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....
Colin Baker

Colin Baker

Colin Baker was ahead of his time when he blazed on to our TV screens as ruthless profiteer Paul Merroney in the popular Sunday evening serial The Brothers. It was the mid-1970s and five years before Margaret Thatcher and the Tory party swept to power in the 1979...
Ashton Corrie Stars

Ashton Corrie Stars

You could argue that Ashton-under-Lyne has cornered the market when it comes to Coronation Street stars. Amanda Barrie, born in Ashton, was unforgettable as Alma Sedgewick and Sean Wilson made the character of Martin Platt his own for two decades from 1985 to 2005....
The Comedians

The Comedians

In July 1971, Granada Studios launched a bold new experiment in British television. Producer Johnnie Hamp, who’d worked with the Beatles, Cilla Black and Woody Allen, invited stand-up comics from throughout the North West to record 20-minute sessions in front of a...
Manchester School of Theatre

Manchester School of Theatre

Popular presenter Matthew Kelly and Shakespearean stalwart Sir Anthony Sher have a big reason to thank a Manchester institution celebrating its 55th birthday this year. So too does Educating Rita star Julie Walters, along with celebrated actors Richard Griffiths and...