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Famous People From Oxford

From actors to musicians, comedians to poets, Oxford has been home to lots of celebrities. Some of the names on this list you’ll know already but others may surprise you…

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who, at the time of his death, was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. He was born in Oxford in 1942.

Vivian Stanshall

Vivian Stanshall was an English singer-songwriter, musician, author, poet and wit, he was born in Shillingford in 1943. He was best known for his work with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

Miriam Margolyes

Miriam Margolyes is a British-Australian actress. After several supporting roles in film and television, she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence (1993) and was cast in the role of Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter film series.

Lucy Gordon

Lucy Gordon was an English actress and model. She became a face of CoverGirl in 1997 before starting an acting career. Her first film was Perfume in 2001 before going on to have small roles in Spider-Man 3, Serendipity and The Four Feathers.

Joseph Mawle

Joseph Mawle is an English actor. Mawle is best known for his roles as Benjen Stark in Game of Thrones, Detective Inspector Jedediah Shine in Ripper Street, Firebrace in Birdsong, Jesus Christ in The Passion and Odysseus in Troy: Fall of a City.

Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy Leigh Sayers was an English crime writer and poet, born in Oxford in 1893. She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between the First and Second World Wars that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey.

Jonny Greenwood

Jonny Greenwood is an English musician and composer. He is the lead guitarist and keyboardist of the alternative rock band Radiohead, and has written a number of film scores.

Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh is an English actress. Born in Oxford, she made her acting debut in 2014 in the drama film The Falling. Pugh gained recognition in 2016 for her leading role as a violent young bride in the independent drama Lady Macbeth, winning a British Independent Film Award.

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