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Famous People From Rochdale

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

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Anna Friel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Age: 42

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Anna Louise Friel (born 12 July 1976) is an English actress. Born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, she has been acting professionally since age 13. Friel achieved fame with her portrayal of Beth ...more
Marc Ramsbottom is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Age: 55

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Alexander Meiklejohn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Dec. at 92 (1872-1964)

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Alexander Meiklejohn (; 3 February 1872 – 17 December 1964) was a philosopher, university administrator, educational reformer, and free-speech advocate, best known as president of Amherst
James Phillips Kay-Shutt... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Dec. at 73 (1804-1877)

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Sir James Phillips Kay-Shuttleworth, 1st Baronet (20 July 1804 – 26 May 1877) (born James Kay) of Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire, was a British politician and educationist.
Kieran Prendiville is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Age: 71

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Kieran Prendiville (born 25 December 1947) is a television writer, producer and presenter.
Jo Bannister is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Jo Bannister Age: 67

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Jo Bannister (born 31 July 1951 in Rochdale, Lancashire) is a British crime fiction novelist.
Jack Howarth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Dec. at 88 (1896-1984)

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

John Aubrey Conway Howarth, (19 February 1896 – 31 March 1984) was an English stage, radio and television actor best known for his role as grumpy but likeable elderly war veteran Albert Tatlock ...more
John Bright is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
John Bright Dec. at 78 (1811-1889)

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

John Bright (16 November 1811 – 27 March 1889) was a British Radical and Liberal statesman, one of the greatest orators of his generation and a promoter of free trade policies. A Quaker, Bright ...more
Jonathan Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Jonathan Entwistle Age: 34

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Jonathan Entwistle is a director and screenwriter.
Stephen Butterworth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Stephen Butterworth Dec. at 73 (1885-1958)

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Stephen Butterworth (1885–1958) was a British physicist who invented the filter that bears his name, a class of electrical circuits that separates electrical signals of different frequencies.
Richard Clogg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Richard Clogg Age: 80

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Richard Clogg (born 1939 at Rochdale) is a British historian.
Joe Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Joe Bennett Age: 28

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Joseph Bennett (born 28 March 1990) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Championship club Cardiff City. Born in Rochdale, Bennett signed his first professional ...more
Mike Dolan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Mike Dolan Age: 46

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Mike Dolan appeared in the 2007 film The Mark of Cain.
David Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
David Buchanan Age: 32

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

David Buchanan may refer to: David L. Buchanan (Scientist) (1962- ?), Physiologist, toxicologist, biochemist and writer. Discovered novel mammalian endocrine receptor functions influencing the ...more
William Law is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
William Law Dec. at 41 (1851-1892)

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

William Law (9 April 1851 – 20 December 1892) was an English amateur first-class cricketer, who played four matches for Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 1871 and 1873. He also played ...more
Paul Black is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Paul Black Age: 28

Birthplace: Middleton, United Kingdom

Paul Michael Black (born 18 January 1990) is an English footballer.
Michael Ratu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Michael Ratu Age: 31

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Michael Ratu (born (1987-10-16)16 October 1987) is a Fijian international rugby league footballer who plays as a centre for the Swinton Lions in the Betfred Championship. His usual position is ...more
Elwyn Watkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Elwyn Watkins Age: 55

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Robert Elwyn James Watkins, born in Rochdale, is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He narrowly lost to Labour Party candidate Phil Woolas for the Oldham East and Saddleworth seat in the ...more
Kevin Walsh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Kevin Walsh Age: 91

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Kevin Walsh (born 11 February 1928) is an English footballer who played as a wing half in the Football League.
Ed Fryatt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Ed Fryatt Age: 47

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Edward Fryatt is an English professional golfer. His father Jim Fryatt was a professional footballer for a number of English clubs. Fryatt was born in Rochdale. At the age of four he moved with ...more
David Taylor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
David Taylor Dec. at 79 (1934-2013)

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

David Conrad Taylor, BVMS, FRCVS, FZS, was a British veterinary surgeon. He was the first veterinary surgeon to specialise in zoo and wildlife medicine. Taylor worked with zoo and wild animals ...more
Bill Oddie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Age: 77

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

William Edgar Oddie, (born 7 July 1941) is an English writer, comedian, composer, musician, artist, birder, conservationist, television presenter and actor. He became famous as one of The ...more
Gracie Fields is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Dec. at 81 (1898-1979)

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Dame Gracie Fields, (born Grace Stansfield; 9 January 1898 – 27 September 1979) was an English actress, singer and comedienne and star of both cinema and music hall. She spent the later part of ...more
Jack Crabtree is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Jack Crabtree Age: 81

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Jack Crabtree is a contemporary English figurative painter and teacher. He is known for a series of paintings documenting the South Wales coal industry.
Bob Mason is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Rochdale
Dec. at 53 (1951-2004)

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Robert William Mason (29 July 1951 – 21 September 2004) was a British actor and writer, born in Rochdale, Lancashire. Throughout 1976 he played Terry Bradshaw in Coronation Street and later as ...more