List of people from Tonbridge
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Born in Tonbridge
- Elias Allen (1588–1653), maker of sundials and scientific instruments
- Timothy Allen (b 1971), photojournalist†
- Harry Andrews (1911–89), actor
- Anna Atkins (1799–1871), botanist and photographer
- Ron Challis (1932–2001), football referee
- John George Children (1777–1852), chemist, mineralogist and zoologist
- William Cobbold (1862–1922), England international football player
- Sir James Darling OBE (1899–1955) Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Commission
- Marcus Dillistone (b 1961) Royal Premiered British film director, and music producer for the Athens 2004 Olympic Opening & Closing Ceremonies.
- Richard de Clare (1130–76), Earl
- Neville Duke DSO OBE DFC (2 bars) AFC, FRAeS (1922–2007), World War II pilot and world air speed holder in 1953
- Desmond Dupré, (1916–1974), lutenist and early music pioneer
- Henry Fowler (1858–1933), educationist
- Robin Hanley (1968–96), cricketer
- Harold Langhorne (1866–1932), soldier
- Shane MacGowan (b 1957), singer-songwriter
- Cecil Powell (1903–1969), Nobel Prize Winner for Physics†
- Reginald Punnett FRS (1875–1967) geneticist
- James Reynolds (1866–1950), cricketer
- Malcolm Simmons (b 1946) British Speedway Champion 1976-77 and former captain of England team
- Ray Singer (b 19??), record producer
- Johnnie Stewart (1917–2005), television producer
- Walter Tirel (1065–1100+), nobleman
- Sir Skinner Turner (1868–1935), Chief Judge of the British Supreme Court for China
- George Webb (1859-1913+), cricketer
- James Welldon (1854–1937), Bishop of Calcutta
- Sir Dick White KCMG KBE (1906–1983), intelligence officer.
- Claud Woolley (1886–1962), cricketer
- Frank Woolley (1887–1978), cricketer
- Ian Wynne (b 1973), Olympic canoeist
- ([Michael Cooper]) (b 1999), local legend
Former Students at Tonbridge Grammar School
These people attended Judd School.
- Timothy Allen (b 1971), photojournalist
- Humphrey Burton (b 1931), broadcaster, presenter and director.
- William Cockcroft (b c1950), Chief Scout Commissioner
- Rob Crilly (b 1973), journalist and author
- Tom Greatrex (b 1974), MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West
- Angus Fairhurst (1966–2008), artist
- David Fulton (b 1971), cricketer
- Harold Hailstone (1897–1982), cartoonist and illustrator; brother of Bernard
- Bernard Hailstone (1910–1987), artist; brother of Harold
- Guy Hands (b 1959), financier
- Donald Hodge (1894–2001), First World War veteran.
- Terence Lewin (1920–99), First Sea Lord and Chief of Defence Staff.
- Sir Clive Loader KCB, OBE, ADC, FRAeS (b 1953), Air Chief Marshal.
- Geoffrey Paterson (b 1983), conductor.
- Cecil Powell, Nobel prize winner in Physics
- Martin Purdy (b 1981), Rugby Union player.
- Ronald Williams (1906–79), Bishop of Leicester.
- Taylor Fawcett, actor from Life of Riley
- Tim Stanley, journalist
- Mr Bingo (b. 1979), illustrator
- Rob Luft (b.1993), jazz guitarist and composer
People connected with Tonbridge
- Sir Adrian Baillie (1898–1947), MP for Tonbridge 1937-45.
- Hugh de Audley (1289–1347), English Ambassador to France, was buried at Tonbridge Priory
- Margaret de Audley (1318–47), Baroness and Countess, was buried at Tonbridge Priory.
- David Bartleet (1929–2002), Bishop of Tonbridge 1982-93.
- Brian Castle (b 1949), current Bishop of Tonbridge.
- Margaret de Clare (1293–1342), Countess, was buried at Tonbridge Priory.
- Ralph de Stafford (1301–72), nobleman, was buried in Tonbridge Priory.
- Richard fitz Gilbert (1030–1091), Nobleman, built Tonbridge Castle
- Richard Fitz Gilbert de Clare (d 1136), nobleman, founded Tonbridge Priory and held Tonbridge Castle.
- Philip Goodrich (1929–2001), Bishop of Tonbridge from 1973-82.
- Jilly Goolden (b 1959), food critic, attended West Kent College.
- Arthur Griffith-Boscawen (1865–1946), MP for Tonbridge 1892-1906.
- David Halsey (1919–2009), Bishop of Tonbridge 1968-72.
- Victoria Hislop (b 1959), author, grew up in Tonbridge.
- Dame Kelly Holmes DBE (b 1970), Olympic athlete, attended Hugh Christie School.
- Richard Hornby (1922–2007), MP for Tonbridge 1956-74.
- Andrea Leadsom (b 1963), educated at Tonbridge Girls' Grammar School.
- Robert Norton (1838–1926), MP for Tonbridge 1885-92.
- Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (b 1991), racing driver, lives in Tonbridge.
- Sophie Rhys-Jones (b 1965), now The Countess of Wessex, attended West Kent College
- Angie Sage (b 1952), author, attended Tonbridge Grammar School for Girls.
- Margaret Sharp (b 1938) peer, attended Tonbridge Grammar School for Girls.
- Brian Smith (b 1943), Bishop of Tonbridge 1993-2001.
- John Stanley (b 1942), MP for Tonbridge and Malling since 1974.
- Holman F Stephens (1868–1931), ran a number of railway companies from offices in Tonbridge.
- Paul Watson (b 1942), artist and documentary film maker, lives in Tonbridge.
- Paul Way (b 1962), golfer, attended Hugh Christie School.
- Gerald Williams (1903–89), MP for Tonbridge 1945-56.
- Russell White (1896–1979), Bishop of Tonbridge from 1959-68.
- Jonathan Williams (b 1993), footballer for Crystal Palace FC, lives in Tonbridge.
- Bob Woolmer (1948–2007), cricketer, attended Yardley Court School.
† also Old Juddian.