Famous Salfordians

Salford has probably had more than its fair share of celebrities over the years.

All kinds of well known people are associated with the city. Here's a selection of our famous sons and daughters:

  • Adam Thomas
    Actor.
  • Adrian Morley
    Rugby League player.
  • Albert Finney
    Actor, born in Gore Crescent, Weaste.
  • Alfred Darbyshire
    Architect.
  • Alistair Cooke
    Radio journalist - 'Letter from America, Radio 4', born in Isaac Street, Salford in 1908.
  • Allan Clarke
    Musician, member of the Hollies.
  • Alliott Verdon Roe
    Pilot and aircraft manufacturer.
  • Andy Crane
    Television and radio presenter.
  • Al Read
    Popular radio comedian active throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Arthur Thomas Doodson
    Oceanographer.
  • Arthur Wooliscroft
    Footballer.
  • Ayub Khan Din
    Actor.
  • Sir Ben Kingsley
    Oscar-winning actor, grew up in Pendlebury.
  • Billy Garton
    Footballer
  • Brenda De Banzie
    Actress.
  • Charlie Pawsey
    Rugby league footballer in the 1950s.
  • Christopher Eccleston
    Actor - 'Cracker', 'Shallow Grave', the former 'Doctor Who'.
  • Clinton Ford
    Singer.
  • Danielle Nicholls
    Television and radio presenter.
  • David Bamber
    Actor.
  • David Watson
    Professor of Zoology and Anatomy
  • Dean Holden
    Footballer. 
  • Don Whillans
    Rock climber and mountaineer.
  • Doris Butterworth
    Dancer and tiller girl.
  • Eddie Colman
    Manchester United footballer who died in the Munich air disaster.
  • Edwin Alliot Verdon Roe
    British pilot and aircraft manufacturer, and founder in 1910 of A. V. Roe and Co.
  • Emmeline Pankhurst
    'Mrs Pankhurst' was one of the founders of the British suffragette movement.
  • Elkie Brooks
    Singer/songwriter.
  • Ewan MacColl
    Singer, songwriter, actor, playwright, radio broadcaster and socialist. Born in Broughton, Salford.
  • Franki Raffles
    photographer and feminist
  • Freddie 'Parrot Face' Davies
    Comedian.
  • Geoff Bent
    MUFC footballer who died in the Munich air disaster.
  • George Bradshaw
    Printer and publisher.
  • George Switzer
    Footballer.
  • Ghislaine Howard
    Artist.
  • Giant Haystacks (Martin Ruane)
    Wrestler, although not born in Salford Martin lived in Broughton from the age of three.
  • Graham Nash
    Songwriter - Crosby, Stills and...
  • Gus Aubrey
    Actor.
  • Harold Brighouse
    Playwright and author whose best known play is Hobson's Choice.
  • Harold Riley
    Artist.
  • Harvey Jacobson
    Businessman and entrepreneur
  • Hazel Blears
    Politician.
  • Isabel Hodgins
    Actress.
  • James Shinny Davenport
    Singer songwriter and ex-rugby league player
  • James Fearnley
    Musician with the Pogues.
  • James Hazeldine
    Actor.
  • James Prescott Joule
    Physicist, known for his research in electricity and thermodynamics.
  • James W Gibson
    Businessman who was the owner of Manchester United
  • Jamie Moore
    Professional boxer.
  • Jan Johnston
    Singer.
  • Jason Manford
    Comedian, actor and television presenter.
  • Jim Valentine
    Rugby Union player.
  • Joanne Whalley
    Actress
  • Joe Gladwin
    Actor - 'Last of the Summer Wine'.
  • John Cooper Clarke
    Inventor of punk poetry.
  • John Henry Poynting
    Physicist.
  • John Thomson
    Actor and comedian.
  • John Virgo
    Snooker player and presenter.
  • Sir John Moores
