List of people from Adelaide
People from Adelaide are known as Adelaideans, and many have achieved renown.
Arts and Music 
Prominent artists, bands, and musicians to hail from Adelaide include:
- Dame Judith Anderson - an Australian Tony Award- and Emmy Award-winning actress
- Holly Brisley- Home and Away [Amanda Vale]
- Sam Clark - Neighbours [Ringo Brown]
- Kate Fischer - Former partner of James Packer
- Sir Robert Helpmann (1909–1986), while born in Mount Gambier, is rumoured to have resided in the eastern suburb of Rose Park during his career in Adelaide
- Nicholas Hope - Bad Boy Bubby
- Dichen Lachman
- Anthony LaPaglia
- Jonathan LaPaglia
- Richard Marsland (comedian and actor)
- Glenn McMillan
- Shaun Micallef (comedian and actor)
- Frank Woodley (comedian and actor)
- Ben Oxenbould (comedian and actor)
- Teresa Palmer - Young Hollywood actress.
- Greig Pickhaver - also known as H.G. Nelson (comedian and actor)
- Lois Ramsey - Road to Nhill, Inheritance
- Roy Rene "Mo"
- Xavier Samuel
- Hugh Sheridan - Packed to the Rafters
- Adam Tuominen
- Melanie Vallejo
- Jenni Hogan
Film Directors 
- Mario Andreacchio
- Scott Hicks
- Rolf de Heer
- Anthony Maras
- Gian Carlo Petraccaro
- Michael James Rowland
- Murali K. Thalluri
- Eddie White
- The Angels
- The Audreys
- Jimmy Barnes
- Aleesha Rome
- Wes Carr
- Julian Cochran
- Cold Chisel
- The Babes
- Beccy Cole Australia's #1 Chart topping Country & Western artist
- Michael Crafter
- Fraternity (band)
- Peter Furler
- Sia Furler
- Dave Graney (born Mount Gambier, South Australia)
- Angie Hart
- Hilltop Hoods
- The Scabs
- The Hot Lies
- I Killed the Prom Queen
- Paul Kelly
- The Mark of Cain
- The Masters Apprentices
- The Twilights (band)
- Sister Janet Mead
- Swanee (singer)
- Michelle Tumes
- Guy Sebastian
- Glenn Shorrock
- Mario Spate Lead singer of Adelaide band The Black Doves. Was lead vocalist of Sydney group Jerk for a short period
- Benjamin Speed Film composer and indie / hip hop musician
- The Superjesus
- Virgin Black
- Orianthi Panagaris guitarist / singer. Was to be Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' concerts lead guitarist.
- Reece Mastin
- Bit By Bats
- Wolf & Cub
Visual Artists 
- James Ashton, artist and arts educator, a teacher of Sir Hans Heysen
- Robert Hannaford, Australia's pre-eminent portrait artist
- Sir Hans Heysen lived in Cedars at Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, painting spectacular South Australian landscapes
- Nora Heysen was the first woman to win the prestigious Archibald Prize for portraiture, and the first Australian woman appointed as an official war artist
- Ondrej Mares, sculptor, furniture maker.
- Jeffrey Smart, painter, known for his modernist depictions of urban and industrial landscapes.
- Susan Dorothea White, painter, sculptor, printmaker, author
- Malcolm Afford - playwright and novelist
- Guy Boothby - novelist, travel writer and author of genre fiction, including the Doctor Nikola series
- James Bradley
- J M Coetzee - Nobel Prize for Literature 2003 (from South Africa)
- David Conyers - science fiction author
- Max Fatchen - journalist and children's writer
- Peter Goldsworthy - award winning author
- Christine Harris - children's author
- Caleb Lewis
- DBC Pierre - Booker Prize winner 2003
- Gillian Rubinstein - children's author, (also known as best-selling adult author Lian Hearn)
- Bel Schenk
- Tony Shillitoe
- Tim Sinclair
- Colin Thiele - award-winning author of children's fiction; educator
- David Thorne
- Sean Williams - science fiction author
- Ben Winch
- Nan Witcomb author of 'The Thoughts of Nanushka'
- Mem Fox children's author
Business and media 
- Matthew Michalewicz (entrepreneur) Co-founder of SolveIT Software
- Zbigniew Michalewicz (entrepreneur) Co-founder of SolveIT Software
- Rupert Murdoch (media mogul) ran his first newspaper in Adelaide. In 1952 he took over management from his father of the afternoon paper The News, turned it into a success and went on to build his now far-reaching media empire News Corporation, which was, up until the end of 2004, headquartered in Adelaide. According to Murdoch, a recipient of the City Keys, Adelaide remains News Corporation's "spiritual home".
- Robert Stigwood, the theatrical impresario, movie and record producer. Stigwood was the producer of the movies Saturday Night Fever and Grease.
Law and politics 
- Bob Hawke, Borne in Bordertown, South Australia 1929. Australian Prime Minister from 1983-1991.
- Michael Bradley, Born in Adelaide, 1955. one of Canada's longest serving City Mayors, he has been mayor of the City of Sarnia, ON, Canada since 1988.
- Julia Gillard, (migrated to Adelaide in 1966), Australian Prime Minister and leader of the federal Australian Labor Party. Gillard was born in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales in 1961. In 1966 her family migrated to Australia, settling in Adelaide.
- John Finnis, Professor of Law at University College, Oxford, exponent of the natural law theory.
