List of people from Bradford

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This is a list of people from the City of Bradford, a metropolitan district in West Yorkshire, England. This list includes people from Bradford, and the wider metropolitan borough, and includes people from Keighley, Shipley, Bingley and Ilkley and other areas. This list is arranged alphabetically by surname:

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Sir Edward Appleton
  • Steve Abbott – (born 28 July 1954) is a film producer and executive producer. His credits include “A Fish Called Wanda”, “American Friends”, “Blame it on the Bellboy”, “Brassed Off” and “Fierce Creatures”. Steve was born in Bradford.[1][2]
  • Christa Ackroyd – (born 1957) is a television and radio presenter, born in Eccleshill.[3]
  • Richard Alexander - (born 1971) is a television presenter, producer & director, born in Wibsey.
  • Eric Anderson, VC – (1915–1943) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Eric was born in Fagley, Bradford.[4]
  • Natalie Anderson – (born 24 October 1981) is an English actress best known for her roles as Alicia Gallagher in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale and Stella Davenport in the medical drama The Royal. Born in Bradford.
  • Sir Edward Appleton, GBE, KCB, FRS – (1892–1965) was a physicist and Nobel prizewinner, born in Bradford.[5]
  • Richard J. Appleton – (1856–1946) was a camera manufacturer and film maker, Appleton devised a tri-partite apparatus which he called the Cieroscope, combining the functions of camera, printer and projector, first put into use in November 1896.[6]
  • Robert Appleyard MBE (27 June 1924 – 17 March 2015) was a Yorkshire and England cricketer. He was one of the best English bowlers of the 1950s, a decade which saw England develop its strongest bowling attack of the twentieth century. Born in Bradford.
  • Tasmin Archer – (born 1963) is a pop singer, born in Bradford.[7]


Sir Jacob Behrens, 1882
  • Jonny Bairstow – (born 1989) is a cricketer, born in Bradford, who plays first-class cricket for Yorkshire CCC and England.[9]
  • Bruce Bannister – (born 14 April 1947) is a retired professional footballer who played for Bradford City FC. Bannister founded a successful sports clothing and footwear business, Born in Bradford.
  • Juliet Barker FRSL – (born 1958) is a British historian, specialising in the Middle Ages and literary biography.[10]
  • Linda Barker – (born 6 October 1961) is an English interior designer and television presenter. Educated at Bradford Girls' Grammar School.
  • Geoffrey Barraclough (10 May 1908 – 26 December 1984) was a British historian, known as a medievalist and historian of Germany. Born in Bradford
  • John Bateman (born 30 September 1993) is an English professional rugby league player for Wigan Warriors. Born in Bradford.
  • Simon Beaufoy – (born 1967) is an Academy Award winning screenwriter, born in Keighley.[11]
  • Sir Jacob Behrens – (1806–1889) was an Anglo-German textile merchant. He was a founder of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce in 1851.[12]
  • Gerard Benson – (1931–2014) was originally from London, Bradford's first and only poet laureate. Gerard was a Quaker, a poet and a teacher. Lived in Manningham.[13]
  • David Berglas – (born 30 July 1926) is a psychological magician, mentalist, and mnemonist.[14]
  • Sharon Beshenivsky – (1967–2005) was a police constable who was killed in the line of duty on Friday 18 November 2005, protecting the community. Sharon was born in Bradford.[15]
  • Tony Bevan, RA – (born 1951) is a British painter. He studied at Bradford School of Art from 1968 to 1971, followed by Goldsmiths' College, London from 1971 to 1974, and the Slade School of Fine Art from 1974 to 1976. He was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in London as an Academician in 2007. Born in Bradford.[16]
The three Brontë sisters, in an 1834 painting by their brother Patrick Branwell. From left to right: Anne, Emily and Charlotte. (Branwell used to be between Emily and Charlotte, but subsequently painted himself out.)
  • Rodney Bewes – (born 27 November 1937) is an English television actor and writer. Born in Bingley.
  • William Binnie – (1867–1949) was a civil engineer educated at Bradford Grammar School.
  • David Blamires – (born 16 March 1957) is an English Grammy award winning musician, born in Bradford.[17]
  • Tim Booth – (born 4 February 1960) is an English singer, dancer and actor best known as the lead singer from the band James. Born in Bradford.
  • Aidy Boothroyd – (born 1971) is a football coach and manager, born in Baildon.
  • Bill Bowes – (25 July 1908 – 4 September 1987) was one of the best bowlers of the interwar period and, for a time, the most important force behind Yorkshire's then dominance of the County Championship. Lived in Menston.[18]
  • John Gerard Braine – (1922–1986) was a novelist, born in Bingley.
  • Asa Briggs, Baron Briggs (born 7 May 1921) is an English historian known for his work on the Victorian era.
  • Anne Brontë – (1820–1849) was a novelist and poet, born in Thornton on the outskirts of Bradford.[19]
  • Charlotte Brontë – (1816–1855) was a novelist and poet, born in Thornton.[20]
  • Emily Brontë – (1818–1848) was a novelist and poet, born in Thornton.[21]
  • Patrick Branwell Brontë – (1817–1848) was a painter, writer and poet. Born in Thornton.


