Leslie Phillips CBE
Leslie Phillips CBE started his career as a child star and following a prestigious career in the military returned to the stage becoming one the UK’s most recognized stars.
From the ‘Doctor’ series through to the ‘Carry On’ films, more recently ‘Harry Potter’ and his most recent film ‘Venus’ alongside Peter O’Toole, Leslie Phillips has maintained his place in the affection of the the film going public like no other star.
Alongside his cinema fame, Leslie Phillips has had an illustrious stage career gaining the respect and attention of the public and business colleagues alike.
As our first patron, Leslie Phillips support of the Plaza has seen many personal visits to this grand art deco venue and in no little way has his support motivated and helped us sustain the dedication and hard work that has made the Plaza such a success.
Sabrina the blonde bombshell and international icon of femininity was born and brought up in Stockport, becoming one of our towns most famous exports and our favourite daughter.
During the 1950’s and 60’s Sabrinas climb to fame saw her as star of television and the silver screen with films as diverse as ‘The Belles of St Trinians’ and ‘Make Mine a Million’ whilst her glittering stage career saw her playing at the biggest theatres across the globe.
Residing now in sunny California, Sabrina still hold fond memories of Stockport and the surrounding area and has a keen interest in her home town and the Plaza which dedicates itself to live theatre, classic cinema and the training and education of our volunteers and those interested in the importance of this wonderful building of international significance.
Sir Kenneth Dodd OBE
Sir Kenneth Dodd OBE the ultimate happiness man and one of the first stars to appear on the Plaza Stage when she was saved from an uncertain future in 2000 regularly appears at the Plaza in sell out performances which continue his claim to be the King of Comedy.
Born and brought up in nearby Liverpool, Mr Dodd’s glittering career has seen him appearing on television, the stage and on vinyl with his string of recordings and as a true variety artiste makes him a perfect patron for Stockports very own 1932 Super Cinema and Variety Theatre.
Joan Bakewell – Baroness Bakewell Of Stockport
Joan Bakewell, Baroness Bakewell DBE was born and educated in Stockport and rose to prominence in the 1960s through BBC2’s Late Night Line-Up.
A renowned and respected writer and broadcaster Joan Bakewell was made a DameCommander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2008 , further endorsing her credentials as one of Britain’s foremost journalists
Outside broadcasting, she acted as an associate fellow at her alma mater in the 1990s and served as Chairman of the British Film Institute from 2000 to 2002.
In recognition of her stature as one of the UK’s most important and influential journalists Dame Joan has been appointed a champion of the elderly by the government a role which will include raising the profile of age equality issues and encouraging public debate around age discrimination laws.
In November 2010 it was announced that Dame Joan Bakewell would be awarded a life peerage, joining the Labour bench.
Dame Joan Bakewell was formally introduced to the House of Lords on January 25th 2011 as Baroness Bakewell of Stockport.
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