List of people from Brighton and Hove
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Brighton and Hove
|Abbott, Saunders AlexiusSaunders Alexius Abbott||Military||Army officer in the East India Company||Died at Grand Avenue Mansions, Hove in 1894|||
|Ades, StevenSteven Ades||Sport||Cricketer for Sussex||Born in Brighton in 1982|||
|Addinsell, RichardRichard Addinsell||Entertainment||Composer of the Warsaw Concerto and many film soundtracks||Lived at Chichester Terrace, Kemp Town between 1960 and 1977||Commemorated by a blue plaque on his house|
|Addison, WilliamWilliam Addison||Science||Physician and Fellow of the Royal Society||Died in Brighton in 1881|
|Ainsworth, William HarrisonWilliam Harrison Ainsworth||Humanities||Historical novelist. His locally themed novels include Ovingdean Grange and Old Court, which mentions the Old Ship Hotel||Lived at 5 Arundel Terrace, Kemp Town between 1853 and 1867||Commemorated by a blue plaque on his house and by Brighton & Hove Bus Company bus number 423||
|Alborough, PaulPaul Alborough||Entertainment||Steampunk and chap hop musician||Lived in Brighton; now lives in Portslade|||
|Alcott, ChemmyChemmy Alcott||Sport||Formerly Britain's top alpine skier||Born in Hove in 1982|||
|Alexander, HenryHenry Alexander||Sport||Cricketer for Harrow School and Cambridge University||Born in Brighton in 1841|||
|Allan, ElizabethElizabeth Allan||Entertainment||Film actress||Lived at 3 Courtney Terrace, Hove from 1977 until her death in 1990||Commemorated by a blue plaque on the block of flats and by Brighton & Hove Bus Company bus number 655|||
|Allen, LeightonLeighton Allen||Sport||Footballer for Colchester United||Born in Brighton in 1973|||
|Allen, PeterPeter Allen||Sport||Footballer for Leyton Orient||Born in Brighton in 1946||Now a partner in Portslade solicitors firm Deibel & Allen|||
|Allingham, HenryHenry Allingham||Other||Supercentenarian and formerly the world's oldest man||Moved to St Dunstan's care home at Ovingdean in 2006 aged 109; died there in 2009 aged 113||Commemorated by Brighton & Hove Bus Company bus number 808|||
|Anderson, EmmaEmma Anderson||Entertainment||Guitarist and songwriter of indie music bands Lush and Sing-Sing||Lived in Brighton from 2008|||
|Anscombe, FrankFrank Anscombe||Education||Statistician and founder of Yale University's statistics department||Born in Hove in 1918|||
|Arkell-Smith, ValerieValerie Arkell-Smith||Other||Crossdressing woman who impersonated an RAF officer and was known as Colonel Sir Victor Barker||Moved into the Grand Hotel in 1923||Married another woman at St Peter's Church, Brighton, in 1932|||
|Armour, NormanNorman Armour||Politics||American diplomat||Born in Brighton in 1887 while his parents were on holiday|||
|Ashbury, James LloydJames Lloyd Ashbury||Politics||Yachtsman and Member of Parliament||Lived in Brighton|
|Astor, 1st Viscount Astor, William WaldorfWilliam Waldorf Astor, 1st Viscount Astor||Politics||American attorney, politician, hotel founder and member of the Astor family||Lived in Brighton until his death in 1919|
|Atkinson, BruceBruce Atkinson||Entertainment||Poker player ("Elvis Senior")||Lives in Brighton|||
|Attree, Michael "Atters"Michael "Atters" Attree||Entertainment||Satirist, comedy writer and performer|
|Austin, WilliamWilliam Austin||Arts||Artist, engraver and caricaturist||Died in Brighton in 1820|
|Ayass, DeanDean Ayass||Entertainment||Television wrestling commentator|
|Baboulene, DavidDavid Baboulene||Humanities||Humorous travel writer, scriptwriter and story theory expert||Lives in Brighton and is based at the University of Brighton School of Education|||
|Baddeley, WalterWalter Baddeley||Religion||Bishop of Melanesia 1932–1947||Born in Portslade and attended Varndean School||In 1962 the north aisle of St Andrew's Church, Portslade was redesigned to form a memorial to him|||
|Bader, AlfredAlfred Bader||Science||Research chemist and art collector||Evacuated to Hove in 1938 as part of the Kindertransport scheme; lived at 85 Holland Road and attended East Hove Senior School for Boys||Bader was a regular attendee at the Middle Street Synagogue, Brighton|||
|Bailey, EwanEwan Bailey||Entertainment||Actor, writer and voice artist||Born in Brighton in 1966; educated at Brighton College|||
|Baillie-Hamilton, William A.William A. Baillie-Hamilton||Politics||Scottish civil servant, barrister, military captain and footballer||Born in Brighton in 1844||Played for Scotland in its first ever football match against England|||
|Baker, John RomanJohn Roman Baker||Arts||Playwright and novelist (mostly with gay themes)||Born in Brighton and has lived there for much of his life|
|Ball, ZoëZoë Ball||Entertainment||Broadcaster||Lives at Western Esplanade on Hove seafront||Daughter of Johnny Ball|||
|Barker, HowardHoward Barker||Arts||Playwright||Has lived in Brighton since the 1980s|||
|Barnes, CarolCarol Barnes||Entertainment||ITV newsreader||Lived at Brighton Marina until her death in 2008||Commemorated by Brighton & Hove Bus Company bus number 701 and by The Argus newspaper's Carol Barnes Courageous Child of the Year Award|||
|Barnett, Charles JamesCharles James Barnett||Sport||Cricketer for the M.C.C. and politician||Died in Brighton in 1882|||
|Bastedo, AlexandraAlexandra Bastedo||Entertainment||Actress||Born in Hove in 1946 and attended Hove Grammar School for Girls|||
|Baynes, PaulinePauline Baynes||Arts||Illustrator, notably of books by C.S. Lewis and Tolkien||Born in Brighton in 1922|||
|Beal, Ernest FrederickErnest Frederick Beal||Military||Recipient of Victoria Cross in World War I||Born in Brighton in 1883, lived at East Street and Lewes Road, and attended Brighton Grammar School||Brighton's only Victoria Cross recipient in World War I. Commemorated on Brighton War Memorial and by Brighton & Hove Bus Company bus number 626|||
|Beardsley, AubreyAubrey Beardsley||Arts||Fin de siècle artist||Born at 31 Buckingham Road, West Hill in 1872; also lived at Lower Rock Gardens, Kemptown||Commemorated by a blue plaque at his birthplace and by Brighton & Hove Bus Company bus number 603|||
