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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.
Amy Nuttall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Bolton
age 36
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.
Sara Cox is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Bolton
age 44
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
Wilbert Robinson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Dec. 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.
Norman Davies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Bolton
age 79
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
Dave Spikey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Bolton
age 67
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
Geoffrey Moorhouse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Dec. 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
Sir Daniel Cooper, 1st Baronet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Dec. 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.
Fred Dibnah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Dec. 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
Edward Moran is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Dec. 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.
William Lassell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Dec. 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
Gordon Hill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Gordon Hill age 90
Gordon W. Hill is an English former football referee in the Football League. He originally comes from Bolton, Lancashire.
Michael Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Bolton
age 74
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
Chris Bryant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Dec. 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
Jimmy Meadows is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Jimmy Meadows Dec. 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
John Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Bolton
age 86
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
Charlie Patton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Dec. 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
Bennie Thompson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Bolton
age 71
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
Samuel Crompton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Dec. 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
Mark Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Bolton
age 60
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
Lee Mason is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Lee Mason age 47
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
Anna Dawson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Bolton
age 81
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
Paul Heathcote is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Paul Heathcote age 67
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
Shirley Anne Field is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Bolton
age 80
Shirley Anne Field is an English actress who has performed on stage, film and television since 1955.
Thomas Billington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Thomas Billington Dec. 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.
Josh Thompson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Bolton
Josh Thompson age 27
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