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Sheffield Stars

Sheffield is not only famous for its stainless steel but is also the home town of many famous people. Ranging from Musicians, Athletes, Actors and many more. If you’re going to be studying at either Sheffield Hallam University or University of Sheffield and spending the next 3 to 4 years of your life in the City of Sheffield, you need to know a few of the many Sheffield heroes, there is a good chance you might bump into them.

List of Sheffield stars you should know:


Sean Bean

Born Shaun Mark Bean in Sheffield,  England's most versatile actor, staring in Lord of the Rings, James Bond (007), The Island, Troy and National Treasure, and the series’; Game of Thrones,  Family Guy, and ITV’s Sharpe.

Mary, Queen of Scots

Daughter of James V, King of Scots and great-niece of King Henry VII, held under house arrest in Sheffield for 14 years, as Elizabeth I, Queen of England considered Mary's designs on the English throne to be a serious threat.

Michael Pailin

An English comedian, actor, writer and TV presenter. Once one of the comedy group Monty Python and recently hosting a number of travel documentaries.  

Jeremy Heath-Smith 

Computer games wizard, the creator of Tomb Raider, and our favourite Lara Croft, also lived in Sheffield for a number of years.   

Helen Sharmanborn CMG, OBE, HonFRSC 

Born in Sheffield 1963, studied at Sheffield University. She is a chemist who became the first British astronaut, first British cosmonaut, and the first woman to visit the Mir space station in 1991. 

Sheffield's Athletes


Jessica Ennis

Born and bred in Sheffield, Olympic champion, British track and field athlete, in 2012 winning the Heptathlon gold medal at the London Olympic Games. She is also a former World and European champion. Jessica previously studied at Sheffield University and continues to live and train in Sheffield, you see her regularly at her local pub.

Seb Coe 

Also known as Lord Sebastian Coe, lived in Sheffield during his teen years, the former track and field athlete and now a British politician. Won 4 Olympic medals and holds Guinness Book of records for the most gold medals won at the Olympics for 1,500 metres (male).     

 Michael Vaughan 

The English cricketer lived his childhood in Sheffield, following the 2002/03 Ashes he was ranked as one of the best batsmen in the world.    

Harry Maguire 

An English professional footballer who started at youth system at Sheffield United, now plays as a centre back for Manchester United, whom he captains, and the England national team.

Sheffield's Music

From Rock to Pop, Sheffield has nurtured a number of musicians over the years.

Arctic Monkeys 

Are a Sheffield rock band. Made famous on the internet, their debut album “Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not” became the fastest-selling debut album by a band in British chart history (beating Oasis’s debut album), Rolling Stone ranked it the 30th-greatest debut album of all time in 2013. They have won seven Brit Awards and in 2007 and 2013 headlined the Glastonbury Festival.


Joe Cocker

Born John Robert Cocker in Sheffield, an English rock, blues and soul singer and musician popular in the late 1960s.


Bruce Dickinson

The musician and lead singer of Iron Maiden, was not born in Sheffield however lived during his teen years in the Steel City.


The Human League

Formed in Sheffield in 1977 an electronic new wave band, the single "Don't You Want Me", a No. 1 hit in the pop charts of the majority of the world.    


Def Leppard

A Sheffield rock band also formed in 1977, part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Their success was during the early 1980s and early 1990s. Best known for "Love Bites", "Pour Some Sugar on Me", and "Hysteria".  



Sheffield alternative rock band formed in Sheffield in 1978. Where Javis Cocker was the main singer, have reached number one spot in the UK Albums Chart numerous times. The album “Different Class” spawned four top ten singles, including "Common People" and "Sorted for E's & Wizz".