List of people from Wakefield
This is a list of people from the City of Wakefield, a local government district in West Yorkshire, England. This list includes notable people from Wakefield, and the wider district, and so includes people from Normanton, Pontefract, Featherstone, Castleford and Knottingley and other areas. This list is arranged alphabetically by surname:
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- William Baines, pianist.
- Stan Barstow FRSL, writer
- Ron Barber, politician
- Nigel Boocock, speedway rider
- Matthew Booth, actor, Emmerdale
- Geoffrey Boycott OBE, former Yorkshire and England cricketer.
- Tom Briscoe, rugby league footballer who has played for Hull, currently representing Leeds Rhinos and England.
- Thomas Byran VC, recipient of the Victoria Cross in 1917.
- Andrew Burt, actor
- John Carr, architect
- Claire Cooper, actress
- Josh Cooper, journalist
- Lewis Charles, programmer at Canalside Studios
- Janet Davies, actress
- Thomas Dawson, ice hockey player for the Bradford Sabres
- Reece Dinsdale, actor, Home to Roost, Ahead of the Class, Coronation Street
- Monica Edwards, children's novelist
- Mick Exley, rugby league footballer of the 20s, '30s and '40s, who represented Wakefield, Great Britain, England, and Yorkshire.
- Louisa Fennell, painter of local scenes in Wakefield
- Jean Fergusson, actress
- Charles Fernandes (1857–1944), rugby union footballer of the 1880s for England, and Leeds
- Helen Fielding, author
- Emily Freeman, British female athlete, 100 m & 200 m
- Martin Frobisher, explorer, found the Northwest Passage
- Neil Fox MBE, rugby league footballer of the 1950s, 60s and 70s for England, Yorkshire, Great Britain and Wakefield.
- Noel Gay, composer
- George Gissing, novelist and misanthrope
- Chris Greenacre, footballer for Wellington Phoenix
- John George Haigh, 1940s serial killer known as the Acid Bath Murderer
- Bob Haigh, rugby league footballer and coach of the 1960s and '70s, who represented Wakefield, Yorkshire, England and Great Britain.
- John Harrison, clockmaker who solved the longitudinal problem, leading to sea power and GMT
- Chanelle Hayes, Big Brother 8 contestant, now a glamour model
- John Healey, politician and the former Financial Secretary to the Treasury
- Barbara Hepworth DBE, sculptor
- Keith Holliday, rugby league footballer of the 50s and 60s who represented Wakefield, Yorkshire and Great Britain.
- Reenie Hollis, bassist in indie band The Long Blondes
- David Hope KCVO PC, former Archbishop of York
- Cyril Knowles, former footballer for Tottenham Hotspur and England.
- Peter Knowles, former footballer for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
- Sir Albert Lamb, British newspaper editor.
- Jimmy Ledgard, rugby league world cup winning footballer of the 40s, 50s and 60s who represented Dewsbury, England and Great Britain.
- Kenneth Leighton, composer
- Johnny Longden, champion jockey, founder of Jockey's Guild
- Frederick Lowrie (1868–1902), rugby union footballer of the 1880s and '90s for England, and Batley
- Eric Lockwood (1932-2014), English professional rugby league footballer of the 1950s and '60s
- Leonard Marson, rugby league footballer of the 30s, '40s and '50s, who repsented Wakefield, England, and Yorkshire.
- Anne O'Hare McCormick, journalist, first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize.
- Brian McDermott, Rugby League player and coach
- Jane McDonald, singer and television personality
- David Mercer, playwright
- Henry Moore OM CH FBA RBS, sculptor
- Andrew Moynihan VC, recipient of the Victoria Cross in 1855.
- Three members of the 1970s progressive rock band Be-Bop Deluxe, founded there:
- Paul Newlove, former rugby league player and current school teacher.
- Arthur Uther Pendragon (born 1954), British activist and self-declared reincarnation of King Arthur
- Dave Penney, former manager of Doncaster Rovers FC, now manager of Darlington FC
- David Peace, author.
- Carolyn Pickles, actress, great niece of Wilfred Pickles
- Harold Poynton, rugby league footballer of the 50s, 60s and 70s who represented Wakefield, Yorkshire and Great Britain.
- John Radcliffe BA MA(Oxf) MP, scientist and founder of the eponymous library in Oxford
- Don Robinson, rugby league world cup winning footballer of the 50s and 60s who represented Leeds, Wakefield and Great Britain.
- Ian Sampson, former English footballer, And current manager of Northampton Town FC
- Annabel Scholey, actress
- Jayne Sharp, TV presenter
- Richard Stoker, composer
- David Storey, novelist and playwright
- Paul Sykes, heavyweight boxer
- Mike Tindall MBE, England and Gloucester Rugby Union player
- Jane Tomlinson CBE, athlete and cancer charity fundraiser (from Rothwell in Leeds - on Wakefield border)
- Derek Turner, Rugby League World Cup winning footballer of the 40s, '50s and '60s, who represented Ossett, Hull, Wakefield, England and Great Britain.
- Robert Ullathorne, former Premiership footballer with Norwich City, Leicester City
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