This week our popular nostalgia quiz focuses on Oldham – the home of heavy industry, comedy double act Cannon and Ball and a professional football club with a proud history.

A number of Coronation Street stars, including Pat Phoenix and Barbara Knox, took to the stage with Oldham Repertory Company and actors Eric Sykes, Christopher Biggins, Anne Kirkbride, Shobna Gulati and Olivia Cooke all come from the town.

Other notable people from Oldham include presenter Nick Grimshaw, actor and entertainer Bernard Cribbins, and physicist and science educator Brian Cox.

How well do you know the famous faces of Oldham? Why not test your knowledge in our quiz and compare your score with friends.

 

Comedy duo Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball, pictured, met as welders at the Crane Fruehauf factory in Oldham. When was their first TV show broadcast on LWT?

Cannon and Ball
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Oldham actor Bernard Cribbins played which character on the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who from 2007 to 2010?

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Barbara Knox, pictured, suffered a wardrobe malfunction when her zip broke on stage at Oldham Rep in 1964. She wore a dress with buttons for the rest of the play’s run! When did she start playing popular character Rita as a full-time cast member on Coronation Street?

Barbara Mullaney
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She made a previous one-off appearance in 1964

Oldham actor Christopher Biggins won the TV show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in which year?

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What was the real name of Oldham Rep actress Pat Phoenix, who famously played firebrand Elsie Tanner on Coronation Street from 1960 to 1973 and again from 1976 to 1984?

Carl Paulsen
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Oldham actress Olivia Cooke played Becky Sharpe in which 2018 period drama distributed by ITV and Amazon Studios?

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Oldham Athletic manager Jimmy Frizzell, pictured, celebrated with the crowd after his team clinched promotion to League Division Two after thrashing Huddersfield 6-0. In what year?

Oldham v Huddersfield
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Who played Eric Sykes’ sister in the popular TV comedy series Sykes from 1972 to 1979?

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Oldham Athletic striker Ian Marshall, pictured, joined the Latics from which club for a transfer fee of £200,000 in 1988?

Everton
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Oldham Professor of Particle Physics Brian Cox played keyboards for which group? The band notched up a Number One hit with Things Can Only Get Better in 1994.

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