BRADFORD has provided the backdrop for countless films over the years, from period dramas to classic comedies.

Stars including Richard Gere, John Cleese and Colin Firth are just some of the huge names who have been on-set in the district.

Here is a look back at just some of the movies which have been filmed in Bradford.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Yanks – 1979

The drama starring Richard Gere and Vanessa Redgrave is set during the Second World War in Northern England.

The film depicts the relationships between American soldiers stationed in semi-rural England and the local population during the build-up to Operation Overlord in 1944. In particular, three romances between US service personnel and local women.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Monty Python’s Meaning of Life – 1983

Footage from the funny men’s movie was filmed in Lister Park. The grounds of Cartwright Hall was used as a location for the dancing nurses singing ‘Every Sperm Is Sacred’.

It was the last film to feature all six Python members before Graham Chapman's death in 1989.

The film returned to the sketch format made famous by their 1970s TV sketch show.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

East Is East – 1999

This British comedy-drama film is set in Salford, in 1971, in a mixed-ethnicity British household headed by Pakistani father George (Om Puri, pictured above) and an English mother, Ella (Linda Bassett).

Oak Lane is shown in film when the family visit Bradford.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Downton Abbey - 2019

Scenes for the movie were filmed in Bradford’s historic Little Germany.

Burnett Street was closed to traffic and lighting was visible on adjoining Cater Street, blocked to the public.

No spoilers, but Little Germany could be clearly seen as the backdrop for a scene at an underground bar.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Official Secrets - 2019

The film, the cast of which included Kiera Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith, Indira Varma and Tamsin Greig – tells the true story of British Intelligence whistle-blower Katharine Gun who, during the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, leaked a top secret National Security Agency memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council.

It was filmed at City Hall, Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and Shipley.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Funny Cow - 2017

Funny Cow, starring Maxine Peake as a stand-up comic in a male-dominated industry in 1970s clubland, was shot at locations including Bradford Playhouse, the Midland Hotel, a house on Saltaire's Mary Street and a cafe in Bradford's Oastler market.

In an early flashback scene, a group of children race through a 1950s Saltaire backstreet.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Rita, Sue and Bob Too - 1987

Originally a play written by the late Andrea Dunbar when she was a teenager and it reflected her own life growing up on a Bradford council estate.

It became a hit film in 1987 with Siobhan Finneran and Michelle Holmes, two young actresses who went on to TV fame in Coronation Street, Clocking Off, Benidorm, Downton Abbey and Goodnight Sweetheart.

Rita, Sue and Bob Too was filmed at locations including Bradford’s Buttershaw estate and the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

King's Speech - 2011

Partly filmed at the Bradford Bulls stadium in Odsal, The King’s Speech is about the unorthodox relationship between England’s reluctant king, King George VI – the father of Queen Elizabeth – and an irreverent Australian speech therapist.

It stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon.