List of people from South Shields
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Art and architecture
- John Chambers, artist
- Sheila Graber, animator, born South Shields, made an outstanding animation about the river Tyne.
- James Kirkup (born 1918), poet
- Tish Murtha, documentary photographer born in South Shields, best known for her work documenting marginalised communities, social realism and working class life in Newcastle upon Tyne and The North East England.
- Robert Olley born South Shields, painter of the Westoe Netty
- Alison Smithson, co-founder with husband Peter Smithson of New Brutalism movement in architecture
- Charlie Drummond, a 2009 Big Brother contestant.
- Sir Ridley Scott (born 1937) film director and producer
- Marnie Simpson, Reality Star
- Albert Burdon (1900–1981), actor, comedian
- Craig Conway (born 1975), actor starred in Our Friends in the North.
- Ron Cook (born 1948), British television and theatre actor
- Eric Idle, part of the Monty Python team
- George Irving (born 1954), actor in films and TV. (Anton Meyer in Holby City)
- Lindsay Kemp, dancer, actor, teacher, mime artist and choreographer
- Dale Meeks, actor from Emmerdale (Simon Meredith)
- Leslie Randall (actor)
- Dame Flora Robson (1902–1984), Oscar-nominated actress
- Richard Short (born 1975), actor
- Edward Wilson, television actor (Billy Seaton in 'When the Boat Comes in') and director of the National Youth Theatre 1987-2004.
- John Woodvine (born 1929) RSC actor
- Connor Robinson, former UFC Presenter
- Anna Foster English radio news reporter and presenter, currently presenting the early evening programme 5 Live Drive with Tony Livesey on Wednesday to Friday.
- Steve Furst (born 1967), comedian
- Sarah Millican (born 1975), stand-up comedian
- Chris Ramsey (comedian) (born 1986), stand-up comedian
- Jack Brymer (1915–2003), eminent classical clarinetist
- Lulu James, British soul artist.
- Ernest Farrar (1885–1918), organist, composer
- Ginger (born David Walls, 1964), founding member of The Wildhearts, a hard rock and punk rock band; had success in the mid-'90s
- Alex Kapranos, born in Gloucestershire but was brought up in South Shields, singer in the group Franz Ferdinand
- Claire Rutter, operatic soprano
- Kathy Stobart (born 1936), jazz saxophonist
- Danny McCormack, founding member of The Wildhearts
- Joe McElderry, winner of The X Factor in 2009.
- Jade Thirlwall, born in 1992 and raised in Laygate, South Shields, part of four-piece girl group Little Mix, winner of the eighth series of X Factor UK.
- Perrie Edwards (born 1993), part of four-piece girl group Little Mix, winner of the eighth series of X Factor UK.
- Leo Kinlen, professor of epidemiology at Oxford.
- Ernest Thompson Seton (1860–1946), naturalist, writer and Chief Scout of the Boy Scouts of America
- Thomas Masterman Winterbottom (1766–1859), physician, abolitionist, Surgeon General of the Sierra Leone Company, originator of Winterbottom's sign, and founder of South Tyneside College.
- Richard Wallace Annand (1914–2004), first Victoria Cross recipient of the Second World War
- John Simpson Kirkpatrick (1892–1915), hero of the Gallipoli campaign in WWI.
- Henry Howey Robson (1894–1964), recipient of the Victoria Cross
- Billy Blyton, Baron Blyton (1899–1987) of South Shields, Labour Party politician
- Sir William Fox (1812–1893) four times Prime Minister of New Zealand
- Harold Heslop (1898–1983) trade unionist and writer
- Oswine of Deira died (651 AD), Northumbrian King and Saint, legend states that he was born at Caer Urfa, site of the excavated Roman fort of Arbeia situated on the Lawe Top.
- Sam Bartram (1914–1981), goalkeeper for Charlton Athletic 1934-1956
- Phil Brown (born 1959), former footballer, until 15 March 2010 manager of Hull City AFC.
- Corbett Cresswell, winner of the FA Amateur Cup three times with Bishop Auckland FC
- Warney Cresswell, England footballer who played for Sunderland and Everton
- Malcolm Crosby (born 1954), former professional footballer and manager of Sunderland AFC (1991-1993).
