Situated in the heart of Yorkshire is the historic city of York. Although famous for heritage sites like York Minster, the city also boasts several famous people who have grown up in this historical northern city.
Although every year November 5th is celebrated in his honour, very few people know that Guy Fawkes came from York. Born in 1570 at High Petergate in York, Fawkes grew up to become one of the most famous Catholic revolutionaries in British history.
Guy Fawkes is renowned for trying to overthrow the government and monarchy by blowing up the houses of parliament. Whilst Fawkes failed in his attempts, he did gain significant fame from the event and to this day his attempts are celebrated on Bonfire Night.
Another famous celebrity to come from York is Dame Judi Dench. Judi Dench made her debut back in 1957 when she played Ophelia in the Old Vic’s production of Hamlet. Since then she has gone on to much more glamorous roles and is widely considered to be one of the greatest actresses of the 20th and 21st Century. What’s more, whilst most of her work has been focused on theatre directing, Dench has become famous in recent years for her role as M in the James Bond films.