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Hollywood stars back Birmingham's bid to host Commonwealth Games

Mamma Mia! star Dame Julie Walters and Homeland actor David Harewood. Credit: PA Images

Stars of screen and sport are backing Birmingham's bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Hollywood stars Julie Walters, who's originally from Smethwick and David Harewood from Small Health are the latest celebrities to show their support.

Birmingham is a brilliant city, full of energy and lively people. It’s well known across the world both for sport and culture and it would be my city of choice to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

– Dame Julie Walters

I support Birmingham’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. What a diverse, beautiful, fantastic city, this will be the hub of energy here in the Midlands. We are the youngest city in Europe and it would be fantastic for the world to come to Birmingham and see what a great and vibrant place it is.

– David Harewood, MBE
Sir Mo Farah running his last British track race in Birmingham. Credit: PA Images

Over 60 top athletes have already thrown their weight behind the city hosting the games, including Sir Mo Farah, Adam Peaty and Usain Bolt.

Birmingham City Council argues that the region will be able to host a "low cost, low risk, high quality Games".

They say 95% of the competition venues are already in place and the city has a track record of delivering large international sporting events.

There are just weeks to go before a decision is made as to whether an English bid will be submitted, and if so, which city will be put forward to host.