List of people from Northampton

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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.

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  • 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.




  • 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.





  • 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 Blue Peter presenter & former weekend presenter 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



  • 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 Hustle series, was born in 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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  2. ^ "The Donor" (Quarterly magazine from the National Blood Service) Winter 2010.
  3. ^ "Alan Carr book Launch – Chronicle & Echo report 1 October 2008". Retrieved 5 October 2008. 
  4. ^ Sculpture celebrates DNA pioneers BBC News, 13 December 2005
  5. ^ "Anne Fine biography". Bibliography. The Wee Web. Archived from the original on 25 December 2010. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Brosnan, Anna (18 May 2006). "Lorna's off to Albert Square". Northants Evening Telegraph (Johnston Press). Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2008. 
  7. ^ Anglian TV's Celebrity Going Home: Robert Llewellyn (2004)
  8. ^ "BBC – Doctor Who – The Official Site". BBC. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  9. ^ "BBC – Doctor Who – News Story". BBC. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "Ex-NSB head boy Matt Smith is new Doctor Who". Chronicle & Echo. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "Ex-NSB student Matt Smith is new Dr Who!". Northampton School for Boys. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  12. ^ "Who on earth is Matt Smith?". BBC. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  13. ^ "Diana, Princess of Wales – Northamptonshire's most famous daughter – BBC News". Retrieved 28 October 2008. 
  14. ^ "Royal Pioneer Corps, guard of honour for visit of Prince & Princess of Wales, 1989, when Diana received Freedom of the Borough". Retrieved 7 October 2008.