List of people from the Isle of Man
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The Isle of Man, in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland, has been home to various notable people, including the following who were either born or raised on the island or moved there at some point.
Born or raised on the island
- Samantha Barks (born 1990)
- Jamie Blackley (8 July 1991)
- Amy Jackson (31 January 1991)
- Dursley McLinden (29 May 1965–7 August 1995)
- Geraldine Somerville (born 1967)
- Rayner Hoff (1894–1937), sculptor, known for his architectural sculptures of war memorials in Australia.
- William Hoggatt (1879–1961), artist who moved to the Isle of Man in 1907
- Bryan Kneale RA (born 1930), sculptor, known for teaching art in London and his works are exhibited in many countries around the world.
- Archibald Knox (1864–1933), art nouveau designer, known for his Celtic art and Liberty of London work.
- Paul Lewthwaite (born 1969), sculptor, an elected Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.
- Toni Onley (1928–2004), painter, born on the Isle of Man and moved to Canada in 1948.
Engineers and Inventors
- William Kennish (1799–1862), engineer, inventor, scientist, poet and explorer. Known for his Royal Navy engineering work and surveying the Panama Canal.
- Major Robert Henry Cain VC (1909–1974), soldier, awarded the Victoria Cross during Operation Market Garden of the Second World War.
- Mel Collins (born 1947), saxophonist, known for his session work with acts such as King Crimson and Camel
- Christine Collister (born 1961), contemporary folk singer
- Beckii Cruel (born 1995), Japanese idol
- Barry Gibb (born 1946), of the Bee Gees
- Maurice Gibb (1949–2003), of the Bee Gees
- Robin Gibb (1949–2012), of the Bee Gees
- Davy Knowles (born 1987), blues guitarist and singer
- Harry Manx (born 1955), musician who blends blues and Hindustani classical music
- Tomas Callister (born 1993), fiddle player who plays manx music and other traditional celtic music
Rulers and Politicians
- Illiam Dhône (also known as William Christian), (1608–1663), Manx patriot executed in 1663, great grandfather of Fletcher Christian.
- Sir Charles Kerruish OBE LLD CP MLC (1917–2003), first non-gubernatorial head of the Manx executive.
- Mark Wilks (1759–1831), Speaker of the House of Keys, later Governor of St Helena.
- Neil Bennett (born 1951), rugby union player, won 7 caps for the England rugby union team.
- Mark Cavendish MBE (born 1985), road and track racing cyclist, winner of all Grand Tours points classifications and the 2011 UCI Road Race World Championships.
- Conor Cummins (born 1986), motorcyclist, four Isle of Man TT podiums.
- Zoe Gillings (born 1985), snowboarder, seven FIS Snowboard World Cup podiums and three-times British Olympian.
- Mark Higgins (born 1971), rally driver, three-times winner of the British Rally Championship.
- David Higgins (born 1972), rally driver, winner of the 2004 British Rally Championship.
- Steve Joughin (born 1959), road racing cyclist, two-times winner of the British National Road Race Championships.
- Peter Kennaugh MBE (born 1989), road and track racing cyclist, gold medallist at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.
- David Knight OBE (born 1978), motorcyclist, three-times winner of the World Enduro Championship.
- Alex Lloyd (born 1984), motor racing driver, winner of the 2007 Indy Pro Series.
- A.P. Penketh (1865–1932), rugby union player, took part in the 1888 British Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia.
- Kieran Tierney, first-team footballer for Celtic FC
TV and radio personalities
- Dr. Brian Stowell (born 1936), radio personality and author, instrumental in the revival of the Manx Gaelic language.
- Kevin Woodford (born 1950), TV chef and celebrity, presented Can't Cook, Won't Cook.
- Stuart Baggs (1988-2015), appeared on Series Six of The Apprentice UK (2005).
- Thomas Edward Brown (1830–1897), poet, scholar, and theologian
- Frank Kermode (1919–2010), noted literary critic
- Nigel Kneale (1922–2006), screenwriter
- Randolph Quirk (born 1920), Lord Quirk, an eminent linguist
Other notable people
- Ned Maddrell (1877–1974), last native speaker of the Manx language
- Elizabeth Holloway Marston (1893–1993), credited with the invention of superhero Wonder Woman
- Prof. Martin Bridson (born 1964), Whitehead Professor of Pure Mathematics and Head of Mathematics, University of Oxford
Moved to the island
- Trevor Baines (born 1939), businessman, jailed in 2009, for money laundering.
- Lillian Beckwith, author.
- Charles Birkin (1907–1986), 5th baronet and author.
- Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine, a British novelist and playwright.
- Jeremy Clarkson, journalist and broadcaster.
- Lord Cockfield (1916–2007), was born at Horsham in Sussex, England; but in later life had a house on the Isle of Man.
- Cal Crutchlow, motorbike racer
- George Daniels, noted horologist.
- Doug Davies, rugby player 24 caps for Scotland, died in Peel.
- Florrie Forde (1876–1940), known as The Queen of Music Hall.
- George MacDonald Fraser, journalist, author, and screenwriter.
- Gerald Gardner, Father of Modern Wicca owned Witches Mill in Castletown.
- Russell Grant, television personality, astrologer, writer.
- Albert Gubay (born 1928), businessman, founder of supermarket chain Kwik Save.
- Trevor Hemmings (born 1935), businessman, famously owned Blackpool Tower.
- John Hick MP, JP (1815–1894), engineer, industrialist, art collector, politician and a director of the London North Western Railway.
- William Hillary (1771–1847), founder of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and also arranged for The Tower of Refuge to be built in Douglas Harbour.
- Neil Hodgson, the 2003 Superbike World Champion.
- Rick Holden, manager of Peel football club on the Isle of Man; player with Oldham Athletic (twice) and Manchester City.
- Sheila Holland (1937–2000), prolific and best-selling romantic novelist, best known as Charlotte Lamb.
- Colin Horsley (1920–2012), New Zealand-born classical pianist but with Manx roots
- Andy Kershaw, BBC Radio presenter.
- Rupert de Larrinaga, British Olympic skier.
- Cynthia Lennon, artist, writer and celebrity, ex-wife of former Beatle John Lennon, moved to the island in 1983 with her then husband Jim Christie. She and Christie lived there for several years.
- Nigel Mansell, British racing driver.
- Mitch Murray, songwriter, record producer.
- Bill Naughton, novelist and screenwriter.
- Chris Norman, songwriter, member of soft rock group Smokie.
- Andrew Pitt, World Supersport champion and MotoGP rider.
- John Rhys-Davies, Welsh actor.
- Ronnie Ronalde, Music Hall performer.
- Alan Ruddock (1944–2012), schoolteacher, 6th Dan Aikidoka, introduced that martial art to Ireland, Aiki no Michi founder.
- Robert Sangster (1936–2004), businessman, racehorse owner/breeder.
- Mark Shuttleworth (born 1973), businessman, Spaceflight participant, and sponsor of Ubuntu Linux.
- Roger W. Smith, noted horologist.
- Mollie Sugden (1922–2009), actress.
- James Toseland, the double Superbike World Champion and former MotoGP rider.
- Adam Wakeman, musician and son of Rick Wakeman.
- Rick Wakeman, keyboard player in Yes and The Strawbs.
- Alan Warner, novelist and screenwriter.
- Thomas "Buck" Whaley, member of the Irish House of Commons.
- John Whittaker (born 1942), businessman and property mogul, is chairman of The Peel Group which owns various properties (including the Trafford Centre and Liverpool John Lennon Airport).
- Sir Norman Wisdom (1915–2010), comedian and actor.