During the 1970s and 80s, Manchester School of Theatre earned an international reputation for training budding performers and actors. Local stars who studied there include David Threlfall, born in Crumpsall, Coronation Street’s Kevin Kennedy from Wythenshawe and Steve Coogan, born in Middleton. In addition, Julie Walters, Sir Anthony Sher, Bernard Hill, presenter Matthew Kelly and Cold Feet veteran John Thompson are all graduates.

How well do you remember them? Why not test your knowledge in our weekly quiz and share your score with friends?

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Blackley-born actor Bernard Hill played which role in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movie trilogy?

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Shakespearean actor Sir Anthony Sher, pictured, played Beatle Ringo Starr in Willy Russell’s 1974 musical John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert – with Bernard Hill as John Lennon. Which well-known artist was the show’s singer and pianist?

Bernard Hill
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Celebrated actor Richard Griffiths, Bernard Hill’s classmate at Manchester School of Theatre, played which character in the Harry Potter films?

Richard Griffiths
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David Threlfall went on to play Frank Gallagher in the Channel 4 series Shameless after graduating from the theatre school. Which character did he portray in the 2007 movie Elizabeth: The Golden Age?

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Which of these TV shows did actor and presenter Matthew Kelly not host?

Matthew Kelly
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Julie Walters met her future comedy co-star Victoria Wood when she was in Manchester. She studied at the theatre school after working as a nurse for 18 months. Who played Walters’ tutor Frank Bryant in the 1983 film Educating Rita?

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Kevin Kennedy played Curly Watts in Coronation Street for 20 years after attending St Paul’s Catholic High School and Manchester School of Theatre. Who played his wife on the Street - barmaid and model Racquel Wolstenhulme?

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Born in Prestwich and brought up in Bury, Victoria Wood made her first TV appearance on what talent show in 1974?

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Actress Amanda Burton studied at the theatre school before playing lead roles in the BBC crime drama Silent Witness and the school series Waterloo Road. In which soap did she portray the character Heather Black?

Amanda Burton
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What was the name of the jazz club host Salford actor John Thomson played from 1994 to 2001 in the BBC sketch series The Fast Show?

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