16 Famous People from Leicestershire 

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Leicestershire is a land of famous people. Many amazing people have come from Leicestershire; among them, many were suffragettes and scientists who may have contributed to the jailing of thousands, but most people made remarkable contributions to their fields.
In this article, we have listed down the details about some of the most famous people who have originated from the lands of Leicestershire. So read and find out about these great personalities.

Great Personalities from the Land of Leicestershire 


Sir David Attenborough


Sir David grew up in Leicester then went on to become an accomplished actor and painter. A national treasure in the documentary industry is often considered to be 91-year-old Sir David Attenborough.
He seems to be the only person to have received BAFTA awards for programs produced in black and white, color, high definition, and 3D.

Sir Alec Jeffreys

While studying at Leicester University, Sir Alec’s best achievement occurred. Crime-fighting has been revolutionized by the professor’s breakthrough genetic fingerprinting & DNA profiling. That was the first time the breakthrough was being used to convict a child murderer.

Sir Richard Attenborough


Sir Richard is considered to be one of the most notable actors, producers, directors, and philanthropists in history.
Winning two Academy Awards for the film Gandhi and starring in The Great Escape, Jurassic Park, and Miracle on 34th Street is among his many achievements.

Thomas Cook

Before Thomas Cook offered a rail trip from Leicester to Loughborough in 1841, the package holiday had only recently arrived on the scene.
He founded Thomas Cook & Son, an England-based travel agency that declared bankruptcy in 2019, and just a statue of him is located outside of Leicester train station.

Frank Whittle 


The first father of the jet age, Frank Whittle, revolutionized aeronautics with his invention of the jet engine.
He is known for his ground-breaking work in plants in Lutterworth and Whetstone, which led to the invention of the turbojet engine.

Johnnie Johnson 


Johnson was credited with shooting down more enemy aircraft than any other fighter pilot and in Allied efforts throughout World War II.
Born in Barrow-on-Soar, he fought in World War II and also in Korean War.

John Wycliffe 


Prior to his being named rector of Lutterworth, the former head of Lutterworth Abbey worked on translating the Bible from Latin to English.
Additionally, and in the 14th century, he was only an influential critic of the Roman Catholic priesthood due to his harsh attacks on the Pope. The popular English scholar and theologian John Wycliffe passed away on New Year’s Eve in 1384 in Leicestershire.

Joe Orton 


As per legend, Joe Orton, who did grow up on Saffron Lane, made British theatre history by writing scandalous, revolutionary plays that challenged establishment attitudes.
The openly gay playwright and the author were responsible for starting the British literary movement known as “Brit-lit.”
His tragic demise was brought about by his lover Kenneth Halliwell, who clubbed him to death in 1967.

Gary Lineker 


Gary Lineker is quite probably on your mind when you think of Leicester. For those who were too young to remember, he was a football pundit and Match of the Day presenter.
While younger viewers may only know him as a striker who has scored goals for both FC Barcelona and indeed the English national team, for older generations, he is regarded as the rising star from Leicester who almost took England to the World Cup final.

Simon De Montfort


During the Middle Ages, the sixth Earl of Leicester served in parliament for the first time. However, his failure to lead the rebellion against King Henry III led to his death at the hands of the King’s forces.

Gok Wan


Gok Wan is an author, TV presenter, & fashion consultant who was born in Leicester, England.
He created and starred in a BBC television programme, “How to Look Good Naked,” and now stars in a TV show from China, “Gok Cooks Chinese.”
He often performs cuisine videos with his brother, Kwok, for the Leicester Mercury.

Joseph Merrick 


In the 19th century, Joseph Merrick, a man with severe deformities, was exhibited at “freak shows.” Since he was born in the city of Leicester in 1862, Merrick became known as that of the “Elephant Man” because of his looks.
Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt won several Oscar nominations for their roles in the film The Elephant Man, which had been based on Merrick’s life. But, in the end, it did not win anything at the award ceremony.

Sue Townsend


Leicester author, writer, and journalist Adrian Mole is well-known for developing the eponymous mole character.
More than 3 million copies of Adrian Mole 13 ¾ were printed in September 1982, and even the book has been translated into several languages all over the world. The 250-seat concert hall at Leicester College is named for the writer.

Clare Hollingworth 


The first-ever war correspondent to report on World War Two is Clare Hollingworth, who was born in Knighton in 1911.
This correspondent from the Daily Telegraph found out about Hitler’s forces at the Polish border by way of her cross-country trip from Poland to Germany. She also reported on conflicts in Vietnam, China, and Algeria.

Engelbert Humperdinck 


At the age of 10, Engelbert’s family decided to bring him to Leicester after he was born in India. His tracks The Last Waltz and Release Me each hit the number one spot on the UK music charts in 1967.
He sang the song Love Will Set You Free, which represented the UK in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. He ended in 25th position out of the 26 artists who participated.

Stephen Frears 

British director Stephen Frears is renowned for the movies High Fidelity, Dangerous Liaisons, and The Queen. He is also known for directing TV shows, including a biopic of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong; he also produced a cycling-themed drama series for the History Channel.

Final Words


So these were some of the renowned personalities that have come up from the beautiful state of Leicestershire. There are many more which are not included in this article. So it can be said that Leicestershire is a land of great people who have contributed a lot to the nation and its development.

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