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Ten celebrities with a Lancashire connection...

Sir 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.

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Barbara added these...
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?!)

Brian added these...
No one seems to have mentioned Bolton's Fred Dibnah, Roy Lancaster and Sam Crompton.

Charles added these...
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

Nick 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

Jeff added these...
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.

Phil Lloyd added these...
Film director Michael Winterbottom (famous for “Jude”, “Welcome to Sarajevo”, Cu“24 Hour Party People” and lots more).

Current Channel 4 TV presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy

Russell Harty, the first major TV chat show host in this country.

All three from this area, all three went to school at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Blackburn.

Mal Walker added these...

Alistair Cooke…….. 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 Grammar School.

William Lyons – Born Blackpool……. founded Jaguar motor cars. Began building cars in Blackpool (he SS) and later moved to Coventry.

A.V.Roe – Manchester ……. aviation pioneer, produced many famous aeroplanes – Lancaster bomber , Vulcan jet etc. etc.

Stan Laurel – born Ulverston, lancs …….. Comedian / filmstar, made his name with Oliver Hardy.

Sir Henry Tate, born Chorley ……… Tate Gallery in London and built hospitals, libraries etc.

George Formby, born Wigan….. comedian, singer, filmstar

Richard Arkwright , born Preston…… invented the cotton water frame

James Hargreaves, invented the spinning Jenny, 1st machine to spin yarn.

Jeremiah 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.

Andy Hall added this...
Peter Kay - Comedian from Bolton

Heather from Nelson...
Daniel Whiston. fantastic ice skater and amazing aerialist, star of hot ice show, born in blackpool.

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