|Beardsley, MabelMabel Beardsley||Entertainment||Actress||Born in Brighton in 1871||Sister of Aubrey Beardsley|||
|Beardyman||Entertainment||Beatbox musician||Moved to Brighton in 2001 to study at the University of Sussex|
|Beck, IanIan Beck||Arts||Illustrator and author||Born in Brighton in 1947 and attended Brighton College of Art|
|Behan, BrianBrian Behan||Humanities||Writer, playwright and political activist||Lived in Brighton from 1990|||
|Bemister, WilliamWilliam Bemister||Entertainment||Documentary filmmaker||Born in Brighton in 1948|||
|Best, EdnaEdna Best||Entertainment||Actress||Born in Hove in 1900|||
|Best, KeithKeith Best||Politics||Former Brighton Borough councillor and Member of Parliament for Anglesey||Born in Brighton in 1949 and attended Brighton College|||
|Bevan, RobertRobert Bevan||Arts||Artist||Born at 17 Brunswick Square, Hove in 1865|||
|Beves, GordonGordon Beves||Sport||South African cricket umpire||Born in Brighton in 1862|||
|Billinton, L. B.L. B. Billinton||Industry||London, Brighton and South Coast Railway locomotive engineer and designer||Born in Brighton in 1882|||
|Birdengine||Entertainment||Freak folk singer-songwriter||Lives in Brighton|||
|Birk, AlmaAlma Birk (Baroness Birk)||Politics||Labour politician and journalist||Born at 10 Belgrave Place, Brighton in 1917|||
|Bishop, RussellRussell Bishop||Other||Sex offender||Born in Brighton in 1966||Assaulted and tried to murder a 7-year-old girl; and accused but acquitted of notorious Babes in the Wood murders in Wild Park, Moulsecoomb|
|Black, ClementinaClementina Black||Politics||Trades unionist, feminist and writer||Born in Brighton in 1854 and died there in 1922|||
|Black, DeniseDenise Black||Entertainment||Actress who played Denise Osbourne in Coronation Street||Lives in Freshfield Road in Kemptown|||
|Black, WilliamWilliam Black||Humanities||Novelist||Lived at 1 Paston Place, Kemptown from 1879 until his death in 1898|
|Blackstone, William SeymourWilliam Seymour Blackstone||Politics||Member of Parliament for Wallingford, Oxfordshire||Died in Brighton in 1881|
|Blake, HowardHoward Blake||Entertainment||Composer, pianist, conductor and lyricist||Grew up in Brighton; attended Downs Junior School (1944–49) and Brighton Grammar School (1950–57)|
|Blanchett, CateCate Blanchett||Entertainment||Actress||Lived in Brighton for several years in the mid-2000s|||
|Bloom, TonyTony Bloom||Entertainment||Professional poker player and chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.||Born in Brighton in 1970|
|Blundell, TomTom Blundell||Science||Biochemist||Born in Brighton in 1942|||
|Bobby, MonsterMonster Bobby (Bobby Barry)||Entertainment||Musician; founded and played with The Pipettes||Born in Brighton in 1981|
|Bodenham, MartinMartin Bodenham||Sport||Football referee and cricket umpire||Born in Brighton 1950|||
|Boko, BenjiBenji Boko||Entertainment||DJ and record producer||Born in Brighton|||
|Booth, EdwardEdward Booth||Science||Naturalist and taxidermist||Went to school in Brighton and lived there until his death in 1890||The building he constructed on Dyke Road in Prestonville to house his collection of specimens is now the Booth Museum of Natural History|||
|Booty, FrederickFrederick Booty||Arts||Artist, philatelist and author of world's first illustrated stamp catalogue||Lived in Brighton|
|Boswall, JefferyJeffery Boswall||Science||Ornithologist and natural history producer for the BBC||Born in Brighton in 1931|||
|Botting, JamesJames Botting||Other||Hangman at Newgate Prison||Lived in Brighton; died in Hove in 1837|
|Braban, HarveyHarvey Braban||Entertainment||Actor||Born in Brighton in 1883|||
|Bray, CharlieCharlie Bray||Sport||Cricketer for Essex||Born in Portslade in 1898||Bray later became a journalist|||
|Brewin, AndrewAndrew Brewin||Politics||Canadian politician||Born in Brighton in 1907|||
|Bridge, FrankFrank Bridge||Arts||Composer||Born at 7 North Road, Brighton in 1879||Commemorated by Brighton & Hove Bus Company bus number 662|||
- Raymond Briggs, artist, writer and illustrator of many children's books including The Snowman, taught at Brighton Art College
- The members of British Sea Power, an indie rock band (Yan, Noble, Hamilton and Woody)
- Ray Brooks, actor
- George Brown, cricketer, born in Brighton in 1821
- Janet Brown, actress and impersonator of Margaret Thatcher, lived in Hove
- Steve Brown, football player (Charlton, Reading) and manager (Ebbsfleet), born in Brighton 1972
- Adrian Brunel, highly regarded director in the silent movie era
- Isambard Kingdom Brunel, engineer, attended Dr Morell's school on Hove seafront, close to Hove Street, for several years from 1820
- Dora Bryan, comic actress (whose Clarges hotel on Marine Parade was used in the Carry On films)
- Margot Bryant, actress who played Minnie Caldwell in Coronation Street, lived at Fourth Avenue in Hove for many years
- Janey Buchan, Scottish Labour MEP, died in Brighton in 2012
- Arabella Buckley, writer and populariser of science, was born in Brighton in 1840
- Nick Burbridge, author of poetry/plays/novel and songwriter founder of folk rock McDermott's Two Hours
- Richard Burchett, artist
- Julie Burchill, journalist; founder of Modern Review
- Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Pre-Raphaelite artist; resident 1880–98
- Sir John Cordy Burrows, surgeon and local politician; mayor of Brighton 1857
- Keith Burstein, composer, born (1957) and brought up in Hove
- Steve Burtenshaw, football player (played for Brighton & Hove Albion), football manager and scout, born in Portslade in 1935
- Sean Bury, actor, was born in Brighton in 1954
- Charles Busby, Regency architect, prolific in Brighton. Lived in Lansdowne Place. House is adorned by a blue commemorative plaque
- Cecil Butcher, cricketer for Sussex, born in Brighton in 1872, died in Portslade in 1929
- Dame Clara Butt, recitalist and concert singer, lived in St Aubyns Mansions between 1903 and 1906.
