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Famous People From Blackburn

Updated June 14, 2019 19.3k views176 items

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.

James Beresford and John Skehel are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

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

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameIan McShane

    Ian David McShane (born 29 September 1942) is an English actor. He is known for his television performances, particularly the title role in the BBC series Lovejoy (1986–1994) and as Al Swearengen on...  more

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  • BirthplaceLancashire, England, UK

    GenderMale

    Jon Walmsley (born 6 February 1956 in Blackburn, England) is a British American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, actor and producer. Walmsley is a veteran of the stage and studio, having worked...  more
  • BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    GenderMale

    Chris Lynch (born July 2, 1962) 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 ...  more
  • BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    William John Heaton Greenwood, MBE (born 20 October 1972) 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

    Dec. at 59 (1883-1942)

    BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderFemale

    Beatrix Fielden-Kaye was an actress....  more
  • BirthplaceEngland, Blackburn

    GenderMale

    Steven James Pemberton (born 1 September 1967) is an English actor, comedian and writer, best known as a member of The League of Gentlemen with Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss, and Jeremy Dyson....  more
  • Joe Beverley

    Dec. at 41 (1856-1897)

    BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    Joseph Beverley (12 November 1856 – 21 May 1897) was an FA Cup-winning English football player who played for Blackburn Olympic and Blackburn Rovers, as well as the England national side. ...  more
  • Jim Devine

    Age: 67

    BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    James "Jim" Devine (born 21 May 1953) is a former Member of Parliament. He was the Labour Party member for Livingston from 2005 until 2010 and Chairman of the Scottish Labour Party between...  more
  • Anthony Pilkington

    Age: 32

    BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    Anthony Neil James Pilkington (born 6 June 1988) is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for EFL Championship club Wigan Athletic. After playing non-league football briefly, he began his...  more
  • Margaret Bert

    Dec. at 75 (1896-1971)

    BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderFemale

    Margaret Bert was an actress....  more
  • Barry Gray

    Dec. at 76 (1908-1984)

    BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    Barry Gray (born John Livesey Eccles; 18 July 1908 – 26 April 1984) was a British musician and composer best known for his collaborations with television and film producer Gerry Anderson....  more
  • BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderFemale

    Diana Vickers (born 30 July 1991) is an English singer, songwriter, actress and fashion designer, who initially came to public attention as a semi-finalist on The X Factor in 2008. In 2009, Vickers...  more
  • Edmund Elton

    Dec. at 82 (1870-1952)

    BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    Edmund Elton was an actor....
  • BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    Kevin Patrick O'Connor (born 24 February 1982) is a retired professional football utility player who made over 500 appearances for Brentford. A one-club man, at the time of his retirement in May 2015...  more
  • BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    Graham Duff (born 13 April 1964) is an English writer, actor and producer. He was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, and currently lives in Brighton on the south coast of England. He attended and...  more
  • Oliver Newby

    Age: 36

    BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    Oliver James Newby (born 26 August 1984 in Blackburn, Lancashire) is an English cricketer who played for Lancashire. Newby is a right-arm fast-medium bowler with the ability to extract bounce from a...  more
  • Oliver Sutton

    Age: 24

    BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

  • David Fowler

    Dec. at 67 (1937-2004)

    BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    David Herbert Fowler (28 April 1937 – 13 April 2004) was a historian of Greek mathematics who published work on pre-Eudoxian ratio theory (using the process he called anthyphairesis). He disputed the...  more
  • H. B. Parkinson

    Dec. at 86 (1884-1970)

    BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    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....  more
  • Frank Fielding

    Age: 32

    BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    Francis David Fielding (born 4 April 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Championship club Milwall. He began his career at his hometown club Blackburn Rovers in...  more
  • BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderFemale

    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 a...  more
  • Michael Aspin

    Age: 30

    BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

  • Andrew Kennedy

    Age: 70

    BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    Andrew Kennedy may refer to: Andrew Kennedy (American politician) (1810–1847), U.S. Representative from Indiana Andrew Kennedy (basketball) (born 1965), retired American-Jamaican basketball...  more
  • Mark Lomas

    Age: 50

    BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    Mark Christopher Lomas (born 14 May 1970) 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...  more
  • Russell Edmonds

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    Russell Stuart Edmonds (born 9 September 1977) is a former English cricketer. Edmonds was a right-handed batsman who played primarily as a wicketkeeper. He was born in Blackburn,...  more