10 famous people from Hull
Andrew Marvell – Andrew Marvell from Hull was a 17th-century poet, politician and satirist, known for his wit and political satire. He was born in Winestead-in-Holderness, near Hull, in 1621. Marvell is considered one of the greatest poets of the 17th century, and his most famous works include “The Garden” and “To His Coy Mistress”.
Philip Larkin – Philip Larkin was a 20th-century poet, novelist and jazz critic. He was born in Coventry, but spent most of his life in Hull, where he worked as a librarian. Larkin is considered one of the most important poets of the post-war era, and his most famous works include “The Whitsun Weddings” and “High Windows”.
Wilfred Pickles – Wilfred Pickles was a 20th-century actor, and radio and television presenter. He was born in Halifax, but spent much of his early career in Hull, where he worked as a stage actor. Pickles is best remembered as the host of the long-running BBC radio program “Have A Go!”, which ran from 1946 to 1967.
People from Hull
Andrew Roachford is a British singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the lead singer of the band Roachford. He was born in London, but raised in Hull and is considered one of the most influential figures in British soul and R&B music.
John Godber – John Godber is a playwright, actor, and director, best known for his plays “Bouncers” and “Shakers”. He was born and raised in Upton, near Hull, and is considered one of the most important figures in contemporary British theatre. He is also the artistic director of the Hull Truck Theatre.
John Harrison – John Harrison was a clockmaker and inventor, best known for his creation of the marine chronometer. His creation was used to determine longitude at sea. He was born in Foulby, near Wakefield, but spent much of his life in Hull, where he worked as a carpenter and clockmaker.
Maureen Lipman – Maureen Lipman is an actress, comedian, and writer. She was born in Hull, and began her career as a stage actress, before moving on to television and film. Lipman is best known for her roles in the British television series “Agony” and “Ladies of Letters”.
James Reckitt from Hull
James Reckitt was a 19th-century industrialist, philanthropist, and politician. He was born in Hull and became a successful businessman in the city, owning Reckitt’s Blue, a household cleaning product. He also served as a member of parliament for Hull and was a major benefactor to the city.
David Whitfield – David Whitfield was a popular British singer in the 1950s. He was born in Hull and became one of the most successful British singers of the 1950s. He sold over 15 million records worldwide. He is best remembered for his hit song “Cara Mia”.
Lillian Board – Lillian Board was a British athlete and Olympian. She was born in Hull and is considered one of the most talented female athletes of her generation. Board competed in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City and won a silver medal in the 800 meters, becoming the first British woman to win an Olympic medal in that event
5 of Hull’s Sporting People
- Steve Bruce – Steve Bruce is a former professional footballer and current football manager. He was born in Corbridge, but grew up in Hull and began his professional career with Hull City. He played as a centre-back and went on to play for several other teams including Manchester United, where he won several major trophies including the Premier League and the FA Cup. After retiring from playing, he became a successful football manager, managing several teams including Hull City, Aston Villa, and Newcastle United.
- Dean Windass – Dean Windass is a former professional footballer. He was born in Hull and began his professional career with Hull City. He played as a striker and went on to play for several other teams including Bradford City and Oldham Athletic. He is most remembered for scoring the winning goal for Hull City in the 2008 Football League One play-off final, which helped the team to achieve promotion to the Football League Championship.
- Gareth Ellis – Gareth Ellis is a former professional rugby league player. He was born in Wakefield, but grew up in Hull and began his professional career with Hull FC. He played as a second-row and went on to play for several other teams including Leeds Rhinos and the Wests Tigers. He is considered one of the best second-row forwards of his generation and has represented Great Britain and England in international rugby league.
More People in Sport
- Luke Campbell – Luke Campbell is a professional boxer. He was born in Hull and began his professional career in 2013. He is a two-time Olympic medalist, winning a gold medal in the bantamweight division at the 2012 London Olympics. He has also held several major titles as a professional boxer, including the WBC Silver lightweight title and the WBC Silver featherweight title.
- John Charles – John Charles is a former professional footballer. He was born in Wakefield, but grew up in Hull and began his professional career with Hull City. He played as a striker and went on to play for several other teams including Leeds United, where he is considered one of the club’s greatest players. He is also considered one of the best centre-forwards of his generation and has represented Wales in international football. He was also inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
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