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List of famous people from Rochdale, 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 Rochdale, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Rochdale 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 Rochdale, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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Anna Friel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Anna Friel age 40 - Anna Louise Friel is an English actress. Born in Rochdale, she has been acting since the age of 13, appearing in a number of British television programmes. She played Beth Jordache in the ...more

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Marc Ramsbottom is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Rochdale

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Alexander Meiklejohn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Alexander Meiklejohn Died at 92 (1872-1964) - Alexander Meiklejohn was a philosopher, university administrator, educational reformer, and free-speech advocate. He served as dean of Brown University and president of Amherst College.

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James Phillips Kay-Shuttlewort... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
James Phillips Kay-Shuttleworth Died at 73 (1804-1877) - Sir James Phillips Kay-Shuttleworth, 1st Baronet was a British politician and educationist.

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Kieran Prendiville is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Kieran Prendiville age 68 - Kieran Prendiville is a television writer, producer and presenter.

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Jo Bannister is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Jo Bannister age 64 - Jo Bannister is an Edgar Award nominated writer.

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Jack Howarth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Jack Howarth Died at 88 (1896-1984) - John Aubrey Conway "Jack" Howarth, MBE was an English television actor best known for his role as Albert Tatlock in the TV series Coronation Street between 1960 and 1984, before this ...more

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John Bright is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
John Bright Died at 78 (1811-1889) - John Bright, Quaker, was a British Radical and Liberal statesman, one of the greatest orators of his generation and a promoter of free trade policies. He is most famous for battling the Corn ...more

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Jonathan Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Jonathan Entwistle age 31 - Jonathan Entwistle is a director and screenwriter.

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Stephen Butterworth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Stephen Butterworth Died at 73 (1885-1958) - }} Stephen Butterworth was a British physicist who invented the Butterworth filter, a class of electrical circuits that are used to separate different frequencies of electrical signals. Stephen ...more

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Richard Clogg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Richard Clogg age 76 - Richard Clogg is a British historian.

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Joe Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Joe Bennett age 25 - Joseph "Joe" Bennett is an English footballer who plays for Brighton & Hove Albion, on loan from Aston Villa. Born and brought up in Rochdale, Bennett signed his first professional ...more

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Mike Dolan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Mike Dolan age 42 - Mike Dolan appeared in the 2007 film The Mark of Cain.

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David Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
David Buchanan age 29 - David Thomas Hugh Buchanan is a footballer who plays for Preston North End. His cousin is former Lisburn Distillery footballer Wayne Buchanan.

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William Law is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
William Law Died at 41 (1851-1892) - William Law was an English amateur first-class cricketer, who played four matches for Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 1871 and 1873. He also played first-class cricket for Oxford ...more

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Paul Black is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Paul Black age 25 - Paul Michael Black is an English footballer, who currently plays for Atlanta Silverbacks in the NASL

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Michael Ratu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Michael Ratu age 28 - Michael Ratu is a professional rugby league player. His usual position is centre although he made his First Team debut on the wing as a substitute against Salford City Reds in August 2007. In ...more

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Elwyn Watkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Elwyn Watkins age 52 - Robert Elwyn James Watkins, born in Rochdale, is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He narrowly lost to Labour Party candidate Phil Woolas for the Oldham East and Saddleworth seat in the ...more

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Kevin Walsh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Kevin Walsh age 87 - Kevin Walsh, is an English footballer who played as a wing half in the Football League.

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Ed Fryatt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Ed Fryatt age 44 - Edward Fryatt is an English professional golfer. His father Jim Fryatt was a professional footballer for a number of English clubs. Fryatt was born in Rochdale. At the age of four he moved with ...more

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David Taylor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
David Taylor Died at 79 (1934-2013) - David Conrad Taylor, BVMS, FRCVS, FZS, was a British veterinary surgeon. He was the first veterinary surgeon to specialise in zoo and wildlife medicine. Taylor worked with zoo and wild animals ...more

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Bill Oddie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Bill Oddie age 75 - William Edgar "Bill" Oddie OBE is an English writer, composer, musician, comedian, artist, ornithologist, conservationist and television presenter. He became famous as one of The ...more

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Gracie Fields is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Gracie Fields Died at 81 (1898-1979) - Dame Gracie Fields, DBE, was an English actress, singer and comedienne and star of both cinema and music hall. She spent the later part of her life on the isle of Capri, Italy. Fields was made a ...more

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Jack Crabtree is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Jack Crabtree age 77 - Jack Crabtree is a contemporary English figurative painter and teacher. He is known for a series of paintings documenting the South Wales coal industry.

