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This is a list of notable people born in or strongly associated with the
Isle of Wight, alphabetically within categories.
Born on the Isle of Wight [ edit ]
Thomas Arnold, headmaster of Rugby School and immortalised in , born in Tom Brown's Schooldays Cowes
Sophie Dawes, Baronne de Feuchères, born in St Helens
Thomas Fleming, judge and Lord Chief Justice
Uffa Fox, yacht designer
Vivian Fuchs, Antarctic explorer
Mark King, Born in Gurnard nr.Cowes, Bass Player and vocalist in Pop/Funk Band Level 42
Marius Goring, born Newport
Maxwell Gray (Mary Gleed Tuttiett), novelist
Bear Grylls, climber, youngest Briton to reach the summit of Mount Everest and live, survival expert, host of Man vs. Wild.
Sheila Hancock, actress born Newport
Robert Hooke, scientist, born in Freshwater
Jeremy Irons, actor, born in Cowes and raised in St Helens
Phill Jupitus, comedian, born in Newport
Suri Krishnamma, Film director and writer, born in Shanklin
Albert Midlane, failed ironmonger, poet and hymn writer was born in Newport
Anthony Minghella, film director, born in Ryde, whose parents run the Minghella's Ice Cream company on the Island. On accepting his Best Picture Oscar for he said, "This is a great day for the Isle of Wight!" The film includes footage of The English Patient Shanklin Pier
Brian Murphy, actor, born in Ventnor Queen
Osburga, daughter of Oslac, Chief Butler of England and mother of King Alfred the Great.
Albert Pollard, historian, born in Ryde
Horace Rawlins, golfer, winner of the first U.S. Open in 1895
Henry Sewell, first Prime Minister of New Zealand was born on the island in 1807 and lived there until emigrating to New Zealand at the age of 45.
Harry Frederick Whitchurch V.C. born in Sandown
Eric Charles Twelves Wilson V.C. born in Sandown in 1912 Roy Bridger Guy's Hospital (London) Operating Department Practitioner, Clinical and Applied Hypnotherapist (New Zealand), Drummer of the Zodiac rock'n'roll band in the 1960s, Born in Sandown, Accomplished researcher in MS, Will return to the island to live when I eventually retire.
Danny Briggshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Briggs. Hampshire and England cricketer.
Raised on the Isle of Wight [ edit ]
E. Power Biggs, concert organist Nicholas Dingley alias
Razzle, drummer for Hanoi Rocks, raised in Binstead
Uffa Fox was raised in Cowes
William Hutt, MP and colonial administrator, educated in Ryde
George, 2nd Earl Jellicoe, at St. Lawrence Hall, Ventnor.
Fidelis Morgan, actress and writer, raised in Bonchurch
Algernon Charles Swinburne, poet, raised in East Dene, Bonchurch Ronald Foulk, organiser of Isle of Wight festivals of Music 1968-1970
Raymond Foulk, organiser of Isle of Wight festivals of Music 1968-1970
Lived on the Isle of Wight [ edit ]
Peter de Heyno, defended the Carisbrooke Castle 1377 against French–Castilian troops
Sam Browne, soldier, retired to Ryde.
Julia Margaret Cameron, photographer, lived in Freshwater Bay.
Winston Churchill visited Ventnor for extended periods throughout his life.
Lewis Carroll lived at Sandown while working on " Alice in Wonderland".
Sir Christopher Cockerell, inventor of the hovercraft, spent two years in East Cowes working on his prototypes.
Charles Darwin lived for a period in 1867 in the Kings Head Hotel in Sandown.
Charles Dickens, author, lived in Bonchurch for 3 months in 1849
Uffa Fox, yacht designer, lived in Puckaster
David Gascoyne, 20th century surrealist poet
Pamela Green, infamous nude model of the 1950s and 1960s, lived in Yarmouth with the dambuster Douglas Webb, DFM.
Robyn Hitchcock, musician, lived in Yarmouth from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, and cited it in many of his works of the period.
John Oliver Hobbes (Pearl Mary Teresa Craigie), novelist, lived part-time in Steephill, 1900–1906.
Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, lived at St. Lawrence Hall, Ventnor.
John Keats, poet, moved to the island in 1814; areas of Shanklin are named after him.
King Charles I was held prisoner in Carisbrooke Castle for a year.
Marek Larwood, actor and comedian.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet, spent the summer in Shanklin in 1868.
Douglas Webb, DFM air gunner with 617 Squadron on the Dambusters raid. Partner of the infamous nude model Pamela Green. Lived in Yarmouth.
Guglielmo Marconi did radio experiments in Alum Bay and Niton around 1900.
Karl Marx lived in Ryde in the 1870s and in Ventnor in the 1880s.
John Milne, inventor of the horizontal pendulum seismograph, retired from the Japanese Imperial College of Engineering in Shide, Isle of Wight
David Niven, actor, lived in Bembridge as a child.
Isaac Pitman, who invented a shorthand system, lived for a time in Sandown.
John Morgan Richards, cigarette and patent medicine entrepreneur, lived in Steephill, 1903–1918.
Legh Richmond, preacher and writer of the famous religious tract " The Dairyman's Daughter", was curate for Yaverland and Brading.
John Edward Bernard Seely, 1st Baron Mottistone, Secretary of State for War during the years leading up to the First World War; MP and Justice of the Peace for the Isle of Wight.
Michael Sheard, actor, lived in Ryde.
Algernon Charles Swinburne, Poet, lived in Bonchurch.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, poet, lived in Farringford in Freshwater Bay.
Margaret Thatcher rented a house in Seaview.
Queen Victoria, had one of her residences at Osborne House in East Cowes.
Barnes Wallis, inventor of the bouncing bomb, lived and worked in Cowes.
Trevor Duncan, composer (Dr Finlay's Casebook theme), lived in Bonchurch.
Ken Dodd, comedian, has a holiday home at Freshwater Bay.
Master Gunner Daniel Cambridge VC (later Yeoman of the Guard) was stationed at Redoubt Battery, Fort Redoubt, Freshwater Bay, until 1871 (Census) King
Ethelred the Unready fled to the Isle of Wight in 1012 from the Danes under Sweyn Forkbeard. King
Harold II and his brother Tostig Godwinson have estates at Kern and Nunwell respectively.
Jet Harris, musician with The Shadows.
Geoffrey Hughes, actor, lived in Newport.
Jack Douglas, actor from a series of Carry On films.
Dave Ellison, documentary film maker. Creator of world famous award-winning children's TV series Tales of the Riverbank. Often used the island for location shooting. Now lives in Whippingham.
Still resident [ edit ]
Raymond Allen, television scriptwriter best known for , born and lives in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em Ryde [1 ]
David Icke, conspiracy theorist, lives in Ryde
Melvyn Hayes, actor, lives in Ryde
Ellen MacArthur, sailor, based in Cowes
Mark King, Level 42 musician.
Dick Taylor, Pretty Things musician
M J Trow, author and teacher
Alan Titchmarsh, author and T.V. presenter
The Osbournes have a holiday home in Yaverland.
Shaw Taylor, t.v. presenter, "keep 'em peeled", lives at Alum Bay
Edward Upward, socialist novellist lives in Sandown
Dave Ellison, documentary film maker and creator–writer–producer of world-famous children's TV series Tales of the Riverbank. Lives in Whippingham.
Patrick Buckland, CEO Stainless Games, creator of " Carmageddon".
Mark Fox, businessman and journalist.
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