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Welcome to the Middlesbrough Hall of Fame. We're so proud that a large number of shining talents in a wide variety of fields are from Middlesbrough.

From Captain James Cook, the legendary explorer to internationally renowned artist Mackenzie Thorpe, award-winning fashion designer Kate Fearnley to entrepreneur Steve Gibson, Sir Liam Joseph Donaldson, a Chief Medical Officer for England, Chris Rea and Paul Rodgers from the music world are all from Middlesbrough!

Quick links: Art | Business | Entertainment | Exploration | Fashion | Journalism | Literature | Military | Music | Philanthropy | Politics | Science | Sports | Honorary Hall of Famers |

Art

Abigail McLellan - Born in Middlesbrough, this Scottish artist is known for her still-life paintings and portraits that bear a strong influence of Japanese Art.

Abigail McLellan on Wikipedia

Andrew McKeown - Born in Middlesbrough, this sculptor is known for his high quality public sculptures around the UK and in Middlesbrough at Albert Park, Ayresome Gardens, Linthorpe Cemetery, Easterside Park, Pallister Park Primary School, St. Edwards Primary School and many more locations. He is based on the fantastic Platform Arts Studios in town.

Andrew McKeown

Christopher Dresser - See Honorary Hall of Famers: Christopher Dresser

David Mulholland Painter born in South Bank, Middlesbrough. His artistic talent initially developed at Victoria Street School, and when he left, at 15, he attended Art College in Middlesbrough. He then won a scholarship to Byam Shaw School of Painting and Drawing in London and completed his formal Art education with an MA at the Royal College of Art in 1971.

His work focuses on the people and industrial landscapes of Teesside as well as the beauty of the rural landscapes and seascapes of Cleveland. Though he did not achieve recognition in his lifetime his work is celebrated in recent exhibitions at the Dorman Museum & Central Library.

Fred Appleyard - A landscape artist with 41 works exhibited during his lifetime by the Royal Academy. Appleyard was born in Middlesbrough in 1874, the son of an iron-merchant.

Fred Appleyard on Wikipedia

Graham Smith - Middlesbrough-born photographer whose photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London). Since 1990 he has been a professional woodworker and has also written; his writing has appeared in Granta.

Graham Smith on Wikipedia

Ian Macdonald - Middlesbrough-born photographer whose work is held in many public and private art collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Danish Royal Library.

Ian Macdonald

Len Tabner - Born in South Bank, his work records regional themes. His favoured medium is watercolour laced with pastel. His work has included elemental forces of Nature, Potash mines and ironworks on Teesside.

Len Tabner feature on Yorkshire Life website

Mackenzie Thorpe - Internationally renowned artist Mackenzie Thorpe was born in Middlesbrough. He studied at the local Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) and retains rich links to our town.

His work was featured in a special solo exhibition One Man's Journey: Mackenzie Thorpe on Cook, Middlesbrough and Australia at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum from 17 April 2010 - 2 January 2011. The unique work commemorates the 240 years since local-born Captain James Cook landed in Australia and includes work on the Middlesbrough of his childhood and Middlesbrough Murals at Teesside University's Constantine Gallery in  Middlesbrough Tower 3 - 29 October 2011. 

In March 2015, a selection of brand new works by Mackenzie were installed at Middlesbrough Station to greet visitors and residents alike.

Mackenzie Thorpe

Mackenzie Thorpe on Wikipedia

Mackenzie Thorpe on Twitter

Richard Piers Rayner - Born in Middlesbrough, graphic artist Richard Piers Rayner has found international success as his art for the book "The Road to Perdition" was turned into a Hollywood blockbuster by Sam Mendes starring Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. Also fitting for a third generation fan, he is the artist in residence at Middlesbrough Football Club.

Richard Piers Raynor on Wikipedia

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Robert Nixon - Born in Middlesbrough, this cartoonist is best known for his work in Dandy, Beano, Whoopee, Monster Fun, and Shiver & Shake comics, 'ghosting' many popular comic characters such as 'Lord Snooty' , 'Roger the Dodger', 'Korky the Cat', 'Frankie Stein', and bringing to life his own creations, including 'Kid Kong', 'Gums', 'King Arthur and his Frights of the Round Table' and 'Ivy the Terrible.'

Robert Nixon on Wikipedia

Simon McKeown - Born in Middlesbrough, Simon McKeown is a Fine Artist. His most recently exhibited work – Motion Disabled – has been shown internationally including the USA at the Smithsonian International Gallery. Simon’s work reflects his interest, knowledge and experience of Disability and in particular our view of ‘normality’ and ‘difference’. He was named DaDaFest International Artist of Year 2010-2011.

Simon McKeown

William Tillyer - Born in Middlesbrough, he has shown his radically experimental work frequently in London and New York since 1970.

