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Ashtead : 23 celebrities you might not know went to school in Surrey

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09/22/2017 | 06:00am CEST

We all know that Surrey, thanks to its glorious scenery and proximity to London, is a popular place for celebrities andsports personalities to set up home.

For example, lots of people know that famous names such as Sir Michael Caine, Dame Judi Dench,Tom HardyandEric Claptonall live around the county.

But which famous faces can claim more than a passing allegiance to Surrey, having grown up and gone to school here.

Here is a list of the 23 famous faces, past and present, who you may not have known were educated in Surrey.

Celebrities around Surrey

Emily Blunt

BAFTA and Golden Globe-winning actress Emily Blunt has starred in multiple worldwide successful films including The Young Victoria, Looper and The Girl on the Train.

Blunt, who is the paternal niece ofReigate MP Crispin Blunt, lives in New York with her American actor husband John Krasinski.

However, she was born in Wandsworth and attended Hurtwood House in Holmbury St Mary, a school known for its performing arts programmes, when she was 16.

Evan Davis

TV presenter, journalist and economist Evan Davis is best known as the presenter of Dragons’ Den and as one of the presenters of the BBC’s flagship programme Newsnight.

The 55-year-old was born in Worcestershire but grew up inAshteadand attended Dorking Grammar School, later to become The Ashcombe School.

Warwick Davis

Actor Warwick Davis has started in two of the biggest film franchises of all time in his role as Wicket the Ewok in Star Wars and in playing Professor Filius Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter films.

Born in Epsom, Davis attended both City of London Freeman’s School in Ashtead and Chinthurst School in Tadworth.

Rogue One cameo for Warwick Davis discussed by actor in Gatwick Airport Star Wars Q&A

Angus Deayton

Television presenter Angus Deayton was the original presenter of Have I Got News Gor You and played the role of Victor Meldrew’s long-suffering neighbour Patrick Trench in sitcom One Foot in the Grave.

In recent times he presented the second series of Bake Off: Creme de la Crème.

Deayton attended both Oakhyrst Grange School, Caterham, and Caterham School in his youth.

Clarissa Dickson Wright

One half of TV cookery duo, Two Fat Ladies, Clarissa Dickson Wright presented three series of the programme in the mid-90s on the BBC alongside Jennifer Paterson.

Dickson Wright died aged 66 in Scotland in 2014 but originally hailed from St John’s Wood in London.

She attended Woldingham School when it was known as The Convent of the Sacred Heart.

Ben Edwards

Formula 1 racing commentator Ben Edwards has been the voice of the action of live motor racing for both the BBC and Channel 4 since 2012.

Currently jet-setting round the world for a living, Edwards spent his school days at Reigate Grammar School.

Robert Emms

Robert Emms has performed the lead role in The National Theatre’s production of War Horse, as well starring in the 2011 Stephen Spielberg film adaption of the story.

He will also be known to British TV viewers for playing Pythagoras in the BBC fantasy adventure series Atlantis between 2013 and 2015.

As a boy, Emms attended Oakwood School in Horley.

Tom Felton

Known around the world for playing Draco Malfoy in the eight Harry Potter films, Tom Felton has also had roles in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Flash TV series.

Born in Epsom, Felton spend part of his school days at Howard of Effingham School.

Draco Malfoy in Dorking: Harry Potter actor Tom Felton spotted helping out at shop

Andrew Garfield

BAFTA-winning actor Andrew Garfield played the title role in two Spider-Man films and has also had roles in blockbusters such as The Social Network and Hacksaw Ridge.

Garfield was born in Los Angeles but moved to Epsom when he was three-years-old. He attended City of London’s Freeman’s School in Ashtead.

Oscar-nominated Andrew Garfield congratulated on acting nod by Ashtead'sCity of London Freemen's School

Jamie Mackie

Queen’s Park Rangers and Scotland footballer Jamie Mackie was actually born in Dorking and attended The Ashcombe School.

He began his football career playing for Leatherhead and has since represented Wimbledon, Nottingham Forest and Reading as well as playing for Scotland nine times.

Ray Mears

TV survival expert Ray Mears has starred in and presented numerous travel and survival shows on both the BBC and ITV since the late 90s

It’s possible that the 53-year-old, who was born in Coulsdon, picked up some of his bushcraft skills from his time at Reigate Grammar School.

Ray Mears chats bushcraft in Woking

Carey Mulligan

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in 2009 for her role in An Education, Westminster-born Mulligan has also found success with roles in The Great Gatsby and Suffragette.

As a teenager, the 32-year-old was educated at Woldingham School.

Star spotting in and around Surrey

Barry Norman

Barry Norman was one of the most well-known film critics on British television before his death earlier this year, after presenting on BBC One between 1972 and 1998.

Norman spent some of his early school years at St John’s School, Leatherhead.

Ian Pearce

Ian Pearce made 28 appearances as part of Blackburn Rovers' title-winning team of 1994-1995 forming a formidable central defensive partnership with Colin Hendry.

Pearce played his youth football for Oxted and District and was educated at Oxted School.

Jamie Theakston

Currently presenting the breakfast show on Heart FM alongside Emma Bunton, Theakston was also a co-host on Top of the Pops and narrator of BBC series Traffic Cops and Motorway Cops.

Born in Sussex, Theakston spent part of his school days at St John’s School, Leatherhead.

Simon Thomas

Current Sky Sports presenter and former Blue Peter presenter Simon Thomas was born in Norwich but went to school in Surrey.

Thomas attended both Aberdour School in Burgh Heath and St John’s School in Leatherhead.

Jeremy Vine

Known by many for his work on BBC Election Night coverage, Jeremy Vine also presents his own programme on BBC Radio 2 and long running TV quiz show Eggheads.

Born in Epsom, Vine attended Aberdour School in Burgh Heath.

Tim Vine

Like his brother, Tim Vine attended Aberdour School in Burgh Heath.

Best known for his fast-paced one-liner style of stand-up comedy, Vine has also worked as an actor alongside Lee Mack in the sitcom Not Going Out.

David Walliams

David Walliams received his breakthrough on British television as co-creator of sketch show Little Britain.

Now a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, Walliams is also the author of children’s books which have sold more than 12 million copies and been translated into 46 languages.

Walliams was born in Merton and is a former pupil of Reigate Grammar School.

David Walliams gets into character as Gangsta Granny

Faye White

Faye White is a former captain of the England women’s football team, winning 90 caps, and made 300 appearances for the Arsenal Ladies team between 1996 and 2013.

White is a former pupil of Oakwood School, Horley.

Kay Wilson

Rugby player Kay Wilson was part of the 2014 World Cup-winning England squad, scoring four tries in the tournament and playing the whole match in the final.

Wilson, who played her junior rugby for Old Caterhamians, Warlingham and Dorking rugby clubs, is a former pupil of St Bede’s School, Redhill.

Hans Zimmer

German-born, Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer has composed the scores for iconic films such as The Lion King, Gladiator, Inception and 12 Years A Slave.

Zimmer moved to London as a teenager where he attended Hurtwood House School in Holmbury St Mary.

Romesh Ranganathan

Now Romesh Ranganathan did not actually go to school in Surrey. But he did teach at one.

The stand-up comedian was head of sixth form and maths teacher at Beacon School in Banstead before he gave up his teaching career to focus on comedy in around 2012.

Keep up to date with the latest news from around the county via the free Get Surrey app.

You can set up your app to see all the latest news and events from your area, plus receive push notifications for breaking news.

Available to download from theApp StoreorGoogle Play for Android.

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