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

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Ian McShane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Ian McShane age 74 - Ian David McShane is an English actor, director, producer and voice artist. Despite appearing in numerous films, McShane is best known for his television roles, particularly BBC's Lovejoy and ...more

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Jon Walmsley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Jon Walmsley age 59 - Jon Walmsley is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, actor and producer. Walmsley is a veteran of the stage and studio, having worked with many notable artists including Richard Marx, ...more

Chris Lynch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Chris Lynch age 53 - Chris Lynch is an American writer of books for young people. His works include Inexcusable, a finalist for the U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature, and Iceman, Shadow Boxer, ...more

Will Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Will Greenwood age 43 - William John Heaton "Will" Greenwood, MBE is an English former rugby union player who played for Leicester Tigers and Harlequins and was a member of the 2003 World Cup-winning squad. ...more

Beatrix Fielden-Kaye is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Beatrix Fielden-Kaye Died at 59 (1883-1942) - Beatrix Fielden-Kaye was an actress.

Steve Pemberton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Steve Pemberton age 49 - Steve James Pemberton is an English actor, writer, comedian and screenwriter, best known as a member of The League of Gentlemen with Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss, and Jeremy Dyson. Pemberton ...more

Joe Beverley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Joe Beverley Died at 41 (1856-1897) - Joseph "Joe" Beverley was an FA Cup winning English football player who played for Blackburn Olympic and Blackburn Rovers, as well as the English national side.

Jim Devine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Jim Devine age 62 - James "Jim" Devine is a former British Member of Parliament, having been the Labour Party member for Livingston from 2005 until 2010 and Chairman of the Scottish Labour Party between ...more

Anthony Pilkington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Anthony Pilkington age 27 - Anthony Neil James Pilkington is a professional footballer who plays for Cardiff City, usually as a winger.

Margaret Bert is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Margaret Bert Died at 75 (1896-1971) - Margaret Bert was an actress.

Barry Gray is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Barry Gray Died at 76 (1908-1984) - Barry Gray was a British musician and composer best known for his collaborations with television and film producer Gerry Anderson.

Diana Vickers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Diana Vickers age 25 - Diana Vickers is a British singer-songwriter, actress, fashion designer and model who initially came to public attention as a semi-finalist on The X Factor in 2008. In 2009, Vickers signed a ...more

Edmund Elton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Edmund Elton Died at 82 (1870-1952) - Edmund Elton was an actor.

Kevin O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Kevin O'Connor age 33 - Kevin O'Connor is a professional footballer and coach who is captain of Brentford. A one club man, he is currently Brentford's longest serving player, having signed his first professional ...more

Graham Duff is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Graham Duff age 52 - Graham Duff is an English writer, actor and producer. He was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, and currently resides in Brighton on the south coast of England. He attended and graduated from the ...more

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Oliver Newby is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Oliver Newby age 31 - Oliver James Newby is an English cricketer who plays for Lancashire. Newby is a right-arm fast-medium bowler with the ability to extract bounce from a cricket surface.

Oliver Sutton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Oliver Sutton age 19

David Fowler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
David Fowler Died at 67 (1937-2004) - David Herbert Fowler was a historian of Greek mathematics who published work on pre-Eudoxian ratio theory. He disputed the standard story of Greek mathematical discovery, in which the discovery ...more

H. B. Parkinson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
H. B. Parkinson Died at 86 (1884-1970) - H. B. Parkinson was a British film pioneer. He produced 85 films between 1918 and 1930 and directed over 30 titles between 1920 and 1927.

Frank Fielding is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Frank Fielding age 27 - Francis David "Frank" Fielding is an English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Bristol City.

Cat Simmons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Cat Simmons age 35 - Cat Simmons is an English actress, best known for her role as DC Kezia Walker in the long-running ITV drama The Bill. And for starring in Family Affairs as Scarlett Anderson. Simmons also plays ...more

Michael Aspin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Michael Aspin age 26

Andrew Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Andrew Kennedy age 66 - Andrew Kennedy is a former English cricketer. Kennedy was a left-handed batsman and a right-arm medium pace bowler. Kennedy made his first-class debut for Lancashire in the 1970 season against ...more

Mark Lomas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Mark Lomas age 45 - Mark Christopher Lomas is an English cricketer. Lomas is a right-handed batsman. He was born at Blackburn, Lancashire. Lomas represented the Lancashire Cricket Board in 3 List A matches. These ...more

Russell Edmonds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Russell Edmonds age 38 - Russell Stuart Edmonds is a former English cricketer. Edmonds was a right-handed batsman who played primarily as a wicketkeeper. He was born in Blackburn, Lancashire. Edmonds represented the ...more

