Actors and Directors Representing Sheffield

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You have Sheffield to thank for some of your favourite movies, TV shows, and even music videos!

Sheffield is well-known for its incredible musical heritage, with artists like Pulp, The Arctic Monkeys, Def Leppard and The Human League all originating from here. But did you know that Sheffield also boasts a number of successful actors and directors? Here’s just a few of them, and what you can watch them in...

Stephen Daldry


Stephen Daldry is best known for directing Billy Elliott (2000), The Hours (2002), The Reader (2008) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011.) He’s directed superstars like Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Julie Walters! Stephen Daldry attended the University of Sheffield, and was an apprentice at the Crucible Theatre from 1985-88. So whilst he wasn’t born here, you could say he was made here!

Dominic West


Born and raised in Sheffield, BAFTA award winner Dominic West is best known for playing Jimmy McNulty in the critically acclaimed US crime drama The Wire (2002-2008). He also played Noah in The Affair (2014-2019) and Jean Valjean in the 2018 Les Miserables BBC miniseries. You might also recognise him as Roxy’s lover Fred from the 2002 film adaptation of the musical Chicago. He now lives between London and Ireland - but we hope he hasn’t forgotten his roots!

Elizabeth Henstridge


Elizabeth Henstridge was born in Sheffield and attended both Meadowhead School and King Edward VII School in the 1990’s. She is best known for her leading role as Jemma Simmons in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D - a character she has played since 2013, appearing in over 100 episodes. She also played Abigail Folger, one of the victims of the Manson murders alongside actress Sharon Tate, in the 2016 film Wolves at the Door.

Sean Bean


Well, this one’s a bit obvious, but we couldn’t miss out Handsworth’s own Sean Bean. A renowned actor who has brought his Sheffield accent to the big screen, Sean Bean is perhaps best known for his turn as Ned Stark in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones (2011-2019), as well as playing Boromir in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003.) He’s also supported Sheffield United since childhood, and has a Blades tattoo on his shoulder!

David Slade


An alumni of Sheffield Hallam University, you’ve probably seen way more of director David Slade’s work than you realise. Not only has he directed episodes of Breaking Bad, Black Mirror, and Hannibal, but a huge range of music videos, too - working with artists like the Stereophonics, Tori Amos, Muse, and Stone Temple Pilots. He’s also the director behind Twilight: Eclipse (2010) and 30 Days of Night (2007), so he really has done a bit of everything.

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