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Oct 21 2010
1 Paul McCartney, musician, and his ex-wife Heather Mills, designer (Hove) 45563
2 Sir Winston Churchill, journalist and politician; attended a school run by the "Misses Thompson" in Hove 21355
3 Simon Cowell, Sony BMG executive, born in Brighton 14330
4 Aleister Crowley, author, died in a nursing home in Hastings, along the coast from Brighton, in December 1947; ashes scattered at Devil's Dyke 9726
5 Rudyard Kipling, author; lived in Rottingdean between 1897 and 1903 9480
6 Cate Blanchett, Australian actress, owned and lived in 23 Lewes Crescent between 2003–06 6681
7 Vivien Leigh, actress, Scarlet O'Hara in Gone with the Wind 6097
8 David Gilmour, guitarist and vocalist of Pink Floyd, owns house on Kings Esplanade, Hove 5948
9 Nick Cave, Australian singer songwriter with The Bad Seeds, currently lives in Hove 4735
10 Napoleon III, Emperor of the French; deposed by the Third Republic in 1870 and lived in Brighton in 1872 4028
11 Norman Cook musician formerly of band The Housemartins, and subsequently known as DJ Fatboy Slim (Portslade) 4020
12 Dusty Springfield, singer, had home in Wilbury Road, Hove 3495
13 Peter Andre, British-born Australian singer 3187
14 Robert Smith, singer for band The Cure; long-term resident 3109
15 Holly Willoughby, television presenter 3010
16 Graham Greene, writer (worked in but did not live in Brighton) 2966
17 Isambard Kingdom Brunel, engineer, attended Dr Morell's school in Hove 2885
18 Richard Attenborough, broadcaster and film-maker (Gandhi), brother of David Attenborough 2711
19 Gary Moore musician, guitarist with Thin Lizzy amongst others as well as solo 2634
20 Steve Coogan, comedian well-known as Alan Partridge 2603
21 Herbert Spencer, philosopher and political theorist 2461
22 Amanda Redman, actress, born in Brighton in 1957 2113
23 James Morrison recording artist, lives in Hove 2002
24 Rufus Hound, comedian and presenter 1884
25 Ralph Vaughan Williams, composer, went to school in Rottingdean 1835
26 Will Young, recording artist (popular music) 1576
27 Dakota Blue Richards, actress 1311
28 Aubrey Beardsley, fin-de-siecle artist, born in Brighton 1872; for some time lived at Lower Rock Gardens, Kemptown 1221
29 Joan Plowright — see Lord Olivier, above 1199
30 Dame Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, opened first shop in Kensington Gardens, Brighton in 1976; a blue commemorative plaque marks the building. 1100
31 Fred Perry, tennis player, lived in Rottingdean 1091
32 Prince Peter Alexeevich Kropotkin, anarchist; resident 1912–17 978
33 Ida Lupino, actress and film-maker, c.1914 – c.1949, daughter of Stanley Lupino 900
34 Patsy Palmer, current EastEnders actress 894
35 Charles Stewart Parnell, Irish politician, died in Brighton 887
36 Jimmy Somerville, musician formerly of band The Communards 876
37 Simon Callow, Famous British actor has a house in Hove 862
38 Matt King, actor and comedian; Super Hans in Peep Show 841
39 Chris Eubank, ex-boxer, who holds the purchased title of "Lord of the Manor of Brighton" 841
40 Jessica Hynes (née Stephenson), actress and writer, grew up in Brighton 839
41 Lord Alfred Douglas (poet and writer) friend & lover of Oscar Wilde 810
42 Rachel Whiteread, artist and Turner Prize winner in 1993 783
43 Alexandra Bastedo, actress 783
44 Ken Livingstone, politician; formerly Mayor of London 770
45 Natasha Kaplinsky, journalist and newsreader 769
46 Luke Pritchard, lead singer and rhythm guitarist for The Kooks 741
47 Roger Dean, artist, famous for prog-rock album covers 707
48 Paul Scofield, actor, lived in Brighton as a child and went to school there 695
49 Mark Williams, member of The Fast Show team and actor in the Harry Potter films 671
50 Eric Gill, typographer, engraver, sculptor, born in Brighton 1882 623
51 Nigel Kennedy, violinist 619
52 Tim Booth, lead singer of the band James 587
53 Graham Duff television writer and actor famous for BBC Three TV series ideal 580
54 Julian Clary, comedian, formerly the Joan Collins fan club 577
55 John Osborne, playwright, lived in 7a Arundel Terrace, Kemp Town in the 1950s 523
56 Carol Cleveland, Actress (Monty Python's Flying Circus) 514
57 David Bull, TV doctor and Conservative candidate for the next UK general election 513
58 Tony Hawks, comedian, author and philanthropist 508
