Manchester is one of the UK’s biggest and busiest cities in the country, attracting millions of visitors each year – and famous folk are no exception judging by these great photos we found in the archives.
Concerts, book signings and charity events are among the reasons celebs find themselves in Manchester, but the most popular reason by a mile has to be football with two of the world’s most famous clubs in the city.
Here are some of the many times famous faces have been spotted in Manchester over the years, captured in some striking and memorable pictures.
1. Tom Cruise
Actors Robert Duvall and Tom Cruise chat to a journalist before a Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in 2012 (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
2. Sir Bob Geldof
Sir Bob Geldof speaks at the Labour Party conference in Manchester in 2006. (Photo: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images)
3. Julia Roberts
Actress Julia Roberts takes off her shoe on the pitch after the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in 2016. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
4. The Beatles
The Beatles wearing fog masks before a concert in Manchester in 1965. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)