Hall of Fame
Bolton like many northern towns has produced its fair share of well known
celebrities, performing artists, and other famous people. Both the living
and the dead are here! Bolton has also been used as a set for film and
television, and finally a few references to other well known things that
happened in Bolton. Suggestions for additions are welcome, as are actual
birth dates. A name which
is a link has a dedicated web page, either here or external. (I am grateful
to Marian Junck for the initial information).
- Alyn Ainsworth, orchestra conductor
- Ian Aspinall, actor (Holby City BBC TV, East Is East Filmfour)
- Hylda Baker born in 1909, Albert Road, Farnworth
- Johnny Ball, childrens TV entertainer
- Sara Cox from Astley Bridge currently
on Radio 1 breakfast show
- Allen Clarke, Bolton born author of Windmill Land and many other books.
Fred Dibnah living in the Haulgh, steeplejack and
- Shirley Anne Field was raised in an orphanage in one of the villages.
Frank Finlay, born Farnworth, Bolton.
Dave Foddy, born Farnworth.
Glenn Ford's mother was born in Horwich, Bolton
- Ruth Hamilton,
writer of (so far) 13 books (4 listed bestsellers Sunday
Times) set in Bolton, born in Bolton in 1944.
Annie Haslam (Singer/Songwriter/Painter)
Jack Hylton born in Great Lever 1892, singer and band leader.
- Danny Jones, of McFly (pop group)
Peter Kay comedian
- Vernon Kay, TV presenter
- William Lassell, astronomer, discovered Ariel and Triton.
William Lever, founder of the Lever Brothers
- Nat Lofthouse OBE, born Bolton 27 August 1925 played for Bolton
Wanderers, holds the record of 30 goals in 33 games for his country,
now sits as president of Bolton Wanderers.
- (Sir) Ian McKellan (sp?) , a famous Shakespearian actor
- Bill (William) Naughton, who wrote, among other
plays/films/books ALFIE, the vehicle which served to make Michael Caine a
- Paul Nicholls of Halliwell. Started in BBC1's 'Earthfasts',
went on to 'Eastenders' as 'Joe', also in the BBC's 'City Central.' Is now
a successful film actor. One example is 'The Trench.'
Brian Pringle, Actor, Halliwell.
- Mark Radcliffe, of 'Mark and Lard' on BBC Radio One afternoons.
- Arthur Henry Rostron Captain of Carpathia which went to the aid of
Titanic saving 706, born in Astley Bridge
Robert Shaw, actor born in Westhoughton
- Bob Williamson, comedian,
- Bernard Wrigley, 'the
Bolton Bullfrog' comedian,
actor and playwright.
Gary Ryan Local vocalist, Stars in their eyes finalist
Groups and Bands
Films and Television
- The Family Way filmed in Bolton, starred John Mills and Marjorie Rhodes
- First Among Equals, the Jeffrey Archer political thriller featured
parts of the town as substitute settings for the Kremlin.
- GBH, TV series, school scenes were shot in Bolton.
- A Likely Lad, 1991 TV series was filmed at some about to be demolished
terraced properties at School Hill
- The Love Match starring Arthur Askey
- Sam, ITV TV series filmed at Barrow Bridge
Yorkshire village of Golwick starring Mark Mcmanus and Maurice Naylor
- Sing as we go, starring Gracie Fields
- Sherlock Holmes Granada TV episode called The Eligible Bachelor' used
Le Mans Crescent.
- Sleepers, the BBC2 series starring Nigel
Havers and Warren Clarke featured Le Mans Crescent covered with about seven
tons of 'snow' to give it a wintry feel for Russian limousines driving along
the road and under the arches.
- Spring and Port Wine was filmed in
Bolton in 1968.
- The 'Monty Python' team featured their famous 'Dead Parrot' sketch in
the TV series in a pet shop in Bolton, which was also referred to as Notlob
in the same sketch.
- Peter Kay's (above) series "Pheonix Nights" was filmed on location in
Bolton and surrounding areas (Farnworth, Kearsley)
Places and events
DISCLAIMER: Errors and Omissions Excepted.