59 Julie Burchill, journalist; founder of Modern Review 489
60 Patrick Bergin, actor in films including Sleeping with the Enemy and Patriot Games 482
61 Gilbert Ryle, philosopher 463
62 A. J. Cronin, novelist, lived in Hove in 1945 447
63 Captain Sensible, punk musician with The Damned 431
64 Harry Harrison, science-fiction writer 430
65 Bill Owen, actor, lived in Sussex Square in the 1950s 428
66 Lesley Manville (born 1956), English actress 408
67 George Canning, (1770–1827), British politician and Prime Minister; resident April to August, 1827) 403
68 Dora Bryan, comic actress (whose Clarges hotel on Marine Parade was used in the Carry On films) 395
69 Maurice Evans, leading Shakespearan actor in the United States, regularly in Bewitched and Batman, and Dr Zaius in Planet of the Apes 390
70 James Herbert, horror author of The Rats and The Fog 364
71 Henry Allingham, briefly the world's oldest man, moved to St Dunstan's at age 109 361
72 Samuel Preston, lead singer of the band The Ordinary Boys, formally married to Celebrity Big Brother winner, Chantelle Houghton 338
73 Dave Gibbons, comic book illustrator, famed for co-creating the Watchmen (comic book) 335
74 Annie Nightingale, BBC TV and Radio presenter and sometime Brighton night-club owner 314
75 Karen Pickering, swimmer, former 200 metres freestyle champion 290
76 Maui Taylor, Filipino actress, big in the Philippines 279
77 Kirk Brandon, musician famous for forming and fronting post-punk bands Theatre of Hate and Spear of Destiny 277
78 Terence Rattigan, playwright, author of The Browning Version and The Winslow Boy lived in 79 Marine Parade 274
79 Joe McGann, actor; star of The Upper Hand 253
80 Steve Ovett, Olympic runner, 800 metres gold medalist in 1980, born and brought up in Brighton 252
81 David Van Day, singer 247
82 George Everest, surveyor after whom the mountain was named, buried in Hove 246
83 Robert Rankin, author 237
84 Edward James, poet and art collector, who lent many famous Surrealist works to Brighton Museum in the 1950s and 1960s 235
85 Martin Ryle, winner of 1974 Nobel Prize in Physics 227
86 Nick Van Eede, lead singer, Cutting Crew 226
87 Arthur Treacher, actor 223
88 Raymond Briggs, artist, writer and illustrator of many children's books including The Snowman, taught at Brighton Art College 222
89 Sally Gunnell, athlete, olympic 400m hurdles champion in 1992 210
90 Edward Carpenter, poet and philosopher 207
91 Pete Bennett, winner of TV Show Big Brother 206
92 Nicholas van Hoogstraten, multimillionaire and property tycoon 201
93 Tommy Trinder comedian, owned and lived in 71 Marine Parade (ref. Kelly's 1951) 198
94 Gaz Coombes, lead singer of band Supergrass, once lived in the town 191
95 Michael Jayston, actor, lives in Hove 188
96 Maria Fitzherbert, illegitimate wife of George IV (the marriage of a Catholic to a member of the British Royal Family was illegal) 177
97 Jeff Noon, speculative fiction writer 173
98 Victor Spinetti, actor, film, stage TV, lived in Kemp Town 171
99 Rowland Hill, postal reformer 166
100 Max Miller, comedian, "the Cheeky Chappie", born in Brighton in 1894, lived there most of his life, blue plaque at 160 Marine Parade 163
101 Roger Quilter, composer, born in Hove in 1877 155
102 Ray Noble, band leader, composer, born 17 December 1903 in 1 Montpelier Terrace 145
103 Emma Anderson, guitarist and songwriter of indie music bands Lush and Sing-Sing (band) 138
104 Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence 128
105 Michael "Atters" Attree, satirist, comedy writer and performer 125
106 Michael Cashman, MEP and former EastEnders actor 121
107 Bella Emberg, actress; co-star of The Russ Abbot Show 119
108 Harvey Goldsmith, rock promoter 114
109 David Garnett, novelist 114
110 Frank Bridge, composer 107
111 Tim Pope, film director and video maker 106
112 Arthur Bliss, composer, most famously the score for Things to Come 106
113 Robyn Young, author 104
114 Peter O'Donnell, creator of Modesty Blaise 102
115 Hugh Lloyd, actor and comedian, lived in Rottingdean 102
116 Dave Clarke, disc-jockey 101
117 William Friese-Greene, cinematographic pioneer, subject of the film The Magic Box 99
118 Ray Brooks, actor 98
119 Lynne Truss, writer 96
120 Pete McCarthy actor and writer 92
121 Susan Maughan, singer of hit record Bobbys Girl, lived in Rottingdean 90
