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Famous People From Cumbria

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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.
  • Stan Laurel

    Stan Laurel

    Dec. at 75 (1890-1965)

    BirthplaceUlverston, United Kingdom

    Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson; 16 June 1890 – 23 February 1965) was an English...  more

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  • John Dalton

    John Dalton

    Dec. at 78 (1766-1844)

    BirthplaceEaglesfield, Cumbria, United Kingdom

    John Dalton FRS (; 6 September 1766 – 27 July 1844) was an English chemist, physicist, and...  more

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  • Dave Allen

    Dave Allen

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceCumbria, United Kingdom

    David Geoffrey Allen (born 23 December 1955, in Cumbria) is an English musician, formerly the...  more
  • Jancis Robinson

    BirthplaceAllerdale, England

    Jancis Mary Robinson OBE, ComMA, MW (born 22 April 1950) is a British wine critic, journalist...  more
  • BirthplaceCumbria, United Kingdom

    Adrian Johnston (born 1961) is a British musician and composer for film and TV who resides in...  more
  • Henry Bickersteth, 1st Baron Langdale

    BirthplaceKirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom

    Henry Bickersteth, 1st Baron Langdale, PC (18 June 1783 – 18 April 1851) was an English law...  more
  • Arthur Llewelyn Davies

    Arthur Llewelyn Davies

    Dec. at 44 (1863-1907)

    BirthplaceKirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom

    Arthur Llewelyn Davies (20 February 1863 – 19 April 1907) was an English barrister, but is...  more
  • Steve Hogarth

    BirthplaceKendal, United Kingdom

    Steve Hogarth (born Ronald Stephen Hoggarth, 14 May 1959 in Kendal, Westmorland) also known as...  more

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  • J.B. Williams

    Dec. at 62 (1903-1965)

    BirthplaceCumbria, Allerdale, Eurasia, Workington, United Kingdom

    J.B. Williams was a screenwriter and film director....
  • Norman Gifford

    Age: 80

    BirthplaceUlverston, United Kingdom

    Norman Gifford (born 30 March 1940, Ulverston, Lancashire, now part of Cumbria) is a retired...  more
  • William Lancaster

    Dec. at 67 (1650-1717)

    BirthplaceSockbridge and Tirril, England

    William Lancaster D.D. (1650–1717) was an English churchman and academic, Provost of The...  more
  • Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough

    Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough

    Dec. at 68 (1750-1818)

    BirthplaceGreat Salkeld, England

    Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough, (16 November 1750 – 13 December 1818), was an English...  more
  • Aloysius Spotiswoode

    Aloysius Spotiswoode

    Dec. at 78 (1916-1994)

    BirthplaceCumbria, Eurasia, United Kingdom, North West England, Appleby-in-Westmorland

  • Eliza Lynn Linton

    Eliza Lynn Linton

    Dec. at 76 (1822-1898)

    BirthplaceKeswick, United Kingdom

    Eliza Lynn Linton (10 February 1822 – 14 July 1898) was the first female salaried journalist...  more
  • Emma Cleasby
    Emma Cleasby is an English theatre, television and film actress best known for her role as...  more
  • Lionel Palairet

    Lionel Palairet

    Dec. at 63 (1870-1933)

    BirthplaceGrange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

    Lionel Charles Hamilton Palairet (27 May 1870 – 27 March 1933) was an English amateur...  more
  • Sheila Fell

    Dec. at 48 (1931-1979)

    BirthplaceAspatria, United Kingdom

    Sheila Fell (20 July 1931 – 15 December 1979) was an English artist. She was born at...  more
  • Edmund Law

    Edmund Law

    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...  more
  • Thomas Fletcher

    Dec. at 76 (1874-1950)

    BirthplaceSeaton, United Kingdom

    Thomas "Tom" Fletcher (birth registered third ¼ 1874 – 28 August 1950) was an English rugby...  more
  • George Webster

    Dec. at 67 (1797-1864)

    BirthplaceKendal, United Kingdom

    George Webster was an English architect who practised in Kendal, which was at the time in...  more
  • William Hogarth

    Dec. at 80 (1786-1866)

    BirthplaceKendal, United Kingdom

    William Hogarth was an English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the first Bishop...  more
  • Robert Addison

    Dec. at 75 (1754-1829)

    BirthplaceHeversham, United Kingdom

    Reverend Robert Addison (1754–1829) was born in Heversham, Westmorland, the 3rd son of John...  more
  • Dick Cowman

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceWorkington, United Kingdom

    Dick Cowman is a former rugby union international who represented England from 1971 to 1973....  more
  • Fearon Fallows

    Fearon Fallows

    Dec. at 43 (1788-1831)

    BirthplaceCockermouth, United Kingdom

    Fearon Fallows (4 July 1788 – 25 July 1831) was an English astronomer....  more
  • David King

    David King

    Age: 36

    BirthplaceCarlisle, Cumbria, United Kingdom

    David King (born 8 May 1984) is an English former competitive pair skater who represented...  more