Ian McShane

Ian McShane

Former Stretford Grammar School pupil Ian McShane was in good company when he learned his craft at RADA – the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Award-winning actor John Hurt was his flat-mate and international stage and screen star Anthony Hopkins was a fellow student....
Bernard Hill at 75

Bernard Hill at 75

For a Mancunian, accomplished stage, screen and TV actor Bernard Hill seems to have a strong affinity for Merseyside! It all started when he played John Lennon in Willy Russell’s musical John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre in May 1974....
Alison Steadman

Alison Steadman

A ground-breaking moment for British television took the nation by storm on the evening of Tuesday November 1st 1977. It was a drama from the BBC’s Play for Today series, which often pushed TV boundaries by giving opportunities to bold new writers. But this time,...
Tom Courtenay

Tom Courtenay

Wednesday November 7th 1962 was a big night for dancers at the Mecca Casino in Ashton-under-Lyne. A very big night indeed! For regular club-goers were joined by an international film crew and one of the most popular British movie-stars of the 1960s – Tom Courtenay. He...
Davy Jones

Davy Jones

Forty five years ago this week, a budding solo singer from Openshaw, Manchester, was waiting to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show in America. On the same programme in 1964 were a fresh-faced young band from Liverpool who were taking the music world by storm. The singer...
Merseyside Movie Actresses

Merseyside Movie Actresses

Actors and actresses have odd high points in their careers. Sometimes the most unusual roles or cameos attract the greatest public acclaim. So it was for double Oscar-winning actress Glenda Jackson, who made her name at the Royal Shakespeare Company after learning her...