Our popular nostalgia quiz this week focuses on much-loved Oldham actresses Lally Bowers and Dora Bryan and their place in the entertainment world of the 1960s and 70s.

Although the pair were next-door neighbours for a while, their careers were poles apart. Bowers chose drama, film and TV sitcoms, while Bryan excelled in comedies and musicals.

Bowers starred with Beryl Reid in the stage version of The Killing of Sister George in London’s West End in 1965, while Bryan played the lead in Hello Dolly from 1966 to 1968.

How well do you remember the Oldham actresses? Why not test your knowledge in our popular quiz and compare your score with friends?

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Dora Bryan won a BAFTA for her portrayal of single mother Helen in the 1961 movie A Taste of Honey. Which North West author wrote the stage play?

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Lally Bowers played Procuria in the 1971 movie Up Pompeii with comedian Frankie Howerd. What character did Howerd play in Up Pompeii?

Up Pompeii actor Frankie Howerd on stage, November 1966
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Cliff Richard was Dora Bryan’s co-star in the 1968 movie Two a Penny. What was his first UK Number One single in 1959?

Cliff Richard, right, in the movie Two a Penny with Dora Bryan, centre, June 1967
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What role did Dora Bryan play in the popular BBC TV series Last of the Summer Wine after joining the programme in 2000?

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Lally Bowers portrayed radio station executive Mercy Croft on stage in the play The Killing of Sister George. Which actress played Croft in the 1968 movie starring Beryl Reid and Susannah York?

Lally Bowers, left, with Eileen Atkins and Beryl Reid in The Killing of Sister George, June 1965
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The 1976 British musical The Slipper and the Rose retold the story of Cinderella with Lally Bowers cast as the Queen. Which actress played Cinderella?

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Along with Ashton-under-Lyne actress Amanda Barrie, Dora Bryan impersonated the Beatles in the West End play Six of One in August 1963. What role did Barrie play in Coronation Street?

Dora Bryan and Amanda Barrie, third and fourth left, as the Beatles, August 1963
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Dora Bryan made her Broadway debut in 1987 alongside Peter O’Toole in Pygmalion. O’Toole starred as T.E. Lawrence in the 1962 movie classic Lawrence of Arabia, but which North West actor turned the role down?

Peter O’Toole starred with Dora Bryan in the Broadway production of Pygmalion, November 1962
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What was Lally Bowers’ occupation before going into acting?

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Dora Bryan played the headmistress in The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery in 1966. Which future Minder star appeared as petty criminal Flash Harry?

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