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This is a
list of people from Northampton, a town in the East Midlands region of England. The demonym of Northampton is Northamptonian. This list is arranged alphabetically by surname.
Robert Adams (1917–1984), sculptor and designer, born in Far Cotton
Will Alsop (1947–), architect, designed the Sharp Centre for Design in Toronto and North Greenwich tube station, was born, raised, and studied for his foundation degree in the town [1 ]
William Alwyn (1905–1985), composer, conductor, and music teacher, was born in the town
Toby Anstis (1970–), TV and radio presenter
Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921–2006), light music composer, was born in the town
George Baker (1781–1851), topographer and historian, was born in the town.
Bauhaus (1978–1983, 1998, 2005–2008), a gothic rock band, formed in Northampton.
Margaret Bondfield (1873–1953), Labour MP for Northampton in 1923, first female Cabinet minister in the UK and one of the first three female Labour MPs.
John de Bothby (c.1320–c.1382), former Lord Chancellor of Ireland, spent his last years as vicar of the church of The Holy Sepulchre.
Elizabeth Bowen (1899–1973), 20th century Anglo-Irish writer, lived in the town after her marriage.
Charles Bradlaugh (1833–1891) radical Liberal MP for Northampton in 1880.
Anne Bradstreet (c.1612–1672), a puritan poet later based in Massachusetts, was born in Northampton.
VV Brown (1983–), recording artist, was born in Northampton.
Alban Butler (1710–1773), Roman Catholic priest and hagiographer, was born in the town.
Dallas Campbell (1970–), TV presenter, studied Drama and English at the University of Northampton between 1989–1992. [2 ]
Judy Carne (1939–) was born in the town.
Alan Carr (1976–), comedian, grew up in Northampton and attended what is now Weston Favell Academy. His father Graham Carr managed Northampton Town FC. [3 ]
John Clare (1793–1864), poet, was detained in Northampton County Lunatic Asylum, now St Andrew's Hospital, where he died.
Ben Cohen (1978–), activist and former England rugby union international player who began his career with Northampton Saints in 1996.
Richard Coles (1962–), musician, journalist and openly gay Church of England priest, was born in Northampton and lives in the area.
Maureen Colquhoun (1928–), Labour MP for Northampton North in 1974 was the UK's first openly lesbian MP.
Andrew Collins (1965–), journalist and broadcaster, grew up in the town and wrote about it in his memoir Where Did It All Go Right?.
Francis Crick (1916–2004), Nobel Prize winner, molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist, and most noted for being a co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule in 1953 with James D. Watson, was born in the town. In December 2005, a public sculpture, Discovery by Lucy Glendinning, was erected in Abington Street as a memorial. [4 ]
Michael Crick (21 May 1958-) journalist, author, broadcaster. A founding member of the Channel 4 News Team in 1982.
Jamie Delano (1954–), writer of , Hellblazer , 2020 Visions , World Without End , is a lifelong resident. Cruel and Unusual
The Departure (2004–2008), rock band, formed in Northampton.
Delia Derbyshire (1937–2001), produced the original theme tune, spent her final years in the town. Doctor Who
Frank Dickens (1899–1986), biochemist best known for his work on the pentose phosphate pathway which produces NADPH, was born in the town.
Philip Doddridge (1702–1751), an English Nonconformist leader, educator, and hymnwriter, spent some of his years in the town.
Marcia Falkender, Baroness Falkender (1932–), formerly Marcia Williams, private secretary to Prime Minister Harold Wilson, was educated at Northampton High School for Girls.
Anne Fine (1947–), author of children's literature, attended Northampton High School for Girls. [5 ]
Pat Fish (1957–), leader of The Jazz Butcher, was raised in Northampton.
Lorna Fitzgerald (1996–), an actress best known for playing Abi Branning in . EastEnders [6 ]
Errol Flynn (1909–1959), worked in the Repertory Theatre, now Royal Theatre, from 1933–34.
Benjamin Franklin's family is from Ecton, east of Northampton.
Rachel Furner known as Tich (singer), was born in Northampton and attended Northampton High School for Girls.
Violet Gibson (1876–1956), best known for trying to assassinate Benito Mussolini in 1926, spent the rest of her days in St Andrews Hospital and was buried in Kingsthorpe.