- Douglas Byng, comic singer and songwriter; lived in Arundel Terrace, Kemp Town; died 1987
- Simon Callow, British actor, has a house in Hove
- Duncan Campbell, investigative journalist and computer forensics expert.
- Rene Campbell, British professional bodybuilder
- Victor Campbell, Antarctic explorer, born in Brighton 1875
- George Canning, British politician and Prime Minister; resident April to August, 1827
- Marie-Antoine Carême, chef to the Prince Regent, inventor of chef's toque (hat)
- Charles Carpenter, cricketer for Sussex
- Edward Carpenter, poet and philosopher
- Denis Carter, Baron Carter, agriculturalist and Labour politician, spent some of his early life in Hove
- Sam Carter, singer in British metalcore band Architects
- Dirick Carver, Protestant martyr, 1554
- Juan Francisco Casas, Spanish artist, has lived in Brighton
- Michael Cashman, MEP and former EastEnders actor
- Gwen Catley, soprano, died in Hove in 1996
- Nick Cave, Australian musician, writer, and film maker
- Gianni Celati, Italian writer, lives in Brighton
- Paul Cemmick, cartoonist, lives in Hove
- Ian Chapman, footballer
- Shaun Charman, formerly drummer of band The Wedding Present
- Peter Chrisp, children's writer
- Sir Winston Churchill, journalist and politician; attended a school run by the "Misses Thompson" in Hove
- Dave Clarke, techno DJ
- Somers Clarke, architect and Egyptologist, born in Brighton 1841
- Julian Clary, comedian, formerly the Joan Collins fan club
- Jack Clayton, film director, was born in Brighton in 1921
- Brendan Cleary, poet, has lived in Brighton
- John Clements, actor
- Carol Cleveland, Monty Python actress
- Bryan Clough, author of State Secrets: The Kent-Wolkoff Affair
- Charles Clover-Brown, cricketer, died in Hove in 1982
- Brian Cobby, former voice of the British Telecom speaking clock
- C. B. Cochran, impresario, showman, born in Prestonville Road in the Prestonville area of Brighton in 1872
- Michael Cochrane, actor, born in Brighton 1947
- Admiral Sir Edward Codrington, hero of the Battle of Navarino — lived in 140 Western Road (1828–52); a blue commemorative plaque adorns the house
- Robert Coffin, Catholic Bishop of Southwark, born in Brighton 1819
- Ben Cohen, author, publisher and distributor of bridge books and stationery supplies
- Sophie Coleman, triathlete, born in Brighton 1990
- Jean Colin, 1930s film actress, was born in Brighton in 1905
- David Collings, actor (Crime and Punishment, Doctor Who, etc.), was born in Brighton in 1940
- Geoffrey Collins, cricketer for Sussex, born in Brighton 1918
- Maria Colwell, born in Hove in 1965, killed in Brighton by her stepfather at age 7; a notorious case of child abuse resulting in a public enquiry
- John Comber, cricketer for Sussex, born in Brighton 1861
- Ivy Compton-Burnett, novelist, grew up in Hove
- Dainton Connell, a leading Arsenal hooligan, was born in Brighton in 1961
- Clare Connor, played for Brighton College men's cricket team and England women's cricket team, was born in Brighton in 1976
- John Constable, Romantic painter, intermittently lived in Brighton, calling it "Piccadilly by the Seaside". Resided at 11 Sillwood Road.
