Rochdale may not have the huge football stadiums or shiny arts venues that the city of Manchester does, but it still punches above its weight when it comes to producing talent in many fields.
The borough has been home to future politicians, singers and Hollywood stars over the decades. Here are nine famous folk you may not have known were born in or grew up in Rochdale.
1. Steve Coogan
Comedian, writer and actor Steve left an indelible mark as hapless Alan Partridge in the hugely popular TV series, and has since gone on to act on the big screen in films including Philomena.
2. Colin Baker
The actor played Dr Who from 1984-86 and is frequently named as fans’ favourite in the iconic role. Photo: getty
3. Sajid Javid
Born in Rochdale, the Conservative MP was the son of a taxi driver who went on to serve as Secretary of State for Health before stepping down amid the Downing Street Party Gate scandal. Credit: Getty
4. Anna Friel
Anna starred as Beth Jordache in Brookside for two years and went on to star in films Deep Water and Pushing Daisies and popular TV series, such as Marcella. Image: Getty