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Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire

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List of famous television actors/actresses who were born in Yorkshire, with photos when available. These renowned Yorkshire 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 Yorkshire, but everyone on this list grew up in Yorkshire and considers it to be their home. This list includes Yorkshire TV actors from every type of show, including cartoons where they might have done voice over work. If you grew up in Yorkshire then you should be proud of these television actors whose birthplace is Yorkshire. Various bits of information are available for these Yorkshire 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 Judi Dench and Sean Bean.

This list answers the questions, "Which TV actors are from Yorkshire?" and "Who are the most famous Yorkshire actors?"
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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
Star Trek: The Next Generation, American Dad!, I

Birthplace: Mirfield, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Sir Patrick Stewart (born 13 July 1940) is an English actor whose work has included roles on stage, television, and film in a career spanning almost six decades. He has been nominated for ...more

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Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
Anne Frank: The Whole Story, The Adventurer, Dickens Of London

Birthplace: Snainton, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Sir Ben Kingsley (born Krishna Pandit Bhanji; 31 December 1943) is an English actor with a career spanning over 50 years. He has won an Oscar, a Grammy, a BAFTA, two Golden Globes, and a Screen ...more

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Jeremy Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
Children in Need, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, The Money Programme

Birthplace: Doncaster, England

Nationality: United Kingdom

Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born 11 April 1960) is an English broadcaster, journalist and writer who specialises in motoring. He is best known for co-presenting the motoring programmes Top ...more

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Bernard Hepton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
I, Claudius, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Birthplace: Bradford, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Francis Bernard Heptonstall (19 October 1925 – 27 July 2018) better known by the stage name Bernard Hepton, was an English theatre director and actor. Best known for his stage work and ...more
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Adrian Edmondson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
The Young Ones, Bottom, Jonathan Creek

Birthplace: Bradford, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Adrian Charles Edmondson (born 24 January 1957) is an English comedian, actor, musician and television presenter. He was part of the alternative comedy boom in the early 1980s and had roles in ...more
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James Mason is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire

Birthplace: Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

James Neville Mason (; 15 May 1909 – 27 July 1984) was an English actor. Mason achieved considerable success in British cinema before becoming one of Hollywood's biggest stars. He was the top ...more

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Timothy West is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
Bleak House, Masada, Titanic

Birthplace: Bradford, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Timothy Lancaster West, CBE (born 20 October 1934) is an English film, stage and television actor, with more than fifty years of varied work in the business. As well as many classical theatre ...more
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Peter Firth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
Spooks, Heartbeat, That's Life

Birthplace: Bradford, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Peter Macintosh Firth (born 27 October 1953) is an English actor. He is best known for his role as Sir Harry Pearce in the BBC One show Spooks; he is the only actor to have appeared in every ...more
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Zöe Lucker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
EastEnders, Footballers' Wives, HolbyBlue

Birthplace: Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Zöe Elizabeth Lucker (born 11 April 1974) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Tanya Turner in the ITV drama Footballers' Wives, Vanessa Gold in the BBC soap opera ...more
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Jessica-Jane Clement is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire

Birthplace: Sheffield, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Jessica-Jane Stafford (née Clement; born 24 February 1985) is an English actress and TV presenter who is best known for starring in the BBC programme The Real Hustle from 2006 to 2012.
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Diana Rigg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
Game of Thrones, The Avengers, Morecambe and Wise

Birthplace: Doncaster, England

Nationality: England

Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg, (born 20 July 1938) is an English actress. She played Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers (1965–68) and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones (2013–17). She has ...more

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Hugo Speer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
Bleak House, The Bachelor, Bedlam

Birthplace: England, Harrogate

Nationality: United Kingdom

Hugo Speer (born 17 March 1969) is an English actor and director.
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Dominic West is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
The Wire, The Affair, The Hour

Birthplace: Sheffield, England

Nationality: United Kingdom

Dominic Gerard Francis Eagleton West (born 15 October 1969) is an English actor, director, and musician. He is best known for playing Jimmy McNulty in The Wire (2002–2008) and Noah Solloway in ...more

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Clare Higgins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
Pride and Prejudice, The Citadel, Hideaway

Birthplace: Bradford, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Clare Frances Elizabeth Higgins (born 10 November 1955) is an English actress. Her film appearances include Hellraiser (1987), Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988), Small Faces (1996) and The Golden ...more
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Penelope Wilton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
Downton Abbey, Ever Decreasing Circles, Talking Heads

Birthplace: Scarborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Dame Penelope Alice Wilton (born 3 June 1946) is an English actress. She is known for starring opposite Richard Briers in the BBC sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles (1984–89); playing Homily in The ...more

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Christina Pickles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
Friends, St. Elsewhere, Another World

Birthplace: Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Nationality: United States of America, England

Christina Pickles (born February 17, 1935) is a British-American actress. She is known for her role as Nurse Helen Rosenthal in the NBC medical drama St. Elsewhere (1982–88), for which she ...more
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George Layton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Doctor in the House, Minder

Birthplace: Bradford, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

George Layton (born George Lowy on 2 March 1943 in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire) is an English actor, director, screenwriter and author. He was born to a family of Czechoslovak and Jewish ...more
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Andrew-Lee Potts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
Primeval, Alice, Ideal

Birthplace: Bradford, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Andrew Lee Potts (born 29 October 1979) is an English actor and director. He is best known for his role as the quirky Connor Temple on ITV's British science fiction programme Primeval and ...more
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Jim Carter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
Downton Abbey, Red Riding, Dinotopia

Birthplace: Harrogate, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

James Edward Carter, (born August 19, 1948) is an English actor. Carter's film credits include Top Secret! (1984), A Month in the Country (1987), A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia (1992), ...more
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Neil Dudgeon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
Midsomer Murders, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries, Common As Muck

Birthplace: Doncaster, England

Nationality: United Kingdom

Neil Dudgeon (born 2 January 1961) is an English actor who, since 2011, has played DCI John Barnaby in the ITV drama series Midsomer Murders. He replaced John Nettles in the lead role.
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Edward Petherbridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
The Guardians, A Dorothy L Sayers Mystery, The Brief

Birthplace: Bradford, England

Nationality: United Kingdom

Edward Petherbridge (born on 3 August 1936) is an English actor, writer and artist. Among his many roles, he portrayed Lord Peter Wimsey in the 1987 BBC television adaptations of Dorothy L. ...more
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Brian Glover is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
Porridge, Campion, Anna Lee

Birthplace: Sheffield, England

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Brian Glover (2 April 1934 – 24 July 1997) was an English character actor, writer and wrestler. Glover was a professional wrestler, teacher, and finally a film, television and stage actor. He ...more
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Jimi Mistry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
EastEnders, Coronation Street, Strike Back

Birthplace: Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England

Nationality: United Kingdom

Jimi Mistry (born 1 January 1973) is an English actor, known for appearing in numerous films such as East Is East, Blood Diamond, The Guru, 2012, West is West, Ella Enchanted and The Truth About ...more
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Basil Dignam is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
The Six Wives of Henry VIII, United!, Spindoe

Birthplace: Sheffield, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Basil Dignam (24 October 1905 – 31 January 1979) was an English character actor.Basil Dignam was born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire. He acted on film and television between 1948 and ...more
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Judy Parfitt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous TV Actors from Yorkshire
Call The Midwife, Little Dorrit, The Charmings

Birthplace: Sheffield, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Judy Catherine Claire Parfitt (born 7 November 1935) is an English theatre, film and television actress. She made her film debut in a minor supporting part in Information Received (1961), ...more