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

Examples of people on this list: Peter Kay, Bill Myerscough and more.

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

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Amy Nuttall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Amy Nuttall age 34 - Amy Nuttall is an English actress and singer known for playing Chloe Atkinson in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 2000 until 2005, and housemaid Ethel Parks in ITV period drama Downton Abbey.

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Sara Cox is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Sara Cox age 42 - Sarah Joanne Cyzer née Cox more commonly known by her radio name "Sara Cox" is an English broadcaster, best known for presenting The Radio 1 Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 1 ...more

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Wilbert Robinson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Wilbert Robinson Died at 71 (1863-1934) - Wilbert Robinson, nicknamed "Uncle Robbie", was an American catcher, coach and manager in Major League Baseball. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945.

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Norman Davies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Norman Davies age 77 - Ivor Norman Richard Davies FBA, FRHistS is a British-Polish historian noted for his publications on the history of Europe, Poland and the United Kingdom. He is widely regarded as one of the ...more

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Dave Spikey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Dave Spikey age 65 - Dave Spikey is an English comedian, actor, writer and film producer, currently residing in Chorley, Lancashire. Born in 1951 in Farnworth, Lancashire, Spikey spent his early career working as a ...more

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Geoffrey Moorhouse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Geoffrey Moorhouse Died at 78 (1931-2009) - Geoffrey Moorhouse, FRGS, FRSL, D.Litt was an English journalist and author. He was born Geoffrey Heald in Bolton and took his stepfather's surname. He attended Bury Grammar School. He began ...more

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Sir Daniel Cooper, 1st Baronet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Sir Daniel Cooper, 1st Baronet Died at 81 (1821-1902) - Sir Daniel Cooper, 1st Baronet GCMG was the first speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales and a noted philatelist.

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Fred Dibnah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Fred Dibnah Died at 66 (1938-2004) - Frederick "Fred" Dibnah MBE, born in Bolton, was an English steeplejack and television personality, with a keen interest in mechanical engineering. Dibnah was born in a country which ...more

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Edward Moran is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Edward Moran Died at 72 (1829-1901) - Edward Moran was an American artist of maritime paintings. He is arguably most famous for his series of 13 historical paintings of United States marine history.

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William Lassell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Bolton
William Lassell Died at 81 (1799-1880) - William Lassell FRS was an English merchant and astronomer. Born in Bolton, a town west of Manchester, and educated in Rochdale. After the death of his father, he was apprenticed from 1814 to ...more

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Gordon Hill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Gordon Hill age 87 - Gordon W. Hill is an English former football referee in the Football League. He originally comes from Bolton, Lancashire.

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Michael Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Michael Armstrong age 72 - Michael Armstrong is a British writer and director. Armstrong trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and was writing and directing films at the age of 22 with the award-winning short, The ...more

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Chris Bryant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Chris Bryant Died at 72 (1936-2008) - Chris Bryant was an English screenwriter and occasional actor. Born Christopher Brian Spencer Dobson in Bolton, Lancashire, his great-grandfather was Sir Benjamin Dobson who made his wealth as a ...more

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Jimmy Meadows is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Jimmy Meadows Died at 63 (1931-1994) - James "Jimmy" Meadows was an English footballer and manager. He started his playing career in 1949 at Third Division Southport, before being transferred to Manchester City in March ...more

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John Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Bolton
John Grant age 84 - John Grant English went to St Peter and Pauls Primary School then went to Thornleigh is a crime writer, who writes under the pen name Jonathan Gash. He is the author of the Lovejoy series of ...more

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Charlie Patton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Charlie Patton Died at 43 (1891-1934) - Charley Patton, also known as Charlie Patton, was an American Delta blues musician. He is considered by many to be the "Father of the Delta Blues", and is credited with creating an ...more

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Bennie Thompson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Bennie Thompson age 69 - Bennie Gordon Thompson is the U.S. Representative for Mississippi's 2nd congressional district, serving since 1993, and the ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security since 2011. He is ...more

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Samuel Crompton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Samuel Crompton Died at 74 (1753-1827) - Samuel Crompton was an English inventor and pioneer of the spinning industry. Building on the work of James Hargreaves and Richard Arkwright he invented the spinning mule, a machine that ...more

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Mark Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Mark Radcliffe age 57 - Mark Radcliffe is an English broadcaster, musician and writer. Born in Bolton, Lancashire, he is best known for his broadcasting work for the BBC, for whom he has worked in various roles since ...more

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Lee Mason is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Lee Mason age 45 - Lee Stephen Mason is an English professional football referee from Bolton, Greater Manchester. Since 2006 Mason has been on the list of Select Group Referees who officiate in the Premier League. ...more

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Anna Dawson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Anna Dawson age 79 - Anna Dawson is an English actress and singer. Born in Bolton, Lancashire, Dawson spent part of her childhood in Tanganyika, where her father worked. She attended the Elmhurst Ballet School and ...more

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Paul Heathcote is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Paul Heathcote age 65 - Paul Heathcote MBE is a chef, restaurateur and food consultant who spent twelve years under the guidance of Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons. He has appeared on many UK food ...more

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Shirley Anne Field is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Shirley Anne Field age 78 - Shirley Anne Field is an English actress who has performed on stage, film and television since 1955.

