Julie Walters backs Birmingham's Culture bid

By on 28/04/2010 in Culture, News

Actress, Julie Walters, has become the latest star to back Birmingham's bid to become the UK's first City of Culture in 2013.

Ms Walters said that Birmingham was a “truly deserving” winner because of its strong cultural heritage and the city's “exciting and eclectic mix of people.”

Over 30 celebrities and high profile individuals have already backed Birmingham to win the title.  Ms Walters is the latest household name to publicly back the city's campaign.

In a career spanning nearly 30 years, Ms Walters, who hails from Smethwick, has starred in almost 50 films and television series, including Dinner Ladies and the Harry Potter films. She has also enjoyed a successful stage career.

She said, “Birmingham and the West Midlands is where I am from, where I spent my youth and where my roots will always be. The people of Birmingham, and indeed the city itself, are very close to my heart. 

“I am so proud to be behind the city's bid to be the first UK City of Culture in 2013. Birmingham is at the centre of the region's artistic and cultural activities and there is always so much happening that it truly is deserving of the title.

“It is an exceptional culturally diverse city, with a young and vibrant population coupled with an exciting and eclectic mix of people.   You don't get more cultural than that. What's more, if we win, this will be a victory not just for Birmingham but for the entire Midlands region.”

Other high profile supporters of Birmingham's bid include guitarist, Tony Iommi; singer, Beverley Knight; Olympic gold medallist, Denise Lewis; Monty Python actor, Terry Jones and celebrity chef, Glyn Purnell. 

More information about the bid and the city's growing list of celebrity supporters can be obtained from www.birminghamculture.org.


Further information can be obtained from Geoff Coleman on 303 3501 or Deborah Smith on 07881 500 557.

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