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Salfordians who reflect art and culture

Salford has probably had more than its fair share of celebrities over the years with all kinds of well known people associated with the city.

Here's a selection of our famous sons and daughters who reflect art and culture:

  • Actors include Albert Finney, Christopher Eccleston, Robert Powell, Sir Ben Kingsley, John Thompson, Joe Gladwin (Last of the Summer Wine) and various actors in Coronation Street including Alan Hallsall (Tyrone Dobbs), Nigel Pivaro (Terry Duckworth) and Samia Ghadie (Maria)
  • Artists Harold Riley and LS Lowry
  • Award-winning playwright/actor/writer of 'East is East' play and film - Ayub Khan Din
  • Broadcaster and radio DJ - Mike Sweeny
  • Classical music composer - Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Comedians Jason Manford and Caroline Aherne
  • Creator of Coronation Street - Tony Warren
  • Inventor of punk poetry - John Cooper Clarke
  • Musicians include Peter Hook of New Order fame, Elkie Brooks, Allan Clarke (The Hollies) Ewan MacColl, Graham Nash, James Fearnley (The Pogues), Mark E Smith (The Fall), Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays) Bernard Sumner (founder member of Joy Division and lead vocalist/guitarist of New Order) and The Ting Tings (Indie pop duo formed in 2007 at Islington Mill) #
  • Opera singer - Russell Watson
  • Pianist and conductor who founded the Halle orchestra - Charles Halle
  • Playwrights Harold Brighouse (best known for Hobson's choice), Shelagh Delaney (best known for A Taste of Honey) and Walter Greenwood (best known for Love on the Dole)
  • Record label owner, radio and TV presenter and Journalist - Tony Wilson
  • Theatre and TV writer and producer - Debbie Horsfield
  • Writer and director - Mike Leigh

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