William Tilyer on Facebook

William Tillyer on Wikipedia

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Business

Martin Narey - Former CEO of Barnardo's, the UK's largest children's charity (October 2005-January 2011) was born in Middlesbrough. He previously worked in the Home Office and HM Prison Service as the Director General of the Prison Service of England and Wales between 1998 and 2003 before becoming the first Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS).

In 2004 he was awarded with the Chartered Institute of Management's Gold medal for leadership, a single annual award. Narey was the first public sector recipient of this award for ten years.

He is a Visiting Professor at Durham and Sheffield Hallam Universities, Chair of The Portman Group Complaints Panel and a Board Member of the Advertising Standards Authority. He is also published frequently in the Guardian, Telegraph, Times and New Statesman.

From 2001–13 he was the Government's Advisor on Adoption and his advice, based on an Independent Report commissioned by The Times led to adoption becoming one of the UK Government's domestic priorities.

An alumnus of St Mary's College, Middlesbrough, Narey was knighted in the New Year's Honours List 2013 for services to vulnerable people.

Sir Martin Narey on Twitter

Martin Narey on Wikipedia

Steve Gibson - An entrepreneur from Middlesbrough who is currently the chairman and owner of Middlesbrough Football Club. In 2008, he was 216th on the Sunday Times Rich List with an estimated worth of £112 million. A self-made millionaire, Gibson was born in Middlesbrough and is praised for his contributions to the region. Most recently, he helped to launch Temenos, the new artwork by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond.

Steve Gibson on Wikipedia

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Entertainment

Ann Jellicoe - Actor, theatre director and playwright known for "pushing the envelope" of the stage play, devising new forms which challenge and delight audiences.

Ann Jellicoe on Wikipedia

Bob Mortimer - The comedian and actor, who is best known for his double act with Vic Reeves is from Middlesbrough. He attended Acklam High School on the site of Acklam Hall.

Bob Mortimer on Wikipedia

Christopher Quinten - Born Christopher Bell in Middlesbrough, he is best known for his role as Brian Tilsley on Coronation Street, which he played from 1978 to 1989.

Christopher Quinten on Wikipedia

Dave Morris - A music hall comedian born in Middlesbrough in 1896. He also appeared on radio series "Club Night" and television series "The Artful Dodger."

Dave Morris on Wikipedia

David Harper - A  BBC TV antiques expert, published writer and artist who was born in Middlesbrough. Look out for a visit to the Dorman Museum with Celebrity Antiques Road Trip autumn 2016.

David Harper official website

David Harper on Wikipedia

Elizabeth Carling - The English actress, known as Liz, is best known for her performances in Boon, Goodnight Sweetheart, Barbara, and Casualty also played Barbara Clough, the wife of Brian Clough in 'The Damned United.'

 Elizabeth Carling on Wikipedia 

Faye Marsay - The Middlesbrough-born stage and screen actress is best known for her roles as Anne Neville in The White Queen, Amy in Need for Speed, the recurring character Candice in Fresh Meat, Steph in the film Pride, Shona McCullough in the 2014 Doctor Who Christmas special, Last Christmas, and the Waif in seasons five and six of Game of Thrones.

 Faye Marsay on Wikipedia

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Faye Marsay on Twitter

Gerard Kearns - Eston-born actor Gerard is best known for his role as Ian Gallagher in the Channel 4 TV series Shameless.

Gerard Kearns on Wikipedia

Jamie Parker - Actor and singer who originated the role of Scripps in Alan Bennett's play "The History Boys," performing the role in London, on Broadway, Sydney, Wellington, Hong Kong and in film, who also appeared in the hugely successful war thriller film Valkyrie alongside Tom Cruise and Kenneth Brannagh. Most recently he can be seen at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Jamie Parker on Wikipedia

Jerry Desmonde - Born James Robert Sadler in Middlesbrough, stage musical, film, and television actor best known as the straight man to Norman Wisdom. He is sometimes credited as Jerry Desmond.

Jerry Desmonde on Wikipedia

Jessica Robinson - Rising British musical theatre talent, who was a top 5 finalist in the BBC reality talent show "Over the Rainbow." Andrew Lloyd Webber, called her "wonderful and quirky, a real star in the making."

Kevin Connelly - Impressionist and comedian known for his role on the BBC's 'Dead Ringers.'

Kevin Connelly on Wikipedia

Kirsten O'Brien - Television presenter and stand-up comic who presents SMart. She also presented Smile and Totally Doctor Who alongside Barney Harwood on CBBC.

Kirsten O'Brien on Wikipedia

Lewis Bradley - British musical theatre actor, who came third place in the BBC reality talent show "Any Dream Will Do." He was chosen by Andrew Lloyd Webber to understudy the part of Joseph.