Ray Gosling (1939–), journalist, author, broadcaster and gay rights activist, was educated at what is now Northampton School for Boys.
Mark Haddon (1962–), novelist and poet best known for his 2003 novel , was born in the town. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Andy Hamilton (1974–), Autumnwatch forager and author, was born and raised in Northampton.
James Harrington (1611–1677), philosopher and author of , was born at nearby The Commonwealth of Oceana Upton Hall.
"Whispering Bob Harris" (1946–), radio presenter, was born in the town.
James Hervey (1714–1758), 18th century philosopher, was born in the town.
Joan Hickson (1906–1998), played Miss Marple, was born in Kingsthorpe.
Rebecca Hunter (1981–), singer from pop group allSTARS*, was born in Northampton.
Maps (2005–), Northampton-based Mercury-nominated musician
Medium 21 (1999–2004), alternative rock band, formed at Northampton College
Tim Minchin (1975–), comedian, actor and musician, was born in Northampton.
Des O'Connor (1932–), television presenter and singer, evacuated to the town during World War II and briefly played for Northampton Town FC.
Spencer Perceval (1762–1812), only MP for Northampton to have held office of Prime Minister and only Prime Minister to have been assassinated.
Myrea Pettit (1970–), fantasy artist of fairies, flowers and butterflies, was born in Northampton.
Pickering Phipps (1827–1890), brewer, Mayor of Northampton (1860–1866) and Conservative MP for Northampton (1874-1880).
Peter Purves (1939–), former presenter & former weekend presenter Blue Peter BBC Radio Northampton; lived for a number of years at the old rectory in Cogenhoe.
Derek Redmond (1965–), Olympic runner, was born and raised here and attended Roade Comprehensive School. now Roade Sports College, where the sports hall is named after him
Edmund Rubbra (1901–1986), composer, was born in Semilong
Norman Smiley (1965–), professional wrestler, was born here.
Matt Smith (1982–), played the Eleventh Doctor in , was born and raised in the town and attended Doctor Who Northampton School for Boys. [8 ] [9 ] [10 ] [11 ] [12 ]
Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales (1961–1997) is buried at Althorp, the country estate of Earl Spencer where Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer (1964–) is her brother. In 1989, Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana made an official visit to Northampton where Diana was made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough. The [13 ] Royal Pioneer Corps from the former Simpson Barracks, which were located at Wootton in the south of the town, stood guard of honour on the day. There is a bronze plaque in her memory on the outside of the Guildhall 1992 extension. [14 ]
Howard Stableford, former BBC Radio Northampton presenter, went on to present the BBC television series Tomorrow's World
Lindsey Stagg (1970–), child actress who played Pandora Braithwaite in and The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ , was born in Northampton. The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole
Martin Stanford, presenter Sky News
Charles ("C.T.") Studd (1860–1931), Victorian cricketer and pioneer missionary who played in the first Ashes test, was born in Spratton.
Graeme Swann (1979–), cricketer, was born in Northampton and played for Northamptonshire County Cricket Club from 1998–2004 before moving to Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. He currently plays in both the England Test and One Day International teams.
Faye Tozer (1975–), singer from pop group Steps, was born in Northampton
Walter Tull (1888–1918), Northampton Town FC player who became Britain's first black army officer in the First World War
Sophie Turner (1996–), known for playing Sansa Stark in Game Of Thrones, was born in Northampton
Michael Underwood (1975–), TV presenter, lives in the town and attended what is now Weston Favell Academy.
Marc Warren (1967–), played Danny Blue in the BBC's series, was born in Hustle Kingsthorpe.
Lawrence Washington (1602–1653), rector, great-great-grandfather of the first US President George Washington, was born at Sulgrave Manor, a few miles south-west of Northampton. George Washington's great-great-great-great-great grandfather, Lawrence Washington (c.1500–1583), who purchased Sulgrave Manor from Henry VIII, was Mayor of Northampton in 1532 and 1545.
Jo Whiley (1965–), former BBC Radio 1 presenter, now presenting on BBC Radio 2, attended Campion School in Bugbrooke.
Stuart Pearson Wright (1975–), award winning artist, was born in Northampton.
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