Notable Belfast people

Notable Belfast people

Notable people born, raised or resident in Belfast


* Derek Bell (1935 - 2002, harpist and composer.
* Duke Special, musician.
* James Bingham (b.1925, artist.
* Kenneth Branagh, actor/director
* Mairtín Crawford, poet
* Gerald Dillon, artist
* Barry Douglas, concert pianist
* Garth Ennis, comics writer
* James Galway, musician
* Paul Henry (1876 - 1958), painter.
* John Hewitt, poet
* Ciarán Hinds, actor
* David Holmes, DJ
* Brian Keenan, hostage and writer
* Sir John Lavery, artist
* CS Lewis, author and scholar
* Michael Longley, poet
* Bernard MacLaverty, author and screen writer
* Gerard McCarthy, actor and television presenter
* Ian McDonald, science fiction author
* Siobhán McKenna, actress
* Katie Melua, musician
* Brian Moore, novelist
* Gary Moore, musician, blues and rock guitarist formerly of Thin Lizzy
* Van Morrison, musician
* Bob Shaw, science fiction author


* Thomas Andrews, shipbuilder
* William Pirrie, 1st Viscount Pirrie, shipbuilder and politician


* Frank Carson, comedian
* Mary Gormley, beauty queen (Miss Universe Ireland 2000)
* Mickey Marley, street entertainer
* Declan Mulholland, actor
* Ruby Murray, singer
* Patricia Quinn, actress in The Rocky Horror Picture Show
* Stephen Rea, actor
* Roy Walker, comedian


* Charles Michael Lavery QC, Barrister
* Professor Denis Moloney OBE, Solicitornadine coyle


* Andrea Catherwood, Newsreader
* Eamonn Holmes, television presenter
* Shauna Lowry, television presenter
* Colin Murray, radio DJ and journalist
* Denis Murray, Broadcast Journalist
* Fionnuala Sweeney, CNN presenter and reporter
* Suzanne Virdee , journalist
* Stuart Robinson, radio dj
* Stephen Nolan, radio and tv presenter dj
* Owen Larkin, radio dj
* Gerry Anderson, radio and tv presenter
* Pete Snodden, radio dj
* Christine Bleakley, tv presenter
* Colin McClelland newspaper editor and broadcaster


* Colonel Tim Collins OBE, former commander, Royal Irish Regiment, British Army
* James Joseph Magennis, submariner and VC recipient
* William Frederick McFadzean, soldier and posthumous VC recipient


* Gerry Adams, republican political leader
* Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats
* Tony Banks, later Lord Stratford, politician
* May Blood, Baroness Blood, Labour member of the House of Lords
* Robert Bradford (Northern Ireland politician) assassinated unionist politician
* Mairead Corrigan, Nobel Laureate (Peace)
* James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland
* Reg Empey, unionist political leader
* Lord Fitt, nationalist Political leader
* Chaim Herzog, sixth President of Israel
* Arlene McCarthy, politician
* Henry Joy McCracken, industrial and Irish politician
* Ian Paisley, unionist political leader and First Minister of Northern Ireland
* Alexander Robinson
* Peter Robinson (politician), unionist political leader and First Minister of Northern Ireland
* Bobby Sands, Anti H-Block MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone and Hunger Striker
* Betty Williams, Nobel Laureate (Peace)


* William Conway (cardinal), Roman Catholic Cardinal
* Henry Cooke (minister), Presbyterian Minister
* Robin Eames, Primate of All Ireland
* Ian Paisley, Free Presbyterian church moderator


* Thomas Andrews, scientist
* John Stewart Bell, physicist
* John Bodkin Adams, doctor and suspected serial killer
* Jocelyn Bell Burnell, astronomer (discoverer of pulsars)
* John Boyd Dunlop, inventor and veterinary surgeon
* George Crawford Hyndman, (1796 - 1867) biologist
* Charles Lanyon, architect
* Henry Lavery, Industrial Chemist
* William Thomson , 1st Baron Kelvin, OM, GCVO, PC, PRS, FRSE, (26 June 1824 – 17 December 1907) was a mathematical physicist, engineer, and outstanding leader in the physical sciences of the 19th century.


* George Best, football player
* Danny Blanchflower, football player
* Sammy Clingan, Pro Footballer
* Ray Close, boxer
* David Cullen, basketball player and 2007 winner of the Arthur Ashe for Courage Award at the ESPY awards for work with Peace Players International
* Dave Finlay, professional wrestler
* Alex Higgins, former world snooker champion
* Damaen Kelly, former professional boxer and Olympic bronze medalist
* Wayne McCullough, former world champion boxer and Olympic medalist
* Alexander McDonnell, early 1800s chess master
* Sammy McIlroy, football player
* Rinty Monaghan, former undisputed world flyweight boxing champion.
* Owen Nolan, Ice hockey player
* Mary Peters, athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist
* John Watson, Formula One driver
* Norman Whiteside, football player

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