    Businessman, born in Eccles on 25 January 1896. Founder of the Littlewoods empire (football pools and retail company). Liverpool Polytechnic took the name Liverpool John Moores University in his honour upon being granted University status in 1992.
  • Jon Christos
    Singer.
  • Joseph Kay
    Economist.
  • Kallum Higginbotham
    Footballer.
  • Kate Ford
    Actress.
  • Ken Wolstenholme
    Football commentator - 1966 World Cup.
  • Laura McLaren, Baroness Aberconway
    Suffragette, author and horticulture expert.
  • Laurence Stephen Lowry
    World famous artist, he lived in Station Road, Pendlebury.
  • Leslie Cussons
    Chairman of Cussons Sons & Co.
  • Lilias Armstrong
    Phonetic expert.
  • Mark Addy
    Oarsman.
  • Mark Ashworth
    Actor.
  • Mark 'Bez' Berry
    Dancer with the Happy Mondays.
  • Mark E. Smith
    Long-time member of 'The Fall', an English post-punk band, formed in Manchester in 1976.
  • Michael Vaughan 
    England cricket captain, born in Eccles.
  • Mike Leigh
    Writer and director.
  • Mike Sweeney
    Broadcaster and DJ.
  • Mike Walker
    Jazz guitarist.
  • Sir Norman Moore
    Doctor and medical historian.
  • Pat Kirkwood
    Actress.
  • Paul Scholes
    Footballer, born in Salford.
  • Peter Hook
    Musician.
  • Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
    Classical music composer, appointed Master of the Queen's Music in March 2004.
  • Pete Travis
    Television and film director
  • Phil Power
    Footballer.
  • Randolph Schwabe
    Artist and professor of fine art.
  • Rebecca Atkinson
    Actress.
  • Ren Harvieu
    Musician.
  • Richard Cobden
    Salford's apostle of free trade.
  • Richard Wright Procter
    Barber, poet and author.
  • Rob James-Collier
    Actor.
  • Robert Powell
    Actor - 'The Thirty-Nine Steps', 'Jesus of Nazareth'.
  • Robert Roberts
    Author.
  • Russell Watson
    Opera singer.
  • Ryan Giggs
    The Manchester United star has been a Salford resident since he was six years old.
  • Sacha Parkinson
    Actress.
  • Shaun Ryder
    Singer with The Happy Mondays.
  • Shelagh Delaney
    Playwright and screenwriter, best known for her debut work, 'A Taste of Honey'.
  • Shelley Holroyd
    Javelin thrower.
  • Stan Pearson
    Footballer between 1936 and 1959.
  • Stephen Foster
    Boxer.
  • Sydney Chapman
    Mathmatician.
  • Terry Eagleton
    Literary Theorist.
  • The Ting Tings
    The indie pop duo formed in 2007 at Islington Mill studios in Salford.
  • Thomas Worthington
    Architect.
  • Tim Burgess
    Singer songwriter (Charlatans).
  • Tom Hudson
    Actor.
  • Tony Neary
    Rugby Union player.
  • Anthony 'Doc' Shiels
    Artist, writer, magician
  • Tony Warren
    Creator of TV's 'Coronation Street'.
  • Tony Wilson
    Record label owner, radio and TV presenter and journalist.
  • Victoria Armstrong
    Dancer.
  • Walter Greenwood
    Author - 'Love on the Dole'.
  • William Cooke
    Clergyman and hymn writer.
  • William Crabtree
    Predicted and recorded a transit of Venus in 1639.
  • William Lockett
    First Mayor of Salford, 1844 to 1845.
  • William Renshaw
    Seven time Wimbledon winner between 1881 and 1889, including six consecutive titles.
  • William Webb Ellis
    Inventor of rugby.
  • William Worrall Mayo
    Doctor and founder of the Mayo Clinic.
  • Winifred Mary Letts
    Writer.
  • Yousaf Ali Khan
    Film director.

Is somebody missing from this list?

If you know a famous Salfordian who isn't listed on this page, please email public.relations@salford.gov.uk with details.

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