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    HRH Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, GCVO ( Catherine Elizabeth "Kate"; née Middleton ; born 9 January 1982),is a member of the British royal family. Her husband, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge ...
  • John Vachell (1287 - 1340)
    John Vachell is considered to be the purchaser of the lands now known as Coley Park, Reading, Berkshire from Thomas Siward in 1309. An unusual family motto and a ghostly figure of a Monk owe their exis...
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    A useful link for this family: eldest son Thomas would have inherited the Coley Park estates circa 1495.
  • Sir Thomas Vachell, Kt. (c.1560 - 1638)
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Berkshire - Famous People

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Berkshire has many notable people associated with it.

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The following people of renown were either born or lived in Berkshire or are strongly associated with Berkshire.

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  • Francis Baily (1774–1844; astronomer)
  • Lucy Benjamin (1970; actress)
  • Edward Frederic Benson (24 July 1867 – 29 February 1940) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist and short story writer, known professionally as E.F. Benson. His friends called him Fred
  • Michael Bond (b1926; author, creator of Paddington Bear)
  • Kenneth Branagh (b1960; actor & film director)
  • Charlie Brooker (b1971; journalist)
  • Richard Burns (1971–2005; rally driver)


  • David Cameron (b1966; Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since December 2005)
  • Jimmy Carr (b1972; comedian)
  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (b1982; spouse of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge)



  • King Edward III of England (b1312–1377; one of the most successful English monarchs of the Middle Ages)
  • Emma Crosby (1977; television presenter)




  • Dani Harmer (b1989; actress)
  • Chesney Hawkes (b1971; pop singer)
  • King Henry I of England (1068/1069–1135; founded and buried at Reading Abbey)
  • King Henry VI of England (1421–1471; King of England, born at Windsor)
  • Lenny Henry (b1958; comedian)
  • Nicholas Hoult (b1989; actor)
  • Kate Humble (b1968; television presenter)
  • Joseph Huntley (1775-?; innovative biscuit maker; founder of Huntley & Palmers)



  • Elton John (b1947; lives in Old Windsor)
  • Peter Jones (b1966; entrepreneur)


  • John Kendrick (1573–1624; merchant and mayor)



  • John Madejski (b1941; entrepreneur and philanthropist)
  • Sam Mendes (b1965; director)
  • A. P. McCoy (b1974; jockey and winner of the 2010 Grand National and the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year)




  • William Penn (1644–1718; founder of Pennsylvania)
  • Alexander Pope (1688–1744; poet)
  • Frederick William Owen Potts, VC, (1892 – 1943), more commonly known as Trooper Fred Potts (1892-1943) 1/1st Berkshire Yeomanry WIKI Fred Potts
  • Alexander Prior (b.1992; composer and conductor)




  • Lawrie Sanchez (b1959; former footballer and manager)
  • Ayrton Senna (1960–1994; racing driver, Formula One champion)
  • Mark Stephens, solicitor and broadcaster, mediator, writer, educator and patron of the arts (b. Old Windsor 1957)


  • Chris Tarrant (b1946; radio broadcaster and host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?)
  • Jethro Tull (1674–1741; agriculturist)

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  • Theo Walcott (b1989; footballer, originally for A.F.C. Newbury)
  • Neil Webb (b1963; professional footballer)
  • Oscar Wilde (1854–1900; poet and playwright, author of The Ballad of Reading Gaol, and prisoner in Reading Gaol)
  • Kate Winslet (b1975; actress)

X - Y - Z

  • Will Young (b1979; singer-songwriter)


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