List of people from Oldham
This is a list of people from Oldham, in North West England. The demonym of Oldham is Oldhamer; however, this list may include people from Chadderton, Failsworth, Lees, Royton, Saddleworth, and Shaw and Crompton, all from the wider Metropolitan Borough of Oldham. This list is arranged alphabetically by surname:
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- Sir Elkanah Armitage (1794–1876) – industrialist and Mayor of Manchester; born in Failsworth
- Mike Atherton – broadcaster, journalist and retired cricketer for Lancashire and England; born in Failsworth
- Vera Baird QC – Labour politician, author and barrister
- Bobby Ball – one half of comedy double act Cannon and Ball; born in Boundary Park General Hospital
- Lydia Becker – leading 19th-century suffragette, born in Chadderton's Foxdenton Hall
- Hannah Beswick – woman who was so afraid of being buried alive that she insisted on her body being embalmed and kept above ground
- Christopher Biggins – television presenter, pantomime actor and winner of 2007's I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
- Scholes Birch – first-class cricketer
- Lally Bowers – actress, and next door neighbour to Dora Bryan
- Helen Bradley – 20th-century oil painter born in Lees in 1900
- Benjamin Brierley – Failsworth-born weaver, poet and writer in Lancashire dialect
- Louise Brown – world's first baby conceived by in vitro fertilisation; born in Oldham General Hospital
- Dora Bryan – Parbold-born actress, best known for her role as Roz in Last of the Summer Wine
- Will Buckley – footballer for Sunderland
- Tommy Cannon – one half of comedy double act Cannon and Ball
- Ronald Castree – murderer convicted for the killing of Lesley Molseed
- Laurence Chaderton – one of the original translators of the Authorized King James Version of the Bible
- Brian Clarke – Oldham-born artist known for his work in stained glass
- J. R. Clynes – Labour politician, Leader of the Labour Party, 1921–22
- Olivia Cooke – TV and film actress known for Bates Motel, "Ouija" and "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl"; from Oldham
- Jodie Connor – recording artist, lyricist, fashion model and goodwill ambassador for The Prince's Trust; from Shaw and Crompton
- Nicholas Connor – film director, born in Oldham, Manchester
- Brian Cox – Chadderton-born television presenter, particle physicist, Royal Society research fellow, and professor at the University of Manchester
- Bernard Cribbins – character actor and musical comedian
- Paul Edwards – ex-association footballer who played for Manchester United, Oldham Athletic and Stockport County
- Karen Elson – Chadderton-raised supermodel and singer-songwriter
- Kate Fenton (born 1954) – Failsworth-born novelist and former BBC radio producer
- Siobhan Finneran (born 1966) – Oldham-born television, film and theatre actress; Happy Valley and The Loch
- Des Foy – Oldham and international rugby league player; Director of Rugby League Ireland
- Roy Fuller (1912–1991) – Failsworth-born writer, known mostly as a poet
- Ian Greaves – Shaw and Crompton-born association football player and manager; one of the Busby Babes
- Nick Grimshaw – television presenter and DJ; raised in Oldham
- Shobna Gulati – Oldham-born actress, writer and dancer
- Terry Hall – pioneering ventriloquist and early children's television entertainer
- Philip Gilbert Hamerton – etcher, painter and art critic; born in Crompton in 1834
- Paul Harrison – Oldham-born writer on environment and development; founder of the World Pantheist Movement
- Jack Hilton (1900-1983) – British novelist, essayist, and travel writer
- John Hogan – Royton-born recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" to members of the British and Commonwealth forces
- Prof Arthur Cyril William Hutchinson FRSE – professor of dentistry
- Lee Jasper – race equality activist and champion of over 30 years
- Suranne Jones – Chadderton-born actress who played Karen McDonald in Coronation Street
- William Joyce – Brooklyn-born fascist politician and Nazi propagandist; short-term resident of Glodwick in Oldham