  • Alastair Campbell – (born 1957) political aide and Labour Party strategist associated with Tony Blair. Born in Keighley.[22]
  • Bobby Campbell – (1956–2016) former Northern Irish footballer and is Bradford City Football Club's all-time record goalscorer.
  • Barbara Castle, Baroness Castle of Blackburn, PC, GCOT – (1910–2002) British Labour Party politician. Her family lived in Bradford from when she was 12; educated at Bradford Girls' Grammar School.
  • Dean Cavanagh – (born 1966) writer for screen, film and theatre. Born in Allerton.
  • George William Chafer VC – (1894–1966) English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. George was born in Bradford.
  • Kathleen Chambers – became the first female Lord Mayor of Bradford in 1945.[23]
  • Enzo Cilenti – (born 8 August 1974) English actor, educated at Bradford Grammar School. Born in Bradford.
  • John Coates – (29 June 1865 – 16 August 1941) leading English tenor, who sang in opera and oratorio and on the concert platform. Born in Bradford.
  • Harry Corbett OBE – (1918–1989) puppeteer, born in Bradford. Known as the creator in 1948 of the long running 'Sooty' glove puppet character.[24]
  • Tom Cleverley – (born 1989) footballer who was brought up in Bradford and started his career at Bradford City.
  • Ian Clough – (1937–1970) mountaineer, born in Baildon, who was killed on an expedition to climb the south face of the Himalayan massif Annapurna.
  • Albert Crewe – (1927–2009) American physicist born in Bradford, inventor of the modern scanning transmission electron microscope.
  • Joe Cullen – (born 1989) PDC professional darts player born in Bradford


Frederick Delius
  • Sir Benjamin Dawson, 1st Baronet (1878–1966) – chairman of Joseph Dawson Ltd., cashmere textile manufacturers.[25]
  • Kiki Dee – (born 1947) singer, born Pauline Matthews in Little Horton.[26]
  • Frederick Delius, CH – (1862–1934) was a composer born in Bradford.[27]
  • Fabian Delph – (born 1989) footballer, born in Bradford, who plays as a midfielder for Manchester City and has represented his country at Senior level.
  • Joolz Denby – (born 1955) poet, novelist and artist based in Bradford.
  • William Henry Drew – (1854–1933) textile worker, early trade unionist and one of the founders of the Independent Labour Party, who worked and died in Bradford.
  • Andrea Dunbar – (1961–1990) Bradford born playwright best known for the autobiographical drama and film, Rita, Sue and Bob Too
  • Richard Dunn – (born 1945) professional boxer; a former European, British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion who lived in Bradford.
  • Dynamo – (Steven Frayne, born 1982) street magician and TV personality, born in Bradford.
  • Sir Frank Watson Dyson (1868–1939) Astronomer Royal 1910–1933. Brought up in Bradford from an early age.[28]


Friederich Wilhelm Eurich


William Edward Forster


  • Kenneth Garside – (1913–1983) librarian, information theorist and World War II British Intelligence Corps officer. Born in Bradford.
  • Gareth Gates – (born 1984) singer-songwriter born in Bradford.[40]
  • William Gay – (1814–1893) landscape gardener, surveyor and cemetery designer.
  • Lisa Gormley – (born 1984) actress in Home and Away. Born in Bradford, moved to Australia at age 3.
  • John William Gott – (1866–1922) from Bradford, last person in Britain to be tried for blasphemy.
  • Harry Gration, MBE – (born 22 October 1950) journalist and broadcaster based in Leeds. He is one of the main anchors for the BBC Yorkshire regional magazine programme Look North. Born in Bradford.[41]


