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This is a list of people from Ashford in South East England. It may include people from the town of Ashford and the wider Borough of Ashford, in Kent.
- Bob Astles (born 1924 in Ashford) is a former associate of Ugandan presidents Milton Obote and Idi Amin.
- Alfred Austin (3 May 1835 – 2 June 1913) was an English poet, who was appointed Poet Laureate in 1896, died in Ashford.
- Patsy Byrne is an actress, born 13 July 1933 in Ashford. Probably the most famous of these is Nursie in the popular BBC sitcom Blackadder II.
- Roger Dean the artist featured on the album covers of the band Yes, was born in Ashford on 31 August 1944.
- Lisa Dobriskey, born in the town, 23 December 1983, won the Commonwealth Gold 1500m athletics event in 2006.
- Josh Doyle born on 9 October 1981, in Willesborough Hospital was guitarist, singer and founder of hitmakers the Dumdums and is currently an acclaimed solo artist working out of Nashville Tennessee.
- Sir John Fogge – Lord of Repton Manor he restored the parish church in 13th century and, at his own expense, built most of the bell tower.
- Frederick Forsyth – (born 25 August 1938) is a British author and occasional political commentator. He is best known for thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War, The Odessa File, Icon and The Fist of God.
- Barry Fuller (born 25 September 1984 in Ashford) is a professional football player.
- John Fuller (born 1 January 1937) is an English poet and author, and Fellow Emeritus at Magdalen College, Oxford, born in Ashford.
- Stephen Hills – (10 August 1771 – 17 October 1844) was an architect, designed the original Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg
- Bob Holness – Television presenter was born in Ashford, and attended Norton Knatchbull Grammar School.
- Sir Sydney Nicholson (9 February 1875 – 30 May 1947) was a choir director, organist and composer, remembered as the founder of the Royal School of Church Music, died in Ashford.
- Dudley Pope (29 December 1925 – 25 April 1997) was a British writer, born in the town.
- Mark Rylance was born 18 January 1960 in Ashford and is an internationally well-known actor and theatre director.
- Sir Malcolm Sargent (29 April 1895 – 3 October 1967) was a British conductor, organist and composer, also born in Ashford.
- Vic Reeves – born 1958
- Jamie Staff, BMX cycling World Champion and Track cycling Commonwealth Games and World championship Gold medalist, was born in Ashford, 30 April 1973.
- James Tredwell (born 27 February 1982) a Kent and England One Day International cricketer was born in the area.
- Tom Varndell was born on 16 September 1985 in Ashford and is a professional rugby union player.
- Dr John Wallis – Internationally recognised as one of the greatest mathematicians, credited by Sir Isaac Newton as being the founder of his theory of gravity.
- Simone Weil, (3 February 1909 – 24 August 1943) the French philosopher and mystic, died in Grosvenor Sanatorium and is buried in the town's Bybrook Cemetery.
- John Wells (17 November 1936 – 11 January 1998) was an actor, writer and satirist born in Ashford. He began his television career as a writer on That Was The Week That Was.
- Alexander Arnold (plays character Richard Hardbeck on Skins)
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