Lewis Bradley on Wikipedia

Monica Dolan - Actress from television and stage including television's Agatha Christie's Poirot, Dalziel and Pascoe, Tipping the Velvet and Judge John Deed and stage productions including King Lear & The Seagull both with Sir Ian McKellen.

Monica Dolan on Wikipedia

Paul Daniels - Paul Daniels is one of the most exciting and accomplished magicians in the world. His series The Paul Daniels Magic Show, ran on the BBC from 1979 to 1994.

Paul Daniels

Paul Daniels on Wikipedia

Patrick Monahan - Born in Iran, Patrick grew up on Teesside and is a great friend to Middlesbrough, raising money for local charity Zoes Place Baby Hospice. He is also a brilliantly funny comedian. He was winner of ITV series Take the Mike in 2001 and winner of ITV series Show Me The Funny in 2011.

Patrick Monahan

Patrick Monahan on Facebook

Patrick Monahan on Twitter

Pete Firman - Known for his outrageous magic mixed with comedy this magician, TV star and now author was born in Middlesbrough.

Pete Firman

Pete Firman on Wikipedia

Preeti Desai - This model and actress, born in Middlesbrough, was Miss Great Britain 2006. She is an alum of St. Augustine RC Primary School in Coulby Newham, Nunthorpe Secondary school and Middlesbrough College.

Preeti Desai

Preeti Desai on Wikipedia

Roy Chubby Brown - The stand-up comic was born in Grangetown. He visits often performing his comedy at the spectacular Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Roy Chubby Brown

Roy Chubby Brown on Wikipedia

Sarah Preston - English actress who is best known for playing Karen Newburn in Holby City, Celia Cobb in Doctors, and Amanda Parry in EastEnders.

Sarah Preston

Sarah Preston on Wikipedia

Thelma Barlow - Actress and writer, most famous for her roles as Mavis Wilton in the long-running soap opera Coronation Street and as Dolly Bellfield in the sitcom Dinnerladies.

Thelma Barlow on Wikipedia

Wendy Richard - Born and brought up in the Corporation Hotel, opposite Middlesbrough Town Hall, she was destined to be a star. Her famous roles include Miss Brahms in Are You Being Served? and Pauline Fowler in Eastenders.

Wendy Richard on Wikipedia

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Exploration

Captain James Cook - Captain Cook, one of the world’s greatest navigators and mariners was born in Marton.

The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum opened on the 28th October 1978 – the 250th anniversary of Cook’s birth. It is housed in a purpose-built building close to the granite urn marking the site of Cook’s birthplace cottage in Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough.

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

James Cook on Wikipedia

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Fashion

Andrew Fionda - Fashion designer whose elegant range Pearce II Fionda (with Ren Pearce) is stocked by Debenhams.

Jade McSorley - Fashion model, originally from Eston, who placed third on the fifth series of Britain's Next Top Model. She is now signed to agency Models 1 and is one of the faces of House of Fraser, Bank and Swatch and has even starred in a music video for Sting’s daughter, Coco Sumner.

Jade McSorley on Wikipedia

Kate Fearnley - Designer Kate Fearnley based on Linthorpe Road was recently voted Ultimate Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year at the Cosmopolitan Women of the Year Awards 2009. She designs for Katie Price, The Saturdays, Girls Aloud, Zoe Salmon and Colleen Rooney.

Kate Fearnley

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Journalism

Alastair Brownlee - Born in Byelands Street, Middlesbrough, within shouting distance of Ayresome Park - Ali Brownlee became the voice of the Boro for over 30 years. The BBC Tees morning show presenter and Middlesbrough FC commentator was known as Mr. Middlesbrough and once legally changed his name to Up the Boro Brownlee for Children in Need. He was known for his passion for the area and his charity work for Children in Need, Sport Relief and Zoe's Place, for which he was an ambassador as well as the Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation and many more. He died in February 2016 at the age of 56 of bowel cancer. 

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Kevin Eason - The Times‘s Formula One correspondent, a job which saw him once described by Business F1 magazine as the “most powerful journalist” operating in the sport has a fine Middlesbrough pedigree born on Parliament Rd, attending Ayresome Junior School and Acklam Hall Grammar School.  He was voted 2009 Internet Writer of the Year and nominated for Sports Journalist of the Year 2012 in the British Journalism Awards.

Kevin Eason on Twitter

Paul Vallely - Leading, award-winning writer on Africa and development issues who was born in Middlesbrough. Paul Vallely is also associate editor of the Independent. He has worked as a theatre critic, war reporter, religious commentator and foreign correspondent.

Vallely was the The Times correspondent in Ethiopia during the great famine of 1984/5. He was commended as International Reporter of the Year for his reports which Bob Geldof described as "vivid, intelligent, moving and brave."

