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

These people, like Charles John Ferguson and Edward Hughes Thomson include images when available.

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

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Stan Laurel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Stan Laurel Died at 75 (1890-1965) - Arthur Stanley Jefferson, better known by his stage name Stan Laurel, was an English comic actor, writer and film director, most famous as Laurel of comedic duo Laurel and Hardy – Hardy being ...more

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John Dalton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
John Dalton Died at 78 (1766-1844) - John Dalton FRS was an English chemist, physicist, and meteorologist. He is best known for his pioneering work in the development of modern atomic theory; and his research into colour blindness, ...more

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Dave Allen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Dave Allen age 61 - Dave Allen was the bass guitarist for the post-punk band, Gang of Four. In 1981, he left Gang of Four to found Shriekback. He later founded World Domination Recordings and two of its bands, The ...more

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Jancis Robinson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Jancis Robinson age 65 - Jancis Mary Robinson OBE, MW is a British wine critic, journalist and editor of wine literature. She currently writes a weekly column for the Financial Times, and writes for her website ...more

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Adrian Johnston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Adrian Johnston age 54 - Adrian Johnston is a British musician and composer for film and TV who resides in London and Samois-sur-Seine. Born in Cumbria, England, Johnston attended Edinburgh University, reading English. ...more

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Henry Bickersteth, 1st Baron L... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Henry Bickersteth, 1st Baron Langdale Died at 68 (1783-1851) - Henry Bickersteth, 1st Baron Langdale KC, PC was an English law reformer and Master of the Rolls.

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Arthur Llewelyn Davies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Arthur Llewelyn Davies Died at 44 (1863-1907) - Arthur Llewelyn Davies was a barrister, but is best known as the father of the boys who were the inspiration for the stories of Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie.

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Steve Hogarth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Steve Hogarth age 56 - Steve Hogarth also known as "h", is the lead vocalist and occasional keyboardist/guitarist with the British rock band Marillion. Hogarth was formerly a keyboard player and co-lead ...more

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J.B. Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
J.B. Williams Died at 62 (1903-1965) - J.B. Williams was a screenwriter and film director.

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Norman Gifford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Norman Gifford age 75 - Norman Gifford was an English cricketer, who played primarily as a left-arm spinner. Gifford played county cricket for Worcestershire, and Warwickshire, and represented England in fifteen Tests ...more

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William Lancaster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
William Lancaster Died at 67 (1650-1717) - William Lancaster D.D. was an English churchman and academic, Provost of The Queen's College, Oxford.

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Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenbor... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough Died at 68 (1750-1818) - Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough, PC, KC was an English judge. After serving as a Member of Parliament and Attorney General, he became Lord Chief Justice.

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Aloysius Spotiswoode is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Aloysius Spotiswoode Died at 78 (1916-1994)

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Eliza Lynn Linton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Eliza Lynn Linton Died at 76 (1822-1898) - Eliza Lynn Linton was the first female salaried journalist in Britain, and the author of over 20 novels. Despite her path breaking role as an independent woman, many of her essays took a strong ...more

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Emma Cleasby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Emma Cleasby Emma Cleasby is an English theatre, television and film actress best known for her role as Megan in the 2002 horror film Dog Soldiers.

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Lionel Palairet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Lionel Palairet Died at 63 (1870-1933) - Lionel Charles Hamilton Palairet was an English amateur cricketer who played for Somerset and Oxford University. A graceful right-handed batsman, he was selected to play Test cricket for England ...more

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Sheila Fell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Sheila Fell Died at 48 (1931-1979) - Sheila Fell was an English artist. She was born at Aspatria, Cumberland in 1931 and although she lived in London for the greater part of her life, she devoted her career to painting and drawing ...more

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Edmund Law is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Edmund Law Died at 84 (1703-1787) - Edmund Law was a priest in the Church of England. He served as Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge, as Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy in the University of Cambridge from 1764 to 1769, and as ...more

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Thomas Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Thomas Fletcher Died at 76 (1874-1950) - Thomas "Tom" Fletcher born in Seaton, was an English rugby union footballer of the 1890s, playing at representative level for England, and at club level for Seaton, as a Centre, i.e. ...more

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George Webster is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
George Webster Died at 67 (1797-1864) - George Webster was an English architect who practised in Kendal, which was at the time in Westmorland, and later in Cumbria. All of his works were executed near his practice, and were located in ...more

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William Hogarth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
William Hogarth Died at 80 (1786-1866) - William Hogarth was an English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the first Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.

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Robert Addison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Robert Addison Died at 75 (1754-1829) - Reverend Robert Addison was born in Heversham, Westmorland, the 3rd son of John and Ellinor of Plumbtreebank. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1777, completing his BA in 1781 and was ...more

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Dick Cowman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Dick Cowman age 66 - Dick Cowman is a former a rugby union international who represented England from 1971 to 1973.