  • Bobby Ham – (born 29 March 1942) retired English professional footballer who played for Bradford City FC, Preston North End FC and Bradford Park Avenue. Born in Bradford.
  • John Lawrence Hammond – (18 July 1872–7 April 1949) British journalist and writer on social history and politics. Educated at Bradford Grammar School.
  • James Robert Hanson – (born 9 November 1987) English professional footballer who plays for Sheffield United. In 2013 he scored the goal that sent Bradford City to their first major cup final appearance since 1911. Hanson is Bradford City FC's third highest goalscorer of all time. Born in Bradford.
  • Nanette Hanson – (1941–1967) teacher killed while protecting her pupils from a gunman at St John's RC High School in Dundee. Nanette was born in Bradford.[42]
  • Robert Hardy – (born 1980) bassist for the Glasgow-based band, Franz Ferdinand. He grew up in Wyke, Bradford.
  • Barbara Jane Harrison, GC – (1945–1968) British air stewardess who was awarded the George Cross for heroism, and is the only woman to be awarded the medal for gallantry in peacetime. Barbara was born in Bradford.
  • Denis Winston Healey, Baron Healey, CH, MBE, PC – (born 1917) British Labour politician, who served as Secretary of State for Defence from 1964 to 1970 and Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1974 to 1979. He was brought up in Keighley and educated at Bradford Grammar School.
  • Robert Heaton – (1961–2004) drummer for the Bradford band, New Model Army.
  • John Helm – (born 1942) British sports commentator. Born in Baildon.
  • John Hendrie – (born 1963) Scottish former professional association footballer who played for Bradford City FC in the 1980s. Lives in Menston.
  • Georgie Henley – (born 1995) actress, born in Ilkley. Best known for her portrayal of Lucy Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia film series.
David Hockney depicted on 'The Threads That Bind Us' embroidered hanging created by artists Morwenna Catt & Lucas Stephens which hangs in Bradford City Hall
  • James Hill (1 August 1919–7 October 1994) Academy Award winning British film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Born in Eldwick.
  • David Hockney, CH, RA – (born 1937) painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer, who was born in Bradford.[43]
  • Allan Holdsworth (6 August 1946 – 15 April 2017) was a British guitarist and composer. He released twelve studio albums as a solo artist and played a variety of musical styles spanning a period of more than four decades. Born in Bradford.
  • Fred Hoyle, FRS – (1915–2001) was an astronomer and mathematician known for the steady state theory of creation. Born in Gilstead, Bingley.[44]
  • Matthew Hoyle - is a British motorcycle racer who has competed in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and the 125cc World Championship. He won the British 125cc Championship in 2008.
  • Paul Hudson – (born 1971) meteorologist and television weather presenter for BBC Yorkshire. He was born in Keighley.
  • Mathew Hughes VC (1822–9 January 1882) English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Matthew was born in Bradford.
  • Tasawar Hussain – (1966–2003) murdered when he confronted a gang of robbers after an armed raid on a travel agency in Lumb Lane in January 2003. Tasawar was posthumously awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.[45]
  • John Hustler – (1715–1790) Quaker wool-stapler in Bradford, who was largely responsible, at the start of the Industrial Revolution, for transforming Bradford from a village to prosperous industrial town.



Jowett Cars Eight badge
Frederick William Jowett
  • Peter Jackson – (born 1961) football manager and former footballer, he was Bradford City FC's youngest ever captain, he lifted the 3rd division championship trophy on the day of the Bradford Fire disaster in 1985. He was born in Bradford.
  • William Jackson – (1815–1866) organist and composer.[47] He was organist of St. John's Church at Bradford and was conductor of Bradford Choral Union, and chorus master of Bradford Festivals.
  • Wayne Jacobs – (born 1969) English football coach and former professional player who founded the Bradford charity 'One In A Million', helping disadvantaged children in the city.
  • Paul Jewell – (born 1964) football manager and former player, he took Bradford City AFC into the premier League in 1999. He also played 269 games for the club. Lives in Menston.
  • Joe Johnson – (born 1952) former professional snooker player, born in Bradford. He is best known as the surprise winner of the 1986 World Championship.[48]
  • Benjamin Jowett – (1877–1963) co-founder of the Bradford-based car manufacturer, Jowett Cars Ltd.
  • Frederick William Jowett – (1864–1944) British Labour politician, born in Bradford.
  • William Jowett – (1880–1965) co-founder of the Bradford-based car manufacturer, Jowett Cars Ltd.


