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List of famous people from Burnley, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Burnley, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Burnley you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Burnley, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

People on this list include Thomas Garnett and Richard Shaw.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Burnley?" or "Which celebrities were born in Burnley?" then this list is a great resource for you.

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Paul Abbott is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Paul Abbott age 57 - Paul Abbott is a BAFTA award-winning English television screenwriter and producer. Abbott has become one of the most critically and commercially successful television writers working in Britain ...more

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N. M. Browne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Burnley
N. M. Browne age 57 - N. M. Browne is an English writer of fiction for children. She was born in Burnley, Lancashire and currently lives in London. Browne read Philosophy and Theology at New College, Oxford and ...more

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Holly Lam-Moores is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Holly Lam-Moores age 25 - Holly Lam-Moores is a British team handball player. Born in Burnley, Lancashire, Lam-Moores started playing handball aged 12 at Alder Grange High School in Rawtenstall after it had been ...more

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Martin Starkie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Martin Starkie Died at 88 (1922-2010) - Martin Starkie was an English actor, writer and director for theatre, radio and television. The Oxford University Poetry Society administers the annual Martin Starkie Prize in his honour.

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Judith Hart, Baroness Hart of ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Judith Hart, Baroness Hart of South Lanark Died at 67 (1924-1991) - Judith Hart, Baroness Hart of South Lanark DBE PC was a British Labour Party politician. She served as a government minister during the 1960s and 1970s before entering the House of Lords in

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Craig Heap is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Craig Heap age 42 - Craig Heap is a retired Commonwealth Games Gold medal winning gymnast who has represented England over 100 times in various international gymnastic competitions, including at the 2000 Summer ...more

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John Saint Ryan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Burnley
John Saint Ryan age 62 - John Saint Ryan is an English actor, horse trainer, and equestrian. Ryan has appeared in supporting roles in film and television. His more memorable characters include Fergus in the 1997 Fox ...more

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Alice Nutter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Alice Nutter age 54 - Alice Nutter is a British musician and writer.

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Hannah Hobley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Hannah Hobley age 28 - Hannah Hobley is an English actress and classical singer. She is best known for playing Chantelle "Telle" Garvey in ITV's Benidorm. Her character featured in the pilot episode, and was ...more

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Christopher Anderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Christopher Anderson age 25 - Christopher Anderson is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder.

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Harry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Harry Bradshaw Died at 71 (1853-1924) - Henry "Harry" Bradshaw was an English football manager. Although he was never a professional footballer himself, Bradshaw was appointed secretary of Burnley in 1891, and became ...more

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Liam Spencer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Liam Spencer age 51 - Liam Spencer is a British artist.

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Ted Tinkler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Ted Tinkler age 94 - Edgar Tinkler, known as Ted, is a former English cricketer who played three first-class games: one for Worcestershire in 1953, and two for MCC in the early 1960s. His brief first-class career ...more

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Jack Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Jack Bradshaw John Henry "Jack" Bradshaw was an English professional footballer who played as an outside forward. He was born in Burnley, Lancashire, but started his career in the Southern League ...more

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Jack Whitham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Jack Whitham age 69 - Jack Whitham was a professional footballer who played for Sheffield Wednesday, Liverpool, Cardiff City and Reading. He was a Centre Forward who only started 111 league games in a nine-year ...more

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Tony Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Tony Smith age 54 - Anthony 'Tony' Christopher Smith is a former English cricketer. Smith was a right-handed batsman who bowled slow left-arm orthodox. He was born in Burnley, Lancashire. Smith made his debut for ...more

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Jonathan Davies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Jonathan Davies age 39 - Jonathan Richard Davies is a former English cricketer. Davies was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm medium pace. He was born in Burnley, Lancashire. Davies made his debut for ...more

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Eric Haydock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Eric Haydock age 73 - Eric Haydock was the original bass guitarist with The Hollies from December 1962 until 1966. He was one of the first British musicians to play a Fender Bass VI, a six-string bass. Although ...more

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Franny Powell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Franny Powell age 38 - Francis Michael Powell, is an English footballer who played as a winger in the Football League.

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William Murray is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Burnley
William Murray age 93 - Billy Murray is a footballer who played as a wing half in the Football League for Manchester City.

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Walter Place is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Walter Place Walter Place was an English professional footballer who played as a wing half.

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Billy Bannister is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Billy Bannister Died at 63 (1879-1942) - William "Billy" Bannister was an English professional footballer who played as a defender for Burnley, Bolton Wanderers, Woolwich Arsenal and Leicester Fosse. Bannister also played at ...more

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Arthur Bell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Arthur Bell Died at 41 (1882-1923) - Arthur A. Bell was an English footballer who played as an inside forward. He started his career with Burnley Belvedere before joining Football League side Burnley in 1902. Over the next seven ...more

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J. Pat O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Burnley
J. Pat O'Malley Died at 81 (1904-1985) - James Patrick O'Malley was an English singer and character actor, who appeared in many American films and television programmes from the 1940s to 1982, using the stage name J. Pat O'Malley. He ...more

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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Ian McKellen age 77 - Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn ...more

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Anne Savage is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Anne Savage age 46 - Anne Savage is a UK hard dance DJ.

