5 Amazing Actors from the North-West!

This week at the National Youth Film Academy we’re all about the North-West. We want to find the creme de la crop of actors and filmmakers coming from this region. So, we thought we’d use some big names to inspire you.

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Ah, the North-West. You may have reared some of the greatest names in music (The Beatles, Oasis, The Smiths) but what about film? Well, we’ve compiled a list of five amazing actors nurtured by the North-West that will have you feeling proud of your home (even if it is the rainiest place in the UK).

1.  Sarah Lancashire

You’ll never guess where Sarah Lancashire is from… Yeah, you guessed, Lancashire! (Oldham to be precise) She’s been described as a national treasure and is most commonly known for her role in Happy Valley, Kiri and Last Tango in Halifax.

2. Ben Kingsley

Known for his role as Gandhi (in the film, Gandhi) and Itzhak Stern in Schindler’s List, Kinglsey has definitely had his fair share of pretty big roles. More recently, Kinglsey played Trevor Slattery in Iron Man 3.

Apparently, he’s Yorkshire born and bred.

3. Sir Ian McKellen

If you haven’t heard of Ian McKellen – what hobbit hole have you been living in!? But seriously, McKellen played Gandalf in the Lord of The Rings and is also known for his performance in King Lear. Funnily enough, McKellen was born in the original Shire (Lancashire!).

4. Rebecca Ryan

Born in Manchester, Rebbecca Ryan is known for her central role as the fierce but sweet-natured, Debbie in Shameless. She has also appeared in Waterloo Road and State of Play.

5. Steve Coogan

Lastly, we have none other than, Mancunian, Steve Coogan, or Alan Partridge as he’s more commonly known. Recently, Coogan had a more serious role in the film, Philomena, and back in 2002, he played Tony Wilson in the comedy/drama, 24 hour Party People.

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