More than £350,000 has been awarded to help the restoration of historic Hopwood Hall near Rochdale.
The Hopwood Foundation has been awarded the grant to ramp-up essential repairs and improve the experience for visitors.
Hopwood, a Grade II* listed building in Middleton, fell into disrepair in the 1980s, and is currently on Historic England’s At Risk register.
The American actor, writer and film director only became aware of the Hall – of which he shares his name – after researching his ancestry online.
He soon discovered family tales about an ‘English castle’ were not from the pages of a Hollywood script, but in fact, his ancestors had built and lived at Hopwood Hall for generations.