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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Margaret Bonfield, first Cabinet Minister and one of the first three female MPs in the House of Commons


Samuel Cartwright


Statue of Francis Crick, Abington St, Northampton
  • Dallas Campbell (1970–), TV presenter, studied Drama and English at the University of Northampton between 1989–1992.[2]
  • Judy Carne (1939–2015) 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]
  • Samuel Cartwright FRS FLS FGS (1789–10 June 1864) was a British dentist who did much to improve the profession
  • 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, neuroscientist. Noted as 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 (1939–2013), 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.


Perceval's statue at Northampton Guildhall
  • Louise Pentland (1985–), fashion and beauty vlogger, author, and internet personality, best known on YouTube as Sprinkle of Glitter.
  • 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
Gallus gallus by Stuart Pearson Wright with Still Life and Presidents BP Portrait Award winner


  • Michael Underwood (1975–), TV presenter, lives in the town and attended what is now Weston Favell Academy.




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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.