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Bob Mason is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Bob Mason Died at 53 (1951-2004) - Bob Mason was a British actor, born in Rochdale, Lancashire, who played Terry Bradshaw in Coronation Street and Sergeant Eddie Slater in The Lakes. He also appeared in The Bill, Doctors, ...more

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Mark Robinson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Mark Robinson age 47 - Mark Robinson is a footballer born in Rochdale, Lancashire. He is a former West Bromwich Albion, Barnsley, Newcastle United, Swindon Town and Chippenham Town full back. Robinson started his ...more

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Stuart Bithell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Stuart Bithell age 29 - Stuart Bithell is an athlete. He represented United Kingdom in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Charles Royds is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Charles Royds Died at 55 (1876-1931) - Vice-Admiral Sir Charles William Rawson Royds KBE CMG ADC FRGS was a career Royal Navy officer who later served as Assistant Commissioner "A" of the London Metropolitan Police from ...more

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Gilbert Walker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Gilbert Walker Died at 90 (1868-1958) - Sir Gilbert Thomas Walker, CSI, FRS was a British physicist and statistician of the 20th century. He is best known for his groundbreaking description of the Southern Oscillation, a major ...more

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Nicholas Blincoe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Nicholas Blincoe age 50 - Nicholas Blincoe is an English author, critic and screenwriter. He is the author of six novels, Acid Casuals, Jello Salad, Manchester Slingback, The Dope Priest, White Mice, Burning Paris. He ...more

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Arthur Pentelow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Arthur Pentelow Died at 67 (1924-1991) - Arthur Pentelow was an English actor who was best known for playing Henry Wilks in Emmerdale Farm from 1972–91.

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Craig Dawson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Craig Dawson age 25 - Craig Dawson is an English professional footballer who plays for West Bromwich Albion as a defender. He previously played for Radcliffe Borough, Bolton Wanderers and Rochdale.

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Steven Oddy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Steven Oddy age 36 - Steven Craig Oddy is an English cricketer. Oddy is a right-handed batsman who bowls right-arm medium pace. He was born at Rochdale, Greater Manchester. Oddy represented the Lancashire Cricket ...more

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Tommy Fields is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Tommy Fields Died at 80 (1908-1988) - Tommy Fields was an actor.

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John Ellis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
John Ellis Died at 58 (1874-1932) - John Ellis was a Rochdale hairdresser and newsagent who served as one of the United Kingdom's executioners for 23 years, from 1901 to 1924. Born in the Balderstone district of Rochdale on 4 ...more

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Cyril Smith is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Cyril Smith Died at 82 (1928-2010) - Sir Cyril Smith, MBE was a British Liberal Member of Parliament for Rochdale. After his death, numerous allegations of child sexual abuse emerged, leading the police to believe that Smith was a ...more

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Lizzy Bardsley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Lizzy Bardsley age 42 - Elizabeth "Lizzy" Bardsley is an English media and television personality who rose to fame after appearing in the Channel 4 series Wife Swap in 2003. After her appearance, Bardsley ...more

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Paul Crossley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Paul Crossley Died at 48 (1948-1996) - Paul Crossley was an English professional footballer. He usually played as a winger.

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Gareth Barry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Gareth Barry age 36 - Gareth Barry is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Everton. Barry moved to Aston Villa from Brighton & Hove Albion as a youngster, and spent 12 years at the club. He ...more

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Matt Gilks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Matt Gilks age 33 - Matthew "Matt" Gilks is a professional footballer who plays for Burnley and the Scotland national team as a goalkeeper. He has previously played for Blackpool, Rochdale and, on loan, ...more

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Sophie Cox is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Sophie Cox age 34 - Sophie Cox is a British judo player from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England. She represented Great Britain at the 2004 Olympics in Greece. In July 2011, she won the silver medal in the ...more

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Joe Thompson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Joe Thompson age 26 - Joseph "Joe" Thompson is an English footballer who plays for Bury as a midfielder. He has also played professionally for Rochdale.

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Simon Danczuk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Simon Danczuk age 49 - Simon Christopher Danczuk is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Rochdale since 2010.

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Jamie Allen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Jamie Allen age 20 - Jamie Paul Allen is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Rochdale.

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Dean Butterworth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Dean Butterworth age 40 - Dean "Deano" Butterworth is an American drummer who is noted for working with English singer Morrissey, and in 2005 became the drummer for American band Good Charlotte in after they ...more

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Andy Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Andy Kershaw age 56 - Andrew "Andy" J. G. Kershaw is an English broadcaster, known for his interest in world music. Kershaw's shows feature a mix of country, blues, reggae, folk music, spoken word ...more

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Richard Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Richard Wilkinson age 30 - Richard Wilkinson is a film score composer and actor.

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Xavier Petulengro is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Xavier Petulengro Died at 98 (1859-1957) - Xavier Petulengro, more often known as Gipsy Petulengro, was a British Romanichal horse trader, violinist, businessman, writer and broadcaster, known as the "King of the Gypsies". He ...more

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Barb Jungr is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Barb Jungr age 62 - Barb Jungr is an English singer-songwriter, composer and writer, of Czech and German parentage. She is known as a chansonnière, or singer of chansons—in the sense of classic, lyric-driven ...more

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Kieran O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Kieran O'Brien age 42 - Kieran O'Brien is an English actor.