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Famous Yorkshire Folk

Famous Yorkshire Folk

When most people think of Yorkshire it conjures up images of Yorkshire puddings, tea and the white rose, but the county is more than its food and history, what would it be without its people? 

Yorkshire is the birth place of many people who have become household names across the world, from actors to professional athletes, these people showcase the brilliance of the people of Yorkshire. 

Nicola Adams (born in Leeds, West Yorkshire)

The first female boxer to become an Olympic champion, Adams is a retired professional boxer with an undefeated record! She is also an important influential figure for the LGBTQ+ and African/African-Caribbean communities. 

Mel B (born in Leeds, West Yorkshire)

Also known as Scary Spice, Mel B was a member of the iconic Spice Girls. She has also had a successful solo career and has branched out into acting and featuring on reality shows such as The X Factor, America's Got Talent and Celebrity Juice

Corinne Bailey Rae (born in Leeds, West Yorkshire)

A Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, Corinne Bailey Rae has topped charts and composed music for film and television. 

Sean Bean (born in Handsworth, Sheffield)

Sean Bean has kept his Yorkshire accent, bringing it into major franchises, such as The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. He has an impressive range of experience under his belt including television, film and video game roles.

Alan Bennet (born in Armley, Leeds)

An actor, author, playwright, and screenwriter, he originally studied Medieval history but after teaming up with other writers and performers to create Beyond the Fringe after its success he gave up academia for writing full time and went on to write The Madness of George III and Talking Heads

Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë (born in Thornton, Bradford)

The works of these three talented sisters, Charlotte's Jane Eyre, Emily's Wuthering Heights and Anne's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, continue to have a massive impact on the literary world. Whilst reading their works it is easy to see the impact the moors, they grew up exploring, had on