Donald Eric

Broadbent

 cognitive psychologist;

Science

20th c.

Peter

Checkland

 management scientist;

Social Reform

19th c.

William

Morgan

 slavery abolitionist;

Social Reform

19th c.

Joseph

Sturge

 slavery abolitionist;

Social Reform

19th c.

William James "Will"

Thorne

 trades unionist/MP;

Social Reform

19th c.

John Skirrow

Wright

 social reformer;

Social Reform

20th c.

Roy

Grantham

 trades unionist;

Social Reform

20th c.

John Sutton

Nettlefold

 social reformer;

Social Reform

20th c.

Julia

Varley

 suffragette/trades unionist;

Social Reform

21st c.

Malala

Yousafzai

 campaigner;

Sport

19th c.

Thomas Henry

Gem

 co-inventor of modern tennis;

Sport

19th c.

Augurio

Perera

 co-inventor of modern tennis;

Sport

19th/20th c.

John

Devey

 Aston Villa captain in league/cup double and club director; county cricketer;

Sport

19th/20th c.

William

McGregor

 founder of league football & football administrator;

Sport

19th/20th c.

Howard

Spencer

 Aston Villa and England captain and club director;

Sport

20th c.

Sidney Solomon

Abrahams

 champion athlete;

Sport

20th c.

Dennis

Amiss

 test cricketer/cricket administrator;

Sport

20th c.

Ralph

Broad

 saloon car racer/engineer;

Sport

20th c.

Russell

Brookes

 car rally champion;

Sport

20th c.

John

Curry

 champion ice skater;

Sport

20th c.

Bernard

Ford

 champion ice skater;

Sport

20th c.

Tommy

Godwin

 cycling champion;

Sport

20th c.

Trevor

Hampton

 RAF pilot/scuba diving developer;

Sport

20th c.

Ann

Haydon- Jones

 table- tennis/tennis champion;

Sport

20th c.

William Eric

Hollies

 test cricketer;

Sport

20th c.

Jack

Hood

 champion boxer;

Sport

20th c.

Sonia

Lannaman

 champion athlete;

Sport

20th c.

Nigel

Mansell

 motor racing champion;

Sport

20th c.

Anthony John

Miles

 chess champion;

Sport

20th c.

Dennis

Mortimer

 Aston Villa captain in League and European Cup success;

Sport

20th c.

Johnny

Prescott

 champion boxer;

Sport

20th c.

Peter

Radford

 champion sprinter;

Sport

20th c.

Gladstone

Small

 test cricketer;

Sport

20th c.

Alan

Smith

 test cricketer/cricket administrator;

Sport

20th c.

Michael John Knight

Smith

 test cricketer;

Sport

20th c.

Graham Paul

Webb

 cycling champion;

Sport

20th c.

Bob

Willis

 test cricketer;

Sport

20th/21st c.

Murray

Walker

 motorsports commentator;

Sport

20th/21st c.

Keith

Arkell

 chess champion;

Sport

20th/21st c.

Ashia

Hansen

 champion athlete;

Sport

20th/21st c.

Denise

Lewis

 champion athlete/TV personality;

Sport

21st c.

Ian

Bell

 test cricketer;

Technology

18th c.

Lewis

Paul

 inventor;

Technology

18th c.

John

Wyatt

 inventor;

Technology

18th/19th c.

John

Baskerville

 printer;

Technology

18th/19th c.

Matthew

Boulton

 pioneering industrialist;

Technology

18th/19th c.

John

Hardman

 metalworker/glassmaker;

Technology

18th/19th c.

William

Murdoch

 inventor;

Technology

19th c.

Alfred

Bird

 inventor/manufacturer;

Technology

19th c.

Abraham Follett

Osler

 pioneering meteorologist;

Technology

19th c.

Alexander

Parkes

 inventor;

Technology

19th c.

Francis Alfred

Skidmore

 high profile metalworker;

Technology

19th/20th c.

John

Hall-Edwards

 radiography developer;

Technology

20th c.

Conway

Berners- Lee

 mathematician/computer pioneer; father of Tim Berners- Lee

Technology

20th c.

Alec

Issigonis

 automobile designer.

Technology

20th c.

David

Wheeler

 computer expert;