Manchester, Lancashire and the northwest region
have produced more than their fair share of famous people – pioneers,
explorers, scientists, philanthropists, explorers, inventors, artists,
musicians, actors, sports men and women, composers, social and political
reformers, film stars, media celebrities – all local heroes, as well
as a few notable villains.
Their names are immotalised throughout the region – in place names,
streets, districts, townships and squares, statues and monuments,
libraries, schools and institutions which still bear their names.

More available at our main Manchester Celebrities website at www.manchester-celebrities.co.uk.

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The Arts: Written, Visual &
Performance

William
Harrison Ainsworth
Samuel Bamford

Walter Greenwood
Anthony Burgess
Isabella Banks
Benjamin Brierley
Frances Hodgson Burnett
John Byrom
John Collier (Tim Bobbin)
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Walter Greenwood
Thomas de Quincey

Shelagh Delaney
Richmal Crompton
Peter Maxwell-Davies
Elizabeth Raffald
Charles Prestwich Scott
L S Lowry
Joe Sunlight
Edgar Wood
Robert Bolt
Alan Garner
Kathleen Ferrier
Maurice Johnstone
James Hilton
John Critchley Prince
Tom Bloxham
Warwick Brookes

Samuel
Hill

Harry Rutherford

Walter Kershaw

Louise Jopling
Arthur Devis
Josef Locke
John Cassidy
Matthew Noble
Terry Eagleton
Walter Crane
Frank Hampson
Howard Jacobson
Dave Dee
Nicholas Hytner

Pierre Adolphe Valette
Ford Madox Brown
Alfred Waterhouse
Thomas Worthington
John Knowles
Sir John Barbirolli
Sir Charles Hallé

Charles Alexander Calvert
George Formby
Gracie Fields

Annie Horniman
William Stanley Houghton
Trevor Griffiths
Arlene Phillips
Harold
Riley

Russell Watson

Sir Thomas Beecham

Lawrence Isherwood
Edwin Waugh
Francis Thompson
Samuel Laycock
Michael Ball
Roger Fenton
Mike Leigh
Nick Park
Henry Hall
James Lamb
Ralph Sweeney
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Anna Jacobs
Francis Lennon
Ronnie Hazlehurst
Alfred Wainwright
George Lockhart
Hans Richter
Howard Spring
Sir Neville Cardus

John Ralston
Sir Norman Foster
Sir William Walton
Carol Ann Duffy
Harold Brighouse

Politics: Law & Social Reformers

Sir
Nicholas Mosley
James Stanley

Charles Worsley
Robert Owen

Thomas Fleming
Sir Robert Peel
Mark Philips
Abel Heywood

Friedrich Engels
Richard Cobden
John Bright
Emmeline Pankhurst
Christabel Pankhurst
Chaim Weizmann

Margaret Beckett
Hugh Scanlon
Ernest Marples

Henry Hunt
Lloyd George
Sir Cyril Smith
Gerald Kaufman MP

Hannah Mitchell
George Osborne

Joe
Gormley

Joseph Rayner Stephens
Alf Morris

Armitage, Sir Elkanah
Lees Knowles, Sir James
Alistair Campbell
Michael Meacher
Ernest Jones
Reginald Richardson
William Gladstone
Hazel Blears
John Fielden

Oswald Mosley
Barbara Castle
Jack Straw

Mitchell Henry
Annie Kenney
Nellie Wilkinson
Sir James Anderton
Jerome Caminada
Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw
Lord Woolton (F.J.Marquis)
Dr Michael Winstanley
Phil Woolas MP
James
Brotherton

John Owens
Thomas Ashton
John Fielden
John Shuttleworth
Archibald Prentice

Absalom Watkin
John, Richard, Thomas
&
William Potter

John Edward Taylor
Hugh Birley
Ellen Wilkinson
Robert Duckenfield
Harry Pollitt
Estelle Morris
Davies, Thomas
Neil Hamilton
John Stalker
William Hulton
Feargus O’Connor
Glenda Jackson
Arthur Balfour, PMAndrew Stunell

Philanthropy: Philosophy &
Religion

Discovery: Engineers, Inventors
& Scientists

Samuel
Crompton
Richard Arkwright
Sir William Fairbairn

Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke
of Bridgewater
Sir Frederick Henry Royce
Daniel Adamson
George Bradshaw