- Steve Coogan, comedian well known as Alan Partridge
- Edward Tyas Cook, journalist, editor, man of letters, born in Brighton 1857
- Norman Cook musician formerly of band The Housemartins, and subsequently known as DJ Fatboy Slim (Portslade)
- Gaz Coombes, lead singer of band Supergrass, once lived in Brighton
- George Coppard, corporal in the British Army, wrote With A Machine Gun to Cambrai (a popular memoir of World War I), born in Brighton 1898
- Beth Cordingly, actress (played PC Kerry Young in The Bill), was born in Brighton in 1977
- David Cordingly, authority on pirates (of the pre-modern era), father of Beth Cordingly, lives in Brighton
- Tich Cornford, cricketer for Sussex, died in Brighton
- Tom Cotcher, Scottish actor, lives in Brighton
- George Cotterill, footballer, born in Brighton 1868
- Joseph Cotterill, cricketer for Sussex (1870–1888), played once for England, born in Brighton 1851
- David Courtney, born David Cohen in Whitehawk, composer and record producer; discovered and co-wrote with Leo Sayer; also nephew of Henry Cohen who conceived and built Brighton Marina
- Robin Cousins, figure skater, won gold at 1980 Olympics, lives in Brighton
- Graham Coutts, murderer of Jane Longhurst in 2003, lived in Brighton
- Simon Cowell, Sony BMG executive, born in Brighton
- Richard Crane, playwright
- Sam Crane, actor, born Brighton
- Addison Cresswell, comedy agent, went to St Luke's Primary School and Brighton Polytechnic
- Luke Cresswell (of musical performers Stomp)
- Henry Radcliffe Crocker, dermatologist, born in Hove in 1846
- A. J. Cronin, novelist, lived in Hove in 1945
- Aleister Crowley, author, died in a nursing home in Hastings, along the coast from Brighton, in December 1947; ashes scattered at Devil's Dyke
- James Crump, founder of St. Aubyn's School (named after the Hove street in which he lived)
- Thomas Cubitt, master builder, employed in the development of Kemp Town. Lived in 13 Lewes Crescent
- Graham Cutts, a leading British film director in the 1920s, was born in Brighton in 1885
- Cyriak, animator, is based in Brighton
- Tim Daniels, cricketer for Oxford UCCE, born in Brighton 1980
- Alfred Darling, pioneer film equipment manufacturer
- Ralph Darling, Governor of New South Wales 1825–1831, who prevented theatre in Sydney, died in Brighton in 1858
- John Davey, cricketer for the MCC and Sussex, born in Brighton 1847, died in Brighton 1874
- Glen Davies, footballer, born in Brighton 1976
- Nicholas Davies, journalist associated with Robert Maxwell, lived in Brighton in 1993
- Philip Davies, cricketer for Sussex, born in Brighton 1893, attended Brighton College
- Jill Day, singer and actress in the 1950s to early 1960s, was born in Brighton in 1930
- Lewis Dayton, actor of the 1920s, was born in Brighton in 1889
- Alex 'Ali Dino' Dean, bassist in UK metalcore band Architects
- Roger Dean, artist, famous for prog-rock album covers
- John Leopold Denman, architect, designed many buildings in and around Brighton, was born in Brighton in 1882
- Amita Dhiri, actress (played Milly in This Life), was born in Brighton in 1966
- Clarissa Dickson Wright, celebrity chef and television personality, attended Sacred Heart School (then in Hove)
- Coningsby Disraeli, Member of Parliament for Altrincham, nephew of Benjamin Disraeli, died in Hove in 1936
- Alan Donohoe, singer with the band The Rakes, lives in Brighton
- Lord Alfred Douglas, poet and writer, friend and lover of Oscar Wilde
- Angus Douglas-Hamilton, Victoria Cross recipient
- David Downton, fashion illustrator, has lived in Brighton
- Alfred Drayton, stage and film actor (he was a solidly-built former brewery worker), born in Brighton in 1881
- Tim Dry, actor and artist, lived in Brighton in the 1970s
- Graham Duff television writer and actor famous for BBC Three TV series ideal
- Alice Dudeney, writer, born in Brighton 1866
- Polly Dunbar, illustrator and writer, went to Brighton University, now lives in Brighton
- Lewis Dunk, footballer for Brighton & Hove Albion, born in Brighton 1991
- Richard Durrant, guitarist, born in Hollingbury, Brighton in 1962
- Frederick Charles Eden, church architect and designer, born in Brighton 1864
- Connie Ediss, buxom comedienne in Edwardian music hall, also acted in a few 1930s films, born and died in Brighton
- Christiana Edmunds, "The Chocolate Cream Poisoner" — while living in Brighton, poisoned several people (killing a four-year-old boy) with adulterated chocolate creams in the 1870s
- Les Edwards, illustrator, lives in Brighton
- Nick Van Eede, lead singer, Cutting Crew
- Adam El-Abd, Egyptian-English footballer for Brighton & Hove Albion, was born in Brighton in 1984
- Joe El-Abd, rugby union player, born in Brighton 1980
- Jago Eliot, Lord Eliot, involved in a variety of arts projects, briefly lived in Brighton
- Charlotte Elliott, poet and hymn writer, lived in Brighton in the latter part of her life
- G. H. Elliott, music hall singer and comedian, buried in Rottingdean church yard
- Henry Venn Elliott, English divine, minister of St Mary the Virgin, Brighton, died at Brunswick Square 1865
- Sean Ellis, film director, was born in Brighton c.1970
- Steve Ellis, singer with the band Love Affair, lives in Brighton
- Harriet Elphinstone-Dick, early swimming champion, originally from Brighton, taught swimming at Brill's Baths in Pool Valley
- Maurice Elvey, one of Britain's most prolific film directors of the silent era, died in a nursing home in Brighton in 1967.
- Bella Emberg, actress; co-star of The Russ Abbot Show
- Revd. Richard Enraght, religious controversialist, curate of St. Paul's Church, Brighton 1867–71, and priest in Charge of St. Andrew's Church, Portslade 1871–74
- Chris Eubank, ex-boxer, who holds the purchased title of "Lord of the Manor of Brighton"
- Chris Eubank, Jr., boxer, son of Chris Eubank, lives in Brighton
- Maurice Evans, leading Shakespearan actor in the United States, regularly in Bewitched and Batman, and Dr Zaius in Planet of the Apes
- Simon Evans, comedian, lives in Hove
- George Everest, surveyor after whom the mountain was named, buried in Hove
- Marjorie Eyre, D'Oyly Carte soprano, died in Brighton in 1987
- Michael Fabricant MP, born in Brighton in 1950; educated at the Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School
- Rotimi Fani-Kayode, photographer who explored sexuality, race and culture, lived in Brighton in his youth
- Simon Fanshawe, broadcaster, writer, and comedian, lives in Kemptown
- Tommy Farr, boxer, "The Tonypandy Terror", ran a pub in Brighton after retirement
- Steve Ferrone, drummer with Average White Band, has also played for various high-profile performers, born in Brighton in 1950
- Frank Finlay, actor, owned a house in Wyndham Street for 30 years until 2009
- Fink (Fin Greenall) (born 1972), singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, DJ, is based in Brighton
- Maria Fitzherbert, illegitimate wife of George IV (the marriage of a Catholic to a member of the British Royal Family was illegal)
- Robert Thomas Flower, 8th Viscount Ashbrook, Irish aristocrat, Lieutenant-Colonel in the British Army, and inventor. Lived at 22 Adelaide Crescent, Hove, in the 1860s.