Adam Barton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Adam Barton age 24 - Adam James Barton is a footballer who plays for Coventry City. English by birth, he has played internationally for both Northern Ireland, in a senior friendly, and Republic of Ireland at ...more

Ted Killean is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Ted Killean Edward "Ted" Killean was an English professional footballer who played as a half-back around the turn of the 20th century, spending the largest part of his career with Blackburn

John Packer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
John Packer age 69 - John Richard Packer is a retired British Anglican bishop. He was the only Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, serving from the renaming of the diocese from Ripon in 2000 to its merge into the Diocese of ...more

Harry Abbott is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Harry Abbott Harry Abbott was a footballer who played in the Football League for Bolton Wanderers and Swindon Town. He usually played inside right.

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Lionel Morton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Lionel Morton age 75 - Lionel Morton is a former musician and television presenter. In the early 1960s Morton was the lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist of the group, the Four Pennies. They are best known for their ...more

June Anne Devaney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
June Anne Devaney Died at 4 (1944-1948) - June Anne Devaney was a girl killed in 1948.

Edward Hornby is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Edward Hornby Died at 48 (1839-1887) - Edward Kenworthy Hornby was an English Conservative Party politician. He sat in the House of Commons from 1869 to 1874.

Jack Meakin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Jack Meakin

James Beresford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
James Beresford James Beresford was an English footballer who played in The Football League for Blackburn Rovers.

David Ross is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
David Ross age 70 - David Ross is an English actor who has worked in theatre, cinema and television. His best-known roles include playing the first appearance of Kryten and the voice of the Talkie Toaster on the ...more

William Woodruff is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
William Woodruff Died at 92 (1916-2008) - William Woodruff was a professor of world history, but perhaps most noted for his two autobiographical works: The Road to Nab End and its sequel Beyond Nab End; both became bestsellers in the ...more

Michael Winterbottom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Michael Winterbottom age 56 - Michael Winterbottom is an English filmmaker. He began his career working in British television before moving into features. Three of his films — Welcome to Sarajevo, Wonderland and 24 Hour ...more

Eric Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Eric Fawcett Died at 73 (1927-2000) - Eric Fawcett, was a professor of physics at the University of Toronto for 23 years. He also co-founded Science for Peace.

Russell Harty is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Russell Harty Died at 54 (1934-1988) - Russell Harty was a British television presenter of arts programmes and chat shows.

Carl Fogarty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Carl Fogarty age 51 - Carl George Fogarty, MBE, often known as Foggy, and the son of former motorcycle racer George Fogarty, is the most successful World Superbike racer of all time in terms of the number of ...more

Kathleen Harrison is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Kathleen Harrison Died at 103 (1892-1995) - Kathleen Harrison was a prolific English character actress best remembered for her role as Mrs Huggett in a trio of British post-war comedies about a working-class family's misadventures. To ...more

Jack Walker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Jack Walker Died at 71 (1929-2000) - Jack Walker was a British industrialist and businessman and a lifelong Blackburn Rovers fan, from Blackburn, Lancashire. Walker invested tens of millions of pounds in Blackburn Rovers Football ...more

John Morley, 1st Viscount Morl... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
John Morley, 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn Died at 85 (1838-1923) - John Morley, 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn OM, PC was a British Liberal statesman, writer and newspaper editor. Initially a journalist, he was elected a Member of Parliament in 1883. He was ...more

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John Schofield is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
John Schofield Died at 26 (1892-1918) - John Schofield 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

Michael Billington is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Michael Billington Died at 64 (1941-2005) - Michael Billington was a British film and television actor. He was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, England.

Dorothy Whipple is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Dorothy Whipple Died at 73 (1893-1966) - Dorothy Whipple was an English writer of popular fiction and children's books.

Alexander Young Building is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Alexander Young Building The Alexander Young Building was a building in Honolulu, Hawaii built during 1900-1903 by Alexander Young, a Honolulu mechanical engineer and businessman from Scotland.

A. N. Hornby is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
A. N. Hornby Died at 78 (1847-1925) - Albert Neilson Hornby, commonly designated A. N. Hornby, nicknamed Monkey Hornby was one of the best known sportsmen in England during the nineteenth century excelling in both rugby and cricket. ...more

Jack Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
Jack Reynolds Died at 48 (1869-1917) - John "Jack" Reynolds was a footballer who played for, among others, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and Celtic. As an international he played five times for Ireland before it emerged ...more

William Henry Grimbaldeston is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Blackburn
William Henry Grimbaldeston Died at 70 (1889-1959) - William Henry Grimbaldeston 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