Paul Vallely

Paul Vallely on Wikipedia

Steph McGovern - Steph McGovern is business presenter for BBC Breakfast TV. She grew up in Middlesbrough, and attended Kader Primary School and Macmillan Academy, where she is now a governor. Over the past 10 years Steph has reported from all the big financial events across the world, most recently from the eurozone crisis summits in Brussels and the Italian debt meetings in Rome.

BBC: Steph McGovern

Steph McGovern on Twitter

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Literature, Poetry and Screenwriting

Angela Readman - Poet and short story writer, born in Middlesbrough in 1973. She is the Costa Short Story Award 2013 Winner for "The Keeper of the Jackalopes." Angela Readman’s stories have been shortlisted in the Costa Short Story Award (2012), The Asham Award and The Bristol Prize. She is currently working on a short story collection, Don’t Try This at Home. Her poetry has been a winner of The Essex Poetry Prize, and in 2013 she won The Mslexia Poetry Competition.

Angela Readman on Wikipedia

Andy Willoughby - Poet and playwright from Eston, who was Middlesbrough's poet laureate 2003-4. Along with Bob Beagrie he also runs independent small press Ek Zuban, which publishes bilingual pamphlets and writing and arts magazine, Kenaz.

Bob Beagrie - Award-winning freelance writer, born in Middlesbrough. His latest publication is Perkele, a collaborative bilingual pamphlet in English and Finnish, written with Kalle Niinikangas. Along with Andy Willoughby he also runs independent small press Ek Zuban, which publishes bilingual pamphlets and writing and arts magazine, Kenaz.

Ernest William Hornung - Born in Middlesbrough and known as Willie, he is most famous for writing the Raffles series of novels about a gentleman thief in late Victorian London.

Ernest William Hornung on Wikipedia

Mark Wadlow - Born in Middlesbrough and attended St Francis Primary School. When he was 10, his family moved to the Hemlington area and he attended St George's Catholic School. Best known as a screenwriter for Coronation Street, he wrote the local Ironopolis Social Club into a 2009 script. For his work on the soap Wadlow has been the recipient of two Writers' Guild of Great Britain awards (1993 and 2009). 

Mark Wadlow on Wikipedia

Paul C. Doherty - Born in Middlesbrough, included in the Times 100 Masters of Crime list, he has published a series of historical mysteries set in the Middle Ages, Classical, Greek, Ancient Egypt and elsewhere. He writes under his own name, both as P.C. Doherty and Paul C. Doherty, as well as the pennames: Anna Apostolou, Michael Clynes, Ann Dukthas, C. L. Grace, Paul Harding, and Vanessa Alexander.

Paul C. Doherty on Wikipedia

Richard Milward - Richard Milward was born in Middlesbrough in 1984. His debut novel, Apples, was published in 2007, to great acclaim and his new novel, Ten Storey Love Song, is a stunning piece of prose set in a ten-storey block of flats in the North-East.

Sometimes known as the 'Bard of the Boro,' he officially launched Middlesbrough's first Literary Festival in 2009.

Richard Milward on Wikipedia

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Military

Adrian "Warby" Warburton - Nicknamed 'Six Medals', he played a legendary role in the RAF during the defence of Malta during World War II, earning a Distinguished Service Order and Bar, Distinguished Flying Cross and Two Bars, and an American Distinguished Flying Cross.

Adrian Warburton on Wikipedia

Ian Lawrence - Codebreaker Ian Lawrence was a secret operative working as a code cracker of key German naval missions at Bletchley Park at the height of the Second World War for two years. 

He has also been honoured for his contribution to the study of local fauna and wildlife by Cleveland Naturalist’s Field Club (CNFC).

Evening Gazette: Teesside wartime codebreaker honoured for botany work

Stanley Elton Hollis - Middlesbrough-born Stanley Elton Hollis VC (21 September 1912 – 8 February 1972) was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He has the unique distinction of receiving the only Victoria Cross awarded on D-Day (6 June 1944).

Stanley Hollis on Wikipedia

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Music

Alistair Griffin - Singer and songwriter, with two top twenty hit singles and a top twenty album in the UK, who rose to fame on the BBC's Fame Academy 2.

Alistair Griffin 

Alistair Griffin on Wikipedia

The Road performed with Hillsview Academy Choir

Amelia Lily - The Nunthorpe teen blew audiences away in the 2011 X Factor. To quote Richard Madeley, of Richard and Judy fame, "16 year old Amelia will be a massive star whatever happens in this series - a supernova exploding there." 