- Russell Floyd, actor, lives in Brighton
- Wes Fogden, footballer for Brighton & Hove Albion and various other clubs in the south of England, born in Brighton 1988
- Chris Foreman, nicknamed Chrissy Boy, guitarist, Madness
- Gustavus Fowke, cricketer for Leicestershire, born in Brighton in 1880
- Derek Francis, comedy and character actor, was born in Brighton in 1923
- William Friese-Greene, cinematographic pioneer, subject of the film The Magic Box
- Leon Garfield, novelist, born in Brighton in 1921
- Constance Garnett, early translator of Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Chekhov, was born in Brighton and attended Brighton and Hove High School
- David Garnett, novelist, Bloomsbury Group member, lover of Duncan Grant, was born in Brighton
- John Garrick, film actor, was born in Brighton in 1902
- George, Prince of Wales, Prince Regent, and later King George IV of the United Kingdom
- Grant Gee, filmmaker and music video director
- Mikey Georgeson, artist, moved to Brighton in 1989
- Dave Gibbons, comic book illustrator, famed for co-creating Watchmen
- Annabel Giles, TV presenter, lives in Brighton
- Eric Gill, typographer, engraver, sculptor, born in Brighton 1882
- Alexander Graeme Gilmour, Scottish sculptor and theatre designer lived in Brighton
- David Gilmour, guitarist and vocalist of Pink Floyd, owns house on Kings Esplanade, Hove
- Harvey Goldsmith, rock promoter
- Nat Gonella, singer and trumpeter, lived in Saltdean
- JoAnne Good, radio presenter and actress, lives in Brighton
- Arthur Murray Goodhart, composer and organist, lived in Brighton
- Leon Gordon, Hollywood screenwriter, born in Brighton in 1894
- Theodore Gordon, Scottish inspector of army hospitals, died in Brighton in 1845
- Colin Grant, author, lives in Brighton
- Stephen Grant, comedian and writer, lives in Brighton and frequently performs in the town's Komedia venue
- Emily Gravett, children's author and illustrator, lives in Brighton
- Graham Greene, writer (worked in but did not live in Brighton)
- Dave Greenfield, keyboard player with The Stranglers, born in Brighton in 1949
- Roy Greenslade, professor of journalism at City University London, media commentator and journalist for The Guardian and the London Evening Standard, has lived in Brighton since the 1970s
- Lucy Griffiths, actress (attended Varndean College)
- Ioan Grillo, journalist and author of the book El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency
- Nicholas Grimshaw, architect, designed Waterloo International railway station and the Eden Project, was born in Hove
- Martha Gunn, famous dipper and friend of the Prince Regent
- Sally Gunnell, athlete, olympic 400m hurdles champion in 1992
- Almer Hall, football player and manager, was born in Hove
- Brian Hall, actor (played Terry the chef in Fawlty Towers), born in Brighton in 1937
- Eamon Hamilton, of the band Brakes and formerly of British Sea Power
- Kay Hammond, stage and film actress, wife of John Clements, died in Brighton in 1980
- Gilbert Harding TV personality in the 1950s; lived in Clifton Terrace, Brighton
- Cyriak Harris, British freelance animator, E4 winner, B3TA member
- Harry Harrison, science fiction writer, had a flat in Brighton for his visits to England
- Phil Hartnoll, of band Orbital
- Lee Harwood, poet, moved to Brighton in 1967
- Tony Hawks, comedian, author and philanthropist
- John Albert Hay, former British Politician
- Peter Thomas Hay, author
- Rachel Hayward, former British Steel Pan Champion Soloist
- Michael Heath, cartoonist
- Den Hegarty, of bands Darts and Rocky Sharpe and the Razors/Replays
- Toby Hemingway, actor best known for playing Reid Garwin in 'The Covenant'
- James Herbert, horror author of The Rats and The Fog
- Phoebe Hessel, disguised herself as a man to join the British Army, moved to Brighton. She died in 1821 aged 108, and is buried in the graveyard of St Nicholas' Church, Brighton
- Dave Hill, Marxist educator, grew up in Brighton and was a local Labour councillor
- Rowland Hill, postal reformer
- Steve Hillier of band Dubstar (Hove)
- Tim Hillier-Brook, former guitarist in UK metalcore band Architects
- Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who were born in Brighton in 1908; toured the US sideshow and Vaudeville circuit
- Annie Holland, guitarist with Britpop band Elastica, lives in Brighton
- Georg Hólm, bassist of Sigur Rós
- Nicholas van Hoogstraten, multimillionaire and property tycoon
- Rufus Hound, comedian and presenter
- Richard Hough, writer on maritime history, was born in Brighton 
- Martin How, composer and organist with the Royal School of Church Music, briefly lived in Brighton as a child
- Dionne Hughes, comedienne and television presenter, briefly lived in Brighton
- Herbert Hughes, Irish composer, collector of folk songs, died in Brighton in 1937
- Jason Hughes, Welsh actor, lives in Brighton
- Barbara Hulanicki, fashion designer and founder of Biba, moved to Brighton aged 12, studied at Brighton Art College
- Jessica Hynes (née Stephenson), actress and writer, grew up in Brighton
- Boyd Irwin, actor, appeared in 135 films between 1915 and 1948, was born in Brighton in 1880
- Mick Jackson, writer, best known for novel The Underground Man, lives in Brighton
- Edward James, poet and art collector, who lent many famous Surrealist works to Brighton Museum in the 1950s and 1960s
- Peter James, writer of detective stories featuring Roy Grace, was born in Brighton
- Samantha Janus, actress in EastEnders
- Konrad Jarnot, opera singer
- Michael Jayston, actor, lives in Hove
- Gwyneth Jones, novelist
- Jenny Jones, prominent member of the Green Party, grew up in Brighton
- Maggie Jones, Baroness Jones of Whitchurch, Labour politician, lives in Brighton
- Peter Jones, actor and "Just A Minute" panellist had a house in Hove in 1970's
- Bernard Jordan, World War II veteran, participant in Operation Overlord (Battle of Normandy). In later life he was the Conservative councillor for the former Borough of Hove, and then the mayor of Hove between 1995-1996. Jordan later became a member of the Labour party. In June 2014, Bernard Jordan unexpectedly left his care home to attend a D-Day memorial in Normandy on June 6, after he could not be registered on time to an official veteran's coach for the trip.
