Famous people from Manchester

Street art mural of Arya in Northern Quarter Manchester

Manchester was home to a lot of famous people. Whether they were born Mancunians or chose to make Manchester their home, these personalities have changed the city in many ways.

Manchester gave the world many rock bands and actors. And most people don’t know about that but famous Mancunians are all around!

Are you ready? Let’s discover all the famous people from Manchester!

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They were born in Manchester

Noel Gallagher

Lead guitarist and co-lead singer of the rock band Oasis, he was born in Burnage in South Manchester.

Bernard Hill

Mainly known for his roles in Lord of the Rings and Titanic, he was born in Manchester in 1944.

Danny Boyle

Famous for starring in Slumdog Millionaire and Steve Jobs, Danny Boyle was born in Radcliffe in Greater Manchester.

Liam Gallagher

Lead singer of Oasis and brother of Noel Gallagher, Liam was also born in Burnage in South Manchester.

Ian McKellen

Did you know that Gandalf was from Manchester? The famous actor starring in Lord of the Rings was born in Burnley.

Emmeline Pankhurst

Probably the most favourite Mancunian women of all time, Emmeline was a political activist. She founded the British Suffragette movement enabling women to get the right to vote.

Ian Brown

Lead vocalist of the Stone Roses, Ian Brown was born in Warrington.

They lived in Manchester

Alan Turing

Mainly known for having decrypted the German machine Enigma during the war, Alan Turing spent most of his life in Manchester and Wilmslow. After the war, he became a teacher at the University of Manchester.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Speaking of Alan Turing, let’s mention the actor that was playing his role in The Imitation Game. Benedict Cumberbatch is a famous English actor that graduated from the University of Manchester

JK Rowling

Yes, the author of Harry Potter has not only lived in Portugal and Scotland, she also worked for the chamber of commerce and Manchester University in 1990.

Ernest Rutherford

Mainly known for having first split the atom, Ernest was from New Zealand and took a position at Manchester University. That’s where he worked on all his breakthroughs.