Famous Bristolians

People from Bristol are known as Bristolians. Bristolian is also the name of the local dialect peculiar to Bristol. The articles below highlight some of the most famous Bristolians in different spheres of activity.

  • Literature
    A number of famous peots were born or spent time in Bristol including 18th century poets Thomas Chatterton and Robert Southey and William Wordsworth.

  • Artists
    The 18th and 19th century portrait painter Sir Thomas Lawrence came from Bristol as well as controversial graffiti artist Banksy.

  • Politics
    Bristol has a tradition of local political activism, and has been home to many influential political figures over the centuries.

  • Architecture
    Nineteenth century architect Francis Greenway, who designed Bristol's Clifton Club and many of Sydney's first buildings, came from Bristol.

  • University
    Bristol University has many graduates who went on to be highly successful in their chosen paths. Here we list some of the most notable.

  • Stage
    Many famous actors learnt their craft at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Bristol has also been the home town of many famous comedians. Here we list some of the most notable.

  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel
    Among all famous Bristolians, perhaps the greatest of all was engineering genius Isambard Kingdom Brunel whose designs revolutionised public transport and modern engineering.