@AmeliaLilyOffic on Twitter 

Brodsky Quartet - String Quartet started in Middlesbrough in 1972 by brother and sister Michael and Jacqueline Thomas with friends Ian Belton and Alexander Robertson. Known for playing classical music, and in particular the classic string quartet repertoire of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Bartok and Shostakovich, they have also collaborated with such rock and pop figures as Björk, Sting, Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney.

Brodsky Quartet

Brodsky Quartet on Wikipedia

Chris Corner - This Boro-born musician and songwriter is a founding member of the Sneaker Pimps. Currently performing as IAMX and has recently collaborated with Imogen Heap.

Chris Corner on Wikipedia

Chris Rea - Chris Rea is one of the world's best slide guitarists and is known for his instantly recognisable, distinct, husky voice. He has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. 2009 saw the release of new material and he embarks on a live tour in 2010.

Chris Rea on Wikipedia

Cyril Smith OBE - Virtuoso concert pianist of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s and piano teacher, born Cyril James Smith at Costa Street.

Cyril Smith OBE on Wikipedia

James Arthur - Singer & musician who won the 9th series of The X Factor. His debut single, "Impossible", has sold over 1.3 million copies and has become the best-selling The X Factor winner's single of all time.

James Arthur

Journey South - Brothers Carl and Andy Pemberton are a talented musical duo from Middlesbrough. They achieved third place on the second UK series of popular television talent show The X Factor in 2005. We're proud of their musical achievement and generosity of spirit. They released their song "That's What I Love About Home" as a single to help Charity Help for Heroes.

Journey South on Facebook

Journey South on Wikipedia

Marion Ryan - Popular singer of the 1950s, she was once called "the Marilyn Monroe of Popular Song."

Michael Joseph "Micky" Moody - Guitarist and former member of hard rock bands Juicy Lucy and Whitesnake. An active session musician, he has performed on over 100 albums.

Micheal Joesph ''Micky'' Moody on Wikipedia

Paul Rodgers - Paul Rodgers is best known for being a member of Free and Bad Company. In recent years he has toured and recorded with Queen.

Rodgers goes by the nickname "The Voice". He is ranked number 55 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time."

Paul Rodgers on Wikipedia

Suzannah Clarke - Opera singer Suzannah Clarke was born and brought up in Middlesbrough. Suzannah gained her BA Hons degree in Business Studies, worked for a year in British Steel at Redcar and Cleveland and then turned to opera!

She has performed as Principal at some of the top opera houses in the world including La Scala, Milan, the Hungarian State Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera.

Vin Garbutt - Folk singer and songwriter born in Middlesbrough. Protest songs are a speciality.

Vin Garbutt on Wikipedia

Wendy Smith - The former Prefab Sprout vocalist, guitarist, and keyboards player (1982-2000) was born in Middlesbrough.

Prefab Sprout on Wikipedia

Wendy Smith on Twitter

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Philanthropy

Hilda and Dave Eastwood - Founded Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research (previously known as Leukaemia Research) in 1960 after the death of daughter Susan, age 6. This national charity has since raised over £357million for research into blood cancers.

It was the Middlesbrough Council charity of the year in 2010 to honour its 50th year.

Martin Narey - Former CEO of Barnardo's, the UK's largest children's charity (October 2005-January 2011) was born in Middlesbrough. He previously worked in the Home Office and HM Prison Service as the Director General of the Prison Service of England and Wales between 1998 and 2003 before becoming the first Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS).

In 2004 he was awarded with the Chartered Institute of Management's Gold medal for leadership, a single annual award. Narey was the first public sector recipient of this award for ten years.

He is a Visiting Professor at Durham and Sheffield Hallam Universities, Chair of The Portman Group Complaints Panel and a Board Member of the Advertising Standards Authority. He is also published frequently in the Guardian, Telegraph, Times and New Statesman.

From 2001–13 he was the Government's Advisor on Adoption and his advice, based on an Independent Report commissioned by The Times led to adoption becoming one of the UK Government's domestic priorities.

An alumnus of St Mary's College, Middlesbrough, Narey was knighted in the New Year's Honours List 2013 for services to vulnerable people.

Sir Martin Narey on Twitter

Martin Narey on Wikipedia

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Paul Vallely - Award-winning journalist, who has also chaired or been active in a number of prominent UK aid agencies, including Traidcraft, the Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR), Christian Aid and CAFOD.

Paul Vallely

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Politics

Alfred Edwards - A British politician who served for fifteen years as a Member of Parliament, his origins were as a company director in the foundry industry in Middlesbrough.

Alfred Edward on Wikipedia

Henry W.F. Bolckow - Though born in Mecklenburg, this Victorian industrialist is recognised as one of the fathers of modern Middlesbrough. A statue in his honour is located in Exchange Square.

