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Famous People From Cumbria

Updated June 8, 2017 26k views275 items

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.
  • Dec. at 74 (1890-1965)

    BirthplaceUlverston, United Kingdom

    Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson; 16 June 1890 – 23 February 1965) was an English comic actor, writer, and film director who was part of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. He appeared with...  more

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  • Dec. at 77 (1766-1844)

    BirthplaceEaglesfield, Cumbria, United Kingdom

    John Dalton FRS (; 6 September 1766 – 27 July 1844) was an English chemist, physicist, and meteorologist. He is best known for introducing the atomic theory into chemistry, and for his research into...  more

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  • Age: 65

    BirthplaceCumbria, United Kingdom

    David Geoffrey Allen (born 23 December 1955, in Cumbria) is an English musician, formerly the bass guitarist for the post-punk band, Gang of Four. In 1981, he left Gang of Four to form Shriekback.He...  more
  • BirthplaceAllerdale, England

    Jancis Mary Robinson OBE, ComMA, MW (born 22 April 1950) is a British wine critic, journalist and wine writer. She currently writes a weekly column for the Financial Times, and writes for her website...  more
  • BirthplaceCumbria, United Kingdom

    Adrian Johnston (born 1961) is a British musician and composer for film and TV who resides in London and Samois-sur-Seine....  more
  • BirthplaceKirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom

    Henry Bickersteth, 1st Baron Langdale, PC (18 June 1783 – 18 April 1851) was an English law reformer and Master of the Rolls....  more
  • Dec. at 44 (1863-1907)

    BirthplaceKirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom

    Arthur Llewelyn Davies (20 February 1863 – 19 April 1907) was an English 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....  more
  • BirthplaceKendal, United Kingdom

    Steve Hogarth (born Ronald Stephen Hoggarth, 14 May 1959 in Kendal, Westmorland) also known as "h", is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Since 1989 he has been the lead singer of the British...  more
  • BirthplaceCumbria, Allerdale, Eurasia, Workington, United Kingdom

    J.B. Williams was a screenwriter and film director....
  • BirthplaceUlverston, United Kingdom

    Norman Gifford (born 30 March 1940, Ulverston, Lancashire, now part of Cumbria) is a retired English cricketer, who played primarily as a left-arm spinner. Gifford played county cricket for...  more
  • BirthplaceSockbridge and Tirril, England

    William Lancaster D.D. (1650–1717) was an English churchman and academic, Provost of The Queen's College, Oxford....  more
  • BirthplaceGreat Salkeld, England

    Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough, (16 November 1750 – 13 December 1818), was an English judge. After serving as a member of parliament and Attorney General, he became Lord Chief Justice....  more
  • Dec. at 78 (1916-1994)

    BirthplaceAppleby-in-Westmorland, England

  • Dec. at 76 (1822-1898)

    BirthplaceKeswick, United Kingdom

    Eliza Lynn Linton (10 February 1822 – 14 July 1898) 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...  more
  • Emma Cleasby is an English theatre, television and film actress best known for her role as Megan in the 2002 horror film Dog Soldiers....  more
  • BirthplaceGrange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

    Lionel Charles Hamilton Palairet (27 May 1870 – 27 March 1933) was an English amateur cricketer who played for Somerset and Oxford University. A graceful right-handed batsman, he was selected to play...  more
  • Dec. at 48 (1931-1979)

    BirthplaceAspatria, United Kingdom

    Sheila Fell (20 July 1931 – 15 December 1979) 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...  more
  • Dec. at 84 (1703-1787)

    BirthplaceCartmel, United Kingdom

    Edmund Law (6 June 1703 – 14 August 1787) 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...  more
  • Dec. at 76 (1874-1950)

    BirthplaceSeaton, United Kingdom

    Thomas "Tom" Fletcher (birth registered third ¼ 1874 – 28 August 1950) was an English rugby union, and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1890s and 1900s. He played representative...  more
  • Dec. at 66 (1797-1864)

    BirthplaceKendal, United Kingdom

    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
  • Dec. at 79 (1786-1866)

    BirthplaceKendal, United Kingdom

    William Hogarth was an English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the first Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle....  more
  • BirthplaceHeversham, United Kingdom

    Reverend Robert Addison (1754–1829) was born in Heversham, Westmorland, the 3rd son of John and Ellinor (Parkinson) of Plumbtreebank. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1777, completing his BA...  more
  • BirthplaceWorkington, United Kingdom

    Dick Cowman is a former rugby union international who represented England from 1971 to 1973....  more
  • Dec. at 43 (1788-1831)

    BirthplaceCockermouth, United Kingdom

    Fearon Fallows (4 July 1788 – 25 July 1831) was an English astronomer....  more
  • Age: 37

    BirthplaceCarlisle, Cumbria, United Kingdom

    David King (born 8 May 1984) is an English former competitive pair skater who represented Great Britain. With partner and now wife Stacey King (née Kemp), he is an eight-time British national...  more