- Annie Kenney – one of the first suffragettes to be imprisoned for protesting for women's suffrage
- Anne Kirkbride – soap opera actress best known for playing Deirdre Barlow in Coronation Street
- Jack Kirkbride – cartoonist who worked for the Oldham Evening Chronicle
- John Kneller - English-American professor and fifth President of Brooklyn College
- Barbara Knox – soap opera actress best known for playing Rita Sullivan in Coronation Street
- Sarah Lancashire – Oldham-born television actress
- John Lees – Royton-born inventor who made a substantial improvement to machinery for carding cotton in 1772
- John Lees – founder member of rock group Barclay James Harvest; born in Oldham in 1947
- Joseph Lees (1748–1824) – regional dialect poet from Glodwick; wrote Jone o Grinfilt
- Ralf Little – television actor, best known for his roles in The Royle Family and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps
- Eric Longworth – Shaw-born actor, best known for his semi-regular part in sitcom Dad's Army, as the town clerk of Walmington-on-Sea
- Michelle Marsh – glamour model and page 3 girl
- Matthew Maynard – former England Test cricketer
- William McDougall – Chadderton-born psychologist and writer of several highly influential textbooks
- Fergus Mills – member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
- Kieran O'Brien – actor who gained notoriety for his role in the 2004 film 9 Songs
- Mark Owen – member of boyband Take That; born and raised in Oldham
- David Platt – association footballer, formerly captain of the England national football team; born in Chadderton
- Tony Prince – British radio disc jockey and businessman
- Alan Rankle – artist
- Jim Ratcliffe – founder and CEO of Ineos, raised in Failsworth
- Hervey Rhodes, Baron Rhodes – Greenfield-born Labour party politician and life peer
- Andy Ritchie – former Oldham Athletic player and manager
- Roy Rolland – comedian and stage actor who appeared as Old Mother Riley from the 1950s to 1980s
- Alan Rothwell – actor and television presenter
- Sahil Saeed – British Pakistani from Shaw and Crompton who was kidnapped for ransom in Pakistan in 2010
- Phillip Schofield – Oldham-born television presenter
- Paul Sculthorpe – England and St Helens RLFC player and captain
- Edward Sinclair – television actor, Dad's Army
- Kevin Sinfield – England and Leeds RLFC player and captain
- Nicola Stephenson – television actress
- Philip Sydney Stott, 1st Baronet – Chadderton-born architect, civil engineer and surveyor of cotton mills
- William Stott – impressionist painter
- Eric Sykes – comedy writer and actor
- Henry Taylor – British Olympic freestyle swimming triple gold medallist and champion
- Kevin Thaw – alpinist, climber; many first and notable ascents, member of the North Face climbing team, Altitude Everest Expedition 2007
- Stephen Timms – British Labour Party politician and Member of Parliament
- Geoff Tootill – Chadderton-born scientist helped create the Manchester Baby in 1948, the world's first wholly electronic stored program computer
- Dame Eva Turner, DBE – soprano opera singer; born in Werneth
- Twisted Wheel – punk rock trio; reside in Oldham
- Jane Walsh – writer
- Paul Walsh – Chadderton-born Chief Executive of Diageo
- Sir William Walton – composer and conductor
- Darren Wharton – keyboardist for rock band Thin Lizzy
- Nicola White – hockey player for England and Team GB
- Annie Whitehead – jazz trombone player
- Ricky Whittle – Oldham-born model and actor
- Jack Wild – Royton-born Academy Award-nominated actor, best known for his role as the Artful Dodger in the 1968 musical film Oliver!
- Woolly Wolstenholme – Chadderton-born vocalist and keyboard player with progressive rock band Barclay James Harvest
- Phil Woolas MP – Lincolnshire-born politician representing Oldham East and Saddleworth; lives in Lees
- Arthur Worsley (1920–2001) – Failsworth-born ventriloquist; appeared regularly on British television from the 1950s to the 1970s
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