Henry W.F Bolckow on Wikipedia

John Vaughan - Born in Worcester, Vaughan - along with Henry Bolckow was one of Middlesbrough's founding fathers, establishing the early iron industry that saw the town become what prime minister William Gladstone called "an infant Hercules." A statue in his honour is located in Centre Square, near the Central Library.

John Vaughan on Wikipedia

Ray Mallon - Though born in nearby Thornaby, after 13 years as Middlesbrough's directly-elected mayor, he is firmly associated with Middlesbrough.

Ray Mallon on Wikipedia

Sir Samuel Alexander Sadler - Though born in Oldbury, this industrialist is firmly associated with Middlesbrough. He served Middlesbrough as a Member of Parliament, Mayor, Freeman of the Borough, Justice of the Peace, Alderman and was honoured with a Knighthood in 1905. A statue in his honour is located in Centre Square, near the Central Library.


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Science

Keith Gull - From a start at Eston Grammar School, Dr. Keith Gull has become a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Molecular Microbiology at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford. He was Chairman of the Biochemical Society (1999-2002), and is a trustee of Cancer Research UK.

Keith Gull on Wikipedia

Sir Liam Joseph Donaldson - Born in Middlesbrough, this award-winning physician and surgeon is the Chief Medical Officer for England, the 15th occupant of the post since it was established in 1855. He is principal advisor to the United Kingdom Government on health matters and is one of the most senior officials in the National Health Service (NHS). In the 2002 New Year Honours List, Liam Donaldson received a knighthood in recognition of his achievements in health and health care.

On 1 August 2009 Donaldson became Chancellor of Newcastle University. He is also Chair of the World Alliance for Patient Safety, which was established by the Director-General of the World Health Organization in October 2004.

Sir Liam Joseph Donaldson on Wikipedia

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Sports

ATHLETICS

Chris Tomlinson - The English long jumper was born in Middlesbrough and began his career competing for Middlesbrough AC at the age of 10. He attended Nunthorpe Secondary School and to this day holds many of its year group records for triple and long jump, in 2002, former Nunthorpe pupil Chris broke a Lynn Davies' 34-year-old British long jump record, a record he increased and held until 2009. He is also a huge Middlesbrough Football Club supporter.

Chris Tomlinson on Wikipedia

Chris Tomlinson on Twitter

Jade Jones - Jade Jones is an English wheelchair racer, competing in T54 events. Jones competed in the 2012 Summer Paralympics in the 400m, 800m and 1500m. She is a former pupil of Ormesby School in Middlesbrough. She achieved a Bronze Medal in the IPC Athletics European Championships 2014 and in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Jade Jones on Wikipedia

Jade Jones on Twitter

Johanna Jackson - Middlesbrough-born race walker Jo Jackson is Britain’s No 1 race walker. Received a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and is the first British Woman to win a major international walking title. Her local club is the Middlesbrough and Cleveland and Redcar Race Walking Club and she attended Teesside University to study creative, digital animation.

Johanna Jackson on Wikipedia


BILLIARDS

Peter Gilchrist - The 1994 World billiards champion attended Linthorpe Juniors and Boynton School.

Mike Russell - Four times the world billiards champion, he was born in Middlesbrough and raised in Marske.


BOXING

Cornelius Carr - Grangetown-born boxer who became Teesside's first ever world champion winning the WBF middleweight crown at Thornaby Pavilion in 1999.

Daniel Phillips - Lightweight Daniel Phillips from Middlesbrough recently won a bronze medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Paul Truscott - Professional boxer from Middlesbrough who became the Commonwealth featherweight boxing champion in 2008, after declaring "I've shown that you achieve things and be someone when you come from Middlesbrough."

Paul Truscott on Wikipedia

Simon Vallily - Middlesbrough-born heavyweight won the gold medal for England in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Simon Vallily on Wikipedia


CRICKET

Bill Athey - Talented England test cricketer who also represented Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and Sussex, achieving 25,000 first class runs.

Bill Athey on Wikipedia

Chris Old - Cricketer Chris played in 46 England test matches between 1972 and 1981, also captaining Yorkshire during 16 years playing for his county. He is the brother of talented rugby union and cricket player Alan Old.

Chris Old on Wikipedia

Christopher Liddle - Middlesbrough-born cricket player who signed with Sussex in 2006.

Christopher Liddle on Wikipedia

Christopher Liddle on twitter

Harry Makepeace - Born in Middlesbrough in 1881, he achieved a sporting achievement that is unlikely ever to be equalled. He is the only man ever to win an FA Cup winner's medal, a League championship medal, be capped as an England football international, win a County championship medal and be capped as a cricket international too .

Harry Makepeace on Wikipedia

Liam Plunkett - Born in Nunthorpe in 1985, Liam plays cricket for Durham and has also represented England in several test matches.

