WE all know that the likes of Zayn Malik and Dynamo fly the flag for celebrities from the Bradford district, and if I put them in this list I would be accused of ‘lazy journalism’, so here is a list of famous faces who you might not know hailed from here.

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The comedian has a rich and varied CV under his belt, having worked on Bottom to Star Wars and everything in between.

The Bradford-born star returned to his roots when he officially opened the library in Thackley Primary School in December 2017.

He praised the school for opening such a facility in a time when tightening budgets across the country meant many libraries were closing.

During his visit to the school he read the children excerpts from his book, Tilly and the Time Machine.

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Most famous for being Tony Blair’s spin doctor during his time as Prime Minister, the Keighley-born former journalist has never been short of controversy.

Indeed, Campbell hit the headlines last week when Labour leadership frontrunner Sir Keir Starmer has suggested he would welcome him back into the party.

Sir Keir said Mr Campbell, who was expelled last year after he admitted voting for the Liberal Democrats in the European elections, had made a “huge contribution” to Labour.

He is also most noted for his love of Burnley FC.

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He was most famous for being the first face on Channel Four in 1982, while presenting popular quiz Countdown.

Mr Whiteley was born into a Bradford mill-owning family, Thomas Whiteley & Sons Eccleshill, grew up in Baildon and lived in Ilkley. He died in June 2005 aged 61, following a heart operation.

He received a posthumous honour in his hometown when Richard Whiteley Drive was opened.

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Born in Bradford, he worked as an office furniture salesman and recording technician before becoming an assistant stage manager at the Wimbledon Theatre in 1956. He became renowned for his stage performances in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Last year, the 85-year-old played Private Godfrey in Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes, a recreation of three missing episodes of the BBC comedy Dad's Army.

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Known as the ‘Clown Prince of Soccer’, the Bradford-born inside forward spent his teenage years before World War II with Bradford (Park Avenue), Kippax United, Arsenal, Enfield, and London Paper Mills, before he turned professional at Avenue in 1940.

Shackleton spent the war assembling aircraft radios and playing for Bradford PA, and was sold on to Second Division rivals Newcastle United for a £13,000 fee in October 1946.

He scored 26 times in 57 appearances for Newcastle between 1946 and 1948 and scored 97 goals in 320 appearances for arch rivals Sunderland from 1948 to 1957.

He won five caps for England, scoring once.

He retired due to an ankle injury in 1957, and became a sports journalist. He died, aged 78, in November 2000.

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The Bradford-born singer, most famous for her 1992 number one ‘Sleeping Satellite’, attended Grange Upper School and, after graduating, first worked as a sewing machine operator.

She attended Bradford College in 1980 to study typing, and then became a clerk at Leeds Magistrates' Court.

Her pop career saw her claimed the Best New Artist prize at the 1993 Brit Awards. She picked up the honour from rock star Lenny Kravitz and Crystal Maze host Richard O’Brien.

Also at the 1993 ceremony, Archer was nominated for Best British Video and Best British Female Solo Artist.

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He is most famous for his role as MI5 chief Harry Pearce in spy drama Spooks.

Firth also starred in Spooks: The Greater Good, alongside Game of Thrones heart-throb Kit Harington.

Born in Bradford, Firth was a child actor in the 1970s, starring in TV shows such as Here Come the Double Deckers.

As a teenager he starred in a National Theatre production of Equus, in London and on Broadway.

He has appeared in TV dramas such as Rome, American drama Law and Order and the 2011 re-make of South Riding, filmed in Bradford, and his films include Letter to Brezhnev, The Hunt for Red October and Roman Polanski's Tess.

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He is from the new breed of celebrities, with two million Instagram followers and 500,000 Youtube subscribers.

The 25-year-old who lives in Los Angeles, but he was born and raised in Bradford.

He attended Titus Salt School in Baildon between the ages of 11 and 18 and his mum teaches at Immanuel College in Idle, where Nick surprised students with a visit in December 2017.

He is widely reported to have a net worth of $1.6m and he featured in the music video “It’s Everyday Bro”, with his fellow global Youtube stars Team 10.

That video went platinum and has been viewed 230 million times on YouTube.

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Known as Pauline Matthews when she grew up in Little Horton, Kiki Dee shot to world fame when she joined Elton John on the 1976 smash hit ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’.

Before she made her name, she worked at Boots in Bradford at age 16 during the day, in the evenings she sang songs with a dance band in Leeds.

She has gone on to have a hugely successful single career throughout the decades.

She released her 21st album, Gold, last year.