- Tom Curry, former Newcastle United footballer who died in the Munich air disaster.
- Arnold Josephs (1890–1984), cup final and international soccer referee.
- Stanley Mortensen (1921–1991), international footballer
- Nick Pickering (born 1963), former Sunderland F.C. player, won the FA Cup with Coventry City F.C. in 1987.
- Adam Rundle (born 1984), Rotherham United player.
- Steve Simonsen (born 1979), footballer
- Martyn Waghorn (born 1990), former Sunderland A.F.C. player, currently plays for Leicester City in the championship.
- Chris Cook (born 1979) Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer
- Andrew Stoddart (1864–1915) Captain of England at rugby and cricket
- Sir Frank Williams (born 1942) Formula One team owner
- Alex Enlund MMA fighter fought in the UFC as a Featherweight.
- Elinor Brent-Dyer (1894–1969), author of the Chalet School stories
- Robert Colls, professor of English history at the University of Leicester
- Catherine Cookson (1906–1998), novelist
- J. Thomas Looney (1870–1944), Comtean and Shakespeare authorship theorist.
- Barry MacSweeney (1948–2000), poet
- Avro Manhattan (1914–1990), writer
- James Mitchell (1926–2002), TV script writer - Callan, The Avengers, etc.
- Alan Myers (1933-2010), literary translator.
- Dorothy Samuelson-Sandvid, also known as 'Dorfy,' born South Shields, a Geordie dialect writer and author of 'A Basinful O' Geordie'
- Francis Scarfe (1911–1986), poet and critic
- William Downey, with his brother, pioneer photographer; royal photographers to Queen Victoria
- John Erickson (1929–2002), professor of politics at Edinburgh. NATO adviser
- John Gray (born 1948), philosopher, formerly professor of European Thought at the LSE in London.
- Lauren Luke (born 1981), make-up artist/cosmetics, best known for her YouTube celebrity makeover tutorials.
- Kevin Maguire, award-winning journalist
- Eileen O'Shaughnessy, wife of George Orwell
- Dolly Peel (1782–1857), fishwife, poet and legendary local character.
- George Stout (1860–1944), philosopher
- Lord Wright of Durley (1869–1964), Lord of Appeal
- William Wouldhave (1751–1821), inventor of the first functional lifeboat
- "The World of Sheila Graber" (PDF). 2004-03-02. Retrieved 2007-11-17.
with understanding the River Tyne
- Graber, Dobson (2007-12-06) . My River Tyne. Sheila Graber. Retrieved 2007-12-23.
Animates the History of the river on which I lived from source in Scotland to the Mouth at South Shields. Also weaves in a bit of my own family connections with the river - on which my Dad was Pilot Master .
- "James Kirkup bio page". Brindin Press. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
- "Famed Geordie netty is museum attraction". The Northern Echo. 2007-03-31.
- Wainwright, Martin (2007-04-04). "Urinal finds museum home". The Guardian.
- J. Barbour & Sons corporate history web page, retrieved December 15, 2006.
- "Has Charlie found love in BB house?". South Shields Gazette. 2009-06-22.
- Myles-Kelly, Paul (2008-07-02). "GNR will be a home run for Craig". South Shields Gazette. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
- Harrington, Illtyd (2008-02-08). "Edward Wilson". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-07-17.
- June Emerson, Obituary: Jack Brymer, The Guardian, London, September 18, 2003, retrieved December 16, 2006.
- "The Story of Ernest Farrar". Christ Church Music Page. Christ Church - High Harrogate. Retrieved 2006-12-19.[dead link]
- "The Wildhearts Website". Music. Retrieved 2007-10-20.
- Kapranos, Alex (2005-12-02). "In grandmother's footsteps". The Guardian.
The only real difference is that my Geordie grandmother doesn't garnish her pease pudding with garlic and olive oil.
- "Clair Rutter biography". Intermusica Agency. 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2006-12-22.
- Plater, Alan (2004-04-15). "Swing out sisters". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2006-12-22.
- "'Joe gives me goose pimples!'". South Shields Gazette. 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2009-11-25.