  • Omar Khan – entrepreneur best known for the Indian restaurant chain of the same name and is the former owner of the Bradford Bulls. Mr Khan has also been noted for his community and philanthropic work in his home city of Bradford.
  • Natalia Kills – (born Natalia Keery-Fisher 15 August 1986) British singer-songwriter and director, born in Bradford.
  • Eric Knight – (1897–1943) author who created the fictional collie Lassie, born in Menston.


  • Jim Laker – (1922–1986) Surrey and England cricketer, born in Frizinghall.[49]
  • Arthur V Lamb – co-founder of the Bradford-based car manufacturer, Jowett Cars Ltd.
  • Malcolm Richard Laycock – (1 November 1938–8 November 2009) British radio presenter and producer. Born in Keighley.
  • George Layton – (born George Lowy, 1943) actor, director, screenwriter and author, born in Bradford.
  • Peter Layton – (born 1938) glass artist and author, brought up in Bradford and is a co-founder of the Contemporary Glass Society.[50][51]
  • Rudi Leavor – (born 31 May 1926) President and Chairman of the Bradford Reform Synagogue. In the Spring of 2013, aged 86, he secured funding for urgent repairs to the Grade II listed 1881 built Synagogue, with the help of the local Muslim Community through the Bradford Council for Mosques and other businesses and groups in the area. Lives in Bradford.
  • Rachel Leskovac – (born 5 June 1976) Olivier award-nominated British actress. Rachel was born in Bradford.
  • Samuel Lister, 1st Baron Masham – (1815–1906) English inventor and industrialist, notable for inventing the Lister nip comb. Born in Calverley Old Hall near Bradford.[52]


  • James Joseph Magennis VC – (27 October 1919–12 February 1986) Belfast born recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. James lived in Bradford from 1955 onwards.[53]
  • Zayn Malik – (born 1993) member of UK band, One Direction.
  • Aasif Hakim Mandviwala – (born 5 March 1966) known professionally as Aasif Mandvi is an Indian-American actor and comedian. Brought up in Bradford.
  • Mick Manning – (born 1959) British artist and creator of children's books. Born in Haworth.
  • Peter Marks CBE – (born 1949) English businessman, and the former Chief Executive of the member-owned retailer The Co-operative Group.
  • Thomas Harold Broadbent Maufe VC –(6 May 1898–28 March 1942) English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Thomas was born in Ilkley.
  • Sir Douglas Mawson, OBE, FRS, FAA – (1882–1958) Antarctic explorer and geologist, born in Shipley.
  • Stuart McCall – (born 1964) football manager and former midfielder for Bradford City A.F.C. and Scotland.
  • Harry McEvoy – (16 August 1902–3 November 1984) British industrialist and food manufacturer. He was born in Bradford, and educated at Bradford Grammar School.
  • Anthony McGrath – (born 1975) born in Bradford and is a first-class cricketer for Yorkshire CCC and England.
  • Chantel McGregor – (born 1986) British blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter. Chantel attended Leeds College of Music where she achieved a number of awards, including the Leeds College of Music Prize for Outstanding Musicianship. Chantel was born in Bradford.
  • Yvonne McGregor MBE – (born 9 April 1961) English former professional cyclist. She was made an MBE for services to cycling in the 2002 New Year Honours. Yvonne was born in Bradford.[54]
  • Margaret McMillan – (1860–1931) Christian Socialist, working in Bradford, who agitated for reforms to improve the health of young children.
  • Samuel Meekosha, VC – (1893–1950) English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Samuel was brought up in Bradford.
  • Edward Mercer – (1857–1922) Archdeacon of Macclesfield and Bishop of Tasmania.
  • Olivia Messer (Olive) – (1928–2011) first Jewish woman to become a Lord Mayor of Bradford. During the mid 1980s and at the time of the Bradford City fire disaster, Mayor Messer was key to the laying down of a fund which would benefit the victims and their families.[55]
  • Jennifer Metcalfe – (born 1983) actress, most notable for her role as Mercedes McQueen in Hollyoaks. Jennifer was born in Bradford.
    Lord Mayor Jacob Moser, 1910
  • Robert Milligan – (10 October 1786–1 July 1862) English Liberal Party politician and the first mayor of Bradford.
  • Austin Mitchell – (born 1934) MP for Great Grimsby, born in Baildon.
  • Sir Henry Mitchell – (1824–1898) founder of Bradford Technical School, Mayor and first Freeman of the City. Born in Esholt.[56]
  • Adrian Moorhouse, MBE – (born 1964) former swimmer and Olympic gold medal winner, born in Bradford.[57]
  • Sir Kenneth Morrison, CBE – (born 1931) Life President and former chairman of Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc.
  • Florence Moser – (1856–1921) established the 'City Guild of Help' in the town, a form of organised help for the poor and distressed of Bradford. Florence also ran an establishment called 'the Nest' for mothers to leave their babies and young children for the day. She was a philanthropist.[58]
  • Jacob Moser – (1839–1922) Lord Mayor and chief magistrate of Bradford. Alongside his work in his textile export business, Jacob was a founder of the Bradford Charity Organisation Society and the City Guild of Help.[59]
  • Roger Mosey – (born 1958) British broadcasting executive who was born in Bradford.