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Frederic Brooks Dugdale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Frederic Brooks Dugdale Died at 25 (1877-1902) - Frederic Brooks Dugdale VC was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and ...more

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Steven Burke is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Steven Burke age 27 - Steven James Burke MBE is an English track and road cyclist who rides for the WIGGINS cycling team. He represented Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics, beating his pre-Olympics personal best in ...more

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Eric Halsall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Eric Halsall Died at 76 (1920-1996) - Eric Halsall was an English countryman, author and television presenter. Best known for his fourteen-year run as a commentator on BBC TV series One Man and His Dog.

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Mary Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Mary Mackenzie Died at 44 (1922-1966) - Mary Mackenzie was an English actress. One of her earliest credited TV roles was in 1950 on BBC's Sunday Night Theatre, as Miriam in an adaptation of H. G. Wells' The History of Mr Polly, a role ...more

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Rachel Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Rachel Brown age 36 - Rachel Laura Brown is an English former football goalkeeper who played for Liverpool Ladies from 1995 to 1998 and Everton Ladies from 2003 until 2014. A product of the American college system, ...more

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George Broughton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Burnley
George Broughton Died at 86 (1883-1969) - George Broughton was an actor.

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Alexander Pollard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Alexander Pollard Died at 64 (1886-1950) - Alexander Pollard was an actor.

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Ernest Butcher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Ernest Butcher Died at 80 (1885-1965) - Edward Ernest Butcher was a British film actor.

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Stephen Booth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Stephen Booth age 63 - Stephen Booth is an English crime-writer. He is the author of the Derbyshire-set Cooper and Fry series.

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Adnan Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Adnan Ahmed age 32 - Adnan Farooq Ahmed is a Pakistan international footballer who plays for Nelson in the Premier Division of the North West Counties League. Starting his career at Huddersfield Town in 2004, after ...more

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Gareth Seddon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Gareth Seddon age 35 - Gareth Jon Seddon is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Salford City. He played 80 games in the Football League for Bury.

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Lee Ingleby is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Lee Ingleby age 41 - Lee Ingleby is a British film, television and stage actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Detective Sergeant John Bacchus in the BBC drama Inspector George Gently and as Stan Shunpike ...more

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James Drake is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Burnley
James Drake Died at 82 (1907-1989) - Sir James Drake CBE was a chartered civil engineer who is regarded as the pioneer of the national motorway network in the United Kingdom. As the County Surveyor and Bridgemaster of Lancashire ...more

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Herbert Lomas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Herbert Lomas Died at 74 (1887-1961) - Herbet Lomas was a British actor who appeared in more than forty films in a career lasting between 1931 and 1955. He was born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1887 and made his first screen appearance ...more

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Hugh Colvin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Hugh Colvin Died at 75 (1887-1962) - Hugh Colvin VC was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth ...more

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Desmond Heap is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Desmond Heap Died at 91 (1907-1998) - Sir Desmond Heap was a British lawyer and expert on town planning law. He was born in Burnley, Lancashire, the son of an architect and surveyor, and attended Burnley Grammar School before ...more

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Oliver Norwood is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Oliver Norwood age 25 - Oliver James Norwood is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Reading, having signed from Huddersfield Town in August 2014. Norwood began his career with Manchester United, and ...more

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Ian McWhinney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Ian McWhinney Died at 86 (1926-2012) - Ian Renwick McWhinney, OC, FRCGP, FCFP, FRCP, was an English physician and academic known as the "Father of Family Medicine" for his work in creating a family medicine program at the ...more

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James Anderson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Burnley
James Anderson age 34 - James Michael "Jimmy" Anderson is an English international cricketer. Anderson plays first-class cricket for Lancashire and since arriving on the international scene in 2002/03, before ...more

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Jay Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Jay Rodriguez age 27 - Jay Enrique Rodriguez is an English footballer who plays as a forward for Southampton and the England national team.

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Jimmy Crabtree is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Jimmy Crabtree Died at 37 (1871-1908) - James William "Jimmy" Crabtree was a gifted English footballer of the end of the 19th century.

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Aden Woodall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Aden Woodall age 25

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David Waddington, Baron Waddin... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Burnley
David Waddington, Baron Waddington age 87 - David Charles Waddington, Baron Waddington, GCVO, DL, QC, PC, is a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he served as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons from 1968 ...more

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Edwin Southern is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Burnley
Edwin Southern age 78 - Sir Edwin Mellor Southern, FRS is an English 2005 Lasker Award-winning molecular biologist. His award was for the invention of the Southern blot, now a common laboratory procedure, when he was ...more