- Barber, Dee Seton. "A SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF ERNEST THOMPSON SETON". Ernest Thompson Seton: His Life and Legacies. Ernest Thompson Seton Institute. Archived from the original on 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2006-12-21.
- Burial location of Victoria Cross recipient Richard Wallace Annand
- "Not Only A Hero, An Illustrated Life of Simpson, the Man with the Donkey". Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
- "Not Only A Hero, Tyneside". Archived from the original on 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
- "Not Only A Hero, Jack in Australia". Archived from the original on 2007-09-02. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
- "Not Only A Hero, Training". Archived from the original on 2007-09-02. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
- "Not Only A Hero, The Landing". Archived from the original on 2007-09-02. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
- "Not Only A Hero, The Donkey". Archived from the original on 2007-09-02. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
- "Not Only A Hero, The Clown Prince". Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
- "Not Only A Hero, Anzac Cove". Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
- "Not Only A Hero, May 19th". Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
- "Not Only A Hero, Monuments to Jack Simpson". Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
- "Men of ANZAC -John Simpson Kirkpatrick". ANZAC House Youth Hostel web site. Hassle Free Tourism and Travel Agency. 2005-10-14. Archived from the original on 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2006-23-20. Check date values in:
- Askin, Alfred J. (2000). "List of Victoria Cross Holders". Victoria Cross Research.
- ThePeerage.com, Peerage of Britain genealogical web site, page 19100, retrieved December 16, 2006.
- McLintock, A. H.; Morrell, W. P. (1966). "FOX, Sir William". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. New Zealand Ministry for Culture & Heritage. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
- "Harold Heslop biography page". Alan Myers Literary Guide. 2004. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus (1985). The Buildings of England, County Durham. Great Britain: Penguin Books. p. 414. ISBN 0 14 071009 4.
- Mitchell, K., Grave indifference, The Observer, London, August 19, 2001, retrieved December 15, 2006.
- Sunderland Football Club Greatest 100 web page, A-Love-Supreme Fanzine web site, retrieved on December 17, 2006.
- "Harold Heslop biography page". Alan Myers Project - Famous People: The North-East. The British Library. 2004. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
- "Stanley Mortensen - Player Profile". Football-England.Com. 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-12-07. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
- "Steve Simonsen football data". soccorbase.com. Mirror Group PLC. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-22.
- Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games web site, Christopher Cook biography, retrieved December 17, 2006
- "Andrew Stoddart statistics page". CricketArchive. 2003. Retrieved 2006-12-23.
- "Frank Williams Interview". GPUpdate.net. 2003-01-31. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
- Johns-NEC, Craig (4 November 2014). "Dream week for MMA star Alex Enlund who is crowned Cage Warriors world champion". Chronicle. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
- The New Chalet Club web site, Elinor Brent-Dyer biography web page, retrieved December 16, 2006.
- Arkwright, Helen (2004). "The Barry MacSweeney Collection". The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics. Newcastle University. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
- "Baron Avro Manhattan". Alan Myers Literary Guide. 2004. Retrieved 2006-12-21.
- "Dorfy". Archived from the original on 2003-04-13. Retrieved 2007-11-04.
- "Francis Scarfe biography page". Alan Myers Literary Guide. 2004. Retrieved 2006-12-21.
- Newcastle Arts Centre, Biography and Photographs of William Downey Archived December 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine., retrieved on December 18, 2006.
- "John Erickson biography page". Alan Myers Literary Guide. 2004. Retrieved 2006-12-19.
- Brown, Andrew (2005-12-03). "The contrarian". The Guardian. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
- Taylor, D. J. (2005-12-10). "Another piece of the puzzle". Guardian Review. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2006-12-22.
- "George Stout biography page". Alan Myers Project - Famous People: The North-East. The British Library. 2004. Retrieved 2006-12-23.[permanent dead link]
- "Lord Wright of Durley biography page". Alan Myers Project - Famous People: The North-East. The British Library. 2004. Retrieved 2006-12-21.
- "William Wouldhave biography page". Alan Myers Project - Famous People: The North-East. The British Library. 2004. Retrieved 2006-12-21.