Actors from Manchester, England.by Mat_Nichol | created - 03 Apr 2013 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
Actors from England's first city. In no particular order.
1. Bernard Hill
Bernard Hill was born on December 17, 1944 in Manchester, England. He is known for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and Titanic (1997). He is married to Marianne. They have one child.
2. Ben Kingsley
Actor | Sexy Beast
Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during ...
3. Ian McKellen
Widely regarded as one of greatest stage and screen actors, both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (...
4. John Mahoney
Actor | Frasier
John Mahoney was an award-winning American actor. He was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, the seventh of eight children of Margaret and Reg, a baker. His family was evacuated to the sea-side resort to avoid the Nazi bombing of their native Manchester. The Mancunian Mahoneys eventually ...
Actor | Doctor Who
Christopher Eccleston trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and first came to public attention as Derek Bentley in Let Him Have It (1991). However, it was a regular role in the television series Cracker (1993) that made him a recognizable figure in the United Kingdom. He appeared in the ...
Actor | Erin Brockovich
The son of a Lancashire bookmaker, Albert Finney came to motion pictures via the theatre. In 1956, he won a scholarship to RADA where his fellow alumni included Peter O'Toole and Alan Bates. He joined the Birmingham Repertory where he excelled in plays by William Shakespeare. A member of the Royal ...
Actor | Shameless
David Threlfall was born on October 12, 1953 in Burnage, Manchester, England. He is an actor and producer, known for Shameless (2004), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) and Hot Fuzz (2007). He has been married to Brana Bajic since 1995. They have two children.
Actor | Gladiator
David Schofield was born in 1951, in Manchester, England. He was one of ten children in a working-class family. His first acting experience was at Manchester boy's school at the age of 12. In 1967, he was accepted as student assistant stage manager at a local repertory theatre. He started on the ...
10. Ian McShane
Actor | Deadwood
From a lawless, foul-mouthed saloon owner in "Deadwood" to a tough, no-nonsense British gangster in "Sexy Beast," Ian McShane has virtually cornered the market on playing rogues, villains, and all-around badasses.
A natural at portraying complex anti-heroes and charismatic heavies, the classically ...
11. Judy Loe
Actress | Absolutely Anything
Judy Loe was born Judith Margaret Loe in Urmston, Manchester, England, to Nancy (Jones), a department store worker, and Norman Scarborough Loe, who worked in equipment business. She graduated from the University of Birmingham, England, with a BA in English and Drama.
With her husband, actor Richard ...
Actor | The Usual Suspects
Classically-trained actor Pete Postlethwaite was born Peter William Postlethwaite in 1946 and was a distinguished character actor on stage, TV and film. Growing up in Warrington, Lancashire amid middle-class surroundings, he went to college and while completing his studies developed an interest in ...
14. John Bradley
Actor | Game of Thrones
John was born as John Bradley-West in 1988. Brought up in Wythenshawe, South Manchester, he attended St Paul's High School and Loreto College, Hulme before going on to Manchester Metropolitan University from where he graduated in 2010 with a B.A. degree in acting. It was via his college website ...
16. David Warner
David Hattersley Warner was born July 29, 1941 in Manchester, England, to Ada Doreen (Hattersley) and Herbert Simon Warner. He was born out of wedlock and often accepted to be raised by each of his parents, eventually settling with his father and stepmother. His father changed jobs often and moved ...
18. Joanne Whalley
Actress | Willow
British-born actress Joanne Whalley has graced the big and small screens for decades. Known for such films as Scandal and Willow, she was a firm fixture on British TV screens including the hit series, The Singing Detective and nuclear industry drama The Edge Of Darkness, for which she received a ...
19. John Thaw
Actor | Inspector Morse
He was the working class boy from Manchester whose intensity and natural honesty made him British television's most bankable actor. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His first starring role on TV was as Sgt John Mann in Redcap (1964). His first great success, though, was as Detective...
20. Burt Kwouk
Actor | You Only Live Twice
Burt Kwouk was a British actor, he was best known for his role as Cato in the Pink Panther films, and for play Mr Ling in the third James Bond film Goldfinger.
Kwouk was born in Warrington, but was brought up in Shanghai. He made his film debut in the 1957 film Windom's Way. In Goldfinger (1964) he ...