- Petra Joy, German feminist and advocate/producer of erotic films for women, lives in Brighton
- Charles Albert Keeley, pioneering colour theorist and entertainer
- Natasha Kaplinsky, journalist and newsreader
- Tim Keegan, English musician, lives in Brighton
- Nigel Kennedy, violinist, born at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and lived at Regency Square, Brighton and Lyndhurst Road, Hove during his childhood
- Natasha Khan (also known as Bat for Lashes), musician
- Bobak Kianoush, member of boy band Another Level, born in Hove and attended Blatchington Mill School
- Michael Kilgarriff, tall actor, born in Brighton in 1937
- Alex King, rugby player
- Matt King, actor and comedian; Super Hans in Peep Show
- Philip King, playwright; wrote the farce See How They Run.
- William King, philanthropist; supporter of Cooperative Movement
- Rudyard Kipling, author; lived in Rottingdean between 1897 and 1903
- William Forsell Kirby, entomologist and folklorist, lived in Brighton
- Prince Peter Alexeevich Kropotkin, Russian anarchist; resident 1912–17
- Thomas Lainson, architect
- David Land, theatre producer
- Michael Langdon, opera singer, died in Hove in 1997
- George Larner, race-walker; double gold medallist at 1908 Olympics
- Walter Ledermann, mathematician, lived in Rottingdean and Hove
- Vivien Leigh, actress, Scarlet O'Hara in Gone with the Wind
- Alfred Lennon, father of John Lennon, was living in Brighton at the time of his death in 1976
- Reginald Leopold, BBC violinist, lived in Saltdean at the time of his death
- Fred Lillywhite, cricketer; organised first England overseas tour
- David Lindsay, Scottish novelist (wrote A Voyage to Arcturus), ran a boarding house in Brighton, died in Hove in 1945
- Ken Livingstone, politician; formerly Mayor of London; had a house in the Seven Dials area
- Hugh Lloyd, actor and comedian, lived in Rottingdean
- Jane Longhurst, killed by Graham Coutts; the Jane Longhurst Trust was set up to campaign for the criminalisation of what the Government labelled "extreme pornography", a move opposed by Backlash and the Consenting Adult Action Network
- Ida Lupino, actress and film-maker, daughter of Stanley Lupino, attended schools at Norman Road, Aldrington and Ventnor Villas, Hove and the Sunday school of All Saints Church, Hove
- Desmond Lynam, broadcaster
- Zoe Lyons, comedian, lives in Brighton
- Matt Machan, Sussex cricketer
- Percival Mackey, pianist, composer and music director in the early 20th century, lived in Brighton
- Mathilde Madden, erotica author, lives in Brighton
- Sake Dean Mahomet, introduced the Turkish bath to Britain
- Stephen Mallinder, musician, lives in Brighton
- Gideon Mantell, doctor, palaeontologist, discoverer of dinosaurs (Iguanodon), lived and worked in Brighton in the 1830s
- Lesley Manville (born 1956), English actress
- Edward Marshall-Hall, criminal barrister famous for Edwardian theatrics in court
- Ivan Massow, entrepreneur
- Susan Maughan, singer of hit record Bobbys Girl, lived in Rottingdean
- Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence
- Conor Maynard, singer, was born in Brighton
- Margaret Mayo, children's author, lives in Brighton
- Pete McCarthy, actor and writer, lived in Brighton for a while, and a local bus was named after him
- Natascha McElhone, actress in Surviving Picasso, The Truman Show, Solaris, Californication etc., spent childhood in Brighton (attended St Mary's Hall)
- Joe McGann, actor; star of The Upper Hand
- Kevin McNally, actor, lives in Brighton
- Neil Megson, performance artist, also known as Genesis P-Orridge
- Harriet Mellon (1777–1837), actress, wife of banker Thomas Coutts, had a house by Regency Square, Brighton
- Alan Melville, (1910–1983) revue author, playwright, lyricist, radio and TV personality moved to Brighton in 1951 and lived in Clifton Terrace and Victoria St.
- Sara Mendes da Costa, the British Telecom speaking clock
- Kevin Meredith, a.k.a. Lomokev, photographer, lives and works in Brighton
- Prince Klemens von Metternich (15 May 1773 – 11 June 1859), Austrian Foreign Minister, Diplomat and creator of the Congress of Vienna
- Max Miller, comedian — the "Cheeky Chappie" — born in Brighton in 1894, lived there most of his life; blue plaque at 160 Marine Parade and statue in New Road
- Heather Mills, ex-wife of ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, owns the vegan restaurant VBites in Hove
- Bruce Montague, actor (played Leonard in Butterflies), lives in Brighton
- Juan, Count of Montizón, the Carlist claimant to the throne of Spain and Legitimist claimant to the throne of France — lived in Hove c.1870s – 1887, where he died; funeral mass held in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Hove
- William Moon, teacher and inventor of an alphabet for the blind
- Gary Moore, musician, guitarist with Thin Lizzy amongst others as well as solo, lived in Hove
- Ryan Moore, three time champion jockey
- Caitlin Moran, journalist, was born in Brighton
- James Morrison, recording artist, lives in Hove
- Napoleon III, Emperor of the French; deposed by the Third Republic in 1870 and lived in Brighton in 1872
- Dame Anna Neagle, actress; lived at Lewes Crescent, Kemp Town
- Jo Neary, comedian, is based in Brighton
- John Henry Newman, priest, writer, Catholic convert, Cardinal, now beatified, had a family home in Marine Square, Kemp Town, when he was a young man
- Annie Nightingale, BBC TV and Radio presenter and sometime Brighton night-club owner
- Michael Nightingale, film and television actor, born in Brighton in 1922
- Amy Noble, English actress, lives in Brighton
- Ray Noble, band leader, composer, born 17 December 1903 in 1 Montpelier Terrace
- Jeff Noon, speculative fiction writer
- Henry Normal, comedian, writer and TV producer, lives in Brighton
- Bridget O'Connor, author and playwright, lived in Hove
- Peter O'Donnell, creator of Modesty Blaise
- Laurence Olivier (Lord Olivier) and Joan Plowright; lived at Royal Crescent 1960–78
- John Osborne, playwright, lived in 7a Arundel Terrace, Kemp Town in the 1950s
- Steve Ovett, Olympic runner, 800 metres gold medalist in 1980, born and brought up in Brighton. There was a statue of him in Preston Park, Brighton, which got stolen, and a replacement statue is in Madeira Drive. Ovett was made Freeman of the city in July 2012.
