In celebration of World Theatre Day, we decided to create a list of the top 10 actors you didn’t know were born in the North West.
10. Steve Coogan
The Irish-English comedian best known for his character Alan Partridge was born in Middleton in what was Lancashire (now Greater Manchester). As well as his Partridge work, he is best known for his appearances in films like Tropic Thunder and the Night at the Museum films. He can currently be seen in This Time with Alan Partridge.
9. Tom Baker
Best known as the Fourth Doctor in Doctor Who, his era is seen by many fans as the best. Amongst his Doctor Who work, the Liverpool-born actor is best known as the narrator for the comedy series Little Britain. Most recently he released a Doctor Who novel called ‘Scratchman’ based on a script he wrote for a Doctor Who film in the 1970s.
8. David Warner
The Manchester-born actor is best known for his work in the 1970s and 1980s bringing his presence to films such as: The Omen, Tron, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and Titanic. More recently he could be seen in Mary Poppins Returns as Admiral Bloom.
7. Glenda Jackson
The two-time Academy Award winner for her performances in Women in Love and A Touch of Class was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire. In 1992 she became MP for Hampstead and Highgate. More recently she stepped down from parliament and returned to the theatre with her currently performing King Lear in the title role at the Cort Theatre in New York.
6. Peter Serafinowicz
You will most probably have seen Serafinowicz as Pete in Shaun of the Dead or in a small role in Guardians of the Galaxy. But the Liverpudlian actor has a long history of comedy work in the UK including his own show in 2007. More recently, his parody work drew much attention for his satire of Donald Trump where he uses a posh voice.
5. Jenna Coleman
Fans of ITV’s biographical drama series Victoria will know the actress but they might not know she was from Blackpool, Lancashire. She drew attention for her roles as Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale and as Clara Oswald in Doctor Who. She can currently be seen in the latest series of Victoria and, later this year, in All My Sons at the Old Vic Theatre and in Inside No. 9.
4. Ian McShane
Lovejoy star, Ian McShane is a Lancashire lad. The Blackburn-born actor, known as the titular Lovejoy and as Al Swearengen in Deadwood has a notable screen history. His career is seeing a somewhat renaissance of late with an appearance in Game of Thrones and plans for a Deadwood television film in the works. This year he is set to appear in Hellboy, Bolden and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, alongside his television work in American Gods and Deadwood.
3. Claire Foy
A familiar face for Netflix users, the star of the first two seasons of The Crown (where she played a young Queen Elizabeth II) was born in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Last year saw her reach new levels of fame with the Northern actress starring in Unsane, First Man and The Girl in the Spider’s Web.
2. Tim Curry
Dr. Frank-N-Furter is from Cheshire. The Rocky Horror Picture Show star was born in Grappenhall, Cheshire. If you’re a fan of the 1990 horror miniseries It, he played the antagonist. The original Pennywise the Dancing Clown. This year he is set to appear in a documentary about Pennywise called Pennywise: The Story of It.
1. Ian McKellen
The legendary Shakespearean actor was born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1939. Although his career started in the 1950s, his most famous work came in the early 2000s with starring roles as Magneto the malevolent mutant in X-Men, and Gandalf the wise old wizard in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This year he is set to appear in Cats, the film adaptation of the famous musical, and The Good Liar.