Edinburgh Festival 2011: The Famous Faces At Edinburgh's Art, TV And Fringe Festivals This Year

PHOTOS: Stars Turn Out For Edinburgh Festival 2011

Flyers, posters and tourists will transform the city of Edinburgh this month, as people from all over the world come to see the comedy, art, theatre, music and street performances on offer at the Scottish capital's three festivals.

Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the International Television Festival all take place this month. The Fringe alone will see 2,542 shows, squeezed into 258 venues across the city over the next three weeks. And organisers are hoping to top last year's record of 1.83 million tickets sold.

The Fringe - probably the most famous of Edinburgh’s festivals - has, in the past, launched the careers of some of our beloved comedians - including the Monty Python team, Billy Connolly, Rowan Atkinson, Eddie Izzard, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais and Tim Minchin.

With thousands of acts to see and things to do in Edinburgh’s busiest month of the year, we’ve picked out some famous faces at this year’s festival - a mixture of newbies still climbing the ladder to comedy or TV stardom, plus some seasoned comics returning to their favourite stomping ground.

See them in our gallery below...


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