List of people from Stoke-on-Trent

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This is a list of notable people who were born in or near, or have been residents of the City of Stoke-on-Trent, England. Also listed are people who lived in the area before city status was granted in 1925.

The city was built on the pottery industry, and at the centre of that industry was the Wedgwood family, especially Josiah Wedgwood. Today he is credited with the industrialization of the manufacture of pottery, and is also remembered as a prominent opponent of slavery. Other giants of the pottery industry were Thomas Minton, William Moorcroft, and Josiah Spode.

Many notable residents of Stoke-on-Trent have gone on to achieve recognition in their own field. Legends of rock Slash and Lemmy spent portions of their childhood in the city, whilst Robbie Williams split from Take That to establish himself as a pop megastar in his own right. Local businessmen John Caudwell, Peter Coates, and John Madejski made large fortunes from founding Phones 4u, Bet365, and Auto Trader respectively. A new branch of Christianity in Primitive Methodism was formed from the endeavours of Hugh Bourne and William Clowes. In literature, Arnold Bennett was a prodigious novelist, and often drew on the local area for inspiration, particularly in his 1902 work Anna of the Five Towns. Another famous face is Captain Edward Smith, who went down with his ship, the Titanic, in 1912. In terms of military service, three recipients of the Victoria Cross were native to Stoke-on-Trent. R. J. Mitchell, inventor of the Spitfire aircraft, also came from the city.

In sporting achievements, local clubs Port Vale and Stoke City have helped to develop the talents of local footballers, and in turn local names such as Roy Sproson, Freddie Steele, and Denis Smith have provided the club's with many years of loyal service. However the most famous player to be associated with the area is Stanley Matthews – the only player to have been knighted while still playing, the Wizard of the Dribble was the inaugural winner of the Ballon d'Or. He played for Stoke and later managed Port Vale. Outside of football, the most significant individual sportsman to hail from the city is Phil Taylor, sixteen-time winner of the World Professional Darts Championship.

Academics and educators[]

Joe Andrew and wife Barbara

Artists and writers[]

Arnold Bennett, author of Anna of the Five Towns and The Card.


John Madejski was born in the city, though would later move to Reading.

Entertainers and musicians[]

Born and raised in Burslem, Robbie Williams went on to sell over 57 million albums worldwide.
Born in London, Slash spent the first few years of his life with his father and paternal grandparents in Stoke before the family moved to LA.
Anthea Turner

Inventors and scientists[]

Reginald Mitchell went to school in Hanley.
Baskeyfield's memorial statue at Festival park.

Military figures[]

Miscellaneous figures[]

Captain Edward Smith went down with his ship.



Josiah Wedgwood, founder of the Wedgwood company.

Religious figures[]

Hugh Bourne founded Primitive Methodism, which would be an influential branch of Christianity in his lifetime.


Combat sports[]


Cue sports[]


Darts players[]

Phil Taylor, the greatest darts player of all time, and one of the most successful individual sportsmen of all time.


Goalkeeper Tom Baddeley won two England caps at the start of the twentieth century.
Werrington-born Adam Yates is a more recent example of a local professional footballer playing for a local club.

Olympic medal winners[]

Sprinter Alexander Nelson.

Other sports[]

Racket sports[]




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