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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, like Spencer J. Condie and Paul Englishby.

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

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George Dewhurst is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Preston
George Dewhurst Died at 79 (1889-1968) - George Dewhurst was a film director, screenwriter and an actor.

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Neil J. Gunther is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Preston
Neil J. Gunther age 66 - Neil Gunther, is a computer information systems researcher best known internationally for developing the open-source performance modeling software Pretty Damn Quick and developing the Guerrilla ...more

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Frederick Vernon Coville is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Preston
Frederick Vernon Coville Died at 70 (1867-1937) - Frederick Vernon Coville was an American botanist who worked in the United States Department of Agriculture, where he became Chief Botanist, and was the first director of the United States ...more

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Paul Anderton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Preston
Paul Anderton age 42 - Paul Anderton is a Cinematographer, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director and Film Editor.

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Percy Lake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Preston
Percy Lake Died at 85 (1855-1940) - Lieutenant-General Sir Percy Henry Noel Lake KCB, KCMG was a senior commander of the British Indian Army, serving during World War I, and a Canadian soldier.

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Robert L. Geddes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Preston
Robert L. Geddes age 60 - Robert L. Geddes was a Republican member of the Idaho Senate, representing District 31 from 1995 to 2011. He was a resident of Soda Springs. In 2011, Geddes resigned from the Idaho Senate to ...more

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Matthew Cowley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Preston
Matthew Cowley Died at 56 (1897-1953) - Matthew Cowley was an American missionary and a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1945 until his death. He was affectionately ...more

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Anthony Carbines is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Preston
Anthony Carbines age 43 - Anthony Richard Carbines is an Australian politician, who represents the electoral district of Ivanhoe in the Victorian Legislative Assembly for the Australian Labor Party. He studied journalism ...more

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William Howard Doane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Preston
William Howard Doane Died at 83 (1832-1915) - William Howard Doane was an industrialist who composed Christian hymn tunes. He held patents on wood-working machinery and in 1861 became President of J. A. Fay and Company. In religious work he ...more

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Fanny Rowe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Preston
Fanny Rowe Died at 75 (1913-1988) - Frances Rowe was an actress.

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Debbie Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Preston
Debbie Wheeler age 57 - Debbie Wheeler is an actress.

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Phil Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Preston
Phil Jones age 23 - Philip Anthony "Phil" Jones is an English footballer who plays for Manchester United and the England national team. Before joining Manchester United, Jones played for Blackburn Rovers ...more

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Richard F. Daines is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Preston
Richard F. Daines Died at 60 (1951-2011) - Richard Frederick Daines was an American physician and served as the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health from 2007 through 2010. Afterward, he was a visiting scholar at the ...more

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David A. Starkweather is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Preston
David A. Starkweather Died at 74 (1802-1876) - David Austin Starkweather was a U.S. Representative from Ohio and a U.S. diplomat. Starkweather was born in Preston, Connecticut on January 21, 1802. He graduated from Williams College and ...more

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Jonathan Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Preston
Jonathan Smith age 29 - Jonathan Peter Smith is an English footballer who plays for Luton Town as a midfielder. Smith started his career with Morecambe, who loaned him out to Fleetwood Town and Bamber Bridge. Having ...more

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Brent Harvey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Preston
Brent Harvey age 37 - Brent "Boomer" Harvey is an Australian rules footballer with the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League. Drafted by the Kangaroos in the third round of the ...more

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Holly Bleasdale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Preston
Holly Bleasdale age 24 - Holly Bethan Bradshaw is a British track and field athlete who specialises in the pole vault. She is the current British record holder in the event, having broken Kate Dennison's record on 2 ...more

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Sampson Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Preston
Sampson Jackson age 64 - Sampson Jackson II is a Democratic member of the Mississippi Senate, representing the 32nd District since 1992.

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Ian Burns is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Preston
Ian Burns age 30 - Ian Burns is an English professional snooker player. Burns turned professional in 2012 after qualifying in his first attempt of the Q School and gained a two-year tour card for the 2012/13 and ...more

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Clifford Heatherley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Preston
Clifford Heatherley Died at 49 (1888-1937) - Clifford Heatherley Lamb was an English film actor.

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Belle Chrystall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Preston
Belle Chrystall Died at 93 (1910-2003) - Belle Chrystall was a British actress who appeared in a number of leading roles in British films during the 1930s. She was born in Preston, Lancashire in 1910. She came to London and after ...more

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Owen McGiveney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Preston
Owen McGiveney Died at 83 (1884-1967) - Owen McGiveney was an actor.

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Walter F. George is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Preston
Walter F. George Died at 79 (1878-1957) - Walter Franklin George was an American politician from the state of Georgia. He was a long-time Democratic United States Senator and was President pro tempore of the Senate from 1955 to 1957.

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James Gow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Preston
James Gow Died at 45 (1907-1952) - James Gow was a screenwriter.

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Aidan Bristow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Preston
Aidan Bristow age 29 - Aidan Bristow is an actor.

