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.

Dawn Acton, also born in Ashton, played the young Tracy Barlow for 11 years from 1988 to 1989 before the role was taken by Salford actress Kate Ford.

On top of that, the brilliant Bill Tarmey, who was born in Ardwick but lived in Ashton, portrayed Jack Duckworth to perfection from 1981 to 2010.

Amanda Barrie

Ashton-under-Lyne actress Amanda Barrie as Alma Sedgewick in Coronation Street, January 1992

Roy Barraclough, who played Rovers Return landlord Alec Gilroy alongside Bury actress Julie Goodyear as Bet Lynch, was also an Ashton resident.

Philip Lowrie, who appeared as Dennis Tanner from 1960 to 1968 and returned from 2011 to 2014, was born in Ashton in June1936.

And to bring the story right up to date, Ashton-born Sue Devaney has just returned to our screens in the role of Debbie Webster, the sister of garage proprietor Kevin.

Devaney made her Coronation Street debut in June 1984 and then returned last year with news of a £200,000 legacy which she shared with her brother and his children.

Bill Tarmey

Bill Tarmey played Jack Duckworth in Coronation Street, July 2001

In addition to the Street stars, Ashton can boast a host of other celebrities including actor Ronald Fraser, presenter Melanie Sykes, and Last of the Summer Wine and Porridge actor Brian Wilde.

Amanda Barrie was already an established film and TV personality when she first played caterer Alma Sedgewick on the Street in 1981.

Born in September 1935, her first job was dancing at London’s Windsor Club with Danny La Rue and Barbara Windsor before appearing in Babes in the Wood in the West End in 1961.

Her film career took off when she appeared in two Carry On movies – Carry on Cabby in 1963 and Carry On Cleo in 1964 where she played the title role of Cleopatra.

Julie Goodyear and Roy Barraclough

Roy Barraclough and Julie Goodyear share a tandem outside the Rovers, February 1990

The movie is widely regarded as one of the best in the Carry On series, with Barrie making a perfect foil for Sid James as Mark Antony and Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar.

Barrie appeared in a number of TV shows in the 1960s and 70s. Our photo shows her rehearsing for the 1963 Rediffusion TV programme Don’t Say a Word – the forerunner of the popular ITV series Gives Us a Clue.

Don’t Say a Word was based on the parlour game charades and featured Glen Mason, compere Ronan O’Casey and Una Stubbs who went on to become a team captain on Give Us a Clue.

Barrie revealed that she only landed a permanent role on Coronation Street thanks to the tenacity of her mother. She bombarded producer Bill Podmore with calls, pretending to be different viewers!

Sue Devaney

Sue Devaney as Debbie Webster in Coronation Street, June 1984

Les Dawson

Manchester comic genius Les Dawson, January 1986

Once she had arrived, Barrie’s character was involved in a famous love triangle with factory owner Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs) and ex-teacher Ken Barlow (William Roache).

Roy Barraclough was a regular on the Street from 1986 to 1992 and again from 1996 to December 1998. As Rovers’ landlord Alec Gilroy, he was best known for his volatile marriage to landlady Bet Lynch.

There were some humorous moments too – particularly when Jack and Vera Duckworth, the latter played by Liz Dawn, ran into financial problems allowing former landlord Alec to snatch the pub back from them.

The Duckworths barricaded themselves in and refused to come out, being supplied with food and drink from a ladder to the upstairs window!

Amanda Barrie

Amanda Barrie, left, and Una Stubbs in the TV panel game Don’t Say a Word, June 1963

Sean Wilson

Sean Wilson portrayed Coronation Street character Martin Platt, November 2005

Bill Tarmey and Liz Dawn were one of the Street’s must celebrated couples, taking over the comic mantle of Stan and Hilda Ogden – exquisitely played by Bernard Youens and Jean Alexander.

Outside Coronation Street, Roy Barraclough was an accomplished stage performer and comedian. One of his most famous routines was the Cissie and Ada double act he perfected with Collyhurst comic genius Les Dawson.

Sean Wilson’s Street character Martin Platt married Gail Tilsley and was the father of current regular David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd). He adopted Gail’s children Sarah (Tina O’Brien) and Nick (Ben Price).

Dawn Acton attended Stamford High School in Ashton and trained at the Oldham Theatre Workshop. She was only 11 when she started playing Tracy Barlow and stayed in the role until she was 22.

Dawn Acton

Dawn Acton was Tracy Barlow in Coronation Street from the age of 11 to 22, January 2015