Famous People from Blackpool

Famous people from Blackpool have gone on to star in Hollywood movies, Emmerdale and even win Celebrity Big Brother. Blackpool has a thriving cultural heritage but you would be surprised to know that some of the most recognizable on-screen faces originate from Blackpool.

Here’s a list of just a few of famous people past and present who were born in Blackpool.


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Famous People from Blackpool! – Tania Mallett


Born in Blackpool in 1941, English Model and Actress, Tania went on to become one of Britain’s most iconic models of the 50s and 60s. Tania played the stunning ‘Bond Girl’ Tilly Masterson alongside Sean Connery in the renowned James Bond film ‘Goldfinger’. Tania is also first cousins with BAFTA award-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren.


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Famous People from Blackpool! Charles John Mahoney 1940 – 2018


The Late Charles John Mahoney was born in Bispham Blackpool in 1940 and later emigrated to the US. It was there that he embarked on his acting career. Best known for playing Martin Crane, Blue Collar Worker, in the famous US Sitcom Frasier. Mr. Mahoney also starred in plays on Broadway and the Chicago Theatre.


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Famous People from Blackpool! Pauline Moran


Better known as Miss Lemon from Agatha Christies Poirot, Pauline is an English actor, presenter, and astrologer. Born in Blackpool in 1947, Pauline trained at the National Youth Theatre and the National Academy of Dramatic Art before embarking on her acting career. Moran has been a professional astrologer since 1987.


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Famous People from Blackpool! Janet Munro, 1934 -1972


The iconic Golden Globe Award-winning Actress Janet Munro was born in Blackpool in 1934. Best known for her roles in Disney Films: Darby O’Gill and The Little People (1959), Third Man on the Mountain (1960) and The Horsemasters (1961). Janet has starred in US Film and television in addition to British Film and Television. Munro played the female lead in British sci-fi film: The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) and earned a BAFTA nomination for her role in The Life of Ruth (1962).


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Famous People from Blackpool! David Thewlis


Born in Blackpool in 1963, English Actor, Director, Screenwriter, And Author, David Thewlis attended Highfield High School in South Shore, Blackpool. David is famous for playing the role of Professor Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter films and Ares in Wonder Woman (2017). Thewlis has starred in a variety of films, notable performances include The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, War Horse and London Boulevard. Thewlis received the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for playing Jonny Fletched in the film Naked (1993). Additionally, Thewlis directed Hello Hello Hello (1995) and was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Short Film.


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Famous People from Blackpool! Zoë Ball


English television and radio presenter, Zoë Ball is best known as the first female host of the Radio 1 Breakfast Show and presenter of Strictly Come Dancing: It takes two. Zoë was born in Blackpool in 1970 and is the daughter of English TV personality Johnny Ball. Zoë has presented shows such as The Big Breakfast Show and The Priory On Channel 4. She is also famous for presenting BBC one’s children show ‘Live and Kicking’. She has co-hosted the BBC one telethon alongside Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton, Nick Grimshaw and Tess Daly.


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Famous People from Blackpool! Coleen Nolan


Coleen Nolan, famous for appearing on ITV’s Loose Women as a regular panelist and presenting on This Morning, was the only one of her sisters to be born in Blackpool. Nolan began her career as the youngest member of the female Irish family group, The Nolans and has appeared on Dancing on Ice and Celebrity Big Brother twice. She went on to win Celebrity Big Brother in 2017. She is known to grace our screens for Iceland’s Food Shopping commercial.


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Famous People from Blackpool! Chris Lowe of The Pet Shop Boys


English Musician Chris Lowe, co-founder and band member of pop duo The Petshop Boys was born in Blackpool and went on to attend Arnold School, an independent school in Blackpool. Whilst in Blackpool, Lowe played the trombone as part of a seven-piece band known as One Under the Eight.


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Famous People from Blackpool! Jenna-Louise Coleman


Actress, Jenna-Louise Coleman, is best known for her roles as Jasmine Thomas in Great British Soap Opera Emmerdale, Clara Oswald in Doctor Who and Queen Victoria in biographical drama Queen Victoria. Jenna has received critical acclaim for her roles. Born in Blackpool in 1986, Jenna began her career on stage and was a member of theatre company ‘In Yer Space’. A proud Blackpool Native who graced the Blackpool Opera House Stage at the age of 10 when she appeared in Summer Holiday with Darren Day.


