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 August 29

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Not only is Lancashire the best place to live in the UK, but it is also known as home to an impressive number of celebrities.

Not counting the exceptional list of reality stars and internet creators to be bred out of the red rose county, there are 10 big name celebrities who call Lancashire home.

And what? You might think, what’s that got to do with anything?

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Lancashire’s celebrity stamps prove its a hotspot for building talent, adding to the endless list of reasons we already had proving it the best place to live in the UK.

Welcome to our very comprehensive guide to the celebrities that call Lancashire home.

Tyson Fury

So he might be fond of a quick trip to the casino, but Tyson Fury, our Gypsy King, is the first to let the world know he calls Lancashire home.

He loves a walk down Morecambe Bay and has lived in Morecambe since 2011. His face is even seen on electrical boxes on the main roads.

If you didn’t know he lived in the area, I’d be surprised. He even loves a trip to Lancaster’s Crafty Scholar.

Jordan North

Jordan North presenting BBC's Radio 1 live from Turf Moor

Jordan North presenting BBC’s Radio 1 live from Turf Moor

Happy place, happy place, Turf Moor.

Jordan North did not only provide every single ounce of entertainment on last year’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here – he headed into the castle to let everyone know that Burnley, Lancashire is the place to be.

Specifically, Burnley Football Club’s home pitch, Turf Moor.

Since then, Jordan North has returned to Blackpool to share his love of the Fylde Coast with his thousands of Instagram followers, showing his fellow southern radio presenters exactly what they’ve missed out on down the other end of the country: £1 burgers and world-changing piers.

Sir Ian McKellen

Third on our native list is Sir Ian McKellen. Born in 1939 in Burnley, Ian McKellen is best known for his role as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Like Gandalf once said, “it is the everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay.”

That’s why Sir Ian McKellen has a blue heritage site plaque outside the place he was born, to keep the darkness at bay.

Everyone loves Ian McKellen, he’s been in everything from X-Men, Beauty and the Beast to the memorable 2019 re-make of Cats. He’s one of Lancashire’s finest.

Jenna Coleman

Jenna Coleman is best known for her role as Queen Victoria in the ITV series, Victoria. But when it comes to her regal roots, the crown falls on Blackpool.

Jenna Coleman was born in Blackpool in 1986 where she attended Blackpool’s Arnold School and played an active role in the regional theatre company In Yer Space.

Jenna’s professional career began on Emmerdale where she played Jasmine Thomas in 2005. She later joined Waterloo Road in 2009 before her big break in 2012 in Doctor Who, where she played the companion of the Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith.

Nick Park

Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Chicken Run. Preston’s Nick Park is the genius behind all the greatest animations you’ve seen on screen.

The Prestonian had a keen interest in drawing cartoons from a young age and went on to study at Preston’s College.

Preston College even named their library the Nick Park Library Learning Centre.

Nick won an Oscar in 1990, and bagged his second one for his film Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit which was released in 2005.

He’s got four Academy Awards, six BAFTAs and a gold Blue Peter Badge.

Ranvir Singh

The Good Morning Britain host and former Strictly Come Dancing star, Ranvir Singh, is known for her down to earth moments on TV.

Ranvir was born in Preston and went on to study at Lancaster University.

Ranvir’s time on Strictly has even whirred up a dedicated following for the Preston-born presenter with fans constantly praising the presenter for her humble anecdotes and charming humour.

Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff, also known as Freddie Flintoff, is a TV and Radio presenter from Preston, probably more well known for his position as an international cricketer.

Freddie first represented Lancashire at an under 11s level before making his way to play for Lancashire Cricket Club.

He’s known as a sporting hero but is also proud of his red rose heritage, becoming a Lancashire Ambassador in 2019.

Zoe Ball

Radio and TV Presenter Zoe Ball hosted Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two and also greets listeners on her morning breakfast show on Radio 2.

Zoe was born in Blackpool in 1970, before moving to Farnham Common in Buckinghamshire.

Her move out of the county doesn’t prove Lancashire isn’t the best county though – in fact, Zoe Ball sat down with the Lancashire Hotpots in 2019. Lancashire life will never escape you, even if you leave.

Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemberton

Actor Steve Pemberton is best known for his work in the League of Gentlemen. But he’s also a Chorley original.

He attended Saint Michaels Church of England High School, before going on to win a BAFTA for Inside No.9 in 2019. He’s funny, he’s charming, he’s well acclaimed – sounds like Lancashire to me.

Jon Richardson

When Jon Richardson isn’t telling grumpy-toned jokes on TV, he can be found on the zipwire on Williamson Park.

Jon is known for his appearances on 8 Out of 10 Cats and also does 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. He is the presenter of Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier and also featured with his wife in Meet the Richardsons.

He is Lancaster born and raised, having attended Ryelands Primary School and Lancaster Royal Grammar School.

This impressive list of Lancashire’s most famous shows one thing: the red rose county bleeds national, and even global, talent.

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