celebrities with a Lancashire connection...
Arthur Conan Doyle - author of the Sherlock Holmes books - went
to school at Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green.
2. Jane Horrocks - actress born in Rawtenstall.
3. Nick Park - Oscar winning creator of Wallace and Gromit.
4. Victoria Wood - comedienne who lived in Morecambe.
5. Kathleen Ferrier - opera singer born in Preston.
6. Eric Morecambe - One half of Morecambe and Wise Eric changed
his name from Bartholomew to his hometown of, er, Morecambe.
6. Carl Fogarty - Blackburn-born Carl Fogarty is one of the world's
greatest motorbike riders.
7. Jason Queally from Chorley - Olympic cycling champion.
8. Wayne Hemingway - cool designer who was born in Morecambe and
grew up in Blackburn.
9. Jim Bowen - super, smashing, great Lancashire lad, look what
you could have won...
10. Sir Tom Finney - Preston born footballing legend.
to the list...
Actor Sir Ian McKellen grew up in Wigan & later Bolton.
Scriptwriter (Dr Who, etc) Brian Finch is from Wigan.
Mile Standish, military leader of the Pilgrim Fathers on the Mayflower
was from the Standish family in.. er.. Standish near Wigan.
I'm from Wigan (how could you tell?!)
No one seems to have mentioned Bolton's Fred Dibnah, Roy Lancaster
and Sam Crompton.
JRR Tolkien went to Stonyhurst, Violet Carson and Hilda Baker lived
in Blackpool, Les Dawson lived in St Annes, Eddie Calvert (the man
with the "Golden Trumpet"), John Inman and Roy Barraclough
(comedy actors) are from Preston, Fred Dibnah from Bolton, J Lofthouse
inventor of the "Fishermans Friend" from Fleetwood
Flanagan added this...
Bill Beaumont- Chorley born and bred if you don't follow Rugby you'll
know him from endorsing all the cheap swingball, velcro tennis sets
and such items that your mother brought for a fun day out
4 foot 3 inch tall Jimmy Clitheroe, obviously from Clitheroe. Known
as "The Clitheroe Kid." Catch phrases "Don't some
mothers 'av 'em. and "I'm all there with me cough drops."
Star of Variety, radio, tv, films, and pantomime.
Dame Gracie Fields, singer, actress. Born in Rochdale. Has a theatre
in Rochdale named in her honour.
Lloyd added these...
Film director Michael Winterbottom (famous for Jude,
Welcome to Sarajevo, Cu24 Hour Party People
and lots more).
Channel 4 TV presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy
Harty, the first major TV chat show host in this country.
three from this area, all three went to school at Queen Elizabeth's
Grammar School, Blackburn.
Mal Walker added these...
.. letter from America, one of the most
loved Radio and TV personalities in the USA and around the world
Born Manchester and then lived Blackpool and attended Blackpool
William Lyons Born Blackpool
. founded Jaguar
motor cars. Began building cars in Blackpool (he SS) and later moved
. aviation pioneer, produced many
famous aeroplanes Lancaster bomber , Vulcan jet etc. etc.
Laurel born Ulverston, lancs
.. Comedian / filmstar,
made his name with Oliver Hardy.
Henry Tate, born Chorley
Tate Gallery in London
and built hospitals, libraries etc.
Formby, born Wigan
.. comedian, singer, filmstar
Arkwright , born Preston
invented the cotton water frame
Hargreaves, invented the spinning Jenny, 1st machine to spin yarn.
Horrocks, born Toxteth, Liverpool
. Astronomer and scientist,
worked out transit of Venus and forecast the 1769 transit of Venus
that sent Captain Cook to the Pacific and Australia.
David Latham added this...
Don't forget Patrick Stewart: Star Trek's Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
His accent may be posh now, but he is definitely from the North.
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Peter Kay - Comedian from Bolton
Daniel Whiston. fantastic ice skater and amazing aerialist, star
of hot ice show, born in blackpool.
silly stuff like this in Skiver's