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York-born celebrities including Dame Judi Dench celebrated

YORK has produced a ton of famous names in the entertainment, sports, and politics worlds over the years.

Here’s a look at some of them that you might have known were born in the city but others might not.


The stage and screen star was born in Heworth and was a student at Mount School, an independent Quaker secondary school in York.

She is known for her stage work, especially for numerous Shakespeare productions.

Other credits include the 1990s   sitcom As Time Goes By.

She has also  -peared in a number of roles, including as M in James Bond films alongside the famous spy, played by both Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

In 1997 she also played the role of Queen Victoria opposite Billy Connolly in the film Mrs Brown.

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The comedian was best known for his roles in a number of carry-on films and the   show Up Pompeii, which is set in ancient Rome.

His weird catchphrase included ‘Titter Ye Not!’ and ‘No woman’.

Frankie was born in York in 1917 and spent the first few years of his life on Hartoft Street, Fulford. His family moved to York because his father was a soldier and served in the city’s army, and his mother worked at the Rowntree factory.

The comedian died of heart failure in 1992 at the age of 75.

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The RADA trained actor was a student at St. George’s Catholic Secondary Modern School in York.

Although he is an accomplished stage actor, he is best known for his wide-ranging film roles.

He has  -peared on television shows such as Doctor Who, Our Friends in the North, and Midsummer Murders.

He is best known to movie fans for starring Argus Filch in all seven Harry Potter films.

Bradley also played Ray Johnson on Ricky Gervais’ hit Netflix show Afterlife.

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The legendary composer, real name John Barry Prendergast, cut his musical cloth in his home town of York.

In the 1940s he attended St. Peter’s School and was tutored in music by the Minster organist Francis Jackson

He is best known for his movie themes, including the score for 11 James Bond films between 1963 and 1987, including Goldfinger and Moonraker.

Barry also won Grammy and Academy Awards for his scores on Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa.

His astounding career was honored with an OBE for services to music in 1999.

Barry died in New York in January 2011 at the age of 77.

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Sir Vince is probably best known for being the leader of the Liberal Democrats between 2017 and 2019.

The Nunthorpe Grammar School student was also MP for Twickenham in south London between 1997 and 2015.

Between 2010 and 2015 he also served as State Secretary for Economy, Innovation and Qualifications in the coalition government.

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