100 famous people from Coventry

Dame Ellen Terry was a leading Shakesperian actress born in Coventry in 1874
by Ben Glass
February 8, 2011

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Hollywood stars, inventors, music moguls … Coventry has its fair share of famous folk.

So we thought we would compile a list of 100 notable characters with strong links to the city.

While most were born in Coventry, some, like George Eliot, are included because they lived here.

This page might help provide more interesting answers than ‘Lady Godiva’ or ‘the Blitz’ when asked ‘What’s Coventry famous for?’

Adam Windsor - wrestler
Alan Pollock - playwright
Amanda Dalton - playwight & poet
Arthur Hutt - Victoria Cross holder
Billie Myers - singer
Billie Whitelaw - actress
Brian Matthew - broadcaster
Cal Crutchlow - motorcycle racer
Cat Bin Lady - put cat in a bin
Cathy Cassidy - author
Catriona Hale - dancer
Charles Kay - actor
Chris Jury - actor
Clive Owen - actor
Colin Malkin - rally driver
Danni Wells - page three model
Danny Grewcock - rugby player
Dave Anderson - cartoon creator
David Moorcroft - athlete
Debbie Isitt - film director
Debee Ashby - adult model
Delia Derbyshire - composer
Dennis King - actor & singer
Jon Gaunt - radio presenter
Elliot Evans - singer
Ellen Terry - actress
Emma Fryer - writer & comic
Frank Ifield - singer
Frank Whittle - jet engine inventor
Frederick Gibberd - architect
George Eliot - novelist
George Singer - Singer founder
Harry Webster - car engineer
Hazel O'Connor - singer & actress
Ian Bell - cricketer
Ian Marter - actor & writer
Jason Herbert - former pop singer
Jennifer Veal - actress
Jen Ledger - rock band drummer
John Davenport - clergyman
John Starley - bicycle inventor
Karl Fowler - businessman
Kevin Warwick - cybernetics expert
Lady Godiva - naked noblewoman
Laura Davies - golfer
Lee Child - author
Lee Dorrian - Napalm Death singer
Lisa Dillon - actress
Lisa Lashes - dance DJ
Margery Manners - actress & singer
Manjinder Virk - actress
Marlon Devonish - athlete
Martin Atkins - drummer
Melissa Walton - actress
Mo Mowlam - politician
Neil Back - England rugby player
Panjabi MC - rapper
Paul Ciappessoni - TV director
Pete King - punk drummer
Pete Waterman - pop producer
Richard Keys - TV presenter
Reg Dixon - radio comedian
Reg Matthews - England footballer
Ron Cook - actor
Rowena Wallace - actress
Sinead Matthews - actress
Sir Henry Parkes - politician
Sir William Lyons - 'Mr Jaguar'
Saint George - dragon slayer
Steve Gullick - band photographer
The Enemy - rock band
The Primitives - indie band
The Selecter - 2 tone ska band
The Sorrows - freakbeat band
The Specials - 2 tone ska band
Thelma Rogers - actress
Tom Cartwright - England cricketer
Tom Farndon - speedway rider
Tom Mann - trade unionist
Tony Clarke - music producer
Vince Hill - songwriter & musician
Zodiacs - beat band
Andy Goode - England rugby player
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