  • William Napier, VC – (1828–1908) English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. William was born in Keighley.
    Richard Oastler
  • Brian Noble – (born 1961) former Rugby League player who played for and coached Bradford Bulls and captained and coached the Great Britain squad.
  • Chris Norman – (born 1950) rock singer and guitarist who was a founding member of the Bradford glam rock band, Smokie.



  • Balbir Panesar – businessman who became the first Asian president of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce in 2007.[60]
  • Heather Peace – (born 1975) actress and musician, born in Bradford.
  • Lloyd Pearson – (1897–1966) actor, born in Bradford.[38]
  • Gloria De Piero – (born 21 December 1972) British Labour Party politician, journalist and TV presenter who became known for her work at GMTV. In 2010, she was returned to Parliament as MP for Ashfield. Born in Bradford.[61]
  • Albert Pierrepoint – (1905–1992) executioner, born in Clayton.
  • Steve Pinnell – drummer with the rock band Smokie.
  • Ces Podd – (born 1952) retired international footballer from Saint Kitts and Nevis who started his professional career playing for Bradford City FC, with whom he made a record 565 appearances over 14 years.
  • Wilhelm Norbert Pollack – (1868–1916) chairman of Bradford City FC through its most successful period and did much to keep the club solvent through the early years of the first world war. Pollack of German descent also ran a successful textile business in the city. Lived in Bradford.[62]
  • Andrew-Lee Potts – (born 1979) actor, born in Bradford.
  • Sarah-Jane Potts – (born 1976) actress, born in Bradford.[63]
  • Duncan Preston – (born 1946) actor probably best known for his appearances in television productions written by Victoria Wood. He was born in Eccleshill, Bradford.[38]
  • Antony Price – (born 1945) London fashion designer. Born in Keighley.[64]
  • J.B. Priestley, OM – (1894–1984) novelist, playwright and broadcaster, born in Bradford.[65]


  • Euan Rabagliati – (1892–1978) pilot, racecar driver and was later recruited by MI6 during World War II serving as head for the Netherlands and Denmark. He shot down the first German plane in World War I. Born in Bradford.
  • Arthur Raistrick – (1896–1991) British geologist, archaeologist, academic, and writer. He was born in Saltaire, Shipley.
  • Anita Rani – (born Ahita Rahi Nazran; 1977 in Bradford) English radio and television presenter and journalist.
  • Adil Rashid – (born 1988) cricketer, born in Bradford, who plays for Yorkshire CCC and for England.
  • Berthold Reif – (1862–1937) born in, Butschowitz, Czechoslovakia, said to have had the "Spice of Adventure", the last of the Jewish wool merchants to establish a textile export house in the city.[66]
  • Michael Rennie – (1909–1971) film, television, and stage actor, perhaps best known for his starring role as the space visitor Klaatu in the 1951 classic science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still. He was born in Idle.[67]
  • Dean Richards – (1974–2011) professional footballer who was born in Bradford. He played for Bradford City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and England U21.[68]
  • Tony Richardson – (1928–1991) theatre and film director and producer, who won two Oscars for his film, Tom Jones. He was born in Shipley.[69]
  • Geoffrey Richmond – (born 1940 or 1941) chairman of Bradford City AFC from 1994 to 2002, the most successful era for the club since before the First World War. He was instrumental in developing Valley Parade into a modern all seater stadium.[70]
  • Sam Riley – (born 8 January 1980) English actor and singer. Born in Menston.
  • William Riley – (1866–1961) English novelist. He was born in Laisterdyke, Bradford.
  • Sir Henry William Ripley, 1st Baronet – (23 April 1813–9 November 1882) British businessman, philanthropist and politician.
  • Vinette Robinson – (born 1981) actress, born in Bradford.[71]
  • Sir William Rothenstein – (1872–1945) English painter, draughtsman and writer on art, born in Bradford.
  • Verity Rushworth – (born 1985) actress, born in Bradford, who is best known for her role as Donna Windsor-Dingle in the ITV1 soap Emmerdale.
  • Albert Rutherston – (1881–1953) born in Bradford, and was a painter of figures and landscapes, book illustrator and designer of posters and stage sets.[72]