John Dee
Marie Stopes
William Crabtree
Charles White
Thomas Percival

John Ferriar
Peter Mark Roget
John Dalton
William Sturgeon

Sir Leslie Patrick
Abercrombie

Sir
Henry Roscoe

James Hargreaves
Hans Geiger
Charles Mackintosh
Thomas Highs
John Mercer
Robert Hope-Jones
JJ Thomson
Sir Arnold Wolfendale

John Dancer
James Prescott Joule
Sir Edwin Alliot Verdon-Roe
Ernest Rutherford
Capt Sir John Alcock
Lt Sir Arthur Brown

James Brindley
John Kay
Prof Brian Cox
Alan
Turing

Sir Bernard Lovell
Col Sir William CoatesRobert Angus Smith

Roy Chadwick
Dr Patrick Steptoe
Edmund Cartwright
George Stephenson
Lawrence Earnshaw
William Webb Ellis

Thomas Earnshaw
Sir James Chadwick
James Bullough
Prof Eric Laithwaite
George Leigh Mallory
Prof Tom Kilburn
Rev George Garrett
Sir Roger Bradshaigh

Media: Television, Film &
Broadcasting

Joan
Bakewell

John Thaw
Harry H Corbett
Caroline Aherne
Will Hay
Bernard Manning
Robert Donat
Warren Clarke

Brian Redhead
Les Dawson
Roy Kinnear
Eric Sykes
Eric Morecambe
Eddie Large

Mike Harding
Frank Finlay
Albert Finney
Robert Powell
Ben Kingsley
David Warner
Robert Shaw
Burt Kwouk
Bill Oddie

Tommy Cannon
Bobby Ball
Alistair Cooke
Mike Yarwood
Joanne Whalley (Kilmer)
Victoria Wood
Peter Skellern

Pete Postlethwaite
Coronation Street
Characters

Fred Dibnah
Sir Ian McKellen
John Mahoney
Steve Coogan
Hylda Baker
Al Read
Ralf Little
Will Mellor
Philip Schofield
Sarah Lancashire
Ted Ray
David Coleman
Roy Skelton

Jonathan Morris
Colin Baker
Kenneth Wolstenholme
Jane Horrocks
Jimmy Clitheroe
Tracie Bennett
Danny Ross
Keith
Macklin

Paddy McGinness

Bernard
Wrigley

Frank Randle
Dora Bryan
Arthur Lowe
Terry Christian
Ian McShane
Johnny Vegas
Matthew Kelly
David Dickinson
John E Blakeley
Maggie Philbin
Paula Wilcox
Anna Friel
Lord Sidney Bernstein
Mike Sweeney
Dominic Monaghan
Richard Madeley &
Judy Finnigan

Bob Greaves
Gordon Burns
Jimmy Saville
Violet Carson
Pat Pheonix
Melanie Sykes
Ronald Fraser
Kieran Prenderville
Peter Kay
Vivien Merchant
John Thomson
Michael Wood
Lynda Baron
Bill Grundy
Tim Grundy
Charles Foster
Colin Weston
Jim Pope
Bob Smithies
Wendy Hiller
Anna Ford
Judith Chalmers
Jim Hancock
Diane Oxberry
Jenni Murray
Martin Henfield
Lynda Lee-Potter
Don Estelle
Jimmy Cricket
Jon Culshaw
Kerry McFadden
Ray Gosling
Dave Spikey
Shirley Stelfox
David Starkey
Maxine Peake
Arlene Phillips

Mike
Scott

Nicholas Hytner
Sara Cox
Dame Thora Hird
Natalie Casey
Christopher Eccleston
Max Beesley
Jack Wild
Tony Gubba
Bernard Cribbins
Ben Gerrard
Nick Conway
Vernon Kay
Janet Munro
Eric Knowles
Chris Evans
Bernard Hill
Andy Kershaw
Lucy Meacock
Felicity Goodey
John Mundy
Danny Boyle
Judi Dench
John Peel
Katie Derham
Ted Lune
Jim Bowen
Tess Daly
Timmy Mallett
John Inman
Buzz Hawkins
Freddy ‘Parrot Face’
Davies

Glenda Jackson
Daniel Craig
Simon Rimmer
Nick Robinson
James H Reeve
Hovis Presley
Ranvir Singh
Stuart Flinders
Dave Guest
Edgar Lustgarten
Kathy Staff
James StannageLee Mack
Alan Carr
Annabel Tiffin
Tony Livesey
Eno Eruotor
Jason Manford

Colin Crompton
Sue Johnstone
Vince Powell

Sport: Olympic & Sporting
Champions

Commerce: Business, Industry &
Entrepreneurship

Heroism: Military & Civilian

Crime: Manchester Villains & Murderers

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