122 Richard Addinsell, composer of the Warsaw Concerto and many film soundtracks — lived in Chichester Terrace 1960–77; blue commemorative plaque adorns house 90
123 David Pearce, philosopher 89
124 Howard Blake, OBE, composer, pianist, conductor, lyric-writer, grew up in Brighton and attended Downs Junior School (1944–49), then Brighton Grammar School (1950–57) 88
125 Howard Barker, playwright 88
126 Carol Barnes, former ITV newsreader in Brighton Marina 84
127 Steve Bell, Guardian cartoonist 82
128 Ivan Massow, entrepreneur 81
129 Keith Waterhouse CBE (1929–2009), journalist, novelist and playwright, lived in Embassy Court, Brighton 80
130 John Clements, (1910–88) actor 78
131 Gideon Mantell, doctor, palaeontologist, discoveror of dinosaurs (Iguanodon), lived and worked in Brighton in the 1830s 78
132 Johnny Wakelin, musician 77
133 Barbara Hulanicki, fashion designer and founder of Biba 75
134 Den Hegarty, of bands Darts and Rocky Sharpe and the Razors/Replays 74
135 Alex King, rugby player 72
136 Gilbert Harding TV personality in the 1950s; lived in Clifton Terrace, Brighton 71
137 Admiral Sir Edward Codrington, (1770–1851) hero of the Battle of Navarino — lived in 140 Western Road (1828–52); a blue commemorative plaque adorns the house 70
138 Michael Fabricant MP, born in Brighton in 1950; educated at the Brighton and Hove Grammar School 67
139 Sir Albert Abdullah David Sassoon, British Indian philanthropist and merchant, 1st Baronet Sassoon 65
140 William Black, novelist lived at 1 Paston Place from 1879 until his death in 1898 65
141 Thomas Cubitt (1788–1855), master builder, employed in the development of Kemp Town. Lived in 13 Lewes Crescent 63
142 Tommy Farr, boxer, "The Tonypandy Terror", ran a pub in Brighton after retirement 58
143 John Wisden, cricketer, founded Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 58
144 Keith Tyson, artist and Turner Prize winner in 2002, studied Critical Fine Art Practice at Brighton University's Grand Parade campus 57
145 William King, philanthropist; supporter of Cooperative Movement 56
146 Joe Kelly, philosopher and former member of Zut Alors 56
147 Paul Roberts, frontman/singer with pop band the stranglers — session singer and actor 55
148 Elizabeth Allan, actress, lived in Arundel Terrace, Kemp Town in the 1950s 54
149 W.I.Z., music video director 54
150 Angela Thirkell, buried in St Margaret's Church, Rottingdean 50
151 Biddy Baxter, former editor of Blue Peter 50
152 Herbert Wilcox, (1892–1977) film producer and director lived in Lewes Crescent, Kemp Town 49
153 James Williamson (film pioneer), cinema pioneer had a chemist's shop in Church Road, Hove before building a studio in Cambridge Grove 49
154 Chemmy Alcott, Britain's number one Alpine Skier 49
155 Kay Hammond, (1909–1980), Stage and film actress, wife of John Clements 48
156 Grant Gee, filmmaker and music video director 48
157 Marguerite Patten, cookery writer 48
158 Donald Peers, Welsh crooner, lived in St. John's Road, Hove; memorial tablet at Downs Crematorium 48
159 George Albert Smith, pioneering early cinematographer lived and built a studio in Hove 47
160 Charles Busby, Regency architect, prolific in Brighton. Lived in Lansdowne Place. House is adorned by a blue commemorative plaque 46
161 George Robey, (1869–1954), music hall comedian, lived in Arundel Drive, Saltdean until his death 45
162 Luke Cresswell (of musical performers Stomp) 44
163 David Courtney, born David Cohen in Whitehawk, composer and record producer; discovered and co-wrote with Leo Sayer; also nephew of Henry Cohen who conceived and built Brighton Marina 44
164 Brian Cobby, former voice of the British Telecom speaking clock 42
165 Eamon Hamilton, of the band Brakes and formerly of British Sea Power 42
166 Chesney Allen, comedian, one of Flanagan and Allen, born in Brighton in 1893 42
167 Nat Gonella, singer and trumpeter, Lived in Saltdean 40
168 Arnold Ruge, German philosopher and political writer, lived in exile in Brighton from 1850 until his death in 1880 39
169 Amon Wilds and his son Amon Henry Wilds, both Regency architects, prolific in Brighton 35
170 Dr. Richard Russell (1687–1759), encouraged the submersion and drinking of seawater. Buried in the churchyard of St Nicholas' Church, Brighton. 35
171 Paul Zenon, magician 34


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