- Denise Van Outen, television presenter, currently renovating a house
- Bill Owen, actor, lived in Sussex Square in the 1950s
- Tom Owen (born 1949), actor, son of Bill Owen, was born in Brighton
- Adrian Oxaal, guitarist, formerly with James
- George Painter, biographer, died at Hove on 8 Dec 2005
- Chris Paling, novelist
- Patsy Palmer, current EastEnders actress
- Juliet Pannett, (1911-2005), born in Hove, portrait artist
- Charles Stewart Parnell, Irish politician, died in Brighton
- Passenger, a singer (real name Mike Rosenberg), is originally from Brighton
- Marguerite Patten, cookery writer
- Heather Peace, actress and musician, lives in Brighton
- David Pearce, philosopher
- John Pedder (1784–1859), first Chief Justice of Van Diemen's Land, died in Brighton
- Donald Peers, Welsh crooner, lived in St. John's Road, Hove; memorial tablet at Downs Crematorium
- John Pelling, artist, born (1930) and raised in Hove
- Laurie Penny, columnist and blogger, grew up in Brighton, attended Brighton College
- Fred Perry, tennis player, lived in Rottingdean
- PewDiePie, video game commentator, lives in Brighton
- Otto Pfenninger (1855–1929), moved to Brighton where he pioneered colour photography
- Sir Richard Phillips (1767–1840), author, died in Brighton
- Samuel Phillips (1814–1854), journalist, died in Brighton
- Karen Pickering, swimmer, former 200 metres freestyle champion
- David Pilbeam, anthropologist
- Keith Pilbeam, economist
- Alan Pipes, author and illustrator
- Adam Pitts, Drummer of the band Lawson
- Andrew Plimer (1763–1837), portrait miniaturist, died in Brighton
- Joan Plowright — see Lord Olivier, above
- Tony Pollard (born 1965), battlefield archaeologist, lived in Brighton 1995–1997
- Peter Polycarpou, actor, was born in Brighton
- Tim Pope, film director and video maker
- Samuel Preston, lead singer of the band The Ordinary Boys, formally married to Celebrity Big Brother winner, Chantelle Houghton
- Ian Porter, actor
- Katie Price, model (also known as Jordan).
- Tobin Prinz, of Prinzhorn Dance School
- Partho Sen-Gupta, film director and scriptwriter (resident since October 2006)
- Luke Pritchard, lead singer and rhythm guitarist for The Kooks
- Jay Purvis (born 1976), Canadian model and television presenter, lived in Brighton in his youth
- Thomas Raikes (1777–1848), dandy, friend of Beau Brummell, the Duke of Wellington and Talleyrand, died in Brighton soon after buying a house there
- Peggy Ramsay (1908–1991), theatrical agent, lived in Kensington Place, Brighton. Blue plaque at the property.
- Robert Rankin, author
- Terence Rattigan, playwright, author of The Browning Version and The Winslow Boy lived at Bedford House, 79 Marine Parade. Blue plaque at the property.
- Tom Raworth, poet, lives in Brighton
- Rita Ray, once singer with the Darts, latterly radio presenter and DJ
- Amanda Redman, actress, born in Brighton in 1957
- Matt Redman, Christian musician, lives in Brighton
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- Terence Reese, from London, a national and international award winning player of and highly regarded writer on contract bridge; a writer on other games; died at the age of 83 of aspirin poisoning on January 29, 1996 at his residence at 23 Adelaide Crescent; an inquest ruled his death accidental.
- Phillip Reeve, novelist; grew up in Brighton
- Louise Rennison, writer (author of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging) and comedienne, went to Brighton University, and now lives in Brighton
- Dakota Blue Richards, actress, lives in Brighton, attended Brighton College
- Laurence Rickard, actor, writer, notable for his role in the Horrible Histories television series, was born and still lives in Brighton
- Rizzle Kicks, hip-hop duo
- Paul Roberts, frontman/singer with pop band the stranglers — session singer and actor
- Simon Roberts, photographer, lives in Brighton
- Frederick William Robertson, Anglican divine
- George Robey, (1869–1954), music hall comedian, lived in Arundel Drive, Saltdean until his death
- Dame Flora Robson, actress, 1960 until her death in 1984, famous as Elizabeth I
- Dame Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, opened first shop in Kensington Gardens, Brighton in 1976; a blue commemorative plaque marks the building.
- John Roman Baker, poet, playwright and novelist, spent his childhood and much of his adult life in Brighton.
- Martin Rossiter, singer with the band Gene, lives in Brighton
- Arnold Ruge, German philosopher and political writer, lived in exile in Brighton from 1850 until his death in 1880
- Dr. Richard Russell (1687–1759), encouraged the submersion and drinking of seawater. Buried in the churchyard of St Nicholas' Church, Brighton.
- Gilbert Ryle, philosopher
- John Alfred Ryle, professor of medicine at Cambridge and Oxford. Physician to George V. Brother of Gilbert Ryle.
- Martin Ryle, winner of 1974 Nobel Prize in Physics
- Charles Sabini, criminal, said to have lived in the Grand Hotel, Brighton, ran protection rackets against bookmakers. Inspiration for character Colleoni in Graham Greene's Brighton Rock.
