Map shows famous people linked to each Greater Manchester borough

Which big names can you trace back to your hometown?

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 28th June 2021

There’s a new map that you can use to find the most famous people connected to your town or city in Greater Manchester.

Of course, Manchester’s no stranger to famous faces. We’ve given the world many. From brilliant authors like Anthony Burgess and Elizabeth Gaskell to game-changing scientists like Alan Turing, and actors like Sir Ian McKellan, we’re not short of bragging rights that’s for sure.

But now there’s a new map you can use to find the most famous person connected with your local city, town or even village. Based on the last four years’ worth of Wikipedia search data, it replaces area names with the most-searched local celeb.

Created by The Pudding, the People Map of the UK replaces towns and city names in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland with those of famous residents or people either born or connected to the place.

Famous people in Greater Manchester / Image: The Pudding

Here’s a quick breakdown of the famous faces from each borough:



Billy Duffy – Hulme 

Emmeline Pankhurst – Moss Side

Bee Gees (Brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb) – Chorlton

Bernard Manning – Ancoats

Les Dawson – Collyhurst

Martin Hannett – Miles Platting

Emmeline Pankhurst, November 1913 / Image: Levan Ramishvili

J. J. Thomson – Cheetham Hill 

Akinwale Arobieke – Crumpsall 

Anthony Burgess – Harpurhey

Johnny Marr – Ardwick

Tina O’Brien – Rusholme 

Mike Joyce – Fallowfield 

Tyson Fury – Wythenshawe

John Mahoney – Withington 

Noel Gallagher – Longsight 

Tony Carroll – Levenshulme 

Holliday Grainger – Didsbury

Liam Gallagher – Burnage

John Thaw – Gorton

Judy Finnigan – Newton Heath

Marsha Thomason – Moston 

Sir Ian McKellen at Manchester Pride 2010 / Image: Pete Birkinshaw


SIr Ian McKellan – Bolton

Jack Hylton – Great Lever 

Edwin Davies CBE – Little Lever

Peter Kay – Farnworth

Maxine Peake – Westhoughton 

Ian Ramsey – Kearsley

Sam Hart – Horwich


Frank Randle – Aspull 

Ashley Slanina-Davies – Standish 

Oliver Gildart – Hindley

Robert Trent Jones Snr – Ince-in-Makerfield 

Joe Gormley – Ashton-in-Makerfield

Katie White – Lowton 

Georgie Fame – Leigh

Eric Laithwaite – Atherton

Jeffrey Dench – Tyldesley 


Ian Curtis – Salford

Shaun Ryder – Little Hulton 

Sir Ben Kingsley – Pendlebury

David Bamber – Walkden

Peter Hook – Broughton

Chris Addison – Worsley 

Emma Lowndes – Irlam

‘Giant Haystacks’/Martin Austin Ruane – Swinton

Christopher Eccleston – Pendleton

Benedict Wong – Eccles


Ian McShane – Davyhulme 

Morrisey – Stretford

Judy Lowe – Urmston

Faye Brookes – Flixton

David Gray – Sale 

Angela Cartwright – Altrincham

Frederick Griffith – Hale

Mick Hucknall of Simply Red / Image: Simplyred Ltd


Lord Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank – Reddish

John Amaechi – Heaton Moor 

Christopher Priest – Cheadle 

Tim McInnery – Cheadle Hulme 

Sacha Dhawan – Bramhall

Claire Foy – Stockport

James Horsfield – Hazel Grove

Danny Miller – Bredbury 

Timmy Mallet – Marple

Toby Harnden – Romiley 

Mick Hucknall – Denton 


Ricky Hatton – Hyde 

Frank Hampson – Audenshaw

Howard Donald – Droylsden 

Shirley Stelfox – Dukenfield

Rob Holding – Stalybridge

Sir Geoff Hurst – Ashton-under-Lyne 

Gerard Kearns – Mossley 


Agyness Dean – Failsworth

Philip Woolas – Lees

Olivia Cooke – Oldham

Suranne Jones – Chadderton 

Annie Kenney – Saddleworth 

Jodie Conner – Shaw and Crompton



Steve Coogan – Middleton 

John Milne – Milnrow 

Anna Friel – Rochdale

Elliot Tittensor – Heywood

Chris Schofield – Wardle 

A mural of Victoria Wood by AkseP19 in Prestwich / Image: David Dixon 


Victoria Wood – Prestwich

Dodie Smith – Whitefield

Danny Boyle – Radcliffe

Gemma Atkinson – Bury 

Vicky Binns – Tottington

Sir Robert Peel – Ramsbottom