- Dame Roma Mitchell (born in Adelaide, 1913) was Australia's first female QC, first female judge and first female Governor.
- Janine Haines (born in Tanunda, 1945) was the first female to lead an Australian political party (the Australian Democrats).
- Natasha Stott Despoja (born in Adelaide, 1969), was the youngest woman to enter Commonwealth Parliament and in 2001, was the youngest person in Australian history to lead an Australian political party (also the Australian Democrats).
- Sir Charles Cameron Kingston (born in Adelaide, 1850), son of the Adelaide surveyor Sir George Strickland Kingston, was the Premier of South Australia from 1893–1899 and went on to be the Minister for Trade and Customs in the first Commonwealth Parliament.
- Catherine Helen Spence (emigrated to South Australia, 1839), was a suffragist, electoral reformer, prohibitionist, feminist and novelist. She pioneered the way for South Australia to become the second place in the world to grant women the right to vote (after New Zealand), and was the first female political candidate in Australia — standing for the Constitutional Conventions of the 1890s.
- Alexander Downer (born in Adelaide, 1951), was the shortest-serving leader of the federal Liberal Party before being replaced by John Howard. Downer was Minister for Foreign Affairs from March 1996 to November 2007, and went on to become the longest serving person in this position.
- Alexander Downer, Sr.
- John Downer
- John Langdon Bonython
- John Lavington Bonython
- Keith Wilson (politician)
- Ian Wilson (politician)
- List of Mayors and Lord Mayors of Adelaide
- List of Premiers of South Australia
- Category:Federal politicians from South Australia
World-renowned Adelaide scientists include:
- Mark Oliphant, physicist and Governor of South Australia.
- Nobel Prize winners
- William Henry Bragg, with his son, for their studies, (using the X-ray spectrometer), of X-ray spectra, X-ray diffraction, and of crystal structure
- William Lawrence Bragg, youngest ever winner of a Nobel Prize and the only father and son to have won the prize
- Robin Warren, (with Barry Marshall), credited with the re-discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori
- Howard Florey, honoured for his role in making penicillin readily available. Florey was elected President of the Royal Society in 1943 and received a peerage in 1965 for his monumental work in saving millions of lives.
- Andy Thomas, astronaut
- Pioneer Antarctic explorers
- James Unaipon (1834–1908)
- David Unaipon (1872–1967), commemorated on the Fifty Dollar banknote. A scientist, writer, preacher and prolific inventor, became known as the "Australian Leonardo"; one of his best ideas improved the efficiency of the mechanical sheep-shears.
- Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold and his wife Mary Penfold established Penfolds Winery in 1845 which now produces the prestigious Penfolds Grange Hermitage.
- Terence Tao, mathematician; winner of the 2006 Fields Medal widely viewed as the highest honour a mathematician can receive
- Rodney Brooks, roboticist; director of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and founding member of the iRobot Corporation.
World and nationally recognised sports people from Adelaide include:
- Simon Fairweather Former World Champion and 2000 Olympics Gold Medalist
- Mark Bradtke played in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers
- Luke Schenscher played in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls and the Portland Trail Blazers as well as made the final four championship game in college with Georgia Tech
- Brad Newley was drafted to the NBA by the Houston Rockets
Australian Rules Football 
- Matthew Pavlich, Fremantle Dockers captain
- Adelaide Football Club players
- Port Adelaide Football Club players
- Nathan Buckley, former Collingwood captain
- Adam Cooney, Western Bulldogs player and 2008 Brownlow medalist
- Bryce Gibbs, Carlton Blues player
- Ian Chappell
- Greg Chappell
- Trevor Chappell
- Clem Hill
- David Hookes
- Wayne B. Phillips
- Darren Lehmann
- Jason Gillespie
- Greg Blewett
- Shaun Tait
- Geoff Ogilvy, 2006 U.S. Open and WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship winner.
- Adam Scott, 2013 Masters winner.
Motor sports 
- Vern Schuppan, ex Formula One driver and Australia's first 24 Hours of Le Mans race winner.
- Jeremy Burgess, MotoGP engineer, helped Wayne Gardner, Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi to World Championships.
- Adelaide United FC players
- Tony Vidmar
- John Aloisi, scored the winning penalty kick to take Australia to the 2006 Fifa World Cup, their first appearance since 1974.
- Aurelio Vidmar
- Alex Tobin, Socceroos player with 87 'A' appearances including many as captain.
- Dianne Alagich, currently playing for the Matildas, used to play in the USA for the San Jose CyberRays.
Sport Aerobics 
- Kylie Halliday, 2003 Australian FISAF Sport Aerobic Championships winner and 2004 world rank 2.
- Lleyton Hewitt, former world number one tennis player
- Alicia Molik, reached top ten on WTA Tour in 2005
- Mark Woodforde, former No 1 doubles player
- Darren Cahill, coach and former top ten doubles player
- Stuart O'Grady - Gold Medal, 2004 Athens Olympics (Men's Madison), 2nd place in the 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2005 Tour de France
- Michael Turtur - Gold Medal, 1984 Los Angeles Olympics (Men's 4000 m Team Pursuit)
- Sam Willoughby - UCI BMX world champion: 2008 China - Junior men; 2009 Adelaide - Second, Four-Cross, 2008 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
Professional Wrestling 
- Damian Slater - 1 time South Australian Lightweight Champion, Current Victorian Heavyweight Champion