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Famous People from Blackpool! Nikki Sanderson


Better known for roles of Maxine Minever in Hollyoaks and Candice Stowe in Coronation Street, British Actress and Singer, Nikki Sanderson is also a Blackpool native. Sanderson, who lived in Fylde Village until she was eight currently plays Maxine Minever in British Drama Hollyoaks but has also had a stint on Coronation Street and featured on X-Factor: Battle of the Stars. Sanderson is no stranger to the theatre and has appeared in play Living Under One Roof at the Theatre Royal, and pantomime as Peter Pan at the Gracie Fields Theatre.


Other famous people from Blackpool include Hayley Tammadon best known for playing Del Dingle from Emmerdale, and Andrea Beckett of Coronation Street. She has also appeared Soapstar Superchef (Soapstar Superchef was a cooking show on the ITV Network, where soap stars from Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks (and Hollyoaks: In the City) and Neighbours competed to be crowned “kings” or “queens” of the kitchen.) and Dancing On Ice and was crowned the winner in both competitions. Electropop Singer and DJ, Little Boots, British American Singer and Songwriter Graham Nash, Jacqueline Leonard who played Lorraine Wicks in EastEnders, and comedic treasure Syd Little of the double act Little and Large.

Loved this feature? Then take a look at our Celebrity TV Shows and The Grand to hear about all the stars from Celebrity TV that have appeared at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre.


Other Arts and Entertainment Starts Born in Blackpool include; 

Bill Ashton (born 1936), jazz saxophonist and composer
David Atherton (born 1944), conductor
David Ball (born 1959), music producer and musician
Zoë Ball (born 1970), television and radio presenter
Steve Barker (born 1971), film director and screenwriter
Lennie Bennett (1938–2009), comedian and television presenter
Cathryn Bradshaw, born 1964 actress theatre, television, radio, film
Charlie Cairoli (1910–1980), Italian-born clown based in Blackpool
Roy Calley, journalist
Frank Carson, Northern Irish comedian based in Blackpool
Peter Chelsom (born 1956), film director and actor
Jenna-Louise Coleman (born 1986), actress
Robert Crampton (born 1964), journalist
Raine Davison (born 1984), actress
John Evan (born 1948), musician
Horace Finch (1906-1980), pianist and organist
Sonny Flood (born 1989), actor
Judy Flynn (Born 1963/1964), actress
Dan Forshaw (born 1981), musician
Karima Francis singer-songwriter
Errol Fuller (born 1947), author and painter
Hamish Hamilton (born 1966), concert and award ceremony director
Jeffrey Hammond (born 1946), musician
Roy Harper (born 1941), musician
Barney Harwood (born 1979), television presenter
Emilios Hatjoullis (born 1939), cartoonist and graphic designer
Curtis Jobling (born 1972), illustrator and animator
Patrick Keiller (born 1950), film director
Jacqueline Leonard (born 1965), actress
Little Boots (Victoria Hesketh, born 1984), singer-songwriter
Syd Little (born 1942), come (born 1955), singer
Chris Lowe (born 1959), musician
John Mahoney (born 1940), US actor (born in Bispham)
Nicholas McCarthy (born 1974), musician
Tania Mallet (born 1941), model and actress
Keith Marsh (born 1926), actor
Gary Miller (1924–1968), singer and actor
Pauline Moran, actress
David Morley (born 1964), poet
Janet Munro (1934–1972), actress
Sarah Myerscough, sculptor
Graham Nash (1942), singer-songwriter
Bernadette Nolan (born 1960), Irish-born singer and actress
Coleen Nolan (born 1965), singer and television presenter
Russell Payne (born 1971), writer
Jodie Prenger (born 1979), singer and actress
Maddy Prior (born 1947), singer
Ted Rhodes, script editor
Barbara Robotham (1936–2013), opera singer and distinguished voice teacher
Carol Royle (born 1954), actress
Nikki Sanderson (born 1984), actress and model
Robert Smith (born 1959), musician
John Sumner (born 1951), actor
Hayley Tamaddon, actress
David Thewlis (born 1963), actor
Darrell Till (born 1975), singer-songwriter
Vicki-Lee Walberg, model
John Watson, comic book artist
Chris Wiggins (born 1931), actor
Tony Williams (born 1947), musician
Adrian Blacow, musician (alias VHS Head)
Tim Woolcock (born 1952), painter