21. Davy Jones
Actor | The Monkees
Davy Jones left home to become a jockey. While he was an apprentice, he was encouraged to go into acting and got a role in a production of "Peter Pan". From there, he played on Coronation Street (1960) and The Pickwick Papers (1952) before landing the role of "The Artful Dodger" in "Oliver!". This ...
22. Robert Donat
Actor | The 39 Steps
Robert Donat's pleasant voice and somewhat neutral English accent were carefully honed as a boy because he had a stammer and took elocution lessons starting at age 11 to overcome the impediment. It was not too surprising that freedom from such a vocal embarrassment was encouragement to act. His ...
27. Simon Longmore
Actor | Freddy Got Fingered
Simon Longmore was born in Great Britain but raised mostly in Vancouver, BC, Canada. In the late 1970s his family relocated to Alberta, then back to B.C. after a couple of years. During his teens Simon found refuge in acting. Having a rebellious and devil-may-care nature he followed the family ...
28. Marcquelle Ward
Actor | Banana
Marcquelle was born in Manchester to both mother and father Angella Caton - Greasley and Kevin Ward. The middle child out of four, three sisters (Marsha, Bhrianna and Ebony). With a half Indian gran-dad and both grans of West Indian decent ( Grenada , St Kitts and Nevis) and a Business finance ...
30. Sean Cernow
Actor | 24 Hour Party People
Sean Cernow was born on June 3rd 1977 in Oldham. In 1993 he attended Oldham's Higginshaw School of Performing Arts before going onto study theatre at Tameside College of Performing Arts in Ashton and the North West College of London. In 1998 he enrolled on Salford University's Media Performance ...
31. Greg Kelly
Actor | Occupation
Greg has been professionally acting in television since 2005, when he landed his first TV role in Hollyoaks (1995), playing eco-warrior Freddie Watson. Since then he has continued working in TV, in programs such as Waterloo Road (2006), Coronation Street (1960), Emmerdale (1972), Young Dracula (...
34. Afshan Azad
Actress | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Afshan Azad, who is of Bangladeshi descendant, was born on February 12, 1988 in Manchester, England. She is an actress who is mostly known for her play in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009...
36. Andrew Knott
Actor | The Secret Garden
Andrew Knott was born on the 22nd of November 1979 in Salford, Manchester. He started acting at a young age appearing in various British TV and radio programs. Throughout his younger years he trained at The Oldham Theater Workshop. His first big screen appearance was in The Secret Garden (1993) ...
40. Chris Addison
Actor | The Thick of It
Born in Cardiff, Chris Addison grew up in Manchester where he attended the Manchester Grammar School before going on to study at the University of Birmingham. Following his graduation in 1994, he put ambitions to direct theatre on hold and "drifted into stand-up comedy" which became his full-time ...
42. David Bamber
Actor | Valkyrie
David Bamber was born on September 19, 1954 in Manchester, Lancashire, England as David James Bamber. He is an actor, known for Valkyrie (2008), The Bourne Identity (2002) and Miss Potter (2006). He has been married to Julia Swift since July 1982. They have two children.
43. Don Knight
Actor | Swamp Thing
Don Knight studied for the Ordained Ministry in Montreal, Canada and Washington D.C.. With his young family, he moved to California in 1965. While pursuing his acting career, he continued to serve churches. Don was the proud father of two (daughter and son) from his first marriage. He is best known...
48. Helen Flanagan
Actress | Coronation Street
Helen Flanagan was born in 1989, in Bury, Greater Manchester. She started taking drama lessons from the age of 5 at Carol Godbys Theatre Workshop in Bury. She was in numerous adverts, before landing the part of Rosie Webster Coronation Street, in 2000. She expressed a great passion and talent for ...
50. James Murray
Actor | Cucumber
James Murray was born on January 22, 1975 in Manchester, Greater Manchester, England. He is an actor and director, known for Cucumber (2015), 6 Underground (2019) and Defiance (2013). He has been married to Sarah Parish since December 15, 2007. They have two children.
52. Judith Shekoni
Judith Shekoni was brought up in Manchester, England. Relocating to London at 18 she modelled around the world before gaining her break into acting via the popular BBC TV show Casualty.
