For many the Black Country is all about the people and its character. One of its most famous faces is Lenny Henry who was born in Dudley in 1958 to Jamaican immigrants.
Henry started working on the controversial "Black and White Minstrel Show" before earning his big break as an impressionist on the talent show "New Faces."
He is also well known for his time on ITV's Tiswas where he developed some of his celebrity impressions of people like David Bellamy and newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald.
Last October he was back in his home town to receive the Freedom of the Borough.
He was presented with the award at a special ceremony at the Town Hall for his 'outstanding contribution to charity' and 'services to entertainment'.
Another well-known face is multi award-winning recording artist Beverly Knight from Wolverhampton who has just finished playing the role of Oscar-nominated superstar Rachel Marron in the West End Musical The Bodyguard.
One of Walsall's most famous sons is Noddy Holder, the former frontman of 70s glam-rock band 'Slade' who was born in the Caldmore area.
He recently received the Freedom of the Borough in a ceremony watched by hundreds of family, friends, and of course fans.
Football manager and former football star Sam Allardyce was born in Ash Green in Dudley.
As a player, he made over 400 appearances for a string of teams. In 2011 he became manager of West Ham Utd.
Julie Walters grew up in Bearwood, Smethwick near Lightwoods park.
After initially training as a nurse she went on to study English and drama becoming one of the country's most successful actresses.
She has won two Bafta film awards, four Bafta TV awards and earlier this year was awarded the Bafta Fellowship.