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Thomas Billington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Thomas Billington Died at 30 (1872-1902) - Thomas Billington was an English executioner from 1897 to 1901 and was one of four family members who worked as hangmen for England.

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Josh Thompson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Josh Thompson age 24 - Joshua William "Josh" Thompson is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Tranmere Rovers. He began his career at Stockport County before moving to Celtic. He had loan spells ...more

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Barbara Ronson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Barbara Ronson age 74 - Barbara Olwyn Ronson is a retired Liberal Democrat politician from Horwich in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester, England.

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Dick Barlow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Dick Barlow Died at 68 (1851-1919) - Richard Gorton Barlow was a cricketer who played for Lancashire and England. Barlow will be best remembered for his batting partnership with A N Hornby, which was immortalised in nostalgic ...more

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Tom Parker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Tom Parker age 27 - Tom Parker is a member of the musical group The Wanted.

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John Cunliffe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Bolton
John Cunliffe age 32 - John Cunliffe is an English former professional footballer.

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Jimmy Phillips is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Jimmy Phillips age 49 - Jimmy Phillips is a former professional football player, and Academy Director at Bolton Wanderers after spending a number of years as youth team coach. In his playing career he turned out for a ...more

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Jamil Adam is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Jamil Adam age 24 - Jamil Buba Adam is an English footballer of Nigerian and Irish descent who plays as a striker for Flint Town United, having previously played for Championship side Barnsley.

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Michael McGinlay is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Michael McGinlay age 28 - Michael McGinlay is a professional footballer. He is the son of Bolton Wanderers legend John McGinlay.

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Neil Howarth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Neil Howarth age 44 - Neil Howarth is an English former professional footballer who is assistant manager for Cheltenham Town. As a player, he played in the Football League with Macclesfield Town and Cheltenham Town.

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Ron Barnes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Ron Barnes Died at 55 (1936-1991) - Charles Ronald Barnes was an English professional footballer. He played as a right winger. Born in Bolton, Lancashire, Barnes began his career as a junior with Blackpool, turning professional in ...more

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Shana Haji is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Shana Haji age 27

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Jay Fulton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Jay Fulton age 21 - Jay Fulton is a Scottish professional footballer currently playing for Swansea City in the Premier League.

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Philip Roberts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Philip Roberts age 27

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Christopher Barrow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Christopher Barrow age 33 - Christopher Matthew Barrow is an English cricketer. Barrow is a left-handed batsman who bowls slow left-arm orthodox. He was born at Bolton, Greater Manchester. Barrow represented the Lancashire ...more

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Paul Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Paul Fletcher age 64 - Paul John Fletcher MBE is a retired English professional footballer who played as a striker. He was formerly the chief executive of Burnley. In 1967 aged 16, Paul Fletcher joined his home town ...more

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Paul Sixsmith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Paul Sixsmith age 44 - Paul Sixsmith is a retired Maltese international footballer.

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Stephen Dixon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Stephen Dixon age 57 - Stephen Brian Dixon is a former English cricketer. Dixon was a left-handed batsman who bowled slow left-arm orthodox. He was born in Bolton, Lancashire. Dixon first appeared in county cricket ...more

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Doug Clarke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Doug Clarke age 81 - Douglas "Doug" Clarke is an English former footballer who played for Darwen, Bury, Hull City, Torquay United and Bath City.

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Robyn Nicholls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Robyn Nicholls age 26 - Robyn Nicholls is an English water polo player.

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John Hanscomb is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Bolton
John Hanscomb age 91 - John Collins Hanscomb C.B.E., M.A. is a retired Conservative politician from the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester, England.

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Duncan Aldred is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Duncan Aldred age 45 - Duncan Aldred is the U.S. Vice President of Buick-GMC sales at General Motors and former Managing Director and Chairman of Vauxhall Motors, a subsidiary of Adam Opel AG. In January 2013 he was ...more

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Gilbert Richmond is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Gilbert Richmond Gilbert Richmond was an English professional footballer who played as a full back. He played in the Football League with Nelson and Burnley.

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Derrick Lythgoe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Derrick Lythgoe age 82 - Derrick Lythgoe was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Blackpool, Bristol City and Norwich City. He scored twice in the 1962 Football League Cup Final.

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Wallace Ford is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Wallace Ford Died at 68 (1898-1966) - Wallace Ford was an English born stage television and film actor, usually playing wise cracking supporting characters with his friendly appearance and with his stocky build later in life, ...more

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Bernard Kay is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Bernard Kay age 87 - Bernard Kay was a British actor with an extensive theatre, television and film repertoire.

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Kristian Ayre is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Kristian Ayre age 38 - Kristian Ayre is a Canadian actor best known for his portrayal of the character Radu from the Nickelodeon children's science fiction show Space Cases.