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George A. Billings is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Preston
George A. Billings Died at 64 (1870-1934) - George A. Billings was an American actor noted for his portrayals of Abraham Lincoln in 1920s films, commencing with the 1924 film The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln. He was hired for this ...more

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Paul Englishby is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Preston
Paul Englishby age 45 - Paul Englishby is a Film and Theatre Composer, Orchestrator, Conductor and Pianist. He is versatile across many genres, from big orchestral works to 1930s jazz-influenced scores. Englishby has ...more

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Arthur Devis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Preston
Arthur Devis Died at 75 (1712-1787) - Arthur Devis was an English portrait painter, particularly known for the type of portrait now called a conversation piece.

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Teresa Billington-Greig is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Preston
Teresa Billington-Greig Died at 87 (1877-1964) - Teresa Billington-Greig was a suffragette who created the Women's Freedom League. She left another suffrage organisation the WSPU as she considered the leadership too autocratic.

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George Anson Starkweather is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Preston
George Anson Starkweather Died at 85 (1794-1879) - George Anson Starkweather was a United States Representative from New York, his eldest son being John Converse Starkweather. He is not to be confused with his son, George Anson Starkweather, who ...more

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Henry Brewster Stanton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Preston
Henry Brewster Stanton Died at 82 (1805-1887) - Henry Brewster Stanton was an American 19th century abolitionist and social reformer.

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Jared and Jerusha Hess is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Preston
Jared and Jerusha Hess Jared Lawrence Hess and Jerusha Elizabeth Hess are husband-and-wife American filmmakers known for their work on Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre and Gentlemen Broncos, all of which they co-wrote ...more

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George D. Prentice is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Preston
George D. Prentice Died at 68 (1802-1870) - George Dennison Prentice was the editor of the Louisville Journal, which he built into a major newspaper in Louisville, Kentucky. He attracted readers by satire as well as exaggerated reporting ...more

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Marten Lamont is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Preston
Marten Lamont Died at 72 (1910-1982) - Marten Lamont was a film actor.

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Thomas Adamson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Preston
Thomas Adamson Died at 90 (1901-1991) - Thomas Adamson, S.T.L. was a Roman Catholic priest who served as a canon of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and provost of its chapter.

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Samantha Murray is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Preston
Samantha Murray age 27 - Samantha Murray is an English modern pentathlete and reigning individual World Champion. She won the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the bronze medal at the 2012 World ...more

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Leonard C. Brostrom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Preston
Leonard C. Brostrom Died at 25 (1919-1944) - Leonard C. Brostrom was a soldier in the United States Army who died during the Philippines Campaign of 1944–45 during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions ...more

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John Haskell Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Preston
John Haskell Hewitt Died at 85 (1835-1920) - John Haskell Hewitt was an American classical scholar and educator, notable for serving as acting president of Williams College from 1901 to 1902. Born in Preston, Connecticut to Charles Hewitt ...more

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Michael Symmons Roberts is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Preston
Michael Symmons Roberts age 54 - Michael Symmons Roberts FRSL is a British poet. He has published six collections of poetry, all with Cape, and has won the Forward Prize, the Costa Book Award and the Whitbread Prize for Poetry, ...more

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Bert Deacon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Preston
Bert Deacon Died at 51 (1922-1973) - Bert Deacon was an Australian rules footballer who played for Carlton in the Victorian Football League. He is remembered for being Carlton's first ever Brownlow Medal winner. A centre half back, ...more

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Richard C. Edgley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Preston
Richard C. Edgley age 81 - Richard Crockett Edgley has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since October 1992. He was first counselor in the church's presiding bishopric from 1995 ...more

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Natalie Seymour is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Preston
Natalie Seymour age 30 - Natalie Seymour is an English field hockey player.

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Bill McGuirk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Preston
Bill McGuirk Died at 71 (1930-2001) - Bill McGuirk was an actor.

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L. Edward Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Preston
L. Edward Brown age 79 - Lowell Edward Brown was an Idaho politician and a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Born in Preston, Idaho in a Latter-day Saint family, Brown was raised in ...more

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Josh Morris is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Preston
Josh Morris age 25 - Joshua Francis Morris is an English footballer who plays for Blackburn Rovers as a left sided defender or midfielder, but can also play as a central midfielder.

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Mary Anne Hobbs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Preston
Mary Anne Hobbs age 51 - Mary Anne Hobbs is an English DJ and music journalist from Garstang, Lancashire, United Kingdom. She currently hosts the BBC 6 Music Weekend Breakfast shows, Saturday and Sunday 7-10am, and her ...more

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Stuart Elliott is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Preston
Stuart Elliott age 45 - Stuart Elliott is a television director, producer and screenwriter.

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Roger Westley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Preston
Roger Westley Died at 35 (1947-1982) - Roger Bancroft Westley was an English cricketer. Westley was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm off break. He was born in Preston, Lancashire and was educated at Lancaster Grammar ...more

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Dan Parkinson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Preston
Dan Parkinson age 23 - Daniel James Parkinson is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder. He currently plays for Barrow in the Conference North.

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Sam Johnstone is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Preston
Sam Johnstone age 22 - Samuel Luke "Sam" Johnstone is an English footballer who plays as goalkeeper for Preston North End on loan from Manchester United. He is the son of Glenn Johnstone, a former ...more