Actors, a sports star and even a Victorian scientist who coined the word ‘dinosaur’ have their roots in the city of Lancaster.
Here is our tribute to 10 well-known names linked to the city.
5. Sir Richard Owen
Owen was a biologist, comparative anatomist and paleontologist. Despite being a controversial figure, he is generally considered to have been an outstanding naturalist with a remarkable gift for interpreting fossils. Owen produced a vast array of scientific work but is probably best remembered today for coining the word 'dinosaur'. Born in Lancaster in 1804, he was one of six children of a West Indian Merchant named Richard Owen. His mother, Catherine Longworth (née Parrin), was descended from Huguenots and he was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School.
6. Scott McTominay
The professional footballer plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Manchester United and the Scotland national team. Born in Lancaster, McTominay has been with the Old Trafford club since he was a youngster at Halton St Wilfrid’s Primary School.
Photo: John Walton
7. Joanna David
Best known for her television work, the actress was born in Lancaster to Davida Elizabeth (née Nesbitt) and John Almond Hacking. She is married to actor Edward Fox. Her first major television role was as Elinor Dashwood in the BBC's 1971 dramatisation of Sense and Sensibility followed a year later by War and Peace, in which she played Sonya. David's many other television appearances have included The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Foyle's War, Rumpole of the Bailey, Inspector Morse, Midsomer Murders, The Darling Buds of May and Rosemary & Thyme.
Photo: Sven Arnstein
8. Lisa Goodwin-Allen
Lisa Goodwin-Allen has led the kitchen brigade at the Michelin-starred Northcote restaurant since the age of 23. The 41-year-old is a regular face on Britain’s TV screens including as a guest on James Martin’s Saturday Morning, and on Masterchef: The Professionals and Celebrity Masterchef. Born in Lancaster, Lisa is daughter of the late Morecambe scrapyard boss Ken Allen and began her culinary career at Lancaster & Morecambe College.