Liam Plunkett on Wikipedia


CYCLING

Chris Newton - Born in Middlesbrough and an alumnus of Teesside University, Chris is a successful road and track racing cyclist, a multiple world champion and Olympian.

Chris Newton on Wikipedia

Chris Newton on Twitter

David Daniell - Competitive cyclist specialising in track sprinting, a member of the British Cycling Olympic Academy and Junior World Team Sprint Champion (2006, 2007). 

David Daniell on Wikipedia

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FOOTBALL

Adrian Bevington - Managing director of Club England, who has never forgotten his Middlesbrough roots. Adrian first joined The FA as a press officer in November 1997 and became Head of Media Relations in April 2003.

In addition to managing the media team of the third most quoted organisation in the UK, Adrian was also been responsible for the whole Communications Division from August 2004 to August 2010.

Prior to joining the FA, he was a trainee reporter with ICI’s company newspaper and Senior Publications Officer at Middlesbrough Football Club.

Adrian Bevington on Wikipedia

Alan Peacock - Born and bred in North Ormesby, Alan Peacock played for both England and Middlesbrough, a fan-turned-player who scored 125 goals for Middlesbrough FC between 1954 and 1964, having been top scorer in both the 1962 and 1963 seasons. Middlesbrough Sports Village is on Alan Peacock Way, named for and honouring this footballing great.

Alan Peacock on Wikipedia

Alastair Brownlee - Born in Byelands Street, Middlesbrough, within shouting distance of Ayresome Park - Ali Brownlee became the voice of the Boro for over 30 years. The BBC Tees morning show presenter and Middlesbrough FC commentator was known as Mr. Middlesbrough and once legally changed his name to Up the Boro Brownlee for Children in Need. He was known for his passion for the area and his charity work for Children in Need, Sport Relief and Zoe's Place, for which he was an ambassador as well as the Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation and many more. He died in February 2016 at the age of 56 of bowel cancer. 

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Brian Clough - Brian Clough was an English footballer and manager. He made his league debut with Middlesbrough in 1955. As a manager, he is noted for his success with Derby County and Nottingham Forest, and his 44 day reign at Leeds United A.F.C.

Charismatic, outspoken, and often controversial, Clough is widely considered to be one of the greatest managers of the game and in 1991 he was awarded the O.B.E.

Brian Clough

Brian Clough on Wikipedia

Chris Kamara - Now best known for his role as a presenter and football analyst on Sky Sports, Kamara was a school friend of Boro Chairman Steve Gibson before enjoying a 20-year playing career that briefly took in Middlesbrough.

Happy to try anything for a laugh, prior to the 2010 World Cup he changed his surname to Cabanga, an African word meaning ‘to think’ or ‘imagine’ as part of a fan campaign to help England in the World Cup.

Chris Kamara on Wikipedia

Chris Kamara on Twitter

Don Revie - He never played for or managed his hometown club but Revie achieved fame in football. He scored four goals in six games for England, was Football Writers' Footballer of the Year in 1955 and won an FA Cup winners' medal with Manchester City a year later. He was manager of Leeds United for 13 years - winning two league titles, the FA Cup and two Fairs Cup trophies - before a three-year spell in charge of England.

Don Revie on Wikipedia

Harold Shepherdson MBE - A former pupil of Marton Grove and Hugh Bell schools, 'Shep' was England's trainer at four World Cup tournaments including the 1966 World Cup winner, while also serving Middlesbrough in different capacities for more than half a century.

Harry Makepeace - Born in Middlesbrough in 1881, he achieved a sporting achievement that is unlikely ever to be equalled. He is the only man ever to win an FA Cup winner's medal, a League championship medal, be capped as an England football international, win a County championship medal and be capped as a cricket international too.

Jonathan Woodgate - Central defender 'Woody' has won England caps during a football career that has taken in Leeds United, Newcastle United, Real Madrid, Middlesbrough and Tottenham.

Jonathan Woodgate on Wikipedia

Stewart Downing - Only the great Wilf Mannion won more England caps as a Middlesbrough player than Stewart. Raised in Pallister Park, the left-winger won 23 England caps before a £12 million move to Aston Villa, helping Boro reach the 2006 UEFA Cup final.

Stewart Downing on Wikipedia

Wilf Mannion - Born in South Bank, capped 26 times by England, he is regarded as one of Middlesbrough's greatest ever players, and along with George Hardwick, he is commemorated by a statue outside the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough.

Wilf Mannion on Wikipedia


FORMULA ONE RACING

Kevin Eason - The Times‘s Formula One correspondent, a job which saw him once described by Business F1 magazine as the “most powerful journalist” operating in the sport has a fine Middlesbrough pedigree born on Parliament Rd, attending Ayresome Junior School and Acklam Hall Grammar School.  He was voted 2009 Internet Writer of the Year and nominated for Sports Journalist of the Year 2012 in the British Journalism Awards.

