List of people from Wigan
This is a list of people from Wigan, in North West England. The demonym of Wigan is Wiganer; however, this list may include people from the wider Metropolitan Borough of Wigan—from Ashton-in-Makerfield, Hindley, Ince-in-Makerfield, Atherton, Greater Manchester, Leigh, Leigh people are called Leythers and do not like the association with Wigan as they are a separate town, but governed by Wigan council. Tyldesley and other outlying areas from Wigan. This list is arranged alphabetically by surname:
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- James Anderton, former Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police
- Richard Ashcroft, lead singer of The Verve, born in Billinge
- Chris Ashton, England rugby league and rugby union international, born in Wigan
- Bill Ashurst, rugby league footballer of the 1960s and 70s for Great Britain, Wigan, Penrith Panthers, and Wakefield Trinity, born in Wigan
- Tom Billington, professional wrestler under the ring name 'Dynamite Kid', one half of tag-team 'The British Bulldogs' with Davey Boy Smith, born in Golborne
- Margery Booth, opera singer and World War II spy, born in Wigan
- Thomas Burke, international operatic tenor; born in Leigh in 1890 and attended St Joseph's School in Leigh; the Leigh Wetherspoon's pub is named after him
- Kay Burley, presenter and newsreader on Sky News, born in Wigan
- James Burton, built several early cotton mills in Hindsford and Tyldesley, born in Clitheroe
- Shaun Edwards, rugby league player and coach of London Wasps rugby union coach; Wales national rugby union team defence coach
- Beth Ellis (1874-1913), novelist and travel writer
- Greg Ellis, actor and voiceover artist
- Edward Entwistle, driver of Stephenson's Rocket
- John Finch, Singer, Appeared on Granada TV programme and winner, Stars in their eyes.
- Georgie Fame, real name Clive Powell, R&B singer and keyboard player, born in Leigh
- Andrew Farrell, former international rugby player of both codes, born and raised in Wigan
- Brian Finch, Wigan-born script-writer who contributed 151 episodes of Coronation Street over a period of 12 years
- Henry Finch (1633–1704), Presbyterian minister ejected from Church of England, born in Standish
- Paul Finch, son of Brian Finch; now a scriptwriter and author as his father; creator of the "Heck" series of novels
- George Formby, Jr., comedian, ukulele player and actor
- Joe Gormley, former president of the National Union of Mineworkers
- Andy Gregory, former Wigan rugby league player, born and lives in Wigan
- Mike Gregory, former Great Britain national rugby league team and Warrington Wolves captain, former Wigan Warriors coach, born in Wigan
- John Elisha Grimshaw, recipient of the Victoria Cross, of "6 VCs before breakfast" fame
- Lucy Gaskell, actress, born in Wigan. 
- Eddie Halliwell, DJ
- Roger Hampson (1925–1996), artist, printmaker and teacher, born in Tyldesley
- Thomas Highs (1718–1803), inventor of cotton spinning machinery, born in Leigh
- James Hilton, author of Goodbye, Mr Chips, born in Leigh
- Arthur John Hope (1875–1960), architect and partner in Bradshaw Gass & Hope, was born and lived in Atherton
- Shaun Keaveny, born in Leigh; on 11 February 2011, broadcast his BBC 6 Music breakfast show live from Leigh Library
- Thomas Kershaw (1819–1898), pioneer in creating imitation marble, born in Standish
- Roy Kinnear (1934-1988), comedy actor, born in Wigan
- Victoria Knowles (1976), author of bestselling book The PA
- Eric Roberts Laithwaite (1921–1997), engineer, known for his development of the linear induction motor and Maglev rail system
- Limahl, real name Christopher Hamill, pop rock/dance vocalist, lead singer of Kajagoogoo
- James Lindsay, 24th Earl of Crawford (1783–1869), Earl of Balcarres, built Haigh Hall
- Stuart Maconie, writer, DJ and presenter, attended St John Rigby school and has a star on the Wigan Walk
- Barry Mason, songwriter, born in Wigan
- Paul Mason (born 1960), journalist and broadcaster, born in Leigh
- Cripps Mark, Writer and director, born in and resides in Wigan. Works include the film "I against I", a short horror film "The insane". A prominent Youtuber for the channel "Tyrannicon" with over 300,000 subscribers, the main content of this channel is video game rage playthroughs and Machinima. In the channel, he portrays a cornucopia of voiced characters like Throthgar the dragon born coward, TJ LAZER Space scum bag, Billy Hashtag, Kickboxing Banana, Meow Meow. Robiod, kasumi ninja(kasumi ninja), Johnny Ghoul, and a few others.
- Edward Ormerod, mining engineer at Gibfield Colliery; invented the Ormerod detaching hook, an important mining safety device
- Leon Osman, footballer for Everton
- Jimmy O'Neill, YouTube personality and comedian, also known by online pseudonym 'The Wigan Joker'. 
