Famous People from Luton, Bedfordshire
There are many celebrities from the town of Luton, to highlight a few:
John Fowles (1926-2005) was an English novelist, literary critic, and teacher. He is best known for his novels The Collector (1963) and The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969). He taught literature at the University of Essex in Colchester from 1961 until 1985, when he retired as professor emeritus.
Kate Thornton is an English television presenter and model. She came to fame as the host of the children’s TV show Live & Kicking (1996-2001) but is now also well known for presenting the gossip show Lip Service on ITV2 (2008–present) and its CITV spinoff series Text Santa: The Full Treatment (2013–present) as well as her own Channel 5 chat show, Kate (2009).
Steve ‘The Colonel’ Bullock was a professional football player from Luton. He played for the Luton Town football club in the 1950s and later became manager of Millwall, a rival team, and helped them reach the Football League First Division. He became a television football commentator and was a columnist for the “Luton News” from 1969 until 1990, when he retired.
Phil Coles has made history in terms of footballers from Luton, having captained English national teams. However, he failed to be capped as an England player due to injured knee ligaments. Coles was the captain of the England under-21 cricket team and later became the captain of the England B football team in 1982.
-John Barnes MBE is a former professional footballer who played as a striker for Arsenal, West Ham United and Manchester City. He is regarded as one of the greatest players in English football history.
Jason Robinson was an English footballer who played as a winger for Tranmere Rovers, both locally and for England.
Henry Clay. US politician who helped build the American System of protective tariffs, spending, and a national bank.
Henry Leeming. British engineer that surveyed London for underground railway lines and water pipes
Bernie Taupin, the composer that has co-written many songs with Elton John.
Field Marshal Alexander. Field Marshal of the British Army during WWI and WWII. He also served as the Military Governor of Germany after WWII.
Francis Bacon. Famous scientist and philosopher that helped pioneer the scientific revolution in Europe.
John Bunyan. English author of “The Pilgrim’s Progress” from Bedfordshire
Thomas Aikens. English engineer and inventor of several electrical instruments.
George Ellery Hale. American astronomer who discovered sunspots, solar eclipses, and several asteroids.
Lord Nelson. British naval officer that helped conquer the Danish fleet during the Napoleonic Wars.
Norman E. Arnold (1871-1944), Yorkshire soldier and one of the early winners of the Victoria Cross for his actions at Thiepval during World War I.
Bill Bailey (born 1964), a British comedian and musician, best known for playing the saxophone and clarinet among other instruments on the TV show Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
Doug Boult (born 1947), a former international cricketer who played in 43 Test Matches.