Working in the UK including Eastenders (BBC) and gritty Hallmark drama The Hidden City, Judiths' acting career ...
57. Lesley Nicol
Actress | Downton Abbey
Born in 1953, to a mother who had worked in television, Lesley Nicol was a shy 16-year-old at St. Elphin's Boarding School in Derbyshire when she expressed a desire to go out and see the world - not, she recalls, to be an actress but to kiss boys. She went to a technical college in Manchester to ...
58. Linus Roache
Actor | Mandy
Linus Roache began his acting career with a two-week appearance as a young Barlow on Coronation Street (1960) at the age of 11. He also played a boy with the bubonic plague in The Onedin Line (1971). He spent much of the next two decades on stage. In 1986 he had brief appearances in a few films, ...
62. Marsha Thomason
Actress | White Collar
Marsha Thomason was born and raised in Manchester, England. Her love for acting began after watching the musical "Bugsy Malone". Soon after, aged 12, she joined Oldham Theatre Workshop, where she performed many diverse stage plays, including "Our Day Out" by Willy Russell and "Peace" by Aristophanes...
65. Nico Mirallegro
Actor | Hollyoaks
Nico Mirallegro was born in Manchester, England, to an Italian father and Anglo-Irish mother. He attended The Manchester school of Acting for 3 years. He is best known for his roles in The Village, My Mad Fat Diary, Common and the recent British film Spike Island. Nico was selected in the 2012 ...
66. Olivia Cooke
Actress | Ready Player One
Olivia Cooke was born and raised in Oldham, a former textile manufacturing town in Greater Manchester, North West England. She comes from a family of non-actors; her father, John, is a retired police officer, and her mother is a sales representative. Cooke attended Royton and Crompton Secondary ...
67. Paul Ronan
Actor | The Devil's Own
Paul Ronan was born on March 21, 1965 in Manchester, England as Paul Anthony Ronan. He is an actor and producer, known for The Devil's Own (1997), How I Live Now (2013) and Rebel Heart (2001). He has been married to Monica Ronan since 1992. They have one child.
69. Raoul Bhaneja
Actor | Miss Sloane
A British-born Indo/Irish Canadian, Raoul has worked extensively on screen and on stage since his graduation from the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada in 1996. A classically trained actor his first feature film was Extraordinary Visitor (Toronto International Film Festival 1998) in the...
72. Ronald Fraser
Actor | The Misfit
Ronald Fraser, the British movie and television character actor, was born on April 11, 1930 in Ashton-under-Lyme, England. He began his professional acting career in 1954 and began appearing in small roles in movies and television in 1957. His first major movie credit was as a soldier, Lance ...
73. Victoria Wood
Writer | Dinnerladies
From the mid-1980s right up until her premature death in April 2016, Victoria Wood's appearances on stage and television were always eagerly anticipated, whether it was laugh-a-minute stand-up, a beautifully judged dramatic performance in the TV film Housewife, 49 (2006) or the canteen sitcom ...
75. Agyness Deyn
Actress | Clash of the Titans
Agyness Deyn was born on February 16, 1983 in Littleborough, Manchester, UK as Laura Hollins. She is an actress, known for Clash of the Titans (2010), Sunset Song (2015) and Hail, Caesar! (2016). She has been married to Joel McAndrew since August 28, 2016. She was previously married to Giovanni ...
76. Stephen Lord
Actor | Mrs Lowry & Son
Stephen trained at Salford College of Music and Drama and graduated with the highest Grade A Distinction.
Stephen's love affair for film and TV soon began with his debut role in Cannes winner, Raining Stones (1993), a Ken Loach film and then the lead as"Jonno Fox" in the award-winning "Common As ...
78. Harry H. Corbett
Actor | Carry On Screaming!
Harry H Corbett (he added the "H" to avoid being confused with Sooty's friend) was born in Burma in 1925. His father was an officer in the army. His mother died when he was very young and he moved to England as a child and was brought up in Manchester by an aunt.
After his war service, he joined a ...
79. Suranne Jones
Actress | Doctor Foster
Suranne Jones was born on August 27, 1978 in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England as Sarah Anne Jones. She is an actress and writer, known for Doctor Foster (2015), Coronation Street (1960) and Scott & Bailey (2011). She has been married to Laurence Akers since August 4, 2015. They have one ...