Kevin Eason on Twitter

Rob Smedley - Rob Smedley, originally from Normanby in Middlesbrough, now lives in Italy working for Ferrari as Felipe Massa’s Formula 1 race engineer.

He has recently said ‘One word sums up Middlesbrough for me ‘home’. I travel all around the world but Middlesbrough is home.’

Rob Smedley on Wikipedia


GOLF

Kimberley Crooks - Professional golfer on the Ladies European Tour (LET) and LET Access Tour who is proud to be from Middlesbrough.


RUGBY

Alan Old - Played rugby union for England and the British Lions between 1972 and 1978. He also played first class cricket for Yorkshire and Warwickshire. Alan is the brother of former England fast bowler Chris Old.

Alan Old on Wikipedia

Rory Underwood MBE - Born in Middlesbrough, Rory is a former England and British Lions rugby union player as well as a former Royal Air Force pilot. He first laced up his rugby boots at Middlesbrough Rugby Club.

Rory Underwood MBE on Wikipedia


SWIMMING

Aimee Willmott - Boro-born swimmer, Aimee Willmott, aspires to follow in her father Stuart’s footsteps. He represented Team GB at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. At the British Championships earlier this year as she claimed silver in both the 200m and 400m individual medleys.

Aimee Willmott website

Aimee Willmott on Wikipedia

Aimee Willmott on Twitter

Jack Hatfield - Though born in Great Ayton, as his parents had a holiday cottage there, Jack Hatfield was Middlesbrough through and through. He was raised in Middlesbrough and, as a superb swimmer, represented the town in style when winning two silver medals and a bronze at the 1912 Olympics in Sweden. He also set four world swimming records and took part in three further Olympic Games. Jack often trained in the River Tees, Smith's Dock and even Albert Park lake.

Jack Hatfield on Wikipedia


Table Tennis

Paul Drinkhall - Born in Loftus, the British No.1 and Triple European Champion. Received a silver medal in the table-tennis team event and bronze in the mixed doubles at the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

"Middlesbrough is not only a great place to live but the people here love their sport – and it has an incredible number of great sportsmen and women. In fact, if Teesside had represented itself at the Commonwealth Games we would have finished 14th in the medal table! I love it for the Riverside Stadium, the iconic Transporter Bridge and the booming university. I’d love to see Middlesbrough become a city – it would be absolutely merited." 
Paul Drinkhall

Danny Reed - Brought home a silver medal with team mate Paul Drinkhall. his local club is Ormesby Table Tennis Club.

Karina Lafevre - Talented table tennis player whose local club is Ormesby Table Tennis Club. She was a top competitor at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and came close to winning a bronze medal.

Alan Ransome - From Ormesby Table Tennis Club, Alan served as the technical delegate for the International Table Tennis Federation and also the chairman of the sport’s Commonwealth Federation at the Games.


TENNIS

Sarah Borwell - The current British number 1 in doubles, ranked 67 in the world (as of 24 May 2010) was born in Middlesbrough. She went to Nunthorpe School and was a regular player for the Schools boys football team. Jonathan Woodgate and Liam Plunkett were fellow students at the time.

Sarah Borwell on Wikipedia

Sarah Borwell on Twitter


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Honorary Middlesbrough Hall of Famers

Adele Parks - Author Adele Parks has sold over a million copies of her novels in the UK and her books have been translated into over fifteen languages.

Though she is from Stockton, she is proud of Middlesbrough and said so recently at Teesside University!

Adele Parks

Adele Parks on Wikipedia


Christopher Dresser - Though design pioneer Christopher Dresser was born in Glasgow, revered as the "Father of Industrial Design", he is greatly associated with Middlesbrough through his work with Linthorpe Art Pottery. The Dorman Museum has the world's largest public collection of his furniture, metalwork, ceramics, glass, textiles and wallpaper.

Christopher Dresser Society

Christopher Dresser on Wikipedia

Dorman Museum


Freya North - Author Freya North was introduced to Boro by her husband Andy Sutcliffe who was born here. Her latest modern romance novel 'Secrets' features a bridgebuilder and our very own Transporter Bridge plays a significant part.

Freya North

Freya North on Wikipedia


Jeff Stelling - Sports journalist and TV presenter Jeff Stelling was born in Hartlepool. However he will always be welcome in Middlesbrough for his passionate defence of Middlesbrough on Soccer Saturday. 

Jeff Stelling on Wikipedia


Mark Benton - The comedy actor, perhaps most famous for his roles as Eddie in Early Doors and Howard in Christmas/Northern/City Lights was born in Guisborough. However he is a die-hard fan and season ticket holder of Middlesbrough Football Club.


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