- Lemn Sissay, British author and broadcaster
- John Scott, K.C.M.G, D.C.L., Judicial Advisor to the Khedive, 1891-1898
- Nigel Short, chess grandmaster, grew up in Atherton and attended St Philip's School
- Brian Simpson, MEP Chair of the Transport and Tourism Committee European Parliament
- Davey Boy Smith, professional wrestler for the WWF and WCW as The British Bulldog
- Danny Sonner, Wigan-born association football player who has represented Northern Ireland national football team
- Rob Speak, multiple BriSCA Formula 2 Stock Cars World Champion and National Points Champion; from Tyldesley
- John Stopford, Baron Stopford of Fallowfield, FRS, physician and anatomist, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester; born in Hindley Green
- Simon Tong, born in Wigan; bassist/guitarist with bands The Verve; The Good, the Bad & the Queen; and Gorillaz
- Thomas Tyldesley, died in the Battle of Wigan Lane
- Charles Walmesley (1722–1797), Roman Catholic Titular Bishop of Rama; born in Langtree
- Colin Welland, writer and actor, taught art at Manchester Road Secondary School, Leigh; born in Leigh
- Dave Whelan, businessman with the nickname "Mr Wigan" as a result of his involvement in the town's sport; founder of JJB Sports, owner of Wigan Athletic, and former owner of Wigan Warriors
- Danny Wilson, Wigan-born association football player and manager
- Gerrard Winstanley, founder of the 17th-century Diggers, born in Wigan
- Thomas Woodcock, recipient of the Victoria Cross, born in Wigan
- Caleb Wright (1810–1898), Member of Parliament and mill owner who built Barnfield Mills in Tyldesley
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- "Bill Ashurst". England Football Online. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
- McCoy, Heath. Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling, Revised Edition.
- "WWII knicker spy Margery Booth photos to be auctioned". BBC news. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
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- "Dr Kathleen Drew-Baker (1901-1957)" (PDF). Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
- Sue Mott (16 February 2008), Fear of failure spurs Shaun Edwards, London: The Daily Telegraph Retrieved on 8 December 2008.
- "England's first engine-driver". Otago Witness (2786). New Zealand. 7 August 1907. p. 78. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
- Georgie Fame bisgraphy
- Anthony Hayward (30 June 2007), Brian Finch, London: The Independent Retrieved on 8 December 2008.
- "A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 6 – Standish with Langtree". British History Online. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
- Richards, Jeffrey (2004), "Formby, George (1904–1961)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, retrieved 16 December 2008
- Joe Gormley (1982). Battered cherub. Hamilton. ISBN 0-241-10754-7.
- Dave Hadfield (21 November 2007), Mike Gregory: Inspirational Warrington and Great Britain rugby league forward, London: The Independent Retrieved on 5 December 2008.
- Radio 1 announces new dance show The Residency, BBC Online, 5 May 2005 Retrieved on 21 December 2008.
- Roger Hampson 1925–1996 Nationality: British, BBC and the Public Catalogue Foundation, retrieved 10 October 2012
- Inventions and inventors, Manchester City Council, retrieved 14 May 2011
- James Hilton, jameshiltonsociety, retrieved 2 November 2009
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- James Lawrence Isherwood, Wessexgallery.com.au Retrieved on 8 December 2008.
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- "To her, PA means personal assassin". The Sunday Times. July 2014. Retrieved July 2014. Check date values in:
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- Limahl biography
- Earls of Balcarres
- Paul Mason, BBC Newsnight
- Edward Ormerod and Co Ltd, retrieved 27 February 2011
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- Midwinter, Eric (2004), "Ray, Ted (1905–1977)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, retrieved 16 December 2008
- Old Bryn Hall, Wigan Archaeological Society Retrieved on 8 December 2008.
- Nigel Short, chessbase.com, retrieved 26 April 2013
- "Family, friends and fans worldwide mourn the tragic loss of wrestling legend Davey Boy Smith". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. 2002.
- Danny Sonner, London: The Guardian, archived from the original on 9 June 2011 Retrieved on 8 December 2008.
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- Brian Viner (18 October 2003), Dave Whelan: Whelan's millions have set Wigan buzzing, London: The Independent Retrieved on 8 December 2008.
- Whelan sells stake in JJB Sports, BBC Online, 8 June 2007 Retrieved on 8 December 2008.
- Rob Stewart (26 August 2008), Hartlepool manager Danny Wilson putting experience to good use in Carling Cup clash, London: The Daily Telegraph Retrieved on 8 December 2008.
- Gerrard Winstanley, ElmbridgeMuseum.org.uk Retrieved on 5 December 2008.
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