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Fearon Fallows is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Fearon Fallows Died at 43 (1788-1831) - Fearon Fallows was an English astronomer.

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David King is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
David King age 31 - David King is an English pair skater who represents Great Britain. With partner Stacey Kemp, he is an eight-time British national champion. Originally a skier, King began skating at age 10. He ...more

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Thomas Blackburn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Thomas Blackburn Died at 61 (1916-1977) - Thomas Eliel Fenwick Blackburn was a British poet.

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Ephraim Chambers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Ephraim Chambers Died at 60 (1680-1740) - Ephraim Chambers was an English writer and encyclopaedist, who is primarily known for producing the Cyclopaedia, or a Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences.

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Kathleen Raven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Kathleen Raven Died at 89 (1910-1999) - Dame Kathleen Annie Raven, DBE, FRCN was a British nurse, matron, government health official, health care engineer, and educational philanthropist.

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Herbert Richmond Palmer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Herbert Richmond Palmer Died at 81 (1877-1958) - Sir Herbert Richmond Palmer KCMG CBE was an English barrister, who became a colonial supervisor for Britain during the inter-World War period. He served as a Lieutenant Governor in Nigeria, ...more

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David Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
David Williams age 41 - David Williams is an actor.

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David MacCreedy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
David MacCreedy age 48 - David MacCreedy is an actor.

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Tony Caig is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Tony Caig age 41 - Antony "Tony" Caig is an English football goalkeeper who is currently goalkeeping coach for Football League Two club Carlisle United.

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David Graham is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
David Graham age 38 - David Graham is an English singer/songwriter/presenter and political activist from Carlisle, Cumbria.

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Glen Robinson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Glen Robinson age 28 - Glen Robinson is an English water polo player.

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Sara Coleridge is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Sara Coleridge Died at 50 (1802-1852) - Sara Coleridge was an English author and translator. She was the third child and only daughter of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his wife Sarah Fricker.

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Garry Thompson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Garry Thompson age 35 - Garry Kevin Langrish Thompson is an English footballer who plays for Notts County as a midfielder.

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Arthur Thomas Myers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Arthur Thomas Myers Died at 43 (1851-1894) - Dr Arthur Thomas Myers was a British physician and sportsman. As a tennis player he participated in two Wimbledon Championships and also played first-class cricket. While studying at Trinity ...more

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Edward Knowles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Edward Knowles Died at 77 (1868-1945) - Edward Knowles birth registered in Waberthwaite, was a rugby union footballer of the 1890s, playing at representative level for England, and at club level for Millom, as a Forward, e.g. Front ...more

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Edmund Gibson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Edmund Gibson Died at 79 (1669-1748) - Edmund Gibson was a British divine who served as Bishop of Lincoln and Bishop of London, jurist, and antiquary.

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Ron Thompson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Ron Thompson age 83 - Ronald Thompson is an English former professional footballer who played as a wing half.

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Guy Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Guy Fitzgerald age 41 - Guy Fitzgerald is a Managing Director of Country Lanes Ltd.

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David Bennett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
David Bennett Died at 79 (1823-1902) - David Bennett was a Canadian soldier and musician from Newfoundland. Bennett was born in Carlisle, England and came to Newfoundland at a young age. He joined the Royal Newfoundland Companies in ...more

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Samuel Northmore is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Samuel Northmore Samuel Northmore was a rugby union footballer of the 1890s, playing at representative level for England, and at club level for Millom, as a Fly-half, i.e. number 10. Prior to the 1899/1900 ...more

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Helen Farish is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Helen Farish age 53 - Helen Farish is a British poet.

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Andrew Mawson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Andrew Mawson age 41 - Andrew David Mawson is an English cricketer. Mawson is a right-handed batsman who bowls leg break, and who occasionally plays as a wicket-keeper. He was born in Workington, Cumberland. Mawson ...more

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Thomas Morris is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Thomas Morris Thomas Morris was a British Army officer and writer.

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Kenneth Graham is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Kenneth Graham age 93 - Kenneth Graham was a British trade union leader. Born in Cleator, then in Cumberland, Graham studied at the Workington Technical School. He started work at 16, and immediately joined the ...more

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Bunty James is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Bunty James age 82 - Bunty James is a former British television presenter who is best known for her appearances on the educational children's television science programme How in the 1960s and 1970s with Jack ...more

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William Herbert Wallace is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
William Herbert Wallace Died at 55 (1878-1933) - William Herbert Wallace was convicted in 1931 of the murder of his wife Julia in their home in Wolverton Street in Liverpool's Anfield district. His conviction was later overturned by the Court ...more

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Dick Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Cumbria
Dick Smith Died at 82 (1877-1959) - Richard "Dick" Smith was an English professional footballer who played as a centre forward. He started his career with hometown club Workington before moving to Football League side