Sir Titus Salt
  • Sir Titus Salt, 1st Baronet – (1803–1876) manufacturer, politician and philanthropist in Bradford.[73]
  • Boris Schapiro – (22 August 1909 – 1 December 2002) British international bridge player. He was a Grandmaster of the World Bridge Federation, and the only player to have won both the Bermuda Bowl (the world championship for teams) and the World Senior Pairs championship.
  • George Adolphus Schott – (1868–1937) mathematician, born in Bradford. He is best known for developing the full theory of radiation from electrons travelling at close to the speed of light.
  • Alfred Angas Scott – (1875–1923) motorcycle designer, inventor and founder of the Scott Motorcycle Company. Born in Bradford.
Scott motorcycle badge
Mayor Charles Semon, 1864
  • James Shaw – (1826–1892) bellfounder, whose company 'James Shaw Son & Co, Bradford' (1848-c1913) became, during the 1880s, the largest manufacturer of musical handbells in the world. They also caste tower bells and manufactured clocks.[80]
  • Ernest Leopold Sichel – (1862–1941) born in Bradford and was a painter, sculptor and silversmith, who exhibited at the Royal Academy.[81]
  • Alan Silson – rock musician who grew up in Bradford and was a founder member of the Bradford band Smokie.[82]
  • Jonathan Silver – (1949–1997) entrepreneur, born in Bradford, who was instrumental in bringing Salts Mill back to life.
  • Harvey Smith – (born 1938) former British show jumping champion, born in Bingley.[83]
  • Robert L Smith – (born 1964) angling author and journalist. Author of The North Country Fly: Yorkshire's Soft Hackled Tradition. Lived in Fairweather Green and educated at Bradford Grammar School.
  • Alan Smithson – (1936–2010) Bishop of Jarrow from 1990 to 2001. He was educated at Bradford Grammar School. Born in Bradford.
  • Pete Spencer – drummer and founder member of the Bradford band Smokie.
  • Jimmy Speirs – (1886–1917) Scottish footballer who scored the winning goal for Bradford City FC in the 1911 FA cup final. He was killed during the Battle of Passchendaele in the First World War.
  • Edward Spurr – (1907–1998) inventor who was brought up in Eccleshill. He designed a powerboat engine with Lawrence of Arabia, worked on the Dambusters’ bouncing bomb and Frank Whittle's jet engine.[84]
  • Norman Stevens, RA – (1937–1988) artist born in Bradford, he was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1983 and then a Royal Academician in 1987.[85][86][87]
  • The Rev. Joseph Strauss, MA, PhD – (1845–1922)[88] was born in Germany, but lived in Bradford where he became the first Rabbi at the Bradford Reform Synagogue in 1873. He was appointed lecturer in Hebrew and Oriental languages at the Airedale Independent College, Bradford in 1876.
  • Mollie Sugden – (1922–2009) comedy actress, best known for playing Mrs Slocombe in Are You Being Served?. Born in Keighley.[89]



  • Jacob Unna – (1800–1881) was born in Hamburg, but became one of Bradford's leading industrialists and a founder of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce in 1851.[96]
  • Terry Uttley – is a rock musician who attended St. Bede's Grammar School as a boy, and became a founder member of the Bradford band, Smokie.


