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TV Actors from Sunderland

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List of famous television actors/actresses who were born in Sunderland, with photos when available. These renowned Sunderland actors and actresses are listed by popularity, so the names at the top of the list will be the most recognizable. A few of these actors may not have technically been born in Sunderland, but everyone on this list grew up in Sunderland and considers it to be their home. This list includes Sunderland TV actors from every type of show, including cartoons where they might have done voice over work. If you grew up in Sunderland then you should be proud of these television actors whose birthplace is Sunderland. Various bits of information are available for these Sunderland celebrities as well, such as what year they were born and what shows they are known for.

List is made up of many different TV actors, including Callum Keith Rennie and James Bolam.

This list answers the questions, "Which TV actors are from Sunderland?" and "Who are the most famous Sunderland actors?"


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    Callum Keith Rennie
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    Callum Keith Rennie is an English-born Canadian television and film actor. He started his career in Canadian film and television projects, where his portrayal of Stanley Raymond Kowalski in the TV series Due South was his first international success. After years acting in over ninety Canadian and ...more

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    • Acted In: Battlestar Galactica, The Killing, Californication, Due South, Tin Man, + more
    • Birthplace: England, Sunderland
    • Nationality: Canada, England
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    James Christopher Bolam, MBE is an English actor, best known for his roles as Jack Ford in When the Boat Comes In, Trevor Chaplin in The Beiderbecke Trilogy, Terry Collier in The Likely Lads and its sequel Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Roy Figgis in Only When I Laugh, Dr Arthur Gilder in Born ...more

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    • Acted In: New Tricks, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, The Likely Lads, The Beiderbecke Affair, The Beiderbecke Tapes, + more
    • Birthplace: Sunderland, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
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    Gina McKee
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    Georgina "Gina" McKee is an English actor known for her television roles in Our Friends in the North, The Lost Prince and The Forsyte Saga; her portrayal of Bella in the film Notting Hill; and her portrayal of Caterina Sforza in the Showtime series The Borgias.more

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    • Acted In: The Forsyte Saga, The Silence, The Lost Prince, Tsunami: The Aftermath, The Aftermath, + more
    • Birthplace: Peterlee, England
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, England
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    Melanie Hill is an English actress who was born in Sunderland, County Durham.more

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    • Acted In: Bread, Waterloo Road, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Crocodile Shoes, + more
    • Birthplace: Sunderland, England
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, England
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    Maurice Roeves
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    John Maurice Roëves is an English-born Scottish actor, born in Sunderland, County Durham on 19 March 1937, who moved to Scotland in 1945. His television roles include Danger UXB, The Nightmare Man, the 1984 Doctor Who serial The Caves of Androzani, Days of Our Lives, Tutti Frutti, Rab C. Nesbitt, The ...more

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    • Acted In: The Nightmare Man, Tutti Frutti, Danger UXB, Shadow of the Tower, The Shadow of the Tower
    • Birthplace: England, Sunderland
    • Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom, England
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    Robert "Rob" Rackstraw is a British voice actor well known for his various voice-over roles in the popular television series Bob the Builder, mainly the scarecrow Spud.more

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    • Acted In: Bob the Builder, The Octonauts, Watership Down, The Secret Show, The Koala Brothers, + more
    • Birthplace: Sunderland, England
    • Nationality: England
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    Berwick Kaler
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    Berwick Kaler is a British actor most famous for playing the dame in York Theatre Royal's annual pantomime, which he also writes and directs. He has been awarded the freedom of the city, and in 2002 received an honorary degree from the University of York. Having grown up in "the slums of Sunderland", ...more

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    • Acted In: Crocodile Shoes, The Worst Witch, Spender, Breeze Block, Bad Boyes
    • Birthplace: England, Sunderland
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, England
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    William Russell
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    William Russell Enoch, better known as William Russell, is an English actor, mainly known for his television work. He was born in Sunderland, County Durham. He is probably best known for the role of companion Ian Chesterton in Doctor Who, from the show's first episode in 1963 until 1965.more

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    • Acted In: Doctor Who, The Adventures of Sir Lancelot, Breaking Point (UK), Nicholas Nickleby (1957)
    • Birthplace: England, Sunderland
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, England
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    David Parfitt is a film producer and actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1998 for Shakespeare in Love. Parfitt was born in Sunderland. He was awarded a Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Sunderland in 1999. He played Peter Harrison in the sitcoms ...And Mother Makes Three ...more

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    • Acted In: ...And Mother Makes Five, ...And Mother Makes Three
    • Birthplace: Sunderland, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
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    Bob Willis
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    Robert George Dylan Willis MBE, known as Bob Willis, is an English former cricketer who played for Surrey, Warwickshire, Northern Transvaal and England. A right-handed and aggressive fast bowler with a notably long run-up, Willis spearheaded several England bowling attacks between 1971 and 1984, across ...more

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    • Birthplace: North East England, City of Sunderland, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Sunderland, + more
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, England
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    Alan Browning was an English actor. He is best remembered for portraying Alan Howard in the television series Coronation Street, a role he played from 1969 to 1973. He was married to his Coronation Street co-star Pat Phoenix from 23 December 1972, until his 1979 death from liver failure as a result of ...more

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    • Acted In: The Newcomers
    • Birthplace: Sunderland, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: England
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    Debbie Arnold
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    Debbie Arnold is a British actress and voice artist. She is best known for her work on British television, which includes portraying April Branning in soap opera EastEnders between 1995 and 1996. She is also a veteran stage actor. She is one of the top voiceover artists in the United Kingdom.more

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    • Acted In: EastEnders, The Funny Side
    • Birthplace: Sunderland, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: England
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    Christine Norden was a British actress.more

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    • Birthplace: England, Sunderland
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, England
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    Lauren Cecilia Fisher, known professionally as Lauren Laverne, is an English radio DJ, television presenter, author, singer and comedienne. She presents a radio show on BBC Radio 6 Music, and has presented television programmes including 10 O'Clock Live for Channel 4, and The Culture Show and coverage ...more

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    • Acted In: Orange Playlist, CD:UK, Transmission, Tough Guy or Chicken?, Twiggy's Frock Exchange, + more
    • Birthplace: Sunderland, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
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    Michael "Mike" Elliott, also known as Mike the Mouth, was an English stand-up comedian, actor, television presenter, radio personality and comedian. On December 23, 2014, Elliott died of esophageal cancer at age 68.more

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    • Acted In: At Last...It's Mike Elliott
    • Birthplace: Sunderland, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
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    David Wheatley was a British film and television director. His Royal College of Art graduation film was on the Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte, after his tutor Gavin Millar showed him a book on the artist. The film was screened as part of the BBC's arts' programmes Omnibus in 1979. From that ...more

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    • Birthplace: Sunderland, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
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