Sophia Loren, Kim Novak, Vanessa Redgrave and Vivien Leigh are just some of the major movie stars who’ve filmed in Manchester over the years.

Laurence Olivier, Franco Nero, Norman Wisdom and even Laurel and Hardy have also visited the city.

How well do you remember the big names who’ve come to town? Why not test your knowledge in our quiz and compare your score with friends?

Stars of stage and screen feature strongly in Clive Hardy’s Around Manchester books from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. They’re packed with memories and unmissable pictures from the M.E.N. archive.

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Sophia Loren was in Manchester in December 1982 to launch her perfume, fittingly called Sophia. Which film producer did Loren twice marry – in 1957 and 1966?

Italian superstar Sophia Loren at Manchester’s Piccadilly Hotel, December 1982
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James Bond movie star Honor Blackman visited Manchester in November 1965 to promote her new self-defence book. What role did she play in the popular TV series The Avengers?

Honor Blackman relaxes in her suite at Manchester’s Piccadilly Hotel, November 1965
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Vanessa Redgrave got the surprise of her life when partner Franco Nero jetted into Manchester to watch her at the premiere of Daniel Deronda at the University Theatre in January 1969. What role did Nero play in the 1967 movie Camelot?

Vanessa Redgrave enjoys a surprise reunion with Franco Nero in Manchester, January 1969
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Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh were both international superstars when they appeared in Cleopatra at Manchester’s Opera House in April 1951. In what year did Leigh feature in her signature role of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind?

Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh at the Opera House, Manchester, in April 1951
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Comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were in the twilight of their careers when they brought their UK tour to Manchester’s Palace Theatre in 1952. More than 20 years later, in 1975, their song Trail of the Lonesome Pine reached which position in the UK charts?

Laurel and Hardy on tour in Manchester in 1952
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Hollywood actress Kim Novak was forced to shelter from the Manchester rain when she visited the city on a promotional tour in June 1956. What role did she play alongside James Stewart in the Alfred Hitchcock classic movie Vertigo in 1958?

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Comedy legend Norman Wisdom starred in the stage musical The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd at Manchester’s Palace Theatre in 1964. Oddly, he was a massive hit in which country?

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Wisdom’s films were the only ones by Western actors permitted in Albania

Vanessa Redgrave ran for parliament several times for which party in the 1970s?

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Laurence Olivier played which role in the 1960 Stanley Kubrick epic Spartacus?

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Judy Garland came to Manchester in 1964 for the world premiere of Lionel Bart’s new musical Maggie May at the Palace Theatre. In what year did she play Dorothy Gale in the movie The Wizard of Oz?

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