- Victoria Sackville-West, had two houses in Sussex Square, Kemp Town conjoined by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who also built her another at nearby Roedean
- Sir Albert Abdullah David Sassoon, British Indian philanthropist and merchant, 1st Baronet Sassoon
- Sir Edward Albert Sassoon, businessman and politician, MP for Hythe, whose mausoleum became the Hanbury Arms; 2nd Baronet Sassoon, of Kensington Gore
- Tom Sayers, boxer
- Leo Sayer, singer born in Shoreham-by-Sea lived in Brighton, discovered in Brighton by David Courtney
- Paul Scofield, actor, lived in Brighton as a child and went to school there
- Tom Searle, Guitarist of UK Metalcore band Architects
- Dan Searle, Drummer of UK Metalcore band Architects
- Captain Sensible, punk musician with The Damned
- Robert Shelton, American music and film critic (helped launch Bob Dylan's career), moved to Brighton in 1982
- Jake Shillingford, musician and front-man of My Life Story
- Roy Skelton, actor and voice of the Daleks
- Sylvia Sleigh, artist
- George Albert Smith, pioneering early cinematographer lived and built a studio in Hove
- John Smith, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order
- Kevin Smith, cricketer
- Jimmy Somerville, musician formerly of band The Communards
- Ewen Spencer, photographer
- Herbert Spencer, philosopher and political theorist
- Mimi Spencer, journalist, lives in Brighton
- Andi Spicer, composer, lives in Brighton
- Victor Spinetti, actor, film, stage TV, lived in Kemp Town
- Dusty Springfield, singer, had home in Wilbury Road, Hove
- Jordan Stephens, singer in the duo Rizzle Kicks
- Victor Stiebel, fashion designer, lived in Chichester Terrace
- Jack Strachey, composer and songwriter, lived in Brighton towards the end of his life
- Zoe Sugg, YouTube fashion and beauty vlogger known commonly as Zoella
- Andy Sturgeon, garden designer (winner at 2010 Chelsea Flower Show), has lived in Brighton
- Joakim Sundström, Swedish sound editor, sound designer and musician
- Keston Sutherland, poet, lives in Brighton
- Suvadhana, Thai princess, lived in Brighton in the middle of the 20th century
- Chris T-T, singer-songwriter, lives in Brighton
- Sir Peter Tapsell, Conservative Party politician, was born in Brighton
- Keith Taylor, Member of the European Parliament for the Green Party, lives or lived in Brighton
- Maui Taylor, Filipino actress, big in the Philippines
- Noah Taylor, actor and musician, lives in Brighton
- Rosie Taylor-Ritson, actress in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, lives in Brighton
- Chris Terrill, Adventurer, anthropologist and filmmaker
- Nicholas Tettersell, ferried Charles II to exile in France
- Angela Thirkell, buried in St Margaret's Church, Rottingdean
- David Thomas, lead singer of Pere Ubu, Rocket from the Tombs, and David Thomas & Two Pale Boys
- Francis Tillstone, Brighton's Town Clerk from 1881 to 1904
- Peter Tobin (born 1946), serial killer, lived in Brighton in the 1970s and 1980s
- Arthur Treacher, actor
- Tommy Trinder comedian, owned and lived in 71 Marine Parade (ref. Kelly's 1951)
- Jack Tripp, English pantomime dame, died 2005
- Lynne Truss, writer (author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves)
- Roger Tucker (born 1945), television and film director
- Kieran Turner, aid worker and founder of Brighton Lifeline for Kosova, which became Aid Convoy
- Keith Tyson, artist and Turner Prize winner in 2002, studied Critical Fine Art Practice at Brighton University's Grand Parade campus
- Tagore family, of Kolkata owned a house here in the 19th Century.
- David Van Day, singer
- Ralph Vaughan Williams, composer, went to school in Rottingdean
- Wanda Ventham, actress, was born in Brighton
- Magnus Volk, electrical engineer and inventor
- Johnny Wakelin, musician, born in Brighton in 1939
- Peter Wales, Sussex cricketer, born in Hove in 1928
- Seann Walsh, comedian. born in Brighton in 1986
- Keith Waterhouse CBE, journalist, novelist and playwright, lived in Embassy Court, Brighton
- David Watkin, Oscar and BAFTA winning cinematographer, lived in Sussex Mews, Kemp Town until his death in 2008
- Alan Weeks, BBC sports commentator, notably for ice hockey and other winter sports, grew up in Brighton and died in Hove
- Scott Welch, boxer, moved to Brighton at age 16
- Louise Wener, lead singer of 1990s Britpop band Sleeper and author
- Ben Wheatley, film director, lives in Brighton and made the film Down Terrace
- Gary Whelan, Irish actor, lives in Brighton and owns the Lion & Lobster pub there
- Thomas and Alex White, musicians and members of Electric Soft Parade and Brakes
- Wildman Whitehouse, surgeon and destroyer of the first transatlantic telegraph cable
- Rachel Whiteread, artist and Turner Prize winner in 1993
- Octavia Wilberforce, doctor, suffragist, founder of New Sussex Hospital for Women, and lifelong partner of Elizabeth Robins, had a home and medical practice in Montpelier Crescent
- Herbert Wilcox, film producer and director lived in Lewes Crescent, Kemp Town
- Amon Wilds and his son Amon Henry Wilds, both Regency architects, prolific in Brighton
- Billy Williams, Australian music hall performer, died in Hove in 1915
- Mark Williams, member of The Fast Show team and actor in the Harry Potter films
- James Williamson (film pioneer), cinema pioneer had a chemist's shop in Church Road, Hove before building a studio in Cambridge Grove
- Holly Willoughby, television presenter, born in Brighton in 1981
- Joe Lee Wilson, jazz singer
- John Wisden, cricketer, founded Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
- Robert Wisden, actor, was born in Brighton
- W.I.Z., music video director
- Bernard Youens, actor who played Stan Ogden in Coronation Street, was born in Hove
- Will Young, recording artist (popular music)
- Robyn Young, author
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