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

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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 ...

5. Christopher Eccleston

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 ...

6. Benedict Wong

Actor | Doctor Strange

Benedict Wong was born in 1970 in Manchester, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Doctor Strange (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and The Martian (2015).

7. Albert Finney

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 ...

8. David Threlfall

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.

9. David Schofield

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 ...

12. Pete Postlethwaite

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 ...

13. Malcolm Tierney

Actor | Braveheart

Malcolm Tierney was born on February 25, 1938 in Manchester, England. He was an actor, known for Braveheart (1995), The Saint (1997) and In the Name of the Father (1993). He was married to Andrea Schinko. He died on February 18, 2014 in the UK.

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 ...

15. Mat Nichol

Actor | Tatort

Mat Nichol is an actor, known for Tatort (1970), Zwei (2017) and Einsatz in Hamburg (2000).

16. David Warner

Actor | Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

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 ...

17. Steve Coogan

Actor | Philomena

Steve Coogan was born on October 14, 1965 in Middleton, Manchester, England as Stephen John Coogan. He is an actor and producer, known for Philomena (2013), Alan Partridge (2013) and 24 Hour Party People (2002). He was previously married to Caroline Hickman.

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 ...

23. John Henshaw

Actor | Trautmann

John Henshaw was born in 1951 in Manchester, England. He is an actor, known for The Keeper (2018), Early Doors (2003) and Looking for Eric (2009).

24. Peter Howitt

Actor | Sliding Doors

Peter Howitt was born on May 5, 1957 in Manchester, England. He is an actor and director, known for Sliding Doors (1998), Johnny English (2003) and Dangerous Parking (2007). He has been married to Lorraine since August 5, 2001.

25. Philip Bulcock

Actor | The Dark Knight

Philip Bulcock was born in 1970 in Bury, Greater Manchester, Manchester, England. He is an actor and producer, known for The Dark Knight (2008), Dark Shadows (2012) and Spectral (2016).

26. Leah Hackett

Actress | Hollyoaks

Leah Hackett was born on August 15, 1985 in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. She is an actress, known for Hollyoaks (1995), Coronation Street (1960) and Good Cop (2012).

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 ...

29. Michael Keogh

Actor | Is Anybody There?

Michael Keogh was born on June 2, 1979 in Withington, Manchester, England as Michael Damien Keogh. He is known for his work on Is Anybody There? (2008), Waterloo Road (2006) and DCI Banks (2010).

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 (...

32. Steve Murphy

Actor | Emmerdale Farm

Steve Murphy was born in 1962 in Manchester, Lancashire, England. He is an actor, known for Emmerdale (1972), Somnium Illis (2006) and 25Gs (2008).

33. Adamo Palladino

Actor | Becoming Bond

Adamo Palladino was born on January 26, 1969 in Manchester, England. He is an actor, known for Becoming Bond (2017), Friends (1994) and Lethal Weapon (2016).

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...

35. Alex Etel

Actor | Millions

Alex Etel was born on September 19, 1992 in Manchester, England as Alexander Nathan Etel. He is an actor, known for Millions (2004), The Water Horse (2007) and From Time to Time (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) ...

37. Barbara Kellerman

Actress | The Silver Chair

Barbara Kellerman was born in March 1949 in Manchester, England as Barbara Rose Kellermann. She is an actress, known for The Silver Chair (1990), The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (1988) and The Sea Wolves (1980).

38. Ben Crompton

Actor | Kill List

Ben Crompton was born in 1974 in Stockport, Greater Manchester, England. He is known for his work on Kill List (2011), 102 Dalmatians (2000) and Game of Thrones (2011). He has been married to Liv Lorent since 2008. They have two children.

39. Caroline Carver

Actress | George and the Dragon

Caroline Carver was born in 1976 in Manchester, England. She is an actress and writer, known for George and the Dragon (2004), You Me and Captain Longbridge (2008) and Jonathan Creek (1997). She has been married to Kenny Doughty since 2006.

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 ...

41. Christian Coulson

Actor | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Christian Coulson was born on October 3, 1978 in Manchester, England as Christian Peter Coulson. He is an actor, known for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), The Hours (2002) and The Forsyte Saga (2002).

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...

44. Elisabeth Shahlavi

Actress | Icharus Broken

Elisabeth Shahlavi was born on October 15, 1986 in Manchester, England. She is an actress, known for Icharus Broken (2007), Deadtime (2012) and Park '79 (2009).

45. Ellie Paskell

Actress | Waterloo Road

Ellie Paskell was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England. She is an actress, known for Waterloo Road (2006), Ashes to Ashes (2008) and Children's Ward (1989).

