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Famous People from Bristol

Statue Commemorating Cary Grant, Bristol Harbourside
Statue Commemorating Cary Grant, Bristol Harbourside

Bristol is the birth place of or home to some well known writers, sport stars, musicians, politicians and artists. We list a few of the most notable here. If you have the time, we urge you to read a little more about each one on the internet.

Although born in Portsmouth, engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) could be classed as an honorary Bristolian for much of his work was carried out in the city. Famous for the Great Western Railway, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the ss Great Britain.

Italian-born explorer John Cabot (1450-1498) sailed from Bristol to Newfoundland on the Matthew in 1497. Local historians believe him to have lived in St Nicholas Street in Bristol's Old City.

Founder of the Methodist Church, John Wesley (1703-1791) worked and preached in Bristol. His statue can be seen outside the New Room in Broadmead - the first Methodist Chapel ever to have been built.

For the arts, actor Cary Grant (1904-1986), photographer and historian Reece Winstone (1909–1991), actor Sir Michael Redgrave (1908-1985), journalist William Rees-Mogg (1928–2012), TV presenter Johnny Ball (born 1938), comedy actor Lee Evans (born 1964), writer and actor Stephen Merchant (born 1974) and graffiti artist Bansky (identity kept secret).

Sport stars include cricketer W G Grace (1848-1915), Olympic figure skater Robin Cousins (born 1957) and footballer Gary Mabbutt MBE (born 1961).

Last Updated Friday 25 March 2022

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