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Yorkshire stars photographed for Le Tour exhibition

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Image caption Boxer Nicola Adams was photographed at a Bradford gym

Judi Dench and Patrick Stewart are two of the celebrities whose pictures have gone on display in a series of photographic portraits of Yorkshire stars.

Featured stars also include gold medal-winning Olympic boxer Nicola Adams and Paralympic star Hannah Cockcroft.

The pictures were taken at places within the county special to them.

In all 35 Yorkshire stars took part in the project.

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Image caption Yorkshire-born globetrotter Michael Palin is still at home in the county

The exhibition is called Yorkshire Made Me and it took three years to photograph all the stars.

Photographers Jennifer Robertson and Lynne Fletcher wrote personal letters to each subject asking them to take part.

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Image caption Hannah Cockroft from Halifax is a Paralympic gold medal winner

Each sitter was asked if they could choose a Yorkshire landscape, a place that represented Yorkshire to them, or a place of special meaning where they felt at home.

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Image caption "I am unbelievably proud to be Yorkshire-born and to be included in this wonderful collection", Judi Dench said

The exhibition celebrates the county's talent in the lead up to the Tour de France Grand D├ępart 2014 and is part of the Yorkshire Festival Fringe.

The exhibition includes a portrait of Brian Robinson, born in Huddersfield, who was the first Briton to win a stage of the Tour de France, in 1958.

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Image caption Patrick Stewart comes from Mirfield near Huddersfield

Helen Pheby, of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, said: "The Tour de France departing from Yorkshire this year gives us a chance to celebrate the great talent that the region has produced."

The Yorkshire Made Me series is made up of portraits of Nicola Adams, Dickie Bird, Brian Blessed, David Blunkett, Baroness Betty Boothroyd, Geoff Boycott, Jim Carter, Hannah Cockroft, Kiki Dee, Dame Judi Dench, Mel Dyke, Professor Joann Fletcher, Lesley Garrett, John Godber, Liz Green, William Hague, Joanne Harris, Simon Hirst, David Hockney, Sir Bernard Ingham, Lady Emma Ingilby, Maureen Lipman, Kay Mellor, Dame Jenni Murray, Michael Palin, Sir Michael Parkinson, Duncan Preston, Brian Robinson, Luke Robinson, Barrie Rutter, Dr. Helen Sharman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Hayley Taylor, Sally Wainwright and Dr. Joe Willoughby.

Yorkshire Made Me is on display at the sculpture park until 1 June 2014.

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