Portsmouth well known people

The Portsmouth Hall of Fame provide the details of some of Portsmouth's famous residents, some of who were born in Portsmouth and others who lived and worked in the City.

Portsmouth has a wealth of famous people both present and in the past, these include writers, politicians, sports personalties and muscians.

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Roger Hodgson born in Portsmouth, of the band Supertramp.


Vocalist, composer and songwriter of the band Supertramp was born in Portsmouth on 21st March 1950. He spent a large part of his childhood years at boarding school in Surrey where he first learnt to play the guitar and later piano, bass and drums. After leaving school Roger recorded his first record "Mr. Boyd" with a session band including pianist Reg Dwight (Elton John). Roger met Rick Davies and together they went on to form the band Supertramp, releasing their first album "Supertramp" in 1970. Supertramp had worldwide success with albums such as Crime of the Century, Breakfast in America and Crisis? What Crisis? Roger left Supertramp in 1983 to persue a solo career and to spend more time with his family, he is still writing and performing in concerts, performing solo.

Photo of Fred T Jane.


Born August 6th 1865, in Richmond, Surrey, Jane lived the majority of his life in Southsea, living at 17 Elphinstone Road. Jane was an illustrator and drew warships from his teenage years, his book All the World's Fighting Ships, was first published in 1898. He died in 1916 and is buried at Highland Cemetery.

Photo of Joe Jackson


Joe Jackson, musician and singer-songwriter, was born on August 11, 1954, in Burton-on-Trent, England, but grew up in Portsmouth. An awkward, skinny, asthmatic child, he joined a violin class (aged 11) in order to escape from school sports, and soon fell in love with music. Joe has been awarded a fellowship by the Royal Academy of Music and an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Portsmouth.

Photo of Paul Jones born in Portsmouth


Paul Jones born Paul Pond, February 24th 1942, Portsmouth, attended Portsmouth Grammar School, vocalist with Manfred Mann, solo singer and radio presenter. Paul turned down an offer to join the band which became the Rolling Stones, but went on to have great success with Manfred Mann and in his own right as a solo artist. He is a Doctor of Music (University Of Portsmouth) and President of The National Harmonica League.

Photo of Dillie Keane.


Cabaret star, member of Fascinating Aida, attended Portsmouth High School, Kent Road until she was 12 while her father was a GP practicing in Somers Town. Dillie has had a wide reaching career appearing in West End shows, TV work, writing comedy for radio and her own one woman shows.

Writer Rudyard Kipling, lived in Southsea, Portsmouth


Kipling was the first Englishman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature (1907). His most popular works include The Jungle Book (1894) and the Just So Stories (1902), both children's classics though they have attracted adult audiences also. Rudyard Kipling was born on December 30, 1865, in Bombay, India, where his father was an arts and crafts teacher at the Jeejeebhoy School of Art. His mother was a sister-in-law of the painter Edward Burne-Jones. At the age of six he was taken to England by his parents and left for five years at a foster home at Southsea, Lived in Lorne Lodge, 4 Campbell Road. Soon after Kipling had received the Nobel Prize, his output of fiction and poems began to decline. His son was killed in the World War I, and in 1923 Kipling published The Irish Guards In The Great War , a history of his son's regiment. Kipling died on January 18, 1936 in London, and was buried in Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey. His autobiography, Something Of Myself, appeared posthumously in 1937.

Photo of TV presenter Amanda Lamb from Portsmouth


TV presenter Amanda Lamb was born in Portsmouth on the 19th July 1972. In 1994 she took over the role of the Scottish Widow in the long running insurance company TV advert. She has been the main presenter of Channel 4's A Place In the Sun since 2001 and also regularly appears in Market Kitchen and on the Wright Stuff.