List of people from Watford
This is a list of notable people from Watford, a town and borough in Hertfordshire, England, 15 miles (24 km) northwest of central London. People on this list may have been born in Watford or resided there for a significant period of time. People whose only connection to Watford is attendance at the Watford Grammar School for Boys or Watford Grammar School for Girls may be found listed as alumni in those articles.
- Steve Easterbrook (1967–), CEO of McDonald's
- Declan Ganley (1967–), businessman and political activist
- Nick Leeson (1967–), securities trader responsible for the collapse of Barings Bank in 1995
- Bruce Alexander (1946–), actor, best known as Superintendent Norman Mullet in A Touch of Frost
- Rene Alperstein (1964), actress
- Michael Attwell (1943–2006), actor
- Marion Bailey (1951–), actress
- Michael Bentine (1922–1996), comedian and former Goon
- Sue Cleaver (1963–), actress, best known as Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street
- George Banks, actor, playing Henry Newton in Coronation Street
- Cyril Fletcher (1913–2005), comedian
- Philip Glenister (1963–), actor, Life on Mars
- Robert Glenister (1960–), actor
- Adam Godley (1964–), screen and stage actor
- Vinnie Jones, actor and former footballer
- Matt King, actor, comedian and writer
- Rebecca Lacey, actress
- Bernard Lloyd (1934-2018), actor
- Tim Lovejoy, television and radio presenter
- Anthony Meyer, actor
- David Meyer, actor
- Olajide Olatunji (1993-), better known as KSI, rapper, comedian, actor and YouTube personality
- Neil Mullarkey, actor best known for roles in Austin Powers
- Mary Portas, retail consultant and television presenter
- Terry Scott (1927–1994), TV and Carry On actor and comedian
- Paul Terry, former child actor, star of James and the Giant Peach
- Roger Tilling, voice actor, voiceover artist and broadcaster
- Simon Treves, actor and writer
- Bradley Walsh, actor, comedian and television presenter
- Barbara Amiel (1940–), journalist
- Grant Benson (1963–), broadcaster
- Sean Hoare (1963–2011), journalist
- LTJ Bukem (1967–), drum and bass musician, producer and DJ
- Ray Cooper (1942–), percussionist (performed in both Elton John's and Eric Clapton's bands)
- Geri Halliwell (1972–), singer and former Spice Girl
- Kyla La Grange, singer-songwriter
- Simon Le Bon, lead singer for Duran Duran, born in Watford
- Gerald Moore (1899–1987), pianist
- Rak-Su, boy band, winners of the fourteenth series of The X Factor
- Liz Kendall, Labour politician who attended Watford Grammar School for Girls
- Mo Mowlam (1949–2005), Labour politician
- Mark Oaten, Liberal Democrat politician
- Grant Shapps, Conservative MP for nearby Welwyn Hatfield
- Nat Wei, Baron Wei, politician
Scientists and academics
- Chris Date (1941–), author and lecturer on relational databases
- Geoffrey Hodgson (1948–), institutional economist and professor at Loughborough University
- Stuart Parkin (1948–), experimental physicist
- Arthur Peacocke (1924–2006), biochemist and Anglican theologian
- Arthur Geoffrey Walker (1909–2001), mathematician who contributed to general relativity theory
- Percy Austin, (1903-1961), footballer
- Tom Carroll (1992–), footballer for Swansea City
- Jack Collison (1988–), former West Ham United and Wales footballer, turned coach
- Darren Edmonds (1971-), footballer
- Kenny Jackett (1962–), Welsh international footballer who spent his playing career at Watford; formerly manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers
- Lewis Kinsella, footballer for Colchester United
- Roy Low (1944-), footballer
- Craig Mackail-Smith, Luton Town and Scotland footballer
- Paul Robinson, footballer for several clubs including Watford
- Kelly Smith, Arsenal Ladies, England and Great Britain footballer
- Gareth Southgate, former football player for several teams including England men's national team, now manager of England's national team
- Ian Walker, former Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers and England goalkeeper, turned football manager
- Arthur Woodward (1906–1984), footballer who spent his entire career at Watford
- Frank Yallop (1964–), former footballer turned manager
- Steven Finn (1989–), Middlesex and England cricketer
- Mark Ilott (1970–), former England cricketer
- Nick Knight, cricketer turned commentator
- Robert Simons (1922–2011), cricketer
- Anthony Joshua, boxer, Olympic gold medalist 2012 and current WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion.
- Josh Lewsey, 2003 rugby World Cup winner with England, grew up in Watford
- John Taylor (1945–), former rugby player for Wales and British & Irish Lions, turned commentator
- Mark Walsh, professional darts player
- Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, English Sikh screenwriter and playwright
- T. E. B. Clarke (1907–1989), screenwriter and novelist
- Anthony Berkeley Cox (1893–1971), crime fiction author
- John Lawley, Commissioner in The Salvation Army
- George Pearkes (1888–1984), Canadian politician and soldier
- Thomas Webster Rammell (1814–1879), engineer of The Crystal Palace, is buried in Watford
- Lawrence Sanderson (c.1542–1611), landowner and Vicar of Watford
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- George Randolph Pearkes fonds