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:

  • 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.
  • Andy Crane
    Television and radio presenter.
  • Al Read
    Popular radio comedian active throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Sir Ben Kingsley
    Oscar-winning actor, grew up in Pendlebury.
  • Charlie Pawsey
    Rugby league footballer in the 1950s
  • Christopher Eccleston.
    Actor - 'Cracker', 'Shallow Grave', the former 'Doctor Who'.
  • Danielle Nicholls
    Television and radio presenter.
  • David Bamber
    Actor.
  • 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.
  • Freddie 'Parrot Face' Davies
    Comedian.
  • George Bradshaw
    Printer and publisher.
  • Ghislaine Howard
    Artist.
  • Graham Nash
    Songwriter - Crosby, Stills and...
  • Harold Brighouse
    Playwright and author whose best known play is Hobson's Choice.
  • Harold Riley
    Artist.
  • James Fearnley
    Musician with the Pogues.
  • James Hazeldine
    Actor.
  • James Prescott Joule
    Physicist, known for his research in electricity and thermodynamics.
  • Jamie Moore
    Retired professional boxer.
  • Jason Manford
    Comedian, actor and television presenter.
  • Joe Gladwin
    Actor - 'Last of the Summer Wine'.
  • John Cooper Clarke
    Inventor of punk poetry.
  • 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.
  • Joseph Kay
    Economist
  • Ken Wolstenholme
    Football commentator - 1966 World Cup.
  • Laurence Stephen Lowry
    World famous artist, he lived in Station Road, Pendlebury.
  • Mark E. Smith
    Long-time member of 'The Fall', an English post-punk band, formed in Manchester in 1976.
  • Mike Leigh
    Writer and director.
  • Mike Sweeney
    Broadcaster and DJ.
  • Mike Walker
    Jazz guitarist.
  • 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.
  • Ren Harvieu
    Musician.
  • Richard Cobden
    Salford's apostle of free trade.
  • Richard Wright Procter
    Barber, poet and author
  • 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.
  • Shaun Ryder
    Singer with The Happy Mondays.
  • Shelagh Delaney
    Playwright and screenwriter, best known for her debut work, 'A Taste of Honey'.
  • Stan Pearson
    Footballer between 1936 and 1959.
  • Stephen Foster
    Boxer.
  • The Ting Tings
    The indie pop duo formed in 2007 at Islington Mill studios in Salford.
  • Thomas Worthington
    Architect.
  • Tony Neary
    Rugby Union player.
  • Tony Warren
    Creator of TV's 'Coronation Street'.
  • Tony Wilson
    Record label owner, radio and TV presenter and journalist.
  • Walter Greenwood
    Author - 'Love on the Dole' 
  • William Crabtree
    Predicted and recorded a transit of Venus in 1639.
  • William Renshaw
    Seven time Wimbledon winner between 1881 and 1889, including six consecutive titles.
  • William Webb Ellis
    Inventor of rugby. 

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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