46. Emily Beecham

Actress | Daphne

Emily Beecham was born in May 1985 in Manchester, England. She is an actress, known for Daphne (2017), Hail, Caesar! (2016) and The Thirteenth Tale (2013).

47. Gemma Atkinson

Actress | Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

Gemma Atkinson was born on November 16, 1984 in Bury, Greater Manchester, England as Gemma Louise Atkinson. She is an actress, known for Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (2008), Hollyoaks (1995) and Hollyoaks: Let Loose (2005).

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 ...

49. Holliday Grainger

Actress | Cinderella

Holliday Grainger was born on March 27, 1988 in Didsbury, Manchester, England as Holliday Clark Grainger. She is an actress, known for Cinderella (2015), My Cousin Rachel (2017) and The Finest Hours (2016).

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.

51. Jamie Lomas

Actor | Hollyoaks

Jamie Lomas was born on April 21, 1975 in Manchester, England as James Michael Lomas. He is an actor, known for Hollyoaks (1995), The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006) and The Importance of Being Andy (2016). He was previously married to Kym Marsh.

52. Judith Shekoni

Actress | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

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 ...

53. Karl Davies

Actor | Happy Valley

Karl Davies was born on August 6, 1982 in Manchester, England. He is an actor and producer, known for Happy Valley (2014), Chernobyl (2019) and Game of Thrones (2011).

54. Lauren Drummond

Flight

Lauren Drummond was born on December 23, 1987 in Greater Manchester, England. She is known for her work on Flight (2012), The Royal (2003) and Holby City (1999).

55. Laurie Calvert

Actor | Lucid

Laurie Calvert was born on May 9, 1990 in Manchester, Greater Manchester, England as Laurie Paul Calvert. He is an actor and producer, known for Lucid (2018), Episodes (2011) and Cinderella (2015).

56. Lee Boardman

Actor | Jack the Giant Slayer

Lee Boardman was born in 1972 in Manchester, England. He is an actor, known for Jack the Giant Slayer (2013), Rome (2005) and London Boulevard (2010). He has been married to Jennifer James since May 12, 2001.

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, ...

59. Linzey Cocker

Actress | Wild Child

Linzey Cocker was born on May 19, 1987 in Eccles, Salford, Greater Manchester, England. She is an actress, known for Wild Child (2008), Waterloo Road (2006) and 4.3.2.1. (2010).

60. Lorraine Ashbourne

Actress | King Kong

Lorraine Ashbourne was born in 1961 in Manchester, England. She is an actress, known for King Kong (2005), Playing the Field (1998) and Breathe (2017). She has been married to Andy Serkis since July 22, 2002. They have three children.

61. Lyndsey Marshal

Actress | Rome

Lyndsey Marshal was born on June 16, 1978 in Manchester, England. She is an actress, known for Rome (2005), Trespass Against Us (2016) and The Hours (2002).

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...

63. Matthew McNulty

Actor | The Terror

Matthew McNulty was born on December 14, 1982 in Manchester, England as Michael Anthony McNulty. He is an actor, known for The Terror (2018), Room at the Top (2012) and Jamaica Inn (2014). He is married to Katie. They have three children.

64. Nicholas Hope

Actor | Bad Boy Bubby

Nicholas Hope was born on December 25, 1958 in Manchester, England. He is an actor and producer, known for Bad Boy Bubby (1993), Scooby-Doo (2002) and Picnic at Hanging Rock (2018).

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.

68. Philip Martin Brown

Actor | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Philip Martin Brown was born on July 9, 1956 in Manchester, England. He is an actor, known for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), The Bounty (1984) and Sleepy Hollow (1999). He is married to Elizabeth. They have two children.

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...

71. Matthew Kelly

Actor | Bleak House

Matthew Kelly was born on May 9, 1950 in Urmston, Manchester, England as David Kelly. He is known for his work on Bleak House (2005), Egypt (2005) and Agatha Christie's Marple (2004).

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 ...

74. Marlene Mc'Cohen

Actress | It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Marlene Mc'Cohen was born in Oldham, England as Marlene Nikkaran Barforough. She is an actress and producer, known for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005), Interstellar Wars (2016) and Captain Battle: Legacy War (2013).

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 ...

77. Lesley Sharp

Actress | Naked

Lesley Sharp was born on April 3, 1960 in Manchester, England as Karen Makinson. She is an actress and director, known for Naked (1993), The Full Monty (1997) and Afterlife (2005). She has been married to Nicholas Gleaves since February 1994. They have two children.

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 ...



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