People from Wigan

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  1. Ian McKellen

    Ian McKellen


    Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CHCBE (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and two Critics' Choice Awards. He has also received two Academy Award nominations, four BAFTA nominations and five Emmy Award nominations. McKellen's work spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. His most well known film roles include Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and Magneto in the X-Men films.

  2. Tanya Robinson

    Tanya Robinson


    Tanya Bardsley (née Robinson; born 28 November 1981) is an English model, born in Wigan, Greater Manchester. She is currently starring in the reality television series The Real Housewives of Cheshire.

  3. Nikki Jayne

    Nikki Jayne


    Nikki Jayne (born June 10, 1985) is the stage name of a British pornographic actress.

  4. David Mcintosh

    David Mcintosh


    David McIntosh (born 10 December 1985) is a British ex-military and security operative who became a television personality, actor, and fitness model. A former Royal Marines commando, he was a Gladiator on the Sky 1 TV series Gladiators, under the name Tornado. In 2014, he participated in Celebrity Big Brother 14.

  5. George Formby

    George Formby


    George Formby, OBE (born George Hoy Booth; 26 May 1904 – 6 March 1961), was an English actor, singer-songwriter and comedian who became known to a worldwide audience through his films of the 1930s and 1940s. On stage, screen and record he sang light, comical songs, usually playing the ukulele or banjolele, and became the UK's highest-paid entertainer.

  6. Kathryn Drysdale

    Kathryn Drysdale


    Kathryn Drysdale (born 1 December 1981) is an English actress known for her role as Grace Shelley in The West End show The Ruling class opposite James Mcavoy, as Taylor in the movie St Trinian's and Louise Brooks in the BBC comedy series Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps from 2001 until her departure from the show in 2009. She has also starred in the fourth series of the ITV sitcom Benidorm and as Brownwell in William Boyd's award-winning Any Human Heart opposite Jim Broadbent. She previously worked with Broadbent on Mira Nair's feature adaptation of William Thackery's Vanity Fair starring Reese Witherspoon. She played the role of mixed-race heiress Rhoda Swartz. She is also known for her role as Lizzie in the drama series Tripping Over by Mike Bullen. She appeared in Doctor Who as Bliss in the episode "Love & Monsters".

  7. Holly Wellin

    Holly Wellin


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  8. Davinia Taylor

    Davinia Taylor


    Davinia Taylor (born Davinia Murphy on 11 November 1977) is an English actress and socialite.

  9. Carley Stenson

    Carley Stenson


    Carley Anne Stenson (born 22 September 1982) is an English actress and singer, best known for playing Steph Cunningham in the Channel 4 series Hollyoaks. 'It was through going to Willpower that she got her first agent, Intercity Casting, and her first role as Steph in Hollyoaks.

  10. Roy Kinnear

    Roy Kinnear


    Roy Mitchell Kinnear (8 January 1934 – 20 September 1988) was a British character actor. He was familiar to UK audiences for his appearances in many British television comedy shows, and is also remembered for his film appearances as Veruca Salt's father in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and as Planchet in Richard Lester's The Three Musketeers and its two sequels. It was during the filming of the latter sequel that Kinnear died as a result of a riding accident.

  11. Jonny Rees

    Jonny Rees


    Greg Ellis (born 21 March 1968) is an English actor and voice actor.

  12. Georgia Taylor

    Georgia Taylor


    Georgia Taylor (born Claire Jackson; 26 February 1980) is an English actress, best known for her roles as Toyah Battersby in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 1997 to 2003, as Ruth Winters in the BBC show Casualty from 2007 to 2011 and as Kate Barker in Law & Order: UK from 2013 to 2014.

  13. Kay Burley

    Kay Burley


    Kay Burley is an English television newsreader and presenter, best known as a news anchor for Sky News since 1988.

  14. Colin Clarke

    Colin Clarke


    Colin Clarke (born 4 April 1946) is a Scottish former professional football player and manager. Clarke, who played as a central defender, spent the majority of his career in England – minus a one season stint in the North American Soccer League – and made nearly 500 career league appearances.

  15. Lucy Gaskell

    Lucy Gaskell


    Lucy Gaskell (born 10 July 1980 in Wigan) is an English actress. She studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1998.

  16. Simon Tong

    Simon Tong


    Simon Tong (born 9 July 1972 in Farnworth, Lancashire) is an English guitarist and keyboardist who was a member of The Verve between 1996 and 1999 and is currently a member of Erland and the Carnival and Transmission. He has also played on tour with Blur, Gorillaz and the unnamed supergroup responsible for The Good, the Bad & the Queen. He ranks in BBC's "The Axe Factor" as the 40th greatest guitarist of the latest 30 years.

  17. Kate Garner

    Kate Garner


    Kate Garner (born Kathryn Mary Garner; 9 July 1954) is an English photographer, fine artist and singer.

  18. Andy Griffin

    Andy Griffin


    Andrew "Andy" Griffin (born 17 March 1979) is a former English footballer.

  19. Helen Noble

    Helen Noble


    Helen Noble is a Wigan-born British actress best known for her role as Abby Davies on the British soap Hollyoaks from 2000 to 2004, with a brief return in 2005.

  20. Rodney Litchfield

    Rodney Litchfield


    Rodney Litchfield is an English actor born in Wigan, Lancashire.

  21. Jennifer Moss

    Jennifer Moss


    Jennifer Victoria "Jenny" Moss (10 January 1945 – 5 October 2006) was an English actress and singer born in Wigan, Lancashire. She was best known for her role as Lucille Hewitt on the long-running soap opera, Coronation Street, which she played from 1960-74.

  22. Martin Hall (rugby league)

    Martin Hall (rugby league)


    Martin Hall (born 5 December 1968) was the head coach of Halifax from June 2006 until May 2010. He took over the head coach job from sacked coach Anthony Farrell. Hall previously played Hooker at Oldham, Halifax and Wigan. He scored a try for Wigan in their 1995 Challenge Cup final win. After the 1993–94 Rugby Football League season Hall travelled with defending champions Wigan to Brisbane, playing from the interchange bench in their 1994 World Club Challenge victory over Australian premiers, the Brisbane Broncos. He was also the Head Coach of the Wales national rugby league team for 3 years between 2005-2007 and has had coaching stints at Rochdale Hornets and Hull Kingston Rovers.

  23. Colin Bean

    Colin Bean


    Colin Bean (15 April 1926 – 20 June 2009) was an English actor best known for his role as Private Sponge in the Second World War BBC comedy Dad's Army from 1968 to 1977, appearing in 76 of Dad’s Army’s 80 episodes.

  24. The Shining (band)

    The Shining (band)


    The Shining were an English rock band formed in 2000. The band was composed of Duncan Baxter (vocals), Dan MacBean (guitar), Mark Heaney (drums), Simon Jones (bass), and Simon Tong (guitar, keyboards), the latter two both being members of The Verve.

  25. Andy Farrell

    Andy Farrell


    Andrew James "Andy" Farrell (born 7 October 1965) is an English former professional association footballer who played as a midfielder.

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