  • Bobby Vanzie – (born 15 August 1975) former English professional boxer who won the British lightweight title, and Commonwealth lightweight title. Vanzie defended his British lightweight title successfully twice, winning a British Lonsdale Belt outright. Born in Bradford.
  • John Verity – (born 1949) English Blues Rock guitarist. He formed the John Verity Band, and also played with the band Argent from 1973 to 1976. Born in Bradford.
  • Alberta Vickridge – (1890–1963) poet, won a Bard's Crown and Bardic Chair at an Eisteddfod in 1924 for her extended poem, the Forsaken Princess. Born in Bradford.


  • Abe Waddington – (1893–1959) professional cricketer, born in Clayton. He played cricket for Yorkshire and England.[97]
  • Scott Waites – (born 17 February 1977 in Bradford, Yorkshire) English professional darts player and is a former BDO World Darts Champion having won the 2016 and 2013 tournaments.
  • Harold Walden – (10 October 1887–2 December 1955) English amateur football player who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics. He won a gold medal and is the record Olympic goalscorer for the Great Britain football team.
  • Kimberley Walsh – (born 1981) born in Bradford and is a singer with the pop group, Girls Aloud.[98]
  • Timothy West, CBE – (born 1934) film, stage and television actor, born in Bradford.[38]
  • Michael Wharton – (19 April 1913–23 January 2006) of German Jewish descent, was a newspaper columnist who wrote under the pseudonym Peter Simple in the Daily Telegraph. Born in Shipley.
  • Sir Mortimer Wheeler, CH, CIE, MC, FBA, FSA – (1890–1976) archaeologist, educated at Bradford Grammar School.
  • Frank Whitcombe – (1913–1958) Welsh Rugby Union and professional Rugby League footballer of the 1930s and '40s who played for Bradford Northern.
  • Frank Whitcombe Jr – (1936–2009) Rugby Union footballer who played for and captained Bradford RFC.
  • Martin Whitcombe – (born 1961) former Rugby Union footballer who played for Leicester Tigers and England 'B' International. Born in Keighley.
  • Billie Whitelaw, CBE – (born 1932) English actress of both stage and film. She was educated at Thornton Grammar School.
  • Richard Whiteley, OBE, DL – (1943–2005) television presenter remembered as the original host of the game show, Countdown. He was born in Bradford.[99]
  • George Whyte-Watson – (1908–1974) senior consultant surgeon at Bradford Royal Infirmary for nearly 30 years. He was instrumental in getting self-examination included as part of the procedure for detecting breast cancer.[95]
  • Dylan Wilk – (born 1974) humanitarian and entrepreneur, educated at Bradford Grammar School.
  • Maurice Wilson MC – (21 April 1898–1934) British soldier, mystic, mountaineer and aviator who is known for his ill-fated attempt to climb Mount Everest alone in 1934. Born in Bradford.
  • Ricky Wilson – (born 1978) lead singer with Leeds band, Kaiser Chiefs. He was born in Keighley.
The fourth photograph, Fairy Offering Posy of Harebells to Elsie Wright
  • Dean Windass – (born 1969) professional footballer, Bradford City Football Club's fourth all-time highest goal scorer. Lives in Menston
  • Ron Wing, CBE – (1927–2005) leading pharmacist who launched Ibuprofen and was instrumental in providing new treatments for epilepsy. He studied as an apprentice at Bradford Technical College from 1942 to 1947.[100]
  • Junior Witter – (born 1974) Bradford's first ever World Boxing Champion. He is the former British Welterwight champion and former WBC World Light-Welterweight champion, and has been a European, British and Commonwealth Light-Welterweight champion. Born in Bradford.
  • Humbert Wolfe, CB, CBE – (1885–1940) Italian-born English poet, man of letters and civil servant. He was brought up in Bradford and was a pupil at Bradford Grammar School.[101]
  • Sir Walter Womersley – (1878–1961) Minister of Pensions in World War II. Born in Bradford.
  • David Wootton – (born 1950) born in Bradford and was a pupil at Bradford Grammar School. He was the 684th Lord Mayor of London, from 2011 to 2012 and is the Alderman of the Ward of Aldersgate.
  • Elsie Wright – (1901–1988) whose photographs of the Cottingley Fairies were endorsed authentic by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was a student of Bradford Art College. Elsie was born in Cottingley.[102]
  • Joseph Wright FBA – (31 October 1855–27 February 1930) English philologist who rose from humble origins to become Professor of Comparative Philology at Oxford University.
  • Tony Wright – (born 1968) born in Bradford and is a rock singer with the band, Terrorvision.


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